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Like at the fall of Rome present-day monopolists and business elites are
getting arrogant. Thinking they can bring the world under their corporate
control with impunity.
They think they are in control.
They are not in control.
Jah in control.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Psalm 23 - A Psalm of David
Many Christians believe that the tribulation is a future period of time that will be marked by unprecedented evil and persecution (Daniel 12:1). They contend that the antichrist, Satan's chosen world leader, will brutally torture God's people during this period (Revelation 13). In turn, God will unleash his wrath upon the antichrist and his followers during this period (Revelation 8:2-9:21). The tribulation will culminate in the battle of Armageddon, in which Christ will defeat the antichrist and his forces, a victory which will set the stage for Jesus' kingdom.
Some Christians don't believe that the tribulation described in the book of Revelation refers to a specific time period. Instead, they see the tribulation as a symbolic term for the constant conflict between good and evil that has existed throughout history. These Christians don't believe the evil and persecution will increase in the last days. Rather, they believe that the church of Christ will gradually convert the world and usher in Jesus' kingdom.[I don't believe that! TG]
Those who view the tribulation as a specific period of time generally agree that it will last seven years - from the rapture of the church - to the Second Coming of Christ. Some Christians go so far as to divide the tribulation into specific sections. They base these divisions on the prophetic writings of Daniel 9:24-27.
The first half of the tribulation - the first three-and-a-half years - will see the seven seal judgments (Revelation 6), the seven trumpet judgments (Revelation 8-9), the ministry of the two witnesses (Revelation 11:3-6) and the rise of the antichrist and his forces (Revelation 12:3, 13:1 and 17:12). The middle of the tribulation will be marked by the death and resurrection of the two witnesses (Revelation 11:7-13), the persecution of the Jewish nation (Revelation 12:1-6), the death and resurrection of the antichrist (Revelation 13:3-4) and the antichrist's defilement of the temple (Daniel 9:27, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Matthew 24:15). The last part of the tribulation will include the seven bowl judgments, the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-21) and the conversion of Israel (Romans 11:25-27).
There are lots of problems with the present day 'Church'. Professional paid preachers are not biblical, membership of occult groups such as the freemasons is widespread amongst Church of England and other establishment clergy. [see 'Freemasonry' by John Lawrence, Gazelle books, 1999] Churches have invested in weapons companies, talked down to the congregation, they used bad translations of the Bible, miss out important Books and Chapters of The Bible.... The Church is described by many as a building not as God's people. For these and many other reasons I seek out genuine participatory gatherings for fellowship.
I don't care about all this stuff
the ten commandments are just there
to stop me having a good time!
Jesus was a sensitive and genuinely popular teacher, as well as the long-prophesied son of God. How strange then that 'Christians' today are often portrayed by the mainstream media to seem intolerant and even dictatorial. Genuine Christians are often labeled 'fundamentalist'. Does that mean that because they study the Bible themselves, as opposed to having it spoon fed to them in 'church', they are somehow less trustworthy? In reality Christians tend to fall into two categories: those such as 'crusading' killers, masonic clergy, charismatic 'evangelists' who use Christ's name as a cloak of legitimacy; and the more genuine, quiet and simple followers of Jesus' teachings.
The books of Daniel and Revelation are the natural starting point for many End Times scholars and researchers. Or Old Testament Prophets Ezekiel 7, Jeremiah 25, Daniel 10 and Zephaniah 1 to be a bit more specific. Revelation describes God's final harvest or 'threshing' of mankind vividly.
These Messianic Jewish publications are highly recommended Christian/Jewish resources:
Jewish New Testament, trans. David H Stern, pub. Jewish New Testament
Publications, ISBN 965 359 006 5
Jewish New Testament Commentary, David H Stern, pub. Jewish New Testament Publications, ISBN 965 359 008 1
Complete Jewish Bible, trans. David H Stern, pub. Jewish New Testament Publications Inc., ISBN 965 359 015 4
A wicked world leader who exalts himself as Jesus' adversary, brings about the tribulation, and is defeated at Armageddon. The antichrist is also identified in Scripture as 'the beast' (Revelation 13:1-18; 19:19-20), 'the man of sin,' 'lawless one' or 'man of destruction' (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, 9-10) and 'a little horn' (Daniel 7:8-27). Only John's letters use the term 'antichrist' (1 John 2:18,22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7).
Also known as the 'second beast' he seduces the world into worshipping the antichrist (Revelation 13:11-17). The false prophet performs astonishing miracles, which include causing idols to speak (Revelation 13:11-15). He attempts to force people to worship the beast by allowing only those who have the 'mark of the beast' to buy and sell.
Sent by God to proclaim the Good News to non-believers (Zechariah 4:12-14; Revelation 11:3-4), the two witnesses have miraculous powers, similar to Moses and Elijah (Revelation 11:5-6). At the end of 1,260 days, they are killed by the antichrist, who desecrates their dead bodies by leaving them to rot in the city of Jerusalem (Revelation 11:3-10). Three days after their deaths the witnesses are raised to heaven. As a result of this miracle many people believe in God (Revelation 11:11-13).
Day in and day out we live our lives as if there will be a tomorrow... another day to do our chores and pursue our dreams. But The Bible says that one day this world will come to an end. We will no longer live out our lives as we had before. No one knows the day or hour when the world will end (Mark 13:32) instead he simply warns us, "Be on your guard" (Mark 13:23)
Many of the signs predicted in scripture involve 'Isreal'. Passages like Isaiah 11:11-12:6; Ezekiel 20:33-44; and Zephaniah 2:1-3 deal with the regathering of Isreal. People who are most concerned about staying abreast of the 'signs of the times' always keep a watchful eye on the Middle East and Temple Mount in particular.
The Bible tells us in some detail what signs will indicate that the end is drawing near. The increase in warfare, tyranny and the rise of false prophets are only some of these signs.
|People living as if God didn't exist||Genesis 6:1; Luke 17:26|
|Vacuum in world leadership||Psalm 2:1-3; Revelation 13:4-9|
|Explosion of knowledge and freedom of travel||Daniel 12:14|
|Wars and rumours of wars||Mark 13:7|
|Widespread acceptance of immoral behaviour||Luke 17:26-30; 2 Peter 2:1-8|
|Human leader declares himself to be a god||2 Thessalonians 2:3-4|
|Increased demonic activity||1 Timothy 4:1-3|
|Widespread abandonment of the Christian faith||1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 4:3-4|
|Evidence of breakdown in families||2 Timothy 3:1-3|
|Spirit of selfishness and materialism||2 Timothy 3:1-2|
|General disrespect for others||2 Timothy 3:2-4|
|People ridiculing God's word||2 Peter 3:2-4; Jude 17-18|
|Significant shifts in political power and influence||Revelation 13:3-7|
The word 'Tribulation' comes from the Latin word 'tribulum' meaning a 'threshing board' used at harvest-time.
An Earthquake. Fiery hail. Devastating wars. After that, widespread death and persecution. This is only the beginning of the misery this world will have to suffer during a special period called The Tribulation, or the period of "terrible suffering" (Revelation 7:14). Although prophecy experts differ on what will occur during this period, the following events are the ones commonly believed to take place during the tribulation. Timothy R Phillips
The two witnesses will preach the Good News.
The antichrist will kill the two witnesses in Jerusalem,
The antichrist will rise to power.
The whole world will worship the antichrist as god.
The antichrist will defile the Jerusalem temple.
Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15-16
The antichrist's kingdom will be completely destroyed.
Isreal will be invaded.
The nations will gather to fight God at Armageddon.
Revelation 14:14-20; 16:16; 19:11-21
The Book of Revelation isn't the only source of information for End Time events. The Bible is full of prophecies and passages that shed light on the last days of this world. Here are some of the best-known passages
WHAT IT DESCRIBES
|Daniel 9||Daniel provides a timeline of world history and end-time events
in his vision of the seventy sets of seven time periods
|Matthew 24||Jesus tells his followers about the signs that will mark the end times|
|1 Thessalonians 4:16-17||Paul describes the resurrection at Jesus' second coming|
|2 Thessalonians 2:1-12||Paul describes the man of sin who will appear during the end times|
|2 Timothy 3:1-4||Paul offers a telling description of society during the last days|
|1 John 2:18-27||John warns us about the antichrist|
|Revelation 1-22||John describes his eye-popping vision of what will occur during
the end times what the next world will be like, the antichrist and much more
Jesus had quite a bit to say about the end of the world. He could see into the future, knew how the world would end and gave his followers a hint of what would come. He painted vivid pictures of what will occur at the end of world history for his disciples and ultimately for us. Here is what he said:
WHAT HE SAID
WHERE TO FIND IT
|Many false saviours will deceive people.||Luke 17:2-30|
|Before the end the good news will spread throughout the whole world.||Matthew 24:1-42|
|A loud trumpet-blast will accompany Jesus' return.
Everyone in the world will know Jesus has returned.
|All the dead will be raised from their graves.||John 5:28-29|
|The final judgment will reveal all secrets - even what people have whispered.||Luke 12:2-3|
|Jesus is preparing a beautiful place for his followers to live forever.||John 14:2-3|
|Immeasurable joy and blessings await believers in the next life.||Matthew 19:27-30|
|1-3||John dictates critical letters from Christ to the seven churches|
|4-5||A throne appears in heaven, as does a scroll and Christ, the lamb|
|6-7||Scroll seals 1-6 are broken open|
|8-11||Seventh seal is broken open revealing 7 angels who blow their trumpets one by one|
|12-13||A woman with twelve stars appears as does satan followed by two beasts|
|14||Three angels appear and proclaim their instructions|
|15-16||Seven angels announce seven final plagues which are poured out of bowls onto the earth|
|17-18||Mystery Babylon - a kind of false religion - falls|
|19||The wedding supper, the two beasts are thrown down|
|20||The day of judgment for all mankind|
|21-22||The New Jerusalem described - God's face is revealed|
All heaven pauses. Before God's work can be completed on earth a mysterious scroll must be opened. All of heaven awaits the only person in heaven or on earth who is worthy to open the seven seals of the scroll-Jesus Christ, the lamb of God. The opening of each one of these mysterious seals wreaks destruction and havoc on earth.
What happens when the seal is broken
|First seal||A person riding a white horse rides out to victory|
|Second seal||World wars break out. The rider of the red horse carries a gigantic sword and gallops over the entire world|
|Third seal||Food and drink become scarce. A person riding a black horse rides over the earth holding a pair of scales|
|Fourth seal||A fourth of the world's population dies. The fourth horseman is called death and rides a pale horse|
|Fifth seal||God pronounces inescapable judgment upon those who persecute believers|
|Sixth seal||A massive earthquake shakes the foundation of the earth|
|Seventh seal||Heaven grows silent as the seven angels prepare to blow the trumpets of judgment|
Seven angels carrying seven trumpets will introduce God's judgment on the earth. Each trumpet blast produces unprecedented destruction on the earth and unspeakable misery for its inhabitants. With each successive trumpet blast the agony and the suffering of the earth's population increases.
|First trumpet||Fiery hail falls onto the earth: one third of the earth is burned; one third of the trees are burned; all grass is burned|
|Second trumpet||A fiery meteor falls into the sea: one third of the ships are destroyed; one third of the fish die; one third of the sea is turned into blood|
|Third trumpet||A flaming star named Wormwood falls to the earth: one third of the earth's rivers are poisoned|
|Fourth trumpet||One third of the sun, moon and stars become dark|
|Fifth trumpet||Flying scorpion like creatures torture people for five months|
|Sixth trumpet||A violent war breaks out: one third of the earth's population dies|
|Seventh trumpet||The seventh trumpet announces the misery of the seven bowl judgments. The final struggle between good and evil begins|
God's judgment on the world climaxes with the seven bowls of wrath. The final toll of death and destruction in the wake of these judgments is nearly impossible to comprehend. The world will never be the same after these bowls of fury are poured out on the earth and its inhabitants
|First bowl||Painful sores break out on those who have the brand of the beast|
|Second bowl||The sea turns into blood and all sea life dies|
|Third bowl||All fresh water turns into blood|
|Fourth bowl||The sun scorches human skin|
|Fifth bowl||Complete darkness envelops the earth|
|Sixth bowl||The Euphrates river dries up|
|Seventh bowl||An earthquake and hailstorm devastate the planet|
Have you ever dreamt what living with God in eternity would be like? Fluffy Clouds? Golden Halos? Streets of Gold? What will it be like to enjoy God's presence? In other words, what will heaven be like? The apostle John caught a glimpse of heaven in a breathtaking vision of New Jerusalem. This was part of the book of Revelation, when Christ brought a vision to him at the end of the first century on the Greek island of Patmos, when John was an old man.
In addition to the stuff below there are Christ's words from John 14:2: 'In my father's house there are many places to live... I am going there to prepare a place for you.'
|The city is called the New Jerusalem.||21:2|
|Its overall appearance is of gray quartz and pure gold.||21:11, 18|
|The city is shaped like a huge equilateral cube.||21:16|
|The size of the structure is about 1,400 miles along each side.||21:16|
|The foundation of the city is composed of twelve layers of stones inlaid with jewels.||21:19-20|
|The names of each of the twelve apostles are engraved on the foundation layers.||21:4|
|The walls around the city are made from gray quartz.||21:18|
|The walls are over 200 feet high.||21:17|
|There are twelve solid pearl gates, three along each wall.||21:12, 21|
|Each gate is named after one of the twelve tribes of Isreal.||21:12|
|The river of life flows in the city||22:1|
|The tree of life grows in the city||2:7; 22:19|
|The throne room of God occupies the central palace.||4:2; 22:1|
|The city's main street is made of transparent gold.||21:21|
|The dazzling light of the city comes from God's glory.||21:11, 23; 22:5|
|God himself will live in the city among his people.||21:3; 22:4|
|God's people will live in the New Jerusalem in the presence of God forever.||22:5|
There may come a time in your life, when you sicken of this world's sham of 'progress' and seemingly purposeless existence, when you hear a voice within say: "There has to be more to life than this."
Are you ready to be born of the Holy Spirit, or 'born again?' [John 3:3 and 3:6]
If so, dear reader, find a quiet place where you can be alone with God. Take the time to accept the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
Dear Lord Jesus Christ
Please hear me as I:
Thank you Jesus. I am yours forever and You are mine.
Flavius Josephus is regarded as the premier first century Jewish historian. His writings have been quoted by hundreds of authors, including many of the world's most respected scholars. Josephus came from a priestly family and became a Pharisee at the age of 19. He was appointed Commander of the Jewish army under Roman occupation. After the rebellion by the Jews, Josephus was captured by the Roman general Vespasian. During this time, Josephus became a great historian.
Although Josephus lived after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, he was closely associated with the experiences of that generation. In his book, Antiquities of the Jews, Josephus makes a statement that is contested by those who reject the existence of a historical Jesus. Here, Josephus writes:
Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works -- a teacher of such men as received the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day. (Book 18, ch. 3)
This statement by Josephus has been the center of considerable debate and controversy. Those who reject its authenticity contend that these words were not written by Josephus but rather were added by the Christian church in an attempt to strengthen its argument that Jesus was real and that He was the Christ.
There is, however, a credible authority which can shed considerable light on this issue. William Whiston is a scholar who translated the works of Josephus into English. Whiston provides the following observation concerning the authenticity of Josephus' words regarding Jesus.
Since we meet with several important testimonies in Josephus, the Jewish historian, concerning John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus of Nazareth, concerning Jesus of Nazareth himself, and concerning James the Just the brother of Jesus of Nazareth; and since the principal testimony which is concerning Jesus of Nazareth himself has of late been greatly questioned by many, and for me who has ever declared my firm belief that these testimonies were genuine, to set down fairly some of the original evidence and citations I have met with in the first fifteen centuries concerning them; and then to make proper observations upon that evidence, for the reader's more complete satisfaction. (The Works of Flavius Josephus, Appendix p. 815)
Whiston went on to explain that after exhaustive examination of Josephus' writings, he concluded that the texts being questioned were, in fact, genuine. He drew this conclusion because their style was consistent with that found in Josephus' other writings.
Whiston also provided a list of highly respected historians who quoted the writings of Josephus and considered them authentic regarding John the Baptist, James, and Jesus Christ. These authors included Tacitus in 110, Justin Martyr in 147, Origin in 230, Eusebius in 324, Ambrose in 360, Hieronym in 400, Isidorus in 410, Cassiddorus in 510, Anastasius in 740, and Johan in 850.
Whiston further pointed out that it would be impossible to have such a volume of honorable and accurate testimony regarding John the Baptist and James, whose lives were predicated on the life of Jesus, and then refuse to accept same testimony regarding Jesus who was of greater importance than the other two. (p. 819)
Those who contend that Josephus' reference to Jesus is spurious do so because the words appear to convey that Josephus embraced Jesus as the Christ. However, William Whiston explains that such a conclusion is a mistake.
'This was Christ', or [the] Christ, does not mean that this Jesus was the Christ of God, or the true Messiah of the Jews; but that this Jesus was distinguished from all others of that name, of which there were not a few, as mentioned by Josephus himself, by the addition of the other name of Christ; or that this person was no other than he whom all the world knew by the name of Jesus Christ, and his followers by the name of Christians. (The Works of the Jews, Appendix 819)
Whiston went on to explain that Josephus was not conveying his belief in Christ but rather that Christians were named from "this Christ." According to Whiston, if Josephus was a true believer, this passage would have required a much fuller explanation. Additionally, it is important to understand that Josephus wrote for both the Greeks and Romans and that this particular audience would not have understood who he was referring to if he simply used the name "Jesus." Therefore, according to Whiston, Josephus used the term "Christ," not to convince others that Jesus was the Messiah, but only to differentiate Him from other historical figures with the same name. Whiston then added that all other historians who wrote for the next several centuries understood that Josephus was not a believer.
Josephus' approach was similar to that of Pontius Pilate during the time of Jesus' crucifixion. According to the scriptures, Pilate ordered a sign to be posted upon Jesus' cross. The sign bore the words: "This is Jesus, king of the Jews." The fact that Pilate ordered this sign did not mean he believed Jesus was the king of the Jews. He only placed it there because he was provoked by the Jewish leaders who brought charges against Jesus. These leaders wanted the sign to read that Jesus claimed to be king of the Jews. However, because of his exasperation with these Jewish leaders, Pilate refused to have these words changed (Jn. 19:19-22).
It is important to understand that there are other manuscripts concerning the works of Josephus. An Arabic manuscript has been found and translated which makes the controversial passages found in Josephus easier to understand. This Arabic translation reads as follows.
At this time, there was a wise man who was called Jesus. His conduct was good and (he) was known to be virtuous. And many people from among the Jews and other nations became his disciples. Pilate condemned him to be crucified and to die. But those who had become his disciples did not abandon his discipleship. They reported that he had appeared to them three days after his crucifixion, and that he was alive; accordingly he was perhaps the Messiah, concerning whom the prophets have recounted wonders.
Here, the translation adds clarity to the meaning of Josephus' words. Based on this translation, Josephus is simply recounting that Jesus was a good man and his followers taught that He was resurrected.
The works of Josephus are not the only Jewish writings that identify Jesus of Nazareth. The Babylonian Talmud includes a section in which Jesus is mentioned by the Jews to have been hanged from a stake on the eve of the Passover.
On the eve of the Passover Yeshu was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald went forth and cried, "He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy. Any one who can say anything in his favor, let him come forward and plead on his behalf." But since nothing was brought forward in his favor, he was hanged on the eve of the Passover. (The Babylonian Talmud, vol. III, Sanhedrin, 43a, p. 281)
In addition to Tacitus, Suetonius, Phlegon, and Josephus, other prominent historical figures make mention of the biblical Jesus.
Thallus wrote about Mediterranean history during the middle of the first century. Although there are only fragments of his writings today, one such fragment relates what happened at the crucifixion.
On the whole world there pressed a most fearful darkness; and the rocks were rent by an earthquake, and many places in Judea and other districts were thrown down.
This description of events surrounding the crucifixion is totally consistent with the gospel record. Consider the words of Matthew.
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour... And, behold, the veil of the Temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent... (Mt. 27:45, 51)
Pliny the younger was a Roman author who at one time served as governor of Bithynia in Asia Minor. He was concerned about the rapid growth of Christianity and its potential for threatening the beliefs of Rome. Because of this, he wrote the emperor to explain how he interrogated those he believed were Christians. Pliny related that if those he interrogated would not worship the emperor, he would have them executed. In some cases, he would torture them to gather information about the emerging Christian movement. In one such case, he tortured two deaconesses and wrote to the emperor concerning the information he had gathered.
They [the Christians] were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses of a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food - but food of an ordinary and innocent kind. (The Tenth Book of Pliny's Letters)
When Pliny referred to "food of an ordinary and innocent kind," he was addressing a rumor regarding Christianity. This rumor was that Christians took the symbols (bread and wine) Jesus introduced at the Passover as literal and would secretly meet on certain occasions and actually eat human flesh and drink human blood.
Justin Martyr was a second century philosopher and theologian. His parents were pagans; however, after a study of the Old and New Testaments, Justin Martyr converted to Christianity. He was executed during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius because he refused to offer sacrifices to the pagan gods.
Justin Martyr wrote about 150 A.D. In one of his writings, he explained that the events of Christ's crucifixion could be validated by the report of Pontius Pilate.
And the expression, "they pierced my hands and my feet" was used in reference to the nails of the cross which were fixed in His hands and feet. And after he was crucified, they cast lots upon His vesture, and they that crucified Him parted it among them. And that these things did happen you can ascertain in the "Acts of Pontius Pilate." (First Apology XXXV)
Although the "Acts of Pontius Pilate" referred to by Justin Martyr is no longer in existence, it was also referred to by Tertullian. Both Tertullian and Justin Martyr believed that this was an official Roman document.
It is interesting to note that there were two archives kept in ancient Rome. One consisted of the minutes of senatorial meetings; the other consisted of correspondence sent to the emperor from various parts of the empire. Any correspondence from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius would unquestionably belong to this second archive.
In spite of the early secular world's hostility toward Christianity, there exist many historical documents to verify that the biblical Jesus actually lived. Further, these documents prove that his followers believed very exact details concerning His life and teachings as well as His crucifixion and resurrection. Few ancient historical figures can boast of the amount of material that Jesus of Nazareth had written about Him. In addition to the gospels, there is the book of Acts as well as numerous epistles. On top of all the Biblical evidence, sits a crown of numerous historical documents. These documents are totally consistent with the writings of the New Testament.
Whether it was the writings of Tacitus, Suetonius, Phlegon, Origin, Thallus, Justin Martyr, Josephus, or even Pontius Pilate, the existence of the Biblical Jesus is unimpeachable. Jesus of Nazareth did live and His life had a powerful impact on the course of history.
Following is a partial list of the Old Testament prophecies pertaining to Yeshua's first coming, along with the New Testament locations reporting their fulfillment by him.
Space does not permit showing why each of these prophecies should be understood as referring to Yeshua the Messiah. Many books discuss this subject in detail, mentioning other Old Testament prophecies which point to Yeshua. [See appendix IX of The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, 2nd ed. (New York: Anson D. F. Randolph and Company, 1884), by the Messianic Jew Alfred Edersheim, in which a list of 456 Old Testament passages messianically applied in ancient rabbinic writings is supported by 558 quotations from those writings. Also see J Barton Payne, Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy (New York: Harper and Row, 1973)]
Besides prophecies there are incidents in the Old Testament which function as pictures in advance, or "types", of Yeshua. What is known in Judaism as the "binding", the near-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, is explicitly called a type of Yeshua the Messiah at Hebrews 11:17-19. The life of Joseph provides another example: his brothers tried to kill him, but in the end he saved them from death, even though they did not recognise him at first. This does not mean that Genesis 22 contains a "prophecy" that Yeshua would be raised from the dead, or that Genesis 37-45 states that the Jewish people, as a nation, would initially reject their saviour. Rather it shows that God's salvation plan unfolding itself in history has a unity determined by him from the beginning to be consummated in Yeshua the Messiah. Indeed Yeshua himself explained it this way to two of his disciples at Luke 24:25-27.
|PROPHECY: THE MESSIAH MUST...||SOURCE: IN THE OLD TESTAMENT||FULFILLMENT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT|
|Be the "seed of the woman" that would "bruise" or "crush" the serpent's "head"||Genesis 3:15||Galatians 4:4
1 John 3:8
|Be the "seed of Abraham"||Genesis 12:3||Matthew 1:1
|Be the "seed of Isaac"||Genesis 17:19, 21:12||Matthew 1:2
|Be the "seed of Jacob" and the "star out of Jacob" who will "have dominion"||Genesis 28:14
Numbers 24:17, 19
|Be a descendant of Judah||Genesis 49:10||Matthew 1:2-3
|Be a descendant of David and heir to his throne||2 Samuel 7:12-13
Isaiah 9:6-7, 11:1-5
|Have eternal existence||Micah 5:1-2||John 1:1, 1:14, 8:58
|Be the Son of God||Psalm 2:7
|Have God's own name, Y-H-V-H (Adonai, Yahweh), applied to him||Isaiah 9:5-7
|Come at a specific time, namely, 69x7 years (483 years) after the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem||Daniel 9:24-26||Matthew 2:1, 2:16-19
Luke 3:1, 3:23
|Be born in Bethlehem, in Judea||Micah 5:1-2||Matthew 2:1
|Be born of a virgin||Isaiah 7:14*||Matthew 1:18 - 2:1|
|Be adored by great persons||Psalm 72:10-11||Matthew 2:1-11|
|Be preceded by one who would announce him||Isaiah 40:3-5
Luke 1:17, 3:2-6
|Be anointed with the Spirit of God||Isaiah 11:2, 61:1
|Be a prophet like Moses||Deuteronomy 18:15-18||John 5:47
|Have a ministry of binding up the brokenhearted, proclaiming liberty to the captives and announcing the acceptable year of the Lord||Isaiah 61:1-2||Luke 4:18-19|
|Have a ministry of healing||Isaiah 35:5-6, 42:18||Matthew 11:5
and throughout the Gospels
|Have a ministry in Galilee||Isaiah 8:23 - 9:2||Matthew 4:12-16|
|Be tender and compassionate||Isaiah 40:11, 42:3||Matthew 12:15-20
|Be meek and unostentatious||Isaiah 42:2||Matthew 12:15-19|
|Be sinless and without guile||Isaiah 53:9||1 Peter 22:2|
|Bear the reproaches due others||Isaiah 53:12
|Be a priest||Psalm 110:4||Hebrews 5:5-6, 6:20, 7:15-17|
|Enter publicly into Jerusalem on a donkey||Zechariah 9:9||Matthew 21:1-11
|Enter the Temple with authority||Haggai 2:7-9
|Mathew 21:12 - 24:1
|Be hated without cause||Isaiah 49:7
|Be undesired and rejected by his own people||Isaiah 53:2, 63:3
John 1:11, 7:3-5
|Be rejected by the Jewish leadership||Psalm 118:22||Matthew 21:42
|Be plotted against by Jews and Gentiles together||Psalm 2:1-2||Acts 4:27|
|Be betrayed by a friend||Psalm 41:9
|Matthew 26:21-25, 47-50
|Be sold for 30 pieces of silver||Zechariah 11:12||Matthew 26:15|
|Have his price given for a potter's field||Zechariah11:13||Matthew 27:7|
|Be forsaken by his disciples||Zechariah 13:7||Matthew 26:31, 26:56|
|Be struck on the cheek||Micah 4:14 - 5:1||Matthew 27:30|
|Be spat on||Isaiah 50:6||Matthew 26:67
|Be mocked||Psalm 22:7-9||Matthew 26:67-68
|Be beaten||Isaiah 50:6||Matthew 26:67
|Be executed by crucifixion, by having his hands and feet pierced||Psalm 22:16-17**
John 19:18, 34-37; 20:20-28
|Be thirsty during his execution||Psalm 22:15-16||John 19:28|
|Be given vinegar to quench that thirst||Psalm 69:21-22||Matthew 27:34|
|Be executed without having a bone broken||Exodus 12:46
|Be considered a transgressor||Isaiah 53:12||Matthew 27:38|
|Be "cut off, but not for himself"||Daniel 9:24-26||Romans 5:6
1 Peter 3:18
|Be the one whose death would atone for the sins of mankind||Isaiah 53:5-12||Mark 10:45
John 1:29, 3:16
|Be buried with the rich when dead||Isaiah 53:9||Matthew 27: 57-60|
|Be raised from the dead||Isaiah 53:9-10
Psalms 2:7, 16:10
Acts 2:22-36, 13:33-37
1 Corinthians 11:4-6
|Ascend to the right hand of God||Psalms16:11, 68:18-19, 110:1||Luke 24:51
Acts 1:9-11, 7:55
|Exercise his priestly office in heaven||Zechariah 6:13||Romans 8:34
Hebrews 7:25 - 8:2
|Be the cornerstone of God's Messianic Community||Isaiah 28:16
1 Peter 2:5-7
|Be sought after by Gentiles as well as Jews||Isaiah 11:10, 42:1||Acts 10:45|
|Be accepted by the Gentiles||Isaiah 11:10, 42:1-4, 49:1-12||Matthew 12:21
*The Hebrew word 'almah' in Isaiah 7:14 means "young woman", and in the Old Testament always "a young woman of unsullied reputation", which is why the Jewish translators of the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Old Testament prepared 200 years before Yeshua's birth, rendered this word into Greek as 'parthenos', "virgin"; this is the word used at Matthew 1:23.
**The Septuagint (see above) has: "They pierced my hands and my feet", implying the Hebrew word 'karu' in its source text. However the Masoretic Hebrew text, accepted as standard in orthodox Judaism, has 'k'ari', and the line reads, "Like a lion, my hands and my feet"
We gather to wait upon our Lord in silence - Quaker New Foundation Fellowship http://www.nffuk.org
Christian News service with a view to prophetic fulfillent - treat with a certain amount of scepticism! http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/headline.html
Bible prophecy, Christian Apologetics, The New World Order, Cults, False Teachers, useful Bible Tools and great articles on the End Times http://home.talkcity.com/inspirationav/jforjesus/index.html mirror site
YahShua Messiah not "Jesus" http://www.4yahweh.com/
" Jesus The Best, The ONLY Hope " - http://home.talkcity.com/SpiritSt/susanne707/Rebecca.html
The Pagan Sources of Popular Customs http://www.fossilizedcustoms.com
Many true stories of deliverance from satanic cults http://www.spotlightministries.org.uk
Would Jesus have Smoked the Weed? http://www.christiansforcannabis.com/
"And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand." Daniel 12:8-10 http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org
666 Watch Website http://www.av1611.org/666/
This website will investigate the aspects of the Character of God and seek to answer questions which ARE, or SHOULD BE, on the minds of ALL Christians! http://www.goodnewsaboutgod.com/
One early Christian writer took on the gnostics who were doing their best to paganise Christianity - Irenaeus of Lyons: Adversus Haereses http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/0103.htm
The New Age and the Illuminati 666 http://www.benabraham.com/html/illuminati_-_666.html
The Pagan Sources of Popular Customs http://www.fossilizedcustoms.com/
Eusebius of Caesarea's Church History - The Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius, written In A.D. 325, is a classic which ranks in significance with the works of Flavius Josephus. This particular work embraces the events of the first three centuries of the Christian church, to the time Constantine became master of the Roman world. http://web.cbn.org/bibleresources/theology/eusebius/churchhistory/
One of the world's most insightful, sincere (and wittiest) preachers! http://www.barrysmith.org.nz
Books that didn't make it into the Bible - for research: Apocrypha - the page http://wesley.nnu.edu/noncanon/index.htm
WALL STREET AND THE RISE OF HITLER. By Antony C. Sutton http://reformed-theology.org/html/books/wall_street/index.html
Watch Unto Prayer - But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. ~ I Peter 4:7 http://www.watch.pair.com/
Consider this website to be a library as well as a ministry to people who are involved in cults or false doctrines http://newsletters.cephasministry.com
Non-Christian proofs of the Historical Jesus http://www.eternalcog.org/07B.01.the_historical_jesus.htm
Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it." Habakkuk 2:2 http://garden4health.homestead.com/homepage.html
Several intelligent people have charted the history of Problem - Reaction - Solution spanning right back to Nero burning Rome in 64 AD. They chronicle governments and oligarchies engaging in acts of terrorism against their own people to advance their own agenda. Here's another example I found. Diocletian burns down his own palace in 303 AD and blames it on the Christians. I have compiled a short essay on this. If you find it of interest, please feel free to link to it on your website or distribute it via your mailing list.
Fast facts on Satan http://www.christian-faith.com/spiritualwarfare/satan.html
Some excellent prophecy research http://www.prophecyclub.com/main.html
This dynamic and spiritually powerful manual will equip you to survive your personal crisis and spiritual battles http://survivalmanual.com/
Messianic Jewish and Christian Links http://www.kehilatariel.org/links.html
A sorted congregation of Messianic Jews in Jerusalem http://www.netivyah.org/
The Monastery of St John on Patmos http://www.duth.gr/Dodecan/patmos/stjohn.html
Christian Friends of Isreal http://www.cfi.org.uk/
The final Divine plan for Israel is to bring the remnant of the faithful Jewish people, and the remnant of those believers who were formally Gentiles, but recovered from the world by faith, back together and united into one holy people under one Shepherd, namely Yeshua, the Messiah, thus completing the tearing down of the wall of partition. This is a necessary part of the restoration of all things spoken by the prophets. http://www.messianic.com/
Messianic Jewish Reesources International http://www.MessianicJewish.net
The coming universal system of forced worship http://www.benabraham.com/html/universal_system_of_forced_wor.html
Everyone has had some paranormal experience ... from a dream that came true, to a genuine Close Encounter. How d'you handle the supernatural? And what's the connection with Murphy's ("whatever can go wrong, will") Law? Originally a 224pp. book, racy, readable, refreshingly offbeat. Other books too: http://poroti.freeservers.com/ABOUT.HTM
When and how will The Rapture occur? http://www.geocities.com/~lasttrumpet/index.html
Red Moon Rising is dedicated to the research of the origin and the destiny of the human race. The author is confident that this data will, if not convince you of the conclusions that he has made, at least educate you, and in so doing prepare you for the coming storm. http://www.redmoonrising.com/
New World Order Plans to fulfill biblical prophecy in a twisted way. Up-to-date site, see news pages too http://www.cuttingedge.org/ce1013.html
What is Messianic Judaism? http://www.baruchhashem.com/menus/menusmj.html
The Berean Call exists to alert believers in Christ to unbiblical teachings and practices impacting the church. http://www.thebereancall.org
Food for the soul http://www.biblebelievers.com
Location of the Temple in Jerusalem - important end-times prophetic indicator http://www.templemount.org
Good source of Christian books in the UK - Free Catalogue - you can chat to the old boy Penfold himself for advice on 0800 389 2538 http://www.penfoldbooks.com
Jews For Jesus http://www.jewsforjesus.org/
The Rapture and Revelation http://www.TheRapture.org
Ephesians 5:11 http://www.ephesians5-11.org/
Becoming One Church http://www.becomingone.org
This site makes a reasonable attempt at explaining some eschatology (the end of the world as we know it) http://www.truinsight.com
Jim Baum's prophecy now site http://pacific.telebyte.com/~jimbaum
Lyndon Larouche - I really believe Larouche to be dodgey but this piece on global financial collapse is interesting http://www.larouchepub.com/
Messianic Gematria and Bible Codes http://www.kolumbus.fi/gematria/
Which way at the crossroads? http://www.crossroad.to/
The Digital Angel, Microchip Implants http://www.bunkersurvival.com/imchipin.html
Present Testimony Ministry early church Christianity http://www.home-church.org/present/
Randy's Christian Anarchism pages http://www.oftedahl.com/randy/ca.htm
New World Religion http://www.famcon.com/abc/jeffnoor/new_world_religion.htm
Apocalypse - signs in heaven and earth http://www.mt.net/~watcher/
When will it be? http://www.mt.net/~watcher/date_set.html
Christ and Bible prophecy for personal strength and guidance under present day oppression http://www.zipcon.net/isaiah/Jesus.HTM
The situation in America today is deteriorating rapidly. Your churches are weak and vacillating - few take seriously the Word of God. http://www.jeremiahproject.com/
The UK Evangelical Alliance http://www.eauk.org/
The Last Days Information Site http://www.bsc.net/ken/
End times survival including lots of links http://users.erols.com/rlogston/endtimes/index.htm
Escatology Webring - list of sites http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=4saints;list
The Watcher - Alien deceptions http://www.mt.net/~watcher/
Catholic Prophecy On The Coming Great Chastisement And Personal Salvation http://www.webcom.com/enddays/
Daniel Prophecy http://www.danielprophecy.com/
A website dedicated to the study of the Bible and Bible Prophecy. The Bible contains many fascinating stories and prophecies. Several prophecies are yet to be fulfilled! This website is here to assist your studies! http://www.tribulation.com/homepage.htm
The purpose of this site is to provide a line-on-line in-depth study of God's Word for the reader to make up his/her own mind up as to the teachings in the Word of God. http://www.biblestudies.org/
Brilliant! Eye-opening books on the end-times and revising Christian beliefs! We're George and Eileen Anderson. Church dropouts, writers who like to make a few waves, ruffle a few feathers, introduce folk to God as Dad - and then let him get the relationship off the ground in real life. http://poroti.freeservers.com/ABOUT.htm
Freemasons Corner from a Christian point of view http://www.cuttingedge.org/fmcorner.html
Bible prophecy newsletter http://www.kenraggio.com/
Barry Smith - Christian predictions of the New World Order http://www.Barrysmith.org.nz/
What is Messianic Judaism? http://www.baruchhashem.com/menus/menusmj.html
What is Mystery Babylon? http://www.kenraggio.com/KRPN-Babylon-Meares.htm
Satan's Final Empire - The New World Order http://www.ldolphin.org/kingdom/ch7.html
The Christian Institute - UK Christian campaign group http://www.christian.org.uk/menu.htm
The Island of Patmos where St. John was given the Revelation http://www.duth.gr/Dodecan/patmos/
Maitreya - the Antichrist? http://community-2.webtv.net/KevinEggena/WHATISHAPPENING/
Do not only trust your feelings - They change - Stand on God's promises - They never change http://www.godssimpleplan.org
Is a new world religion being planned? http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1094.cfm
An interesting trend - incompatible with Christianity - http://www.united-religions.org
Catalogue of Christian videos http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/
Implants for humans fullfilling prophecy? http://www.digitalangel.net/
Christian Videos http://www.christianvideos.com
Waco leader Koresh was working on the book of Revelation http://www.seventrumpets.com/
Occult Illuminists http://mercury.spaceports.com/~persewen/mc_21.htm
THE NEW AGE & THE ILLUMINATI - 666 http://www.benabraham.com/html/illuminati_-_666.html
Finding Inner Peace - free books - http://www.benabraham.com/html/finding_peace_within.html
Slowly getting rid of cash http://www.1.slb.com/smartcards/news/00/sct_smartcities1004.html
The Jesus Army http://www.jesus.org.uk/
What is 666? - specific Biblical prophecy [separate page]