In the ancient Near East, the first line of defense was to build a wall around a city. But they also needed to know if an enemy was approaching, so they put watchmen on the wall. The Scriptures take that image and make application for our role in the world as Christians.
When the nation of Judah was on their way into captivity, God raised up three men to be his witnesses. One of them was Ezekiel who prophesied to the captives in Babylon through some extraordinary and terrifying visions.
During these early years of the 21st century, we have faced overwhelming problems that appear to have no answer. There seems to be no end to the personal and social ills that plague us. Is there no place we can turn for relief?
The source of most societal problems can be traced to difficulties in the homeadultery, divorce, abuse, teenage rebellion, pornography, and the list goes on. But what are the answers to these troubles?
What will you say when you come to the end of your lifes journey? Will you look back at all your accomplishments or express gratitude for those who impacted your life for good? Is there something even more important to speak about at that time?
As the day of Christ's death drew near, His burden for Jerusalem grew heavy in His heart. But Jesus was not the only man to weep over Jerusalem, for there was a man whom God used to send His final message of judgment to the people of Judah.
(Jeremiah 18:1-6) When God spoke through His prophets, He had them use real life experiences or even act out their messages. Hosea was told to marry a prostitute, Ezekiel dug through a wall in his house, and Joel used a locust storm to make his point. And in Jeremiahs prophecy we find one of the most familiar prophetic illustrations of all.
(Jeremiah 17:12) Among the noise and activity of life in a busy world, it can be difficult to find a quiet spot away from the telephones, televisions, cars, sirens, and many other distractions. But believers can find a sanctuary of the soul.
If you had to choose a man to give a harsh message to an unresponsive and hostile audience, would you pick someone with tender emotions who would likely cry about the message he had to deliver? That's the kind of man God chose to bring a tough message to His people.
(2 Thessalonians 2:7) Over 40 years ago, Dr. McGee said that lawlessness is growing and will finally break out until it actually is world revolution. Lawlessness began with the fall of man in Genesis chapter 3, and according to Scripture it will culminate in the person of the Antichrist during the Great Tribulation.
(2 Thessalonians 2) John tells us that during the history of the church, many antichrists will arise. They deny the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ and gather around them a great number of followers. During the Tribulation, the final Antichrist who will deceive the whole world will also have a church.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Corinthians 5:1-8) God is following a plan. This truth is revealed in the numerous prophecies recorded in the Scriptures. Most have already been fulfilled, but there are still many waiting for the day of their fulfillment, particularly those dealing with the Second Coming of Christ.