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Eschatology

Introduction
The Study of Last Things

 

In the Bible there are four manuscripts written to the terminal generation. The terminal generation are the ones who will see the rapture and the second return of Christ. These four manuscripts are Daniel, Ezekiel, Zechariah & Revelation.
There are three events listed in the Bible which will start God’s prophetic countdown to the rapture of the Church and the start of the seven year tribulation period. First, Israel returning to their own land as listed in Ezekiel 36. Second, when Israel becomes a nation again as per Ezekiel 37.  This event took place in May 1948.  Third, when Israel would retake Jerusalem as per Luke 21:24. This event took place June 1967.
Luke 21:24 … And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Eschatology deals with the subjects of prophets and prophecy. Prediction, was one of the functions of the prophet. It has been defined as a miracle of knowledge. Prophecy can be a declaration or description or representation of something future, beyond the power of human ability to foresee, discern, or conjecture. 

The great prediction which runs like a golden thread through the whole contents of the Old Testament is that regarding the coming and work of the Messiah. The great use of prophecy was to perpetuate faith in His coming. Also, the prophets were to prepare the world for that event. But there are many subordinate and intermediate prophecies also which hold an important place in the great chain of events which illustrate the sovereignty and all wise overruling providence of God.
Then there are many prophecies regarding the Jewish nation, its founder Abraham Genesis12:1-3; 13:16; 15:5; 17:2-6. His posterity, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants 12:7; 13:14, 15, 17; 15:18-21; Exodus 3:8-17. These verses have all been fulfilled. The twenty-eighth chapter of Deuteronomy contains a series of predictions which are even now in the present day being fulfilled. In the writings of the prophets Isaiah 2:18-21, Jeremiah 27:3-7; 29:11-14, Ezekiel 5:12; 8, Daniel 8; 9:26-27 & Hosea . There are also many prophecies regarding the events which were to befall that people. 

There is in like manner a large number of prophecies relating to those nations with which the Jews came into contact as Tyre Ezekiel 26:3-5, 14-21, Egypt Ezekiel 29:10-15; 30:6-13, Ethiopia Nahum 3:8-10, Nineveh Nahum 1:10; 2:8-13; 3:17-19, Babylon Isaiah 13:4; Jeremiah 51:7; Isaiah 44:27; Jeremiah 50:38; 51:36-39, 57, the land of the Philistines Jeremiah 47:4-7; Ezekiel 25:15-17; Amos 1:6-8; Zephaniah 2:4-7; Zechariah 9:5-8. And of the four great monarchies Daniel 2:39-40; 7:17-24 & 8:9.
But the great body of Old Testament prophecy relates directly to the advent of the Messiah, beginning with Genesis 3:15. The first great promise and extending in the ever increasing fulness and clearness all through to the very close of the canon. The Messianic prophecies are too numerous to be quoted.  Micah 5:2; Haggai 2:6-9; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; 11:1-2; 53; 60:10-13; Psalms 16:11 & 68:18.

Many prophecies also were delivered by Jesus and His apostles. Those of Christ were very numerous Matthew 10:23-24; 11:23; 19:28; 21:43-44; 24; 25:31-46; 26:17-35, 46, 64; Mark 9:1; 10:30; 13; 11:1-14; ; 42, 62; 16:17.

 
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