How Close are we to the Second Coming?
World events continue to move toward fulfillment of the Bible’s prophecies just as sure as the sun rises in the morning. It fills us with awe as we watch things prophesied 2,000 years ago coming together like pieces of one big divine puzzle.
In Matthew 24, Jesus prophesied that Jews living in Judea would have to flee for their lives three and one-half years before the Battle of Armageddon. This prophecy seemed absolutely impossible in 1967. There were no Jews in Judea. The Jordanians had driven them all out of Judea (the West Bank) after occupying the area during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. However, when Jordan attacked Israel in 1967, Israel counterattacked, driving Jordan back across the Jordan River into her own land. From 1967 until today, 800,000 Jews have moved into Judea. Just as Jesus foretold, many of them will be forced to flee for their lives just three and one-half years after the coming Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
Revelation 9:13-16 foretells a war that will begin from the Euphrates River and will ultimately result in the killing of one-third of mankind. In the last eighteen months, ISIS has taken control of all of the Euphrates River in Syria and half of it in Iraq. With its dream of someday controlling the entire world, it is easy to see how this cruel and unbelievably brutal movement could trigger the war that will take place at the sounding of the Sixth Trumpet.
Israel has not had a temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem since the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in 70 AD. Yet the Bible clearly prophesies that a new Jewish temple will be standing three and one-half years before the Second Coming of Jesus. Over the last thirty years, the Temple Institute in Jerusalem has reconstructed every utensil and every piece of furniture needed for the resumption of temple administration. They recently have even built a new Ark of the Covenant according to the exact specifications given in scripture. Only one thing stands between Israel and the building of her Third Temple. They need the ashes of a red heifer so that worshippers can be purified from contact with a dead body in order for them to construct the new temple. On July 15, the Temple Institute launched a project to produce the needed red heifer (See “Red Heifer and the Third Temple in this magazine).
We are watching prophecies that were given 2,000 to 2,500 years ago coming to pass in intricate detail right before our eyes. All of these prophecies point to one thing—the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!