=============================== PropheZine Newsletter #146 August 14, 2002 http://www.prophezine.com/ John Terry /Publisher (John@...) Bob Lally /Senior Editor (Bob_Lally@...) To Subscribe, Unsubscribe or Change email addresses see notice at the bottom of this newsletter. Disclaimer: PropheZine publishes articles by many authors and may not necessarily agree in total with each authors belief's (timing of the rapture, etc...) ================================ IN THIS ISSUE ----- GREETING FROM JOHN TERRY -----ARTICLE ----- Different Views on Prophecy The Rapture & Jewish Weddings Middle East Powder Keg -----SUBMISSION GUIDELINES ----- SUBSCRIBE and UNSUBSCRIBE -----PRIVACY NOTICE ----- ================================ Hi All: First, let me say "WOW" to your response to help Bob Lally and his family. Donations continue to pour into the ministry, and we've been able to bless Bob and his family in a BIG way. 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Regarding this issue, I have had several inquires from new subscribers asking some basic questions about prophecy, so this issue is devoted to a "back to basics" outline of prophecy. Thanks to Cornerstone Church for providing some basic answers to commonly asked questions about prophecy. Also published is an interesting comparison between the Jewish wedding and the rapture (from a pre-tribulation perspective) and a guest commentary by Bill Koenig on Middle East events. Be blessed, and thanks for your support of PZ. Share our site with a friend and encourage them to subscribe to our newsletters. Also, if you have ideas for an upcoming issue or come across a good prophecy related article, please feel free to share them with us. I hope you enjoy this issue of PZ. John Terry Executive Director ================================ Different Views on Prophecy http://www.cornerstonechurchonline.com/biblestudies/differentviewsprophecy.htm Because prophecy covers so many verses in the Bible, it is not surprising that many Christians interpret Scriptures differently. Listed below are different views that people hold concerning end-times prophecy. 1. Preterist View: This view of prophecy sees the book of Revelation as fulfilled in the 1st Christian century. 2. Amillennial View: Teaches that the book of Revelation is symbolic of a present spiritual conflict. The Second Coming of Christ will immediately usher in the final judgment and eternity. This view doesn't believe there will be a final 7-year tribulation, an Antichrist, or a millennium. Amillennial means "No millennium." 3. Premillennial View: Teaches that Jesus will return to earth and then will establish a literal 1,000 year reign upon the earth. Jesus will rule over the earth from Jerusalem. Within this view are 3 variations. a) Premillennial, Post-tribulation view: Teaches the rapture and Second Coming are the same event. The rapture occurs at the Second Coming of Christ at the end of the 7-year Tribulation. b) Premillennial, Pre-wrath view: Teaches the rapture and the Second Coming are separate events. The rapture occurs sometime during the 7-year Tribulation, before God pours out His wrath upon the earth, but not at the Second Coming. c) Premillennial, Pre-tribulation view: Teaches the rapture and Second Coming are separate events. The rapture happens before the 7-year Tribulation begins. This website holds to this view of prophecy. Although Christians may disagree concerning their views on prophecy, this should not be a cause of division in the Church. Christians should "agree to disagree" on differing prophetic viewpoints because our fellowship is in Jesus Christ, not in a particular view of prophecy. ================================ The Rapture & Jewish Weddings http://www.cornerstonechurchonline.com/rapturewedding.htm There is an interesting parallel between a Jewish wedding and the Rapture. Only a Pre-Tribulation Rapture will fit into this scenario. Jewish Wedding & The Rapture There were three groups of people present at every Jewish wedding: the groom, the bride, and the invited guests. There will also be three groups of people involved in the marriage of the Lamb. 1. The Groom. This is Jesus (2 Cor. 11:2, Eph. 5:23-27) 2. The Bride. This is the Church (2 Cor. 11:2, Eph. 5:22-32, Rev. 21:9-10) 3. The Guests. Those saved after the Rapture (Matt. 25:1-10). Some people have mistakenly interpreted the 10 virgins as the Church. But these are the guests invited to the wedding feast. They are not the bride. Three Aspects of a Jewish Wedding There were also 3 aspects of every Jewish wedding. The same is true with the marriage of the Lamb. 1. The Wedding Contract (Betrothal). This is when a person is saved (2 Cor. 11:2). 2. The Wedding Ceremony (Groom receives Bride). This is the Rapture (John 14:2-3). Rev. 19:7 literally reads, "The marriage of the Lamb came and His wife prepared herself." The wedding already occurred in heaven at the Rapture, and now the Lamb and the Church are about to return to earth for the wedding feast. This parallels what Jesus said in Luke 12:36, "And be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding " (It should read wedding, not "wedding feast." Why would someone wait after the wedding feast when the celebration is over?) 3. The Wedding Feast (Guests are invited the celebration). This is the Second Coming (Matt. 25:1-10) "Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb" (Rev. 19:9)--A bride is not invited to her own wedding! The Church was married to Christ at the Rapture and the wedding feast will occur on earth after the Second Coming. Those people saved after the Rapture will be invited to participate in the wedding feast. And here's one more thought to ponder Three Times of Redemption "Redemption" means "to purchase." When a person receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, his or her spirit is redeemed at that time. At the Rapture, the person's body will be redeemed through resurrection. At the Second Coming, Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives to redeem the earth. The earth has been under a curse since the fall of Adam & Eve, and Jesus will lift the curse when He sets up His kingdom on earth. 1. At the time of salvation, Jesus redeemed your spirit. (1 Pet. 1:18, Eph. 1:7) 2. At the Rapture, Jesus will redeem your body. (Rom. 8:23, Eph. 1:14, 4:30). 3. At the Second Coming, Jesus will redeem the earth. (Rom. 8:19-22) At this time, the curse which was placed on it because of the fall of man (Gen. 3:17-19) will be lifted (Zech. 14:11). Middle East Powder Keg A Commentary By: Bill Koenig http://watch.org (Editor's Note: Bill has his heart on the pulse of Washington and offers some interesting insights into World events from a prophetic view.) August 8, 2002 We appear to be nearing a Middle East war, which will likely have the US and Iraq involved, with the possibility of having Israel, Syria, and Iran included in the mix, and with an outside chance of seeing Saudi Arabia and Egypt involved. As we continue to hear the war rhetoric, the US government policy pertaining to the Middle East continues to demonstrate doublemindedness, with its two sides exposed as it did again this week. The State Department and the Defense Department had opposing views, with the Bush team leaning in both directions. The following is an example: In a Tuesday, August 6th, Washington Post article, reporting on a briefing given last month to a top Pentagon advisory board, Saudi Arabia was described as an enemy of the United States. Further, the recommendation was made that US officials give the Saudis an ultimatum to stop backing terrorism or face seizure of its oil fields and its financial assets invested in the United States. "The Saudis are active at every level of the terror chain, from planners to financiers, from cadre to foot-soldier, from ideologist to cheerleader," stated the explosive briefing. It was presented on July 10 to the Defense Policy Board, a group of prominent intellectuals and former senior officials that advises the Pentagon on defense policy. "Saudi Arabia supports our enemies and attacks our allies," said the briefing prepared by Laurent Murawiec, a Rand Corp. analyst. In response, and as stated in a British Financial Times article Tuesday, Colin Powell, US secretary of state, contacted his Saudi counterpart to assure him that the US did not view Saudi Arabia as its new enemy. He made the call after Donald Rumsfeld, US secretary of defence, confirmed reports of a Rand Corporation briefing of the Defense Policy Board last month in which Saudi Arabia was characterized as America's "most dangerous opponent". Mr Rumsfeld said the report did not reflect the views of the US government. However, he did little to express support for Washington's traditional ally. Then on Tuesday the Chicago Tribune laid bare the sharp, behind-the-scenes disagreements that have shaped the Bush administration's Middle East policy, stating that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sided strongly with Israel on Tuesday, asserting Jewish states right to continue holding captured Arab lands. Rumsfeld referred to the lands Israel seized in the 1967 Middle East War as "so-called occupied territories" and questioned whether Israel was obligated to cease building settlements on them. "My feelings about the so-called occupied territories are that there was a war . . . and [Egypt, Jordan and Syria] lost a lot of real estate to Israel, because Israel prevailed in that conflict," Rumsfeld told Pentagon employees during a question-and-answer session. "In the intervening period, they've made some settlements in various parts of the so-called occupied area, which was the result of a war, which they won," he said. It was stated in a Jerusalem Post article that the Bush administration, playing down remarks made by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made clear Wednesday that it still regards the West Bank and Gaza Strip as territories "occupied" by Israel. The clarification came after Rumsfeld said Tuesday that the "so-called occupied territories" were captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war after neighboring countries, despite warnings, "got involved and lost a lot of real estate." Rumsfeld also said that it would be difficult for Israel to transfer territory to the Palestinian Authority, which has been "involved in terrorist activities." Daniel Kurtzer, the US ambassador to Israel, said yesterday that Rumsfeld was speaking only for himself and that his remarks did not signal a change in US policy. "Secretary Rumsfeld made clear in what was a town meeting for Defense Department employees that he was speaking personally. He also made clear that the policy on this issue is made by President Bush. I think the president's June 24 speech speaks for itself and the secretary fully agrees with that," Kurtzer told Israel Television. On the war front: Saudis stated this week they will not allow the U.S. to use their airfields in the war against Iraq. The Palestinians are being used as a catalyst by Iraq, in an effort to produce a swift Israel response designed to initiate scud and katyusha missile launches from Iraq and Lebanon. Israel, as reported last week, has warned Syria three times -- twice through the U.S. and once through Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek -- reign in the Hezbullah or they] will be taken out of commission. The Iraqi and U.S. war rhetoric continues. There is great concern in the Middle East that if Saddam Hussein is taken out that it will destabilize the Middle East. Many believe with him in place there is more order. Ironically, the U.S. envisions Iraq as a major oil producer to the world and eventually as a means of our relying less on Saudia Arabia. Now, that is a strange twist! The thinking is based on the fact that an estimated 35% of Iraq is fundamentalist Muslims, while Saudia Arabia has an estimated 80 to 90% fundamentalist Muslims. Additionally, the Middle East countries, the former Desert Storm ally base, are calling for the United States to not go to war with Iraq. There are many nations, too, who are calling on the U.S. to not go to war against Saddam Hussein. On the Syria front, according to a Haaretz article, Syria, current president of the UN Security Council, is violating the UN arms embargo on Iraq by sending weapons and military equipment delivered to Syrian ports on to Iraq via trucks and rail. Most, but not all, of the supplies come from East European countries. Among other things, Russian-made jet engines, refurbished Russian tank engines and Czech anti-aircraft cannon are being delivered to Iraq via this route. Europe remains concerned about a massive Middle East war and the impact it could have on the flow of oil and the subsequent harm to their economies. Isnt it an irony that their years of pro-Arab, pro-land-for-peace policies are coming back to haunt them? The U.S. continues to maneuver people into place for a war with Iraq. The troops will be able to strike with quick notice. The most likely war dates are after the U.S. election in November with January and February 2003 the most likely. However, things could change quickly. There are concerns that the U.S. troops in the region surrounding Iraq could be the target of weapons of mass destruction. There are also concerns for Israel. It is very probable the U.S. and Israel could go at this together; how they will cooperate remains to be seen. 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