you always wanted to know about PROPHECY
but didn't know
who to ask
is Bible prophecy?
It is history written in advance -- God's description of future
Can prophecy be trusted?
Yes. God is omniscient and knows all things. Acts 15:18 says, Known
unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. The term
omniscient means God knows everything about everything, and all
about all things. Therefore, because He can see the future --
omniscient -- He can tell us what will happen 100, 1,000,
even 50,000 years in advance, and -- no matter how much time
-- even the most minute detail will happpen exactly like it
because God said it!
Is Bible prophecy
Definitely! The scriptures were actually statements made by the
all-knowing God through earthly vessels. Holy men of God spake as
they were moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21). There are hundreds
of prophecies about Christ's first and second coming in the Bible.
The law of compound probabilities tells us that the posibility or
chance of each one of these being fulfilled is about one in a
And God's Word has not failed, even in one small detail,
Christ's first coming.
In fact, it stated that He would
be the seed of woman (Genesis
3:15); He would come through the line
of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
(Genesis 12:3,17-19); He would be a
descendant of Judah (Genesis
49:10); He would be born in Bethlehem
(Micah 5:2); He would be born
of a virgin -- the precious virgin
Mary, untouched by a man (Isaiah
7:14); He would sojourn into Egypt
(Hosea 11:1); and He would grow up at Nazareth and be called a Nazarene
The Bible also stated that He would
grow to manhood and be crucified
(Psalm 22:14-16). These verses were
written 500 years before the
Romans instituted crucifixion as a form
Finally, the Bible stated that He
would be raised from the dead (Job
19:25). These and many other Old
Testament prophecies foretold what
would happen to Jesus in the New
Testament. And every one of these
prophecies occurred down to the
smallest detail, with perfection,
and without exception. As Christ
came the first time, He will come
again (Acts 1:11). I personally
believe His return will be very,
What is the difference
between a prophet and a prognosticator?
A prophet has been shown the order of future events by God himself.
Surely the Lord God...revealeth his secret unto his servants the
prophets (Amos 3:7). Prognosticators usually guess what is going to
happen, and sometimes are correct. Others become involved with the
spirit world and, when their predictions come true, it is because of
demonic influence. Leviticus 19:31 tells us, Regard not them that
have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by
them: I am the Lord your God.
Why is there so little
teaching today about prophetic events or what the Bible says about the future?
Primarily because it demands so much study and research. Many do
want to spend the time necessary to study the prophetic scriptures
and dig into God's Word as they should. The Bible says, Study to
show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
Secondly, many men do not teach from
the prophetic scriptures
because they are afraid of being branded
as "sensationalists." This
is sad, because the message of Christ's
return is a blessed hope
(Titus 2:13), a purifying hope (see 1 John
3:2,3), and a hope that
earns one a special crown (see 2 Timothy
But Jesus was a sensationalist! And
much of what He said was also
sensational. For instance: For as the
lightning cometh out of the
east, and shineth even unto the west;
so shall also the coming of
the Son of man be (Matthew 24:27); Immediately
after the tribulation
of those days shall the sun be darkened, and
the moon shall not give
her light, and the stars shall fall from
heaven (Matthew 24:29).
Jesus made these shocking statements!
So we are branded as
sensationalists, like Jesus, when we preach
the Word of God.
Can the Book of Revelation be understood?
The Book of Revelation was given to reveal the truth, not conceal
it, and to clarify God's eternal purpose, not mystify it.
Can prophecy itself truly be understood?
Yes. The Bible says, Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear
the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written
therein: for the time is at hand (Revelation 1:3). God would not
promise a special blessing to those who read, hear, and keep the
words of prophecy if it were impossible to understand them.
Why do some people
prefer not to hear teaching on prophetic events?
Because of worldliness, men don't want to hear about prophetic
events. First John 2:15-17 says, Love not the world, neither the
things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of
the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of
the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not
of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and
the lust thereof. The message of Christ's return is a "purifying
hope" (see 1 John 3:2,3). This is the sort of hope that makes a
holy if he really believes it. For these reasons, men don't
it, and many don't even want to hear it.
In 1948 Israel became
a nation. Is this the fulfillment of Matthew 24:32, which speaks of the fig
tree blossoming? No doubt about it! When Israel became a nation
-- May 14, 1948 --
that's when the fig tree blossomed! How do I know
that Israel is the
fig tree? The law of first mention. When anything
is mentioned the
first time in Scripture, it becomes that throughout
God's Word. For
instance, Joel 1:7 tells us that when the enemy armies
Israel, He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig
Then, of course, Hosea 9:10 says, I saw your fathers
firstripe in the fig tree. Here, again, God is speaking to
Thus, the fig tree is Israel.
Will there ever be a time when
Jews will be converted on a worldwide
Yes -- when Christ comes (see Revelation 199) and sets His foot upon
mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4), all the tribes of the earth
the twelve tribes of Israel] will mourn. Romans 11:26
says, All Israel
shall be saved. Why? Because there shall come out
of Sion the Deliverer,
and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.
A total of 144,000 Jews will preach
the gospel of the kingdom during
the Tribulation hour. Then, when
Russia invades the Middle East and
God performs one of His greatest
miracles on behalf of the
Israelites (see Ezekiel 39:22), their eyes
will be opened. Thus,
somewhere toward the end of the Armageddon period
-- or as Christ
returns to judge the nations (Matthew 25:31-46) --
nationwide conversion of God's people, the Jews, takes
There is no doubt about it. Jews
are going to be saved en masse. The
greatest hour in history is coming
Will the fulfillment of this promise involve a lengthy
No. Israel will be born in one day. And it shall come to pass in
that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come
Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon
inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of
and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced,
and they shall
mourn for him (Zechariah 12:9,10). Zechariah 13:1
says, In that day
there shall be a fountain opened to the house of
David and to the
inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for
Is there an outline
in the Bible that we can go by -- past, present,
and future -- as
far as the Jews are concerned? Yes! Romans 9, 10, and 11. Chapter 9 tells
of the Jews' past and
describes their heritage (verses 1-5). Chapter
10:1-3 tells of their
present blindness in rejecting the Messiah.
Chapter 11 describes
their coming blessing, when all Israel shall
be saved (Romans
11:26). What a glorious future!
Some people believe that Christians
-- believers -- are the true
Israelites. How do you feel about that?
That's where we get into trouble! The text used by these proponents
is Romans 2:28,29: For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly [in
the flesh]...but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly. But this is not
accurate in the light of Galatians 3:28, which tells us that there
is neither Jew nor Greek in Christianity...neither bond nor
male nor female. Literally taken, that would make
transvestites out of
all of us. Likewise, God does not change
Christians into spiritual
One can't do that! And here's why:
the term Israel or Israelite is
found 2,300 times in the Old Testament,
and it is always in
reference to Jacob, and Jacob becomes Israel (see 2
Furthermore, Jacob and Israel are
referred to as Jews eighty times
in the Old Testament and 170 times
in the New Testament. So how is
one going to justify such overwhelming
evidence? When Galatians
6:15,16 speaks about the God of Israel,
it is in relation to
converted Jews -- Hebrew Christians. But that doesn't
entire Church Jewish!
This one misconception has caused
more damage to the cause of
prophecy in our day than any other teaching!
The theory started with
Augustine in about 190 A.D., and has led
to endless symbolizing,
with many others following his error. That's
where the confusion
began. One can't justify it. Israel is Israel
There are some who believe that
the two lost tribes of Israel are
actually England and America. Is
That's the theory known as British Israelism,
propagated by Garner
Ted Armstrong and his father, on their television
program and in
No, it isn't correct, because the
names of the twelve tribes of
Israel are found in Revelation 7:4-8
-- Juda, Reuben, Gad, Aser,
Nephthalim, Manasses, Simeon, Levi, Issachar,
Zabulon, Joseph, and
Benjamin. And that doesn't sound like "Sherlock
Holmes" or "Winston
Churchill" (British names) to me!
A highway has just
been built from the Far East to the Middle East.
Is there any significance
in this event, as far as Bible prophecy is
concerned? Definitely. The oriental armies are going to
march across that
highway on their trek down to the Middle East (see
In Matthew 24:34,
Jesus says, This generation shall not pass, till
all these things
be fulfilled. What exactly does "this generation"
There are those who say that genea is a term for "race" --
race of Jews shall never pass away." These people believe that
Jews shall never pass until all the signs are fulfilled. That
true, for throughout history God has protected the people of Israel.
But I believe it also means that
the generation that lives to see
all these prophetic events transpire
shall not pass from the earth
until all the signs are completed.
I further believe that we are
How long is a generation?
Oh, I love this! Matthew 1:17 tells us that all the generations from
Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and [all the generations]
from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen
and [all the generations] from the carrying away into
Christ are fourteen generations. When we add fourteen
plus fourteen, the total is forty-two generations from
The great chronologist, Thiele, says
that from Abraham to Christ, we
have a total of 2,160 years. Divide
forty-two generations into that,
and the length of a generation becomes
51.4. Add that to May 14,
1948, and one comes out at Rosh Hashanah,
September 1999, when this
generation that lives to see "all these
things" comes to a glorious
conclusion. Add that to 1967, the time
Israel captured Jerusalem,
and you get A.D. 2007.
There are many who
feel that the 1990s could be the closing of this
age of grace. Why?
The Bible says, When ye shall see all these things, know that it
[the coming of Christ] is near, even at the doors (Matthew 24:33).
When one sees the European Economic
Community (the revived Roman
Empire) forming and present situations
developing in Russia and the
Mid-east, one knows that the time is
near. All signs are already
casting their shadow -- or beginning
to occur -- simultaneously.
Therefore, I believe the present
generation could see Jesus Christ
when He comes in the twinkling
of an eye.
What exactly is meant by "the
times of the Gentiles?"
It means Gentile dominion over the Jews and the world, or the period
of Jewish captivity -- beginning with the Babylonians and ending
with Armageddon at the conclusion of the Tribulation hour. That
of Jewish captivity started under Nebuchadnezzar in 536 B.C.
extends until Armageddon.
Since Jerusalem is
now under Jewish control, does this indicate that
"the times of the
Gentiles" is fulfilled? No. Events which have occurred since the six-day
war in 1967 prove
that Israel's present possession of Jerusalem is
hordes out of the north will attempt to capture Jerusalem
come against Israel (see Ezekiel 38:15,16). Therefore, one
the control of the city shifting back and forth once or
the final onslaught. Once Armageddon occurs, however,
be controlled by the Jews forever.
We are approximately at that period
when the "times of the Gentiles"
is fulfilled, for Luke 21:24 says,
Jerusalem shall be trodden down
of the Gentiles. It was under Nebuchadnezzar
that this domination
began and it was not until June 1967 that the
Jews again took
Jerusalem. The Gentiles will try to get it back when
[are gathered] against Jerusalem to battle (Zechariah
will capture the city briefly. Then Messiah will appear and
the armies of the world (see Zechariah 14:4). Immediately
of the Gentiles will cease.
When was Jerusalem
first mentioned in the Bible?
Genesis 14:18 speaks of the city of Salem over which Melchizedek
king. Later the term Jehru was used. When the two were combined,
name became Jerusalem, and has been known as such for over 4,000
Is there any significance to
Jerusalem being rebuilt in our
Definitely! Jerusalem is going to be the capital of the world!
very fact that the Jews are now in control of Jerusalem -- and
been since the six-day war of 1967 -- proves that the times of the
Gentiles is coming to a swift conclusion and that Jesus must come
When will the Jews resume worship
in their Temple, actually offering
sacrifices again, as prophesied
in the Bible?
There could, in fact, be two temples
-- one desecrated by the
Antichrist as he sits there calling himself
God (2 Thessalonians
2:4), building an image of himself to be worshiped
13:15), and another after the seven years of Tribulation.
I am not
certain whether there will be one temple which will be cleansed
after having been defiled by the Antichrist, or whether an entirely
new temple will be constructed after the Tribulation. Regardless of
whether there will be one or two temples, we find the Jews offering
sacrifices once again in the Temple, in Ezekiel 40 through 48.
The Jews from throughout the
world are returning to Israel. Yet the
largest number of Jews yet
dispersed anywhere in the globe is in the
United States. Will there
be a great exodus of Jews from the United
States to Israel ?
Ezekiel 36:24, Amos 9:15, and other portions of Scripture
that the Jews will return to their homeland from all over
According to Jeremiah 3:17,18, the last group to return
home will be
from the north -- Russia. We're seeing it happen now.
don't think there will be a mass exodus, as far as America
concerned, until Christ returns.
Matthew 24:31, which is the introduction
to the Millennium, says
that when Christ comes to reign for a thousand
years, the eighth
trumpet sounds, and its blast causes all the elect from
winds -- north, south, east, and west -- to rreturn. That's
believe Jews from the U.S. will migrate en masse to Israel.
Does the "gospel of the kingdom,"
preached by the 144,000 Jews
(Revelation 7:4-8), include the blood
of Jesus Christ? Yes -- they're
going to be preaching the same message that John the
-- the message that the King is coming (Matthew
24:14). John's message
also included repentance (Matthew 3:2) and
the blood, for he said,
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away
the sin of the world (John
1:29). How did He take away the sin of
the world? By the shedding
of His blood (see Ephesians 1:7). By
inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
the Apostle John wrote in Revelation
1:5, Unto him that loved us,
and washed us from our sins in his own
In every dispensation, there is only
one way to get saved! That is
by the blood, whether it was under
Moses' law (past), whether it is
under grace (present), or whether
it is during the Tribulation hour
(future). It is the blood of Jesus
that makes atonement for...souls
(Leviticus 17:11). And without shedding
of blood is no remission [of
sins) (Hebrews 9:22).
Thus, John, warning the people that
the King was coming, preached
repentance and the sacrifice of Christ.
The 144,000 will promote the
Who are the "elect"
of Matthew 24:22?
Oh, I like this! The post-tribulationists use this verse -- except
those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but
for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened -- saying it
that the Church will be here because we are the elect. I
it! God has two elect groups on earth!"
There is the Church (see Ephesians
1:4; 1 Peter 1:2), but that is
not the group referred to in Matthew
24:22. How do I know? Isaiah
42:1 speaks of the Jews as God's elect. So
does Isaiah 45:4, 65:9,
and 65:22. How does one know that the Jews
are the elect for whom
the days are being shortened in Matthew 24:22?
Let's keep the text in context. First
of all, this elect group is to
flee from Judaea to the mountains.
Judaea, my friend, is the Holy
Land (see Matthew 24:16)! They are not to
flee on the sabbath day
[shabbat) (Matthew 24:20). According to Exodus
31:13, the Sabbath
Day is eternally practiced by the Jews. In Mark
13:9, we find that
they are beaten in the synagogues ...not the church.
We don't meet
in synagogues because we are the Church (see Acts 2:47).
Finally, all these events take place
in the area of Jerusalem (see
Luke 21:24). So the elect, at this
point in time, are Jews --
Who are the "two
witnesses" mentioned in Revelation 11:3?
There are three persons from Bible history who most men will
invariably choose as candidates for the two witnesses mentioned in
Revelation 11:3 -- Moses, Elijah, and Enoch. I personally believe
two witnesses will be Moses and Elijah. Why? Because in Matthew
when Jesus took Peter, James, and John to the mount and was
before them, it was Moses and Elijah who appeared with
Him. At the
transfiguration, Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus --
and Enoch, not Elijah and Enoch.
The transfiguration scene, then,
is a picture of that coming day
when the two witnesses -- Moses and
Elijah -- will be revealed.
Malachi 4:5,6 predicts that Elijah will come
as one of the two
witnesses. This prediction is corroborated by the
Elijah did not die a physical death but was taken up into
a whirlwind and chariot of fire (see 2 Kings 2:9-11). The
tells us that Moses' body was preserved by God (see Deuteronomy
34:5,6; Jude 9). So these are good Bible reasons why I believe the
two witnesses will be Moses and Elijah.
So much is now being
written and spoken about the revived Roman Empire. What is the revived Roman
Empire? My video study, Revelation Revealed, Verse by
Verse, presents a
ten-hour, in-depth study on this subject. Here
are a few glimpses:
the ten toes (Daniel 2) and ten horns of the
beast (Daniel 7)
represent the ten nations that will unite together
at the endtime to
form the revived Roman Empire. These ten nations
must be nations
that were part of the original Roman Empire.
It all started with Belgium, Holland,
Luxembourg (1948); then Italy,
France, West Germany (1957); next,
England, Ireland, and Denmark
(1973). And finally, Greece (1981)
was added to make ten nations.
But the problem is that Denmark and
Ireland do not belong, because
they were not a part of the original
Roman Empire. So there must be
others coming in. That's why we presently
see it as twelve nations,
counting Portugal and Spain, because two
are going out.
We could get into all the ramifications,
but the point is, when
there are exactly ten nations that were all
part of the original
Roman Empire, that is when Christ will return.
When there are ten --
the final ten, after all the changes have been
made -- then shall
the God of heaven set up His kingdom. It shall
never be destroyed.
That's when He comes as KING OF KINGS,
AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation
Has there ever been in history
an alignment of nations like the one you just described? This
is the first time in world history that we have had nations
that were part of the old Roman Empire, which can now
honestly be called
the revived Roman Empire. And, unbelievable as it
may seem, it was
the Club of Rome in 1957 that approved this
amalgamation of nations. Now
their constitution is based on the
Treaty of Rome. If you don't think
this is the revived Roman Empire,
what is? We call it the E.C.-- the Economic
Community. Watch it in
the headlines in days to come!
Our President and
world leaders everywhere have been talking about a
New World Order.
What is the New World Order? This
grouping -- the revived Roman Empire, or E.C.-- I believe,
the foundation of the New World Order (see Daniel 7:20), out
the Antichrist will arise (see Revelation 13:1). This beast
has all the world marveling and wondering after him,
is like unto the beast? Also, Power was given him over
and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the
worship him..And he causeth all, both small and great,
rich and poor,
free and bond, to receive a mark (Revelation
You have always said
that Russia would march down from the north and
invade Israel. Now,
because communism has literally crumbled, has
your opinion changed?
No. I have a full-length video on this topic. It's our best-seller,
Russia, World War III, and Armageddon. For forty years I've preached
this message across America to audiences totaling ten million
and I have never spoken of a coming war with the U.S.S.R.
of Soviet Socialist Republics)! I always said, "Russia!"
So if the entire empire disintegrated,
it still wouldn't matter,
because it would be Rosh -- the Hebrew
word for "chief prince,"
which is Rucia in Greek, and Russia in English!
The prophecy is
still 100 percent correct!
Where does America Fit into
Many great theologians, such as Dr. Logsden, former pastor of Moody
Church, taught that Isaiah 18, Jeremiah 50-51, and
depicted America as Babylon. There are many
why these great men believed this.
For further enlightenment, I suggest
that you study my video
teaching, America in Prophecy.
What groups of people will compose
the one-world church?
All of apostate Christendom (Revelation 17:4,5,9,15,18).
20:4 says, I saw the souls of them that were
beheaded for the witness
of Jesus, and for the word of God, we have
to believe that all those
taken at the Rapture were those who
believed that all scripture [was]
given by inspiration of God (2
Timothy 3:16), that holy men of God
spake [and wrote] as they were
moved by the Holy Ghost (2 Peter 1:21);
and that they believed
everything the Bible had to say about Jesus.
That means they believed that Jesus
was God from all eternity
(Romans 9:5; 1 Timothy 3:16); that He was
born of the precious
virgin Mary (Matthew 1:23); that it was a miracle
(Luke 1:35); that
He died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3); that
His blood was shed
to cleanse all men from sin (1 John 1:7) [the
shed blood is
mentioned 700 times in the Bible!]; and that He rose
bodily from the
grave (1 Corinthians 15:3,4). This is the doctrine
So all the churches remaining after
the rapture of the Church will
be those that denied the doctrine
of Christ. Who is a liar but he
that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?
He is antichrist (1 John
2:22). May I say to multitudes within Christendom
-- watch out if
you are in one of those churches denying these truths!
If one denies the doctrine of
Christ is he upholding the doctrine of
Anyone who denies that Jesus is God is "anti-Christ." And these
churches which band together to create the one-world church will
center around the heretical teaching that deprecates or belittles
source: Dr. Jack Van Impe, JVIM Ministries.