Introduction to the Watchman Bible Study
Why should I care about Bible prophecy? Havenít soothsayers been warning of the end with no end in sight? It is my desire to present the information that has led me to believe that Bible prophecy is not only important to understand, but that you can see it coming to pass if you are looking. You are not going to find much of the news relevant to Bible prophecy on your local news channel or in the mainstream media, theyíve removed God from their world-view. That doesnít mean that relevant news isnít reported, itís just that it is not presented in light of a Biblical worldview, which can drain the significance from much of it away.
I think itís important to bring some of the concepts and ideas spread throughout this website into one place because I realize that there is much buried within this website that may be relevant yet not found and if someone is new to Bible prophecy, they may not know what to look for. The over-arching goal is to introduce the background of information that has led me to some of the conclusions I have arrived at regarding the end times and our current time related to them. There are several things I want to be clear about from the beginning.
More important than knowing the future or understanding Bible prophecy is knowing Yeshua in a personal way. Only when you know Him will you really comprehend prophecy because it is written of Him. To remove the focus of prophecy is to miss the detail of Godís amazing Word and what Bible prophecy points to, the heart of a loving God for His creation.
How can we have a personal relationship when He is not present bodily? First we must recognize who He is and what He did. Yeshua is God manifest in the flesh and is the Word of God. John 1 When Yeshua lived on this earth, it was a perfect life without sin. Being blameless, only He was able to take the burden of sin from all humanity through all time onto Himself so that when He died on the cross, the wages of sin, death, would be set upon Him.
The only way He will take our sins is if we accept His sacrifice and give our burden of them to Him. When we do that, He sends His spirit to guide us in His Word and bring to remembrance all those things that God has told us to guide us to a better understanding of Him. Acts 2:38 | John 14:26 For a better understanding of the spirit realm and how it is a part of our lives, read Thought: Voice of the Spirit Realm. Our personal relationship with Yeshua is central not only to our understanding of His plans, but to our eternal salvation and Bible prophecy focuses on Him, the Word of God. So this is the foundation I use to understand God, my place in His plans and what those plans are. It is a continual walk and I know I have much yet to learn, but the peace that comes in trusting in the God of creation truly passes all understanding.
When Yeshua walked the Earth to die for our sins, He fulfilled hundreds of Old Testament prophecies yet many were left unfulfilled in both the Old and New Testament. This website focuses on the fulfilled and unfulfilled prophecies to better understand Godís plans for humanity and also our place in those plans. I make no claim of full knowledge or that Iím right about everything. I have simply studied the Bible taking God at His Word to try and understand Godís design. For this reason, everything presented on this website should be examined with personal research into the Bible and prayer in doing so to see if these things are so. Acts 17:11 And if there are errors in the conclusions I have arrived at, it should not be taken as an excuse to discredit the Bible. Throughout history people have misinterpreted the Bible making prophetic statements that never came to pass, but the Bible never changed and has never been wrong. There are some who believe there are errors, but I encourage you to examine some of those more thoroughly as well. The bottom line is that in the end, the Bible will prove to be 100% accurate even though some conclusions I arrive at from my study of it could prove to be less than perfect. My goal is not to do the predicting work of God, but to understand what He already wrote in His Word and raise awareness of the signs of the times by watching and praying for guidance. If Iím wrong on something or you find something that is contrary to scripture, please correct me.
So can we truly understand Bible prophecy? It is my belief that this is why God put so much prophecy into scripture, for us to understand and not be in darkness regarding His plans.
So this website is for the edification of those who believe, my attempt to bring together the Biblical reasoning and evidence from current events that leads me to conclude that we are indeed living in the last days before the day of the Lord.
Which brings me to an important point if you have never studied Bible prophecy before, understanding prophetic terminology. What exactly does the ďday of the LordĒ mean according to the Bible? There are a list of terms that are not part of every-day modern vocabulary yet should be as they are very relevant to our near future. Modern culture has been led away from Biblical vocabulary, even in much of the church today.
This speaks to the importance of watching. Thereís a mind-set in todayís modern world that everything will just continue on as it has through the generations until the sun burns out or some cosmic disaster removes the capability for the Earth to support life. 2 Peter 3:1-7 Weíre told these times are possibly millions of years away so we focus on living our lives, and for Christians, living our lives according to Godís ways of love. Christian or not, much of todayís generation is missing the understanding of Bible prophecy, which states that time will not continue on as it always has and that at some future point Yeshua will come and life as we know it will end. How will it change? After a short period of chaos where Satan is given complete control of the world, he will be defeated and Yeshua will reign personally from Jerusalem for one thousand years. This will be unlike any previous time in history and when this time is over, this current heaven and Earth will be destroyed to make way for a new heaven and new Earth that will not be corrupted by sin. Here is where those who accept Yeshua will live with Him for eternity. The choice to live with Him for eternity (new heaven & earth) or to not (eternal separation in hell) is a personal choice that nobody can make but you. The only way to live with Yeshua is to accept His sacrifice made when He died on the cross almost 2,000 years ago for your sins and mine. I pray this website helps you to discover the Truth of Godís Word in a more real and personal way and build up your faith in God by seeing what He has already done and what He has foretold will be done.
The Watchman Bible Study Guide is a page that brings together much of the contents of this website by topic, examining everything from the time of great tribulation to current events that will lead to that future time. These are mostly pages of Bible studies by topic, with links to other more factual data as well. This website is divided into three main sections: Bible studies, topics and news. The Bible studies are self-explanatory and focus mainly on Bible prophecy. The various topics are focusing on exposing the facts surrounding current events and Bible prophecy. The Watchman Newsletter is the result of my watching current events in light of my study of Bible prophecy over the past few years. It is a more updated newsletter of stories I feel are pointing to future prophetic fulfillment. I will sometimes add my own commentary to the news, which is e-mailed several times a month and archived both by date and topic at the link above.
To help in bringing light to history and current events, I have put together some prophecy study resources in the form of recommended books, DVDs, audio, online video and other things such as charts I put together to visualize these things better. I donít necessarily endorse everything posted here but there is sometimes information presented that is factual and relevant. I try to address those issues along with the presentations.
So what are my conclusions from the research linked above? They are why I believe this page is needed because they are of an immediate nature to those living today and because of the nearness of the times and the seeming normal times in which we live for many, the conclusions have the potential to be dismissed without examining the reasoning behind them.
At the same time the various topics such as Europe, America, Islam, Israel and Earth changes (to name a few) are leading to a convergence with the timeline presented from scripture. Is this timeline accurate? Time will tell and we wonít have to wait long to find out because if the 70th week of Daniel truly did start on Rosh Hashanah 2005, then we are about seven months away as of the writing of this page from the beginning of the rule of Lucifer through the man of sin. We should know by this summer of 2008, possibly into fall whether my understanding of the order of events leading to this time is accurate with the Magog invasion of Israel attempt.
Whether this timing is accurate or not based on my study of Bible prophecy, aided greatly by many other diligent watchmen, remains to be seen. If it is, then to God be all the glory for it is His Word and guidance that has led me to this understanding. If I am wrong, then I will keep watching in prayer for what will come to pass in whatever timing God designed. It is my belief that we who love God are not left in darkness and so the possibility of this timeline is not un-Biblical as I still have no clue about the day or hour of Christís coming. However, I am not in darkness about the signs of the times and the nearness of the season of His coming. I welcome you to join me in watching and sharing with others the peace that comes from knowing what capable hands you are held in by the Creator of this universe and the lover of your soul.
Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
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