Two-Minute Warning by Hal Lindsey
Sand falls through the hourglass, chimes ring out, a clock ticks, and an alarm sounds. We end 2013 as we began it — in a mad dash down a broad and slippery road running from the height of human ideals to the depth of human depravity.
Biblically, "the last days" began on the day of Pentecost following the ascension of Jesus. On that occasion, Simon Peter stood and addressed Jews who were present in Jerusalem, but who represented far-flung lands and nationalities — a mini-United Nations. He said, "This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel," [Acts 2:16] then went on to quote the prophet.
In our time, we see the fulfillment of the prophets’ words for the last of the last days. Who will stand before this generation and proclaim, "This is that which was spoken by the prophets"?
Jesus taught that only God the Father knows the exact moment of His coming, but that we should watch for the signs of the times. We are not to set dates, but to watch for certain indicators. We will not know the day, but we will know the season of His return. Hebrews 10:25 speaks of us seeing the day of the Lord approach. The way we see that day approach is by seeing the gathering and increasing signs of His coming. In Matthew 24:33, Jesus speaks of those signs, and then says, "When you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."
For 21st century football fans, the two-minute warning means a time to stop the game and show some ads on television. It’s a misnomer now to call it a "warning" because anyone in the stadium can look at the clock and know exactly how much time is left. In earlier days, one of the game officials kept the clock on the field. There might or might not have been a stadium clock, but if it was there, it was unofficial. It gave the fans and participants a general idea of the time remaining, but could be way off. So, with two minutes left, the officials stopped the game and notified both sides that there was only a little time left — what you’re going to do, you must do now.
In a long distance race, it’s called the "gun lap" or the "bell lap." With one lap to go, a race official fires a gun or rings a bell, indicating that the race is almost over. What you’re going to do, you must do now.
In the usual process of childbirth, no one knows the exact time of the child’s entry into the world. But as the day draws near, signs accumulate. The mother’s outward appearance reflects the child’s growth. She grows to a point that might have seemed impossible a few months before. Finally, labor begins. The mother’s contractions grow in frequency and in intensity until they are almost constant and usually more severe than first-time moms ever dreamed. Jesus said the signs of His coming would be like that.
We don’t know the day, but we have had the two minute warning; heard the gun and the bell. The birth pangs are extreme and almost non-stop. What we’re going to do, we must do now.
Who will stand before this generation and proclaim, "This is that which was spoken by the prophets"? You will and I will. But . . . what we’re going to do, we must do now.
Now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
— Romans 13:11-12
Messianic prophecy was fulfilled by the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Examine the prophecies yourself, and calculate the probability of one man fulfilling just a handful of the most specific ones, and you’ll be amazed. “Jesus said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’” Luke 24:44 (NIV) The Old Testament verses are the prophecy; the New Testament verses proclaim the fulfillment. Check them all out for yourself!
Born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21-23) A descendant of Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18; Matthew 1:1; Galatians 3:16) Of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Luke 3:23, 33; Hebrews 7:14) Of the house of David (2 Samuel 7:12-16; Matthew 1:1) Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1; Luke 2:4-7) Anointed by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2; Matthew 3:16-17) Would perform miracles (Isaiah 35:5-6; Matthew 9:35) Would enter Jerusalem as a king on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:4-9) Die a humiliating death (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53) involving: rejection (Isaiah 53:3; John 1:10-11; 7:5,48) betrayal by a friend (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:3-4; John 13:18) sold for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-15) beaten (Isaiah 52:14; Matthew 27:26) piercing His hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; Matthew 27:31) being crucified with thieves (Isaiah 53:12; Matthew 27:38) praying for His persecutors (Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:34) Would rise from the dead!! (Psalm 16:10; Mark 16:6; Acts 2:31) Messianic Prophecy - What Are The Odds of Fulfillment Without God? Messianic Prophecy is so powerful because of the statistical odds that one man would fulfill every single one of them. If we just analyze seven of the more specific prophecies in the Old Testament, that were later fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ, we are stunned by the statistical impossibility of such an historical reality. Messianic Prophecy / Odds Without God Jesus would be a descendant of David. ( 1 in 10,000 ) Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. ( 1 in 100,000 ) Jesus would be a miracle worker. ( 1 in 100,000 ) Jesus would present Himself as a King riding on a donkey. ( 1 in 1,000,000 ) Jesus would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. ( 1 in 1,000,000 ) Jesus would be crucified. ( 1 in 1,000,000 ) Jesus would first present Himself as King 173,880 days from the decree of Artaxerxes to rebuild Jerusalem. ( 1 in 1,000,000 ) Total Probability ( without God ) ( 1 in 100 billion, billion, billion, billion. ) The Challenge of Messianic prophecy is phenomenal evidence that sets the Bible apart from the other "holy books." We strongly encourage you to read the Old Testament prophecies and the New Testament fulfillments on the previous page. Better yet, get a Jewish Tanakh (the Hebrew scripture read in the Jewish synagogues) and read the Messianic prophecies from there. It is dramatic, eye-opening and potentially life-changing!
BM New Music Review
THURSDAY, 17 MARCH 2011
Welcome Home by Rene Saucier
Welcome Home is song one can easily put in a flashback sequence in a Capra-esque film. It's a country rock style, easy going tune, that makes this critic imagine a sunny drive to the Hamptons with the top down wearing cool 70's shades.
The acoustic guitar and mandolin play around each other with great simplicity and ease. The mix is near perfect; every instrument is heard and clearly and everything is in the right place.
There is soul here. It's instant and calming. The length is just long enough to want more, so repeated listening is furthered.
The song instantly places one into a melancholic sentiment, but without the cheesy groan that so many others do; this is why we chose this song as one of our favorites. It's done so well it makes song production look easy, when we all know how hard it can be.
What's missing; yet without real need, are lyrics. I would like to hear someone try and put lyrics on this, just for my own interests; yet Welcome Home stands on its own, as an instrumental; in a way it captures the imagination enough that the listener subconsciously puts words and images to the song; like a Rorschach test.
Easily placeable in the Film/Television market, and kind to the ears; Welcome Home, by Rene Saucier, is one of the favorites around the office.
Religion is important to humans because we have a need for God, that He put inside each one of us. He is our creator and we belong and long for Him. Our lives are empty and useless without God. We are lost sheep in the wilderness. All of us have turned away from God and have chosen to go our own way, which leads to destruction. But God had a plan from the foundation of the Earth because He knew we would be helpless without Him. So He sent His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to come and live among us and to turn us back to God. We have all broken the Laws of God, which He calls sin. We all deserve to die and be separated from God forever because He is perfect and we are sinners. So, Jesus, who was God in the flesh, came to us from Heaven for the sole purpose of living the perfect life, suffering and dying on a Roman cross, so that now through Him, God can forgive our sins. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved". But that is not all. He rose from the dead and now because He lives, we will live also. Jesus said, "I am the Resurrection and the life, any man that lives and believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and any man who lives and believes in me will never die". I pray you will invite Him into your heart this very moment , and He will come and abide with you, forgive your sins and give you everlasting life, so that you will be with God forever starting now and for eternity. God Bless You.