We focus on prophecy each week for about five-minutes.
The apostle Paul said: “[know] the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11). He was referring to the Lord’s return for us, indicating our anticipation of it will keep us awake and alert
After discussing the last days, the apostle Peter said, “what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (Second Peter 3:11-12). For Peter, emphasizing Bible prophecy was important.
There are approximately 500 yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies. Knowing what they say, we expect to see certain trends in the world.
We’re not saying these trends are the fulfillment of prophecy – only that things seem to be unfolding just as you’d expect.
We know for certain that a Third Temple will be built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The prophet Daniel, and Jesus quoting Daniel, explained its key role in the Great Tribulation.
You’d therefore expect a trend towards its rebuilding… And that is exactly what is occurring.
The latest article along those lines was titled, Temple-ready altar dedicated on last day of Hanukkah by activist groups.
On the last day of Hanukkah – which literally means “dedication” – a new altar built in accordance with all the Jewish laws pertaining to the Temple vessels and infrastructure was unveiled and nominally dedicated for use in the yet-to-be built Third Temple by several Temple activist organizations.
Organizers intended that a sheep was to be slaughtered during the dedication ceremony, and the various rituals, including burning some of its limbs and innards on the altar, was to be performed. However, objections were raised by the Jerusalem Municipal Authority’s legal department.
Instead, a sheep was slaughtered earlier this week in another location, and just one of its front legs was burned on the altar in a practice sacrificial exercise.
Olive oil, wine and grain, produced according to standards required by the laws in the Torah pertaining to ritual offerings, were also “offered” on the new altar in the practice exercise, while ketoret, a mix of oils and perfumes used in the ancient temples, was offered on a separate, smaller altar.
Read the Bible and this is the kind of Last Days trend you’d expect.
As believers, we expect that Jesus could return at any moment.
Jesus promised He’d return to rapture His church – which entails the resurrection of the dead in Christ of the Church Age, then the translation from earth to Heaven of all living believers.
It is presented in the Bible as an imminent (any-moment) event.
Are you ready for the rapture? If not, get ready, stay ready, and keep looking up. Ready or not, Jesus is coming!