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Avoiding the False Alarms of Prophetic Speculation

Avoiding the False Alarms of Prophetic SpeculationLet no man deceive you … the end is not yet!” Certainly any war in the region has always the potential of acting as a catalyst [more]

The Revelation of the Mystery - [Video]

The Revelation of the Mystery - [Video]The last two hours of our recent online study on Romans Chapter 16 was particularly rich. Reggie, Travis and others explored "the mystery" now revealed. [more]

"Parousia" (His Coming) in the Old Testament

Wondering if you have any thoughts on the OT roots of the question “What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end [more]

Before Zion Travailed She Brought Forth - [Video]

Before Zion Travailed She Brought Forth - [Video]From the 2014 Convocation, Reggie lays out a timeline of the final seven years before the return of the Lord that, properly understood, produces a [more]

Edom and the Futurity of Ezekiel 35

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The Constraining Nature of the Land Promises

The Constraining Nature of the Land PromisesI woke up this morning with a lot of things stirring in my spirit about the Land promise and its guiding use by God to [more]

The Two Seeds

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The Shattering of the Power of the Holy People

The Shattering of the Power of the Holy People"I was at ease and He shattered me, and He has grasped me by the neck and shaken me to pieces; He has also set [more]

On Matthew 24 and Luke 21

On Matthew 24 and Luke 21@MysteryofIsrael - Question: Do you see a distiction between the audiences in Mt 24 and Lk 21? No. I see both manifestly parallel accounts to be [more]

On Evangelism in "Apocalyptic Evangelism"

On Evangelism in I believe we are using the word, "evangelism" in the apostolic sense of the word, which necessarily included the context of a revealed mystery to [more]

Where God Is Taking The Church

Where God Is Taking The Church[...] Just as the virgin birth was a divine ‘by-pass’ of natural fertility, so is every aspect of the salvation of God. God is supremely [more]

The Mystery of Iniquity

The Mystery of IniquityOn Sat. night you made a remark in passing about the Proto-Evangelium ["the first gospel"] in Genesis. I think you said that the "unpacking" of [more]

The Mystery of the Younger

The Mystery of the YoungerWe find in the pattern of God that He continuously picks the least. Abel was exalted over Cain in that his offering was accepted, but [more]

"Behold, I Was Shapen in Iniquity..."

Do you know how long the Jews have not believed in Adamic sin being imputed? How modern is that notion? You ask an interesting question on [more]

The Mystery of Anti-Semitism

The Mystery of Anti-Semitism“. . . there is no doubt about one hard and fast conclusion: the grip of anti-Semitism on the inhabitants of Planet Earth 70 years [more]

The Mystery of Israel [Video]

The Mystery of Israel [Video]"I would not that ye be ignorant of this mystery brethren." - We caught Reggie and Travis reflecting on the mystery of Israel, the Messiah [more]

Zion's Inviolability: Jerusalem as a Place of Refuge?

Zion's Inviolability: Jerusalem as a Place of Refuge?This guy believes that there will be a remnant physically and spiritually saved during the Great Tribulation in Jerusalem. What is your take on this? Revelation [more]

When is The Hour & Who is Kept from It

When is The Hour & Who is Kept from ItI appreciate so much your willingness dear brother, so these are my questions: 1.- Acts 3:21 says "The heaven must receive Lord Jesus until the [more]

He Shall Become Strong With a Small People

He Shall Become Strong With a Small PeopleWould you go as far to say that this is the type of figure (see the linked article) we are looking for to fulfill the [more]

"In That Day..." - [Video]

In this message Reggie Kelly and Travis Bennett seek to provide clarity to the timing and nature of the "the Day of the Lord." Specific [more]

Jerusalem: The Cup of Trembling [Video]

Jerusalem: The Cup of Trembling [Video]From a Conference at Mt. Zion Church in Bemidji, MN at the 2012 Feast of Tabernacles Convention, Reggie brought this Message: ReggieKellyFOT2012lite3 from Mt Zion [more]

Thoughts on Samson and the Church in the Last Days [Video]

Thoughts on Samson and the Church in the Last Days [Video]This is a 3 minute segment from a recent Bible Study, in which Reggie makes a succinct and powerful statement on how God can take [more]

Avoiding the False Alarms of Prophetic Speculation

Posted: April 3rd, 2015, by Tom Quinlan

By Reggie Kelly (This post is a “reprint” of one of the original articles of this site)

“Let no man deceive you … the end is not yet!”

Certainly any war in the region has always the potential of acting as a catalyst bringing about the changes that prophecy requires.  We certainly do expect a great transforming event sufficient to change and dramatically realign the political landscape of Israel at some soon point, and this may well (even probably) take the form of war.  We may infer from scripture that events will move Israel into a posture of non-compromise concerning its absolute sovereignty over the city of Jerusalem.  We can think of nothing more likely to produce such an inflexible stance than a war that threatens the nation’s very survival, demonstrating again the futility of peace initiatives that imperil national defense.

Jewish intransigence over the Jerusalem question, the ultimate threat to world peace, is the most probable source for the final “flood” of anti-Semitism that will sweep over the world.  Also, scripture implies the necessity of orthodox control over the holy places of Jerusalem (Isa. 63:18; 64:11; Dan. 8:13; 9:26; 11:31; 12:11; Matt 24:15 et al), and the imposition of strict Sabbath observance impeding flight out of the region of “Judea” (compare Matt. 24:20; compare also Isa. 28:14-22 with Dan. 9:27; Dan 11:21-45; 12:1-13; Zech 12:2).  This we believe and expect.  However, in no way is it possible that the current threat of war with Iraq can be the final world tribulation precipitated by the anti-Christ.  There is just too much in prophecy that describes, in definite detail, a certain sequence of precursory events and requisite antecedent conditions that do not match the current scene; not least a deceptive peace arrangement (“covenant with death and hell” Isa 28:15) that relaxes Israel’s guard (Ezek. 38:8; 1 Thess. 5:1-3), and opens the way for the restoration of the appurtenances of the “holy covenant” (temple, sacrifice etc. (Dan 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; 2 Thes 2:4 et al).

This all goes to show how easy it is to “jump the gun” when the basic outline of Daniel’s prophecy is neglected or misinterpreted.  According to Dan 11:23-30, there is a whole detailed sequence of regional conflicts, stratagems, and events that occur after the “league” (false peace), but before the desecrating sacrilege that initiates the period of Israel’s final desolations (the so-called “footsteps of Messiah” of rabbinic eschatology). This foregoing sequence of events is, regrettably, by an impossible exegesis, attributed to the actions of Antiochus Epiphanes in the 2nd century B.C.  He was indeed a type that remarkably followed the pattern of the final oppressor, but as Keil and a host of other of the best exegetes will point out, there is a great deal of unaccounted non-fulfillment that fails to match in adequate detail the actions of the Syrian tyrant, pointing to a greater and more precise fulfillment in the future.  After all, Antiochus was not destroyed by the Son of Man as will be true of the “little horn” of Daniel’s prophecy (Dan 7:11-27; 8:9-14, 23-25 and Dan 11:21-45), and of “the man of sin” of Paul’s epistolary warning (compare esp. 2 Thes 2:3-8 with Dan. 11:35-37).  Neither did the persecuting career of Antiochus IV end in Israel’s final deliverance and the resurrection of the righteous (Dan. 11:45; 12:1)

We conclude with the verdict of scripture that anything short of this highly descript and definite order of events comes under the Lord’s restraining caution, “for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet,” and of Paul’s urgent warning, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except …”

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The Revelation of the Mystery – [Video]

Posted: February 4th, 2015, by Tom Quinlan

The last two hours of our recent online study on Romans Chapter 16 was particularly rich. Reggie, Travis and others explored “the mystery” now revealed. What is it, and what isn’t it?

“Parousia” (His Coming) in the Old Testament

Posted: January 22nd, 2015, by Reggie Kelly

Wondering if you have any thoughts on the OT roots of the question “What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the age?” Specifically the “sign of thy coming” part. What did they mean by this, since 1) He was already there with them, and 2) the mystery of the 2nd coming is still a hidden mystery?

Old Testament roots for this question would be the basic beliefs and range of associations and interpretations that we know were common among the Jews of the first century. We have many non-canonical writings from the period of the second temple that give us a pretty good window into what was expected and how many of the Jews of that time were interpreting the prophecies.

It was common belief that the present age would end with an international conflict over Jerusalem, with the temple desecrated by a final invader. Whatever role some imagined the Messiah to have in the final war, one thing was certain: His rod iron rule over the nations begins only after the final tribulation, with the destruction of the last oppressor.

Messiah was indeed coming, but the One who was coming at the day of the Lord in final judgment was usually understood to be, not Messiah, or at least not ONLY Messiah, but God Himself. It was only with the NT’s revelation of the mystery of Christ’s twofold advent that the day of the Lord would now be always understood as the coming / return of Jesus.

When something so momentous as the utter destruction of the temple (a wonder of the ancient world) was announced, it would have naturally evoked associations with the end of this age, which the Jews rightly understood as the beginning of Messiah’s rule from a restored Jerusalem.

They did not understand where Jesus was going, only that He was going away, as announced at the end of Mt chapter 23. Some would wonder if He was going to teach the Gentiles. It is important to remember that the prophecy of Mt 24 came on the same day of the Lord’s rebuke of the Pharisees in ch 23. It is that dialogue that sets up the disciple’s question.

Jesus has just announced that He is leaving and so remain in some other place “until” He is acknowledged by the nation as “He who cometh …” (Mt. 23:39; Ps 118:26; a familiar allusion to the Messiah, see also Mt 11:3; Lk 7:19).

After raising the question of His Messiahship in ch 16 (a title that Jesus refrains from using until His reply at the judgment seat of Caiaphas, the high priest; Mk 14:61-62), the question was definitively settled among His disciples: Not only is Jesus Messiah; He is the exalted Son of God.

Now consider: He has just announced His imminent departure in ch 23. This must have greatly troubled the disciples. Then, with the disciples’ attentions turned to the magnificence of the temple, the time is perfect for the Lord to astonish them even further by declaring its complete and utter destruction. Can you imagine their thoughts?

In such a context, this could only mean the end of the age, which every Jew understood as the beginning of Messiah’s rule over the nation’s from Zion’s contested hill (Ps 2). For this, a departed Messiah would certainly have to return. But it must be remembered that they did not yet know the mystery that the Son of Man coming in clouds of glory, as anticipated in Daniel’s prophecy, would be the Suffering Servant and ‘cut off anointed prince,’ risen, ascended, and returning in glory.

Though He had occasionally alluded to His death and resurrection, the secret was safe, because Jesus well knew that not only would His own disciples NOT understand, the wisdom of the cross would remain hidden even from the demon princes of this age until after its purpose was accomplished. This was the divine strategy (1Cor 2:7-8).

That’s how removed the cross was from anyone’s imagination (Mt. 16:22; Acts 8:34; 1Cor 2:7-8). Only Jesus knew the secret (Isa 53:11). No person, however righteous, and no angel could know the mystery of the gospel of Christ’s twofold appearing to Israel until the time appointed (Ro 16:25-26; 1Pet 1:11-12). As foretold by Isaiah, it was purposefully held under divine lock and key (Isa 8:14-17).

The disciples did not therefore imagine that His going away would be by death, nor His return in the clouds of heaven after resurrection and ascension to the throne of glory, as envisioned in Daniel ch 7. But they understood very clearly that the temple’s destruction implied the end of the age, and since there was now complete consensus that Jesus was the Messiah who would rule from David’s throne, the announcement of such a seismic event would quite naturally evoke the very reasonable question, “what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the age?”