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Prophetic Witness - July 2014

Prophetic Witness - July 2014The Resurrection Body

by Alan Willis

INTRODUCTION
There was a distinct difference in the beliefs of the Sadducees and the Pharisees, concerning life after death. The Sadducees believed that there was no resurrection, whereas the Pharisees believed that the soul hovered over the body for three days after death, finally breaking free on the fourth day, and going to Hades.
 
There is also a difference between the resurrection of Lazarus [John 11] and that of Christ. Lazarus would die again, whereas Christ had passed through the valley of death once and forever. The book of Revelation teaches us that all of those who do not belong to Christ, will pass through a ’second death’ (Revelation 20 verse 6), which follows the Great White Judgement, and this is described in chapter 21 verse 8, and it is unlike the first death since it is eternal.

A second difference is also clear. Lazarus was raised to life....

 

Prophetic Witness - June 2014

Prophetic Witness - June 2014The Sealed Book and the Oral Torah

by Tony Pearce
 

In the prophecy of Isaiah 29 have a remarkable passage, which deals with Israel in the last days. Verses 1-4 speak of a time when ‘Ariel’ (which represents Jerusalem) will be brought low by a siege of nations which surround it. 'I will encamp against you (Ariel / Jerusalem) all around, will lay siege against you with a mound, and I will raise siegeworks against you. You shall be brought down, you shall speak out of the ground; our speech shall be low, out of the dust; your voice shall be like a medium’s, out of the ground; and your speech shall whisper out of the dust.’
         
We have a similar prophecy of Jerusalem being the central point in a conflict which involves all nations in the last days of this age in Zechariah 12.2-3: ’’Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.’

 

Prophetic Witness - May 2014

Prophetic Witness - May 2014A Heart Like Joseph:

Preparing For The Famine
by Pastor Andrew D. Robinson
 

’Behold the days are coming,’ declares the Lord God 'when I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the Lord. People will stagger from sea to sea and from north even to the east; they will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, but they will not find it"’ (Amos 8:11,12).
 
Israel had never had it so good; it was the Golden Era, a period of economic and military strength, material blessing, extravagant lifestyle and pious religion. The rich dwelt in mansions, lounged on beds inlaid with ivory, and enjoyed the richest of fayre (3:15, 6:4-6). But although she had the outward appearance of soundness, the nation was rotten to the core. Complacency and corruption had eaten away the conscience of the people and God's anger was roused.

It was into this world that Amos the shepherd was called, to point out the sin, to pronounce God's judgement, to stand in the gap and to plead for repentance. But it seems that the nation had run out of warnings. If God's hand of chastisement had made no difference (4:6-11), then his prophetic pronouncements were unlikely to be heeded. Even when Amos hopped over the border to sue for peace he was sent packing, his words falling on deaf ears (7:10-17). Israel refused to listen to God and she faced the inevitable consequences of her stubbornness — ”a famine of hearing the words of the Lord." The warning could not have been clearer.

CLOTH-EARED CHRISTIANITY

Things haven't changed much. The British Church is characterised by similar traits, and like her Laodicean counterpart brags that she is "rich and wealthy and in need of nothing" (Revelation 3:17). But God does not share her over—inflated view of herself. He sees...

 

Prophetic Witness - April 2014

Prophetic Witness - April 2014Cross Examination

(The Cross in Galatians)
by Jon Ikin
 

The Cross and Bible prophecy should always go together. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians, "... you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes" (1 Cor. 11:26) one without the other is to be unbalanced and unbiblical. Real prophecy students love the message of the Lord's return supremely because He is the Saviour who died for them. As Dr Harry Ironside once said, "To me it is not just a doctrine. The reason I love to speak of it is this. My friend of Calvary is coming back again" (The Crowning Day, p22). With this in mind let us look at one of the foremost books of the Bible on the teaching of the cross, the book of Galatians.

 

Prophetic Witness - March 2014

Prophetic Witness - March 2014Downgrading for Armageddon

(Does the Bible suggest a weapons downgrade in the last days?)
by Jon Ikin
 

One of the issues that has puzzled Bible students over the years, is why end times battles are described in terms of ancient warfare. Ezekiel for instance, describes the invading armies of Magog as, 'horses and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers ans shields, all of them handling swords" (38:4). John similarly described the military forces at Armageddon as "horses and... those who sit on them" (Rev.19: 18). Were these descriptions the best that the authors could do I given the day and age they lived in? Or were they technically correct? Will last day battles be fought by men on horseback with swords?

As one who believes implicitly in what is called 'the plenary verbal inspiration of Scripture' (that every word in the Bible is inspired), I find the latter view most attractive. But if so, that raises a question: will there be a significant weapons downgrade in the last days? Will new weapons be traded for older  more conventional armaments? And if so why?

Why would governments of the day secure the latest that their borrowed cash can buy, and then revert to traditional forms of combat technology in the future? There area number of possible scenarios which may explain this. We will briefly explore a few to show that a weapons downgrade is a possibility that should not be ruled out of Bible interpretation. Let us begin with ...

 

Prophetic Witness - February 2014

Prophetic Witness - February 2014The Remnant of Israel:

- PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE -

by Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum
 

A. The Meaning

The doctrine of the Remnant of Israel means that there are always some who believe within the Jewish nation as a whole, and all those who believe constitute the Remnant of Israel. Thus there are two Israels: Israel the Whole and Israel the Remnant. Ethnically, the two are the same, but spiritually, they are not. The Remnant at any point of history may be large or small, but there is never a time when it is non-existent, except immediately after the Rapture.

B. The Ramifications

There are five ramifications concerning the Remnant of Israel First, only believers make up the Remnant. Secondly, not all believers are part of the Remnant, for the Remnant is a Jewish Remnant and is therefore made up of only Jewish believers. Thirdly, the Remnant is always part of the nation as a whole, not detached from the nation as a separate entity; the Remnant is distinct, but distinct within the nation. Fourthly, this means that Jewish believers have a dual citizenship; they are part of both Israel and the Church. And fifth, within the concept of the Remnant, there is a twofold contrast: a contrast between the miraculous and the non-miraculous and a contrast between the noise and the quiet.

C. The Concept

The concept of the Remnant of Israel was apparent from the very beginning of Israel's history as they began to multiply. As a doctrine, the theology of the Remnant began with Elijah the Prophet, then was developed by the writing prophets, and continued through the New Testament.

 

Prophetic Witness - January 2014

Prophetic Witness - January 2014Philippines

- A PWMI RESPONSE -

THANK YOU MESSAGE

Dear Rev. Colin Le Noury,
MARANATHA!!!

I just want to say thank you to you and to the PWMI for all your helps to accomplish our mission trip in Tacloban City and in Ormoc City.

You know Rev. Colin, there are so many people especially in the remote places did not received help from our government and this is what I want to reached out this places.

The Lord lead me to go back again into other cities partly in Leyte province also, where many people didn't received any relief goods from the government and to the private organizations. While I was praying every time I saw them on television, the Lord touched my heart to reached this people, they need the Lord this time and of course they need also some foods. Every time we distribute relief goods and medicine we pray first to this people and we challenge them to received the Lord as what the most important thing they need in their life.

Yours in God's Kingdom,

Pastor Duane Advento
Tribal Pastor
Sianib Polanco, Zambo. del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines

 

Prophetic Witness - December 2013

Prophetic Witness - December 2013The Virgin Birth

Its Essentiality to the Faith

by Dr David Reagan

There is probably no aspect of the Christian faith that has not been subjected to more abuse than the doctrine of the virgin birth of Jesus.

The world of course laughs at the concept. But tragically, so do many professing Christians. I think it would be safe to say that most liberal Christian spokesmen, representing the mainline denominations, would reject the idea of the virgin birth as nothing more than a crude attempt by ignorant First Century disciples to attribute deity to Jesus.

Central or Peripheral?

Is the virgin birth central to the Christian faith, or is it only a peripheral issue that should be relegated to the realm of opinion?

I believe it is absolutely essential to the faith, for it attests to the identity of Jesus - namely, that He was God in the flesh.

Make no mistake about it - if Jesus was not God, then His sacrifice for our sins was meaningless. No imperfect man could have died for our sins, because His death would not have appeased our Creator's demand for justice. Our sin bearer had to be a perfect man, and thus He had to be divine.

The Hebrew prophets pointed to the divinity of the Messiah.
Isaiah said He would be "Immanuel," meaning "God with us" (Isaiah 7: 14). Isaiah also said the Messiah would be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). Micah stated that the Messiah would be one who had existed "from the days of eternity" (Micah 5:2).

If Jesus was the Messiah, as He claimed to be (Mark 14:61-64 and John 4:25-26), then He had to be God in the flesh.
That requires a miraculous conception / because all people born of human parents are born with a fallen sin nature (Psalm 51:5 and Ephesians 2:3). To deny the virgin birth is to deny the deity of Jesus. ...

 

Prophetic Witness - November 2013

Prophetic Witness - November 2013LIKE A STORM

by Jon Ikin

Over the last few decades, storm forecasting has become a vital study. With the help of modern technology, organisations such as 'The Storm Prediction Centre', in Oklahoma give a warnings of dangerous weather activity, helping people prepare for some of nature's worst. But no matter how good their forecasting skills are there is one storm coming that will not appear on their radar screens: the Russian led invasion of Israel which will take place in the last days. Through Ezekiel the prophet (approx. 600BC), the Lord God of Israel describes this event as a terrifying storm on the horizon. "You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you..." (Ezk.38:9). The forecast is given and the clouds appear to be gathering. This may be a good time to refresh our memories regarding a most important prophecy found in Ezekiel 38-39.

Confirming the report

Let's be honest. Talk of a Russian invasion of Israel and it sounds sensational in the least. At best it sounds like a hangover from the Cold War era. Does the Bible really teach such a thing? ...

 

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