Life In The Millennium Appendix Some History and Science APPENDIX AThe Detailed Bible Chronology From the bible 4 APPENDIX BAncient High Technology Evidence of Noah’s Flood? 14 APPENDIX CJoshua's Long Day The Day the Sun Stood Still 42 APPENDIX D The Creation Model Is Scientifically Testable 44 From The Bible APPENDIX E God’s Real Commandments <Strongs translation ofEx 20> 60 APPENDIX F The Feasts of the Lord <Lev 23> 62 APPENDIX GThe Holy Spirit Now given to both the Israelite and Gentile Churches 64 APPENDIX HThe Food Laws <Lev 11> 68 APPENDIX IThe Seventh Day of the Week, The Sabbath < Ex 31:12-17> 70 APPENDIX J Defining “Bible Time” The Day, Week, Month and start of the Year 82 The World, The End Times and Beyond APPENDIX K The World System of Corporations, Governments and Religions 90 APPENDIX L The People Who Follow The World System <2 Tim 3:1-9> 94 APPENDIX M A Sign (approval) OR The Mark (setting apart) <Ex 31:12-15> 100 APPENDIX N The Events of The End Times Revelation 106 APPENDIX O Afterthe 7th Trumpet What Events Happen On The Earth 110 APPENDIX P The Millennium and Beyond < Rev 20:1-3> 114 APPENDIX Q The Order of Salvation <1 Cor 15:23> 118 APPENDIX R Encouraging Believers < Hebrews 11> 122 The Real Science They Never Told You About APPENDIX S How The Universe Works (It was preordained for man to have a good life) <1 Cor 2:7-9> 126
Creation Science (A young and repaired earth and universe) <Gen 1:1-5> 134 APPENDIX T The Radiometric Dating Game (Is That Date Close Enough?) 140 APPENDIX U Geologic Column Does It Exist? (Cute Idea, Not True) 168 APPENDIX V Radioactive Halos (The Earth In 3 Minutes?) 176 APPENDIX W The Solar System (How Did They Do That?) 194
Thoughts About When The Millennial Rest Begins <Hebrews 4: 8-11> – "...Then REMAINS A SABBATH REST to the people of the God. For the (one) having entered into the rest of Him (God) also Himself rested from the works of Him even as the God from His own (works). Therefore LET US BE EAGER TO ENTER INTO THAT REST, in order that not anyone falls in the same example of the disobedience. "
Heb 4:8-11 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. NKJV
There are two groups of people involved in the Millennial Sabbath. The FIRST group is the firstfruit (church) who enter through obedience to God through faith in Christ. They rest from the evil pulls of their human nature and from Satan's evil society when they are changed into Spirit in the return of Jesus. The SECOND group will be all the Israelites and Gentiles who repent in the day of the Lord and live on into the millennial reign of Jesus. Their rest is described in <Rev 20:1-3> when they are delivered from the power of Satan – "...And He seized the dragon, the ancient the serpent who is devil and the Satan, the (one) deceiving the whole inhabited earth, and He BOUND HIM A THOUSAND YEARS; and threw him into the abyss..."
Rev 20:1-3 1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. NKJV
Satan was given 6000 year days to do his deceiving and evil in relationship to man, beginning when Adam and Eve sinned. The 7th 1000 year day, following the pattern of the weekly Sabbath, is when Satan's rule and influence in the earth is ended by Jesus throwing Satan out after Jesus returns to rule over the earth.
This 6000 year period of Satan's rule is determined from Bible chronology. In using Bible chronology we eliminate most of the inaccuracies of human historians. See <2 Peter 3:8>.
2 Peter 3:8 8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. NKJV
1. Creation to the Flood – Genesis chapter 5 1656 years.
2. Flood to when Abram was 75 – 427 years
<Genesis 11:10 to 12:4> – Most scholars claim Abraham was 75 years old when Terah was 70 years old <Gen. 11:26>, but that is wrong. <Acts 7:4> says, "Then going forth out of land of Chaldeans he (Abram) settled down in Haran. And from there, AFTERTHE DEATH OF THE FATHER OF HIM, He removed him into the land into which you now dwell (Canaan)." That means Abram was 75 when Terah was 205, therefore Abram was born when Terah was 130 years instead of 70. That adds 60 years to the chronology.
Gen 11:10-12:4 10 This is the genealogy of Shem: Shem was one hundred years old, and begot Arphaxad two years after the flood. 11 After he begot Arphaxad, Shem lived five hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. 12 Arphaxad lived thirty-five years, and begot Salah. 13 After he begot Salah, Arphaxad lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters. 14 Salah lived thirty years, and begot Eber. 15 After he begot Eber, Salah lived four hundred and three years, and begot sons and daughters. 16 Eber lived thirty-four years, and begot Peleg. 17 After he begot Peleg, Eber lived four hundred and thirty years, and begot sons and daughters. 18 Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu. 19 After he begot Reu, Peleg lived two hundred and nine years, and begot sons and daughters. 20 Reu lived thirty-two years, and begot Serug. 21 After he begot Serug, Reu lived two hundred and seven years, and begot sons and daughters. 22 Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor. 23 After he begot Nahor, Serug lived two hundred years, and begot sons and daughters. 24 Nahor lived twenty-nine years, and begot Terah. 25 After he begot Terah, Nahor lived one hundred and nineteen years, and begot sons and daughters.
26 Now Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27 This is the genealogy of Terah: Terah begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Haran begot Lot. 28 And Haran died before his father Terah in his native land, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29 Then Abram and Nahor took wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and the father of Iscah. 30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31 And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there. 32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.
12:1 Now the LORD had said to Abram:
"Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
4 So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 NKJV
Acts 7:4 4 Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell. NKJV
3. Abram 75 to Sinai Law – <Galatians 3:17> – 430 years
Gal 3:1-7 1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain--if indeed it was in vain? 5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?-- 6 just as Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." 7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. NKJV
4. Sinai Law until Samuel – <Acts 13:20> – 450 years
Acts 13:20 20 After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. NKJV
This period includes 40 yrs in wilderness then Joshua and Judges. This is a difficult complex scripture.
5. Samuel to Saul – 20 years
<I Samuel 17:2, 15-17> SHOWS that Samuel judged Israel 20 years. Also we ESTIMATE whatever time Samuel may have judged Israel BESIDES the stated 20 years 20 years
1 Sam 17:2 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and they encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in battle array against the Philistines. NKJV
1 Sam 17:15-17 15 But David occasionally went and returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem. 16 And the Philistine drew near and presented himself forty days, morning and evening. 17 Then Jesse said to his son David, "Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp. NKJV
It is stated Samuel judged Israel all his life. We know that he live past the time when Saul was made king. I Kings 6:1 gives a figure that helps establish the time of Samuel's judging. Below are comments about all this plus an enclosure.
6.Saul to David – <Acts 13:21 and I Samuel 13:1> – 40 years
Acts 13:21 21 And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. NKJV
1 Sam 13:1 1 Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel, NKJV
7. David to Solomon – <I Kings 2:10-11> 40 years
1 Kings 2:10-11 10 So David rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David. 11 The period that David reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years he reigned in Hebron, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years. NKJV
8. Solomon to Rehoboam – <I Kings 11:42> 40 years
1 Kings 11:42 42 And the period that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. NKJV
9. Relmboam to Babylonian captivity – 380 years
Enclosed is a list of all the kings of Judah and their length of reign.
10. Captivity – <2 Chron. 36:20-21, Jer. 25:11-14> – 70 years
2 Chron 36:20-21 20 And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years. NKJV
Jer 25:11-14 11 And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
12'Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,' says the LORD; 'and I will make it a perpetual desolation. 13 So I will bring on that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah has prophesied concerning all the nations. 14(For many nations and great kings shall be served by them also; and I will repay them according to their deeds and according to the works of their own hands.)' " NKJV
and <Daniel 9:2.>
Dan 9:2 2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. NKJV
11. End of captivity to end of Christ's covenant with 490 years
many. <Daniel 9:24-27>. See <verse 27>. The covenant
Dan 9:24-27 24 "Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city,To finish the transgression,To make an end of sins,To make reconciliation for iniquity ,To bring in everlasting righteousness ,To seal up vision and prophecy ,And to anoint the Most Holy.
25 "Know therefore and understand ,That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince ,There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks ;The street shall be built again, and the wall,Even in troublesome times.
26 "And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering, .And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined ,Is poured out on the desolate." NKJV
was with Israel. See where the 1 week covenant ended in <Acts 9:17> and <chapter 10>.
Acts 9:17 17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."NKJV
TOTAL 4063 YEARS What we have here is 4063 years SINCE ADAM WAS CREATED.
The Romans developed a calendar . that was reliable though it was not exactly like our calendar as we know it today. A Catholic monk used the Roman calendar to determine when Christ was born. Using that same Roman calendar the Daniel 9 ONE WEEK covenant with Israel was COMPLETED in 34 A.D. By subtracting 34 years from 4063 years, which brings us to the Roman calendar year 0, is 4029 years from creation. Bible chronology ends with the coming of Christ so we have to use the Roman calendar to project down to our time.
Traditional religion has Adam and Eve thrown out of the garden very shortly after God put them there. Outside the garden they became servants of Satan who tricked them into being under his rule. How long were they really in the garden before they sinned? At first we thought it might be 7 years. But what about 70 years? Is 70 years unreasonable? At first it seemed unreal to us, but the more we thought and read about it, the more sense it made. Adam was 130 years old before he had Seth. That means that if Adam lived in the garden 70 years, there would be 60 years left for him to have Cain and Abel before Seth was born. Was it possible that Cain was about 30 to 40 years old when he killed his brother Abel? If Adam lived in the garden 70 years, and if we subtract those 70 years from 4029 (year 0) that leaves 3959 years that Satan ruled the earth at the Roman year zero. If we add 2000 years to 3959 we have 5959 years in 2000 A.D.
If Cain and Abel were born when Adam and Eve were about 71 years old and Seth was born when they were 130 years that makes Cain only around 59 years older than Seth. This puts the descendents of Cain and Seth in a more reasonable contemporaneous setting.
The length Samuel judged Israel is one uncertain period of time. In I Samuel 3:19-21 we read, ”...And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord." Before Samuel began judging Israel the Philistines (while the high priest Eli judged Israel) defeated Israel in battle and captured the ark of the covenant and killed the two sons of Eli. When Eli heard the ark had been captured he fell over and died. The glory of Lord departed with the ark of God (I Samuel chapter 4). It was when Eli died that Samuel began judging Israel.
After seven months the ark of God was finally brought back from Ashdod by the men of Kiriath Jearim and placed at Abinadab's home. <I Samuel 7:2> says, "It was a long time, twenty years in all, that the ark remained at Kiriath Jearim. This is a puzzling statement because <I Chronicles 13:5-6> shows David as king going to Kiriath Jearim to bring the ark to Jerusalem. That means the ark was in Kiriath Jearim all of the time Samuel judged Israel and all during Saul's 40 year reign. The ark never returned to Shiloh. Mathew Henry's Commentary comments on this verse – "Twenty years of this time had passed before the house of Israel was sensible of the want of the ark. The Septuagint reads it somewhat more clearly than we do; 'and it was twenty years, and (that is, when) the whole house of Israel looked again after the Lord.'" In other words it took 20 years before <I Samuel 7:3-13> was completely fulfilled. After this we read in <I Samuel 7:15-17> – "Samuel continued to judge Israel ALL THE DAYS OF HIS LIFE. From year to year he went on a circuit from Bethel to Gilgal to Mizpah, judging Israel in all these places. But he always went back to Ramah, where his home was..." If Samuel judged Israel ALL HIS LIFE then how long did he judge? It was Samuel God used to anoint Saul as king <I Sam. 10:1 and 11:14> and to rebuke Saul for offering burnt offerings. Finally God used Samuel to reject Saul because of rebellion <I Sam. 15:22-23 and 32-35>. After this God used Samuel to anoint David as king before Samuel died. So it seems Samuel continued judging after Saul was anointed as king.
1 Sam 7:2 2 So it was that the ark remained in Kirjath Jearim a long time; it was there twenty years. And all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD. NKJV
1 Chron 13:5-8 5 So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor in Egypt to as far as the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjath Jearim. 6 And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, to Kirjath Jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God the LORD, who dwells between the cherubim, where His name is proclaimed. NKJV
1 Sam 7:3-13 3 Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "If you return to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines." 4 So the children of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only.
5 And Samuel said,"Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the LORD for you." 6 So they gathered together at Mizpah, drew water, and poured it out before the LORD. And they fasted that day, and said there,"We have sinned against the LORD." And Samuel judged the children of Israel at Mizpah.
7 Now when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel had gathered together at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines. 8 So the children of Israel said to Samuel,"Do not cease to cry out to the LORD our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines."
9 And Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it as a whole burnt offering to the LORD. Then Samuel cried out to the LORD for Israel, and the LORD answered him. 10 Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the LORD thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel. 11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and drove them back as far as below Beth Car. 12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, "Thus far the LORD has helped us."
13 So the Philistines were subdued, and they did not come anymore into the territory of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel. NKJV
1 Sam 7:15-17 15 And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. 16 He went from year to year on a circuit to Bethel, Gilgal, and Mizpah, and judged Israel in all those places. 17 But he always returned to Ramah, for his home was there. There he judged Israel, and there he built an altar to the LORD. NKJV
1 Sam 10:1 1 Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: "Is it not because the LORD has anointed you commander over His inheritance? NKJV
1 Sam 11:14 14 Then Samuel said to the people, "Come, let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there." NKJV
1 Sam 15:22-23 22 Then Samuel said:
"Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king." NKJV
1 Sam 15:32-35 32 Then Samuel said, "Bring Agag king of the Amalekites here to me." So Agag came to him cautiously. And Agag said, "Surely the bitterness of death is past." 33 But Samuel said, "As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women." And Samuel hacked Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.
34 Then Samuel went to Ramah, and Saul went up to his house at Gibeah of Saul. 35 And Samuel went no more to see Saul until the day of his death. Nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul, and the LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel. NKJV
We have a definite figure that Samuel judged Israel 20 years and after that we have ESTIMATED the rest of the years he judged before Saul became king. If he judged 40 years, 20 years longer than 20 years, that would make 3959 years plus 2000 years A.D. equal to 5959 years of Satan's rule end in 2000 A.D.
In <I Kings 6:1> there is another figure that needs to be examined. "In the four hundred and eightieth year ' after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, IN THE FOURTH YEAR OF SOLOMON'S REIGN OVER ISRAEL, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the Lord." 480 years is in conflict with the total number of years claimed in the above chart. But if we add up the figures in the above chart we have – Sinai Law until Samuel 450 years, then Samuel (40), Saul (40), David (40) plus 3 years of Solomon's reign which adds up to 573 years which is 93 years more than the 480 years. The scholars claim that the 480 years is the ACTUAL reign of the judges, but NOT THE TOTAL time from Joshua to Samuel because of the numerous large periods of time when the judges were not ruling Israel. An example is <Judges 3:13-14>. The period of time the judges did not rule Israel is supposedly 93 years. So if we add 93 years to 480 we have 573 years matching the figures above. If this is true, the 480 year figure shows that the translation in <Acts 13:20> regard-ing Paul's 450 year figure included the TOTAL time of the period of judges is an accurate translation. It also gives credibility to Samuel judging around 40 years.
1 Kings 6:1-2 And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel had come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord. NKJV
Judg 3:13-14 13 Then he gathered to himself the people of Ammon and Amalek, went and defeated Israel, and took possession of the City of Palms. 14 So the children of Israel served Eglon king of Moab eighteen years. NKJV
Acts 13:20 20 "After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. NKJV
The translation in <Acts 13:17-20> is difficult to understand. The different translators don't agree because the Greek continuity is difficult. Josephus Ant. VIII 31 concludes the period as 443 years by figuring to the building of the temple, but he only gives Joshua 25 ruling years instead of 31. (See Joshua chapter 14 and 24). Other translators and commentators began with Abraham and some with other ideas.
Acts 13:17-20 land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He brought them out of it. 18 Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness. 19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land to them by allotment.
20 "After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
The following is my non-scholarly translation of <Acts 13:18-20>. "And ABOUT (the Greek "ws" is translated ”about" when pre-ceding numbers – Lex. p. 293) forty-year time put up with them in the wilderness. And destroying seven nations in land of Chnaan, He gave as an inheritance to them the land of them. And after He gave judges, about four hundred fifty years, until Samuel the prophet." Literally verse 20 says, "And after these, about four hundred fifty years, He gave judges until Samuel the prophet.” The above actual syntax makes it difficult for the 450 years to make sense. One problem is the words "And after these". NU, the most prominent modern Critical Text of the Greek New Testament, leaves out the words "And after these".
Acts 13:18-20 18 Now for a time of about forty years He put up with their ways in the wilderness. 19 And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land to them by allotment. 20 After that He gave them judges for about four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet. NKJV
After studying this subject it is obvious that God did not intend that anyone know for certainty the 6000th year. All we know is that we are somewhere near that time. There are other areas in the chronology besides how long Adam and Eve lived in the garden that are questionable. For instance some of the kings of Judah only ruled 3 months. Do we count each 3 month period as one year or just as 3 months?
We know from <Matthew 3:2> and <Matthew 24:34> that the 1000 year rest would have happened in the Apostles lifetime if the Jews would have listened. In <Acts 3:17-26>. Therefore God can cut time short. Read <Matthew 24:22> and <Romans 9:28>.
Matt 3:2 2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" NKJV
Matt 24:34 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. NKJV
Acts 3:17-26 17 Yet now, brethren, I know that you did it in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. 23'And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.' 24 Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. 25 You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.' 26 To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities." NKJV
Matt 24:22 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened. NKJV
Rom 9:28 28 For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness,
Because the LORD will make a short work upon the earth." NKJV
God wants His church to WATCH AND PRAY so that they will be ready when Jesus returns. Remember the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in <Matthew 25:1-13>.
Matt 25:1-13 1 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' 7 "Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9 "But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' 10 "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' 12 "But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' 13 "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. NKJV
St. Joseph and Kansas City Bible Study
Several members of this Bible study group contributed directly to this study. January 2001