Rise of the Revived Roman Empire

Welcome back, fellow Bible students!  We’ve just begun a mini-series on “Signs of the Times,” where we’re taking a look at a few world events that not only validate end time prophecies, but are also occurring in our lifetimes.  Yesterday’s thoughts focused on the first sign of the times:  the re-birth and re-gathering of the Jewish people to their homeland.  It is a very clear sign of the end times.

Another clear sign is the rise of the revived Roman Empire.  Now, what in the world does that mean?  Well, pull up a chair and join our circle as we discuss today’s world through a Scriptural lens.

Let’s begin with the prophet Daniel.  In Daniel 2 and 7 (as well as in Revelation 13 and 17), we are told that the Roman Empire will be revived, and that a leader will rise to rule with an iron fist (Daniel 7:7, 24-25).  We won’t take the time today to fully discuss Daniel’s dream that culminated with the vision of the revised Roman Empire, but you will find a study of it in God’s Plan for the Gentiles.

For now, though, suffice it to say that today’s European Union is taking on characteristics of the 10-nation confederation that will become the revised Roman Empire.  True, there are currently 28 nations in the European Union, but this group could very well consolidate to produce the group of ten referred to in Daniel’s vision.  We’re not “there” yet, but the signs are pointing in that direction!

From that revised Roman Empire will rise the antichrist…or as Revelation 17 puts it: the beast.  He will unite the world with his promises of peace, and will even strike a peace deal with Israel to allow them to build their Temple once again on Temple Mount.

Consolidating those nations and leaders will not be an easy task.  It will be like mixing iron and clay (as Daniel 2:42-43 describes it), representing the various strengths and weaknesses of the EU.  While possessing strong political clout, differences in economic theory, culture and language will present challenges.

Through Daniel the prophet, God provided yet another clear sign of end times!  My friends, God’s Word has never been proven wrong!  We can trust it.  And if we are seeking His wisdom and insight, we can know and understand the signs He makes known to us!

Blessings to all!  Come back tomorrow when we gaze upon another sign: globalization.

Signs of the Times

Greetings friends!  At times, signs are crystal clear, while at other times it seems impossible to navigate in this world!

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Today we’ll begin a mini-series I’m calling “Signs of the Times.”  Scripture often provides clear signs of the end times, and most are not difficult to understand if we are good students of the Word.  In fact, the Lord loves to reveal things to us!

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
~Deuteronomy 29:29

So, let’s examine some things God has revealed to us as His children.

Perhaps the most significant sign of all is the re-birth of Israel, and the re-gathering of the Jewish people to their own homeland.  Known by some as the “super sign,” Israel’s re-birth was essential to the fulfillment of several other end time prophecies, and is at the center of God’s plan for the last days.

Consider for a moment the soon-coming War of Gog and Magog described in Ezekiel 38-39.  Verse 14 of chapter 38 tells us that the invasion from the north will occur when Israel is “dwelling securely.”  Never did Israel dwell securely when they were banished to the four corners of the earth.  However, since returning to their land, Israel has become more and more secure.  It is now possible for that prophecy to occur.

Furthermore, the prophet Daniel speaks of the abomination of desolation in Daniel 11-12.  The New Testament writer, Matthew, harkens back to it in Matthew 24:15.  These passages are clear reference to the Tribulation, when the antichrist will allow a third Jewish temple to be built, only to desecrate it, inhabit it, and demand that the world worship him.  How is building the Jewish temple on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount possible if the Jewish people are scattered throughout the earth, rather than gathered back in their land?

There are other examples throughout Scripture, but you see that end time prophecies such as the War of Gog and Magog and the Tribulation cannot happen without the Jewish people being re-gathered to their Jewish homeland, Israel!  When Israel declared statehood in 1948, the land once more was hers, and Jews have been returning to the land ever since.  (Read about recent plane-loads of French and Ethiopian Jews.)

Incredible signs of the times are falling into place in our lifetime.  Though even early Christ-followers (such as the disciples) were looking for signs of the end (Matthew 24:3), it was prophetically impossible for the end of the age to come between 70 AD and 1948!  Why?   Because Israel was not back in the land as required by Scripture!

We’re living in the season, fellow sojourners!  The Jews are back in their land, and we must be ready for what the Bible tells us will follow.  There are no other signs that must occur before Jesus returns.  Sure, it is possible that other prophetic events may happen prior to that, but none are required.  Jesus could return at any time, now that Israel is re-born and God’s people are being re-gathered!

This is only one clear sign in our day.  Hang out with us over the next few days as we examine other Biblical signs of the times.  Tomorrow, we’ll look at a second sign with current implications, the revived Roman Empire.  See you then!

 

Amir Tsarfati Speaking in the US on Sunday

Ok Bible students, you have another opportunity to hear good, solid Bible teaching from Amir Tsarfati.  He will teach his new lesson on 70 Weeks of Daniel, helping us understand the crucial prophecy regarding Jesus’ first coming and His Second Coming, and the timing of those events.  God laid it out for the prophet Daniel who recorded it for us!

If you are in the Euless TX area (just southwest of DFW airport), consider going to hear Amir’s teaching live.  He will be at First Euless Church at 11:00am (Central).  (For more information click here.)  There is a “Watch Live” button on FEC’s website, so I suspect it will be live streamed.  If not, there are plans to record it, so look for it on that website, or on Amir Tsarfati’s YouTube channel.

Plug in, my friends!  It is important to know and understand the times in which we live, in light of Scripture.  You will get that in Amir’s teaching.  Enjoy!

Behold Israel Releases New Teachings in English and Spanish

Many of you follow this blog from Guatemala, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries and I have good news for you!  Amir Tsarfati, founder of Behold Israel, has recently released several messages he has delivered while teaching in Mexico.  These timely messages are in English, but translated to Spanish, and they are powerful!

Here is a list of messages available from the current tour of Mexico:

Amir continues his teaching tour in Mexico until June 21, and you can find out more here.  If you are near anywhere he is teaching, I strongly encourage you to attend one or more of these opportunities to hear one of the world’s foremost experts and Bible teachers regarding Israel and God’s plan for her.  You will be greatly blessed!

Amir’s next stop is the US, where he will teach at First Euless Church (Euless TX) on June 25.  You will find information about that engagement here.

Enjoy…and have a blessed day!