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1 © 2011 Brett Peterson Signs of the Times 77 What the Bible says about the End Times

2 © 2011 Brett Peterson I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands, I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land. --Psalm 143:5-6 In the days ahead, we need to press into Jesus more than ever. We should be able to declare: I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands, I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land. --Psalm 143:5-6 We need to prepare for rain – a dualistic storm is coming… Revival for the remnant Falling away from Truth for the compromised Trials for all…

3 © 2011 Brett Peterson Act 2:17 'AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,' God says, 'THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS; Act 2:18 EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy. Act 2:19 'AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE. The signs all around us Peters first message to the Church was based on Joel: Act 2:17 'AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,' God says, 'THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS; Act 2:18 EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy. Act 2:19 'AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE.

4 © 2011 Brett Peterson Signs in the sky and the earth below… Climate change Mass unexplained death of wildlife Earthquakes in various places A noticeable change that gets everyone's attention

5 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1Co 10:13 No temptation(pirasmos in Greek – trial, test) has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. Even in times of trouble, God always provides a way of escape: 1Co 10:13 No temptation(pirasmos in Greek – trial, test) has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

6 © 2011 Brett Peterson Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you. Mat 24:5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many. Mat 24:6 "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. Mat 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. Mat 24:8 "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Mat 24:9 "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. The Apostles asked Jesus what would be the signs of His coming and the end of the age.. Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you. Mat 24:5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many. Mat 24:6 "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. Mat 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. Mat 24:8 "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Mat 24:9 "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.

7 © 2011 Brett Peterson Mat 24:10 "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Mat 24:11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Mat 24:12 "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. Mat 24:13 "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. Mat 24:14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. But its not over yet – we still have much to do… Mat 24:10 "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Mat 24:11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Mat 24:12 "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. Mat 24:13 "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. Mat 24:14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. And there are many events that still need to take place… And some that have taken place in the past 150 years that proove we are living in the last days. Join me on a journey into the Signs of the times…

8 © 2011 Brett Peterson

9 Mankind has always wondered about what the future holds… Wouldnt it great if there was a book that told us?

10 © 2011 Brett Peterson The fact of the matter is this; we have such a book. Its called the Bible. God has given us specific major events that would occur throughout history, and most have come to pass exactly as the prophets in the Old and New testaments have foretold. Even more intriguing are the prophecies that tell us what will happen next. These are grouped together as End time prophecies

11 © 2011 Brett Peterson Isaiah 46:9-10 "Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, (10) Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, 'My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure' (Amos 3:7) Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets. Isaiah 46:9-10 "Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, (10) Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, 'My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure'

12 © 2011 Brett Peterson Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. ESV Why study prophecy? It gives us hope for the future. It helps us to keep our eyes fixed on the prize. It is a noble pursuit to search the scriptures! Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. ESV God has given us the tools to understand end time prophecy. What a glorious pursuit to dig into this revealed truth and remove the veil of ignorance and misunderstanding! Act 17:11 Now these(the Bereans) were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.Act 17:11 Now these(the Bereans) were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.

13 © 2011 Brett Peterson Ephesians 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone 1Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Ultimately we study prophecy to increase our faith and make our foundation sure. As Paul wrote in his letter to the Church at Ephesus: Ephesians 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone

14 © 2011 Brett Peterson Why study prophecy? That is the question many Bible teachers, Pastors, and academicians are asking. Their answer? "There is no need to waste your time studying prophecy. Let's just focus on the essentials of the faith." Did we not just read that our faith is built upon the foundation of the Apostles AND the prophets? This is essential!

15 © 2011 Brett Peterson We are about to embark on a wonderful journey, one that will carry us from the Roman invasion of Jerusalem in 70 AD, to our current situation and beyond to the final judgment and eternity. What does the future hold? Can we know for certain? We are about to answer those questions and many, many more.

16 © 2011 Brett Peterson 2Pe 3:1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2Pe 3:2 that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. 2Pe 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts Are we living in the Last Days? 2Pe 3:1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2Pe 3:2 that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. 2Pe 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts We must begin our Journey by remembering the words of the prophets with a look at Daniels prophecy about the first coming of Jesus…

17 ã25 So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince comes, there will be seven sevens, and sixty-two sevens. Daniel 9

18 From the issuing of a decree to rebuild Jerusalem Until the Messiah will be... 476 years 7 sevens and 62 sevens 7 X 7 = 49 62 X 7 = 434 49 + 434 = 483 years = 476 solar years = 476 solar years

19 Daniel 9 From the issuing of a decree to rebuild Jerusalem Until the Messiah will be... 476 years 7 sevens and 62 sevens 7 X 7 = 49 62 X 7 = 483 7 + 483 = 490 years = 476 years Nehemiah 2:1ff In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him,...the king asked me, Why does your face look so sad? I answered, Why should my face not look sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire? The king said to me, "What is it you want?" "If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans- Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah?...the king granted my requests.

20 Daniel 9 From the issuing of a decree to rebuild Jerusalem Until the Messiah will be... 476 years 7 sevens and 62 sevens 7 X 7 = 49 62 X 7 = 483 7 + 483 = 490 years = 476 years Dating the Decree to rebuild Jerusalem: Nehemiah 2:1-8 Artaxerxes I started reign in 465 BC

21 Daniel 9 From the issuing of a decree to rebuild Jerusalem Until the Messiah will be... 476 years 7 sevens and 62 sevens 7 X 7 = 49 62 X 7 = 483 7 + 483 = 490 years = 476 years Dating the Decree to rebuild Jerusalem: Nehemiah 2:1-8 Artaxerxes I started reign in 465 BC Encyclopedia Britanica Vol. 1 p. 598

22 Daniel 9 From the issuing of a decree to rebuild Jerusalem Until the Messiah will be... 476 years 7 sevens and 62 sevens 7 X 7 = 49 62 X 7 = 483 7 + 483 = 490 years = 476 years Dating the Decree to rebuild Jerusalem: Nehemiah 2:1-8 Artaxerxes I started reign in 465 BC Twentieth year = - 465 + 20 = 445 Nisan in the spring, therefore 444 BC

23 Daniel 9 From the issuing of a decree to rebuild Jerusalem Until the Messiah will be... 476 years 7 sevens and 62 sevens 444 BC AD33

24 © 2011 Brett Peterson Daniel predicted the very time Jesus would come! He also foretold that Jesus would be cut off or die at His first coming!

25 © 2011 Brett Peterson destroy the city and the sanctuary Dan 9:26 "Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. Daniel also foretold the destruction of Jerusalem after Jesus would be cut off! More that just destroying Jerusalem, they would destroy the temple

26 © 2011 Brett Peterson 70AD We know that Romans are the people of the prince who is to come from the other passages in Daniel foretelling the four great world empires from Babylon to Rome! Romans destroyed the Temple in 70AD – exactly as foretold! Do we have proof Israel ever existed in Jerusalem and their temple was there? Do we have proof the Romans destroyed it?

27 © 2011 Brett Peterson In 70 AD, the Roman Army, under Titus, destroys Jerusalem and the Temple, to suppress an uprising of the Jews. According to the historian Josephus, about 1.1 million Jews were killed. Others were taken as slaves.

28 © 2011 Brett Peterson Our Lord told the Jews that the temple would be destroyed, and the prophets warned them that if they did not keep the covenant of God, they would be dispersed from the land and given into the hands of the Gentiles. Mat 24:1 Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. Mat 24:2 And He said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down." The temple was filled with treasure and gold overlay. The Romans took it apart to get the gold

29 © 2011 Brett Peterson Historical proof - Arch of Titus - Rome Located at the highest point of the Via Sacra which leads to the Roman Forum, this triumphal arch, with only one passageway, commemorates Titus' conquest of Judea and destruction of the Temple, which ended the Jewish Wars (66-70AD).

30 © 2011 Brett Peterson This began the great dispora – the dispersion of Jews across the face of the earth, as prophesied in scripture! Deu 4:27 "The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD drives you. Deu 4:28 "There you will serve gods, the work of man's hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. Deu 4:29 "But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul. Deu 4:30 "When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the LORD your God and listen to His voice.

31 © 2011 Brett Peterson Deuteronomy 31:16-17 And the Lord said to Moses: You are going to rest with your fathers, and these people will soon prostitute themselves to the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsake me and break the covenant I made with them. On that day I will become angry with them and forsake them; I will hide my face from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters and difficulties will come upon them, and on that day they will ask, Have not these disasters come upon us because our God is not with us? Why has Israel experienced so much hardship?

32 © 2011 Brett Peterson This hardship of prophetic significance began to truly take place in 70 AD when Roman soldiers conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the temple!

33 © 2011 Brett Peterson 135 AD In 135 AD, the Romans, under Hadrian, kill an estimated 580,000 Jews to suppress the Bar Kochva uprising. The Romans ran a plow over Jerusalem to completely destroy the Holy City. The Romans ban the Jews from living in Jerusalem.

34 © 2011 Brett Peterson Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets Jerusalem would be destroyed and plowed like a field Written: sometime between 750-686 BC Fulfilled: 135 AD Micah 3:11-12 Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, Is not the Lord among us? No disaster will come upon us. Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.

35 © 2011 Brett Peterson According to a text in the Gemara - a collection of ancient Jewish writings - the Romans ran a plow over Zion on the 9 th day of the Jewish month of Ab. The Gemara said that Turnus Rufus, a Roman officer, plowed the area of the Temple. This prophecy was fulfilled in literal detail. Incidentally, there was a Roman coin minted during that era that shows an image of Hadrian on one side and, on the other side, an image of a man riding a plow. The coin was intended to commemorate the founding of their pagan Roman city on the site of Jerusalem.

36 © 2011 Brett Peterson Mark Twain wrote this, in 1867. Israel would become a wasteland Written: Many prophets foretold this – Deut. perhaps 1400 BC Fulfilled: 135-1800s In Deuteronomy 29:23, the Bible said Israel would become a wasteland. This prophecy certainly was fulfilled. The land has been described many times as having been a wasteland. Mark Twain wrote this, in 1867, about the land of Israel, which at the time was called Palestine: Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes… the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies… Palestine is desolate and unlovely… It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land. - from Mark Twains Innocents Abroad.

37 © 2011 Brett Peterson However, it is also prophesied that Israel would return to the land and be preserved in their dispersion! Zechariah 8:13 As you have been an object of cursing among the nations, O Judah and Israel, so will I save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.

38 © 2011 Brett Peterson The Jews would be persecuted, but preserved Bible passage: Zechariah 8:13 Written: between 520 and 518 BC Fulfilled: 135 to today In Zechariah 8:13, the prophet said that although the Jews would be scorned and hated throughout the world, God would preserve them. The Jews have been subject to hatred in many, if not all, of the countries in which they have lived throughout the world. Even today in the United States people sometimes vandalize Jewish synagogues and slander the Jews.

39 © 2011 Brett Peterson Lev 26:32 'I will make the land desolate so that your enemies who settle in it will be appalled over it. Lev 26:33 'You, however, I will scatter among the nations and will draw out a sword after you, as your land becomes desolate and your cities become waste. "But it shall come about, if you do not obey the LORD your God...the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth" Deut. 28:15, 64 NASB

40 © 2011 Brett Peterson Eze 36:5 therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Surely in the fire of My jealousy I have spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom, who appropriated My land for themselves as a possession with wholehearted joy and with scorn of soul, to drive it out for a prey." Eze 36:6 'Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, "Thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath because you have endured the insults of the nations.' Palestinians are actually Jordanians or Edomites! But we remember Gods promise to Israel – against all odds…

41 © 2011 Brett Peterson To your descendants I will give this land,... for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. Genesis 12 and 13

42 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1917 The British gain control of Palestine (Israel) The Balfour Declaration, November 2, 1917 U.S. Congress Endorses The Balfour Declaration (September 21, 1922)

43 © 2011 Brett Peterson Draft: Declaration:

44 © 2011 Brett Peterson...the LORD will...assemble the dispersed of Israel, and gather together the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Isaiah 11:11-12

45 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Isaiah 11:12) And He will lift up a standard for the nations And assemble the banished ones of Israel, And will gather the dispersed of Judah From the four corners of the earth.

46 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Jeremiah 31:10) Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, And declare in the coastlands afar off, And say, He who scattered Israel will gather him And keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.

47 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Ezekiel 11:17) Therefore say, Thus says the Lord GOD, I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.

48 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Ezekiel 37:21) Say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;

49 © 2011 Brett Peterson Nazi Germany and the Holocaust On November 7, 1938, Jewish minor Herschel Grünspan assassinated Nazi German diplomat Ernst vom Rath in Paris.[82] This incident was used by the Nazis to initiate the transition from legal repression to large-scale outright violence against Jewish Germans.

50 © 2011 Brett Peterson Deu 28:33 "A people whom you do not know shall eat up the produce of your ground and all your labors, and you will never be anything but oppressed and crushed continually. Deu 28:34 "You shall be driven mad by the sight of what you see. Deu 28:37 "You shall become a horror, a proverb, and a taunt among all the people where the LORD drives you.

51 © 2011 Brett Peterson Hos 2:13 "I will punish her for the days of the Baals When she used to offer sacrifices to them And adorn herself with her earrings and jewelry, And follow her lovers, so that she forgot Me," declares the LORD. Hos 2:14 "Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Bring her into the wilderness(Israel became a wilderness) And speak kindly to her. Hos 2:15 "Then I will give her her vineyards from there, And the valley of Achor (bitterness) as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, As in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.

52 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1947 AD The UN voted to end British control of Palestine and to divide the country into a Jewish and Arab state.

53 © 2011 Brett Peterson In Joel 3:2, the prophet said that the nations of the world will be judged for having scattered the people of Israel and for having divided up (or parted or partitioned ) the land of Israel. On November 29, 1947, when the United Nations General Assembly approved a motion to partition the land, which at that time was called Palestine. The partition plan divided the land into two separate states, one for Jewish people and another for Arab people.

54 © 2011 Brett Peterson In this initial declaration, Jerusalem would be an international city, belonging to no one country or people.

55 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1948, May 14 Jews declare independence of Israel On May 14, 1948, the Jews declare independence for Israel. This is the first time in 2900 years that Israel is both independent and united.

56 © 2011 Brett Peterson The US recognized the new Jewish state immediately;

57 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1948, May 15 (The next day) Surrounding countries invade Israel Within hours of Israel s declaration of independence, the surrounding Arab countries launch an invasion of Israel. 5 Countries against Israel! 1949 Israel prevails in first Arab-Israeli war Israel prevails in the Arab-Israeli war of 1948-9. Israeli forces recapture more of the ancient Jewish homeland, expanding the size of Israel by about 50 percent. 1967 Six-Day War: Jews capture holy city of Jerusalem During the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel takes control of Jerusalem and other ancient-Jewish territories.

58 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1968- Current Jew began to buy property from the Palestinians - This was prophesied in scripture!!! Jeremiah 32:44 Fields will be bought for silver, and deeds will be signed, sealed and witnessed in the territory of Benjamin, in the villages around Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the towns of the hill country, of the western foothills and of the Negev, because I will restore their fortunes, declares the Lord.

59 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1982 Hebrew becomes official language of Israel Hebrew was the language of the Jewish people in Biblical times, and most of the Old Testament was written in Hebrew. The language dies out over time but is revived in the 1900s. In 1982, it becomes Israels official language.

60 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1983 – Israel become a top exporter of crops and fruit – many agricultural scientist go to Israel to see how they made the dessert bloom

61 © 2011 Brett Peterson Here is Isaiah 27:6 In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.

62 © 2011 Brett Peterson Here is Isaiah 41:18-20 I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

63 © 2011 Brett Peterson Here is Ezekiel 36:33-35 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited. Here is Joel 2:22 Be not afraid, O wild animals, for the open pastures are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.

64 © 2011 Brett Peterson Israel would again become a prosperous land Bible passage: Joel 2:22 Written: about 400 BC Fulfilled: 1980s In Joel 2:22, the prophet said that God will again make the land of Israel productive again. After centuries of being desolate, Israels land is again fruitful. Food is one of modern Israels most important exports. Millions of trees have been planted and a vast network of irrigation canals have been built during the past 200 years by Jews who have returned to their ancient homeland from countries around the world.

65 © 2011 Brett Peterson Here is Isaiah 35:1-2 The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.

66 © 2011 Brett Peterson Israels land would again become fruitful Bible passage: Zechariah 8:12 Written: between 520 and 518 BC Fulfilled: 1980s Here is Zechariah 8:12 The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. Today, Israel is able to export food to many countries. Scientists are still trying to figure out how they made the dessert bloom!

67 © 2011 Brett Peterson 1989 – The Iron Curtain fell, allowing Jews to leave Russian and go back to Israel Zec 2:6 "Ho there! Flee from the land of the north," declares the LORD, "for I have dispersed you as the four winds of the heavens," declares the LORD.

68 © 2011 Brett Peterson (Isaiah 56:8) The Lord GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel, declares, Yet others I will gather to them, to those already gathered. This fully began to happen in 1989!

69 © 2011 Brett Peterson Review Israel dispersed Israel Gathered Israel Nation Established Israel back in Jerusalem 70 AD 1917 1948 1967

70 © 2011 Brett Peterson 2000 Josephs Tomb Burned * OC Register, Sunday - Oct. 8, 2000. Arabs tore apart and burned Josephs Tomb. It was a shrine, house, tomb, compound & synagogue. Obodiah 1:15-18 An end times prophecy - Joseph's house will be a flame The idea is that it would be burned, and it infers it will be a catalyst for end time events. Israel's Defense state that Palestinians can not be trusted with the Temple Mount because of Joseph's Tomb!

71 © 2011 Brett Peterson In Obadiah we are told that in the last days, when the nations are about to be judged, Josephs Tomb would be a flame. I find it very significant this event took place. The word in the Bible for tomb in this passage can also mean house. See below. Also, in that same passage it says Jacobs house will be a fire (different word than flame), and Essaus house a stuble. Palistiinians are Essaus house (Edomites), Israel is Jacobs house.

72 © 2011 Brett Peterson Now they just need to rebuild their Temple… The 1 st Red Heifer Born in Israel in over 2000 years! Updated April 8 th, 2002 The rabbis found her to be kosher and were satisfied that this heifer could indeed be a candidate to be used in the process of purification described in the book of Numbers, chapter 19.

73 © 2011 Brett Peterson Zec 12:2 "Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege of Jerusalem will also be against Judah. Zec 12:3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it. We were told that Israel would be the focal point of the world in the last days!

74 © 2011 Brett Peterson WEF They are getting ready for their annual meeting. The top concerns for the world today are: Israel – Iran – Afghanistan – North Korea – Americas Economy Chinas slow growth – The decline of the dollar

75 © 2011 Brett Peterson Isa 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isa 5:21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight! Isa 5:22 Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine And valiant men in mixing strong drink, Isa 5:23 Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right! Its time to get right… Today is the day to start building the Kingdom of God! To live as lights in a dark world

76 © 2011 Brett Peterson The nations are focused on Israel And those against her are exactly the ones the Bible predicted Psalm 83 – Names ancient tribes that would surround Israel – they will conspire to destroy her but they will fail. This alludes to Ezekiel's prophecy of God and Magog attacking Israel in the last days – next week we will cover this…

77 © 2011 Brett Peterson The Muslim nations calling for the destruction of all Israel was predicted as well: Psa 83:4 They have said, "Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation, That the name of Israel be remembered no more." Psa 83:5 For they have conspired together with one mind; Against You they make a covenant: Psa 83:6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites; Next week we will cover the alignment of nations – and how the current alliances line up exactly as the Bible predicted. Politically, socially, economically, in every way, the worlds stage is set for the last days. We will also get into what happens next according to scripture…

78 © 2011 Brett Peterson Matt:24:33 So, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.

79 © 2011 Brett Peterson These truly are exciting times… Rom 13:11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. Rom 13:12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Its time to Stand Strong!

80 © 2011 Brett Peterson We need to study these things! 1Ti 4:12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 1Ti 4:13 Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. 1Ti 4:14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. 1Ti 4:15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. 1Ti 4:16 Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.


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