BIBLE PROPHECY SIMPLIFIED
Bible prophecy is history written in advance.
Isaiah 46:10 (NIV) I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’
- About 28% of the Bible is prophetic.
- It contains around 2,500 prophecies.
- Roughly 2,000 (80%) are fulfilled.
- Roughly 500 (20%) remain unfulfilled.
Isaiah 48:3-6 (NLT) Long ago I told you what was going to happen. Then suddenly I took action, and all my predictions came true . . . . I told you beforehand what I was going to do. Then you could never say, ‘My idols did it.” . . . You have heard my predictions and seen them fulfilled.
Isaiah 41 (NLT) “Present the case for your idols,” says the Lord. “Let them show what they can do,” says the King of Israel. “Let them try to tell us what happened long ago so that we may consider the evidence. Or let them tell us what the future holds, so we can know what’s going to happen.”
Prophecy needs divided into historic prophecy and future prophecy (80% already has happened)! After all, Jerusalem has already been attacked more than 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times, besieged 23 times, and destroyed at least two times.
DANIEL CHAPTER 7 PROPHECY
- Lion – Spiritual dominion of the Babylonian Empire.
- Bear – Spiritual dominion of the Medo-Persians.
- Leopard – Spiritual dominion of the Greek Empire.
- Beast – Spiritual dominion of the Roman Empire.
- Christ’s Kingdom – Giving spiritual dominion to the Church.
2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 (NIV) The secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
- 10 Future Kingdoms Arise Out of the Roman Empire.
- The Rise of the Final Antichrist.
- Christ’s Return and Millennial Reign.
Daniel 11:2-4 (NIV) “Now then, I tell you the truth: Three more kings will arise in Persia [Cambyses, Smerdis, Hystaspes], and then a fourth [Xerxes the Great], who will be far richer than all the others. When he has gained power by his wealth, he will stir up everyone against the kingdom of Greece. Then a mighty king [in Greece] will arise [Alexander the Great], who will rule with great power and do as he pleases. After he has arisen, his empire will be broken up [Alexander died at only 33] and parceled out toward the four winds of heaven [Alexander’s empire was divided among his four generals]. It will not go to his descendants, nor will it have the power he exercised, because his empire will be uprooted and given to others [Romans].
Verses 21-35 show us the Old Testament Antichrist Antiochus Epiphanes (the king of the north). He reigned from 175 to 164 B.C. He makes a peace treaty and then . . .
Daniel 11:31 (NIV) “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.
Antiochus entered the temple, scarified a pig, and set up a statue for idol worship. But history will repeat itself . . .
2 Thessalonians 2:3-6 (NIV) That day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed . . . He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God . . . 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.