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Summary: An outline of End Time Prophecy

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Bible Prophecy

Basics In Understanding Prophecy

The Purpose of Bible prophecy.

- To proclaim judgment with the hope that people would repent, and to provide hope for those in the

midst of suffering. (see 1Thess 4:18)

Why should one interpret prophecy literally?

Should prophecies in the OT given to Israel be applied to the Church?

- against the literal interpretation see Berkhof p.712-713

- illustration of OT prophecy applied to the church

- Ezek 11:19 2Cor 3:3 & Jer 31:33 Heb 10:16,

Joel 2:28-32 Acts 2:17-21

What is the key to knowing if something should be understood figuratively, or literally?

- check the context to see if it is speaking with symbols

(Revelation is a good example of the use of symbols)

- always interpret Scripture literally, spiritualize, or symbolize if the Biblilical text says to interpret it in such a way.

The concept of Near - Far view prophecy.

Examples:

Isaiah 61 parallel Lk 4:16-20

Matt 24 the Mt Olivet discourse

Zech 12:1-14:21 ?

Joel 1:1-2:17 near 2:18-3:21 far

Key to finding Far View prophecy

- In that day

I. The Church age Matt 16:18, Acts 1:4-5, 2:1-4

II. The Rapture 1 Thess 4:15-18, 1 Cor 15:51-54, Rev 4:1

III. The Judgment Seat of Christ Rom 14:10, 1 Cor 3:10-15, 2 Cor 5:10

IV. The Tribulation (see Revelation 5:1-19:21)

A. There will be a believing remnant during the tribulation Zech 11:7

B. Some will come deceiving many saying they are Christ Matt 24:4-5, 23-26

C. The Battle (campaign) of Armageddon Joel 3:1-3,9-16

D. There will be famine and earthquakes Matt 24:7

E. Believers will be persecuted and put to death Matt 24:9

F. The suffering will be unequaled from the beginning of time Matt 24:21

G. A siege against Jerusalem Zech 12:1-3

H. 1/2 of Jerusalem will be taken into exile Zech 14:1-2

I. Those in Judah will flee to the mountains Matt 24:16-20

J. Those who are able stand to the end will be delivered Matt 24:13

V. The Second Coming

A. The coming of the Son of Man will be visible like lightning coming from the East Matt 24:27

B. His feet will touch the Mt. of Olives, and it will divide Zech 14:4

C. He will return to Jerusalem Zech 9:14

D. Christ will rule Zech 6:13

VI. The Judgment of the Sheep and Goats Matt 25:31-46

A. Christ will sit on His throne v.31

B. All the nations will be gathered v.32 (see also 24:31)

C. The sheep will be separated from the goats v.32-33

D. The sheep will receive an eternal inheritance v. 34

E. Selfless service an indication of being a sheep v.35-45

F. The goats will receive eternal condemnation v.41, 46

VII. The Millennium

A. Christ’s government

1. He will judge Isa 11:3,4; 29:20; 42:13; 49:26; 59:17-18;61:2; 63:3-4; 65:11-16; 66:14-16

2. He will rule on the throne of David Isa 9:6-7; 11:1,10:16:5, Micah 4:1-4

3. He will bring justice Isa 28:5-6; 60:14

4. He will be received by the nations Isa 11:10

5. Every knee will bow and swear allegiance Isa 45:23-24

B. The Blessings of the Kingdom

1. There will be peace Hosea 2:18, Micah 4:4-5

2. The survivors of the Tribulation will be saved Isa 4:3

3. There will be widespread repentance Isa 31:7

4. There will be worldwide salvation Isa 9:2; 11:9-10

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