Prophetic Witness Magazines

Prophetic Witness - November 2012

Prophetic Witness - November 2012Watch Unto Prayer

by Norman Clay

Pray For The Preservation Of Believers

The Apostle Paul writes to fellow believers in Christ out of concern for their spiritual well being. He had been forced to leave the city with indecent haste, sending back Timothy to determine how the fledgling church was fairing. Having comforted them, he returned to Paul with a good report. Subsequently, Paul writes dealing with the following matters:

  • Coping with trial and persecution

  • Maintaining integrity in a wicked and licentious environment.

  • Rectified their understanding of the Resurrection and the Second Coming of Christ.

We shall look at these items from our time viewpoint, noting that the features apply equally today as then.


Prophetic Witness - October 2012

Prophetic Witness - October 2012The Parables of the
Kingdom of Heaven

by Martin Oliver

This is the first of seven brief articles on the parables that Jesus told to the crowds by the lakeside as He sat in a boat. Quotations are from the King James Authorised Version of the Bible unless otherwise indicated. A parable (Gr. Parabole means 'a comparison'), is a picture with a secret hidden meaning. These parables are therefore a comparison of every day truths with spiritual truths. Jesus' parables were often taken from every day life in Palestine. (See Matthew 13: 1 0-13 and 34-35, also Psalm 78:2). The 'kingdom of heaven' is understood to mean the period between the first and second advents of Christ. This will be the time between His coming to live and die for believers and His coming in Glory with His church to reign on the earth for a thousand years and to judge the Gentile nations. These parables describe important features of what the world will be like during this period. They are 'things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world' (See Verse 35). Four parables Jesus told by the lakeside and three He told in the house.

There is much prophetic teaching in these parables, as we shall see. We are privileged to be able to understand them with the help of the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said to His disciples, 'Blessed are your eyes, because they see and your ears, because they hear' (See Verse 16). In these parables we can see the work of God and the Holy Spirit, the work of the Devil, the effect of sin and the sinner, the life of the believer in Christ, the role of Israel and the Church. These parables of Jesus are the most comprehensive picture of God's purposes in Christ in the New Testament. But they are not always easy to understand and some may hold different views to those expressed in these articles.


Prophetic Witness - August 2012

Prophetic Witness - August 2012Running with Patience

by Rev Glyn Taylor

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith" Hebrews 12 v 1-2.


Prophetic Witness - May 2012

Prophetic Witness - May 2012The Handwriting
on the Wall

Pastor Joel C. Rosenberg

Lessons from Daniel 5 on the future of America and the coming Middle East War

"Is America in a 'Nebuchadnezzar moment' where we still have an opportunity to repent and be restored, or a 'Belshazzar moment' (where God removes His favour from us and turns out the lights)?


Prophetic Witness - April 2012

Prophetic Witness - April 2012The Crucial Cross

by the late Rev. Ian MacPherson
former editor of Prophetic Witness

There are several viewpoints and vantage points from which the Cross may be contemplated. Four call special mention. The Cross is kaleidoscopic. It may regarded in the following four aspects: (1) the Cosmic Cross, (2) the Prophetic Cross; (3) the Historic Cross and (4) the Symbolic Cross.


Prophetic Witness - March 2012

Prophetic Witness - March 2012The Early History of Modern Israel

by Rev Byron Jones

The Sovereign Lord declares - he who gathers the exiles of Israel; "I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered." (Is.56v8).

On the afternoon of May 14 1948, just a few hours before the British mandate over Palestine ended, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the state of Israel, signalling the fulfilment of God's Word. (Is. 66v8).

There are many examples in the Old Testament where God foretold the return of his people to the land promised to their forefathers. In fact, throughout the nineteen centuries of national exile some Jews were present in the holy land in varying numbers, though it was the onset of 'Zionism' at the end of the nineteenth century which began to see serious numbers returning. It is known that at 1880 there were 25,000 Jews resident, which had increased to 100,000 by 1914, reaching 15% of the total population.

By the end of the first world war following the Balfour declaration and the Ottoman Turks being driven out, numbers of immigrants had increased again and the effect on the population of Palestinian Arabs was profoundly positive. The new settlers brought money, energy, new ideas and European know-how which had a huge effect upon the economy of the region.