BioI was saved in a Conservative Baptist church in 1962 and attended BIOLA (Bible Institute of Los Angeles) shortly thereafter. I agree, for the most part, with Dr. Peter Ruckman; however, I am not a "Ruckmanite", per se.
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God . 2 Thessalonians 2:4 The false-Christ will be worshipped as God. This will bring God's judgment of the inhabitants of the earth. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him , whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders , And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth [that Jesus died for their sins], that they might be saved. 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10
Sooner or later, Israel will have to take on their enemies on their own . For example, Psalm 83 has never been fulfilled. The God of Israel will intervene on their behalf, not the United States. As far as I'm concerned, the sooner the better.
His father was a Muslim, his step-father (Sotero) also. He lived with his mother and step-father in Indonesia as a child. I'd be willing to bet that he became a Muslim, as a child, in Indonesia. It's very easy to become a Muslim.
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel .
When Jesus returns and sets up his throne in Jerusalem, Israel will be a light to the Gentiles.
Right now, Jesus is not "the GLORY of THY PEOPLE Israel".
See all the OT passages concerning the Millennium.
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light , and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Isa 60:3
And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jac OB ,
and to restore the preserved of Israel : I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles ,
that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Isa 49:6
More than half of the Jews in the world live in Israel, they outnumber the ones living in the U.S. (especially New York).
The fulfillment of this prophecy is already underway, but it will take a dramatic turn of events ("supernatural")
for the remainder to turn from the God of economics (ie: money) and return to Israel. The "Chruch" will not be on
earth when that happens. Prophecy often looks at the process from a condensed, "telescopic" viewpoint.
In Revelation 12, the "woman" (Israel) flees into the wilderness to hide from the Antichrist. Isaiah 60 is a continuation of Ezekiel 37. There is a regathering, then the Devil tries to totally wipe out the seed of Israel, then the Jews flee into the wilderness, then the Lord returns to save them and set up His kingdom, then the human survivors (the "sheep", not the "goats") enter into the Millennium.
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Rev 12:17
So, after the Church is gone to heaven, there will be Jews on earth that come to believe that Jesus is Messiah.
We can assume that they will not receive the Mark of the Beast and therefore will be targeted for martyrdom.
In light of this, passages such as Matthew 24, make a lot of sense, as they are directed at Tribulation Messianic Jews.
Well now, that brings us to the crux of the pr OB lem. What did Jesus know, and when did he know it. It clearly states that Jesus was the Minister to the Circumcision. Paul states that the "mystery" was hidden, but was "now" revealed. In other words, Paul states clearly that up until that time, the mystery was hidden. Nothing in the Old Testament reveals the "mystery" of the Church. Paul states that he is the apostle to the Gentiles and that they are saved by faith alone... without the Law.
If you "rightly divide" and set aside the Gospels and focus on Paul's Epistles, everything clears up. God deals separately with "the Jews" and "the Church". The Gospels are aimed at "the Jews", the Pauline Epistles are aimed at "the Church".
Babylon is where the Jews learned entrepreneurship. In Israel, they were agricultural and pastoral. Babylon was a modern metropolis and multi-cultural and allowed the Jews to prosper. Jews have taken this entrepreneurial ability wherever they have moved throughout the world and become very successful. It will take something major ("supernatural") for all Jews worldwide to uproot and move back to Israel. Ezekiel 37 will literally be fulfilled prior to the Tribulation.
Ezekiel 37, "dry bones", documents the re-gathering of "the whole house of Israel" into the promised land.
This is yet future. A lot of things have to happen in Israel for this to occur. I like to compare it to the
Exodus from Egypt. The Egyptians actually gladly gave the Jews gold and silver just to get rid of them.
Now, with the church absent from the earth, the Devil will turn his wrath upon the Jews, to wipe them out,
as they have gathered in one place on earth... Israel. If the Devil can totally wipe out the seed of Israel,
then Messiah will not come back to the earth. That's his "logic" anyway.
Babylon has to rise to gl OB al supremacy as an economic superpower. Islam fundamentalism looks at the 9th century as the "ideal" society.
There is no way that Babylon the Great can appear until this backwards-looking medieval idea of an Islamic Caliphate is utterly destroyed/discredited.
Certainly the total defeat of Arabs that attack Israel, as illustrated in Psalm 83, will hasten the demise of Islam's "Allah" and elevate "Jehovah".
This will bring about an "exodus" of Jews back into the Holy Land (Ezek 37).
Some suggest that the real "mother load" of petroleum is found under Babylon, and that it will be formed from the remains of the Garden of Eden.
Abundance of cheap crude oil could bring about tremendous gl OB al growth in Asia and India and Africa.
How long will this transition take? At least a decade.
There are some that feel that there will be a rather long period between the fulfillment of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39, and that both of these events precede the Tribulation. I know that Hal Lindsey likes to lump all these events into a short period of time, but not everyone follows his "timeline".
Regular carriers remember the names of all the residents on their route. They actually "case" the mail by name.
Even if they received a letter/parcel with only the resident's name and city, it would be delivered.
This is especially true in a "small town". Only as a "last resort" is a letter/parcel "returned to sender".
As far as I know, all parcels now have a "tracking number" which is scanned several times along the way.
Liberals use Daniel 11 to dispute that there was more than one "Daniel", because that chapter exactly fits the death of Alexander the Great and the division of his empire between his 4 generals.
The king of the south fits with Ptolemy and his rule over Egypt, and the king of the north fits with Seleucus who ruled Syria. These two were constantly battling each other, much taking place in Palestine.
So, in this respect, this is considered a fulfilled prophecy. No offence to Hal Lindsay, but he tried to put every prophecy into the Tribulation.