It had never rained prior to the flood.
Gen. 2:5- ... "for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth"....
God's judgment on the earth caught everyone by surprise. Noah, a preacher of righteousness (2 Pet 2:5), tried to warn them, but the ungodly wouldn't listen.
1Pet. 3:20 "... the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah,"
So what does it tell us about our future? If it's going to be "just like the days of Noah" then our applicable model will look like this below:
Now let's try to fill in some other details to better understand the time in which we live.
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The above graphic should make anyone stop and think.
But, again, we are NOT saying the Rapture WILL happen by 2018. Just saying it could. Actually, it could happen as you read this. Or it could happen in 2033 or later. Only God knows when.
Prophecies concerning Israel
The Bible has quite a few prophecies aboutIsrael in the latter days, most of which have already come about. Here are the main ones:
Israel will be back in their homeland.
Deut 30:3; Ezek 36 & 37
Israel will take over the land in one day.
Israel will have an exceedingly strong army.
Israel will have nuclear weapons.
Zech 14:12, Ezek 39:12-16
Israel will cause the world consternation.
Nations will try to divide Israel's land.
Joel 3:2, Dan 11:39
Un-fulfilled Israel Last Days Prophecies
Arrival of the two witnesses
Mal 4:5, Rev 10:11, 11:3, John 21:21-23
Israel going back to live animal sacrifices.
Dan 9:27, 11:31
Russia, Iran and others attacking Israel.
Ezek 38 & 39
Israel wiping out her enemies around her.
2/3s of Israel being wiped out in one day.
Zech 13:7, Matt 24:15-21
Israel fleeing to the wilderness--3 1/2 years.
Rev 12:6, 14, Matt 24:16
Of course we're leaving out the long list of general prophecies such as the coming world currency, coming world government, mark of the beast, rise of a new world leader, etc.
But God gave us Bible prophecy to prove the Bible's accuracy... including all the above scriptures foretelling signs that will occur prior to Jesus' return.
It's a great comfort for all Believers to know that we'll depart with the Holy Spirit at the Rapture- prior to God's worldwide judgment--the awful Tribulation.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thes 4:18
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