The Incredible Prophecy Of
Zechariah9/26/22 by Tim Buck
The book of Zechariah is not only the longest of the twelve Minor Prophets, it is one of the most frequently quoted.
There are 71 quotations from Zechariah in the New Testament. One third of them appear in the Gospels and thirty-one are found in the book of Revelation.
The book of Revelation has over 500 quotes or allusions from the Old Testament with Ezekiel being the most and Zechariah having the second most quotes.
Zechariah pictures Jesus in both His first coming (Zechariah 9:9) and His second coming with the last 3 chapters (12-14) serving as one of the grandest prophecies in all of the bible, describing details found no where else in scripture for the events of the last days, Christ’s Second Coming and the Millennial Kingdom.
7/29/22 by Tim Buck
A prophecy: The word of the Lord concerning Israel.
The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: 2 “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.
The fulfillment of 100’s of prophecies in the modern history of the State of Israel is God’s great sign to mankind. Israel stands as a billboard to the world as to what God is doing today! A sign that no one can mistake or deny. God’s unique dealings with bringing Israel back into existence in 1948, before a watching, modern world, is irrefutable proof that He exists and is guiding history according to His Word.
For example, since Putin invaded Ukraine 4 months ago, over 16,000 Jews have left Russia for Israel and over 10,000 have left Ukraine for Israel. God’s hand is at work as the chosen people continue to pour into Israel from around the world every week.
The fact that God gave Israel her land, took her out of it and scattered her throughout the world only to bring her back centuries later is a supernatural story unique in the annals of history. It is beyond the possibility of chance and without ordinary explanation!
More importantly, her return is written out for us and is the running theme of the Old Testament prophets who explain that in the last days there will come a ‘Second Exodus’ from many nations that will stand as a greater feat by God than the first Exodus from Egypt.
The passage quoted at the beginning is one of the most remarkable in the Bible. It was written by Zechariah 2500 years ago at a time when Israel was in ruins and sitting as wilderness.
The idea that Jerusalem would recover its glory, become the center of international attention and that the whole world would tremble with concern over the tiny nation of Israel seemed utterly impossible. Yet today, as foretold, Jerusalem is front page news and on the lips of the nations of the world. Irrefutable evidence of divine inspiration.
The Bible’s prophecies concerning the Jews, Jerusalem and Israel are specific, preposterous and impossible. Yet they are being fulfilled to the letter. Praise God! This means that only God can be the author of the Bible, the Jews are His chosen people, and Israel is back in the land that God gave them. Woe to the nations that seek to frustrate the promises which God gave Israel!
Today, We See With Our Eyes
Israel’s ‘Second Exodus’
Signs and More Signs
‘The Return and Reign
of Jesus Christ’
7/26/22 by Tim Buck
Did you know
the Bible contains more prophecies about the Second Coming of Jesus than it does the First? In fact, the Bible says specific signs will appear prior to His return, and Jesus Himself commanded us to look for those signs!
The world’s problems and end-of-the-age prophetic signs are rapidly increasing which is one of the reasons we’re going to take a close look at the prophesies of Zechariah.
Zechariah 12–14 is loaded with end time signs! It’s hard to count them all with over 100 prophesies in 44 verses! The 3 chapters offer one of the most sweeping end-time passages in the Bible as God presents details of Israel’s future in graphic detail.
Remember how Israel was in captivity for 70 years in Babylon? Zechariah was probably born in those years and travelled back to the land to rebuild the temple.
Writing around 500 BC, the first 11 chapters focus on Christ’s first coming while chapters 12-14 focus on events surrounding the second coming of Jesus.
Zechariah 12-14 simply has no equal in the Old Testament. The prophecy is one of the richest prophetic passages, rising above all others in terms of the breadth of detail that it covers.
The extensive prophecy covers Israel’s dramatic last days beginning with today’s modern era including Israel’s return and re-birth in 1948 and her modern wars (’48, ’67, ’73). It continues through the Tribulation period with the dramatic repentance and salvation of Israel.
Beginning in chapter 14 the prophet moves into the Millennial Kingdom where we see the Tribulation survivors going up to worship King Jesus from year to year in the Feast of Tabernacles with Jesus on His Throne in Jerusalem.
The one challenge to the reader is that while most information is in chronological order, it sometimes circles back to highlight new details of a topic already discussed. The book of Revelation follows this same pattern. This can be a challenge at first as it jumps backwards without warning.
It also helps to know the prophecy contains 3 distinct invasions of Israel as follows:
1. The Arab invasions of Israel’s modern wars, (1948, 1967, 1973) Zech. 12:4-9
2. Antichrist’s invasion of Israel in the middle of the Tribulation capturing the West Bank and East Jerusalem (‘half the city’ – 14:2) – Zech. 14:1-3
3. The Battle of Armageddon offering a graphic depiction of nuclear war and God’s defeat of the nations – Zech. 14:4-7, 12-15
One of the reasons for reading the prophetic books of the Bible like Daniel and Revelation, and for studying Bible prophecy, is because of the clarity it provides to see where the world is headed and to see how the Bible describes the world in the last days.
Since we are living in the final hours of the church-age, much of today’s current events are written about in the Bible. God warns us as to what the morality and culture of the world will look like today!
God further provides us with the names of various nations we should be paying attention to who will play crucial roles against Israel in the last days. And those nations provide us with geography clues to help us better know the areas we should keep an eye on.
No one on earth has the advantage of this insight except Christian believers who take the Bible literally and study Bible prophecy in both the Old and New Testaments, comparing scripture with scripture.
Wars and Rumors of Wars
Wars and rumors of wars can be a frightening prospect to those who have no idea what’s coming. But for believers who have studied the Bible, the escalation of aggression we are seeing is just one more indicator that we’re drawing closer to the end.
Downfall of America
The decline of the United States has been anticipated by students of Bible prophecy who expect that in the last days, just before the Tribulation, America will be weakened and become a shadow of her former greatness. America’s decline must come to the point where she will no longer be able to stand with Israel or rescue Israel in her hour of need.
God does not want the U.S. Pentagon to interfere with His redemptive plans for Israel which includes bringing Israel to the brink of extinction so that they’re self reliance is shattered enough to call on the Lord (Dan. 12:7).
The U.S. served the Lord as Israel’s big brother and protective superpower during the wars of 1948, 1967, 1973, 1984 and up to the last few years. But America’s mission of propping up Israel is coming to an end as Israel’s time to face the Lord alone is about to arrive.
Is Nuclear War Coming?
Speaking of wars, what about a nuclear war? Based on Putin’s recent threats in Ukraine, should we be fearful that WW3 and a world-wide, thermal, nuclear holocaust is coming? Although it’s always a possibility, a careful study of Bible prophecy leads one to believe there may not be any major nuclear wars prior to the Tribulation for several reasons.
First, it doesn’t seem to make sense that God would have plans to wipe out millions of Christians just prior to the rapture of the church. The whole purpose of the rapture is for Jesus the groom to rescue His bride from the “wrath to come” (1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9).
Secondly, a pre-Tribulation nuclear holocaust doesn’t seem to fit God’s revealed plans to judge the world Himself. Just as He did in Noah’s day, the purpose of the Tribulation is for God Himself to end man’s rebellion on earth. For that purpose He has planned specific judgments of the worst kind recorded in Revelation 6-19 that include the prospect of nuclear war (Ezekiel 39:11-16; Zech. 14:12; Rev. 9:18). Based on this information, it doesn’t seem likely that a large segment of the world’s population would be wiped out just prior to the Tribulation judgments.
In addition to wars, Jesus foretold of the increase of deception, lying, hatred, lawlessness and even pandemics. All of these are increasing at a dramatic pace.
Why did Jesus tell us that we should expect all these horrible things to come? Was He trying to scare us? Doesn’t He know we are already prone to anxiety and worry? Yes He does. Our Lord knows us better than we know ourselves. It is precisely for that reason He foretold all these things.
End From the Beginning
God specifically planned the unique events that wind-down the church-age and that lead into the Tribulation period before the beginning of time (Isaiah 46:8-10; 48:3-5).
After planning the last days God then graciously tells us about His plans (Mk. 13:23), with more detail and clarity than most people realize. He especially does this through the Old Testament major and minor prophets (Amos 3:7) which are a priceless resource for us today although rarely taught. His prophesies are reminders to us that He knows the future and that He has every single detail under control.
God does all this to help prepare us, not to scare us, so we can recognize the signs and unusual happenings we’re seeing today in America and around the world and realize we’re living in the thrilling season just before Jesus returns.
In the midst of all His warning about the last days, He made it a point to assure us: “See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass” (Matthew 24:6).
Over the years, I’ve recommended Bible students to get a study Bible like the MacArthur Study Bible (NKJV, Large Print). I recommend it because it never avoids explaining difficult prophecy passages and it usually comments on them by clarifying the context and providing cross references for better understanding. I suggest beginning reading through the Minor prophets (begin with Joel, Micah, Zephaniah, Zechariah 12-14) and reading the corresponding study notes below the text. This will open a fresh new resource about today’s world and provide the necessary means of discernment to better interpret tomorrow’s news.
What is the Biden Doctrine?
The Biden doctrine class will follow the prophetic impact of Biden’s moral and foreign policies and how they are accelerating last day prophesies about world events, Israel and the Middle East.
Over the last decade since Obama became president and declared, “America is no longer a Christian nation,” I’ve shared with close friends how I feel America is past the point of no return and that it would be wise for believers to anticipate and somehow prepare for national judgment.
I had no idea about what specific means God would use to release His judgment on America or how soon it would arrive. That changed for me when the Lord abruptly removed President Trump and replaced him with Joe Biden! America’s hour of trouble had arrived!
Knowing Bible prophecy enables us to see that God’s sovereignty and righteous judgment is now descending on America and is therefore allowing for the destructive path of the Biden Administration. God appoints world leaders for His sovereign purposes and there simply is no other biblical explanation.
There’s a lot of prophecy at stake on the conference tables of the State Department in Washington DC right now. Biden dividing Jerusalem and siding with the Palestinians and Iranians are just a few of the vexing issues destined to hurt America.
Our upcoming study on April 26 maybe one of the most encouraging topics in the entire book of Revelation! That’s quite a statement but I believe it’s true.
Like much of Revelation, mystery surrounds the 144,000 Tribulation witnesses. Who are they? What will be their objective? Will they be protected? Will they have an effect on the lost people of the Last Days?
In chapter 7 and chapter 14 of Revelation, God reveals His plan to seal 144,000 Jewish evangelists. They could be called Israel’s Tribulation Forces but I like to call them: “The Saviors’ Special Forces.”
Being sealed by God protects these amazing servants from death so God is able to send them into the heat of the Tribulation to go up against Satan and Antichrist at the very height of their power.
As Satan’s forces get busy marking the devil’s followers with the Mark of the Beast, “The Saviors’ Special Forces” get busy evangelizing souls. What develops out of this great CLASH is probably the greatest revival of all time. It’s described in Rev. 7.
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
But this is not the end of story. It gets ever better… much better!
The reason Satan hates the Jewish people and the nation of Israel is because he knows that the chosen people are God’s promised nation who are prophesied to one day rule the world with Jesus as their King. Satan is jealous of God’s love for Israel and will do anything to prevent that from happening. In fact, he’s been trying to wipe out the Jewish people ever since Pharaoh tried to kill them at the Red Sea.
The devil’s plan is to overwhelm and kill all the Jews in the Tribulation by using his 10-nation, nuclear powered Caliphate and then rule the world himself, from Jerusalem, in their place!
But without warning, God slams the door shut on his demonic dream to overturn the Abrahamic Covenant and rule the world. He does so by plucking out and sealing 12,000 righteous men, from each of the 12 tribes of Israel who can never die yet remain in their normal human bodies. The importance of this action cannot be overstated.
By supernaturally sealing these men, God insures that Israel will survive forever! In this one momentous act, God assures the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant and guarantees that the nation of Israel will not be annihilated in the Tribulation. As prophesied, the chosen nation will one day rule and rein with Jesus in the coming Millennial Kingdom.
This prompts one of the great scenes in the book of Revelation. When the Cloud-Rider returns to earth at the end of the Tribulation to set up His Kingdom, the scene finds Jesus on Mount Zion, standing shoulder to shoulder and embracing His Special Forces.
Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the Father’s name written on their foreheads.
As believers, it’s clear we are in an epic battle for our faith, our families and our nation! How do we live in this world by loving others and yet hating the darkness?
Wormwood Hits Earth
The third Trumpet judgment in Revelation 8 speaks of Wormwood, a “star” that falls from the heavens, poisoning the waters and killing many people. Wormwood is an ancient word for a poisonous plant (Jer. 9:15; 23:15).
10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— 11 the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.
already headed toward Earth? What’s more, do government officials already know the answer to that question?
Perhaps you’ve heard about the asteroid Apophis. According to NASA, it’s scheduled to enter our atmosphere on Friday the 13th, in April of 2029…
8 short years way!
Traditional scholarly interpretation for the timeline of the Trumpet Judgments have them playing out in years 3-5 of the 7-year Tribulation. That’s saying the judgements basically arrive around the middle of the Tribulation period.
So the question that needs to be asked is this: If the deadly asteroid of Revelation 8 arrives in the middle of the Tribulation on April 13, 2029, how far would we be today from the start of the Tribulation?