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The Promise of Victory: Over Enemies

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In our quick, overview look at God’s Plan for the Ages, we are looking at the four major prophesied triumphal events on the horizon that we as born again children of God can look forward to. In our last segment we addressed the Rapture. We will now address the Second Coming and the Millennium.

The Second Coming

This brings us to the second great prophetic event of triumph that we can look forward to — the Second Coming.

The Bible says Jesus will return to this earth at the end of the seven years of the Great Tribulation. He will return to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem from which He ascended into Heaven (Zechariah 14:1-9).

This will occur when the Jewish people have come to the end of themselves through the persecution of the Antichrist, motivating them to turn their hearts to God (Zechariah 12:10).

When Jesus comes, they will look upon Him whom they have pierced, they will recognize Him as their Messiah, they will repent of their rejection of Him, and they will cry out, “Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matthew 23:39).

At that point Jesus will speak a supernatural word and the Antichrist and his forces will be instantly annihilated in the Valley of Armageddon (Zechariah 14:12 and 2 Thessalonians 2:8). Jesus will then resurrect the Old Testament Saints (Daniel 12:1-2) and the Tribulation Martyrs (Revelation 20:4), giving them their glorified bodies.

He will proceed to judge all those still living, both Gentiles and Jews (Matthew 25:31-46 and Ezekiel 20:33-38). The Saved will be allowed to enter the Millennium in the flesh. The Unsaved will be consigned to death and Hades.

The Millennium

This brings us to the third great triumphal event Christians should be looking forward to — the Lord’s Millennial reign.

The Bible says that those of us in glorified bodies will reign with Jesus over those in the flesh for a thousand years, during which time the earth will be flooded with peace, righteousness, and justice.

During those thousand years, God is going to fulfill four promises He has made, as outlined below.

1) To Jesus — God has promised that the day will come when Jesus will receive honor, glory, and power.

Jesus was humiliated the first time He came. He was rejected by His own people. He was mocked, scourged, and murdered.

During the Millennium He will receive the honor He is due, and He will be glorified in history.

Isaiah describes it this way (Isaiah 24:23):

Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed, for the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and His glory will be before His elders.

Paul, in 2 Thessalonians 1:10, makes the same point:

[Jesus is returning] to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed…

2) To the Creation — Restoration to its original perfection.

Repeatedly in the Hebrew Scriptures, the promise is made that God will one day redeem His creation. Isaiah 11 says the wolf will dwell with the lamb and the lion will eat straw with the ox (Isaiah 11:6-9).

Peter affirmed this promise in his sermon to the Sanhedrin Council when he declared (Acts 3:19-21):

19) Repent… in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

20) and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you,

21) whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.

God is going to redeem all of His creation, returning it to the original perfection that existed when He created it.

3) To the Nations — Peace, Righteousness and Justice.

Again, the Hebrew Scriptures speak of this promise many times. One example can be found in Micah 4:3 where the prophet emphasizes that the Messiah will bring peace:

He will judge between many peoples and render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they train for war.

The prophet Isaiah emphasizes the righteousness and justice that the Messiah will bring to the world (Isaiah 11:4-5):

4) But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth…

5) Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist.

4) To the Jews — Primacy among the nations.

God will regather all the believing Jews in the world who are left alive at the end of the Tribulation, and they will be established as the prime nation of the world (Deuteronomy 30:1-9). He will then fulfill all the promises He has ever made to them.

Consider, for example, the incredible promises of Isaiah 60 which God made to the Jewish people — promises that have never yet been fulfilled:

2) The glory of the Lord will appear upon you [Israel].

3) And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

5) The wealth of nations will come to you… And the sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you, and all who despised you will bow themselves at the soles of your feet.

15) Whereas you have been forsaken and hated… I will make you an everlasting pride, a joy from generation to generation.

20)… the days of your mourning will be finished.

21) Then all your people will be righteous and they will possess the land forever.

The prophet Zechariah describes the Millennial glory of Israel with some remarkable imagery (Zechariah 8:22-23):

22) Many peoples and many nations will come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the Lord.

23) Thus says the Lord of hosts, “In those days, ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'”

What a statement that is! It means the centuries of persecution of the Jews will finally come to an end. No longer will they be the butt of jokes or the target of harassment or the victims of murder.

5) To the Church Age Saints (you and me) — Ruling power over the nations.

This is a promise made many times in the Scriptures, both in the Old Testament and the New.

Here is one example from Daniel 7:27 in the Old Testament:

Then the sovereignty, the dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.

And here is confirmation in the New Testament (Revelation 2:26-27):

26) He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations;

27) and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as I also have received authority from My Father…

In the last installment of “The Promise of Victory,” we’ll look at the promise of Heaven and how we can apply these great coming victories to our lives today.

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The Promise of Victory: Over Wrath

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy

Let’s take a quick, overview look at God’s Plan for the Ages. There are four major prophesied triumphal events on the horizon that we as born again children of God can look forward to: The Rapture, The Second Coming, The Millennium, and Heaven.

The Rapture

Our first promise of victory is the Rapture of the Church.

This is an event that is often confused with the Second Coming — but they are not the same. A careful study of the Scriptures reveals that the return of Jesus is going to be in two stages — first, the Rapture, and then later, the Second Coming.

The fact that these are two separate events can be easily demonstrated.

There are only two detailed descriptions of the Lord’s return in the New Testament — 1 Thessalonians 4 and Revelation 19.

And these two passages are as different as night and day. The two passages have nothing in common except that they both focus on Jesus Christ.

Figure 1 illustrates how different they are.

Rapture vs. Second Coming

How can these passages be reconciled? I believe the only way to reconcile these two accounts is to conclude that they are talking about two different events and that the Lord’s return will be in two stages — first, the Rapture, and then the Second Coming. First Thessalonians 4 describes the Rapture of the Church. Revelation 19 presents the Lord’s return to this earth.

Solving Another Problem

This reconciliation solves another problem.

The Bible says repeatedly that the Lord’s return is imminent — that is, it can happen at any moment (Matt. 24:36 & 44). But how can it be imminent if there is only one future coming?

The Point: If there is only one future coming, then the Lord’s return is not imminent because there are many prophecies that must be fulfilled before He can return to earth:

  • 7 Years of Tribulation
  • The Rebuilding of the Temple
  • The Revelation of the Antichrist
  • The Killing of the Two Witnesses
  • The Desecration of the Temple
  • The Institution of the Mark of the Beast
  • The Salvation of the Jewish Remnant

The Point Again: The only way the Lord’s return can be imminent is for there to be a Rapture that is separate and apart from the Second Coming — and which can occur at any moment, without the fulfillment of any prophecies.

Another Problem Solved

This reconciliation also solves another problem.

The Bible says that no one can know the date of the Lord’s return. But the date of the Second Coming can be calculated precisely. The book of Revelation says it will take place exactly 2,520 days or 7 prophetic years from the day the Tribulation begins.

Therefore, the statement about not knowing the date must apply to the Lord’s appearing in the Rapture. Again, the solution is two future comings — an Appearing and a Return.

In the next installment of “The Promise of Victory,” we’ll look at the triumphs of the Second Coming and the Millennial Kingdom.

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The Promise of Victory: Over Chaos

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In his great novel about the French Revolution, called A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens began his story with some of the most memorable words in all of English literature:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…

These words have never been truer than they are today. Everywhere we look, in every direction, the world appears to be falling apart.

  • We are racked by wars and rumors of wars.
  • Immorality and violence are rampant.
  • Our money is being devalued and debased.
  • Our educational systems have been hijacked by Humanists and Atheists.
  • Our political systems are gridlocked by value wars and corruption.
  • All of nature seems to be reeling out of control, producing one calamity after another.
  • Our churches are being destroyed by rampant apostasy.
  • True Christianity is under attack from all sides, and Christians are being marginalized as intolerant bigots.

Yet, despite all this economic, social, political and religious chaos, it is the best of times because all these developments are a fulfillment of end time prophecies that point to the imminent return of Jesus!

Jesus Himself said that society would become as immoral and violent as in the days of Noah. And He said that when we see that happening, we are to “look up and be watchful, for our Redemption will be drawing near” (Luke 21:28).

Those of us who have committed our lives to Jesus may see all that is dear to us disintegrate before our very eyes, but we are going to win in the end.

We may suffer terrible persecution, but we are going to win in the end.

We may see the collapse of the dollar and the fall of the United States as a world power, but we are going to win in the end.

How can I be so confident? Because the Bible promises us ultimate victory, and I know for certain the Bible is true.

Our Promised Victory

What is our promised victory? Let me summarize it for you.

  1. We are promised that at any moment now we will be taken out of this world in the Rapture of the Church.
  2. We are promised that God will then pour out His wrath on the wicked world leaders who currently thumb their noses at Him.
  3. We are promised that Jesus will then return to reign over all the world in glory and majesty from Mount Zion in Jerusalem, and all the earth will be flooded with peace, righteousness, and justice.
  4. We are promised that we will ultimately be given an eternal home on this planet after it has been refreshed and perfected by God.
  5. We are promised that we will live eternally on that new planet in glorified, immortal bodies in the presence of our Creator and Savior.

Again, how can I be certain of these victorious promises? Because the Bible tells me so. And the Bible can be trusted as the infallible Word of God.

How do I know that?

Because it is the only book in the world that contains fulfilled prophecies.

And, because all the prophecies concerning the First Coming of the Messiah were literally and precisely fulfilled, we can be confident that all the prophecies about the Messiah’s return and triumph will be literally and precisely fulfilled.

In the next installment of “The Promise of Victory,” we’ll look at the four major prophesied triumphal events on the horizon that we as born again children of God can look forward to.

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Proclaiming an Urgent Message

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Jesus is Coming soon! I have been preaching that message for 31 years ever since I gave up my academic career in 1980 and stepped out in faith to form Lamb & Lion Ministries. At the time, I had become overwhelmed by the Signs of the Times that seem to be shouting from the heavens that Jesus is coming soon. I felt an urgency to proclaim that message to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

During the first seven years of the ministry I often felt a sense of frustration. My outreach was limited to a handful of radio stations, meetings at churches, and audio tapes.

The first breakthrough in reaching a mass audience came with the publication of two books in 1987 and the production of a video program that same year about Israel in Bible prophecy. Still, the outreach was greatly limited. Then, in 1995 I was introduced to the Internet and discovered to my amazement that I could reach the whole world through it.

The next great breakthrough occurred in 2002 when our Board of Trustees decided to switch our media outreach from radio to television. At the time, I had no inkling of what an important decision that would prove to be.

Today, 9 years later, our TV program is being broadcast over five national Christian networks that have access to more than 80 million homes in the United States. And through the satellites of two of those networks, we can reach every country in the world.

Additionally, we decided in 2007 to hire a full time Web Minister, Nathan Jones, to make our website interactive and thus responsive on a daily basis to inquiries from all over the world.

In short, after a slow start, God has provided us with a worldwide outreach that far exceeds anything I ever anticipated. And as I look back now on those “slow years,” I can see that God used them to develop my message and to shape me as a messenger.


Signs of the Times

People often ask if I have become tired of proclaiming the same message for so long. The answer is an emphatic “NO!” And that’s because the Signs of the Times are even more urgent today than when I began.

Take Israel, for example. There are many prophecies regarding Israel in the end times, many of which are being fulfilled today before our eyes. The four most important are:

    1. The regathering of the Jews in unbelief. This started in the early 20th Century when there were only 40,000 Jews in Israel. Today there are almost six million who have returned from over 100 nations.
    1. The re-establishment of the state of Israel — accomplished on May 14, 1948.
    1. The re-occupation of the city of Jerusalem — accomplished on June 7, 1967.
  1. All the nations of the world coming against Israel — happening now.

We are on the threshold of the Tribulation when God will pour out His wrath on all the rebellious nations of the world. Fortunately for all of us, God never pours out His wrath without warning because He does not wish that any should perish.

The time is short, and I will continue to proclaim the soon return of Jesus as long as I have breath. Victory is on the horizon. And I can hardly wait.

Maranatha!

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Rapture of the Church

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