“Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure.” — Isaiah 46:9-10 NKJV
Scripture foretold the plan of God concerning the first coming of Christ in detail, including the time and location of His arrival. Many individual occurrences in His life were revealed by the Word of God hundreds of years before He was born. A quick glance through a few of the prophecies concerning Jesus alone confirms the divine origin of the Bible, and, there are over 300 total prophecies fulfilled by Jesus. The likelihood of this happening by chance is statistically impossible. Its’ historical accuracy and reliability sets the Bible apart from any other book or record. It is amazing how God declares the end from the beginning revealing who He is and His plan for humanity.
One third of the entire Bible reveals future events, and there are seven times more verses foretelling the second coming of Christ than verses concerning His birth. The Apostle Paul’s writings in the Bible spoke of baptism 12 times, but the coming of the Lord is mentioned 52 times by Paul. God does not want us to be ignorant concerning end time events so that we will understand our roles before His return to the earth.
The greatest sign signifying the return of Christ has to do with Jerusalem being possessed by the children of Israel. Jesus said that Jerusalem would be possessed by gentiles until the time of the gentiles was fulfilled. That prophecy was fulfilled in 70AD when Jerusalem was overthrown and occupied up until the 6 Day War in 1967. God’s city was occupied by several different inhabitants for nearly 2000 years but now it belongs to Israel again. There are numerous other prophecies that are unique to our generation that proves we will be witnesses to the greatest change this world has seen since the creation of mankind.
1 Thessalonians 5 teaches that the Church is not in darkness as the world is, but to be watchful and alert, walking as children of the light. We are to be happy and hopeful, while comforting one another with expectation of the soon return of our Lord. There are some tremendous dark days ahead for the world, but it is time for the Church to shine into the darkness with the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While there is still time, let us busy ourselves with the plan God has for us.
“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” — Romans 13:11-14 NKJV
The Bible predicted the first coming of Christ flawlessly and you can be certain it is also accurate concerning His second coming. We should be giddy with joy knowing that we are about to meet The King of Kings face to face.
Rev. Josh Vanhook is pastor of Word of Life Church at Mt. Gay and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.