What Is The Most Important Thing In Bible Prophecy?

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Preliminary Questions:
HOW important is it to know Jesus; and HOW do we go about knowing Him? Why is it that we do not realize the value of this knowledge? Why are not these glorious truths glowing in our hearts, trembling upon our lips, and pervading our whole being?

“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3)

{Should know (ginōskōsin). Present active subjunctive with hina (subject clause), “should keep on knowing.”}

Light of The World Is Jesus

Light of The World Is Jesus

With strong, hopeful words the Saviour ended His instruction. Then He poured out the burden of His soul in prayer for His disciples. Lifting His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee: as Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.”

I probably have more questions than I do answers, when it comes to the subject of how to prepare for the second coming of Jesus. Our world today is getting pretty mixed up, and there are so many turmoils in the works. It can be very bewildering to see all thats happening, and to try to think of how we should respond, or what we need to do in order to “be ready.”

Just this week, alone, we have all seen in the news wars and rumors of wars, rumors of wars, but many of the battles being fought are more deep-seated than a war with guns and missiles, and armies: the numerous public fights over #climatechange, #gender, #equality, #inclusion, #diversity, #metoo, #themtoo, #mentoo, #racism; these are more than enough to confuse even the best of minds. Looking at the news, it would almost seem that we are back in the days of the Judges, when “At that time there was no king in Israel. People did whatever they felt like doing.” (Judges 21:25, Message) It would be a mistake to suppose that this is all there is to it, for the time-clock of Bible prophecy is rapidly advancing, under the shadow of every one “doing whats right in their own eyes.” (Judges 21:25). I have to wonder if anyone really knows what they want today. There is now so much bad news, that there is no way to deal with it all, or to respond to even the half of it. There isnt enough room in our day to absorb all that is going on.

I was very interested to see that the Bible gives us a number of examples which outline some principles that are helpful; it seems that people and population groups have been here before:

O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. 2 Chronicles 20:12.

Toward the close of Jehoshaphat’s reign the kingdom of Judah was invaded by an army before whose approach the inhabitants of the land had reason to tremble. Jehoshaphat was a man of courage and valor. For years he had been strengthening his armies and his fortified cities. He was well prepared to meet almost any foe; yet in this crisis he put not his trust in the arm of flesh. Not by disciplined armies and fenced cities, but by a living faith in the God of Israel, could he hope to gain the victory over these heathen who boasted of their power to humble Judah in the eyes of the nations.

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Today is no different. There are now entities who feel quite confident of their prowess in ruining the lives of Christians, and they are emboldened by certain express, stated goals of religious bodies, who are eyeing the one-world government, as predicted in Bible prophecy; and according to prophecy, they will eventually impose the death sentence upon any and all dissenters:

“This is where wisdom is needed; those who understand should count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a person, and its number is 666” (Rev 13:18, CJB)

Some have asked me or told me that I should name names and point to specific denominations or people groups; but for now I cannot see how that would help more than just giving people some Bible clues, and letting The Holy Spirit speak to their hearts, and He will help them to decide who or what is being talked about. Jesus did say there was a time to just be quiet: (Mat 8:4, Mat 16:20, Mat 17:9). Perhaps one particular verse would be a good clue:

“And the woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.” (Rev 17:18, CJB)

As Jehoshaphat experienced, in his day of calamity, many Christians today are also feeling over-whelmed by the sheer size and volume of oppositions against them. What are believers supposed to do when even churches start turning on them; and working against the Bible principles upon which their foundations have been built upon? Thankfully, there are still a few good Churches around.

A clue that scripture provides believers for today:

“This is life eternal,” Christ said, “that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” John 17:3. And the prophet Jeremiah declared:

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth Me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23, 24).

Scarcely can the human mind comprehend the breadth and depth and height of the spiritual attainments of anyone who gains such knowledge.

None need fail of attaining, in their own sphere, to perfection of Christian character. By the sacrifice of Christ, provision has been made for the believer to receive all things that pertain to life and godliness. (see also Eph 2:13). God calls upon us to reach the standard of perfection and places before us the example of Christ’s character. In His humanity, perfected by a life of constant resistance of evil, the Saviour showed that through co-operation with Divinity, human beings may in this life attain to perfection of character. (Mat 5:48). This is God’s assurance to us that we, too, may obtain complete victory. Why would Jesus tell us to do something or to be something if there was no way for us to do it? Jesus always provides THE way.

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Another clue that scripture provides for believers today can be found in Daniel 11:32

“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” (Dan 11:32)

As Jesus stated in John 17:3, the way to eternal life is by knowing Him. This is why Bible prophecy is called “a light in a dark place; (2 Pet 1:19), because Jesus is “the light of the world,” (John 8:12), and as in Dan 11:32, or John 17:3, knowing Jesus is the solution. If today’s headlines are unsettling you to the point where you are despairing, as did Jehoshaphat of old, then the Psalmist has the solution:

“If thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:3-5).

Knowing Jesus can be as simple as depending upon His promises:

Jesus “has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us to glory and virtue,
through which He has given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, so that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Pet 1:3-4, MKJV).

The disciples of Christ are presented to us marked especially by their diversity. They were to be the world’s teachers, and they represented widely varied types of character. In order successfully to carry forward the work to which they had been called, these people, differing in natural characteristics and in habits of life, needed to come into unity of feeling, thought, and action. This unity it was Christ’s object to secure. To this end He sought to bring them into unity with Himself. The burden of His labor for them is expressed in His prayer to His Father, “That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us;” “that the world may know that Thou has sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.” John 17:21, 23.

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Knowing Christ IS also the answer we need today.

Our Lord’s constant prayer for His disciples was that they might be sanctified through the truth; and Jesus prayed with assurance, knowing that an Almighty decree had been given before the world was made. Jesus knew that the gospel of the kingdom would be preached to all nations for a witness; Jesus knew that truth armed with the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit, would conquer in the battle with evil, and that the bloodstained banner would one day wave triumphantly over His followers:

Its as simple as becoming what Jesus wants you to be; and by depending on His promises that we “partake of the divine nature:”

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; (Eph 2;13-14)

“He is our peace…” (compare John 14:27), and today we need to “examine ourselves” and insure that we have our minds occupied with the right things: there is no need for “predictions” or for bigoted preaching today just because of whats going on in the world. Think of the most important things; and use Jesus as your personal example.

Christ knew that the time had come for Him to depart out of the world, and go to His Father. And having loved His own that were in the world, He loved them unto the end. He was now in the shadow of the cross, and the pain was torturing His heart. He knew that He would be deserted in the hour of His betrayal. He knew that by the most humiliating process to which criminals were subjected He would be put to death. He knew the ingratitude and cruelty of those He had come to save. He knew how great the sacrifice that He must make, and for how many it would be in vain. Knowing all that was before Him, He might naturally have been overwhelmed with the thought of His own humiliation and suffering. But He looked upon the twelve, who had been with Him as His own, and who, after His shame and sorrow and painful usage were over, would be left to struggle in the world. His thoughts of what He Himself must suffer were ever connected with His disciples. He did not think of Himself. His care for them was uppermost in His mind. {DA 643.2}

Go to the cross today, read the scriptures where Jesus was crucified. What did Jesus talk about then? What were His major concerns? Are they even close, to what our concerns are today?

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