“Superman – We Need You”

Posted: September 22, 2012 in Bible Prophecy, Daniel, Holocaust, Israel, Rapture, Salvation, Tribulation

      “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound – Look up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, no… it’s Superman.” 

     Back in the late 1930s America was plagued with crime, an economic collapse, and the fear of war was on people’s minds. The mob terrorized businesses and hard working people.  What could be done? We needed someone who was for truth, justice, and the American way.  Superman was just what we needed; he filled our citizens with hope.

     Today.  We, and the rest of the world, face a similar crisis in our day.  We desperately need someone who can solve the middle east conflict and keep the nations from blowing each other up with their weapons of mass destruction that would kill millions of people in a matter of a few minutes.  

     Back In Time.  Believe it or not, one of God’s prophets addressed this issue about 2,500 years ago.  Daniel, who had interpreted enigmas for two Kings in Babylon later served under King Darius in the Medo-Persian Empire (modern day Iran). Daniel wanted to know what would happen to his people, the Jews, after their 70 year captivity in Babylon was over.

     Take A Break.  Do you know why they were held as captives in Babylon?  It had to do with their failure to take a break every week and failing to let the land have a break every seven years (Exodus 20:8; 2 Chronicles 36:21).  In answer to Daniel’s prayer, God sent the angel Gabriel to give him some information that has been called “The Backbone Of Bible Prophecy” (Daniel 9:24-27).  This prophecy seems to be unfolding right before our eyes as the stage gets set up for some dramatic events to take place. The Bible predicted hard times like this.  Superman (the impostor) may be waiting in the wings disguised like Clark Kent was in his suit and tie.  How will his identity be discovered?  Who is the real Superman?  When will he come on the scene to crush the impostor and his assistant (Revelation 19:20)?

     Annihilation. The Jews in Israel today are threatened once again with annihilation from their neighbors around them, especially from the President in Iran. Did you know that there is a way for him to accomplish his objective if he does this first?  Read Jeremiah 31:35-37.  What can/should the Jews do (2 Chronicles 7:14) and what should the United States and the rest of the world do (Psalm 2)?  What will all the nations of the world do to the Jews and what will be the outcome of it all (Revelation 16:16; Zechariah 12, 14)?  Ignoring the problem only makes the situation more dangerous. Appeasing the enemy isn’t working. Do you know how it is all going to turn out in the end?  Read Revelation 19 – 21.  Will you be on the winning side?

     Hated. Why do some many nations and people hate the Jews? Could it be because the devil hates the people whom God chose to be the conveyors of His truth to mankind (2 Peter 1:21), and because the Jews provided the world with a Savior who could take them out of the devil’s kingdom (Matthew 1:21; Colossians 1:13)?  

     Enemies.  Satan has been God’s enemy ever since he rebelled against Him; he wanted to be independent of God (Isaiah 14; Ezekiel 28). The devil’s children (1 John 3:9, 10) don’t like to obey God or be held accountable to Him either. That’s why so many people choose to believe in the improbable theory of evolution. Animals don’t sin; they just act according to their instincts. If man is just an advanced animal, why should he be held accountable for his actions, especially if his own view of right and wrong doesn’t line up with other’s viewpoints?  Why do our legislators enact laws?  Who says you can’t legislate morality?  They do.

     Purpose. God has a reason for allowing the Jews to suffer for as long as they have over the centuries. He spells out six things in Daniel 9:24 that need to take place before the Jews can inherit the land that God promised to give to them. It extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18).  They will get it all during Christ’s millennial reign on earth (Matthew 5:5).  The desert will blossom like a rose, the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and there will be peace on earth for 1,000 years (Isaiah 2:4; 11:6; 35:1; Revelation 20:1-7).

     Holocaust. As sad as it is to say, the upcoming “time of Jacob’s [Israel’s] trouble” will be far worse than all the suffering the Jews have experienced in the past (Jeremiah 30:7). But a believing remnant will survive the holocaust and enter the kingdom on earth that was promised to them centuries ago (Daniel 2:44, 45: Matthew 10:22; Romans 11:26). Yes, the Jews in Christ’s day believed in and were looking for a literal kingdom on earth before eternity future begins.  They were what we would call “Premillennialists.”  By the way, this must happen or the devil will win the conflict of the ages and God will be considered a cruel liar like the devil (Matthew 5:18; John 8:44).

     Seventy Sevens. They are called “seventy weeks” (Daniel 9:24). We believe that they are weeks of years rather than weeks of days.  They add up to 490 years during which time some very specific things have happened and will happen. The coming of the Jew’s Messiah was predicted precisely (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1-10). The destruction of Herod’s Temple took place in A.D. 70. The timing of the coming “Antichrist” was also predicted when he will do his destructive work during the last seven years (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 12) known as the “Tribulation.”

     Deliverance.  We believe that the true Church will not enter the seven years of the Tribulation that is coming to this earth (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10). But until the Rapture takes place (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17) the Christians who live godly lives will suffer persecution at the hands of the devil’s children who often pose as God’s children (2 Timothy 3:12; Philippians 1:29).

     Questions. Are you sure you’ll go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into heaven? If you believe that you are going to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that could cause you to lose your salvation? The Apostle Peter told people to make their call and election sure (2 Peter 1:10). Do you need assurance? Is it possible to be sure you’ll go to heaven even before you die?  What does it mean to “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2)?

     Help. If you need spiritual help, we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.  We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages and help for new Christians to grow. Our “Blogs” are usually a written summary of our Sunday talks which can also be heard on the Internet.

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