Bible Prophecy Explained

I have decided to build a new section on this website and it will be dedicated to bible prophecy. I have been a student of bible prophecy since the early 1980’s. Over the course of time I have read many books with different points of view. My own research and study has led me into a belief system that is somewhat different from what was brought out in the left behind series and the belief systems that were established in the 20th century.

Many people seem to tie biblical prophecy to current events while ignoring the overall theme of prophecy. This has led to a lot of error and wrong teaching in the 20th century. Books like 88 reasons why Jesus will return in 1988 and others like it seem to only focus on the rapture of the church and they ignore the truly amazing prophecies that have already come to pass. These books are filled with errors and they are responsible for creating new beliefs that did not exist before the 20th century.

Many people during this time frame (my self included) viewed bible prophecy as a fire escape. We were really more concerned about when we were getting out of here and when the world was going to end. These prophecies served as a whipping post that tied the believer to many denominations that practiced legalism. This fueled the fire escape theology of the 20th century. To be fair, many people were looking for a way of escape more than we were looking at the absolute amazement and beauty of all prophecy as a complete picture. This is why teachings and books about the rapture became very popular. It seemed to be what most people were focused on.

Not only were there grave errors and misinterpretations, people inserted their own personal actions and ministry as a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. People tied bible prophecy to current events such as the formation of the European Union. Some people even proclaimed themselves to be prophets. There was even a church in Northern California that claimed to be the man-child found in Revelation chapter 12, but nothing could be further from the truth. I ran into a girl who claimed to be one of the two witnesses in the book of Revelation.

I spent most of the 1990’s breaking free from these various belief systems. I came to understand prophecy as a complete picture declaring the beginning and the end. No longer was biblical prophecy fire escape doctrine. It was replaced with an understanding of a greater God! I quickly discovered that God is greater than I could even imagine. An amazing and awe-struck wonder as to who God really is overtook me as I began to understand the truth in bible prophecy.

There is another problem that I see. Much of the belief system that originated in the 20th century has carried over to the 21st century. In addition to this people started to use bible prophecy for their own personal gain. Many currency pumpers exploited the belief in bible prophecy to acquire investors. The Iraqi dinar was sold under a false notion that the currency was somehow part of a fulfillment of prophecy.

Therefore, for all these reasons I decided to put together a complete biblical prophecy series on this website. I want to address many misconceptions. This is going to take a while. I am writing about what I studied for over 30 years. I will try to present everyone’s point of view along with my own. One reason for this is because people who don’t have much background in bible prophecy will get a brief history on what was taught. We can also use these examples so we can see the right way to interpret prophecy. There is actually a set of rules as to how it is done and the bible outlines all of them. From there you can draw your own conclusions.

I have started this massive project by created a main prophecy page. While you read through it you just click on sub pages and each sub page is a detailed study in and of itself. We start off by explaining the basics. In this section we explain the rules for interpretation. We also discuss 7 key concepts for bible prophecy interpretation. We will also look at something called Hermeneutics. This will outline the proper way to approach scripture. Finally we will outline different belief systems.

After this we will look at prophecies Jesus already fulfilled the first time he came to earth. Part 1 covers his birth and lineage. Part 2 covers his ministry and death. There are well over 300 prophecies that were fulfilled the first time Jesus came to earth. Looking at these prophecies in detail presences an outline as to how future bible prophecy is to be interpreted. Past fulfillment of scripture serves to outline future interpretation! We can use the same approach the apostles used to show how Jesus fulfilled scripture. In many cases we see scripture taken in a very literal sense.

In the “Prophecies Concerning The Nation of Israel series we out line many prophecies that Israel already fulfilled. Once again, we can see a pattern emerge. There are many details in this 4 part series. Many people know and believe that bible prophecy was fulfilled when Israel became a nation again on May 14th, 1948, but there are other fulfillments as well.

The dispersion of Israel into all nations also known as the Diaspora is also a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. These prophecies are found in the Old Testament and were written down well before the main dispersment began. Israel was dispersed starting in 70 AD. The regathering of Israel is also prophesied. There are other prophecies that came to pass when Israel was restored as a nation. Their language, system of money, and their agriculture, were restored as foretold in the Old Testament. In fact, the very order of their locations and how they would regather as a nation are also found in Old Testament scripture.

There is some prophecy left to be fulfilled. But by studying what has already happened we can see a proper way to interpret what is going to happen. These prophecies will be complete in their season. We go into details on a few of these events.

From there we go into the book of Daniel. This is another four-part series and it covers all of the prophecies that are outlined in that book. Many are fulfilled and some will be completed in their season. I got one more study to add to complete this series,

This represents what I have done so far but I got much more to do. I am going to write a series on Revelation. I am going to write about the millennial reign of Christ. I am going to write about the rapture of the church. I am going to assemble a time line. I am going to talk about a few other prophecies that are not normally discussed. So I am about half way done. I am double checking and triple checking 30 years of notes.

So in conclusion, half of this section is up and ready to go. Hopefully the rest will be done soon. Send your feedback and let me know if there is anything I am overlooking.

 

Just Where Did The Bible Come From?

open_bibleOver the years I had several people approach me and try to debate the validity of the bible with me. I did not seek these people out, they engaged me in an effort to shame me for believing in what they considered to be fairy tales and myths. Some of these people have even been family members.

The typical question I always get is this, How can you trust a book that was written 2,000 years ago by a group of men? The frequency of this question surprises me and it is painfully obvious that this has come from someone’s talking points. It is also obvious that this question is always asked in ignorance. If they knew where the bible actually came from they would not ask this question.

My response is always the same. I first ask them if they have ever read the bible, The answer to that is usually no, although some have claimed they have. I press the ones that claim they have read the bible for more information. I want to know their opinion about certain things I find in scripture. Eventually they admit they know little about a book they so harshly judge.

scrolls2At that point I begin to explain that the bible is not one book, but many books. The bible is a collection of books. This collection contains 66 books that were written over a period of 2100 years, on three different continents, with over 39 different authors, in three different languages. I break it down further. I talk about time periods for certain books and go into details on history. I talk about Rome and the rise of the church. Then I talk about how all the books were gathered together in the fourth century AD for what we know as the bible today. It was not written 2,000 years ago!

By the time I am done the person that asked the question is staring at me with eyes glazed over trying to absorb the information, It is at that point I have a certain look in my face with a matching body expression that says ask me another question! I dare you, I DARE YOU!

You see the reason for the question was to make me look like an idiot and to mock me for my belief in scripture. Here are people who know little about scripture and they want to make fun of me for putting my faith in what I strongly consider to be God’s word. A lot of times these critics have not thought their actions through. Then every once in a while I will get one brave soul that asks yet another question. Why do we need so many different versions anyway? I think to myself, ok you asked for it.

deadseascrollI respond by going into the history of the persecuted church and talk about how the scriptures use to be in latin only. The Catholic church outlawed translations in other languages. Then I go into details about the different translations in germany during the 15 century and the Gutenberg press. I talk about those who were martyred for the translations they made and how many reformist fled England during the reign of Bloody Mary. No not the drink, the tyrant ruler who wanted to return England back to Roman rule. Then from there we get into the Geneva version of 1599 and then the King James version of 1611. I talk about the people involved in the process of these translations and give reasons for them. I go into details about manuscripts and scholars.

By now their eyes are really glazed over and there I am with my body expression which is saying, ask me another question! I dare you! I DARE YOU!

7q5Every once in a while one very brave soul will ask me yet another question. Some people never learn. What proof do you have?! It is at that point I begin to explain what the dead sea scrolls are and from there I go into biblical archeology,  I also explain the thousands of fragments that were found like Magdalen papyrus, Fragment 7Q5, Fragment P52, and other writings from the early church fathers. I talk about the way written recorded church history coincides with early Roman records.

Of course by this time they realize they have bitten off more than they can chew and I have never received a fourth question from any of these people. What started out as an attempt to shame me for my beliefs has turned into them realizing they don’t know much about the bible and they don’t have the full picture. The main reaction I get is TMI overload. (Too Much Information)

MagdalenAbout a month ago I am watching a History Channel propaganda piece called Mankind The Story of Us. I have learned a long time ago that it is not wise to get my theology from the History Channel. They always come up with the strangest stuff. But they said something during the course of this series that I could not ignore. This statement not only offended me, but the stupidity of it was more than I could personally bare. During one of the episodes they claimed that the bible was written in Babylon.

No No No! How could they say something so blatantly stupid! I think I was mad because I knew that a lot of people would hear that dribble and think it was from a credible source. It was at that time that I decided to write an apologetics section on this website for the bible as a whole. This is not a defense for any topic in the bible but rather the book as a whole. I will explain were it came from and supply resources so people could gather information on their own. This is how it breaks down.

Bible Origins

This page breaks down where the bible came from and it even talks about some of the books that were not included in the bible. If you have ever wondered how the bible came to be and why it is reliable then this section is for you

Resources

This page provides free resources for anyone who wants to read or study scripture. Included in these resources are commentaries, dictionaries, concordances, and study guides. early church writings, and other books that did not make it into the bible are also included for you to read. Everything is free!

Biblical History

This page covers 2,000 years of church history. It also covers traditions that were added to the church in later years. It gives you many important archeological discoveries that back up the stories that are told in the bible.

Proof for Moses

This section talks about myths regarding Moses and the children of Israel while they were in Egypt. We also cover possible locations for Mount Sinai and the Red Sea Crossing.