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If I were to ask you the question: “If you were to die right now, are you 100% sure that you would go to heaven?” What would be your reply?
Many have said: “No one knows for sure.” or “I’m 95-99% sure.” “I don’t know.” I run into a few who say with surety: “I am sure I would go to heaven.”
I would like to share with you, from the Bible, God’s Word, how you can be 100% sure.
I John 5:13 says: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God”. Notice the word “know.” When you know something you are 100% sure.
Now, how can you know? To simply determine this, one must know what the Bible says in regard to salvation. Some believe that their religion will save them …. But they are not sure of heaven either. Many will say that “I must do the best I can.” Others: “Keep the 10 commandments.” This all amounts to a system of good works.
I submit to you, that if our religion or good works would save our souls – then why did Jesus die on the cross? Let’s see what the Bible says about our good works.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”.
Galatians 3:1-3 “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”
In Romans 11:6 we read: “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work”.
Now, I realize that if I put all of the verses on works from the Bible in this post – it would be very lengthy. Would you read it all? The verses above basically teach us that our good deeds do not save us – we cannot save ourselves – we need the salvation that the Lord provides for us.
Galatians 3:24-25 regarding the Law – reads as follows: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster”.
Here we read that the Law was given to show us what sin is. The Law was our teacher, to teach us right from wrong. Why? So we could be saved by faith.
One day, someone took their Bible and shared with me how to be sure of heaven. Allow me to share it with you. It changed my life and my destiny.
First of all – in the Book of Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
Vserse 12 reads: “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one”. Then verse 23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” I thought “I’m in a bad spot. If I am not good or righteous and am a sinner, I have no hope. What will I do?”
The person went on to share with me the following. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He explained that God loved me so much that He sent Jesus to die for me. Jesus Christ paid for all my sins, He took the punishment for me, so that I wouldn’t have to.
The, he went to Romans 6:23 which reads: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Hmmmm I’m going to die one day, where will I go?
Being a sinner, I would surely go to hell. But I read and was told that God has a gift for me. That gift is eternal life and it comes from Jesus Christ. God’s gift does not come through me or my goodness or my keeping the 10 Commandments, but it is a GIFT.
O.K. How do I get God’s gift? Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” God’s gift is received by us when we acknowledge that we are a sinner;
and then we receive Christ into our hearts and lives.
Verse 13 reads: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Whosoever means ANYBODY can be saved and it by faith in what God did for us. Whosover means YOU.
In II Peter 3:9 we are told that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. You see, God’s will is for folks to be saved and NOT to perisy = spend eternity in hell. My friend, God loves us so much that He made a plan for mankind. That plan was for us to have eternal life – to be saved – to go to heaven. That plan was for God to come to this world as Jesus Christ – God’s “only begotten son.” He went to the Cross paying the price for every sin that you and I ever committed. He arose the third day, conquering death, hell and the grave fou you and for me. He offers us salvation, a FREE GIFT – forgiveness of sins and a home in heaven. He says that if we believe and receive, we shall be saved.
My friend, would you, now receive Jesus Gift of salvation? If so, the following prayer can be of a help to you. It is not just reciting some words, but it is belief in your heart.
“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. Please forgive me of all my sins. I now ask Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save my soul. In Jesus name, A-men”.
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Introduction: Micah lived during the time of Isaiah, the prophet.
His name means: “Who is like Jehovah.”
Isaiah was a learned man and ministered to the upper classes while Micah ministered more to the lower classes from which he came.
The Book: It was written during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
It shows judgment for idolatry. This Book followed the lead of most of the prophets and spoke of the ultimate triumph of God’s grace and the fulfillment of God’s covenant promise to the faithful remnant.
Date: 750 – 710 B.C.
This Book contributed to the revival under King Hezekiah: (Jeremiah 26:18-19).
NOTE: chapter 1:2 “Hear” 3:1 “Hear” – 6:1 “Hear”
Brief Outline Of The Book
I. Coming Judgment Declared – chaps 1-3
II. Future Blessing Promised – chaps 4-5
III. Repentance Pleaded – chaps 6-7
Note: Micah Chapter 7; the prophet pleads for repentance: what was their sin?
Micah 7:1-2: “… they lie in wait for blood …” = ambush – they have a plot;
“… they hunt every brother with a net.” = They set a trap for a brother
Micah 7:3: “… he uttereth his mischievous desire …” The sin of the “tongue” = gossip and sowing discord.
Micah 7:4: “… best … a briar …” = they are useless at best.
Micah 7:5-7: Vs 5; “Trust not in a friend …” = even the most intimate will betray each other, when they can hope to serve themselves by it.
Vs 6: “… a man’s enemies are men of his own house.” = The state of unnatural lawlessness in all relations of life is here described which is to characterize the last times, before Messiah comes.
Cross references: Proverbs 10:12 – 13:10 – 15:18 – 16:28 – 22:10 – 28:25-26
Galatians 5:17-20 & 6:7-8 – Philippians 2:1-3 & 14-16
James chapter 3 / Micah 7:3 “uttereth mischievous desire …” = The tongue
Central message of the Book: Present judgment and future blessing
Lesson: The Gentile nations will be blessed also during the last days of the regathering of
I. Man’s peace brings destruction
A. Micah is speaking here of the future – after the second coming of Christ.
B. The only real and true peace comes from Jesus Christ: John 16:33
1. “Ye shall have …” The Greek word “echo”
2. It will happen over and over and over and over.
3. That’s what the world’s peace brings to us.
C. There is PEACE in “knowing that you are saved”
D. There is PEACE in knowing that you are in God’s will after you are saved.
II. The Requirements Of God: Micah 6:8
A. The Bible speaks about duties
1. The duty of marriage
2. The duty of everyday living for and serving the Lord
B. The whole “Duty” of man: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
1. “whole” = entire – our obligation to God
2. DUTY is something required = obedience to God in all areas of life
C. Our duty is summed up in this … Matthew 22:35-40
1. This means to be willing to give up your life to him, and to devote it all to His service;
to live for Him
2. If we love God as we should; we will have no trouble in obeying Him; serving Him
3. If a Christian’s heart is right with God, you will have no trouble being obedient in ALL
4. you will quit making excuses for not doing what you should do or why you’re not
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The Name Jonah: Means Dove
Jonah was from the Northern Kingdom. His hometown was 3 miles from the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem.
The first mention of Jonah: II Kings 14:25
The Book: It shows that the love of God and the redemption of man is not just for the Jew … but for ALL who will repent.
Date: Approximately 862 B.C.
Ninevah: At this time – the capital of the Assyrian Empire at its height. Until its fall in 612 B.C.
it was the greatest city of that time.
Within its walls were gardens and groves; vast, lush pastures; splendid temples and palaces.
Its walls were 40-50’ high following 2 miles down the Tigris River; then 8 miles around the inner city = 20 sq. miles.
They had their own water system. The Kings Palace contained 71 rooms with walls lined with sculptured slabs.
Chapter 4:11: there were 120,000 infants. The total population is estimated at between 400,000 & 500,000 people.
Jonah 1:2: It was a wicked city.
Jonah 3:3: It was 3 days journey through that great city
Jonah 3:5: The people repented, so … Why did Jonah run?
Brief Outline Of The Book
I. Fleeing – chap. 1
II. Praying – chap. 2
III. Preaching – chap 3
IV. Learning – chap. 4
Jonah knew of the prophecy regarding the Assyrians. Their capitol; was Nineveh – a rising power during Jonah’s time. One day, they would destroy Israel, Jonah’s homeland. Jonah also knew of the savagery of the Assyrians – their brutality, unspeakable torture, and killing of those they conquered.
God tells Jonah to preach to those murderous savages so that they would be saved; knowing that one day …. they would conquer his people. Jonah was willing to spare his people; give up everything of importance to him and sacrifice his own life, if necessary, for Israel. He knew that if he preached and they got saved; God would spare Nineveh and Israel’s fate would be sealed.
Jonah was wrong for putting his people first and obedience to God second. We must obey God, even if it doesn’t make sense to us …. even if we don’t understand it …. even if we don’t like the outcome of it.
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Introduction: We have no history regarding Obadiah – not even his father’s name. We find more than a dozen other Obadiah’s in the Bible, but none are identified with this one. He is a man of obscurity that was used of God to pronounce one thing: God’s judgment on Edom and final restoration of Judah under God’s Kingdom.
The name Obadiah means – Servant of Jehovah.
The Book: It is the shortest writing of the prophets and the smallest Book of the Old Testament. It’s primary concern is with God’s judgment upon Edom for their alliance with Babylon against their own kin: Israel. Then, the plundering and destruction of Jerusalem, by Babylon.
Date: An exact date is not found. We can speculate that it was written around 887 B.C.
Edom: During Obadiah’s time, the capitol was Petra … the Rock City.
I. The Day Of The Lord Is Near
A. Every eye shall see Him: Rev. 1:7
B. He comes as a thief: II Peter 3:10-12
C. Paul looked for it: Phil. 3:20
D. We are to wait for His coming: I Thess. 1:10
E. No man knows when He will return: Matt. 24:36
II. Rewards When He Returns: Obadiah 1:15
A. Galatians 6:7: Reap what you sow
B. Rev. 22:12: He brings rewards
C. I Cor. 3:14-15: Rewards can also be taken away from us
1. Build a work for Christ that will last
2. Our works will be tested by the refiner’s fire: I Peter 1:7
Even though Obadiah looked for the second Coming; Paul looked for it; the early Christians looked for it; you and I should look for the Second Coming. We must remember; God is on HIS time table and not ours.
God, in His wisdom and timing, still has a work to do; a work for you and me to do.
God must be waiting for something, what it is, we don’t know and it is not for us to know or we’d know it.
Genesis 7:4 & 10: for some reason, God gave 7 more days of Grace before He flooded the earth.
Today, He is still a God of Grace. God patiently waits for souls to receive Christ as Saviour.
He patiently waits for Christians to do a work for God, to live for Jesus, to win souls.
But …. He is Coming: Mark 13:32-33
Vs 2-3: God made them small, vs 2, because of their sinful pride: vs 3
Vs 2: they are despised, scorned, contemptible.
Vs 3: They deceived themselves by their own sinful pride
They dwelt in the clefts of the rocks … Petra … the capitol city was a Rock City.
Their houses were mostly cut into the rocks.
Vs 4: Pride MUST be brought down. No matter how high they tried to exalt themselves…
God WILL bring them down
Vs 5: The enemies of Edom have ravaged them more than thieves and robbers would have
Vs 6: Even the things that they hid in caves etc. were found and ravaged: I Corinthians 4:5
Vs 7: Brought to their border = they were hemmed in, on every side, by their enemies.
“They that eat thy bread” = they pretended to be their friends but in all reality: they
joined together to destroy them.
“laid a wound” = laid a trap or placed a snare.
“none understanding” = they we so foolish – they could not see their danger
Vs 8: The Edomite’s were remarkable for wisdom, counsel, and prudence.
When God purposes to destroy a nation for its sins, He commonly removes from it the
wise and prudent, and gives it over to weak and foolish counsels: Jeremiah 49:7.
Vs 9: The wise men will be destroyed by a violent death
NOTE: The problem here – is the sinful pride of Edom. In verses 1-16, we read of the destruction of Edom because of their sin. Proverbs 6:16-20 – Proverbs 8:13
Arrogancy means “swelling.” Or like “he has the big head.”
Verses 17-21: We read of the salvation of Israel.
Vs 17: Deliverance: Psalms 2:6
Holiness = they shall return to God and separate themselves from idols
The promise of God – in the Palestinian Covenant – to take what God has rightfully given
Vs 18: Isaiah 10:17: God’s power to consume his enemies properly belongs only to himself.
As a people and a nation, they shall be destroyed. It does not refer to every individual.
Vs 19 – 21: Obadiah ends his prophecy with a promise of the restoration of Israel and the
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Introduction: Amos was a Jew who prophesied in the Northern Kingdom. Amos was not from the school of the prophets – he had no formal training. He was also a herdsman and a farmer. Yet, he had the same Divine Spirit of God upon him that influenced Isaiah and Daniel etc. God uses anybody that makes themselves available to Him. Remember, God gives abilities to us when we yield to Him. God can and wants to use you.
Date: This was written from 787 – 797 B.C.
The Book: Written during the reign of King Uzziah in Israel after Amos had been expelled from the Northern Kingdom for his bold preaching in Bethel.
Amos deals with the Judgments on the cities surrounding Palestine; Judah and Israel; Jehovah God’s dealing with the family of Jacob and the future glory of the Davidic kingdom.
- The Message Of The Book: Amos 3:1-3
- The context is this: Can you have God’s presence while you walk contrary with Him?
- In Amos day, God’s people broke sweet communion and fellowship with God.
- God did not break it from them, they broke from God: that’s sad.
- How can a child of God have the power of God on him while not fellowshipping with God.
- You cannot walk with God if you are not living for God in your daily life.
- Can you have God’s presence while you walk so contrary to him?
- Hate The Evil And Love The Good: Amos 5:14-15
- The choice between evil and good has gone on since Adam and Eve in the Garden in Genesis 3.
- Joshua exhorted God’s people to choose between good and evil in Joshua 24:15
- “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord …..”
- To some, they like the evil better than the good; that’s why we have so much hatred in this world.
a So much war
b.So much violence
c. So much murder
d.So much immorality
e. Abortion/murder of the unborn is into the millions
f. It becomes evil in the sight of people for God’s people to do good
g. Joshua exhorted the Israelites: God’s people, not the heathen, to choose between Gods and the false gods. The gods that they worshipped before God redeemed them and delivered them. The Israelites had a problem: sin. They couldn’t decide whether to go back and live in sin or to go forward and serve the God that had saved them.
h. Amos 5:15: hate ALL evil among God’s people: I Thessalonians 5:22.
i. Love, commend, encourage, defend the GOOD. Let your heart be towards good things.
Psalms 34:14 and Psalms 34:8
Paul refused to eat meat offered to idols: I Cor. 8:1 & 10:13-14
There was nothing wrong with the meat itself: I Cor. 8:4.
Vs 7-10: be careful lest we tempt others to fall into sin and false doctrine
Sometimes, it is not the thing itself that is the sin, but where we are or what we do with it: that is the sin.
Be careful where we go, what we say and what we do lest we become a hindrance to
someone and they not be saved. I Cor. 6:12 and I Cor. 10:23
III. God Always Keeps His Promises Amos 9:13-15
- God reminded Israel of what He has in store for them in the future.
- God’s Word also reminds us of what He has in store for those who have received Him as Saviour.
- A perfect salvation
- Salvation that lasts: He won’t cast us out
- Blessings and benefits: here and now
- The Comforter – the Holy Spirit to teach, guide and empower us John 14:6: a home in Heaven.
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Introduction: Joel lived during the time of the Prophet Elisha; approximately 800 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. Joash was king.
The Name Joel: Means “Jehovah is God.” He prophesied mostly about Jerusalem and Judah.
Date: Approximately 800 B.C.
- The Plague Of Locust: Chap. 1:11-2:11
- Chap. 2:1-11 references to revelation 16:14
- This refers to Armageddon
- Vs 11: references to Revelation 19:11-21
- Joel calls for repentance: 2:12-17
- Repentance is a turning back to God as well as a turning from our sin.
- The sin that keeps us from Gods blessings.
- The sin that hinders our sweet fellowship with the Lord.
- The sin that hinders our spiritual progress.
- Prophecy 2:28
“Afterward “= in the last days
- “Pour out my Spirit”
- This prophecy was fulfilled in Acts 2:15 -21
- Acts 2:16: “this is that”
- “this” = the happenings of Acts 2:1-14.
- The Day of Pentecost begins the “Last Days”, according to this fulfilled prophecy.
- The local New Testament Church was empowered on the Day of Pentecost
- Acts 2:41: 3,000 souls saved – baptized and added to the local church.
- That particular local church was the one in Jerusalem in Acts 1:15.
The Last Days
- Afterwards: Joel 2:28 – this is the last days of Acts 2:17
- Joel 2:28 was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, therefore, the Last Days began on the Day of Pentecost.
- This means that we have been living in the Last Days for over 2,000 years
- We are living, I believe, in the last part of the Last Days.
- We are to LOOK for the return of Jesus Christ.
- We are to LIVE for Jesus until His return.
NOTES: Joel 3:14: “Valley of Decision.” The valley in which they are to meet their “determined doom.” The same as “the valley of Jehoshaphat,” that is, “the valley of judgment.”
This is the place where God executes His judgment upon His enemies.
People have decisions to make – to be saved or remain unsaved. Christians also have decisions –
Once we are saved, do I live for the Lord or not. Will I be faithful or remain unfaithful. How long will I serve Him?
Joel tells of the effects of the plagues, past and future. He looks beyond them to plagues of Israel’s enemies to come and calls Israel to repentance. Then, he looks to the end times and God’s triumph over Israel’s final enemies and the promise of God’s blessings upon Israel and the gentile believers.
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Introduction: Hosea lived at the same time as Amos; Isaiah & Micah.
The name “Hosea” means deliverance. He was an Israelite native to Israel.
200 years before Hosea’s time, 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel had left and set up the Northern Kingdom. They began the worship of idols and that’s why God sent the prophets, Elijah and Elisha to preach against their sin. God wanted them to repent of their sin and turn back to God.
Date: 785 B.C. or approximately 2,890 years ago
This Book covers a time period of 60 years.
The setting: There was outward prosperity in Israel: the borders had increased; the Temple offerings had increased. Then there was peace because Syria and Moab had been conquered.
Inwardly, there was spiritual decay; immorality abounded. Israel was worshipping false gods
Including offering children as sacrifices. The priests had condoned all of this.
- Israel’s Sins: chap 4:1-2
- Vs 1: Hear = listen and apply it to yourself – not to other people
- Vs 1: God has a controversy with Israel –
- Controversy = conflict
- No truth; mercy & no knowledge of God.
- Truth: John 14:6
- None of God’s mercy = no forgiveness of sins. Why?
(1) They did not know God and therefore did not confess their sins to God.
(2) Therefore, they could not receive God’s forgiveness – mercy and – pardon.
- No knowledge of God = they did not know the Word of God nor the God of the Word
- Vs 2: Swearing, lying, killing, stealing & adultery.
- Vs 3: Result of their sin
- The idolatry of Israel 4:12-19
- To some, their idol is money, sports, self, spouse, clothes, cars, recreation, music, children etc.
- Anything that you put before God or anything you allow to keep you from serving God
- Hosea 13:6: they sad account of Hosea
- They forgot God
- Vs 7-8 and 9: self-destruction
- God’s Pleading: chap. 14
- Vs 1: return
- Ask forgiveness of sins: vs 2
- Asshur = one of the 12 Tribes of Israel: only God can deliver / save.
- God’s promise if they would return to Him: vs 4-7
- What would be the effect on others if they would return: vs 8
God’s Ways Are Right Ways: Proverbs 16:25 – Psalms 19:8 – Psalms 119:75
Conclusion: God’s instructions are to “return” Why? Because it is “we” who moved away from God. If we “return” 14:4: God promises to “heal” the backsliding; to love us and turn His anger away from us.
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The Book Of Daniel
Introduction: Daniel was a Jew held captive in Babylon; he was most likely taken there as a young boy in about 606 B.C. Daniel was trained to work in the palace of the king. In the Old Testament, Daniel is parallel to the Book of Revelation, in the New Testament. This Book contains many visions, as does Ezekiel. It has often been called a Book of Visions – the word “vision” and “visions” appears over 30 times in the Book of Daniel.
Of the Books of the Bible that are under attack by the modernistic, liberal, scholars, Daniel is at the top of the list. The modernist do not believe in miracles nor in prophecy. Many deny that Daniel wrote the book of Daniel, and that it is a forgery.
The man: The Hebrew name Daniel, means “the judgment of God.” His Chaldee name was Belteshazzar, meaning: “Bel’s prince.” Bel was the chief deity of Babylon.
Daniel rose to the position of ruler over Babylon, second only to the King. Daniel lived in Babylon at least 72 years.
Central message: Similar to Ezekiel’s: Daniel 4:17, 25, and 32.
Outline of the Book
- The History Of Daniel – chap. 1 – 6
- The Prophecies Of Daniel – chaps. 7-12
- The History Of Daniel
- Many of the events were fulfilled at that time and they also looked to the future
- Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (chap. 2) also deals with the times of the Gentiles
- The 3 children in the fiery furnace (chap 3) also is a picture of Israel’s later tribulation
- The Pride of King Nebuchadnezzar – chap 3
- Vs 1 and 6- the image of gold
- Vs – 12 – Daniel and his friends refused to compromise their convictions and faith
- The Lord never promised to keep us out of the furnace of trials, but He did promise to be with us there – Vs 25
- I Peter 1:7 – I Peter 4:12 – James 1:2
- The handwriting on the wall – chap. 5
- Vs 5 – the hand was the Hand of God
- The candle stick – taken from the temple of Jerusalem
- The plaster – the significance is – that this was the same wall on which the king was accustomed to read the flattering legends of his own magnificence. He beholds the mysterious inscription which foretells his fall: Proverbs 16:18 and Acts 12:21-23
- Vs 8 – I Cor. 2:14
- Vs 11 – The king’s wife knew of Daniel – who could interpret the dream
- The interpretation – Vs 24-30
The Prophecy in chapter 2 is paralleled by the vision of chapter 7
Chapter 2 – Nebuchadnezzar Chapter 7 – Daniel
The 4 metals of the image Representing 4 kingdoms
- Gold – Babylon 1. Lion – Babylon
- Silver – Medo – Persia 2. Bear – Medo-Persia
- Brass – Greece 3. Leopard – Greece
- Iron – Rome 4. Diverse beast – Rome
- 10 Toes – Old Roman Empire 5. 10 Horns – Old Roman Empire
- The Stone – Christ 6. Ancient of Days – Christ
- The Mountain – Millennial Kingdom 7. Everlasting Kingdom / Millennial Kingdom
The Prophecies Of Daniel
- The 70 weeks – chapter 9
- The first 69 weeks Daniel 9:25-26
- “weeks” means sevens = 69 X 7 = 483 years
- The decree of king Artaxerxes to rebuild Jerusalem – Nehemiah 2:5
(1) Date found in Nehemiah 2:1 – determined to be March 14, 445 B.C.
(2) From that day to the public announcement of Messiah’s ministry and His rejection (on what we call Palm Sunday – April 6, A.D. 32) was exactly 483 years
(3) 483 prophetic years of 360 days each = 173,880 days to the day 5. The public announcement and rejection is the mark of the beginning of His being “cut off.” It was prophesied 500 years before His birth with precise accuracy
The 70th week – Daniel 9:27
This 7 year period (week) is treated separate from the others – it has not come yet
This is known as the Tribulation
(1) In the middle of it – anti-christ will set himself up in the Temple and desecrate it
Dan. 9:27; 7:25; II Thess. 2; Revelation 13:1-8
(2) The people of God are persecuted
(3) This is also known as “The time of Jacob’s trouble” – Jeremiah 30 The time between the 69th and 70th Week is known as The Church Age
(1) This concerns the Gentile local church and not Israel
(2) Israel is gone from the scene of Prophecy until the 70th Week (tribulation)