Excerpt from Whole Bible Prophecy

Isaiah 46:9-10 NASB95. 9“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, 10Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;

Whole Bible prophecy is my attempt to meld or blend or weave all of the words God has given us into a complete picture of what He wants from us, what has happened when we don’t give it to Him, and what will happen if we continue to reject Him. The message from God is “REPENT.” Return to following the whole of His Word, including all of His laws.

Too often, interpreters grab parts of books or verses and patch them together while attempting to plug in current events. They ignore passages that don’t bear on the message they want to convey. I, on the other hand, do not think that any one part of the Bible stands alone. God has breathed out a complete picture in His Words, and anyone who wants to understand that picture not only has to look at the whole thing, we need to live the whole thing.

The place to start for understanding prophecy is, well, The Beginning. The book of Genesis is the back drop for every succeeding event or prophecy. In loving grace, God made a perfect place and created perfect beings to inhabit it and take care of it. Dad and mom (Adam and Eve) decided to ignore His Word and go their own way, and every child since has done the same thing. Some of us have repented and order our lives after His wisdom and ways, but the majority of people insist on continuing the sin of Adam.

All the world’s troubles can be traced back to rebellion against anything to do with God. Imagine a place and time with no war, disease or pestilence. Paradise. We had it, and didn’t want it. We chose and still choose to pursue our own ways and goals, but apart from God and His life, we just create death and destruction. I don’t know if you see it or not, but our world is already gone. You can see it in the way we cater to people with money, and the way people with money use it to further the destruction of godly culture. It is there in the thinking that everything is fine and getting better. It is in the distancing of ourselves from the morality and life in God’s Law, with the Church leading the way. It is illustrated for us in so many of the ways we treat each other, from the ho-hum reaction to the slow disappearance of our rights, on up to the spinelessness of political leaders. We are at the exact point of thinking “peace and safety” as the storm from sudden destruction is on the horizon and coming fast, just like the flood.

The Mark of God

There is lots of discussion centered around the mark of the beast. But do you know what the mark of God is? It is mentioned in the Bible long before the mark of the beast. Bruce has an article about it at the Whole Bible Christian website. There is also a book in the works called ‘Whole Bible Prophecy’ where some of this is covered.

Christian Faith and Practice through the Mark

Rapture and Resurrection

Something from the other book we’re working on, ‘Whole Bible Prophecy,’ with some personal thoughts.

Trusting God. A while ago I converted from popular Christian fantasy of a rapture to the biblical reality that believers are going through the Tribulation. I’m a reformed dispensationalist. At first the realization is a terrifying prospect, like the second term of an Obama presidency. We know there’s a lot of bad stuff going to happen. We know the destruction will be worldwide. The prospect is enough to make a young person’s hair turn grey, and turn an old person’s bones to jelly. There’s a temptation to fling everything down and run for the hills. But we have God, we have His Son, and we have His Word.

We do not need to fear the conspiracies of men. The worst of them are but a vapor on the timeline of eternity. Men and their plans die. God’s eternal life is forever. I place myself in His care, trusting that He will guide and protect. His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. My job is to trust and continue to work His Word, every part, into my life.

The undeniable fact is that the rapture will take place after the resurrection. There is not much Scripture on the rapture, but there is a great deal on the resurrection. For the righteous dead in Christ the resurrection will take place at the end of the Tribulation. The wicked are resurrected at the end of the 1,000 year kingdom. There are hints in the Word that believers will be protected through the “time of trouble.”

Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the LORD. (Zephaniah 2:3, ESV)

Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead. Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. For behold, the LORD is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain. (Isaiah 26:19–21, ESV)

One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:4–5, ESV)

The point is, whatever is going to happen, we have to trust God. We have to trust God in order to be able to hear Him when He tells us where to go and what to do. We refine our hearing now by doing all of His Word all of the time.