Friday, January 15, 2010

Signs Of The Times.

When JESUS CHRIST came first to be born as a SON of man, the Jewish Scriptures (i.e. the Old Testament period of the Christian Holy Scriptures) foretold of HIS coming from as early as the days of the Prophet Moses.

The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, according to all you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.’ “And the LORD said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.’
Deuteronomy 18:14 - 19

Many other Prophets from after Moses until the Prophet Malachi foretold of the CHRIST's First Advent and also HIS Second. The Jews and Jewish religious authority of those days (as well as today) because of their self focused myopic and tunnel visions only saw HIS Second Advent even though the Holy Christian Scriptures (i.e. the Scriptures of the New Testament period) were very clear about HIS First. Similarly a blindness in the religious “experts” of today is preventing them from understanding the Signs of the Time pointing to JESUS CHRIST Second Coming.

The Birth Of John The Baptist.

When the fullness of time came for that prophecy of the First Advent to be fulfilled, about six months before the SON of GOD was to be born as a SON of man, a very definitive sign was given to all who lived in a hilly country area of Judea to pre-announce the coming of The MESSIAH, The MESSENGER of The Covenant. This event surely must not have gone unnoticed by all the Jewish religious experts and authorities of those days, as the coming of the JUST ONE was a very much anticipated event by all the religious Jews living in those days. But just as those of today, these so called authorities and experts tend to strut around in their self–perceived superiority in faithfulness, love, zealousness and righteousness that they would discount as irrelevant anything (because it don't jive with their lies) other than what in their own thoughts and judgment, they considered to be valid (because it can be used, especially when twisted with spins added in, to advance themselves as whatever they wanted to advance themselves as).

Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him.
Luke 1:65

That was the third sign that prophesied of The MESSIAH's impending arrival.

Some four months earlier, JESUS was proclaimed to the family of Zacharias (the father of the yet to be born John the Baptist). Zacharias' wife, Elizabeth who was just over six months pregnant was visited by her cousin, Mary who had newly conceived. On hearing Mary's greeting, Elizabeth started to prophesy.

'Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”'
Luke 1:42 - 45

Apparently even before he was born, John the Baptist was already carrying out his ordained calling to proclaim the arrival of the MESSIAH.

When came the time for JESUS to be born, an Angel announced HIS birth to shepherds who were so astounded by the vision that they immediately left to search for the CHILD.

Herod the King when he learned that wise men, who had came from the east, were inquiring for the CHILD, born to be the KING of the Jews, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him. He then summoned all the chief priests and scribes of the people together and inquired from them where the CHRIST was to be born. The priest, religious authorities and scribes had no problem understanding the Scripture which foretold of where the MESSIAH would be born.

Then came a great and horrible murderous crime, Herod the king, on discovering that he had been outwitted by these wise men, ordered the murder of all children from two years of age and under in Bethlehem and all its surrounding district. Such a horrifying event surely would not have gone unnoticed nor would it be easily forgotten in all Judea during the lifetime of all those directly affected. Even this the Scriptures had clearly foretold.

All these signs the prophecies of the Old Testament Scriptures clearly pointed to the coming of the JUST ONE, leaving no doubt to all those living in Judea at the time what these signs were ominous of. It would be really safe to say that no Jewish religious expert and authority of those days would be ignorant of the fact that the MESSIAH was about to come on the scene as was prophesied in their Holy Scriptures.

Months before JESUS began HIS ministry; John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea proclaiming the fulfillment of a prophecy by the prophet Isaiah.

Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
Matthew 3:5 - 6

Even the Pharisees and Sadducees went to be baptized by John. John had acknowledged himself as the herald to proclaim the MESSIAH's coming, and had quoted himself as fulfilling the prophecy of the Prophet Isaiah in what is the book of Isaiah in today's Christian Bible (Isaiah 40:3 - 5).

John was held to be a prophet from GOD by all the common people including the Herod the tetrarch (not King Herod who died soon after he ordered the murder of the infants of Bethlehem). But that view did not appear to be shared by the self righteous hypocritical religious authorities and self–proclaimed experts of those days who believed it is not possible for them to be in ignorance or be in error (John 7:51; Isaiah 9:1 - 2; Matthew 4:14 - 16). And John the Baptist specifically pointed out JESUS as the CHRIST The promised MESSIAH.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’ I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”
And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”
John 1:29 - 34

Here we have the all the experts of the religion, the scribes and priests including the high priest, how could they be ignorant of what the Scriptures foretold? Why were they unwilling to acknowledged that John the Baptist was a Prophet of GOD when all the common people did and the Scriptures clearly foretold itDid they not believe the very Scriptures that formed the defining text of their religion?  Isn't the world of professed Christianity doing the same with the Christian Bible today?

After John was put in prison, JESUS CHRIST started HIS ministry, to do the work and to carry out the will of HIS FATHER. In the course of these works, HE taught them about GOD through the Scriptures and performed numerous powerful miraculous signs, driving out demons, healing the sick and raising the death. All these works (teachings and miracles), testified to HIS Messiahship, that HE was sent by GOD.

If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;
John 10:37

Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me.
John 10:25

But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.
John 5:36

If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father
John 15:24

Despite all these, the religious leaders and experts self–expediently refused to believe. They sent men to try to trick and to frame HIM as a blasphemer and a rebel plotting against the Roman emperor.

Several times they sent men to ask HIM for a sign to prove HIS Messiahship. Here was how HE answered them.

“When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”

JESUS knew these scribes, the Pharisees and Sadducees, fully understood the Signs of the Times. Their religious Scriptures were very clear. The events that had began taking place since over thirty years before then had testified clearly of The MESSIAH's coming. They were not ignorant, just plain self expediently wicked.

In the same manner every religious authorities and experts of today who are so puffed up by their superiority that they cannot accept anybody greater than them, even if it is their promised Messiah. It is not possible for any one to have greater knowledge and authority than they. They have ignored and twisted the very sign JESUS gave as proof of HIS Messiah-ship, the sign of the Prophet Jonah, to advance their lie of a Sunday resurrection to justify their observation and celebration of Easter and their own rest day, the Catholic Sunday.

Read what these ‘theologians, religious experts and religious authorities’ of  JESUS CHRIST's days had to say about The promised Messiah that they were commanded to obey by the one authority they claimed they recognized that is the Prophet Moses.

Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.”
John 7:47 - 49

They have conveniently ignored those prophecies (Micah 5:2that do not agree with their agenda exactly as all the leaders and the members of GOD's Elect (both those inside and outside the membership of the Church of GOD) are doing today.

In the same vein some so called authorities and experts of the “Christianity” of today pronounced a certain epistle of the Christian Bible as an epistle of straw putting themselves as a judge over GOD (James 4:1). If this is not blasphemy what is? These who so lifted themselves will be judged by the very epistle they had judged.

This is what is called the arrogance of knowledge. Now the Scriptures specifically stated, ‘Knowledge puffs up’ (1 Corinthian 8:1). These men placed themselves so high up they could not be corrected or be taught by anyone. Knowing the truth they refused to humble themselves (Micah 6:8; Psalm 147:6; James 4:10) but chose to twist the Holy Scriptures to justify their self–expedient agenda and their wicked disbelief.

For the truth of the matter is, no one really know anything except GOD (1 Corinthians 8:2). If GOD should decide to even alter just one ‘line’ of code that defined the physical realm, all the accumulated knowledge of mankind, that our so called experts and great minds of the sciences strut over, will become meaningless.

A list of some of the signs of CHRIST ‘first’ coming.

1. The advent or coming of another Prophet like Moses. Moses himself foretold this to the Israelite before he died. There had been numerous prophecies about CHRIST advent in the writings of Old Testament Scriptures which the Jewish scribes, religious scholars and experts were all well aware of. The prophecies of the Prophet Daniel revealed the timeline for the coming of The MESSIAH and placed it at precisely the time JESUS started HIS ministry.

2. The fulfillment of the prophecy of the Prophet Isaiah which spoke of a messenger to announce (as a herald) JESUS CHRIST coming in John the Baptist. In the Gospel accounts, it was recorded that an Angel of GOD appeared to a certain priest named Zacharias. He and his wife were both righteous before GOD, ‘walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless’. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. According to the custom of the priesthood, Zacharias' lot fell to burn incense in the temple of the LORD. The Angel told Zacharias his prayer had been heard; and his wife Elizabeth would bear him a son who he was to name John. He was also told that his yet to be born son would be great in the sight of the LORD being filled with the HOLY SPIRIT from the womb. This son, John, would turn many of the children of Israel to the LORD their GOD and would go forth in the spirit and power of Elijah (i.e. as a Type of the Prophet Elijah), to make ready a people prepared for the LORD, the MESSIAH. This is also a fulfillment of the prophecy of the Prophet Malachi.

3. The same family were witnesses to CHRIST while HE was still in the womb of Mary. This was when Mary soon after she conceived the CHILD by the HOLY SPIRIT visited her cousin Elizabeth. News of that event spread to all the surrounding country area becoming the conversational topic of the day.

4. On the day of CHRIST's birth, shepherds tending their flocks in nearby fields were informed and they hurried to see this BABY and spread the news of the vision they were given and what they were witnesses to.

5. Wise men from the east came inquiring for the CHILD born to be KING of the Jews causing great excitement in all of Jerusalem. This was soon to be followed by the murder of the infants in Bethlehem, an event that would surely not be forgotten by all those who witnessed and lived through it. This too was the fulfillment of a prophecy by the Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:15).

6. Then before the time came for JESUS to begin HIS ministry, John came as the messenger to announce the coming of the Messiah (Matthew 3:1-3; Luke 3:2 - 5; John 1:19 - 23) confirming the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 40:3 - 5) and also the Prophet Malachi (Malachi 3:1) and Malachi 4:5 - 6 as a Type.

7. Finally in HIS ministry, JESUS performed incredible miracles all of which testified to the fact that HE was the prophesied MESSIAH (John 10:37 - 38, 14:11) fulfilling numerous prophecies of the Holy Scriptures.

Despite all these signs the religious experts and authorities of these very Scriptures plotted and finally had JESUS arrested and brought before the secular ruler to be murdered. Today when all the signs of HIS first coming and all the prophecy relating to these are very well documented and conclusively proven, the people of the Jewish religion (aka Judaism) still persisted in refusing to believe. That in itself is a fulfillment of a prophecy of the Holy Scriptures, testified to by many of the Old Testament Prophets. These Prophets also prophesied of a future time when the hearts of the genealogical descendants of the Biblical patriarch Jacob aka Israel will be turned from disbelief to begin to acknowledge JESUS CHRIST as the LORD (Psalm 118:26; Matthew 23:39), the MESSIAH spoken of by their Prophets, the Prophets of the Old Testament era.

Just as the religious experts of the days of JESUS in HIS ministry, so also it is going to be in this soon coming End of the Age. All the signs are already here and many more will be fulfilled soon. The Christian Bible is widely available in numerous translations. The warning has been going out for almost a hundred years now. Any one with a good knowledge of the Christian Bible having studied it thoroughly as all these theologians and religious authorities of today must have, would know deep in the secrets they hide in self deceptions in the deep recesses of their minds, that all that you are reading here are true and consistent with what were recorded by the Christian Holy Scriptures. They will have no excuse as they collude with the Beast and the false prophet to commit the greatest torture and murder of GOD's Elect and Saints since the beginning of this Age of Man.

The signs of the times of the last days (i.e. the last generation of the Age of Man, the contemporary age, era or period that began from after the Antediluvian age which is also inclusive from the context of the willing and willful rebellion against the MAKER) are all already here today many seen and witnessed published daily by the global news networks and also readily available on the global communication network of the internet. Just as they were available to all the Jews living in Judea and the surround areas during the days of the Gospel events of JESUS CHRIST First Advent! And you know what? The religious authorities among the Elect of GOD of the current time are going to do (as they already have been doing) exactly what the scribes, Pharisees, Sadducees and the high priest of JESUS CHRIST's days did. And just as those Jews and Jewish religious authorities were all pretending to be earnestly awaiting the arrival of the MESSIAH, the MESSENGER of The Covenant, so also near all the Elect (both inside and outside of the membership of the one true Church of GOD) have all been pretending to be sincerely, earnestly, zealously, fervently, contritely and humbly awaiting the Second Advent.

Also just as in the days of the Gospel, John the Baptist came in the power and spirit (as a Type) of Elijah the Prophet (Malachi 4:5), as the herald in a lone voice in the wilderness to announce the First Advent, but all of the Jewish religious authorities and defining experts refused to accept and refused to believe that John was the herald spoken of by the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:3; Mark 1:3 Luke 3:4; John 1:24; Matthew 17:10 – 12; Mark 9:11 – 13) and the Prophet Malachi (Malachi 4:5 – 6; Matthew 17:10 – 11; Mark 9:11 – 12) that their Scriptures testified to. And today it would be the same, a man who GOD have raised up (as the fulfillment to Elijah Type of whom was John the Baptist) too would be rejected by most to all of the proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives among the Elect, including the very Messenger to the one true Church of GOD. The coming of the Elijah Type fulfillment is another definitive sign of the times.

Only this time things are going to end differently, very differently. Because JESUS is not returning to die a second time to pay for the penalty of mankind's sin. HE is returning with all power and authority to destroy all the wicked in this perverse and adulterous generation in the most frightening times mankind (since the beginning of mankind in the first family) will ever witness, the Day of the LORD.

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