website builder

Luke 21:36
Datapuwa't mangagpuyat kayo sa bawa't panahon, na mangagsidaing, upang kamtin ninyo ang makatakas sa lahat ng mga bagay na ito na mangyayari, at upang mangakatayo kayo sa harapan ng Anak ng tao.


What is the Nature of End Times Bible Prophecy

Lesson 5 on End Times Bible Prophecy Lessons

Download this Lesson in PDF

Review of the Last Lesson:

In the last lesson (Lesson 4: How the Bible is Telling us that Jesus Christ will Return in 2028), we started the discussion with the confession that though the conclusion of having the year 2028 as the year when Jesus Christ would return involves some complex Bible Math, the author himself is not good in Mathematics. However, the author of these End Times Bible Prophecy lessons admitted that he himself learns from others who have started studying this subject many years ago. Two Biblical evidences were given to prove that Jesus Christ will return in our generation, in the year 2028. A link was given to provide to the interested Eschatology student ten (10) methods or ways that prove the same conclusion of Jesus’ return in 2028 in a more detailed manner; and this is the same link.

Lesson Proper:

Now that we know from Lesson 4 that Jesus would indeed return in 2028, some questions would likely arise in the mind of the reader and interested student. Would Jesus Christ really return in 2028? Would it be ever possible for God to change His timeline, or His Eternal Plan, if He sees that certain conditions are met, like seeing all men repent, or Satan repent? If yes, has God left certain clues for us to see if His plans could take a different course? Would God be totally just and righteous to punish the wicked and unrepentant for eternity?

The list of questions may go on and on, but basically these questions are coming from three (3) inner reasons:

a. A Lack of Understanding in the established Word of God;

b. A Lack of Faith in the established Word of God; and,

c. A Genuine Hunger to search for more Biblical Truth.

The first reason is not really bad in itself; the concerned individuals only need additional knowledge and training in the Word of God; all of us in fact need this continuous learning for the rest of our lives. The second reason is dangerous, given that the student of the Word understands it but questions it, and may lead to hostile skepticism. I said it is dangerous because many atheists started this way. It is always good to accept and believe in the Word the way a little child does – in humility and childlike faith (Matt. 18:1-4; Luke 10:21). Humility and childlike faith together strongly drive away skepticism and distrust in the Word of God. It is my prayer that the majority of questions in the mind of the Eschatology student are motivated by the third reason – the hunger to search for more of Bible Truth. So be encouraged, because the more we ask from the Holy Spirit for this understanding, more understanding will be given unto us by our loving and gracious Heavenly Father (Luke 11:9-13).

As we answer the most possible questions an Eschatology student has, the nature of End Times Bible Prophecy will be unveiled, and the three reasons for these questions mentioned above may also be hopefully addressed, by the Grace of God.

1.) Are End Times Bible Prophecies final and unchangeable in the mind of God?

I said “mind of God” because it is (His Eternal Plan, and End Times Bible Prophecies in particular) entirely His decision. He is not influenced in any way by outward circumstances such as sin no matter how bad it seems to be. God’s mind is so complex and infinite (omniscience) such that He made his Eternal Plan (and End Times Bible Prophecies) not as a result of being surprised by the presence of evil and all of its curse. No, not at all. This is truly hard to understand from our viewpoint as finite human beings with finite thinking abilities, because most often we are reactive in our planning (planning after seeing reality/facts as a response). And even if we practice proactive planning (planning before seeing reality/facts, exercising assumptions and hypotheses), still God’s planning is on an entirely higher level, in fact, in a class of its own, being of divine wisdom, which is Godlike in nature. By this I say that God’s Wisdom is Divine, it bears the very deity of God, which is supremely above ours. 

Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (emphasis mine, throughout) 

God has foreseen evil before its existence, for nothing (reality or non-reality,) can escape the mind of God, for He is not bounded by time. So, very long before Lucifer committed his first thought of pride and rebellion against God (Eze. 28:13-15; Isa. 14:12-14), God had already made His Eternal Plan that included the complete triumph over evil. In fact, God’s Mind is infinitely above every created being, that He has declared from the Beginning (Eternity Past) the things that will unfold in the End (End Times, End of Age, Last Days). 

Isa 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure 

Also, God is immutable; His ways and plans and decrees are unchangeable and cannot be bargained with.

Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

In that Scripture, God’s immutability in His decisions are directly rooted in His character – God is not a liar; what God has decreed, it will surely come to pass.

So, to the question Are End Times Bible Prophecies final and unchangeable in the mind of God? Short answer, a big YES. More descriptive answer, Yes, because God has the character of ultimate righteousness that He cannot lie, and His plans have been born out of His infinite and complex mind.

2.) Will all End Times Bible Prophecies come to pass? All of it?

Most certainly, again a big YES.

Why yes? Because primarily for two good reasons: God is able to do everything according to His will (omnipotence), and All events of End Times Bible Prophecy all lead to the establishment of God’s Eternal Kingdom.

God is able to do everything according to His will (omnipotence).

What good is supreme wisdom in planning if you cannot accomplish it and see it done? This is not a problem with God. With His omniscience comes also His great omnipotence; hence, He is able to do as He pleases. Let us have again the two Scriptures mentioned above.

Isa 46:9-10 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure

Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Observe the two Scriptures above. Notice that when God declares Himself as the Planner, He also at once makes it clear that He is also the Implementor. Hallelujah!

Read the remark of a heathen king who has learned that God is sovereign over all the affairs of man:

Dan 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

Other Scriptures that tell of the absolute power of God over everything: Job 9:12; Psa. 47; 115:3; Isa. 14:27; 45:9; Rom. 9:19-20.

It is interesting to note that there were about three hundred and thirty-three (333) prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the First Coming of Jesus: His miraculous birth, life, death, and resurrection. Meditate on this truth for a moment: Satan tried his best to hinder the fulfillment of all of these prophecies. In all of Satan’s power and cunning wisdom, he failed miserably, even in hindering the fulfillment of one of these 333 prophecies! Even if one prophecy concerning the First Coming of Jesus was not fulfilled, that would be enough to cast doubt on the reliability on Bible Prophecies in general, and even to cast doubt on the character (truthfulness and righteousness) and supreme sovereignty of God over all His creation. Yet, in His Sovereign Might, He will again prove His character by fulfilling every one of His End Times Prophecies.

3.) Will all End Times Bible Prophecies come to pass when some prophecies in the Old Testament (seemingly) failed to come true?

This is a question that I raised myself a while ago, not because I was doubting the truthfulness and reliability of End Times Prophecy. Rather, I asked this question myself so I could reconcile in my head why there are some prophecies in the Bible that seemingly did not come to pass, and why I still believe that all End Times Prophecies will come to pass in their predetermined time. 

What are some examples of those prophecies that seemingly did not come to pass? One is from Isaiah, and the other one from Jonah. They are two true prophets of God, let me say it clearly. It only happened that in these two rare occasions, what they prophesied did not come to pass exactly as they said. These two occasions however, were exceptions rather than the rule, because we know in the Bible that the mark of a true prophet from God is that what they prophesy will surely come to pass (Deu. 18:22). 

Isa 38:1 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. 

Jonah 3:4 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. 

a. The Death of Hezekiah (Isa. 38:1) 

Let us discuss the first one, the prophecy from Isaiah concerning the soon death of Hezekiah. It can be argued that Isaiah spoke about the natural course of death that Hezekiah faced. I see that verse more as a command rather than a prophecy. The command is seen on the first part: “Set thine house in order”, and the reason for it is because of his impending death: “for thou shalt die, and not live.” In other words, the phrase “for thou shalt die, and not live” is more like a diagnosis of the king’s physical condition rather than a declaration of prophecy. I may not be totally correct, but that is the only way I could explain this verse so it will not go against the character of God’s immutability.

Because of the king’s prayer, God then extended his life with another fifteen (15) years (Isa. 38:5), not only because of the righteousness of the king, but more for the sake of his ancestor David (whom God has loved and honored so much) and for the city to defend it (Isa. 38:6; 2 Kings 20:6).

b. Nineveh’s Destruction after Forty (40) Days (Jonah 3:4)

This is yet another strong statement; one that gives a declaration of destruction to a whole city after forty (40) days. It is interesting to note that the destruction of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria (an enemy nation of Israel) still happened after around many (a hundred) years; the destruction thereof was delayed, rather than totally cancelled.

One good observation why the prophesied destruction of Nineveh did not happen after forty days is the underlying principle of God’s Mercy: True Repentance can halt the punishment or discipline of God, a principle laid out by God Himself in the Old Testament:

Ezek 33:13-16 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

The Principle of God’s Mercy and Righteousness overruled the declaration of the prophet. Truly, it just tells us that God is just in His actions. In support of this, it could also be observed that Jonah the prophet himself knew about this underlying principle, that is why he was hesitant to declare God’s judgement upon the people of Nineveh. He knew that if the people repented, his declaration of destruction would not be fulfilled.

Jonah 4:1-3 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was very angry. And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

Jonah’s anger had two inner motivations: 1) He was angry because Nineveh (capital city of Assyria) was an enemy of Israel and would like to see them punished by God, and not forgiven; and, 2) He was angry because his reputation as a prophet would be in question.

There is another great observation that we may deduce from this declaration from Jonah. He said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown (3:4). The number forty (40) in the Bible means a period of testing. To paraphrase it, it was like Jonah was telling the people of Nineveh: “In forty days God will be giving you a chance to repent. If you do not repent, surely Nineveh will be overthrown.” And certainly, the people and the king of Nineveh got the message correctly:

Jonah 3:5-9 So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

And thankfully, Nineveh passed the test, and God did not overthrow Nineveh at that time:

Jonah 3:10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

Jonah 3:10 is very clear on three points: 1) The judgement proclaimed by Jonah was from God; 2) God saw that Nineveh acted appropriately by turning from their evil way; and, 3) God cancelled His judgement (postponing it for a later time when Nineveh got wicked again).

Now answering the question why there are some prophecies in the Bible that seemingly did not come to pass based from what we have discussed so far on the unfulfilled prophecies of Isaiah and Jonah, let us now try to answer the question why I still believe that all End Times Prophecies will come to pass in their predetermined time.

a. All End Times Prophecies will come to pass based on the settled issue of repentance.

King Hezekiah declared his former righteousness, and the people of Nineveh truly repented, which moved the hand of God. However, when dealing with End Times Prophecies, the Bible has given us how would the people respond during the climactic seven years of Tribulation that would tell us if there is a chance God would ever still cancel some of His End Time Prophecies on the issue of repentance.

Rev 9:20-21 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Rev 16:9-11 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

The first Scriptures (Rev 9:20-21) tell that after experiencing the pain of the Seven Seals and Five Trumpets of God’s judgements, still, mankind in general would not repent. The second Scriptures (Rev 16:9-11) deal with those who suffered God’s Five Bowls. In these Scriptures, it does not necessarily mean that no individuals will repent during the Seven Years of Tribulation. Rather, it means that mankind (mostly unbelievers and they compromise the majority of the world’s population) in general would not repent and even curse God. The Bible is very clear in these Scriptures: amidst all the suffering and pain that mankind would experience during the Tribulation, still there would be no massive repentance around the world that would cause God to stop His judgement of pouring His wrath. So, unlike in the days of Jonah when Nineveh repented and God cancelled His judgement, there would be no repentance around the world that would cause God to cancel His judgement. No repentance, so judgement must go on, full-scale, worldwide. Now is the best time to repent, not tomorrow, not in the days of the Tribulation.

b. All End Times Prophecies will come to pass based on the detailed descriptions of end times events that are supporting each other.

End Times Prophecies are central to the Eternal Plan of God. If we understand the Bible correctly and take into heart Jesus’ teachings, these prophecies are central, and I cannot state it enough. Think of God’s Eternal Plan as a very big puzzle. Then now think of the individual pieces of that big puzzle. These individual pieces are many, and the Bible is telling us that the majority of these individual pieces are end time prophecies or anything directly related to them. Now, if these individual end times pieces will be dislocated and have some missing parts, the big puzzle will not be completed and be made whole! 

That is how it is when we talk about End Times Bible Prophecy. I am not using common logic here; I just used a bit of creativity to illustrate to you the simplicity of God’s Eternal Plan (one big puzzle or one big picture), yet it is so complex (many individual pieces, about hundreds) that if we try to disturb it or rearrange it or steal some pieces, it will never be made whole. But who is man to destroy the masterpiece picture (Eternal Plan) of God? Surely God in His omnipotent power and omniscient mind will keep safe the individual pieces.  

The individual pieces of a big puzzle have many features: colors, lines, drawings, shapes, and cutouts. You know what I mean if you have seen a jigsaw puzzle. What do these features represent in the individual pieces of End Time Prophecies? Some of these are: 

• The timing of each event; 

• The people and nations involved in the respective events;

• The detailed descriptions of each event; and,

• The purpose of God behind each event.

You see, the individual pieces of End Time Prophecies (and their features) are so distinct and complex that changing just a few of them will bring chaos to the whole picture. These individual pieces fit each other, and fit well also with the other pieces not directly related to end times. Thus, these pieces support each other, and generally support the whole big puzzle of God’s Eternal Plan.

c. All End Time Prophecies will come to pass based on the truth that the establishment of Christ’s Eternal Kingdom is central to God’s Eternal Plan.

The Establishment of Christ’s Eternal Kingdom is much more than having the Government of God ruling every man. As important and majestic that government is, the Eternal Kingdom is much bigger. Through the Eternal Kingdom, we see the total defeat of Satan, who is God’s adversary, and the realization of God’s Original Plan for mankind. 

That Eternal Kingdom may be seen in two phases. In the first phase, during the Millennial Kingdom, Satan is bound in the Bottomless Pit, and Christ with His saints rule on the Earth for exactly 1,000 years: 

Rev 20:1-4 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 

  During this period of exactly 1,000 years, the Government of Christ with His saints is perfect, and the rampage of sin is lessened significantly as Satan is bound in the pit. However, the presence of sin is not yet dealt in its entirety. When the 1,000 years start the only repenting believers will be allowed to enter the Millennial Kingdom. As many years go by, many will allow their sin to eat away at them as Jesus and his returned saints rule over them with an iron rod trying to keep sin in check. And as the end approaches and the population grows again into the billions, this sin will get unleashed when Satan is unleashed to test those who are alive at the end. This is one possible scenario of the 1,000 years of Christ’s Reign. 

After the 1,000 years, Satan will be released and he will deceive the nations, gathering them into one mighty army to attack God’s Holy City. Of course, he will be defeated decisively (Rev. 20:7-9). Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire to join the torment of the Antichrist and the False Prophet (Rev. 20:10). All mankind will be judged in the Great White Thrown Judgement, and those whose names are not written in the Book of Life will be thrown in the Lake of Fire as well (Rev. 20:11-15). 

After this starts the second phase of the Eternal Kingdom of Christ/God, where sin and death have been totally dealt with by God. Everything has been reset, as if sin has never existed. In this new life the saints are able to enjoy fully without any restraints the full blessedness of being the Children of God. All of these blessings can be read in Revelation Chapters 21 and 22. 

4.) Is God just and righteous in condemning Satan, bad angels, and the unrepentant to eternal punishment in hell? Could He just lessen the punishment and still be righteous and just? 

Eternal condemnation in hell is the righteous punishment for Satan (and his angels) and the unrepentant wicked, we know that from Scriptures (Matt. 25:41-46; Rev. 20:10-15). In answering this question, it is important to acknowledge first the Biblical fact that both righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s Throne:  

Ps 97:2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. (ESV) 

Ps 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. (KJV) 

Let us first take the first part of that verse: “Clouds and thick darkness are all around Him”. Clouds and thick darkness mean evil and wickedness, that is found everywhere, that when compared or contrasted to the holiness of God, only highlights its wickedness. It is clear: Black (evil and wickedness) contrasted to Pure White (God and His holiness). 

Now, let us take the second part: “righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” How does God handle the clouds and thick darkness that surround Him? It is through the execution of His righteousness and justice! And that comes from Throne! 

By consulting some Hebrew words used, we may get to know some key precepts clearer. 

Righteousness (tsedek), the principle that acts according to justice and equity, that gives to all their due, and ever holds in all things an even balance. 

Judgment (mishpat), the principle that discerns, orders, directs, and determines everything according to truth and justice. 

The Throne of God is symbolic of the majestic highness of God, the seat of His Absolute Authority, reflecting His divine attributes of Omnipotence (all-powerful), Omniscience (all-knowing), and Omnipresence (ever-present).

But the Hebrew word used for the word throne in this Scripture will give further light for its meaning in regard with the context: 

Throne (kissay), a covered item, a throne. 

Thus, the Throne of God is something that is protected, something so divine that is covered (separated or apart) from all the clouds and thick darkness, to avoid contamination from evil. And what protects it? The Righteousness and Justice (judgement) of God! This interpretation is confirmed when you read the entire chapter of Psalm 97 God destroys His enemies (wickedness and idolatry) through the consuming fire of God’s Light, that is, His Holiness, seen in the way He exercises justice and righteousness. 

God is Love (1 John 4:8). In these three words the divine and moral attributes of God could be summarized, and in this three-word statement He is most known to man, in the Person of Jesus Christ. The truth that God is Love reveals the two sides of His Loves: His Grace and Mercy that reach out to sinful man for salvation, and His Divine Wrath that punishes sin; Forgiveness and Judgement; Reconciliation and Condemnation. These two contrasting sides of the Love of God both uphold the Glory of His Name: Love for Man that enables Him to save sinners, and Love for His Holiness that enables Him to punish sin and the unrepentant. 

Now, this two-sided Love of God can be wonderfully seen when He declared who He is to man in the first time. This wonderful event occurred in the Book of Exodus, when God revealed His character to Moses, His friend: 

Exod 34:5-7 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. 

Yes, God is slow to anger, His mercy, compassion and longsuffering shine forth. Yet, when a certain point has been reached that He should punish sin and wickedness, evil and unrepentance, He surely does punish sin and His judgement is swift. This punishment could be in the form of fatherly discipline towards His children (Hebrews 12:5-6), and judgement against the unbelieving wicked. And God is righteous. Before He brings judgement, He makes sure that He gives sufficient time for people to repent. For example, God gave Egypt time to turn from its wicked ways and from slaving His chosen people Israel for four hundred (400) years (Gen. 12:15; Exo. 12:40-41) before He punished them with the Ten Plagues.  

Yet, in the stage of the End Times, when God shall deal and ultimately end the presence and problem of sin, He will eradicate sin and all the wicked including Satan and his fallen angels in the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20). That dreadful event is the culmination of God’s Wrath against sin, where His justice and righteousness will shine forth, where His patience for the problem of evil and sin will come to an end. 

Prov 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. 

There are for sure some other legitimate questions concerning End Times Bible Prophecy that are worth answering, but listing and answering them all would require a whole book to be written. Suffice to say, what have been discussed so far deal with the most important ones. 

Now, based from these observations, let us come up with a short list of the characteristics of End Times Bible Prophecy.

1. End Times Bible Prophecy is central to the Eternal Plan of God.

2. End Times Bible Prophecy contains the message of salvation, the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. End Times Bible Prophecy, its message and its fulfillment has been dear to the Prophets of Old Testament, for it was given to them also. The Old Testament Prophets pondered upon it and meditated upon it.

4. End Times Bible Prophecy deals with how God through the Lord Jesus Christ will end the problem of evil and sin, of suffering and death decisively and ultimately.

5. End Times Bible Prophecy highlights the establishment of Jesus Christ’s Eternal Kingdom that will come in two phases, the Millennial Reign and the New Heaven and Earth.

6. End Times Bible Prophecy tells how man will live with God in a new life, fully redeemed with no presence of evil, suffering, and death.

7. End Times Bible Prophecy shows the two sides of the Love of God; His Mercy and Wrath, His Forgiveness and Judgement, His Salvation and Punishment, His Love for man and His Love for Holiness.

8. End Times Bible Prophecies will all come to pass, for how they were written in the Bible leaves no room for any possible unfulfillment, for it bears the very Character of God.

9. End Times Bible Prophecies also deal with Biblical Numerology, and a thorough study of the Bible will show it is not just the written parts of the prophecies that reveal how God deals with order and patterns.

So, from these characteristics let us try to summarize in a short statement the Nature of End Times Bible Prophecy.

“End Times Bible Prophecy is a series of immutable events foretold by God, Jesus, the Prophets and the Apostles regarding how God will end sin, suffering, and death through the establishment of Jesus Christ’s Eternal Kingdom in the very near future that demands every man’s full repentance and submission to Christ’s rule, even now, for the His coming is at hand.”

That statement is the shortest one that I could come up with, based on what God has been teaching me in this study for the last months. To God be all the Glory.

In the next lesson, we will discuss the people and nations that will play a major part in End Times Bible Prophecy.

Let us pray:

“Lord God our Father, thank You for putting the fire in our hearts to wait for the soon return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Truly, we may never know everything about these deep matters, but what we are asking is the right heart and the holy life to live while waiting. Give us boldness, humility, and obedience as we try to share Jesus even in small ways. This we pray in the Blessed Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

Additional Notes:

Another possible explanation for the given examples of the prophecy of Isaiah concerning Hezekiah and that of Jonah concerning Nineveh is that these two prophecies were really “conditional prophecies”. These conditional prophecies are different in nature compared to End Times Prophecy. End Times Prophecy is always final, decisive, and irreversible. Furthermore, whatever the outcome of a conditional prophecy is, it will never change what has been decided to come to pass by End Times Prophecy.

For the Prophecy of Isaiah to Hezekiah: It is more like a “conditional” prophecy where part of the verse is implied, but not spoken. Consider this: ...Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live [if you do not do as I say. Hezekiah is given a choice on his death bed as to whether this prophecy will be fulfilled]. I think most people can see this is an “If/then” kind of statement: a threat from God so to speak. … “Thus saith the LORD, [If you do not] set thine house in order: [Then] thou shalt die, and not live.” The consequences are implied within the statement.

For the Prophecy of Jonah to Nineveh: Repentance can alter God’s Judgement. In this case, the city repented and the judgement did not fall upon them.

Address

122 Lawaan St., Lumangbayan,
Calapan City, Oriental
Mindoro, 5200 Philippines

Contacts

Email: [email protected]  Mobile: +63950-679-1025