Prophecy by the Numbers - Signs of His Coming
This week I was examining just how much God has left for us to know about the future. Here is what I found summarized by a series of NUMBERS!
I hold in my hand the ONE Book that God wrote—the Bible.
That one book has TWO parts—the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Those two parts are made up of SIXTY-SIX individual books we call the 39 Old Testament books and the 27 New Testament books.
This one book, made up of 66 books has a total of 31,103 verses.
Of all the verses in the Bible 8,352 verse are prophetic or spoke to future events. All Biblical predictions about the future in these thousands verses can be grouped into 737 different predictions.
Of these 8,352 verses, 6,312 (or 522 different predictions) have already happened to the letter, JUST LIKE God's Word said they would.
That leaves just about 2,040 verses with 215 specific predictions from God about the end of the world that are in process of being fulfilled.
So, the Bible contains many specific events that would signal the end of days for life on planet earth as it has been for the past several thousand years.
Each of the prophetic signs Christ and His apostles gave are specific and not vague.
Jesus explained to us in Matthew 24, verses 8 and 33-34—that these events would begin at the same time, run concurrently, and crescendo like the pains of a woman giving birth—the closer we get to His Second coming.
Matthew 24:8, 33-34 "All these are the beginning of sorrows. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place."
The list of Biblical Signs of Christ's Return will not actually be full blown until the Tribulation time.
Each of the signs of Christ's Return He said--are trends.
These trends are speeding up—the last seconds of the countdown clock of Christ's return are clicking down.
Each day the prophetic picture Christ painted grows clearer.
Each of these signs were captured by the apostles and prophets between 2,000 and 3,500 years ago.
Now they are happening in our lifetime!
But, in all of history--ONLY our generation has seen EVERY ONE of these events starting to unfold.
All of the yet to be completed prophecies fit within these seven major events. Probably the most exciting of all are the signs of Christ's Second Coming. There are dozens of them. Jesus described many of them in incredible detail. But here is what I want you to see—Jesus said these signs would not suddenly appear. He said that they would rather become a trend that amplified and strengthened until it became overwhelming like "birth pangs".
Before I survey the seven major events and help you get each one clearly in your mind, let me give you just a handful of the precise, clear, specific predictions that Christ's Words in this Book give us. You may be startled. Every one of the signs Christ gave are present in your world today. You are the first generation in all of history to experience these trends, these signs—all at once!
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