Prophetic Witness Magazines

Prophetic Witness - May 2020

Prophetic Witness - May 2020COVID-19

by Tod Hampson

I have lived through several impactful - even game-changing - historical events, which all occurred within 1 year. I worked in DC (District of Columbia) on 9/11, during the DC sniper murders, and during the DC anthrax mail attacks. That condensed time period was a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. Things were never the same. Our Gen-Z population doesn’t know what it was like before 9/11, just as my Gen-X generation doesn’t know what it was like before the culture-shaking events of the 1960's. After 9/11, people filled churches again - but only for a time. As life returned to normal, so did the cultural default position. In fact it has worsened. In the West - including in America - there has been a steady decline of belief in the Bible or the God of the Bible. The great falling away predicted in Scripture continues and escalates. If trends continue, the next generation of leaders and decision makers will be “nones.” “Nones” are those who do not identify with any religious affiliation or belief system. Like most of Europe, It will be wholly secular - which IS a belief system in itself, but I digress.

As more and more people fall away from true, Biblical Christianity - so too will they fall away from its principles, wisdom, sound-logic, and blessings. There’s no doubt that our country has been blessed so tremendously, because it was founded on Biblical principles (and because we have blessed the nation of Israel - Genesis 12:3). I’m not saying our country is perfect by any means, but to the degree that we have followed God’s ways in our culture - we have also experienced God’s blessing and protection.

Prophetic Witness - April 2020

Prophetic Witness - April 2020

San Remo - 100 Years On

 

On the North West Coast of Italy lies the beautiful town of San Remo, a popular holiday resort for Italians and other nationals too.

For those of Jewish heritage, San Remo is more than just a holiday resort; it is a place that has great significance in the history and development of the modern State of Israel. Next to May 14th 1948 the most important date in Israel’s latter day development must be surely be Sunday April 25th 1920.

It was on this date that the Supreme Council of Allied Powers, comprising of Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan, concluded their several days of deliberation that resulted in the redefining of the Middle East. Following the end of World War One, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and Britain’s seizure of Jerusalem from the Turks, plans had to be made regarding the whole of the Middle East region.

Uppermost in the minds of the four great powers (the USA were also in attendance but only as observers), was the famous Balfour Declaration made three years previously, in which Britain had pledged to find a homeland for the Jewish people at the end of the war. Any resolution coming out of San Remo would have to take this into account to gain acceptance from the British delegation. On the said date of April 25th, a 500 word document was released by the Council of Allied Powers, spelling out the conclusions which they had arrived at.

Prophetic Witness - March 2020

Prophetic Witness - March 2020

The Hidden Connection

by Todd Hampson

Brexit, Impeachment, Israeli Elections, and the Hidden Thread That Binds Them

“When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” — Luke 21:28.

What do Brexit, the 100% politically-motivated impeachment of a US president, and an unprecedented third round of Israeli elections (in less than a year) have in common? One word —Globalism.

Forget Democrats vs. Republicans. Forget right vs. left. The real battle is between Nationalism and Globalism, and the real enemy behind it is none other than Satan himself. That may sound spooky or sensational to you, but give me a chance to explain.

This is all a preview of what’s coming in the opening throes of the future tribulation period. That future period will be characterized by three sets of seven judgements — 21 in all. The first set of seven judgments are known as the seal judgments.

Prophetic Witness - February 2020

Prophetic Witness - February 2020

Climate Change In Prophecy

by John Williams

2019 was a year in which climate change became prominent like never before. In particular, a young girl named Greta Thunberg, became an instant celebrity because she boycotted a school lesson to protest climate change. Since then, she has inspired young people in various countries to strike. In March last year, globally, over 1 million people joined a climate protest. In May that same year, there were 1600 events across 150 countries. On September 20th last year, there were an estimated 4500 strikes, including over 4 million people, most of them being school children. Greta gave a very passionate speech to the United Nations, during which she stated the following words:

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

In other words, Greta sat there stating that unless human governments drastically intervene, she, and those she speaks for, have no hope. Recently, there has been a rise in what is being called, ‘eco-anxiety’ or ‘climate change despair’ - so called mental health issues. There is a generation at the moment, who because of the media narrative surrounding climate change, have no hope and are given over to fear and despair. Greta also ended her speech by saying, “change is coming whether you like it or not.”

Yet as Christians, we should not look to the media, politicians, or little girls for our source of hope and truth. We look to the Word of God.

Prophetic Witness - January 2020

The Purpose Of Prophecy

by Philip Jones

1. Introduction
The Bible says this about itself: ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’ 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

Do we believe that all Scripture is ‘God-breathed’? Let us think through the implications of this statement for a moment. If God actively inspired each book, chapter and verse that we have in the canon of Scripture, then each passage of text has a divinely-inspired purpose, i.e. each passage carries a message that God wants us to know.

This assumption leads us to believe that God also determined that Scripture should contain each of the different types of literature that we find there, for example the Law, the Gospels and the Wisdom Literature, and that each has its own unique (although sometimes overlapping) purpose. So, ask yourself this question: what is the unique purpose of prophecy, as a class of Scripture? It is not as easy to give an answer to this question as it is for some of the other types of Scripture. It is relatively easy to see the unique purpose of the Law, or the Gospels, but what of Prophecy? A simplistic answer might be that prophecy tells us about future events, so that we can be better prepared for them. But this answer does not explain the purpose of the vast majority of prophetic scriptures, which deal with events that have long-since passed. So how might we answer this question? The following are fairly typical responses.

Prophetic Witness - December 2019

Prophetic Witness - December 2019

THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS
 

The promise of a coming Saviour was first spoken of by God to the serpent in the Garden of Eden. The seed of the woman was to crush his head. Genesis 3:15.

Adam and Eve must have been overjoyed at the prospect of a promised Saviour. They had as yet no children, and the first thing they did when banished from the garden was to get on with being fruitful and increasing in number. Genesis 4:1.

But it was not to be that straight forward. Man had a lot to learn. Salvation comes at a price and redemption is very costly. "No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him - the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough - that he should live on for ever and not see decay.” Psalm 49:7-8.

No, it could not be just anybody. It had to be someone very special. "For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given.” Isaiah 9:6. "When Christ came into the world, He said ...a body You prepared for Me; ... I have come to do Your will, O God." Hebrews 10:5-7.

Prophetic Witness - November 2019

Prophetic Witness - November 2019

A TERRIFIED WORLD AND
SILENT CHURCHES

by Donald B. Cameron

Two decades ago, as the year 2,000 approached, there was widespread optimism. Now the world is fearful - fearful for the planet and fearful for its inhabitants. On 7th May 2019 the ‘I’ newspaper carried the headlines, “Planet in crisis: ‘one million species at risk of extinction”, adding, “Future generations will be at risk of starvation as food and water shortages grip the world, warns landmark UN report.” Human behaviour, climate change, over-development and intensive farming ‘destroying nature's safety net’. Numerous other factors instil fear, such as terrorism and senseless violence and, above all, huge arsenals of weapons of mass destruction, some in the hands of rogue regimes.

Paul wrote: “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor. 5:20). This is how we are to fulfil our great commission, as encapsulated in Matthew 28:18-20 and Luke 24:47: ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ... “and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” If we read on into the book of Acts, we find that both aspects are essential: being reconciled to God involves repentance leading to remission of sins. There is no other Gospel.

Prophetic Witness - October 2019

Prophetic Witness - October 2019Event In The Life Of Isaac

Dr Alec Passmore, PWMI President
 

Essential reading: Genesis chapters twenty two and twenty four.

It has been said that the New Testament is CONTAINED in the Old Testament and the Old Testament is EXPLAINED in the New. The New Testament is CONCEALED in the Old, and the Old Testament is REVEALED in the New. The Old Testament ANTICIPATES the New Testament and the New Testament AUTHENTICATES the Old. Also, in the Old Testament, the New Testament LIES HIDDEN, but in the New Testament the Old Testament LIES OPEN. It is further often stated that The Old Testament PREDICTS a person, the New Testament PRESENTS that person. There is much in the Old Testament which is not in the New. Expansive descriptions of the millennial kingdom are found in the Major Prophets, along with Israel's glorious future restoration and Daniel's “seventy weeks” prophecy, giving the chronology of the Last Things.

Christ is in all the scriptures from Genesis chapter one and verse one to the closing words of Revelation! Often People and events in the Old Testament clearly foreshadow the Lord Jesus and His purposes in redemption. Often,  seemingly ordinary recorded events, are clear predictions or “fore gleams” of the glorious person and work of Christ. Bible Students call these instances “types” or “shadows” pointing forward and providing historical proof of the divine unity of God's Word the Bible. In this study, we trace events in the life of one of the most endearing persons in the Hebrew Narrative whose name is ISAAC. His name in the Hebrew tongue means "laughter", which we will explain here shortly. It should come as no surprise to us that the divine Son of God should be found in type and picture all through the Old Testament for He Himself said, "Search the scriptures (the Old Testament) for in them you think you have eternal life, AND THESE ARE THEY WHICH TESTIFY OF ME" (John 5:39).

SIX EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF ISAAC WHICH POINT TO CHRIST.

Prophetic Witness - September 2019

IN ONE HOUR!

by Samuel T. Carson, Northern Ireland.

 

Among the many cities mentioned in scripture there are two that are at once literal and symbolic. The first is Jerusalem and the second Babylon.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is God's city; it will be the physical centre on earth from which the Lord Jesus will administer His coming Millennial Kingdom. Describing it as it will be in that still future day, the Psalmist wrote, “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the Great King” (Psa. 49:2).

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