WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT PROPHECIES?
By Donald McAlvany
(This article was reprinted with permission from
the August, 1998 issue of the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.)
Throughout the history of the world, God has
always made known to his people impending times of trouble, and given them time to prepare
He warned Noah and his family of
the coming flood and directed them how to prepare to survive it.
He warned Lot and his family of the
coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and told them to flee.
He warned Pharaoh, through Joseph,
of the coming famine and used Joseph to prepare stores of food during the seven years of
plenty, which saved Egypt and Joseph's family (Jacob, his eleven sons, and their families)
when the famine came.
He warned the Israelites living
under Egyptian slavery that the "angel of death" would kill all the first-born
of every family and that they must protect themselves and their families by placing the
blood of a lamb over the doorposts, so the angel would "passover" them.
He warned the people of Israel
through his prophet Isaiah of the coming conquest of the Northern Kingdom by Assyria; it
happened in 712 BC.
He warned the people of Judah (the
Southern Kingdom) through his prophet Jeremiah, of their coming conquest by Babylon; it
happened in 586 BC.
Jonah was sent to Ninevah, the capital city of
Assyria to warn the people of God's coming destruction, and when they
repented, he postponed the judgment for a number of years.
Jesus warned the people of
Jerusalem of their coming destruction by Rome. Luke 19:41-44 says: "As he
(Jesus) approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said 'If you, even you,
had only known on this day what would bring you peace, but now it is hidden from your
eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you
and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and
the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did
not recognize the time of God's coming to you'."
When Jerusalem fell to the Romans, almost 40
years later in 70 AD, most of Jesus' followers had already fled the city and scattered.
Over one million Jews were killed in Jerusalem at that time by the Romans under Titus.
In Europe, during the 1930s, many Christians and
Jews were given discernment by the Lord. They recognized the dark clouds of death and
destruction that were rolling across Europe, and got out before the Nazi boot slammed down
on the continent. There were warnings which many of God's people acted upon,
thereby getting them and their family out of harm's way.
Throughout the history of the Christian church, a
period of almost 2000 years, that has been checkered with numerous persecutions, the Lord
has given advanced warnings of the coming persecutions to His followers, so
that they might flee, prepare for the trials spiritually or physically, or go underground.
In almost every one of those situations, it was primarily the God-fearing remnant who had
the discernment to understand the times, to see the destruction or suffering that was
coming, and to prepare (physically and spiritually).
In China, when persecution of the Christian
church was coming several decades ago, believers were warned by the Lord to
move from the their open churches to underground, home churches. They did so and the
underground church was born in China. Today, over 83 million Christians meet in
underground churches, while their Communist government continues to persecute them. Does
the Lord warn and prepare His people for coming catastrophes, danger, upheaval,
persecution or suffering? I believe that the Bible and the history of the church
demonstrate that He does!
One common denominator is, that in almost all of
those times of trouble down through the ages, the great majority of people could not
see the upheaval coming. They refused to believe it. They were in denial. They were
enjoying the good life (eating, drinking and partying) right up until the disaster
overtook them. And, nothing was going to make them believe otherwise.
As Jesus said regarding the people of Noah's day
in Matthew 24:38, 39: "For as in the days before the flood, people were
eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage up to the day Noah entered the Ark;
and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away." [ED. NOTE: Noah warned them. They laughed at,
and ridiculed him. They all died!]
The people of Pompeii, the party city of the
ancient Roman Empire, had 16 years of warnings that Mt. Vesuvius was going
to blow. They ignored all the warning eruptions, until one day in 79 AD, it
exploded (like Mt. St. Helens) and everyone in Pompeii was killed. Undoubtedly, a few
heeded the warnings and fled the destruction, but most did not.
Our present situation in America is somewhat
comparable to some of these past upheavals or crises with respect to the coming Y2K
crisis. There are now ample warnings from knowledgeable people of the coming
computer meltdown and its implications for most Americans.
As with the peoples of Noah's, Lot's, and
Joseph's day; as with the peoples of Israel, Judah, and Jerusalem; as with the people in
Pompeii, in Europe in the 1930s, and in Communist China in the '70s, '80s, and '90s; there
were always warnings of the coming destruction, persecution, or upheaval.
The Lord lets his people know of the coming
crisis; often months or years before the time of trouble. This writer personally knows
Christian families who saw the Bolshevik Revolution coming in Russia in 1917, and fled to
safety one, two or three years before the death and destruction of the Communist
Revolution began. I, likewise, know of Christian and Jewish families who saw the carnage
of the Third Reich coming in the 1930s and fled Europe to safety in advance of the
The same is happening in America today. A growing
number of people in the remnant see the political and financial upheaval which Y2K is
likely to bring to America in less than 500 days or so, and are taking steps to get out of
harm's way, to protect their families, and to prepare for the time of trouble. But, the
great majority of Americans, like the people in Noah's day, the people in Pompeii, the
people in Jerusalem, and the people in pre-War Europe will not listen to the warnings.
They are enjoying the good times the stock market
is going up, good times will roll forever - their philosophy (mirroring their young
hedonist president) is eat, drink and be merry; let the good times roll; our prosperity
will last forever.
Like the people in America in the late 1920s,
like the partying peoples in Babylon the night that the handwriting of God was written on
the wall, warning of their immediate destruction (and Babylon fell to Persia
under Cyrus the Great that very night); the great majority of Americans will not
listen to the warnings until it is too late. They are in denial. They
are in a party mood. Their affluence will never end. They know that the good times
will roll forever. But they are wrong!
At this time, a growing number of Christians, of
members of the remnant (still a small minorityprobably under 1% of the population) are
waking up and are heeding the warnings. They are beginning to
make adjustments or preparations in their livesphysically, mentally, emotionally,
socially, economically, and most important of allspiritually. Pat Robertson (on the
700 Club), Jack Van Impe, Chuck Missler, Warren Duffy, and other Christian leaders, as
well as a growing minority of pastors, are beginning to warn Christians of
the coming time of trouble and to urge them to make preparations: individually, as
families, and as churches.
The majority (even of Christians and Christian
pastors) will not heed the warnings; but some will. I recently spoke to 1200 people at a
Southern California Y2K Conference and was greatly encouraged that people (especially
Christians and conservatives) are beginning to wake up, to prepare, to get out of harm's
way, to form groups of like-minded people to cooperate with, and to seek the Lord's wisdom
and guidance as to how to live and function in the times which lie ahead.
It can be expected that as more Americans begin
to wake up and make preparations for Y2K, that Bill Clinton, the liberal media, most of
Wall Street, and many Americans, who are and will remain in denial, will become angry and
begin to attack those who believe there is a problem; labeling them as fearmongers,
doomsayers, gloom and doomers,
Y2K fanaticss, right-wing or
Christian fanatics, hoarders (food hoarders, currency hoarders, etc.).
Those who are issuing the warnings
will also be attacked, and in the midst of the crisis, some leaders will probably even
blame the "Y2K fanatics" for triggering the crisis, the financial panic, etc. That
is when the anti-hoarding laws will probably be instituted. Remember, when Nero needed a
scapegoat after he burned Rome, he blamed the Christians, and the masses turned on them
with an angry vengeance.
The times which lie ahead over the next 12-24
months will (in the opinion of this writer) try the souls of men. They will be
challenging, exciting and will offer great opportunities for those who have heeded the warnings to minister to those who have
not-to those who have lost that which they thought was most important. Those who are
prepared will be in a position to help those who have not prepared physically, and perhaps
in the greatest way of all, by sharing the ultimate security in an insecure world-the
saving truth about Jesus Christ.
MIA encourages its readers to seek the
Lord for wisdom, guidance, and direction on how they should live, prepare and serve the
Lord in the next few years. Philippines 4:19 says: "And my God will meet all your needs according to his
glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Isaiah 58:11, 12
says: "The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a
sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will
raise up the age-old foundations."
The God of the Bible will warn and
will take care of His people! And that is the bottom
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