Text: Dan. 7-12; Rev. 1-4;
who bare witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, `even’ of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written therein: for the time is at hand. Rev. 1:2,3;
Afterward talk about this
From Abraham to Exodus remove the seven years of Ishmael you arrive at 490years, from Exodus to captivity if you remove the hundred and fifteen years of the Judges you again arrive at 490years, from Babylonian captivity to messiah is 483years, explain to the class why.
This to do before the next time
Find out what the Bible mean when he say seventy weeks of years and when we say prophecy is patterned not what the greek believe.
Meditate on this verses Daniel 9:1-20;
Explain the different between old and new testament prophet and what Christ mean by the statement no man on earth is greater than John but the least in the Kingdom is greater than him.
Today. You can hardly read the news without some people telling new thing about prophecy stated by God in the Bible, some foretells days, months, and even years. But the big question is this what the Bible call prophecy, I don’t think so, because in the Bible prophecy is a mirror to see both past and future event using the lens of the past. This has been very difficult because of our background because we came from the Greek perspective but the Bible was written from the Jewish perspective but this make the world of prophecy written in the Bible a big puzzle where minister tried to use their head to resolve a puzzle this has lead many to believe the resurrection is already past that they are already in the millenium “Post–millenium” why some says we are in the millenium “Ammillenium”. All this depend on interpretations either from the greek who where soothsayer, who believe vision and fullfilment which is short sight because they can‘t see very far because they are limited to ones life time. But the Jews believe prophecy is patterned. That mean todays event is a mirror of telling us about the future event which in turn can see very far compare to vision and fullfilment. I will explan this in three subheading which are decoding the past, present and future.
Decoding the past
understanding the past from today happening, we can find this in Daniel prayer and Gabriel message in Daniel 9; telling him that seventy week of year are determined concerning his people Isreal, in verse 24 Seventy weeks are decreed upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. By this prophesy we understand that Israel has transgress, as a result the wall has been broken down and as a result sin has prevailed, we discover by this prophesy that Israel has sin but God is not silent about it neither is he punishing them indefinately but rather he allows them to remain in captivity as part of his plan. Moses Revelation of the beginning tells us from every action there is a cause, God call Moses to lead the children of Israel. Out of Egypt, first he has to let him know why this people are special to him and where they originated from, God ability to tell the beginning make him all knowing but in telling the beginning, he was very precise both in terms of date and time. Moses never saw Adam or even Abraham nor the flood of Noah but he could record the year they live and what happen in their life time with such precision that was astonishing this tell us God reveal the Beginning to Moses not study.
We can never be able to know the present or future with first understanding the past. How will it sound in the ear if a boy say my great grand father never exist because I did not see them alive, that would be foolish, this is how we sound if we say that we want to figure out the beginning without sense of history, every word of God is pure, we must neither add or remove from it according to Revelation. The book of proverb says there is nothing new under the sun, this mean that what are happening now has taking place before but it may not in the same magnitude, that is why if you understand the bible and your today news paper you will see that they match but because we says this it not for we to go extreme, telling the people that we are living in the future, yet invent may happen that fortells the future but it doesn’t mean we are in the future. Matth. 24:15; “15 When therefore ye see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let him that readeth understand),” this verse says if you see the sign of abomination that make desolate, what is abomination in the Bible, abomination in the Bible is an Idol but abomination that make desolate is errecting a pagan Idol in the temple not just in temple which some people claim that the temple is church today but this is not what this talking about but this verse is talking of Solomom temple in Jerusalem not just in the temple but in the most holy place which is called the Holiest of holy which by Law can only be enter by the high priest once a year after the feast of preparation known as “jon ka por” how do we know this will take place in future because it has happen before although you may not find it in king james but it can be found in setuargiant which is still available today the translation of old testament written by seventy top scholar, three hundred years before Christ not the catholic bible though they contain part of it, but is partly in king james version if you understand the book of Dan. 9:24-27, contain the sign of abomination but detail of the event can be found in the book of Macabees. In that same verses the summary of Isreal history and future and that of the world.
We need today to understand the future but we don’t need today to fortell the future because it will end in error, because prophesy tells you that you that the earth is framed by the word of God and by that same word is reserve for the end because the testimony of Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophesy, when we say that the spirit of prophesy we mean prophecy must confirm the spoken or written word of God and it must be pertaining God word which is already reveal, but while interpreting prophesy let be careful not to interprete base on appearance because some prophesy is like birth pains, it start and increase in intensity until finally delivery as in Matth. 24:8; so are some Bible prophesy to decode this you have to understand that the holy spirit uses idioms consistently throughout the Bible, this mean there are figure of speech in the Bible this is not exact but like parable to help you understand what the contest is talking about, the sword in the mouth of Christ symbolized the word of God. To understand prophesy we have to be blinded to chapter and verses because most of them are in the wrong places, we must also seek to understand the beginning, which people is God talking to, why is this prophesy coming to this people, what is mood of life of the person God is revealing to and what make this person beloved. Point to not prophesy is not vision neither is it setting up new vision but showing us the fulfilment of what God has spoken from the beginning neither does it seek to change time and season but only shows what God is doing and how we fit into it.
If you calculate every interval in the Bible and minus when Israel is out favour with God, you will alway find out that the number of years is 490year, start from Abraham to Exodus, subtract the fifteen years of Ishmael, you will arrive at 490years, if you take all the time interval that Israel is in favour with God in the Bible minus the year they are out of Favour you will alway arrive at 490year, the clearest of this 490 years is the Last recorded in Dan. 9:24-27; will help understand how God calculate time using the lense of Israel to fortell the future of all the nation because he said to Israel, I have love thee with everlasting love, no wonder when peter said how many time should I forgive my Brother seven times Jesus said no seventy times seven because this was the number of time God forgave Israel, remember you disobey me for 490years I will send you to exile beyond babylon for seventy years so get the right calculation take number of years that Israel out favour from the years you will alway arrive at 490years, this because if Israel is out favour God never record that years. Tell your teacher to take critical look and calculation of Dan. 9:24-27. If he understand it you will see history and future of the world come to life in three verses. Like the book of Rev. 1; already show the picture how Christ look like after his resurrection and ver 19; give the topics On which the Book of Revelation is explain which are things he has seen, things that are and thing are hereafter. Which the thing that John has seen are his post resurrection body, why things that are present or that is the churches from the beginning of the church to the end churches because the Church was born at pentecoast by the coming down of the holy, this is the mistery that the church was given as an indwelling commitment to every christian, this also shall end in a mistery, rapture of the saint sudden vanishes of the save saint and after that God will return his favour to Israel as we enter the last seven week of years And this are things that are here after which take place after the churche era are over. Please understand that no prayer would change God plan but it can add you to his plan, so don’t get the mentality of telling God what to do in prayer but things are going to go the way he plan it from the beginning but you can become part of it by God show you the process through prayer in other word all your prayer either prayed or not yet prayed are answered already only in the course of seeking in prayer will make know to you his plan and purpose, have you ever prayed for something only for God to open your eyes to solution that has already be provided for, this your prayer does not make God to leave his rest and start creating but all his work was finish from the beginning waiting for the time to be reveal, one would have think that such sincere prayer of Daniel should have move God hand to release Israel from captivity but rather, all that Gabriel came from heaven to tell Daniel was the number of time in God calendar, then one will ask what about decree, all your decree must confirm the things already done or spoken of by Christ otherwise it is useless or can you decree the earth to end when it is not his time, no. All you are decreeing are already done by God the spirit put confirmation in you to speak it to existence, God open your eyes to see that it already taking place because the word Revelation mean to unvail, in other word open your understanding to things you don’t know already. So note that God date are as precise as his word, also not that the whole Bible was written on 360 days calendar, that was hezekiah added eleven months to Jewish calender, you will be a false prophet if you try to explain Bible prophesy without the old testament and Israel way of life or reason and meaning or why behind each facet.
New testament prophet
New testament prophet take their foundation from the Greek method of prophesy which is vision and fulfillment so they don’t see very far of, But Jesus make us to understand that all the prophet was till John, and after this the kingdom of heaven is preached, this mean for prophesy to be valid it has to confirmed the word of God, unlike the old testament prophet who was fortelling the coming of Messiah, but any prophet which preach or prophesy without following or confirming the written word of God is a false prophet, which mean for prophesy to be right it have to agree with the scripture hundred percent not ninety-nine percent, the whole counsel of God not some counsel, couple with deep spiritual meaning of every written word or your prophesy is from self.
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