Friday, January 6, 2017

Timeline for End Times and Revelation


Although the Bible says the timeline of Christ’s return is not known, there is a specific timeline for Revelation and end times. John’s instructions for writing the book is a timeline, Revelation 1:19. His instructions are, “Therefore write the things which you have seen. . .” His instruction is the first of our time indicators for Revelation. The instruction intends for John to write about the past. What past does John see? The answer is chapters 2 and 3 about the churches. The church age is over. The church age began on the day of Pentecost in AD 30. When the church age began, the end times began, too. You are living in the end times age. The era of the church ends with the rapture that occurs prior to the tribulation period. However, the end times continues until after the tribulation period of seven years or the 70th week of Daniel’s prophesy, Daniel chapter 9.

The next end time indicator that is given John to write is, “and the things which are. . .” The time indicated here is the present. The present would be the time in which John is living. And would represent the time of chapter 1. He is exiled as a prisoner of the Romans to an Island called Patmos. In a vision John sees into the future. Presently, John is looking into heaven. He sees an image of Jesus the Lamb. Jesus is standing among seven golden lampstands. He is holding seven stars in his hands.

At the end of chapter 1, John is given an explanation of the seven lampstands and the seven stars. The seven golden lampstands represent the seven church types of chapters 2 and 3. The seven stars are the seven messengers or leaders of the seven churches. Some scholars believe these seven churches, described in chapters 2-3, are seven distinct times in history. I believe them to be representative types of our churches throughout history. I also feel that the messengers are “called” pastors to these seven church types.

Finally, the last timeline of Revelation that I want to explore is John’s instructions to write, “and the things that will take place after these things.” John is to write about future events in history. Most of his writing about the future takes place in seven years. When measured against history, seven years isn’t long at all; however, because of the severe destruction of property and loss of human life, the seven years will seem like eternity to those who survive them. These seven years take the rest of the book of Revelation, chapters 4-22.

When the voice says to John in 4:1b, “. . .come up here. . .” the church is called or raptured home. The church age is over, and the tribulation period, an event prophesied for the end times, soon begins. The timeline of the seven years of tribulation follows that not a lot of changes take place during the first three-and-a-half years. A new government will be ushered in. However, this government will control the whole world. The ruler, the antichrist, will take over the world through economic strategies. The world is ripe today for an econ-strategist to control the world.

 Although this article partially explains the timeline of Revelation and end times, you can have a free copy of, Why Revelation, Why Now, by requesting your copy at bcministries1@gmail.com. Our materials are free, and we do not capture your email address.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Once When the World Was Wicked


Genesis 6: 5-8 (ESV) “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”

Few passages in the Old Testament reveal the heart and mind of God like this one does. Here we encounter a God who is truly merciful and gracious. God’s love for mankind is so deep that it breaks his heart to be rejected by man and to watch as man goes his own selfish way. What God saw on the earth was so painful for him that he was ready to wipe out the human race along with all living creatures.

The population was increasing and God saw a world of people so corrupt and violent that he regretted having ever created them. After Adam’s fall and after fellowship had been broken between God and man, sin was rampant. The reason is because now man is possessed with a sin nature. The most natural thing for a man with a sin nature to do is sin.
However, I want you to notice something. In the midst of all the evil that had possessed the creation of God, there was one man who walked with integrity. There was a man who walked with God in spite of all the evil that went on around him. The man’s name was Noah. He was a righteous man, and he walked with God (Genesis 6:8-12).

What a testimony, Noah walked with God. For me it is only a wish that my epitaph could read as such. Noah lived counter to the prevailing culture of his day. He listened not to the desires and passions of the world, but he listened to the voice of God. He honored and respected (feared) the almighty God of the universe.

You see, Noah was saved by grace through faith. Hebrews 11:7 tells you, “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”

Not only did Noah become an heir of righteousness which in itself is sufficient to cause one to walk with God, but when he stepped off the boat, Noah owned the whole world and everything in it.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Tribulation Evangelistic Service


There’s a great evangelistic service looming on the distant horizon that will make all other services pale in comparison. The evangelists will be chosen by God, and they must meet certain qualifications. One, they must be Jewish. Two, these evangelists will be sexually pure, and three, this special group will not have ever told a lie.

The evangelists are sent into horrific world conditions, but their gospel is believed. From this service will come a number of saved people so vast that one can not count them. The saved will be from every country, every tribe, every nation and every language.

Odd that the saved will nearly all forfeit their lives because of their acceptance of Jesus as Savior and Lord. It costs you nothing. These new converts will make a decision to give up physical life for eternal life. In reality you and I do the same.

This will be some  kind of service to watch, and you will be seeing it from a different vantage point and perspective—from heaven. I can’t wait to see this take place.

You can read more about this at www.ezinearticles.com under my name. As always if you have questions or comments, please post them here.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Rufus: The Red-Haired Master Shepherd

B. C. Ministries just released a new book. The title is The Red-Haired Master Shepherd. It is a fictional account of a Biblical character, Rufus, who is mentioned only twice in the New Testament.
Is it possible that the two mentions of a man named Rufus is the same person? We have taken the stance that it is. There is even some archaeological evidence that could bear significance to the answer.
Paul mentions Rufus and his mother at the end of the book of Romans. Therefore, Paul knew Rufus and his family.
Follow Rufus journey from a simple shepherd boy in Cyrene to a shepherd of Jesus' early church in Jerusalem and Rome. Rufus meets Jesus in Jerusalem during Christ's passion week. Rufus is never the same after his encounter with the Master. Actually, neither is anyone else!
You can order the book from this page. Simply email us and ask for your copy. You can even get a copy for free by recommending the book to five others who send for their copy.
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Significance of the Scroll in Revelation 5

Revelation 5 depicts a scroll, but does not offer any significance for it. Since John is still on earth and is only seeing the scroll in a vision, he becomes sorely distraught when no one in heaven, earth or under the earth can open the seals on the scroll.

Perhaps, John’s reaction gives you a clue as to the significance of the scroll in Revelation chapter 5. Could it be that the scroll is the title deed to the earth that Adam gave to Satan when he rebelled in the Garden? Since no one could open the seals on the title deed, John became distraught because the earth would always belong to Satan.

Without the scroll’s being opened, the battle for earth’s supremacy could never begin. The breaking of the seals begins the last seven years of tribulation of the earth. In order for Jesus to return and take ownership for the planet that is rightfully his, the seals must be broken.

Therefore, it is believed that the significance of the scroll in Revelation 5 is because it contains the title deed to Christ’s earth. Without being able to break the seals, the title to the earth could never be obtained.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Could Christ Return in 2012

2012 has begun which means you are one day closer to the return of Christ. His return could happen in eleven months, one year as the year ends or not at all. Either way you are closer to Christ’s return than you were in 2011.

Does the prospect excite you or make you sad? You do know that Jesus is coming. I wish I could give you an exact date, but Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows. . .” (Matthew 24:36a).

If Jesus tells you that even the angels in heaven do not know when He is coming back, then trying to predict when Jesus returns would be committing intellectual suicide. I do not believe that I or any person alive on the planet today can tell you when Jesus will come back.

However, I know He is coming back. Even our modern day scientists tell you that the world can not withstand the thrust of the population that currently inhabits it, and that all signs point to a time real soon that we are nearing the earth’s physical end.

Could 2012 be the year that Christ will return? No one can tell you for sure, but what if it is? Are you ready? Will His return find you meeting Him in the air for an eternal celebration, or will you be left behind here on earth to face heartbreaks, tribulations that have never been known on earth before and a one-world government rule by the adversary, Satan?

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Rise and Fall of the Old Roman Empire

The Bible calls her Babylon, however, the text is actually about the rise and fall of the Old Roman Empire (Revelation 17, 18). That’s right! You will see a renewal of the old empire that ruled the known world at that time.

When the rise of the Old Roman Empire begins, it will have 7 years before it will fall again. The concept of an emperor from one of the Old Roman countries seems far fetched; however, the Bible predicts the events.

The anti-christ comes on the scene at the beginning of the tribulation period. He comes from one of a federated nation of 10 nations in the Old Roman Empire. Revelation 6:1, 2 gives you the beginning of this emperor’s reign. He rides into history on a white horse looking like one of the good guys.

In his hand you find a bow, and he has a crown. He goes forth “conquering, and to conquer.” However, he doesn’t have an arrow for his bow. Therefore, this king will use non-conventional warfare, which most likely will be through economic reforms. Could the countries of the world use economic reforms today?

However, this king conquers three (3) of the Old Roman Empire nations (Daniel -26). At the end three-and-one-half (31/2) years, he turns his attention to the whole world and conquers it. At this time the new king of the world will turn against the Jewish people and Christians (Matthew 24:16-22). He will have them killed unless they worship him (Revelation 14:9-12).

Yet then in Chapters 17 and 18 of Revelation, you read about the destruction of “Babylon,” an economy, a religious system and a representation of the Old Roman Empire. When she has outlived her usefulness, she crumbles. The powerful world emperor can not hold her together.

Many more details for this exists, and you may find them in an article in Ezine Articles by Howard Coffey.

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