”But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4) The vision and prophecy given to Daniel is to be fulfilled at the ‘time of the end’.
So, since the signs given to Daniel are taking place before our very eyes, we know that the end time prophecies found in the scriptures are for today. Furthermore, we can now understand the end time prophecies as never before, since the end time prophecies were sealed up until the time of the end; that is, the understanding of these prophecies was kept a secret until now.
God intended for us to know what He has planned to do before He does it. It is His Signature, sealing His Word for eternity.
Prophecy is given so that when it does happen we will know that God was in control all the time, so we can have confidence when all the rest of the world sees is chaos.
Matthew 24:36-39 tells us,
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
No one knows the exact day and hour, but we can know when His return is near. The unbelievers of Noah’s day were taken unawares, but Noah was not surprised. Noah knew one hundred and twenty years beforehand that the flood was coming.
Noah did not know the exact day of the flood; but when Noah finished building the ark, he knew the flood was near.
We also see the construction process for the last days’ ark coming to an end.
Prophecy is not given to remain a secret forever, but at the proper time God gives understanding to those who will take notice and believe.
You are an example of fulfilled prophecy for the last days. You are one of the ‘watchmen on the wall’ that Scripture anticipated and Bible scholars have awaited for centuries.
“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” (Ezekiel 33:6)
Sir Isaac Newton, in addition to being one of the world’s greatest scientific minds, was also a devout believer who was a careful student of Bible prophecy.
He wrote four hundred years ago, that, “About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up, who will turn their attention to the prophecies, in the midst of much clamor and opposition.”
The Omega Letter exists because I don’t want to stand before the Bema Seat and explain to Jesus why I kept silent when I saw the sword coming. You subscribe to the Omega Letter for much the same reason.
The Bible says the last days’ Church will have watchmen appointed, and scoffers (both saved and unsaved) that will require warning.
Only a tiny fraction of the overall Church sees the sword coming. The rest continue to scoff. And they will, until the Rapture. But they will still be there to hear the trumpet when it sounds.
Not every Christian knows the signs of the times. Just as not every Christian has a burden for the lost. It is a unique spiritual gifting. By definition, since this is a subscriber-based and member-supported ministry, you also share that gift, that burden for the lost, and that sense of urgency.
That is why we come together in the forums. To counsel and encourage each other as we struggle with the weight of that burden. And find ways to make it lighter by sharing the load. And to get a deeper understanding so we are prepared ‘to give reason of the hope that is in us.’It is important to understand that end time prophecies are written from the perspective of Israel and Jerusalem, but given to the Church as an early warning system.
The Tribulation is the Time of Jacob’s Trouble and has no relationship with the Church. But we can see from this side of the Rapture, the Tribulation looming on the other side.
One can tell a storm is coming by watching the gathering clouds. You needn’t wait for the rain, if you can read the signs.
Once again, thanks again, Scott, for this post of Jack's article. It was written years ago, I'm sure, but still so timely. He was always so encouraging of all of us Watchmen and women. Methinks we will be meeting him rather soon. You, too? Many blessings!
Shelley - Many thanks - and yes, thats my plan 100% :)
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