God's Plan for You

God's Plan for this World and You


THE view of planet earth, seen from outer space, is very beautiful indeed. Confirmation of this has come from the astronauts who have gazed upon it. The earth is the fairest jewel in God's creation and it is the chosen place in the whole universe where He has promised to reveal His Kingdom in all its glory. That is why it is so beautiful.


The earth, of all the planets in the solar system, is the one that is perfectly suited to all forms of life and the one that orbits at exactly the right distance from the sun to provide comfortable conditions for the human race.


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


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The Greek word for "know" in the passage above is 'ginosko' and it means to have a thorough and deep understanding of the subject. 


So if you seek "life eternal" then you must truly "know the only true God and Jesus Christ".


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Wrested Scripture and True Bible Teaching


Are mainstream Christian teachings correct?

The true Gospel can suffer from preconceived ideas and misinterpretations.

Find out what the Bible is actually saying and where interpretation can go wrong.


You owe it to yourself and your family to be sure of what it is you believe, the Apostle Paul has told us to "work out our own salvation with fear and trembling"  Philippians 2:12

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True Bible Teaching fundamental beliefs are:

  1. The Bible is God's word and the only message from him. It is without error, except for copying and translation errors.
  2. There is only one God - the Father. The Holy Spirit is God's power.
  3. Jesus is the Son of God, and a human being, through his mother Mary.
  4. Man is mortal, having no existence when dead.
  5. By living a sinless life, ending with his sacrificial death by crucifixion, Jesus has opened the way of salvation from death.
  6. Belief and baptism are essential steps to salvation.
  7. God raised Jesus from death. Jesus is currently in Heaven, on God's right hand. He will one day return.
  8. When Jesus returns, he will raise his "sleeping" followers from death and grant immortality to the faithful who have tried to live by God's precepts.
  9. His followers will help him to rule, bringing justice, righteousness and peace to the whole world - the Kingdom of God.


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If we claim to follow Christ we should trust in the Scriptures as confidently as Jesus and his Apostles did:

Jesus said that: The Scripture cannot be broken.  (John 10:35)


Paul said that: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)


Peter said that: For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21)

The things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven (1 Peter 1:12)


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God's Offer of LIFE or DEATH

“Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.   See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him… This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life…"  Deuteronomy Chapter 30:12-20


From this passage we see how important it is to each one of us that we seek after God and His Word the Bible to us.


Without this we have no hope of LIFE, but only a future of DEATH.


This Word of God was originally given to the Nation of Israel and later it spread via the Apostles of Christ to the World, that even we today might have this same HOPE of LIFE ETERNAL.


It is UP to YOU then to seek out God’s Word, to KNOW what is the TRUTH of God’s Word so that you and your family might KNOW the way of LIFE ETERNAL and the great HOPE of living in God’s Kingdom on EARTH.


Do not let your HOPE rest upon others and most importantly on what others teach, search it out for yourself because we have been warned that the churches would be astray from God’s word in the last days.


"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”   2 Timothy 4:3-4


Too much is at stake for you to not act yourself to seek out the TRUTH.


Christ himself has told us to do this when he said…


But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Godis a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

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World News Today is Fulfilling Bible Prophecy spoken 1000's of years ago.  World News Today is a Sign of the near RETURN OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TO THIS EARTH!
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The Dinosaur Problem

T Rex Tissue Stumps Evolutionists

T-Rex Soft Tissue Disproves Evolution

Clip from “T.R.U.T.H. About the Dinosaurs” DVD

Is there something wrong when a supposedly 70 million-year-old tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur is found with soft tissue—including blood vessels and even whole cells? This is what a U.S. researcher reported in late March.  Biologist Mary Schweitzer discovered this soft tissue when it was necessary to break a T. rex’s huge thigh bone.

Schweitzer said that the vessels were flexible and some could even be squeezed. After extensive testing, there was confirmation that this T. rex bone even had hemoglobin (red blood cells).

This discovery is unexplained by evolutionary thinking, which suggests that millions and millions of years have passed since this “King of Dinos” met its demise. Schweitzer is puzzled and cannot understand why this bone was not mineralized. “It’s very amazing. It’s utterly shocking, actually, because it flies in the face of everything we understand about how tissues and cells degrade,” she said on MSNBC.

“It’s very amazing. It’s utterly shocking, actually….”

—Dr. Mary Schweitzer

In 1995, Joe Taylor, a professional dinosaur excavator and a biblical creationist, was curious about the hip girdle of another T. rex that was found in 1916. It was found in the same Hell Creek Formation where Schweitzer’s T. rex bone was found. Taylor was amazed that this 65 million-year-old specimen still had the appearance of skin on the sacral vertebrae. He sent a sample to Azusa Pacific College in California and had it scanned with an electron microscope by Professor Mark Armitage, who found that the bone had collagen filaments intact inside the bone. The presence of collagen suggests that this supposedly 65 million year old fossil was not completely fossilized. Armitage states, “It can’t be but a few thousand years old.”

So the Theory of Evolution is just that ‘A Theory’ that has never been proved and evidence like this says it can’t be and isn’t true.

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The Holy BibleThe Bible provides us with plain Scriptural Teaching for the True Followers of Christ

The statements on this guide represent what we believe is true Bible teaching. The statements are deliberately challenging, asking every reader to compare his own opinions with the plain teaching of Scripture, examining carefully the Bible passages offered as proof. If, as a result, a change of mind and heart is called for, there will be no doubt that the teaching of the Lord, and the book he trusted, must be followed and not what the churches teach.


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GOD'S KINGDOM ON EARTH...What will it be like?

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Bible Prophecy Provides Evidence That God Exists For All To SEE


Israel, Egypt, Russia and Christ's Coming

Jerusalem - Israel

Over the last 60 or so years we have seen amazing events take place in the Middle East.  In 1948 Israel became a nation after 2000 years of dispersion; in 1967 it occupied Jerusalem; in 1973 the Yom Kippur war (Egypt's attack on Israel) was followed by world inflation as the Arabs commenced using oil as a weapon; and now, in 1979, following dramatic moves initiated by President Sadat of Egypt, a peace-treaty has been signed by Egypt and Israel that has brought the two nations together after contesting four bitterly fought wars.

And even more recently we witnessed a rise to power within Egypt of the Brotherhood who are fiercely opposed to Israel and threatened the ongoing Peace Treaty with Israel.  Then even Israel and Egypt Peace Treaty 1979more quickly they were swept away and Egypt has returned to her former position of upholding the Peace Treaty with Israel.  Bible Students were not surprised by this latest develop as this is what Bible Prophecy requires in the last days.  That is that Egypt and Israel will be at Peace.

But what is to be the final outcome of these events and the greatest of all Battles yet to come in the Middle East, well Bible prophecy has the answer.

The importance of these events cannot be over-emphasized; Bible prophecy shows that they are of the utmost significance in the destiny of men and nations. The future of the Middle East looms large in the predictions of the Bible. It was that stretch of country to which God made reference when he told Abraham nearly four thousand years ago: "Look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land that thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever" (Genesis 13:14-15).

That promise is yet to be fulfilled. It requires the resurrection from the dead of Abraham and those who constitute "his seed" to accomplish it. And the Bible reveals how anybody can be classified among "the seed of Abraham", by following Christ in the way appointed (Galatians 3:26-29).

Meanwhile, the restoration of the Jewish people back to the land in modern times, is preliminary to that glorious consummation; for the Bible declares: "When the Lord shall build up Zion, (another name for Jerusalem), he shall appear in his glory" (Psalm 102:16).

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As it was in the Days of Noah and Lot

Noah's Ark and People Drowning"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed...Remember Lot's wife."(Luke 17:26-32)

Remember Lot's wife. Lot's wife could not contain herself. This woman simply could not give up the world. Her mind would be conscious of all the things she was leaving in Sodom; things such as her house and its furnishings, her neighbors, her family - what a strain upon her physical being, knowing that she would never see these things again.

Would she have been a believer? Probably not, for she is not mentioned by Peter in his dissertation of "just Lot". We read the expressed announcement by the angel for Lot, his wife and his two daughters, where the Angel of God said in no uncertain terms, "Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain lest thou be consumed." (Genesis 19: 17) Why all these directives? The answer was pure and simple - if you go into the mountain; your life will be spared; if you stay in the vicinity of Sodom, you will be destroyed.

Lot made a final gesture to get his sons in law to leave this city of Sodom. We read in Gen. 19:14; "And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, UP, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law." The narrative continues, "And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, (or urged Lot to hurry) saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity (or punishment) of the city. And while he LINGERED, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters: the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city." (Verses 15-16)

Notice in the reading of these verses that this family was in no hurry to leave their home. Lot, the head of his household, lingered in preparing to leave his home in the company of the two angels. Were Lot and his family lethargic about leaving? The environment seemed to have dulled his senses to the seriousness of obeying the angels of God. Do we not get the idea that Lot and his family would have perished if the assurance of God had not been operative; that said the prayer of a righteous man availeth much?

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The Middle East Conflict and the case of Disappearing Palestine

Some within the Palestinian Organisation would have us to believe that they once had a land and that since 1948 when Israel was declared a Nation once more, their land has been taken from them.

But is this correct or true to the facts?

In a recent advertisement sponsored by the "Palestine Awareness Coalition" they showed a series of four maps that supposedly showed Palestinian borders disappearing into the State of Israel.Palestine 1946 to 2012

The maps show what has happened within the state of Israel to some degree — of course they leave out the important fact that Arabs make up over 20% of Israel's population and would be able to vote and so on. However, the ads leave out the wider context of the region. When this context is taken into the picture it changes the situation considerably.

First there never has been a nation called Palestine at all, never mind with the borders depicted on the map. The area was part of the Roman Empire when the Jewish inhabitants were expelled after 70AD, although Jews continued to live in some areas of the country for many years. After the Roman and Eastern Roman Empire, the area was overrun by the Mohammedan Saracens and later became part of the powerful Ottoman Empire. The Turkish Ottoman Empire receded and was driven from the area of Palestine in the First World War after joining in with the Central Powers of Germany and Austria-Hungary by Britain and the Allies. So the area of Palestine fell under the rule of the British Empire.

Second, the area of the British Mandate called Palestine comprised of much more territory than just that shown on the map. The Mandate for Palestine was formally confirmed by the League of Nations for Britain to administer these former areas of the Ottoman Empire including forming a National Home for the Jewish People. So the creation of some sort of a National Home as shown on the maps, was an outcome of international law and cooperation. Exactly how the area was to be divided was not laid out in the British Mandate. The area of Jordan was part of what was called Palestine and is essentially a Palestinian nation and should have been included on the maps.

Third, the maps do not show the many destroyed Jewish communities in Arab lands. A fact brought out very well in the book, "From Time Immemorial, The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine".  Quoting from page 25 under the heading "The Exchange of Populations" it reads:

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Nations in Bible Prophecy

The Bible has made many detailed, explicit predictions about various nations down the ages. The fact that these predictions have come true means that we can trust the Bible and build our lives upon it. Such prophecies are proof positive that the Bible is the Word of God - and that we can believe it!

Nations in Bible Prophecy

Prophecy about Assyria: "And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and he will make Nineveh a desolation, a dry waste like the desert.  Herds shall lie down in it, every wild animal; the desert owl and the screech owl shall lodge on its capitals; the owl shall hoot at the window, the raven croak on the threshold; for its cedar work will be laid bare.  Is this the exultant city that lived secure, that said to itself, "I am, and there is no one else"? What a desolation it has become, a lair for wild animals! Everyone who passes by it hisses and shakes the fist" (Zephaniah 2:13-15).

Fulfilment: The Assyrian Empire fell in 612BC and was destroyed.  Even the ruins of its capital city - Nineveh - were buried for many generations, just as the Bible predicted.

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What is Prophecy For?

Webster’s Dictionary defines prophecy as “A foretelling; prediction; a declaration of something to come”. It continues by rightly saying:

“As God only knows future events with certainty, no being but God or some person informed by Him, can utter a real prophecy. The prophecies recorded in Scripture, when fulfilled, afford most convincing evidence of the divine origin of the Scriptures, as those who uttered the prophecies could not have foreknown the events predicted without supernatural instruction”.

This is what the Apostle Peter says:

… no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20–21).

As we have already seen, God is the controller of all past, present and future events. He knows the future and will make it happen. In this way Bible Prophecy is history written in advance.

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The Battle of Armageddon and the Uprise of Antichrist


Will Antichrist arise to conquer Jerusalem, claim the rulership of the world, and plunge humanity into an orgy of war, bloodshed and evil unparalleled in the history of mankind?

The Return of Christ: Basic Teaching of the Bible

The personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory, to take up his great authority, and reign on earth as king, is a basic doctrine of the Bible. Hundreds of references to it are made therein and these are set forth in clear language, the meaning of which should be beyond dispute.

Consider the following predictions:

"This same Jesus, which is taken up from you (Apostles) into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11).

"Times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you; whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 3:19-21).

"God hath appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man (Christ) whom He hath ordained: whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised him from the dead" (Acts 17:31).

"If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order; Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming" (1 Corinthians 15:19-23).

The teaching of the second coming of Christ permits believers to look beyond the troubles of today, to a glorious future when the evils and frustrations of the present will be replaced by a righteous administration that will bring "glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men."

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An Article by John Ramsden LONDON, U.K. taken from

Russia Triumphaht

No! that’s not the front page headline from one of London’s tabloid newspapers announcing  the Russian invasion of Georgia—or even recording Europe’s dependence on much of its oil and gas supplies!

In fact, it was the sub-title of a book written in 1854 by a Doctor of Medicine, John Thomas.

Because it looked forward to events in the Middle East prior to Christ’s return, it was called

“Anatolia”—a word of Greek origin relating to the rising of the sun in the east.

Following the publication in 1848 of his earlier book, Elpis Israel, the third section of which focused attention on Bible prophecy concerning developments which would occur in Britain, Europe and Russia and their relationship to coming developments in the Middle East, he made an extended tour of Western Europe (what is now Germany, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands) seeing for himself what was going on there.1

Following the great year of revolutions throughout Europe in 1848, it was clear from both his own experience and from his studies of the prophet Daniel and other Old and New Testament prophecies that, prior to the return of Christ, great changes would occur in Europe, and that Russia, away on the far horizon, would develop into a major end-time power.

So John Thomas summarised what he had learnt on the title page of his book, listing not only the great events which Daniel had led him to expect, but also setting down an outline sequence of those events. All this, he recognised, was “an exhibition of startling proportions very much at variance with... the suppositions of the most enlightened politicians” of his day. His book was, as he explained, “An exposition of Daniel from alpha to omega with so much of the testimonies of other prophets as is necessary for its comprehension.

1854: The Crimean War in Southern Russia

The timing of its publication was significant. Following the 900-year old dispute between the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox churches over rival claims to care for the Holy Places in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the Russian Emperor Nicholas—who had been sent a copy of the book—and who was no doubt greatly influenced by the patriarch to move back towards Constantinople—from which the earlier “Caesars” of the former Eastern Byzantine Empire had been expelled in 1453—only to become the “Czars” of Russia. This, however, was only one of several such attempts made by Russian Czars to move southwards. The impending collapse of the Ottoman Empire—dubbed by Czar Nicholas I as “the Sick man of Europe” led to further Russian adventures in the late 19th Century. Indeed the results of both world wars led to further aggrandisement of the “Russian Empire.”

So thus began the Crimean War in 1854, a move which caused strategic alarm to both France and Britain who were most anxious to protect their political ambitions in the Middle East. That very year the French had secured permission from the Egyptian Pasha to construct the Suez Canal. Britain, with her mighty imperial interests in raw material supplies from the Indian sub-continent, had more than a passing interest in this development, as we shall see.

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by Fred Pearce

The Bible is a most remarkable book. Its account of the origin of evil; its unparalleled record of God'sConvincing Proof That God Exists dealings with the nation of Israel; its searching message through their prophets; its "good news" proclaimed by Jesus Christ and his apostles; above all, its unerring analysis of the weaknesses of human nature and its contrasting portrayal of the holiness, the truth and the mercy of God, made especially plain in the person of His Son - all these are outstanding features found in no other book in the world. They prompted Henry Rogers over l00 years ago to declare: "The Bible is not such a book as man would have written if he could, nor could have written if he would."( In The Superhuman Origin of the Bible Deduced from Itself.) In other words, God is needed to explain its existence.

In this short work we shall consider one of the Bible's unique features: its prophecy. Now strictly prophecy is not just foretelling the future. A prophet was one who "spoke for" another, a spokesman; and prophecy was the message the prophet spoke on behalf of God. But since Bible prophecy contains quite a lot of "prediction", or foretelling future events, for our purpose here we shall take the term in that sense.

Who has the Power of Prophecy?

But first we must settle an important question: Does the Bible claim that the power of prophecy belongs only to God and is a proof of His authority?

To this there is a decisive answer in the prophecy of Isaiah. In the 41st chapter God challenges the idols and the idol worshippers of the day to prove that they possess divine powers. This is how He does it:

"Produce your cause, saith the Lord; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob, Let them (the idols) bring them, (the reasons) forth, and declare unto us what shall happen: declare ye the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; and shew us things to come ..." (vv.21-22,R.V.).

The basis of this challenge is clear: the pagan worshippers claim that their idols are gods. Very well; let them produce the proofs. And the proofs demanded by God Himself are that the idols shall announce future events, and also declare "the former things", that is, explain how creation took place in the beginning. The point is made crystal clear in the next verse:

"Declare the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods ..." (v.23).

Here God Himself is asserting that to be able to foretell the future would be a proof of Divine power. More than once in this part of Isaiah's prophecy, God declares that He is the only one who has this power, for only He is God; there is no other:

"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God , and there is none like me ..." (46:9)

The God of Israel is here declaring that there is no other worthy object of worship but Himself; and goes on to assert the signs of His power in these terms:

". . . declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" (46:10).

Come to think of it, whoever would dare to say, "My counsel shall stand . . ."except God? What man is there in the whole world who could say any such thing? To carry it out needs Someone who not only knows future events before they happen, but has the power to see that they take place as He has decreed. In other words, to utter prophecy which will inevitably come true, you need God. No other cause can explain it.

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Jerusalem future capital of the world


"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem thou that killest the prophets and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings and ye would not! BEHOLD YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE."Such was Christ's lamentation for the city and inhabitants of Jerusalem.

The Lord Jesus Christ spoke these words just prior to his Olivet prophecy, which prophesied the final end for Jerusalem and its inhabitants, as divine punishment for rejecting and crucifying the only beloved son of God.

Luke 21:20‑24

"20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter there into. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."

Forty years after these words were spoken and Christ had been crucified, these words commenced to have their fulfilment.

A great national disaster was to fall upon the Jewish people.

The armies of Rome invaded Judea and destroyed the Jewish state.

In A.D.70 in one of the most terrible sieges ever endured by a city, a Holocaust of horror that has rarely been exceeded in world history, Jerusalem was besieged for more than 3 yrs during which time its inhabitants were reduced to cannibalism.

Finally with its great walls breached, and its buildings destroyed, the Roman soldiers, incensed with rage at the long and costly siege, plundered the city, massacring the remaining survivors.

The Temple of God in which the Lord Jesus Christ himself had worshipped was put to the flame, and then pulled down stone by stone, just as Christ had predicted.

Yet an even greater Temple of God shall be built on this very place some time in the near future...

To read this complete article click on the pdf here:Jerusalem Future Capital of the World


The Middle East and Bible Prophecy

The Middle East Conflict

THE Middle East is the most keenly watched area of the world. And little wonder; it is central to the economic stability of the world. Conflicts in the Middle East inevitably draw in the major powers and for many years it has been the most likely place for World War Ill to begin.  This explains the urgency for lasting peace treaties and long-term security arrangements.

Why The Middle East?

When we ask why the Middle East should be so important we have only to consider one word-oil. The world's economies are dependent upon Middle East oil.  After the Yom Kippur war in 1 973 the Arabs used the oil weapon to devastating effect.  The price of oil was raised and supplies were cut. The following ten years are known as 'the oil decade'.  Western economies were severely disrupted, suffering the crippling burdens of inflation, recession and unemployment.  Developing countries spurred on by the high price of oil sought to exploit their own natural resources and borrowed heavily from western banks.  The fall in oil prices in the 80s bankrupted these countries who now cannot repay the interest on the loans let alone the loans themselves. The consequence is that all nations, strong and weak, have been drawn closer into the politics of the Middle East.

But the Middle East has only relatively recently been so important.  The recent history of the area can be divided into three phases:

Phase 1:The first phase began in the last century when Britain, France and Russia developed their imperialist ambitions.  Whoever controlled the Middle East controlled the trade routes to India. What became known as the 'Eastern Question' was the policy of Britain to prop up Turkey as a buffer against Russian ambitions to obtain a Mediterranean seaport.  The First World War saw the end of this phase with Britain and France replacing Turkey as protectors of Palestine, Arabia, Mesopotamia and Syria.

Phase 2:The second phase occupied the period between World War I and World War II.  To understand what happened then we need to recognize the new force which emerged towards the end of the 19th century-Zionism, the movement to create a homeland for the Jews in Palestine.  In 1917 the British Foreign Secretary announced what was known as the Balfour Declaration which committed the British Government to support the idea of a national home for the Jews in Palestine.  Part of the letter is reproduced below:

Foreign Office,

November 2nd, 1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in Conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty's Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.

"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,
Arthur James Balfour

The "Balfour Declaration"

The Declaration went on to say that nothing should be done to infringe the rights of the Palestinians.  Yet ancient conflicts reawakened as Arab as well as Jewish nationalism grew.

Phase 3:The League of Nations after the First World War gave Britain the Mandate over Palestine which she held until 1948.  In 1948 Israel declared itself an independent State, and was formally recognized by the United Nations.  So began the third phase of Middle East politics and the bitter conflicts which have continued ever since.

But Who could Have Foreseen . . .?

Looking back over this history it is easy to identify the factors which led to the present situation.  But in the last century who could have predicted that out of the conflicting ambitions of the World powers would come the State of Israel-the most troubled and potentially explosive place on earth?  One noted historian wrote in 1980:

"A century ago geo-politicians could have foreseen the continued colonization by Russia and the United States of the empty lands to the East and West; but who could have foreseen that far more astounding colonization in the eastern Mediterranean, the creation of the State of Israel? We may like it or not . . . we may deplore it as the last western crusade, the latest venture of western imperialism, seeking not trade but settlement . . . but we cannot deny that it is an extraordinary historical achievement.  How little the British who listened to its early advocates foresaw the present consequences" (Hugh Trevor-Roper, History and Imagination)

Readers may be surprised to learn that Bible students did dare to predict what would happen-and got it right.  Take the following example written by a Christadelphian in 1848, long before Zionism was born:

"The restoration of Israel is a most important feature in the divine economy. It is indispensable to the setting up of the kingdom of God . . . the restoration of the Jews is a work of time, and will require between 50 and 60 years to accomplish . . . there are two stages in the restoration of the Jews, the first is before the battle of Armageddon; and the second after it . . . the pre-adventual colonization of Palestine (i.e. the settlement of the Land before the return of Christ) will be on purely political principles; and the Jewish colonists will return in unbelief of the Messiahship of Jesus."

The writer, Dr. John Thomas, was not a prophet; simply an ardent student and believer of Bible prophecy.  But how could a Bible student be so confident that the land, which was for centuries a wilderness of little consequence, would become the most important place on earth?  The following is intended to answer that question and to show how the Bible maps out world events in advance, so that men and women may understand that God is controlling affairs according to a pre-determined plan.

The Land of Promise

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