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In Bible times, the watchman would stand on the city wall and sound the alarm when he saw danger approaching. The purpose of this part of the blog is to identify and relay events, trends and developments that indicate how far down the road of the end times we have already travelled.
I believe we are privileged to be living in these “end times”, the period of time the Bible says immediately precedes the physical return of the Lord Jesus. Yet it has become unfashionable to talk about this subject in many churches. Jesus said concerning this time, that we should ‘watch and pray’ (Luke 21:36), in other words, we should be alert to what is going on and be prayerfully close to the LORD.
It’s important to recognise that it is God who is fulfilling His word in these times, and that the conclusion of it all is the physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ (Yeshua ha Mashiach in Hebrew) and the physical establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth. So, whilst keeping our eyes open to the developments in the world and being aware of what’s going on, we fix our eyes on Him and His Word so that we grow in faith, not react in fear of the things taking place.
The word of the LORD came to me: ‘What do you see, Jeremiah?’ ‘I see the branch of an almond tree,’ I replied. The LORD said to me, ‘You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.’ Jeremiah 1:11-12
The almond tree is the first of all the fruit trees in Israel to blossom after the winter. The Hebrew for almond is “shak-ed”, and it sounds very similar to the Hebrew for watching, “shak-ad”. So, here in Jeremiah, God is using word-play to make the point that He Himself is watching over His word to ensure it will be fulfilled!
And God is restoring all things at this time (Acts 3:21). That includes restoring His people (physically) back to His land and the restoration of His people (spiritually) back to Biblical roots. This spiritual restoration includes abandoning pagan-rooted traditions and practices, and embracing the worship and lifestyle God detailed in His word and demonstrated in the life of His son, Jesus.
This section features posts about and insights into the book Seventy Weeks. In the future, there will also be articles on the sequel, which is currently in its early stages of planning.
Foreword from Seventy Weeks
Although we think of life as continuing as it always has done, the times in which we live are changing and becoming more and more uncertain. The Bible says events are moving towards an inexorable conclusion and part of that is a time of ‘shaking of all nations’ (Haggai 2:6-7). In this book I have tried to portray a possible scenario of future events. It is of course, a work of fiction, but it is based on Biblical prophecies concerning the so-called ‘end-times’. (A term which itself is something of a misnomer. I believe they should more correctly be called the ‘end of the age times’.)
All the elements in this story are entirely possible. Although some may seem a little outlandish, the recent Hurricane Sandy in the US demonstrated a degree of ‘shaking’ that has until only recently been thought of as unlikely. However, the Bible says that behind world events is the hand of the One who knows the end from the beginning, at times permitting, at other times preventing.
I have tried to incorporate the sense that despite everything God is in control and that, when properly understood, the prophecies of the Bible provide a clear light into the darkness (1Peter 2:19). Believers should not be afraid of the end times. They are about the fulfilment of God’s purposes leading to the return of His son Jesus, the establishment of His physical reign on earth from Jerusalem, and the restoration of Israel.
I have also incorporated certain elements into the novel that are intended to challenge and to provoke discussion and re-examination of the things we think we know, things we maybe take for granted. Perhaps we don’t have everything as neatly buttoned down as we like to think?
In the New Testament, people had an incomplete understanding of what the Scriptures had to say concerning the coming of the Messiah. They were told by their religious leaders he was indeed coming, but they didn’t have a good understanding of what the Bible actually said about it. This led to them making numerous mistakes. For instance, the disciples expected Jesus to be crowned King, but instead He was crucified.
They didn’t realise (until after His resurrection) that the purpose of His first coming was to be the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” and that His death was that of a substitutionary sacrifice. His second coming, however, will be in total contrast. It will be full of majesterial power and glory. He will return, not as a lamb, but as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and the King of kings.
Like the first century disciples, our understanding of the times in which we live may be more informed by what we have read, watched, or heard about than by the Word of God itself. We too, like them, are in danger of misunderstanding the nature and timing of the Lord’s return if we are not aware of what the Bible says about it. It is my desire in writing this book, that, as well as being entertained, you will be challenged to re-examine the Scriptures concerning the times in which we live.
Just a collection of various thoughts and observations, comments and musings.
A J King