In The Holy Land Key, Pastor Ray Bentley of Maranatha Chapel in San Diego, with Genevieve Gillespie writes, "it's time to step into the prophetic story." The story he references carries dual significance, both for today as well as historically, back thousands of years to the time of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar and their children Isaac and Ishmael. In light of world events understanding their story is key to prophecy interpretation, Jewish biblical feasts and the blood moons.
Bentley "looks at certain passages of Scripture from a Hebrew perspective" and brings prophecy to life through the lens of "God's unbroken relationship with the Jewish people." He begins with the role Israel plays in prophecy and why "Israel is the key to God's blessings and a witness of promises God intends to keep." An unconditional promise God made to Abraham known as the "Abrahamic Covenant" that includes land, nations and blessings. (Deuteronomy 30:5, Genesis 12:2, Genesis 12:2)
The fact that Israel exists today, writes Bentley, is the fulfillment of God's promise in Isaiah 11:12 where God promised to" gather the exiles of Israel...the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth." A remarkable event when considered in the light of history.
He also looks at patterns that coincide with specific dates and "repeated cycles of astronomical events" in relation to the seven Jewish feasts of the Lord. (Leviticus 23) The first four feasts, Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Pentecost point to the first coming of Christ. While the last three, the feast of Trumpets, Atonement and the feast of Tabernacles points to the second coming of Christ.
He notes prophecies that have already come to pass, such as the Jews return to Israel in 1948, Daniel's Old Testament 70 weeks prophecy and previous lunar and solar eclipses on Jewish feast days called Tetrads. He includes NASA's report of a "series of 4 consecutive total eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals that began April 15, 2014, followed by another on Oct. 8, 2014, and another on April 4, 2015, and another on Sept. 28 2015."
Rare Tetrads that fall on Jewish feast days have occurred eight times in recorded history. However only three times in the last five hundred years when the Jews were persecuted in Spain, discovery of America (graph 5), Israel's rebirth, 1948 (graph 6) and the Arab Israeli 1967 conflict (graph 7) that restored Jerusalem to Israel.
Pastor John Hagee, author of Four Blood Moons-Something is About to Change interprets the Tetrads in a similar fashion when he writes "traditionally in Judaism a (blood) moon is a signal to Israel and an (eclipse of the) sun is a signal to the world, Joel 2:31.
Pastor Bentley's revelation of "little known [Jewish] aspects of prophecy" adds to the growing volume of information about "End-time" events Billy Graham speaks of. From ancient issues that cause wars between the Israelis and Palestinians over the "West Bank" to who the "spiritual sons of Abraham are." In addition to the symbolic meaning of the Hebrew alphabets first letter. Who mandated Sunday as a day of worship and why Martin Luther is known as the "theologian of the Holocaust and more.
The book, available in print, Kindle or audio, is balanced, compelling and one I rate at ten on a scale of one to ten. It belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in Bible prophecy.
'The Holy Land Key, Unlocking End-Times Prophecy Though the Lives of God's People in Israel,' by Ray Bentley with Genevieve Gillespie, WaterBrook Press, 2014, 240 Pages, 978-0307732064, $14.99
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