October 9, 2009
I greet you once again in the Name of Jesus!
If you have been following these posts the past few weeks you may have wondered why when I started this section discussing the furor over December 21, 2012 that I would spend so much time discussing patterns and cycles that we see throughout the Bible as well as in history. The reason is pretty simple. I want to illustrate beyond any reasonable doubt that the Bible, God’s holy written Word, is the only reliable source for predicting the future as well as navigating successfully through the present.
Think about this next statement carefully. God knows the future better than any man knows the past. While He deals with us in time, He Himself is not bound by time. The passage of time in the spirit realm is not like the passage of time in the natural realm. We understand time on a linear level, whereas God sees time cyclically. In other words, prophetic time sees certain events as happening in the past that will repeat at certain intervals. If you will recall, one our foundational scriptures is Isaiah 46:9, 10. Here the Word says, 9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure. [Isa. 46:9, 10 NKJV]
Think about it, our God has declared the end from the beginning. This means that if you want to understand how everything will end, you need to have a strong grasp of how it all began. We can observe as we study the Bible and history that there are cycles and patterns that repeat. Another of our foundational scriptures is found in Ecclesiastes 1:9, 9 That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. [Eccl. 1:9 NKJV] This truth is reiterated in Ecclesiastes 3:15.
Another thing that we see throughout scripture, especially the Old Testament, is types and shadows. That is something that can be observed as happening at a certain point in history that points to or pre-figures, if you will, a future event. An example of this can be seen in the parallels between the Nation of Israel and Jesus. There were many types and shadows with respect to Israel perfectly fulfilled in the life and ministry of Jesus.
Born in Canaan Born in Canaan
Israel moved to Egypt to escape death (Gen. 46:6) Jesus moved to Egypt to escape death Began conquest after crossing the Jordan Began ministry after crossing Jordan
Wandered in wilderness 40 years Tempted in wilderness 40 days
12tribes under the leadership 12 disciples under the leadership of Jesus
of Moses & Joshua
Joshua died and left elders in charge of Israel Jesus left the 12 disciples to carry on on His work
There is another clue to the future in Israel’s past. Israel began to cry out for a king so that they would be like the nations of the world. In the future, the nations of the world will forget God and embrace a dictator unlike any other. According to scripture, the man that Israel made king (Saul) turned on the priesthood and persecuted them. In the future the Antichrist, after making a peace treaty with Israel, will turn and persecute God’s people, the Jews.
- After Saul’s death, David was made king
- After seven years, David conquered Jerusalem and subdued his enemies
- After seven years of tribulation King Jesus will subdue all of His enemies and make Jerusalem His capital
We see the end revealed in the beginning. As we compare the birth of Christ with His Second Coming we see more interesting parallels.
- Before the birth of Christ the entire Mediterranean world was under the occupation of the Roman Empire – Before the Second Advent there will be a world-wide government promising universal peace. (1 Thess. 5:3)
- To announce the birth of Christ God put cosmic signs in the heavens (the star of Bethlehem) – Before His Return there will be signs in the heavens (Luke 21:25)
I want to conclude this edition of THE WEEKLY WORD showing a comparison of the ministry of Elijah, with events during the tribulation period. Remember, the end is revealed in the beginning. A foundational scripture for this section is Malachi 4:5, 6; 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. 6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” [Mal. 4:5, 6 NKJV] Consider the following,
- 42 months of judgment (1 Kin. 17:1/Rev. 11:2)
- 42 months of no rain (1 Kin. 17:1/Rev. 11:6)
- Famine in the land (1 Kin. 18:2/Rev. 6:5)
- Food rationing (1 Kin. 18:4/Rev. 6:6)
- Brook dried (1 Kin. 17:7/Rev. 16:12 – rivers dried up)
- Remnant in caves (1 Kings 18:4/Rev. 12:17)
- Fire from heaven (1 Kings 18:38/Rev. 13:13)
- False religion (1 Kings 18:19/Rev. 13:14)
- 7000 did not bow (20:15)
- Caught into heaven (2 Kings 2:11/Rev. 11:12
The end is revealed in the beginning.
Next time we will bring this around and make some conclusions and gain additional insight.
The Weekly Word is found in Romans 11:1. Here the Bible says,
1 I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. [Rom. 11:1 NKJV]
Until next time, this is THE WEEKLY WORD.
Pastor Kevin E. Johnson