The Challenge of the Christian Theology and more …
/ Ewald Frank
4. The time is near
- Does all happen by chance?
- The time is near
- The only valid measuring rod
- The old dispute
- The testimony of historians
- History confirms it
- God’s confession
- God manifests Himself
- In heaven and on earth
- The Lord visits His prophet
- The »I am«
- Was the Son born in heaven?
- Spirit and Truth
- Very peculiar
- Respect for the Great Mystery
- Everyone defends his or her own doctrine
- The rock
- The Great Commission
- Thou shalt have no other gods …
- Believe as the Scripture says
- An unbelievable tragedy
- The end-time
- A challenge to all
- No one can bypass Jesus Christ
- New creation
- The Son and the sons and daughters of God
- The two beginnings
- The course of church history
- No man’s influence
Someone must dare to expose the time in which we live, being willing to bear the criticism for it.
Those of us, no longer so young can remember the words which were commonly uttered by God-fearing people around the time of World War II, »A Thousand years or no more thousand years!« Indeed, many are expecting something special to happen at the turn of this century. Some believe in the predictions of the astrologer Nostradamus for the coming millennium. He has in part taken thoughts from the words of the prophets, inspired by the Spirit of God, found in the book of books.
The ages have taken their course, as our drawing shows. Since Adam 6,000 years have passed. With the Lord — in terms of the prophetic Word — it has been six days. For it is written, »… one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.« (2 Pet. 3: 8). The Lord God said to Adam, »… for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.« And so it happened just as it was spoken and he died being 930 years old. The coming seventh millennium is the »last day«. In the Old and in the New Testament we can read repeatedly of this day; in John, chapter 6 alone four times. At the beginning of this last and final day the first resurrection will take place; at the end of the same, the last — the second resurrection (Rev. 20). Between the two are the one thousand years — the seventh day, the »day of the Lord« (Isa. 13: 6-13; Zeph. 1: 14; Mal. 4: 5; 1 Thess. 5: 2; 2 Pt. 3: 10 and others). In Rev. 20 it is described as the millennial reign of Christ. Whether we believe it or not, when His timing is fulfilled, God will bring His plan to completion. His counsel shall stand. »For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness; because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.« (Rom. 9: 28).
Of course, it is true that no one knows the time or the hour of certain events, but we are advised to watch the »signs of the times« as given in the Bible, heeding its message. Concerning the people of Israel we are told they would be scattered among all nations (Dt. 4: 27-29; Dt. 28: 64-68; Lk. 21: 20-24 a. o.). At the end of »these days« they would be regathered. It says, God will once again choose His people and bring them back into their homeland (Isa. 11: 11-12; Isa 14: 1). »Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the coasts afar off, and say, He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.« (Jer. 31: 10 ). »For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.« (Ezek. 36: 24). The Prophet Hosea also foretold the return of the children of Israel. He even gave the span of time they would be scattered and announced, »Come, and let us return unto the Lord; for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us; in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.« (Hos. 6: 1-2).
The two prophetic days behind us are the two thousand years in which the people of Israel were scattered. Now they are gathered from over 140 countries and have returned to their homeland. In 1948 the state of Israel came into existence. Once again Bible prophecy was fulfilled before our very eyes. But as the Scripture says, on the third day after their dispersion, that means, in the breaking forth of the next millennium they will receive life. This will happen after the Gentile Bride-Church is completed (Acts 15: 13-18; Rom. 11: 25-32) and taken up to be with the Lord in Glory (1. Thess. 4: 13-17). Only then will Israel receive life from God through believing in their Messiah. »For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?« (Rom. 11: 15).
A well-known man of God emphasised, »Whoever wishes to know the time of day should look at his wristwatch. If someone wants to know the day of the week he needs to look at the calendar. But to see the progression of time one must look to Israel.«
Israel has divine right to the land, which the Eternal God gave to Abraham as an inheritance according to the promise. Others only have the right to live there. Jerusalem was never the capitol of another nation. Mohammed does not mention it a single time in his 114 surahs, which are the chapters in the Koran. In Rev. 16, from verse 12 onward, we find recorded what will take place at the »Armageddon« inferno. The angels of judgement are ready for the hour, day, month, and the year at the river Euphrates. »Loose the four angels who are bound in the great river, Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, to slay the third part of men.« (Rev. 9:
As soon as that hour strikes, »the great day of God Almighty«, as stated in the text, commences, and one third of humanity will die. The river Euphrates has its course through Syria and Iraq. These are the archenemies of Israel. They will not only use tanks and rockets, but chemical and biological weapons also. The Prophet Zechariah described vividly how the destruction, planned against Israel, will be turned towards their enemies. »And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will smite all the peoples that have fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.« (Zech. 14: 12). »And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all peoples …« (Zech. 12: 3).
The Scriptures predict what will take place, and surely, it will happen. Sadly to say, before the swords are changed into ploughshares, (Isa. 2: 1-5; Mic. 4: 1-5), ploughshares will be turned into swords and pruning hooks into spears to fight that decisive battle, as told in Joel 3: 9-17. All agreements, made by Oslo, Dayton, Wye or others, will not prevent that great battle.
A number of scriptural references could be given to show what will take place. But that is not our concern in this exposition. I have already published books and brochures, dealing with biblical topics. The time of grace is coming to an end. The countdown has started, and the Lord is not slack concerning the promise of His Return, as some seem to think, He only waits for the final ones to be saved (2 Pt. 3: 9). The promise of the Lord will soon be history, »Behold, I come quickly!« That event is closer than ever before.
We are living in such a decisive time moving from one millennium to another. The climax of world history is before us; therefore the fundamental truths of God’s Word must be made apparent in its original intent. From its conception Christianity began to depart from apostolic doctrine, forsaking the narrow way, living in traditions instead of the Word of God. Most people aren’t even aware of this fact. Jews, Muslims and people in other religions have the right to hear the divine original Truth of the everlasting Gospel.
Apparently the developments of this century are part of eschatological predictions in Bible prophecy. Those who know the prophetic Scriptures understand the history of mankind from beginning to end, as foretold in God’s Word. Everything pertaining to the end of this age is coming to fulfilment. The scriptural »end-time message« produces sober, not panic-stricken believers who live a normal life. At the same time they prepare themselves to be ready for the Return of Christ. They neither specialise on themes of the apocalyptic nor threaten others with »doomsday« theories but wish to be made ready as the adorned Bride for the heavenly Bridegroom when He returns.