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    From Spiffwiggler@VERT/NEXXUS1 to All on Friday, February 15, 2008 13:22:00
    Seven Prophecies That Must Be Fulfilled Before Jesus Christ's Return
    Previous generations have thought that Jesus Christ would return in
    their lifetimes, but they were proven wrong. Many people alive today
    think that Christ's return is imminent. Certainly, the Bible contains prophecies that could not have been fulfilled until this generation.
    by Melvin Rhodes

    Shortly before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus Christ
    delivered a major prophecy of end-time events, recorded in
    Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. He was asked by His
    disciples: "When will these things be? And what will be the
    sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matthew 24:3).

    Jesus responded with a description of conditions and
    events that would lead up to His second coming.
    Moreover, He said that when these signs became
    evident, His return would occur within one generation
    (Matthew 24:34). Could this be that generation?

    Throughout the nearly 2,000 years since Christ
    gave His prophecy, many have thought that
    theirs was the time of His return-and turned
    out to be wrong, of course. But interestingly,
    there are a number of prophecies in the Bible
    that could not be fulfilled until our modern era,
    the post-World War II period.

    1. The human race would have the ability to exterminate itself

    In Matthew 24:22, describing world conditions
    prior to His second coming, Jesus said that "if
    that time of troubles were not cut short, no living
    thing could survive; but for the sake of God's
    chosen it will be cut short" (Revised English Bible).

    The main message that Jesus Christ brought was
    of the coming Kingdom of God. This is described
    as "the gospel" (Mark 1:14). Gospel means "good
    news." While some of the prophecies concerning
    events prior to the establishment of the Kingdom
    can seem negative, we should always keep in
    mind that the central focus of Bible prophecy
    is the good news (gospel) of the coming
    Kingdom of God.

    Matthew 24:22 shows us that if Jesus
    Christ does not intervene in world affairs,
    the human race will be faced with extinction.
    It's crucial to note that humanity has had the
    capability for self-annihilation for only a little
    more than 50 years, since both the United
    States and the Soviet Union developed and
    stockpiled hydrogen bombs and the world
    had to learn to live with "mutually assured destruction."

    At that time there were only three nuclear powers
    ( Britain being the other). By the middle of the 1960s
    France and China had joined the nuclear club. Today
    at least eight nations have nuclear warheads and
    the number looks set to increase with a nuclear
    arms race in the Middle East.

    Of course, the more nuclear powers we have
    in the world, the more likely it is that someone
    will use this deadly force for evil.

    Although international attention has been focused
    on the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran
    during the last few years, little attention has been
    given to the possibility of some or all of Pakistan's
    nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of radical Islamists.

    During the ongoing crisis in Pakistan, the Taliban
    and al-Qaeda and their sympathizers have steadily
    gained more power, territory and influence, making
    nuclear terrorism more likely. Consider the
    consequences for the rest of the world if
    Osama bin Laden (or others like him) had
    access to nuclear weapons!

    Meanwhile, Russia and China are
    determinedly flexing their military
    muscles, raising fears of a return
    to Cold War-era tensions.

    The good news in all this is that Christians
    have an assurance that Jesus Christ will
    intervene to save mankind from annihilation.
    This prophecy could not be fulfilled until man
    had the potential for self-extinction through
    weapons of mass destruction. Again, only
    in the last 50 years has this become possible.

    2. A Jewish homeland had to be
    reestablished in the Middle East

    Geopolitically, the central focus of end-time
    events is Jerusalem and its environs, what
    many people refer to as the Holy Land.

    Luke 21 is a parallel chapter to Matthew 24.
    Notice Luke's account of Christ's long prophecy
    that answered the disciples' questions:
    "Teacher, . . . when will these things be?
    And what sign will there be when these
    things are about to take place?" (Luke 21:7).

    In response, Jesus showed that Jerusalem
    would be the central focus of the political
    and military upheavals that would immediately
    precede His return: "But when you see
    Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then
    know that its desolation is near . . .
    For these are the days of vengeance,
    that all things which are written may be
    fulfilled" (verses 20-22).

    Anyone living a century ago would have
    found these words nearly impossible to
    comprehend. Jerusalem in ancient times
    had been fought over countless times,
    but for four centuries from 1517 the city
    had been at peace within the boundaries
    of the Ottoman Empire. Jews lived there
    as a minority under Turkish rule. But this
    was going to change dramatically during
    the course of the 20th century.

    It had to change for the fulfillment
    of Bible prophecy to take place.

    The Old Testament prophet Zechariah
    was used by God to reveal a great
    deal about end-time events and the
    second coming of the Messiah.
    Zechariah lived and prophesied
    more than 500 years before
    Christ's first coming, yet his
    prophetic book tells us a great
    deal about our world of today.

    In Zechariah 12:2-3 God says:
    "Behold, I will make Jerusalem
    a cup of drunkenness to all the
    surrounding peoples, when they
    lay siege against Judah [the Jews
    inhabiting the land of Israel] and
    Jerusalem. And it shall happen
    in that day that I will make
    Jerusalem a very heavy stone
    for all peoples; all who would
    heave it away will surely be
    cut in pieces, though all nations
    of the earth are gathered against it."

    In verse 9 He adds, "It shall be
    in that day that I will seek to
    destroy all the nations
    that come against Jerusalem."

    Reading these verses, it is
    possible to think that they
    apply to ancient events, as
    Jerusalem has been fought
    over repeatedly down through
    the ages. However, chapter 14
    makes clear that this is talking
    about future, not past, events.
    The time setting is immediately
    before Jesus Christ's return.

    "Behold, the day of the Lord
    is coming . . . For I will gather
    all the nations to battle against
    Jerusalem; the city shall be taken,
    the houses rifled, and the
    women ravished. Half of the
    city shall go into captivity . . .
    Then the Lord will go forth
    and fight against those
    nations, as He fights in
    the day of battle.

    "And in that day His feet
    will stand on the Mount
    of Olives, which faces
    Jerusalem on the east.
    And the Mount of Olives
    shall be split in two, from
    east to west, making a
    very large valley; half of
    the mountain shall move
    toward the north and half
    of it toward the south"
    (Zechariah 14:1-4).

    Clearly the last few
    lines of this prophecy
    remain to be fulfilled.

    Further in this same
    chapter we read of
    how those nations
    that came against
    Jerusalem will have
    to go up to Jerusalem
    to worship the King,
    Jesus Christ (verse 16).

    These chapters of Zechariah
    are a prophecy about the
    events that precede and
    include the second coming
    of Jesus. A Jewish-controlled
    Jerusalem is notice-ably the central focus.

    Shortly before Zechariah, another
    Jewish prophet named Daniel lived
    during the time of the captivity of the
    Jews in Babylon. His book speaks
    of the Jews' daily sacrifices being
    cut off in the end time
    (Daniel 12:11; see verses 1-13)
    -an event that had a forerunner
    in the temple defilement under
    Syrian ruler Antiochus Epiphanes
    in the second century B.C.

    However, Jesus Christ confirmed
    this as a future event to precede
    His return (compare Daniel 11:31;
    Matthew 24:15). This means that
    these sacrifices must first be
    reinstituted in Jerusalem-
    requiring Jewish rule over the city.

    One hundred years ago such
    developments were hard to imagine
    for the simple reason that no
    independent Jewish political
    entity existed in the Middle East.

    After rebelling against the
    Romans in A.D. 66 and
    again in 132, Judea
    was crushed and most of
    the remaining Jews were
    dispersed throughout the
    Roman Empire and beyond.
    No Jewish homeland existed
    again until 1948 when the
    modern nation of Israel was established.

    An independent Jewish homeland
    was merely a dream for a small
    group of zealots a century ago.
    It moved a step nearer during
    World War I, when forces of the
    British Commonwealth took control
    of Jerusalem from the Turks in
    December 1916. A few months later,
    the British government pledged itself
    to the establishment of an independent
    Jewish homeland in the ancient lands
    the Jews had inhabited for centuries.

    It was to be another 30 years before
    the dream was realized in 1948.
    Yet since then tiny Israel has had
    to fight wars for survival in 1948,
    1967 and 1973 and has suffered
    countless terrorist attacks and
    threats of annihilation from hostile
    neighbors determined to eliminate
    the Jewish state.

    Once again, here is a prophecy
    that can now be fulfilled in our time.

    3. The end-time king of the North
    and king of the South

    In Daniel 11 we find an amazing
    prophecy about two leaders,
    the kings of the North and South,
    the heads of regions that were
    geographically north and south
    of the Holy Land. To understand
    this prophecy we have to go to
    the time of Alexander the Great,
    who lived near the end of the
    fourth century B.C., 200 years
    after Daniel.

    Alexander figures prominently
    throughout the book of Daniel,
    even though Daniel did not
    know his name and never knew
    him personally. He couldn't have,
    since he died almost two centuries
    before Alexander appeared on
    the world stage.

    But God revealed to Daniel that
    after Babylon, Persia would
    arise as the greatest power
    of the region, to be followed
    in turn by Greece. Not surprisingly,
    the prophecies regarding the rise
    of Greece are centered on
    Alexander the Great, one of
    the greatest conquerors in history.

    Daniel 8 gives a vivid account of
    the coming clash between Persia
    and Greece. As you read it,
    remember that a horn symbolizes
    royal power and authority.
    Persia had "two horns and
    the two horns were high;
    but one was higher than the other,
    and the higher one came up last."
    This refers to the Medo-Persian Empire,
    the coming together of two nations or
    peoples. As foretold here in verse 3,
    the Persians rose to greatness after
    the Medes.

    In verse 5 we read of Persia's later
    defeat by Alexander the Great:
    "And as I was considering, suddenly
    a male goat came from the west,
    across the surface of the whole
    earth, without touching the ground;
    and the goat had a notable horn
    between his eyes" (verse 5).

    The "notable horn" or royal leader
    was Alexander the Great.
    The prophecy about his army not
    even touching the ground is a
    reference to the incredible
    speed with which he conquered
    the known world. All this was
    achieved in a very short time.
    Alexander died in 323 B.C.
    when he was only about
    33 years old.

    Even his sudden, unexpected death
    was prophesied: "The male goat grew
    very great; but when he became strong,
    the large horn was broken, and in place
    of it four notable ones came up toward
    the four winds of heaven" (verse 8).

    When Alexander died, his empire
    was eventually divided between
    four of his generals-the four
    "notable horns" mentioned here.
    Two of these established
    dynasties would have a profound
    effect on the Jewish people,
    caught in the middle between them.
    These two dynasties were the
    descendants of Seleucus, who
    ruled a vast empire from Antioch
    in Syria, north of Jerusalem, and
    Ptolemy, who ruled Egypt from Alexandria.

    Daniel 11 is a long and detailed prophecy
    about the dynastic conflicts between
    these two powers, their respective
    leaders being referred to as "the king
    of the North" and "the king of the South."
    Of great significance is that whenever
    they went to battle against each other,
    the Jews got trampled on. This was to
    continue from the time of Alexander
    until the middle of the second century
    B.C., a period of almost two centuries.

    Then, suddenly, the prophecy jumps
    down to the end time.

    In verse 40 we read: "At the time of
    the end the king of the South shall
    attack him; and the king of the North
    shall come against him like a
    whirlwind, with chariots,
    horsemen, and with many
    ships; and he shall enter the
    countries, overwhelm them
    and pass through. He shall also
    enter the Glorious Land
    [the Holy Land], and
    many countries shall
    be overthrown" (Daniel 11:40-41).

    While we don't have space here to
    cover all the details, the latter part
    of Daniel's prophecy of the North-South
    conflict describes a clash of civilizations
    between the leader of a soon-coming
    European superpower-a revived
    Roman Empire (successor to
    Seleucid Syrian rule)-and a leader
    who is the successor to the
    Ptolemaic rule of Egypt, which
    is now part of the Islamic world.
    (To learn more, request or download
    our free booklet The Middle East
    in Bible Prophecy.)

    We now see geopolitical conditions
    lining up for this inevitable clash.
    Here is yet another prophesied
    circumstance for which the stage
    has now been set within our lifetime!

    4. An end-time union of European nations

    In Daniel 2 and 7 we see prophecies
    about four great gentile empires that
    would arise in the period between
    the time of Daniel and the coming
    establishment of the Kingdom of
    God (Daniel 2:44). Daniel was
    himself living in the first of these
    great empires (Daniel 7:4) as a
    Jewish exile in ancient Babylon.

    Following the fall of Babylon in
    539 B.C., Persia would become
    the greatest power, to be followed
    by Greece (verses 5-6). After
    Greece came the Roman Empire,
    "dreadful and terrible, exceedingly
    strong." This empire was to have
    "ten horns" and would continue in
    some form until the establishment
    of God's Kingdom at Christ's return
    (verses 7-9).

    As we saw in the previous
    section, horns represent
    leaders or governments.
    Here these 10 horns symbolize
    10 attempts to restore the Roman
    Empire to the power it had in
    ancient times. Various attempts
    at a restoration have taken place
    since the fall of the Western
    Roman Empire in A.D. 476. A
    final attempt is to be made shortly
    before Christ's return.

    We find more details in Revelation 17.
    Here we read of a final attempt to
    revive the Roman Empire by "ten
    kings who have received no kingdom
    as yet, but they receive authority for
    one hour as kings with the beast.
    These are of one mind, and they
    will give their power and authority
    to the beast" (verses 12-13).

    They will also "make war with the
    Lamb [Jesus Christ], and the Lamb
    will overcome them, for He is Lord
    of lords and King of kings" (verse 14).
    Again, it is clear that this prophecy is
    still future.

    Previous attempts to forge a united
    European empire, from Justinian
    in the sixth century through
    Charlemagne, Napoleon, Mussolini
    and Hitler, all involved force.
    The final resurrection of the
    Roman Empire will not be
    attempted in the same way.

    Revelation 17 suggests this
    will be a voluntary union.
    When these 10 leaders
    receive power, they will
    then give their authority to
    a single leader. Scripture
    refers to both this individual
    and the new superpower
    he leads as "the beast"-
    acknowledging it as the
    continuation of the four
    gentile empires prophesied
    in Daniel, each one depicted
    as a beast or wild animal.

    Only now is it possible for
    this to be fulfilled.

    In 1957, the Treaty of Rome
    was signed by six European
    nations that formed the
    European Economic
    Community. Today the
    EEC has grown into the
    European Union (EU) with
    27 member nations. Out
    of these will likely come
    the 10 nations or 10
    leaders that form the
    final resurrection of the
    Roman Empire. (For
    more details, read
    "The Coming European
    Superpower" beginning
    on page 13.)

    Some have speculated
    that the 10 kings referred
    to in this prophecy will be
    leaders of 10 regions of
    the EU that will redraw the
    boundaries of Europe,
    ending the present
    nation-states. The Bible
    is not clear on exactly
    which 10 regions or
    nations will configure the
    final revival of the militaristic
    Roman superpower-
    only that this new
    superpower will indeed
    emerge just before Christ's return.

    However, it wasn't until the
    10th nation, Greece, was
    admitted in 1981 that any
    conceivable fulfillment
    of this prophecy was even possible.

    5. End-time rise and fall of Israel and Judah

    " Israel" was the new name God
    gave the biblical patriarch Jacob in
    Genesis 32. The 12 tribes of
    Israel were descended from his
    12 sons. These tribes later
    formed a united kingdom.

    It's been almost 3,000 years
    since the kingdom of Israel
    was split in two. Ten of the
    12 tribes of Israel rebelled
    against King Rehoboam,
    the son of King Solomon
    and grandson of King David.
    The Bible continued to refer
    to these 10 tribes as Israel
    while the other two tribes
    (Judah and Benjamin) that
    remained loyal to David's
    descendants were known
    as the kingdom of Judah or
    simply Judah.

    Sometimes Israel is referred
    to as the northern kingdom and
    Judah as the southern kingdom.
    Dominant among the northern
    tribes were to be the
    descendants of Jacob's
    son Joseph through
    his sons Ephraim and
    Manasseh-prophesied by
    Jacob to be the chief nations
    of the world in the last days
    (Genesis 49:1, 22-26; compare
    Deuteronomy 33:13-17).

    About 200 years after the
    kingdom split, the northern
    tribes of Israel fell to Assyria
    and were deported by the
    Assyrians to the northern
    parts of their empire.
    Often referred to now as
    the lost tribes, they later
    migrated northwest across
    Europe, eventually settling
    in new homelands far
    from the Middle East.

    The kingdom of Judah fell to
    Babylon more than a century
    after Israel's deportation, but
    its people were not lost to
    history. We know them today
    as the Jews.

    The name Ephraim is sometimes
    used representatively in Scripture
    for the entire northern kingdom,
    though it can also refer solely
    to the descendants of Joseph's
    son of that name-prophesied
    to become a "multitude of nations"
    (Genesis 48:19). Remarkably, this
    promise to Ephraim was fulfilled in
    the British Empire and Commonwealth.

    Ephraim's older brother Manasseh
    was also prophesied to become
    a great nation (same verse),
    separating himself from the
    multitude of nations. This
    prophecy would be fulfilled
    in the formation, growth
    and dominance of the
    United States of America.

    In a revealing prophecy regarding
    the United States and Britain, Jacob
    (Israel) said, "Let my name be
    named upon them" (verse 16).
    References to " Israel" in
    end-time prophecy often
    refer to the United States
    or the English-speaking
    countries of the British
    Empire or both. Sometimes
    " Israel" can mean all 12 tribes.
    We have to look at specific
    verses in their context to see
    which is meant.

    "Judah," however, always
    refers to the Jews, the
    descendants of the
    house or kingdom of Judah.
    We must also understand
    that the modern nation
    called Israel is really Judah,
    made up of Jews. (For much
    more detail, download or
    request our free booklet
    The United States and
    Britain in Bible Prophecy.)

    Understanding this critical
    part of biblical history will
    help us more fully
    comprehend a passage
    of Scripture in the book
    of Hosea, which is a
    prophecy about Ephraim
    (the multitude of nations-
    Great Britain and some
    of those nations that
    came out of her).
    It warns of destruction
    to follow the end-time
    ascendancy of the Israelite nations.

    In Hosea 5 we read a prophecy
    that mentions Israel, Ephraim
    and Judah: "The pride of
    Israel testifies to his face;
    therefore Israel and Ephraim
    stumble in their iniquity; Judah
    also stumbles with them"
    (verse 5). The prophecy
    continues: "With their flocks
    and herds they shall go to
    seek the Lord, but they will
    not find Him; He has
    withdrawn Himself from
    them. They have dealt
    treacherously with the
    Lord, for they have begotten
    pagan children. Now a New
    Moon shall devour them and
    their heritage" (verses 6-7).

    New moons occur a month
    apart. A new moon "devouring"
    them would seem to mean
    that Israel, Ephraim and
    Judah will all fall within one month.

    This prophecy was not
    fulfilled in ancient times.
    As already mentioned,
    ancient Judah fell to
    Babylon more than a
    century after Israel
    fell to Assyria. Yet in
    the end it appears they
    will fall together-within
    one month of each other.
    This prophecy remains to
    be fulfilled.

    Remember that Israel gave
    his name to Ephraim and
    Manasseh, the ancestors
    in turn of the British and
    American peoples. As
    Ephraim is mentioned
    separately in this prophecy,
    the reference to " Israel"
    must apply to the United
    States, which is now
    the more dominant of
    the two nations.

    For two centuries prior
    to World War II, the roles
    were reversed with the
    multitude of nations-the
    British Empire-a greater
    power than the single nation,
    the United States. But today
    America is the greater.

    "Judah" refers to the Jewish
    people, particularly those
    who now constitute the
    modern nation in the
    Middle East that calls
    itself Israel.

    Here then is a prophecy
    regarding all three nations-
    the United States, Britain and
    Israel (Judah). According to
    this prophecy, it appears that
    all three will fall within the span
    of a month. Verse 6 shows
    these nations turning back to
    God, but finding it's too late.
    Because of their sins, He will l
    et them suffer defeat and collapse.

    This prophecy could not have been
    fulfilled until after the rise of Britain
    and the United States as world
    powers in the 19th century and
    the formation of the Jewish state
    of Israel in the 20th.

    Lest the idea seem outlandish,
    consider that Israel and the
    United States are perhaps the
    most maligned and criticized
    nations on earth. Among Muslim
    hard-liners, America is commonly
    called "the great Satan" and
    Israel and Britain "the little Satans."

    6. The gospel will be preached
    in all the world

    In His major end-time prophecy,
    Jesus answers the question
    posed by the disciples:
    "When will these things
    be? And what will be the
    sign of your coming, and
    of the end of the age?" (Matthew 24:3).

    After listing a number of signs
    of the nearness of His coming,
    He reveals that "this gospel
    of the kingdom will be
    preached in all the world
    as a witness to all the nations,
    and then the end will come" (verse 14).

    The gospel is the good news of the
    coming Kingdom of God. This message
    could not be preached around the
    world without the Bible and freedom
    of religion. Both came gradually
    with the ascendancy of the
    English-speaking peoples
    from the 16th century
    until the present day.

    However, it was only with the
    technological advances of
    television and radio and
    other means of mass
    communication after World
    War II and their widespread
    acceptance that it became
    possible to reach hundreds
    of millions of human beings
    with the message of the Bible.
    The gospel of the Kingdom of
    God will continue to be preached
    to all nations as long as we have
    the freedom to continue The
    Good News magazine and
    our other media efforts.

    Even so, during the last 50
    years it has not been possible
    to reach all countries. The
    former communist nations
    did not allow freedom of religion.
    China, with one quarter of the
    world's people, still does not.
    Other nations also try to
    suppress the publication
    of biblical truth and even
    the Bible itself. Many Islamic
    nations do not allow religious
    freedom. In some countries people
    risk the death penalty for changing religion.

    But the Internet is changing everything.
    It is much harder for governments to
    control. The gospel message of the
    coming Kingdom of God is still
    going out to the world. It will
    finish when God has decided
    that His work is completed and
    the time is right for the final
    end-time events to take place.

    This is yet another prophecy
    that could not be fulfilled until
    recent times.

    7. Instant worldwide communications
    and God's final witnesses

    Another end-time Bible prophecy
    could not be fulfilled until this
    era of instant worldwide communications.

    In His major end-time prophecy
    of Matthew 24, Mark 13 and
    Luke 21, Jesus gave an outline
    of disasters that would occur
    on the world scene with increasing
    frequency and magnitude-to the
    point where people would be shaken
    with fear (Luke 21:26). Discerning an
    increase in the scale of these events
    and reacting to them requires knowing
    about them.

    At the time this prophecy was given,
    it could be many months or
    years before people heard
    about various disasters-
    and many they would never
    hear about at all, much less be
    able to put together the fact that
    catastrophes were on some
    kind of global increase.

    Only with the proliferation of
    newspapers and other forms
    of mass communications did
    this become remotely possible.
    Yet the level of awareness
    and consequent fear in many
    that Christ speaks of implies
    an even greater availability
    of information-possible
    only since the development
    of rapid electronic communications.

    In any case, only with the
    technological advances of the
    last few years has it become possible
    for the events in Revelation 11 to occur-
    for people around the world to see the fate
    of God's final two witnesses.

    These two witnesses, reminiscent
    of other biblical prophets like Elijah
    and Elisha, will carry God's final
    warning to the world in the last
    3 1/2 years leading up to Christ's return.

    "And I will give power to my two
    witnesses, and they will
    prophesy one thousand
    two hundred and sixty
    days . . . When they finish
    their testimony, the beast
    that ascends out of the
    bottomless pit will make
    war against them, overcome
    them and kill them. And their
    dead bodies will lie in the
    street of the great city
    which spiritually is called
    Sodom and Egypt, where
    also our Lord was crucified.

    "Then those from the peoples,
    tribes, tongues and nations
    will see their dead bodies
    three-and-a-half days, and
    not allow their dead bodies
    to be put into graves. And
    those who dwell on the
    earth will rejoice over them,
    make merry, and send gifts
    to one another, because
    these two prophets tormented
    those who dwell on the
    earth" (verses 3, 7-10).

    Note that people the world
    over will be able to see their
    dead bodies during the 3 1 ? 2
    days that they lie on display in
    Jerusalem. This was not possible
    before satellite television, portable
    communications devices and the
    Internet. Again, only in the last few
    years has it become possible for
    this prophecy to be fulfilled.
    It still lies in the future, of course,
    but only now it is clearly possible
    for this to take place.

    Will this generation see God's
    Kingdom established on earth?

    We have seen how seven biblically
    prophesied circumstances could
    not have come to pass until recent
    times. In fact, the establishment
    of the state of Israel in 1948 was
    clearly a major turning point in the
    fulfillment of Bible prophecy, as
    was the acquisition of the hydrogen
    bomb by the two superpowers of the
    1950s that led to the period of mutually
    assured destruction.

    All has now become possible.
    This, in turn, makes it much more
    likely that our generation will live
    to see Jesus Christ return and
    establish the Kingdom of God
    on earth. After all, Jesus Himself
    said that once these things begin,
    the generation alive at that time
    "will by no means pass away
    till all these things take place"
    (Matthew 24:34).

    It's both sobering and encouraging
    to think that we appear to be living
    in the generation that will ultimately
    witness the most important event
    in the history of mankind. As
    Jesus Christ tells His followers
    in Luke 21:28, "Now when these
    things begin to happen, look up
    and lift up your heads, because
    your redemption draws near." GN

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  • From Angus McLeod@VERT/ANJO to Spiffwiggler on Saturday, February 16, 2008 00:07:00
    Re: 7 Prophecies
    By: Spiffwiggler to All on Fri Feb 15 2008 13:22:00

    Seven Prophecies That Must Be Fulfilled Before Jesus Christ's Return Previous generations have thought that Jesus Christ would return in
    their lifetimes, but they were proven wrong. Many people alive today
    think that Christ's return is imminent. Certainly, the Bible contains prophecies that could not have been fulfilled until this generation.
    by Melvin Rhodes

    What a load of cobblers!

    Nine Hundred and Eighty lines of bullshit.

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  • From Newborn@VERT/HDCAFE to Spiffwiggler on Friday, February 15, 2008 21:17:00
    Re: 7 Prophecies
    By: Spiffwiggler to All on Fri Feb 15 2008 01:22 pm



    them and kill them. And their
    dead bodies will lie in the
    street of the great city
    which spiritually is called
    Sodom and Egypt, where
    also our Lord was crucified.

    "Then those from the peoples,
    tribes, tongues and nations
    will see their dead bodies
    three-and-a-half days, and
    not allow their dead bodies
    to be put into graves. And
    those who dwell on the
    earth will rejoice over them,
    make merry, and send gifts
    to one another, because
    these two prophets tormented
    those who dwell on the
    earth" (verses 3, 7-10).

    Note that people the world
    over will be able to see their
    dead bodies during the 3 1 ? 2
    days that they lie on display in
    Jerusalem. This was not possible
    before satellite television, portable
    communications devices and the
    Internet. Again, only in the last few
    years has it become possible for
    this prophecy to be fulfilled.
    It still lies in the future, of course,
    but only now it is clearly possible
    for this to take place.

    Will this generation see God's
    Kingdom established on earth?

    We have seen how seven biblically
    prophesied circumstances could
    not have come to pass until recent
    times. In fact, the establishment
    of the state of Israel in 1948 was
    clearly a major turning point in the
    fulfillment of Bible prophecy, as
    was the acquisition of the hydrogen
    bomb by the two superpowers of the
    1950s that led to the period of mutually
    assured destruction.

    All has now become possible.
    This, in turn, makes it much more
    likely that our generation will live
    to see Jesus Christ return and
    establish the Kingdom of God
    on earth. After all, Jesus Himself
    said that once these things begin,
    the generation alive at that time
    "will by no means pass away
    till all these things take place"
    (Matthew 24:34).

    It's both sobering and encouraging
    to think that we appear to be living
    in the generation that will ultimately
    witness the most important event
    in the history of mankind. As
    Jesus Christ tells His followers
    in Luke 21:28, "Now when these
    things begin to happen, look up
    and lift up your heads, because
    your redemption draws near." GN

    this prophecy to be fulfilled.
    It still lies in the future, of course,
    but only now it is clearly possible
    for this to take place.

    Will this generation see God's
    Kingdom established on earth?

    We have seen how seven biblically
    prophesied circumstances could
    not have come to pass until recent
    times. In fact, the establishment
    of the state of Israel in 1948 was
    clearly a major turning point in the
    fulfillment of Bible prophecy, as
    was the acquisition of the hydrogen
    bomb by the two superpowers of the
    1950s that led to the period of mutually
    assured destruction.

    All has now become possible.
    This, in turn, makes it much more
    likely that our generation will live
    to see Jesus Christ return and
    establish the Kingdom of God
    on earth. After all, Jesus Himself
    said that once these things begin,
    the generation alive at that time
    "will by no means pass away
    till all these things take place"
    (Matthew 24:34).

    It's both sobering and encouraging
    to think that we appear to be living
    in the generation that will ultimately
    witness the most important event
    in the history of mankind. As
    Jesus Christ tells His followers
    in Luke 21:28, "Now when these
    things begin to happen, look up
    and lift up your heads, because
    your redemption draws near." GN

    prophesied circumstances could


    It is indeed amazing that these prophesis's are now coming to
    fullfillment but then we have an amazing and wonderfull savior.
    May the Lord come soon (marantha) Brother.

    Newborn
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  • From The_Vipah@VERT/THEVAL to Spiffwiggler on Saturday, February 16, 2008 12:18:00
    (snipped many many lines of nonsense)

    Luckily none of this is true or exists.

    Heres my prophecy:

    "Man will destroy one another over their conflicting beliefs in non existant religious entities. When the final man falls, dying upon the ruined earth,
    no god, no one, will raise him up. The supposed path to salvation, will instead have become, all of humanities path to oblivion." - The_Vipah

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  • From The Immortal@VERT/LIGHTNIN to Angus McLeod on Saturday, February 16, 2008 16:15:00
    Re: 7 Prophecies
    By: Angus McLeod to Spiffwiggler on Sat Feb 16 2008 12:07 am


    What a load of cobblers!

    Nine Hundred and Eighty lines of bullshit.


    I wanna know howcome your bbs formats it to 80 columns when its 40 on mine because the guy just had to make it commodore compatible.
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