Many biblical prophecies have a type and an antitype, a former fulfillment and a latter one. If we really want to understand prophecy, we need to understand this concept.
The teaching of Jesus is the key to Revelation. The Olivet Prophecy (the testimony of Jesus) in Matthew 24 unlocks the meaning of the seals in Revelation.
Richard Ritenbaugh re-evaluates his earlier speculation that some members of the "Great Generation" (a term coined by Tom Brokaw referring to the survivors of World War II) will likely be alive at the return of Jesus Christ. The World War II gene. . .
Jesus tells us not to be troubled about the wars and rumors of wars, for they are like false labor pains. We are now at the beginning of sorrows.
John Ritenbaugh, referring to evangelist Harold Camping's failed prophecies of the end of the world, points out the woeful ignorance of many 'religious' people, especially in regard to Christ's warning that no one will know the day or the hour, and that ma. . .
Are we really so certain these are the last days? How can we know for sure? What does the Bible give as evidence that the last days are here?
Richard Ritenbaugh asserts that the fulfillment of the Day of Trumpets has the biggest immediate impact on us of all the Holy Days. This day depicts the time immediately before and after Christ's return, a time that if God would not intervene, no flesh wou. . .
We must make sure that our understanding and interpretation of natural disasters and heavenly spectacles align with what the Bible says about them.
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on our mind's tendency to wander when the details get too fast and furious, losing bits and pieces of the unfolding time-element, warns us that, if this happens when we study prophecy, we could be off by hundreds or thousands. . .
The passages that describe Christ's return in power and glory contain the same detail: that He will come in, on, or with clouds. Here is the significance.
David Grabbe, cuing in on verses in Matthew 24 and Luke 17, referring to the sign of eagles or vultures gathering together in the wake of God's impending judgment, corrects some misapplications of these verses, wherein people believe it refers to the Raptu. . .
Jesus does not specify in so many words what we are to watch. The evidence points to the fact that watching has everything to do with spiritual preparation.
Charles Whitaker, focusing on Matthew 10:23, submits that the formula "the coming of the Son of Man" (in its various formats) is code for "the Day of the Lord." (Not in scope are the several non-prophetic uses of the formula). The formu. . .
The time of Christ's return appears to be soon in the light of recent events. Watch for the gathering of armies around the future capital of the world.
Richard Ritenbaugh explains how Jesus Christ clarifies the whole matter of His return in the Olivet Prophecy. The underpinnings of this concept of Christ's dramatic return on the Day of Trumpets refer back to the memorial of blowing trumpets recorded in Ex. . .
In this sermon, John Ritenbaugh points out that the symbolism of the numerous (112) biblical references for trumpets suggests (1) an announcement of a specific event and (2) an alarm of what is to follow. In most cases the devastating horrendous events the. . .
Jesus' statement that 'Wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together' is a warning that He will judge those who resist Him.
Martin Collins, referring to the complex prophecies of Daniel 11 and 12, suggests that much of the interpretation of many parts of this prophetic passage, except for the fulfilled prophecy in Daniel 11:2-39, has not emerged clearly, and has been subject to. . .
Ryan McClure reflects that the tearful goodbyes at the close of the Feast of Tabernacles often lead to a kind of post-Feast blues. Contemplating the soon-coming Satanic festivals of Halloween, Christmas and New Year's takes the edge off the Feast—an. . .
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the shock and awe bombardment in Iraq, focuses upon the original shock and awe display on Mount Sinai, as well as the ultimate shock and awe campaign the world will experience at the second coming of Christ. Descriptions o. . .
John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon Paul's admonition about the night being far spent, warns us to make careful and judicious use of our time in anticipating the return of Jesus Christ. The death and destruction forecast by Christ would come from the hands of m. . .
The Feast of Trumpets memorializes God's deliverance of Israel beginning with Joseph, and looks forward to Christ's return when God will deliver His people.
Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing upon the tendency of our culture to be self-absorbed and self-glorifying, having erroneously absorbed the Darwinian concept of evolution, warns that civilization is clearly not progressing, but degenerating. The long life-spans. . .
God has the ability to protect and save in a variety of methods. The Scriptures reveal various purposes for intervention, protection, and prudent escape.
Martin Collins, acknowledging that people universally are curious about the future, asserts that prophecy is difficult and perplexing. Regardless of when Christ will return, we must be ready. False teachers, apostasy, and wars, as well as rumors of wars, w. . .
What God puts us through is designed to reveal reality to us. Accepting His doctrine without looking for loopholes will keep us true.
We live in a day of increasing knowledge—to the point that we are increasingly overloaded with information. Richard Ritenbaugh argues that these and other modern factors lend themselves to deception, yet this is one of the primary end-time trends tha. . .
The events in Matthew 24 parallel the six seals of Revelation 6 and the seventh seal of Revelation 7, showing a definite chronological progression.
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are a terrifying image of impending doom. The hoofbeats of these fearsome figures can already be heard on the earth!
Obsessing about the Place of Safety is a sure way to disqualify oneself from it. God calls some faithful, zealous ones for martyrdom during the Tribulation.
Each depiction of the Sixth Seal also shows God's involvement with physical Israelites. John's vision precedes a glimpse of 144,000 of the tribes of Israel.
Currently, some of the more important prophetic events we have been trained to watch for are just not happening. John Ritenbaugh explains, for instance, that Europe is not uniting as we once thought it would. How does this affect our interpretation of the . . .
God see His Holy Days (include the weekly Sabbath) as typical places of safety. Such occasions foreshadow a time when the wolf and lamb dwell together.
David Maas, noticing a recurring theme this past month in messages throughout the greater Church of God, a theme concerning the differences between the faithful and evil servants in the last verses of the Olivet prophecy, focuses on imagery from the Earnes. . .
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon an 1858 speech of Abraham Lincoln, in which he warned of a deadly enemy from within which would be many times more dangerous than any external foreign power, suggests that the attack has already begun. This deadly attack de. . .
John Ritenbaugh suggests that the people everywhere seem frazzled, distressed, and terrified as a dark, evil, sinister force seems to be engulfing the world. The continued angst from dealing with this continual pathogenic zeitgeist threatens to render all . . .
John Reid reflects on a prior cruise to the Mediterranean in which he visited the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Areopagus, Athens, and other locales in which the apostle Paul had walked. The pillars of the Parthenon were fitted together in sections. We, as. . .
At God's command, the white horse and its rider ride over the earth 'conquering and to conquer.' It is a precursor of the destruction that is wrought by its fellows.
In an environment in which we are continually lied to (in politics, popular media, marketing techniques, insurance adjustment, etc.) it is no wonder that our faith in anything is flagging. Nevertheless, we are asked to believe in a Being nobody has directl. . .
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