"The Prophecies of Things to Come"
What is "the prophecies of things to come"?
For many, it is a murky subject that they are not at all clear on.
When most hear the word "prophecy", they think of psychics, mediums and weird people in wacky robes uttering strange, incomprehensible things. They often think of individuals like Nostradamus, who stared into a bowl of water to make his prognostications. More recent examples are people like Elizabeth Claire prophet, who predicted (wrongly) the end of the world, and Jim Jones, whose visions of the apocalypse hitting Indiana eventually led him and his followers to Jonestown..
But in scripture, prophecy is NOT made by kooks or wackos, and it is NOT of their own will or interpretation: prophecy is at the command of the Lord God and ONLY by his command. Prophecy is far more that a vision of the future; it is God telling us what his will is and what he WILL do. And unlike the "prophecies" made by so-called "modern day prophets", the prophecies in scripture have a 100 percent correct track record.
One example of God's accuracy is the return of the nation of Israel after more than 1,400 years of banishment from their ancestral homeland. The Lord told Ezekiel of this:
"The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know." Again He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.' "Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, 'Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. 'I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.'"So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life."' So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.' "Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. "Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. "I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it," declares the LORD.'" (Ezekiel 37:1-14, NASB)
After centuries of dispersion (Diaspora), God would once again bring his chosen nation into the land he promised them, and not only restore them nationally, but spiritually as well. And this took place a mere 3 years after the Holocaust, where millions of Jews were imprisoned and systematically murdered in brutal death camps. Had you asked a Jew in 1945 if they thought Israel would ever be restored as a nation, the answer would most likely be anything but "yes".
That changed dramatically in 1948,when Israel declared her independence.
Another example of prophecy is the coming of the messiah, as foretold by Isaiah around 700 B.C.:
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14, NASB, emphasis mine)
"Who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; And as for His generation, who considered That He was cut off out of the land of the living For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth. But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors." (Isaiah 53, NASB, emphasis mine)
More than 700 after the writing of these prophecies, Jesus Christ fulfilled these prophecies:
"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end." Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:26-35, NASB, emphasis mine)
"Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:4-7, NASB, emphasis mine)
"In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." (Luke 2:8-12, NASB, emphasis mine)
"And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb." (Luke 2:21, NASB, emphasis mine)
"Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And Jesus said to him, "It is as you say." And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He did not answer. Then Pilate said to Him, "Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?" And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so the governor was quite amazed." (Matthew 27:11-14, NASB, emphasis mine)
"Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified." (Matthew 27:26, NASB, emphasis mine)
"When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left." (Luke 23:33, NASB, emphasis mine)
"But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves." (Luke 23:34, NASB, emphasis mine)
"And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, "He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One."The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, and saying, "If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!" Now there was also an inscription above Him, "THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. "One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, "Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!" (Luke 23:35-39, NASB)
"Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, "NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN." And again another Scripture says, "THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCED." (John 19:31-37, NASB, emphasis mine)
"And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God; this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain." (Luke 23:50-53, NASB, emphasis mine)
"But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples were saying to him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe. "After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you." Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing." ( John 20:24-27, NASB, emphasis mine)
Jesus had no control over how he would be put to death, that he would be beaten and scourged, that he would be crucified between two criminals, that his side would be pierced, or that none of his bones would be broken (Psalm 34:20, NASB). The odds of one person fulfilling these few prophecies alone are astronomical, and yet there are more prophecies that speak of the coming of the messiah in the Old Testament...
AND JESUS FULFILLED THEM ALL.
Now, if Israel has indeed returned as God promised, and Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies of the Old testament concerning the Messiah, then we can trust what scripture tells us about ourselves, what Jesus said we MUST do, and what is yet to come:
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away" (Isaiah 64:6, KJV)
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" ( John 3:16, NKJV)
"Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead." ( Acts 17:30-31, NASB)
"For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will." (Mathew 24:21, NASB)
There is coming a time upon this planet called the Tribulation; a time of trouble so horrific and awful that it will claim up to 3/4 of the population of the planet and devastate the earth. But for those who trust in him, there is a way of escape from this time:
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, NASB)
And those who die in their sins now or in that time will be condemned to the Lake of Fire to burn for all eternity.
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:15, KJV)
Friend, NO "psychic", medium, fortuneteller, or "expert" can help you; when the Rapture hits, those who do not trust in the Lord will be left behind to face the Tribulation. All of us must stand before Christ after our lives are over: the difference is whether or not he will be your Saviour or Judge. The only thing that can save you is the precious blood that Jesus shed for you at the cross on Calvary's mount.
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.")Acts 4:12, NASB)
"that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED." (Romans 10:9-13, NASB)
So, what is "prophecies of things to come"?
Unless you give your heart to Jesus Christ and repent of your sins, not very good AT ALL.
I pray you make the right choice.