Prophetic Witness Magazines

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? ...

 

Prophetic Witness - October 2013

Prophetic Witness - October 2013Getting Ready For The Rapture

by Martin Oliver

One of the most important aims of the Prophetic Witness International Movement is in encouraging believers to live holy lives in readiness for Christ's return. This is spelt out in their Statement of Belief listed at the back of their magazine. Under the heading of 'Salvation' are the words, '... the repentant sinner is justified by faith alone and that is evidenced by holy living.' Under 'The Holy Spirit' it says, 'The Holy Spirit's work is ... to produce fruit in the life of the believers ... to equip believers for effective service and ministry.' Under 'The Coming King' are the words, '... the imminent return of Christ is the greatest motivation to prayer, holiness of life and evangelism.'

The effect of prophetic teaching on the individual must therefore be practical. Prophetic truth may touch our minds, but if it doesn't touch our hearts and lives it is wasted.

 

Prophetic Witness - September 2013

Prophetic Witness - September 2013The Millennial Mountain Of
Jehovah's House

by Dr Arnold Fruchtenbaum

At the time of the Second Coming of the Messiah, the Land will undergo tremendous geographical and topographical changes. One of the key changes will be the rise of a very high mountain that will become the highest mountain of of the world. On top of this mountain tile Millennial Temple and the Millennial Jerusalem will stand.

There are several passages that speak of this Millennial Mountain of Jehovah's House. One such passage is Isaiah 2:2-4: And it shall come to pass in the laffer days, that the mountain of Jehovah's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many peoples shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem. And he will ;udge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

 

Prophetic Witness - August 2013

Prophetic Witness - August 2013Be Careful To Whom You Listen

Pastor John Willans BD. Dip Theol.

... Be careful to whom you listen! This true story reminds us of the vital importance of listening to correct information and instructions. Sometimes listening to the right person with the right knowledge is quite literally a matter of life and death. But this story also teaches us an important spiritual lesson that has profound implications.

Everyone of us is on the "journey of life". As we travel along, we need to make certain that we are listening to the right "person" and the correct information; otherwise we won't know what we are doing, where we are going, what decisions we are to make, or indeed how to prepare for our journey's end.

Many people today are in a state of confusion regarding a whole range of moral, religious and personal issues. For example, some are confused regarding what to believe about God and which religion to follow. Others are confused about what should be considered as morally right and what should be seen as immoral. Still more are confused about what is happening to the world and uncertain about how to deal with their own personal problems such as who to marry, where to live, what job to take, and so on. ...

 

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