Monday, 31 December 2012

Miraculous Prophecies in the Bible

Statistically, there are 1817 prophecies in the Bible.

Prophecies to nations
In the six century B.C. when the Babylon Empire was at its golden age, the prophet Daniel ever foretold countries that will rise after the Babylon Empire:
The king of Babylon dreamed the huge statue, and Daniel interpreted the dream for him.

Prophecies for Israel
  • Israel is the nation God chooses. The Bible and Christ are both from them. Her history also becomes a mirror of all mankind.

  • l   The Bible has ever predicted that Israelites will rebel God and will be dispersed in various nations to suffer. But finally God still show mercy to them and lead them back to their home country.
  • l   After the national subjugation for about 2000 years, Jews miraculously restored their country on May 14 1948.
  • l   The very next day, the Arabian coalitions of seven countries invaded Israel right away, but Israel was outnumbered and turned defeat into victory. They also routed the surrounding Arabian countries in other four battles of the Middle East. (Six-Day-War, June 7 1967)

Prophecies for Christians
The biography of each great person of history documents the review of their life with no exception, however only the life of Jesus Christ has been written down before His birth. 320 prophecies about Him in the Bible have been all fulfilled.
The prophecies testify not only that the Bible is the revelation from God, but also that Jesus Christ is the Messiah God sends to us. He follows God’s will to become the sin offering for all mankind, so that anyone who believes and accepts Him will be forgiven and will be reconciled with God.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Prophecies About the End Time in the Bible
Seventy seven years in the Bible (Dan 9:24-27, 538 B.C)
Daniel 9:24-27 ““Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.
   “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.””

There are four phases in seventy seven years:

1.       First: 7X7=49, 9:25, from the time Jerusalem is rebuilt to the completion. (444B.C, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes – 395B.C, the completion of the Holy Temple.)
2.       Second: 62X7=434, 9:26, to the crucifixion of Jesus. A ruler will destroy the Holy Temple and the sanctuary. (70 A.D, Roman general Titus)
3.       Third, the era of church; the end times; from the crucifixion of Jesus to the beginning of the last seven years.
4.       Fourth: 1X7=7, 9:27, in the last seven years before the second coming of Jesus, the antichrist begins to show up to deceive and reign for seven years. Calamities will never end in the seven years. It will be separated as first 3 and half years and the last 3 and half years. 

The above mentioned years are according to the Jewish lunar calendar, which has 360 days in each year (Gen. 7:11, 7:24, 8:3, 8:4)
There are sixty nine sevens (seven sevens and sixty two sevens), which are 483 Jewish years. For 360 days in a year, there will be 173880 days (69X7X360= 173880)

Therefore, according to the book of Nehemiah, the beginning of seventy sevens should be the first day in the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes. The first day in the month of Nisan is the first day of the first month of Jewish calendar. If we turn the lunar calendar into the solar calendar, we will get March 5, 444 B.C.

Let’s study in the New Testament that which day the anointed king will come up. The LORD has shown up in public only once, and he has formally recognized Himself as the Messiah of Israel. That’s the day when He entered Jerusalem by riding the donkey, and it is also called Palm Sunday.

Which day is Palm Sunday? Luke told us that Jesus began to work in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar (Luk 3:1). The history tells that the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar is 30 A.D. In the month of Nisan of that year is the first Passover during the period that Jesus worked at. After three Passovers, the LORD was crucified, and that’s the Passover in 33 A.D (the fourteenth day of the month of Nisan). According to the Bible, the tradition of Israelites, and the recording of Romano-Jewish historian Josephus, the LORD arrived at Bethany on the previous Friday (the eighth day of the month of Nisan) before the Passover. (Jhn. 11:15-12:1)

On Saturday, He spent the Sabbath in Bethany (the ninth day of the month of Nisan), and the next day is the tenth day of the month of Nisan which is Sunday, and the LORD entered Jerusalem, and Jews took palm branches to welcome Him. If we turn the tenth day of the month of Nisan into the solar calendar, we will get March 30, 33 A.D. How many days will it be from March 5, 444 B.C. to March 30, 33 A.D.?

There are 365 days in the solar calendar.
444 B.C. to A.D. 33 = 444 + 33 – 1 = 476 (years)
(There’s only one year between 1 B.C. and 1 A.D.)
476 X 365 (days) = 173740 days
We have to add on the days of the leap years = (476/4)days – 4 days + 1 day = 119 days – 3 days = 116 days
(The formula: there will be a leap year in four years. The one hundredth year will not be the leap year. And the four hundredth year will be the leap year.)
We add on 24 days which are from March 5 to March 30.
173740 days + 116 days + 24 days = 173880 days, this is completely matched with the Jewish calendar. The prophecy is indeed fulfilled.

After the sixty nine sevens, Roman General Titus occupied Jerusalem in 70 A.D, and the Holy Temple was destroyed. This obviously fulfilled the partial prophecy. What is written in Dan. 9:27 was not fulfilled on Titus. Instead it would be like what Jesus says in Mat. 24:15, He cited Dan. 8:9-24 that “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel.” What the Scripture says is about the antichrist shown up in the big disaster of the end days. It is also the ruler mentioned in Dan. 7:23-26, and the man of lawlessness in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-9. If the antichrist wants to stop sacrifice and offering, the mandatory condition is that the Holy Temple must exist. However the Holy Temple in the prophecy has been destroyed, so it is not possible that the seventieth seven is right next to the sixty ninth seven.

Nevertheless, if the seventieth seven is closely next to the sixty ninth seven, the prophecy in the Scripture “to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.” should have been fulfilled. However, in reality, Israel has not been redeemed, and Jesus Christ also has not been anointed as the formal King Messiah. This will be not fulfilled until His second coming.

The best explanation is that it is the era of grace of church between the sixty ninth seven and the seventieth seven. It is the mystery of God which is unknown to the Saints and prophets in the Old Testament, because the mystery has been kept hidden to them.

The antichrist will covenant with many nations for “one seven.” “In the middle of the seven, “the antichrist will tear the covenant and stand in the holy place to curse God and to torture Israelites. “In the middle of the seven,” is coincident with “a time, times and half a time,” in Dan. 7:25, and “42 months” “1260 days” in Rev. 11:2-3.

The Prophecy of the End Times.
Mat. 24:32-34
(Jesus says) ““Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.”

Psm 90:10
“Our days may come to seventy years,
   or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
   for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”

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