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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Conclusion of Proof that the Bible is the Inspired Word of God

Israel’s Plan to Rebuild the Temple

The Bible tells us that Israel will rebuild the Temple in the last days.
Isaiah 2:2 In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it.

There are several other prophecies about that in the Bible. One of the things they will need is a special oil God commanded the Israelites to use to anoint the temple and the priests. This was in Exodus 30:25-26. One of the 5 ingredients needed to make the oil was afans’mon which was seemingly lost forever in AD 70 when the Romans destroyed the Temple and burned the only 2 groves where this grew.

In 1989 Dr. Joseph Patrich of Hebrew University found a clay flask buried near the Dead Sea caves filled with this ancient oil. Scientists confirmed the oil is 2000 years old and composed of the precise ingredients described in Exodus. It’s enough to anoint the rebuilt Temple and the priests.

The rebuilt Temple will also need sacred vessels and linen robes, described in Ezekiel 44:16-17. The Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem had already prepared over 75 of the objects, vessels and linen priestly garments required for the future Temple services, as of 1996 when this book was written.

The Jewish Bible colleges in Jerusalem had already trained 500 young men from the tribe of Levi to correctly fulfill their future duties of Temple worship and sacrifice.

The Bible also foretold the revival of the Roman Empire in the final Generation when Christ comes back. Both Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 and 17 talk of a unique form of a ten-nation super state.

In 1957 6 countries signed the Treaty of Rome. Since then, the Maastricht Treaty consolidated the 15 nations of the European Union into the world’s first super state.

One of the most unusual of the Bible’s prophecies reveals that the city of Babylon would be rebuilt and later destroyed by God at Armageddon by supernatural fire from heaven like Sodom and Gomorrah. (This is in Isaiah 13:6, 19) Saddam Hussein spent over 1 billion dollars rebuilding the ancient city of Babylon. This city is built over an underground lake of asphalt and oil. God has already provided the fuel for its final destruction!

In another prophecy in Isaiah God said the city would burn forever. Several years ago in the Gulf War we had a foretaste of this burning when Saddam Hussein set hundreds of Kuwaiti oil wells on fire and covered the desert with smoke and fire.


Jesus prophesied that the last generation of this age would witness the greatest earthquakes in history. Other prophets, including Ezekiel, Zechariah, Haggai and John also predicted this. We have been seeing massive earthquakes, and scientists warn these are only a foretaste of the coming “big one”.

Major “killer” quakes (7.2 or greater on the Richter scale) occurred only once a decade before the 1900s. From 1900 – 1949 they averaged 3 per decade. From 1949 through the 50s they averaged 9, in the 60s – 13, in the 70s – 56, 80s – 74 and from 1990 – 1996 – 125.


Lots of prophecies about the tribulation period we won’t take the time to go into: terrible plagues and horrible sores. We already know what Aids and skin cancer can do.

Worldwide famine – a billion people are in danger of starving right now and another billion suffer from malnutrition.

The mark of the beast – tiny computer chips are already capable of holding all your medical and financial records and can be embedded under your skin and read by scanners from a distance.

We are already used to credit cards and “smart cards”. Using fingerprints and eye iris’s for identification to enter places.

Worldwide TV communications: the Bible talks about the 2 witnesses for God during the tribulation who will die and lie in the streets of Jerusalem for 3 and a half days. And the whole world will watch in astonishment as God resurrects these 2 to Heaven. (Revelation 11:9-10) People used to wonder how everyone would watch this…before CNN.

The Gospel will be preached in all the world. (Matthew 24:14) The Bible has been translated into more than 3850 languages, in every nation, tribe and dialect on the planet. You can even listen to the Bible on your ipod.

In 1996 85,000 plus people were being saved everyday! There has never been such an explosion of the Gospel since Pentecost. In China alone from 1949 to 1996 Christians grew from 1 million to 100 million.

The book of Daniel predicted an explosion of knowledge and a huge increase in travel in the last days. And on and on. Only God could have predicted and inspired the writers of the Scriptures to tell these things. Jesus said in Luke 21:28, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up our heads, because your redemption draws near.”

So what do we do with this knowledge? We have 2 choices: For those who reject the Bible as God’s Word, either Jesus Christ is wrong or they are. Well, all the fulfilled prophecy proves He isn’t mistaken. So I would suggest you make the 2nd choice: to believe the Bible is what He says it is, the inspired Word of God, our plumbline, our guide, a revelation to us of Him. If we can’t or won’t believe that, how do we believe anything?

But, after that, you have to do something with it. Satan and his demons know Scripture too you know!

Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved.” Our personal relationship with Jesus Christ will determine our eternal destiny. The decision to accept Christ as our personal Savior is the most important one we will ever make. The author ends this book with this sentence: “You have seen the evidence. The decision is yours.”

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