Fulfillment of Prophecy Continues

Today it is globally known and common knowledge Jesus, the Son of the Living God, died on the cross for the sin of the world. It may not be globally accepted, but it is globally known. This selfless act by the Son of God was a fulfillment of prophecy and had the profound effect of grafting believing Gentiles and Jews into the family of God. Isaiah 53 prophesied Christ’s ministry and crucifixion as the vehicles that would instigate salvation of the world, fulfilling the first half of the seventieth week. The second half of the seventieth week begins with the separation process and is seen in Isaiah 13 as the Wrath of God which will roll over an unrepentant remnant of humanity. These things are mutually known today but were not recognized before the time of Christ. Without divine insight, the knowledge Isaiah, Jeremiah, or any other Bible prophet possessed would not have existed.  The prophets would not have been capable of knowing the coming events and said results? Currently, in prophetic fulfillment, the gospel has been preached in every country throughout the world. The prophet Isaiah prophesied Israel’s restoration during the Latter Days. Only through such divine revelation could a prophet accurately predict Israel’s need to be restored as a nation or Israel’s expressed restoration to the Promised Land. Furthermore, the prophecies predicted Israel would be gathered from the four corners of the earth. These Latter Day events were accurately predicted hundreds of years in advance and fulfilled in accordance with each prophecy’s guidelines.  Follow the path…

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Yet another prophecy in agreement with Moses’s and Isaiah’s predictions can be found in Jeremiah 16:14–21. In this passage, God informs Jeremiah of a day when Israel will no longer be known throughout the world as the nation that was bought out of the land of Egypt. Jeremiah prophesies Israel will instead be known as the nation and people who were brought out of the land of the north and from all the lands of the world where the Lord had driven them. Today, Israel is known for having been gathered not only from the reprehensible Holocaust but from nearly every nation on earth. The text in Jeremiah 16:16 further specifies Israel must hunt for their lost descendants, “Behold, I will send for many fishers, says the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.” Appropriately, Israel has actively searched out Jewish communities throughout the world, incorporating the diaspora[1] into the new Jewish state. Israel went so far as to help establish Jewish families from around the globe with businesses, homes and cash incentives.  Interestingly, scripture also indicates there will be an ingathering of gentile or Christian followers as well as Jewish during the last days.[2] Inexplicably, Christians have been gathering in force in Israel over the past decades. Men and women of faith, no matter the type, are answering God’s call for a new and God-centered Israeli homeland.

Prophecies in Jeremiah

Jeremiah 23 contains yet another prophetic witness of Israel’s reemergence. The coming sections will touch on elements of current history dealing with the day and age in which Jeremiah wrote this chapter. What may not be obvious at first is the split-versing (when a section or sections of scripture reflect two distant timeframes) natural elements within the prophecy.

During Jeremiah’s day, the prophets prophesied falsely, the priests ruled using the prophets’ lies, and the people embraced the lies because they were afraid of facing the truth (Jeremiah 5:30-31). This will soon be the case throughout our world. The Great Consummation is coming and the Body of Christ needs to brace itself and prepare. During Isaiah’s day much of Israel had turned a cold shoulder to their God, even as much of Christendom seems to embrace mediocrity in their walks with God today. This also applies to Christendom’s acceptance of the obviously flawed pre-tribulation rapture doctrine, Preterism and A-Millennialism. Jeremiah’s prophecy came approximately ten to fifteen years before God used Babylon to bring His wrath and correction on Israel. It looks like history is about to repeat itself.

It is always a good thing when we have time to prepare.

The “fact” the prophecies existed long before Israel reemerged as a nation confirms Israel’s restoration as a nation is significant. The prophecies establish concrete footprints for when the Latter Days began, 1948. When we discuss the Parable of the Fig Tree in coming blogs the timeline for the Latter Days will become transparent if not obvious.

To skip ahead, read pages 98 – 103 in “This Side of the Whirlwind.”

[1] Diaspora is a term for the Jewish families who were exiled from approximately 6 BC until present.

[2] Jeremiah 16:19.

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