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Discover the Book - May 4, 2009

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The Plan of Jesus

 

Jesus Has Warned About the Dangers Coming in the Future

Mt. St. Helen's belched gray steam plumes hundreds of feet into the blue Washington sky.  Geologists watched their seismographs in growing wonder as the earth danced beneath their feet.  Rangers and state police, sirens blaring, herded tourists and residents from an ever-widening zone of danger.  Every piece of scientific evidence being collected in the laboratories and on the field predicted the volcano would soon explode with a fury that would leave the forests flattened.

"Warning~" blared loudspeakers on patrol cars and helicopters hovering overhead.

"Warning!" pleaded radio and television announcers, short-wave and citizens-band operators. 

"Warning!" echoed up and down the mountain; and lakeside villages, tourists camps and hiking trails emptied as people heard the warnings and fled for their lives.

But Harry Truman refused to budge.  Harry was the caretaker of a recreation lodge on Spirit Lake, five miles north of Mt. Saint Helen’s smoke-enshrouded peak.  The rangers warned Harry of the coming blast.  Neighbors begged him to join them in their exodus.  Even Harry's sister called to talk sense into the old man's head.  But Harry ignored the warnings.  From the picture- postcard beauty of his lakeside home reflecting the snow-capped peak overhead, Harry grinned on national television and said, "Nobody knows more about this mountain than Harry and it don't dare blow up on him...."

On 18 May 1980, as the boiling gases beneath the mountain's surface bulged and buckled the landscape to its final limits, Harry Truman cooked his eggs and bacon, fed his sixteen cats the scraps, and began to plant petunias around the border of his freshly mowed lawn.  At 8:31 A.M. the mountain exploded.

Did Harry regret his decision in that millisecond he had before the concussive waves, traveling faster than the speed of sound, flattened him and everything else for 150 miles?  Did he have time to mourn his stubbornness as millions of tons of rock disintegrated and disappeared into a cloud reaching ten miles into the sky?  Did he struggle against the wall of mud and ash fifty feet high that buried his cabin, his cats and his freshly mowed lawn--or had he been vaporized (like 100,000 people at Hiroshima) when the mountain erupted with a force 500 times greater than the nuclear bomb which leveled that Japanese city?

Now, Harry is a legend in the corner of Washington where he refused to listen.  He smiles down on us from posters and T- shirts and beer mugs.  Balladeers sing a song about old Harry, the stubborn man who put his ear to the mountain but would not heed the warnings.

Revelation 1:7-8 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.”  NKJV

  • Matthew 24:30 "Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. NKJK
  • Matthew 26:64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” NKJV
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels,8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. NKJK
  • Revelation 20:11-12 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. NKJV

  Jesus Explains to His own about the Future

  God here gives us an outline  “Write...”

1.   “the things which you have seen” = 1:9-20 A Vision of Christ or Christ in prophetic perspective. 

2.   “and the things which are” = 2:1 - 3:22 A Vision of Church or Church in prophetic perspective. 

3.   “and the things which shall take place after these things” A Vision of future or end times in prophetic perspective.

 Scholars of prophecy do not agree on all the details of future events. But the following summary is a fair representation of what many prophetic scholars believe as to the order of events:

  1. The Rapture of the church (1 Cor. 15:51-58; 1 Thes. 4:13–18). This can occur at any time.
  2. The leader of the ten European nations makes a seven-year agreement with Israel (Dan. 9:26–27).
  3. After three-and-one-half years, he breaks the agreement (Dan. 9:27).
  4. He moves to Jerusalem and sets up his image in the temple (2 Thes. 2:3–4; Rev. 13).
  5. The Antichrist begins to control the world and forces all people to worship and obey him. At this time God sends great tribulation upon the earth (Matt. 24:21).
  6. The nations gather at Armageddon to fight the Antichrist and Israel, but see the sign of Christ’s coming and unite to fight Him (Zech. 12; Rev. 13:13–14; 19:11ff).

7.   Jesus returns to the earth, defeats His enemies, is received by the Jews, and establishes His kingdom on earth (Rev. 19:11ff; Zech. 12:7–13:1). He will reign on earth for 1,000 years (Rev. 20:1–5). [2]

God's Has Laid out the Steps from Here to Eternity

Bible prophecy is a record written long ago of how God will deal with mankind to the end of the earth. It is possible to trace a timetable of prophetic events, from the angelic hosts who announced Christ's birth  to the time when we join in  the multitude worshiping the King of Kings. 

One amazing portion of the Bible is in Daniel 9:24-27. In these verses God shows Daniel His 70 prophetic “weeks” (490 years). This is God’s timetable for the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem. The events God describes are:

  • Christ’s death as a sacrifice for sin,
  • Christ establishing His kingdom,
  • And a rebuilt millennial temple. 

The 69 weeks or 483 years contain the command for Jerusalem’s rebuilding, Christ's birth. When Christ is rejected and “cut off” or put to death by crucifixion, this ends the 69 weeks. The destruction of the Temple in AD 70 finalizes the effects of Israel’s rejection. After an unspecified period of time in Daniel 9:26, the last week or seven years start up. They speak of the end time evil of the Anti-Christ, and the momentous events prior to Christ's 2nd coming in power and glory. Zechariah 12-14 describe the remnant of Jews who see Jesus as Messiah, repent and turn to Him. The gap between the 69th and 70th week has been almost 2,000 years which is the church age.

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