Friday, May 2, 2008

World events and the Return of Jesus

The Bible is a prophetic book. It speaks of historical events in the lives of people and nations with a certainty and clarity that is unique.

Thousands of years before they existed, in many cases, the destinies of individuals and nations were charted with precision and history bears out the accuracy of those predictions. Its prophecies are being fulfilled right up to the present time and we read about them daily in our newspapers.

This is not surprising when one considers the amazing miracle that we call "The Bible".

The Bible is actually a collection of sixty-six books, written over a period of 1600 years, spanning 60 generations. Many of the approximately 40 authors involved did not know each other or enjoy the privilege of reading one another's work. They came from all walks of life and wrote at different times, on three continents (Asia, Africa and Europe), in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek), and about hundreds of different and often controversial subjects.

When these inspired writings were collated and compiled into one Book the signature of the Almighty Eternal God could be clearly seen. There is one underlying theme from Genesis in the Old Testament to the book of Revelation in the New Testament — the coming of the Saviour to pay the price of sin ... and His Return to bring a climax to this world's history.

The "holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15) also tells us that "Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him" (Heb 9:28 ).

Those who have seriously investigated the Bible's prophetic, scientific and historical accuracy are left in no doubt that the predictions concerning the Return of Jesus Christ to our world will be just as precisely fulfilled. It cannot be otherwise.

World events — the prophesied "Signs of the Times" — should make mankind sit up and take note. Everything is going according to the Divine Plan and His Return is on schedule. Sadly, however, the comment of Jesus rings true even in our generation. "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the SIGNS OF THE TIMES" (Mat 16:2-3).

Val Waldeck

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Exciting days

We are living in one of the most exciting periods of this world's history. Time, as we know it, is rapidly drawing to a close as the COMING OF THE LORD draws near. All over the world people are aware that something is happening.

This is the age of fulfilment of Biblical prophecy and, for the discerning believer, our local newspapers bear testimony to that fact daily. The end of the world is nearer than we realize.

Before 1900 very few commentaries were written on prophetical books like Daniel and Revelation. It was not easy in those days to understand, for example, how something lodged in the human body would enable a person to "buy and sell" (Rev. 13:16,17) ... or the possibility of the whole world simultaneously viewing an event in Jerusalem (Rev. 11:9-12).

The Old Testament prophet, Daniel, wrote that end-time prophecy would be more clearly understood as knowledge increases in the last days and it is an exciting fact.

"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased ... for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." (Dan. 12:4,9 KJV).

Someone has said that if this world’s history could be condensed into a twenty-four hour period, all the major events and discoveries will have happened in the last 24 hours. This is one of the major signs of His Soon Return.

As historical events unfold THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES are evident for all who will see. Paul wrote in 1 Thess. 5:4 "But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief."

The Lord Jesus Christ put it this way: "And when these things begin to come to pass, then LOOK UP, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28).

Val Waldeck