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Bible prophecies

Contents:

  1. Prophecies concerning fleshly Israel
  2. Prophecies concerning spiritual Israel
  3. Prophecies concerning the return of Christ

Prophecies concerning fleshly Israel

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus described in Lk. 16:19-31 illustrates the situation of Israel, which due to unbelief fell from the special grace of God for the time of the gathering of the Church, the spiritual offspring of Abraham. At the same time the position of Lazarus changed. The ones elected from the Gentiles were transferred to the "bosom of Abraham" - they received new birth in the Holy Spirit and became heirs of the promises given by God to Abraham.

In an answer to the question "how shall I know?" God gives Abraham a prophetic sign that is at the same time a time prophecy, fulfilling in the years 1840-2015 in specific events related e.g. to the birth of the Adventist Movement (1840), outbreak of the I World War (1914-1915), II World War (1939-1945), persecution of Israel (1940) and the end of the calling to the Bride class (2015).

Prophecies concerning spiritual Israel

The division of Israel into people, Levites, and priests under the Law Covenant illustrated the division of the Gospel Age believers into antitypical people, Levites and priests under the New Covenant - this is the basic premise of the lecture. Its purpose is to organize the basic Biblical concepts in relation to each of the mentioned classes in a manner illustrating as clearly as possible the inner logic of the Gospel calling, its aims, conditions and principles with regard to all believers in Christ.

Believers of the Gospel Age were represented in the fleshly Israel in three groups: the people, the levites and the priests. The priests enjoyed a special position in that e.g. theirs was the privilege of entering the Holy to feed on the shewbread in the light of the lampstand. This activity pointed to the priests of the New Covenant feeding on the Scripture directly in the light of the holy spirit received by conversion to Jesus Christ. From among this class of God's people some will be chosen to become co-kings with the Lord, who will sit with him on the thrones to judge the resurrected mankind. These highest positions will belong to few of the most faithful ones who have concluded their priestly office in full dedication to the Gospel.

144000 elect are the winners of the Gospel calling who receive positions of the antitypical priests in the heavenly Tabernacle and resurrection to the glory of the Divine nature. Together with co-kings with Jesus Christ (24 elders) they will be judges of mankind raised in the future Kingdom. Completion of the 144000 will come to its end before the Great Tribulation finishing the present system of things starts, no later than the middle of the year 2029.

The great multitude are believers born of the spirit, who developed their characters in the fundamentals of faith. However, they did not proceed with the knowledge of the Word or their service for the truth, and so they will not receive the reward proper for 24 elders or 144000. These two highest classes of God's people will find themselves in the heavenly glory before the Day of the Lord, whereas antitypical levites will experience it on earth - an experience which will purify them and fully prepare for the glory which awaits them in Christ's Kingdom.

In an answer to the question "how shall I know?" God gives Abraham a prophetic sign that is at the same time a time prophecy, fulfilling in the years 1840-2015 in specific events related e.g. to the birth of the Adventist Movement (1840), outbreak of the I World War (1914-1915), II World War (1939-1945), persecution of Israel (1940) and the end of the calling to the Bride class (2015).

Prophecies concerning the return of Christ

In Rom. 11:25-32 the Apostle Paul explains that Israel's dropout from the grace of the calling to the Body of Christ (including the loss of hope for the highest reward within this calling, i.e. the position of co-kings with Jesus Christ) does not mean that God rejected this nation. On the contrary, Israel's infidelity was foreseen by God so that non-Jews could attain to the blessings connected with faith. The Apostle also informs that their dropout from grace was only for a time. When 'royal priesthood' is gathered, God's special grace will return to Israel and will turn it into a tool through which Divine blessings will reach all resurrected mankind in the future Kingdom.