PROPHECY HEADLINES: Technology experts anticipate “major” cyberattack resulting in many deaths or loss of billions of dollars | Abbas: Closure of Temple Mount a ‘declaration of war’ | Report: U.S. moves into ‘state of detente’ with Iran; could endanger regional alliances | Sweden extends official recognition to ‘State of Palestine’ | Israel to buy 25 more F-35 stealth fighters from U.S.
The Bible says in John 14:2-3: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “Where Are We Headed? (Part 1)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book, “Revelation: Unlocking the Future”.
Critics of Bible prophecy have often characterized it as a message of “doom and gloom.” In reality, the prophetic message is one of doom and boom! It is both negative and positive. For the unbeliever, the bottom line is, “Bad news — you lose!” But for the believer, the bottom line is, “Good news — we win!”
Biblical history is always written from the divine perspective. The view-point of heaven supersedes that of earth. God sees the past, present, and future all at once. For Him, all things are in the present tense. He sees future events as though they were already happening. A perfect example of this is in the prediction of the virgin birth of Christ in Isaiah 7:14. The Hebrew text refers to the virgin as having already conceived. The translation should actually read: “Behold the pregnant virgin bearing a son.” The prophet sees this future event as though it were a present reality.
John the revelator sees the future as though it were happening before him. He records these events as he sees them unfold. Several key chronological terms indicate the progression of this revelation of future events. The include: “then,” “when,” “after this,” “immediately,” “another,” “and there followed,” and “after these things.”
The predominant term which keeps the book of Revelation constantly moving is the word “and” (the Greek word, “kai”). The term “kai” is used over 1,200 times in the Revelation and is generally translated “and,” although it also appears translated as “but,” “even,” “both,” “also,” “yet,” and “indeed.” The average reader does not realize that nearly every verse of the Apocalypse begins with “kai” (and). This phenomenon is known as “poly-syn-de-ton,” meaning “many ands.” These are used to bind together the numeric units of the Revelation in a pattern known as a “kaimeter.”
OCCUPY TILL I COME: “Waiting on the Second Coming — Comfort at the Grave (Part 9)” by Ray C. Stedman
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Days of Elijah” by Twila Paris