WHAT DOES THE BIBLE PREDICT MUST HAPPEN BEFORE THE WORLD GETS BETTER?
Revelation 21:1-8 - There will be no more pain and no more death. Now, what MUST HAPPEN before this new heaven and new earth will come into existence?
1. The Land of Israel must be re-established. Ez. 37:14.
Why is the re-establishment of Israel significant? In 70 AD. the Jews were dispersed throughout the world! There was no more Israel. People might laugh about this prophecy in 100 AD, 200, 300 / 1700, 1800, 1900 - but in 1948 the world quit laughing. God says, I am going to do this so you know that I the Lord have spoken – and He did! Who could have predicted 2,500 years ago how that would come to pass in the last days?
2. Ez. 37:21 - He says, before the world gets better, I am going to re-gather the Jews from all over the world where they have been scattered.
Since the Land has been re-established what has happened? Since 1948, we have been seeing the Jews re-gathered to this little spot in the Mid-East. With the constant attacks of Islam, Israel and those countries are in the news!
3. There must be a re-gathering of the Jews especially from one country the Bible calls "the land of the North."
Many scholars and I believe properly, interpret this to be Russia. The Russian Bear! There was nothing there to suggest a future world power when the prophets penned their words. Draw a line north of Jerusalem and you find Russia, the key player in the last days.
Jer. 31:8 "them" - Jewish people. And I love what God says! Russia is strong and it seems that no one can tell them what to do. Yet just as God demands, they gave up Jews to return to Israel. - Isaiah 43:6.
God brings them out of the North in great numbers! And it is significant that this was in particular in the 1990's. Why? Because we believe we believe we are living in the last days!
Jesus was asked the question, "What will be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the age (or world as we know it now)?" He gave them some characteristics, such as wars and rumors of wars. American bumper slogans include ones like "Coexist." I’d like these people to go tell Iran, North Korea, Russia, Venezuela and many more who hate America that you are thinking peace! In fact, people not long ago were saying, "peace, peace" because of that new relationship with Russia. Then we had the Gulf War, the World Trade Towers and lots of world unrest. Wars and rumors of wars!
As Jesus warned of pestilence and disease. AIDS is killing great populations of Africa. And with the increase of violent earthquakes, you think they are bad now, just wait until the Great Tribulation!
4. There must be the re-establishment of the European Nations. It has been called the re-unification of Europe.
Now that seems like it was predicted forever, at all through my lifetime by Bible teachers. Students of the Bible have been saying that before the last days or the world gets better, before there is a new heaven and a new earth, that the world power will shift back to the Old Roman Empire nations surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. You don’t have to be a deep thinker because it is very recent. You would have to be blind to miss the European Common Market.
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5. And before the world gets better, there must be the re-building of the Babylonian philosophy.
When you read Rev. 17-18, you read about Mystery Babylon and Babylon the Great.
If you remember Genesis 11 and the tower of Babel. Do you know where the ancient city of Babylon was located? - IRAQ. How incredible as Iraq faced a lot of destruction that Saddam Hussein’s rebuilding of the old Babylon is quite a city to impress us today. Keep watching!
Do you know what the goal of Hussein was? He wanted to re-establish his nation as the financial empire of the world as it once was in ancient days. The Bible says there MUST be a re-establishment of this Babylonian philosophy in the last days! Let's ask ourselves, "Does that part of the world have what it takes to become a financial empire too?" Yes they do. They have oil.
But there is something else that the Bible says MUST happen before the world is going to get better.
6. There has to be that battle that all of us have heard about.
Scientists call it the battle of battles! The Last battle of the world! Some refer to a nuclear explosion or Holocaust. Millions and billions of people will be killed in the Battle of Armageddon!
The Bible predicts that this battle MUST take place before the world gets better. We find in Revelation 16 as the nations of the world converge on the Middle East. United Notions is already diving into the midst as the enemies are surrounding Israel. So we see what a distinct possibility that has been in recent years.
The Bible tells us who is coming to fight.
1. The Land of the North - Russia and her allies.
2. European Nations re-unite and send troops.
3. The Kings of the East will send their armies.
4. The Kings of the South will send their armies.
God says, before the world gets better, all of the armies of the world are going to send their forces to the Middle East and there is going to be a great battle like there never has been and BEFORE things get better!
You know, before our generation Bible speakers shared this and folks would laugh and say, "Why in the world would the armies of the world gather in that wasteland?" Not that they are great inventors but Islamic lands copy technology and go wild with it. Even if there were no Israel, we see the possibility for battle. Even if there were not a west to oppose, those countries do not get along well with each other. So then add the Jewish faith to the equation and the odds for war just went up a hundred times! So definitely, it is easier to see the chances for that war in our day. The same thing that took the armies of the world there can take them back again. It did once. It has again. Or we might say, basically, they are already there.
We went there to protect Kuate from being swallowed up by Iraq. Is that right? Or we went there to protect our oil interests because we knew whoever controlled that oil would be strong to control the oil prices in the world? Maybe it was just about our economy all along. Furthermore, that is why the other nations were interested too. So here we are, having depleted our finances from when we were strong and as our factories were still largely in America. I ask you, how are we going to jump-start a country that still has our same opulent problems, our factories retreating and less strength than ever to make anything right? I don’t think we’ve learned anything from all our failures here.
We all see that Revelation 16 comes before Revelation 21. The Battle of Armageddon comes before the new heavens and the new earth. For example, Daniel says that great time of tribulation is going to come upon this world, being a time that Jesus said like there NEVER has been and NEVER will be! The days of Nero were bad enough. Can things get worse than the French Inquisition? The Jews of World War II must surely have thought that things cannot ever get any worse. Jesus says looking into the future said, if those days had not been shortened no flesh would be saved! We know in Revelation that one-fourth of the world's population is going to be killed in a short time. Somewhat later, one-third of the people left will be killed. Do the math and that adds up to half the world of people.
Now let me ask you, who will be in the greater danger zone to feel the fists of the enemies of the world, like Brazil compared to America?
Now, that's negative. Are we saying things are going to get worse and worse before they will ever get better? Right! That is what we are saying because that is what God is saying. They ARE going to get worse before they get better, but THANK GOD, one day they ARE going to get better!
7. We know the Battle of Armageddon is going to take place after another event. The Rapture!
Now someone says that sounds extreme, to say people will be taken alive out of this world by the Lord. Well, suppose we were at a baseball game and you asked a friend, "How much would you bet that this player is going to hit a homerun?" Not much! But suppose you added, "This player has hit over 300 home runs in a row. What would you bet?" A lot of people would say, "I’d bet all that I’ve got!"
Well, that’s the scenario that you have with God’s Word. You have over 300 prophecies, predicted in advance, fulfilled precisely. Contrast that to the Koran so say Mohammed would go to Mecca. It came true, yes, but it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. All Mohammed had to do to make it to fulfill was to go to Mecca. That is hardly impressive to call that prophecy. Every religious book in the world falls short. Every one! Every one! Prophecies in the Book of Mormon did NOT come true. And one prophecy in error from any so-called scripture excludes it from being the Word of God. The Bible has never had that problem with one single false prediction. So when the Bible says there is going to be a rapture, well, laugh if you want to but I’m going to sit up and take notice. And when the Bible says there is going to day of accountability, that you and I will stand and give account before the all-knowing, holy God, then I’m going to bet everything that I have that I had better get ready to meet God. And that’s what I want everyone I love to do as well. Get ready!
The Bible says, before the seven-year period which has never been like anything before is this event, the rapture (I Thes. 4:13 – 18). What "comfort"? Before the seven-year period comes, all those who believe in Him are going to be taken OUT and UP. We are not going to be here during that time period. We are going to come back as an army behind our Leader, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Is that consistent with other Bible teaching? Hebrews 9:27 - In other words, we are going to die and stand before Almighty God. He is a God great enough to make and keep His Word to the single letter without any kind of apology for error. He knows all! And the Bible says that every one of us shall give an account of himself before God.
The saved are going to enter the new heavens and the new earth. The lost are going to be cast into the lake of fire. Jesus said, there is a hell to avoid. Where are you planning to go? What have you done with the Son of God?
If you are not a believer on that day of the rapture, you will be left behind!
Before the end of the world is the rapture, the tribulation period, the millennium, then the new heavens and the new earth. Things are going to get much worse before they get better! THANK GOD, Jesus was asked what the signs would be and He gave them some signs. We don't know the day nor the hour. That is why it is possible for you to be one day TOO LATE! You could say, "I am going to believe tomorrow." And if the rapture takes place before that time, then you will miss it.
Not only did the Old Testament prophets predict these things must happen before the world gets better, but it also predicts with exact precision that Jesus Christ would come the first time. And He DID come! Bethlehem, so place else! To describe with so much detail the cross when on one had invented that method of torture yet. And the day Jesus Christ hung on the cross, 33 Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled, all written at least 500 years before He came into this world. Do you know what the odds of 33 prophecies are for being fulfilled in one day? - A mathematical monstrosity!
Why believe in Jesus Christ? He is the only religious leader who lived, died, and came forth out of the grave three days later. If I’m going to go with a spiritual leader, I’m going to go with the Winner! Every other leader who has passed from this life has a grave for where his body is.
When Thomas saw the evidence of the living crucified Christ resurrected and alive, He exclaimed, "My Lord and my God!" If you know Jesus in the same way as His disciples, you are right. And if you know Him not only as Lord and the true God but also as "my" Lord and "my" God in a personal way, then you are as Jesus Christ said in the next verse. Blessed forever! (John 20:28-29).
A man feels like he can take care of himself while he is breathing. But there is one thing that our technology cannot stop - death! The death rate is still one per person and that includes you and me.
So if I am going to believe in anybody, I am going to believe in someone who has the POWER OVER DEATH! Jesus came out of that grave the third day! He predicted that He would come back alive to raise Himself from the dead and He did! (John 2:18-22).
Thomas looked and believed! And you can have your sins forgiven. How? Through believing and trusting in Him with all your heart.
Why did the Son of God go to the cross? He never sinned. He was virgin born so He did not inherit the sin nature that you and I have. Therefore He did not have to die, but He chose to die for our sins.
Romans 6:23 - "gift." What's a gift? Somebody else buys and pays for it and says, "Here, I want to give this to you for free and all you have to do is to receive it!"
And the only reason you might not receive it is because you refuse to believe, you simply refuse to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and take your chance on the consequences. Your fault! "Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe! Sin has left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow."
Now, let me ask you a question. Are you an earnest believer in Jesus Christ? Revelation 21 says things are definitely going to get better. No more pain, suffering, or death, and the former things are passed away. But the fearful and unbelieving are afraid of what their friends are going to say. They are afraid to give up their sinful lifestyles. AFRAID!
I'll tell you what. I got LESS afraid of what my friends were going to say when I got MORE afraid of the consequences of the Lake of Fire! I would think they would be more afraid of the Tribulation period because it will be a time like they never saw before.
But one day I accepted the gift of God. - Rom. 10:9-10, 13. Whosoever is whoever to mean anybody. So it means you, it means you, it means you.
Are you ready for the New World Order. It’s in the news! Listen to Henry Kissinger, the leaders of England, David Rockerfeller! President Bush spoke of a New World Order over 200 times!
- But are you ready for God’s New World? It is coming too!
What needs to happen before things get better? The rapture, the great tribulation, the Battle of Armageddon, the millennium. We see the Israel re-established, the Jews returning, Russia’s experience of the brain-drain by giving up so many Jews, the re-unification of Europe taking place, and the armies of the world will re-gather in the Middle East. It's all being put together.
Famous last words.
* It's fireproof.
* He's probably just hibernating.
* What does this button do?
* I'm making a citizen's arrest.
* So, you're a cannibal.
* Are you sure the power is off?
* Which wire was I supposed to cut?
* These are the good kind of mushrooms.
* I'll hold it and you light the fuse.
* Rat poison only kills rats.
* This doesn't taste right.
* Just have her home before 10:30. "I won't!!!"
* I can make this light before it changes.
* Nice doggie.
* Well, we've made it this far.
* You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses on, would you?
* Pull the pin and count to what?
* I wonder where the mother bear is.
This might be God’s final call to you. These might be your last words. What will you have to say to God? Trust Him today!
And believers, considering how serious our national and world conditions are, remember Whose trustworthy plan and Word we are trusting in. We can have a viable, healthy concern but we cannot truly worry if we are trusting in Him.