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Other places are described only generally or in such a manner that they cannot be located with accuracy today; for example, which was the Mount of Transfiguration? We do not know. Again, at what point along the one hundred and twenty sultry miles of the Jordan River was the Savior baptized? John says at Bethabara. But where was that city? Its location is in doubt. On the map-o-graph, places that can be more or less definitely located are identified by black dots. When the exact spot is in question, the event is related to the general area where it is known or thought to have occurred.

The chronological information used in the construction of this map-o-graph and reference table, with a few exceptions, follows the harmony of President J. Even though the sequence of some of the events as well as some of the place locations might be in question, these are relatively minor, and it is believed that in spite of this possible weakness this visual presentation of the journeys and ministry of Jesus will fill a great need.

Leaves Bethany for Jerusalem, curses fig tree, heals blind and lame, cleanses the temple, returns to Bethany. Sees withered fig tree on way to Jerusalem from Bethany, enters temple, answers question on authority, tribute money, marriage after resurrection, the great commandment , whose Son he is. We probably made a mistake visiting him and giving him information about the approximate age of the baby Jesus.

It is an unfortunate turn of events. We are going to miss the young shepherd boys on the way back. I was looking forward to telling them of our visit. The star is gone as we begin our travel home. We stop to rest when we feel we have put some distance between us and King Herod.

Around the fire, we talk about our great journey and look again at scripture. We come across a disturbing message from the prophet Jeremiah:. Soon the voices and the fire go out and we sleep…exhausted from excitement and the sleep we missed,I can feel the warmth of my camel next to me. The trip home will be long, but it will go fast as we tell the wonderful story of Jesus along the way.

Later, the next day, we hear the news and fulfillment of that passage in Jeremiah that troubled us. What a cruel and foolish man! Our journey to find Jesus was long and difficult, but we have been transformed by it. The scrolls, the star, the shepherds even the evil king Herod has made us wiser. But most of all, it has made us a believer in Jesus. We will continue to study the ancient scrolls because now that we have seen Jesus ourselves, we can see Him in every story told there. My friends, join me in a Christmas worship of the One who gave all that we might have all.

Let us fall on our knees this night as we think about the birth of Jesus and the visit of men who were seeking Him. To know more about this prophecy, click here: Much more concerning his second coming…will discuss in future posts. The mysteries of God are unknown to most men, but He has revealed, through the ages, the truth about Himself and Jesus. This helps us to understand and have trust in the only true God.

God is mysterious, but at the same time, He desires for us to understand Him and is Devine plan for His Creation. Our understanding of Revelation is dependent upon several things. Many falter at these requirements and give up trying to understand. But the sincere person will discover the mysteries of God if they go at it with their whole heart.

Few are willing to give this much effort. In this fast-food era, they seek quick, short, easy, and desirable answers that fit into their lifestyle. I have found that the revealing of the deep things of God is revealed in order and at the appointed time for each person individually. Revelation is like the class you would take your senior year of college. If the classes are understood in your freshmen and subsequent years, you will have the basis for the advanced classes. How many have entered into a reading of Revelation only to be completely confused?

Starting at the end of the story leaves the reader confused because they know nothing of the preceding story and events. It is like watching the last five minutes of a movie…it makes no sense. The book of Revelation is the culmination of the story of redemption found in the inspired writings of the prophets. In Revelation, all the books of the Bible meet and end. Here is the complement of the book of Daniel. One is a prophecy; the other a revelation. The book that was sealed is not the Revelation, but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel relating to the last days.

Revelation and Daniel are companion books separated by thousands of years. Daniel, just as predicted, is now open to our understanding in the last days. Revelation is best explained by the symbols revealed in Daniel. Daniel and John saw the same things! Just as the other books of the Bible, Revelation is meant to be understood, not kept secret. It cannot be understood. A revelation is something revealed.

The message throughout its pages is the revealing of Jesus, the Alpha, and Omega of our faith. It is all about Jesus! He is the beginning and end of the complete story of redemption. This revelation was given for the guidance and comfort of the church throughout the Christian dispensation. It leads up to the Second Coming of Christ. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.

It was Christ who instructed John, the apostle, to record that which was to be opened before him. The messages to the seven churches in Asia were important both to them and to us. This is the most important objective of the gospel…to give eternal life to those who are under the penalty of the law i. He is in constant communication with His people. He knows their true state. He observes their order, their piety, their devotion. Although He is high priest and mediator in the sanctuary above, yet He is represented as walking up and down in the midst of His churches on the earth.

With untiring wakefulness and unremitting vigilance, He watches to see whether the light of any of His sentinels is burning dim or going out. His continued care and sustaining grace are the source of life and light. To each church, Jesus gives them a message through the angel messenger of His care and work in their midst. He fills them with light. He guides and directs their movements. If He did not do this, they would become fallen stars. The main message of Revelation is the care and concern of Jesus for those professing His name.

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It is a message of revealing of past and future events which will build faith and trust to follow Him alone. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Please pray that the great God of the Universe will direct and bless these endeavors with people who are drawn by the Spirit of God to hear what the Lord has to say to the seven churches.

In our studies about Israel in end-time prophecies, we have explained, from the Bible alone, the mistakes of Bible fiction found in the Left Behind books and subsequent movies. Nothing could be clearer and to the point.

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No fancy interpretation is needed. He tells us that our eyes regarding watching end-time events should be on the work of those who belong to Christ. The final battle is between the real Israel and the Beast of Revelation. The real people of God Jew and Gentile are those who belong to Christ and not a nationality or gender:. Many are tempted to view this topic as not necessary in their experience.

What does that have to do with my salvation? No doubt, there are many people who have a saving relationship with Jesus that know very little if anything about this topic as well as other end-time events. Pondering whether the 1, years is literal or symbolic is of little consequences because of the many facets brought forth about the nature of God contained in the topic. I ask you to put aside the question of literal 1, years or not and contemplate the message. A study of the 1, years is an important study for a couple of main reasons. First, it reveals further teachings about the 2nd coming and it provides clarity to passages that are a mystery if viewed without a relevant comparison with other Bible writers.

For the purpose of this study, we will look at events only.

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We will assume the period is a literal 1, years. What happens during this period? Has it already started? Is it here on earth? When does it end? Does Jesus rule on earth during this period? This is the first resurrection. This is the second death. Revelation 20, King James Version. There will be billions — like the sand of the sea. They are called Gog and Magog. Satan gathers them for a final battle.

Fire comes down and devours them. To break it down even further: Satan is bound during the years vs. A final judgment occurs, and then the lost are punished in the lake of fire verses 9, Then the old earth passes, and the new earth comes Revelation The above points are undeniable, for this is exactly what Revelation 20 says. Two significant facts should be noted:. Revelation 20 revolves around these two resurrections. Those in it need not fear the second death.

This is the bad or second resurrection, at the conclusion of the years. If the thousand years begins with the resurrection of the just, the question is, When does this good resurrection take place? Scripture teaches that the return of Jesus Christ results in the resurrection of His saints. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

In summary, Revelation Thus it is the return of Jesus Christ when His saints are resurrected, that marks the beginning of the Millennium. In What the Rapture Is Not we studied about who was taken, who was left. Here is further Biblical support. This is great news for true believers! Though those books have sold by the millions, the important question for us should be, Is that theology truly biblical? Jesus Himself explained it. Those left are those not destroyed. Those taken are those destroyed. Jesus Himself taught this. What time is that? When the years are over, obviously.

Now put two and two together. Then Satan deceives them again. What does all this mean? The answer will come shortly after we examine a few more crucial points. Crucial to understanding the Millennium are the first texts of Revelation 20, verses 1 and 2. During the years, Satan is represented as being bound with a chain because his new circumstances prevent him from deceiving the nations during the Millennium Revelation Again, what are those circumstances?

Everyone left on earth is dead. Isaiah 14 contains one of the Old Testaments clearest prophecies about Lucifer. He was cast out of heaven vs. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet.

The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be moved like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

This is a prediction of a destroyed and devastated earth. Its inhabitants are gathered as prisoners in the pit [the grave]. I beheld the mountains, and lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.

As Satan and his angels behold their kingdom in ruins, they can only wonder about, counsel together, and contemplate with trembling the final events to occur at the end of the years. What could that possibly mean other than what we have seen in Revelation Far, then, from being a time of earthly glory when Jesus reigns from Jerusalem, the Millennium is a time when earth lies waste, in desolate ruins, a prison house for Satan and his demons. The Millennium is not some idyllic era of peace and goodness upon this old earth, with Jesus ruling from Jerusalem, but a time of utter devastation and judgment.

What happens to them during the Millennium? Near the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus told His followers that He was going to heaven, where He would be preparing mansions for His children John As we saw earlier, 1 Thessalonians 4: In perfect agreement with this is Revelation For true and righteous are his judgments: According to Revelation Why would Jesus and His people rule over a devastated and ruined world anyway? The Bible says we will soar upward when Christ returns 1 Thessalonians 4: Now, if planet Earth is depopulated, with no survivors except Satan and his angels , and the saints are in heaven, then what is the purpose of the years?

A few possibilities exist:. Both events occur simultaneously. The next question is, Who will this terrible army attempt to fight? The Bible makes it plain: This is the New Jerusalem, the home of the saved Revelation 3: The lost will behold the reward of the righteous, the saved the doom of the damned. But he can never defeat the King of the Universe. He failed miserably when Jesus was a lowly carpenter in human flesh.

What chance does he have against Him now as King of the New Jerusalem? The Bible explains explicitly:. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: And another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. As the Book of Life is opened, they discover their names are missing. Then Jesus will undoubtedly show them how much He loved them, how He tried hard to save them, and yet how by their own persistent efforts they resisted His tender appeals.

Yes, they will see that Jesus Christ died for them, that on the cross He paid the full penalty for all their sins, and that they could have been inside the city with His saints; but now they are outside with another master, the master of their own choosing. They will see that, though Jesus willingly took upon Himself the punishment that was theirs, they spurned Him, and now they are forced to stand before His holy majesty in the shame of their spiritual nakedness, with every wrong thought, every wrong word, and every wrong deed bearing down upon their consciences to condemn them, and there is no longer any Mediator to represent them and intercede for them.

After sentence is pronounced, the fire of God brings final retribution upon the lost. By this time, all the unsaved understand why they are lost. This destruction is an act of justice, not cruelty. The judgment at the close of the Millennium will be perfectly just, without any taint of imperfection chargeable upon God. By rejecting His love and mercy, and by a life of continued sinning, the lost have earned their just reward. The Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, holy angels, and the saints will all weep over the unsaved. But nothing more can be done. The next verse reads: New heaven sky , new earth!

What happened to the old ones? The lake of fire consumed them. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. What this study shows us, perhaps more than anything else, is that there is no second chance, no middle ground, no neutrality in this Great War between Jesus Christ and Satan.

You friend, will be on one side or the other. You will either be inside the city, safe and secure with Jesus, looking down on the hordes outside; or you will be outside, deceived by the Devil, looking up at what might have been yours had you only repented and given yourself fully to Jesus Christ for faithful obedience. Jesus died for you! He died so that you could have a place with Him in that New Jerusalem and in the new heavens and new earth that are coming. Your final destiny, inside or outside, eternal life or eternal destruction, depends upon your choice.

Will you give yourself to the One who gave Himself for you, and thus have eternity with Him, or will you continue resisting His pleadings? There are many books and Hollywood-type movies about the rapture and end-time events. The modern scenarios taught regarding the return of Jesus, the time of trouble, the anti-christ, the millennium are new to the Christian church. These popular teachings of Jesus return we not taught until recently. The early church and teachers since the availability of the Bible to the public have not taught anything but the simple Biblical teachings concerning the return of Jesus and the end-time events.

It gives the Christian the warm feeling of avoiding any uncomfortable situations on earth before Jesus comes. Contrary to the Bible the authors and producers split the coming of Jesus into two parts. When Jesus was asked about the signs of His coming, the first words out of His mouth were a warning to watch out for deception:.

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And Jesus answered and said to them: In this study, we will look at the week prophecy of Daniel and the core message which is primarily a warning to Israel to prepare for the first coming of Jesus. This is a wonderful study that gives historically accurate times lines for the coming and mission of Jesus. As I studied my way out of atheism, this prophecy helped me understand Jesus was all that the prophets, the disciples, and Jesus Himself claimed to be.

It will reveal the mercy and love extended to rebellious Israel and give evidence for your faith in Jesus. The events proclaimed here were made hundreds of years before Jesus appeared on the banks of Jordan to be baptized by John and begin His earthly ministry. As we read the prophecy in Daniel 9: We will discover the power of this prophecy written almost years before Jesus and we will understand more about Israel and end time events! When we are finished, I recommend you verify the dates at your local library or other resources. Beware of the confusion of the internet.

Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks 7 , and threescore 60 and two weeks 2: And after threescore 60 and two weeks 2 shall Messiah be cut off , but not for himself: And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week 1: There is a reason why they are split up that way.

I will not go into those historical reasons in this writing.

The setting for these verses is important in understanding the prophecy. Daniel and his people The Jews had been taken captive by Babylon and the city of Jerusalem was destroyed and lay desolate as prophesied by Jeremiah. It was predicted by Jeremiah that they would be in captivity for 70 years!

As the 70 years drew near to the end, Daniel began to pray and confess his sins and the sins of the people Verses Then Gabriel an angel came and informed Daniel that he had come to. Then Gabriel gives the vision as stated in Verses above. This is the skill and understanding Daniel needed other than simply knowing the Jews would soon be freed after 70 years of captivity.

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. All the festivals, drink and meat offerings, and special Sabbath days Not the weekly Sabbath were shadows pointing to the body of Jesus. All those had served their purpose and were fulfilled in Christ:. On the other side of the cross, the people looked forward in faith to Jesus the Messiah and what He would do for them.

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All of us on this side of the cross look back in faith at what Jesus has done for us. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the v eil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom ; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

A very interesting passage of scripture also marks the end of 70 weeks given to the Jews to do all those things of the covenant listed in Daniel 9. It is a point where the burden of carrying the gospel to the entire world is taken off the shoulders of the Jews and given to the Gentiles.

It is the point where God determines who is a real Jew or seed of Abraham. Paul and Barnabas were preaching to a large group but were interrupted by the Jews because of the large following of the two disciples. Those religious leaders who were interrupting contradicted Paul and Barnabas and actually blasphemed God! Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: The appointed people of God had failed to keep the covenant agreement and God turned to the Gentiles and made them heir to the promises of God:.

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For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly ; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Thus the week prophecy came to an end! There is no room or context in the prophecy for 7 years of tribulation or the Anti Christ.

It is simply not there. To try to force it takes away from a beautiful and important part of the ministry of Christ. While Hal Lindsey has everyone looking at Jerusalem for the rebuilding of the temple to mark the soon return of Jesus, the Anti Christ is at work elsewhere in the world. This is so deceptive that almost the whole world is taken in. What a great diversion by the enemy of mankind! In conclusion, the week prophecy of Daniel 9 is mishandled to try and support 7 years of tribulation at the end of time and the work of the Anti Christ.

Again, the summary chart of the dates demonstrate the accuracy of the events we have discussed above:. Below is information if you want more detail otherwise I hope this prophecy helped you see how God is in control. Ezra has three decrees with different dates that could be used. Nehemiah has a date also. But the decision as to which one to use, you must keep in mind the key words of the prophecy: Therefore, the seventh year of Artaxerxes, according to Jewish reckoning, extended from the fall of to the fall of B.

This is not referenced to a small historical character called Antiochus or a future Anti-Christ, but to the total destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70 AD as predicted by Jesus himself when he told the disciples. There has never been a temple since then and never will be! Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.

But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in the winter or on the Sabbath. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: The total destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman soldiers was horrible. Many who tried to escape were crucified outside the city.

At one time, the number of crosses outside the city almost made it look like a forest of trees.

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Those who heeded the advice of Jesus escaped the city and remained alive. Last time, we learned that the promises of God are either conditional or unconditional. Here are a few examples that are well-known by Christians:. What are the conditions? Should they expect the land to be healed? What is the promise? Should they expect to receive the promises of the covenant and mercy that was sworn to their fathers?

The story of the children of Israel is a lesson in what happens when the conditions of the promise are not met. Their story is recorded for us succeeding generations. We have the opportunity to learn and do the things they did not. This will lead to blessings and hope. They constantly rebelled against God. They were heavily influenced by the pagan gods and their followers. Many times, they changed religions and began to worship Baal.

A perfect example is the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. There on Mount Caramel, Elijah demonstrated the power of the true God. But before the demonstration, he rebuilt the broken down altar of the Lord. Does this mean only those of Jewish descent would be part of the remnant that would return to the Lord? This we will see as we study on….

They could never seem to get it right. Rather than obey out of love and acknowledging their weakness to obey, they relied on their own strength. When entering a covenant with God, they would illustrate this by their own words:. The World of the New Testament Journeys 2. John the Baptist's Journeys 3. Jesus's Childhood Journeys 4. Jesus's Journeys around Galilee 5. Jesus's Journeys beyond Galilee 6. Jesus's Last Journey to Jerusalem 7.

Journeys of Jesus's Followers 8. Paul's Journey to Damascus 9. Paul's Journey to Rome The Letter to the Jewish believers in Antioch John's Letters to the believers in Asia Minor John's Revelation to the 7 Churches of Asia The Romano-Jewish world of the New Testament.