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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'The Holy Land Key,' by Ray Bentley with Genevieve Gillespie
Don’t Just Read Prophecy. Step into Its Fulfillment.
The study of prophecy inspires elaborate timelines and speculation about which world leader might rise to power in the last days. But meanwhile, it’s far too easy to miss the significant prophetic signs contained in stories of biblical characters, in God’s creation, and in the lives and actions of today’s Israelis and Palestinians.
The Holy Land Key opens our eyes to little-known aspects of prophecy, including:
• God’s master plan revealed in the seven Feasts of the Lord
• The ingathering of God’s people, and the ways Israelis are hearing from God today
• Significant prophetic patterns discovered in the lunar cycle
• Awe-inspiring testimonies to God’s glory spelled out in the night sky
• Glimpses of God’s future kingdom revealed in stories of well-known figures from Scripture
For decades, author and pastor Ray Bentley has partnered with God’s people in Israel, including Judea and Samaria, the area known as the West Bank. There, he witnesses the fulfillment of prophecy firsthand. This is your introduction to prophetic signs that God reveals in sometimes unexpected ways. He does not want us to miss the work he is doing to usher in the coming Kingdom.
Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs, by Mark Biltz
"The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come." Joel 2:31
From the beginning, in Genesis, God declared He specifically created the sun and the moon to be used for signs. These heavenly bodies would be used as signals of coming dramatic historical events when the Creator of the universe would intersect with human history. But how do we unlock the code to interpret the signals?
The key is found in the riveting new book, Blood Moons by Pastor Mark Biltz. In 2007 Pastor Biltz first discovered the correlation between when blood moons fell on feast days and key historical world events. He found the divine link between prophecy, heavenly signs, historical events, and when they intersect.
Throughout history God, the Master Timekeeper, has used the heavenly bodies to communicate to us when significant events will happen.
If you want to understand the timing of the Lord, you have to understand the seasons of the Lord, the feasts of the Lord, and the calendar of the Lord.
What are the feasts days?
What is the difference between the biblical calendar and the one we use today?
Why should you be concerned about eclipses in the sky?
In Blood Moons Pastor Biltz answers these questions and more. He explains the importance of these biblical celebrations and milestones and shows how you too can be aware of the signs of things to come.
God's Final Jubilee, by Evangelist Dan Goodwin
This book is being proclaimed by some as, "The most up to date study of prophetical events of our day!" Others have called it "a stunning and even chilling revelation of how close we are to the end of the world!" The purpose of this book is to sound the horn to the people of God. Jesus is coming, and He is coming soon! Global events are happening so fast it is hard to keep up. Everything is in place for the rise of Antichrist. It is time for the saints to awaken; it is time for the church of God to arise from its slumber. The clock is getting ready to strike midnight. Everything on earth is about to change. Woe unto those who are not ready to meet the Lord. This book reveals:
* The 70th and final Jubilee is on the horizon.
* The Bible's built-in Prophetic calendar.
* The customs of a Jewish wedding and the Bride of Christ.
* The purpose of the Tribulation from the book of Daniel.
* Ten solid proofs of a Pre-Tribulation rapture.
* The reason the Tribulation is measured in days not years.
* The Kinsman Redeemer and the title deed to planet earth.
* Why we may be the last generation.
* A seven thousand year history of the world.
* The identity of the two witnesses.
* When the New Testament really began.
* What in the world is going on.
* The coming blood red moons.
As It Was in the Days of Noah: Warnings from Bible Prophecy About the Coming Global Storm, by Jeff Kinley
The story of Noah is one of the most captivating in all the Bible. Yet most people remember it mainly as a children's story found in picture books and heard in Sunday school classes.
But this tragedy really took place--and widely overlooked is Jesus' stunning prophecy that the final days of planet Earth would be just as it was in the days of Noah. His point? That there would be striking parallels between Noah's day and the end times--with warnings of God's imminent judgment upon the world.
Is Jesus' prophecy now being fulfilled? And if yes, how then should we respond?
As It Was in the Days of Noah explores the similarities between the two periods, such as the rapid rise in evil and increasingly flagrant disregard for God. A powerful resource that...
examines the signs that we're nearing the end times, affirms the urgency of reaching the lost with God's compassion and truth, equips you to live wisely and "redeem the time" so it counts for eternity.
15 Future Events That Will Shake the World, by Ed Hinson
What can people on Earth expect during the last days? In all the chaos that the Bible predicts, several events stand out as truly extraordinary--so much so that they arouse many questions from both Christians and non-Christians.
What are these events, and what makes them so significant? Longtime Bible prophecy expert Ed Hinson surveys each one in detail and explains the impact they will have:
• millions missing in the rapture
• world power shifts after the rapture, including in the USA
• the rise of a global dictator
• God's two witnesses rising from the dead in full view of the world
• the rebuilt Jewish temple usurped by Antichrist
• the Holocaust eclipsed
• Christ's glorious return to earth as conqueror and king
A riveting overview of events that truly will shake the world--how they will unfold, what they mean to us, and God's purposes for bringing them about.
The End of America, by John Price
"The End of America - The Role of Islam in the End Times and Biblical Warnings to Flee America" interprets Biblical prophecies describing a rich, powerful and influential end times nation, destroyed in one day/hour/moment. Twenty-one scriptural clues unlock the "mystery" of the identity of the nation. Muslim prophecies and speeches are linked to Bible warnings of destruction. Verses are analyzed advising American Christians and Jews to flee the nation. When and where to flee and world events to watch for are detailed.
The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment: Is There an Ancient Mystery that Foretells America's Future?
An obscure passage in the Book of Isaiah describing the fall of ancient Israel has, since September 11, 2001, been eerily re-enacted in the United States exactly as it originally occurred in the time of the great prophet of Israel leading to the nation’s demise.
Jonathan Cahn, the author of The Harbinger, has been shocking audiences by revealing the astonishing parallels between the fall of ancient Israel and current events unfolding in the US, what he calls "an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future and the collapse of the global economy."
In this stunning new documentary The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment, Rabbi Cahn unravels the mystery behind this seemingly innocuous Biblical verse, and shows that ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America, just as they once did in Israel. This fascinating new DVD asks the question, “Is God sending America a prophetic message of what will soon be?” and RabbiCahn provides the answers through mounting evidence that the answer is ‘yes.’
The King is Coming: Preparing to Meet Jesus, by Erwin W. Lutzer
From panic to punch line, public perception about the return of Christ reveals an alarming lack of understanding of biblical prophecy. In The King is Coming, Pastor Erwin Lutzer lends his knowledgeable, careful handling of a topic that leaves even mature believers and students with difficult questions and unclear conclusions. For the outsiders who doubt end-times prophecy, it's a wake-up call. For those afraid that they can't ever know the answers, The King is Coming is a comfort. For anyone willing to take a serious look into the future, it is an encouraging and compelling call to action.
Agents of the Apocalypse: A Riveting Look at the Key Players of the End Times, by David Jeremiah
Who Will Usher in Earth’s Final Days?
Are we living in the end times? Is it possible that the players depicted in the book of Revelation could be out in force today? And if they are, would you know how to recognize them?
In Agents of the Apocalypse, noted prophecy expert Dr. David Jeremiah does what no prophecy expert has done before. He explores the book of Revelation through the lens of its major players—the exiled, the martyrs, the elders, the victor, the king, the judge, the 144,000, the witnesses, the false prophet, and the beast.
One by one, Dr. Jeremiah delves into their individual personalities and motives, and the role that each plays in biblical prophecy. Then he provides readers with the critical clues and information needed to recognize their presence and power in the world today.
The stage is set, and the curtain is about to rise on Earth’s final act. Will you be ready?
The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America's Future, by Jonathan Cahn
Is it possible...
That there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future?
That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy?
That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America?
That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come?
Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction – These same nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications for America’s future and end-time prophecy.
Hidden in an ancient biblical prophecy from Isaiah, the mysteries revealed in The Harbinger are so precise that they foretell recent American events down to the exact days… the 3,000-year-old mystery that revealed the exact date of the stock market collapse of 2008… the ancient prophecy that was proclaimed from the floor of the US Senate and then came true…and more. The revelations are so specific that even the most hardened skeptic will find it hard to put down. Though it sounds like the plot of a Hollywood thriller – IT’S REAL.
The prophetic mysteries are factual but revealed through a riveting narrative the reader will find hard to put down. The Harbinger opens with the appearance of a man burdened with a message he has received from a mysterious figure called The Prophet. The Prophet has given him nine seals, each containing a message about America s future. As he tells of his encounters with the Prophet, from a skyscraper in New York City, to a rural mountaintop, to Capitol Hill, to Ground Zero, the mystery behind each seal is revealed. As the story unfolds, each revelation becomes another piece in a larger and larger puzzle, the ramifications of which are, even now, altering the course of America and the world.
Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change, by John Hagee
REVIEW: Four Blood Moons
"...There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars...Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Luke 21:25a, 28
It is rare that Scripture, science, and history align with each other, yet the last three series of Four Blood Moons have done exactly that. Are these the “signs” that God refers to in His Word? If they are, what do they mean? What is their prophetic significance?
In this riveting book, New York Times best-selling author, Pastor John Hagee, explores the supernatural connection of certain celestial events to biblical prophecy—and to the future of God’s chosen people and to the nations of the world.
Just as in biblical times, God is controlling the sun, the moon, and the stars to send our generation a signal that something big is about to happen. The question is: Are we watching and listening to His message?