PROPHECY HEADLINES: Israel withholds tax revenue, may file lawsuits against Palestine | Afghan president expresses doubt about war’s end | Germany believes euro can survive Greek exit | Iran says it thwarted assassination attempt against nuclear scientist | Boko Haram seizes town in Nigeria
The Bible says in Luke 17:23-24: “And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.”
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: “What in the World is Happening? (Part 2)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book, “Revelation: Unlocking the Future”.
Tradition claims that John had come to Ephesus in AD 66. That meant he had been there for nearly thirty years. Scholars have often thought that he was the youngest of Jesus’ disciples. By AD 95, he was an old man — probably in his nineties. Sixty-five years had passed since the crucifixion and resurrection of the Savior. John had been faithful all those years. But now he faced the greatest trial of his life. He was being abandoned on an unpopulated and deserted island. A political prisoner, he was left to die alone in exile.
Here we find the disciple whom Jesus so dearly loved. John had been with the Savior from the beginning. He had left the family fishing business to follow the carpenter from Nazareth. He was in the “inner circle” with Peter and James. At the Last Supper, he was seated next to Jesus and leaned over on his shoulder to talk to Him. He was the only disciple to show up at the cross. It was there that Jesus entrusted the care of His mother, Mary, to His beloved disciple.
But now, John was alone, abandoned on an isolated island. He was facing death and wondering about the future. What would happen to those fragile churches on the mainland? How long would the persecution last? What about the Savior’s promise to return? All these questions probably filled his mind.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: “Waiting on the Second Coming — The Fate of the Earth (Part 5)” by Ray C. Stedman
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Days of Elijah” by Twila Paris