The Forewarning of Christ
Through ancient text, in this case those writings we attribute to the Old Testament, God forewarned the world His Son would be coming!
The above statement is validated through prophecies recognized as foretelling the coming of Christ. In example, each year the Jewish priesthood made a sacrifice of unblemished lambs on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. This sacrifice foreshadowed the death and purpose of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as payment for the sins of Israel and by extension the world.
Within the text of the Old Testament, there are also many prophecies which authenticate Christ’s identity through the fulfillment of those same prophecies.
Though they did not, the priesthood, which existed during Christ’s life should have recognized through this multitude of fulfilled prophecies that they were dealing with the coming Christ or Messiah of prophecy.
The gentile nations are fortunate the priesthood failed to understand the significance of these events or the identity of Jesus as Savior. Of course, the fact they would be and were oblivious was by design (Isaiah 44:18–19).
At the time of Christ, should the priesthood have understood or recognized who Jesus represented, it is likely they would not have sacrificed Jesus and we would not have the Risen Savior. Such a result would have lost the gentile nations their payment for sin. No payment for sin equals no salvation/redemption for the damned/lost.
As previously mentioned, God intended for the priesthood to blindly misidentify Christ as the Savior and future Messiah (Romans 11:25). The gentile nations were therefore afforded the grafting in process as Children of God, adoption as sons and daughters of the Creator.
The foreshadowing and or forewarning of prophetic issues can be a necessary tool for validating a Word as given by God.
There were numerous prophecies Jesus was required to fulfill before He could legitimately call Himself King and Messiah, leastwise under the scrutiny of God’s Word.
There were at least thirty-eight prophecies Jesus fulfilled during His life and ministry before He could officially claim His title as the Christ!
Think about it…
- What if Jesus had only fulfilled twenty-five of the thirty-eight prophecies?
- One of these prophecies stipulated the Messiah would remain silent when abused and accused. What if Jesus had protested the ill-treatment and abuses He endured leading up to the crucifixion?
- Would Jesus still be the Christ?
- Could Jesus of Nazareth be called Messiah or Christ if He failed to complete twelve of the thirty-eight prophecies? Of course not!
- Jesus had to fulfill all required and valid prophecies pertaining to the Messiah during the span of His life, death, and resurrection, or He could not be the Christ.
- NOW, be aware; the ministry of Jesus, the Christ, is not complete YET.
The new covenant is not yet complete. Jesus only fulfilled the first three and a half years of a seven-year covenant (Daniel (9:24–27). There remains three and a half years of prophecy for Christ the Messiah to fulfill.
One of these prophecies takes place when Jesus splits the skies and gathers the Body of Christ to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
For Jesus to be the Christ, He must fulfill all related Messianic prophecies pertaining to the time of the crucifixion as well as the coming Great Consummation.
During His first three and a half years in ministry, Jesus fulfilled the segment of His ministry and Covenant called the acceptable year of the Lord.
During the next three and a half years of the Covenant, also known as the day of vengeance of our God and the Second Half of Christ’s Covenant (Isaiah 61:2b) Jesus must bring all visions and prophecies relating to the Covenant of Jesus Christ to a close. (These issues are explained in greater detail in chapter 7, subsection, “He Shall Confirm a Covenant” in the book, “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse.”
Forewarnings of the Great Consummation
There are many prophecies delineating the time of Christ; likewise, there are many prophecies spelling out the time of the Latter Days in which we currently live.
Scripture indicates the Latter Days will span no more than the lifespan of this final generation (See parable of the Fig Tree; chapter 9, pages 98-103 of “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse”).
From the beginning of the Latter Days to the end of the Great Consummation every prophecy and vision must be fulfilled.
Every edict or statute pertaining to the Latter Days will be accomplished within that generational lifespan or time frame of the Latter Days (Matthew 24:32–35, Psalm 90:10).
Currently there have been prophecies fulfilled which positively identify the world as living in the Latter Days (Jeremiah 16:14–21, 23:1–8 and 20).
The prophecy known as the Seventy Weeks of Daniel contains powerful forewarnings and portents, indicating the Latter Days and soon the Great Consummation will be upon the world.
These portents are specific, requiring detailed fulfillment.
Many of the elements of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel have already been fulfilled, requiring only a few remaining components for completion of the overall prophecy.
Even though the previous statement is true, there are remaining elements remaining that must be fulfilled exactly as the prophecies predicted.
These elements will take a little more time and are covered in detail throughout “This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse”.
One of the most powerful benefits the Great Consummation message provides is the lack of any contradictions from God’s Word.
This absolutely cannot be said of Pre-, Mid, or Post-Tribulation Rapture doctrines or for the End Times offshoots known as A-Millennialism or Preterism.
Just a side-note:Often individuals attempt to prove mistaken doctrines by clinging to foreshadowed events or currently misunderstood prophecies, and prior to the 2006 revelation of the Great Consummation teaching little could be done to invalidate their claims.
That problem no longer exists today with the revelations provided in the book,
“This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse.”
Be advised, prophecies such as “the Seventy Weeks of Daniel and the Parable of the Fig Tree” have timetables and specific guidelines which must be adhered to. Any past, present or future events that appears to mirror such prophecies but fall outside of the designated time frames or guidelines for the specific prophetic fulfillment cannot be considered a legitimate fulfillment of that prophecy.
The alleged fulfillment of said events are either false or no more than mere foreshadowing of things to come.
Scripturally, God forewarns His people before He does anything of significance. Amos 3:7 says,
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
According to Amos 3:7, when God plans anything of consequence, He first informs His servants the prophets. With this in mind, it only follows that God would validate significant seasons and plans through His prophets and definitely within His Word.
Such truth does not guarantee every facet or piece of God’s plan is or will be laid out for everyone to read and understand. Some knowledge requires a little work.
Rather, Christians can expect the major biblical events, such as the crucifixion and the Great Consummation, to be covered prophetically and scripturally.
So how do we know what we should be looking for in scripture? Well, the answer is not so difficult.
We are to frequently study God’s Word and then spend time listening for God’s guidance through the Holy Spirit. God desires for His people to know what is coming so they can prepare. The greatest problem with this method is the people and their laziness, as many Christians are. The fault resides with the Christian and not with a limitation within God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
Remember, God’s Word says, Hosea 4:6:
My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge;
And Revelation 3:3 NKJV:
“Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
You should already know this…
The Mark of the Beast has arrived if only technologically.
It is time to make/be ready to leave the cities when “The Mark” becomes official or mandatory; when the Beast has placed his image in the Temple in Jerusalem.
It may seem far off at this time, but believe that those days are not far and away.
 Psalms 119:104–105 and 132:17, Isaiah 40:3–5, Luke 1:17, 2 Timothy 2:20–21.
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