PROPHETIC CONVERGENCE – PART XVI

As we noted last time, the story of mankind is the story of the rebellion of God against the rule of the Creator God. Yet God’s heart remains steadfast. At the Fall in the Garden, He promised a Saviour. With Abraham, He called a nation into being. And the First Testament chronicles a history of the Jewish nation replete with rebellion and repentance – and ultimately God’s restoration. Then comes the first centuries of the Church – and we saw a primarily Jewish institution morph into a Gentile one, in the process abandoning its Hebrew roots. That is the next part of the story. ISRAEL & THE HEART OF GOD - 2 Here’s the basic truth. The earliest Church was a Jewish institution. Jesus was Jewish. The Apostles were Jewish. The 3,000 converted on the day of Pentecost were Jewish. And we see in the book of Acts a gradual / eventual inclusion of Gentiles in significant numbers. Still, the early Christianity remained Jewish in character and practice. The earlies Christians worshipped ... [More]

PROPHETIC CONVERGENCE – PART XV

In this series we’ve generally been looking at ‘events’ – short-term occurrences with prophetic significance. Starting in this installment I’d like to turn our attention to a long-term Biblical theme that has ridden down through the centuries yet has End Times implications; God’s heart of Israel. [I anticipate that this will be a series within a series.] ISRAEL & THE HEART OF GOD - 1 There have been two constants that run through history, no matter how one might parse it: Man’s rebellion against God and a hate for God’s People, Israel. This is true from the ancient Persians to the modern ones, the Iranians; from the Romans to the Islamists to the Palestinians to the Nazis and Communists; from overtly persecuting nations like the Germans of WWII to persecuted nations like the Poles. Jew hatred runs deep. That hatred is driven by something called Replacement Theology (RT). It is the notion that the Jews have been set aside; that they have forfeited the promises of and the ... [More]

PROPHETIC CONVERGENCE – PART XIV

We live in a time like no other. It is a time when human arrogance has overtaken reason. As the Apostle Paul put it in Romans 1:21-22, “although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools.” While science increasingly points to the Truth of God’s Word – a rebellious mankind applies its reasoning in ever more contorted ways to escape that truth. So fools indeed we have become. This is manifest in many spheres; the military, religious violence, a perverse morality fed by a twisted logic….and the list goes on. We’ll look at just a few of them today. THE CULT OF SELFISHNESS “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, ... [More]

PROPHETIC CONVERGENCE – PART XIII

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been looking at the geopolitical situation. An ascendant Russia, ready to assert its prerogatives together with an America in seeming retreat has left of power vacuum in the Middle East, created the need for certain swing countries to scramble for security and allowed the tensions to build to where small incidents and miscalculations could result in war involving nuclear powers. Today we’ll take a little different tack. We’ll talk about ‘Truth’ and control and how those two concepts feed into the creation of the Antichrist System.   Tyranny ‘TRUTH’ & TYRANNY   “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” (John 8:31-32) (ESV) It was proven in the last century. If you CONTROL THE ‘TRUTH’….YOU CONTROL THE PEOPLE. The lies of Nazism, fed and sustained the German culture to the point where a once-Christian society ... [More]

PROPHETIC CONVERGENCE – PART XII

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” (Isaiah 60:1-3) (ESV) The Prophet Isaiah is writing specifically about Israel. As we go on in the chapter we see that God is talking about Aliyah; the Return of Jewish people to the Land God has promised them. We are living in that day. But the first few verses of that chapter also speak to something more. “For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples.” This is the time of Messiah’s coming. Darkness and evil and chaos will fill the earth. Chaos will reign…….for a time. And then God will come to vanquish those enemies. We are watching chaos advance. Which means soon comes the Glory!   THE ADVANCE OF CHAOS It is happening on every front. We ... [More]