2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 66

This article represents the final installation of this prophecy conference.  It was a lot of work to listen to every speaker, but what a blessing to finally complete this monumental task!  If you read and peruse the 66 articles, you will glean the main topics and teachings from each and every instructor.  In Christ, Pastor Steve

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Dr. Kevin Clarkson   ~  Interview / Hagmann & Hagmann, Followed By The Closing Ceremony

Pastors are shepherds but we are also sheep.  We need to come apart and be fed also.  Many pastors are there but they are not engaged.  Some are angry or discouraged.  The Bible says:  “Strike the shepherd and the sheep scatter.”  Pastors leave the ministry every week, and that leaves the sheep without a shepherd.

Pastors need to abide in Christ, through the Word and in prayer.  The Spirit of God and the Word of God is an explosive and volatile combination.  A lot of pastors get busy and sidetracked, and fail to get alone with God.  The key to overcoming depression or burnout in ministry is to get with God and wait upon Him and you will mount up with the wings of eagles.

Dr. Kevin Clarkson stands on the shoulders of J.R. Church who founded Prophecy In The News decades ago.  The feeling in this ministry is that time is short and we must be serious in light of what is going on in the world.  Kevin’s vision is to pray for the persecuted church around the world.  Americans have lived in a religious liberty bubble which is unique in all of history.  The rest of the church throughout history has been hunted down, persecuted and martyred.  America has been the exception and not the rule.  Christians are being threatened in America as of late and we need to rise.  We need to run for office, be a voice, and defend our freedoms.  Bill Federer:  “Our most important job is to preach the Gospel.  Our second most important job is to defend our right to preach the Gospel.”  Billy Graham use to say he had the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other hand.  We must look at the Bible in the lens or prism of our time.  Christ is coming.  He could come before this broadcast is over.

Christians in America are being labeled as extremists.  The human rights campaign is saying that sexual liberty is more important than religious liberty.  Sexual liberty is making America go down.  We are being set aside by the Lord because of our sin.  China has passed us economically, and Russia has risen above us militarily, through the number of nuclear warheads they have.  There seems to be a desire to make worship a private issue for people in America.  The separation of church and state has been a misunderstood issue in our times.  The idea behind it is to keep the government out of the church, and NOT to keep the church out of the government.  We need to be strong with resolve and courage, and we also need to be gracious.  We were founded as a Judaeo Christian nation.  The church has been tax exempt, but with an 18 trillion dollar deficit and counting, our government will pursue every source of revenue they can find.  Churches are a rich target.  We must support Prophecy in the News.  Winston Churchill saved the world when he refused to surrender in World War II, and Benjamin Netanyahu is a similar leader today.  Bibi would like us to stand with him but even if we do not, Israel will never give in or surrender.

Kevin Clarkson stated that Western Civilization would fall to Islam in a matter of years if everything stays the same and the Lord does not return.  It may be that the torch of Christianity has been passed to Africa and Asia, where they are already persecuted – they are a lot more serious about their faith.  Everyday, over 8,000 people receive Christ in the underground church in China.  The Chinese Christians want to march back to Jerusalem with the Gospel.  This is the power of the Gospel and the Spirit of God.  In America, we must lose our indifference and become on fire for the Lord.  We need to get in our closet and pray.  George Washington said in the Revolution:  “Trust God to keep your powder dry.”  Let us do all that is humanly possible, and trust God to do all that is divinely possible.

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Closing Ceremony

Dr. Kevin Clarkson thanked the audience for their hunger, thirst and zeal for the Lord.  The United States is not going to stand with Israel now, and we are going to suffer for that.  God will curse those who curse Israel.  Israel may soon strike her enemies.  Noah prepared for the flood.  We need to prepare for the end times.  Be HOT.  Be HOLY.  Be HOPEFUL.  Be Spirit filled.  Abide in the Lord and be close to Christ – be in the Word and be in prayer.  Be HOLY.  We do not want to be ashamed at His coming.  Be HOPEFUL.  Be looking for the blessed hope, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

An amazing feature of this prophecy conference was the spiritual oneness of the speakers.  The Pre Tribulation Rapture was believed by all of them.  They all recognized the errors of the emerging church.  Their mutual spiritual discernment put them all on the same page.  Interestingly, these men all came from totally different backgrounds and did not know one another in nearly every case.  Their oneness is the oneness that all true saints who are born from above experience together.  It is a God thing.

Maranatha, Pastor Steve

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Prophecy in the News: Sister Hatune Dogan: ISIS is Islam, Islam is ISIS – VIDEO

We hear so much nonsense that claims there are radical sects of Islam, and there are peaceful ones.  Islam actually means “submission,”  and their global goal is for everyone to submit to their god Allah.  Furthermore, Isis is NOT some extreme radical wing of Islam – it is classic Islam.  Too many are totally ignorant of history and Islam’s past.  What their founding “prophet” Mohammad did, is what they desire to do today.  Furthermore, their ideology can be seen throughout Europe.  Immigrate, saturate and dominate.  They do not intend to assimilate.  This nun’s brief You Tube presentation below reveals a perfect understanding of Islam, and their desire to persecute Christians and Jews until there are none.

In Christ, Pastor Steve  <><

 

DEFENDING CHRISTIANS – Watch this short video of Sister Hatune Dogan who has been on the ground and witnessed the devastation of ancient Christian communities. She’s listened to survivors tell how Christians and Yazidi women are being sold into sex slavery. It is truly heart-breaking. This is why we should be concerned about Islam taking over in America and coming in by the thousands as refugees

R.F.I.D. Is Paving The Way For Total Governmental Micromanagement Control. All That Will Be Needed In Order To Implement This Technology Is Nefarious Leadership, i.e. The Antichrist:

Revelation 13:16-18  King James Version (KJV)
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.


 

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Disclaimer:  Christians must be careful to avoid what I call the “Chicken Little Sky Is Falling / Knee Jerk” mindset.  Having this technology does not mean the Tribulation Period is five days away.  For instance, the atomic bomb has been on the market for seventy two years, and only detonated for destruction twice at its’ inception – at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.  Blessings, Pastor Steve

 

Ex Muslim Preaching Christ In Hyde Park, London

Kevin Clarkson, Host of Prophecy in the News:  “God hates Islam and He loves Muslims.”

Lost souls are not the enemy, they are victims of the enemy.

God always has His remnant, and this street preacher is living proof.  As I listened to him, it took only two minutes for me to realize he could preach rings around 98% of American pastors.  Why?  He has not only knowledge, but fears God and not man.  He is anointed, with unction, fervor, passion and zeal.  He loves Jesus and the truth.  He preaches the Bible with boldness and clarity, and does not focus on the latest program.  He is a soul winner.  May the Lord continue to anoint and use him.  He inspires me.  This preaching is what we need all over the world.  I will listen to him next Saturday night.

Blessings, <><  Pastor Steve

Pray For Revival In America!

The Cowardly Filthy Vermin Known As Isis, Savagely Butchers Over 80 Defenseless Teens (Mostly Girls) And Children At A Pop Concert In Manchester, England

President Donald Trump Calls The Manchester Bomber An “Evil Loser.”  He further states that:  “Terrorists do not worship God, they worship death.”

“We See Once Again That Isis’ Immoral Elevator Has No Bottom Floor.”   -Sheriff David Clarke  Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

 

Key the link below for statement by Sheriff David Clarke:

 In The Picture Below, A Masked Coward From Isis Takes Credit For Butchering Innocents In Manchester – Children Who Could Not Fight Back Or Defend Themselves.  They Call Themselves “Crusaders For Allah.”

Eschatology 33 ~ Matthew 24:44- A New Wrinkle For The Rapture Of The Church

As a student of Bible prophecy and eschatology for thirty seven years, I have found that the discovery of new truths is becoming more and more infrequent.  Well, here is a new one.  It is based on one scripture in the famous Olivet Discourse spoken by Jesus:

Matthew 24:44  King James Version (KJV)

44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

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I discovered this truth in a book written recently by Terry James, entitled “Rapture Ready…Or Not?”  What made the discovery exciting was that I had the same exact thoughts about Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:44, and now I received confirmation from one who has studied eschatology throughout his entire life!

If one would attend a Prophecy In The News Conference, you would find that the forty to fifty speakers are all united, believing in a pre tribulation rapture of the church.  There are four scripture passages that are often quoted, all referring to the rapture doctrine.  They are 1) I Thessalonians 4:13-18, which is the plainest and most comprehensive scripture on this doctrine.  2) I Corinthians 15:50-53.  Paul presents the rapture as “a mystery,” meaning this teaching is a new doctrine not found in the Old Testament.  The Thessalonian and Corinthian passages parallel each other perfectly.  3) John 14:1-4.  This passage is not used as often in reference to the rapture, and refers to our Lord Jesus preparing a place for us to dwell in heaven.  Nonetheless it is a very appropriate passage in reference to our doctrine.  4) Finally there is Revelation 4:1.  The seven churches in Asia Minor are considered in Revelation 2-3.  Chapter 4 opens with John and the church taken to heaven, inferring that the church will be taken to heaven as the Great Tribulation is unleashed on a Christ rejecting world, expounded upon in Revelation chapters 6-18.  These are the four “rapture” passages that are most often referred to by those who have studied this doctrine to a great degree.

May we now contrast the famous Olivet Discourse, Matthew 24, with the aforementioned passages on the rapture of the church.  (The Olivet Discourse is found in all three synoptic Gospel accounts.  Namely:  Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 17, 21).   Theologians and scholars of eschatology have long contended that the prophecies shared by Jesus focus on the Jewish people and Israel, but NOT on the Gentiles, the church and the rapture.  It is very true that a great portion of Jesus’ prophecy zeros in on the Great Tribulation period and the nation of Israel.  When Jesus returns at the end of the Great Tribulation, it will be an expected event, since the Bible forecasts the Second Coming of Jesus Christ through the many signs leading up to it.  Now let us contrast His Second Coming in judgment with the rapture of the church, Matthew 24:44.  44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.  This passage states the Lord will come when no one expects Him to come.  The rapture of the church will be unannounced and no one knows when it will occur.  The second coming of Jesus Christ will happen at the end of the Great Tribulation period.  Jerusalem, we have a problem.  It seems that the only way to account for Matthew 24:44 is that Jesus is referring to the rapture of the church.  The only way that Christ’s coming for His bride can be totally unexpected is for it to happen prior to the Great Tribulation.  This is Terry James’ contention and I agree wholeheartedly.  Therefore Matthew 24:44 refers to the rapture of the church and not Christ’s Second Coming.  Jesus encourages all believers to always be ready because He will return at a time when no one expects Him.  The Bible forecasts Christ’s Second Coming as occurring at the end of the Great Tribulation / 70th Week of Daniel  /  Jacob’s Trouble.  The rapture will happen at a totally unannounced time.  Matthew 24:44 refers to the Lord’s return at a totally unannounced time.  When Terry James pointed this out in his book “Rapture Ready…Or Not?,” the truth of his words immediately resonated with me and I saw his point.  What could be plainer?  The rapture of the church is the next major event on the Lord’s prophetical calendar and will remove God’s church from His judgment upon a Christ rejecting world.  It will catch people by surprise, as mentioned in Matthew 24:44.

Maranatha!

Blessings, Pastor Steve

 

Pray For Revival In America!

The Coming Convergence / Ingenuity Films

This 100 minute film, The Coming Convergence, by Brent Miller Jr. and Brent Miller Sr. of Ingenuity Films will be released on March 28, 2017.  I preordered it, and it will be shown in our church as soon as it is available.  Enjoy the following official 2017 trailer, and the synopsis of the film by Brent Miller Jr.  The movie commences by portraying the world from a young ladies’ perspective, literally waking up in the Great Tribulation period.  She realizes she is there because she was not born from above and did not receive Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.  The unique feature of Ingenuity Films is their appeal to believer and unbeliever alike. 

 

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BRAND NEW FILM BY INGENUITY FILMS!
The Coming Convergence is a brand new film to be released on March 28th by Brent Miller, Jr., founder of Ingenuity Films, along with his father, Brent Miller, Sr., Producer and Technical Advisor for Ingenuity Films. This is the award winning California based studio behind “The Final Prophecies” documentary and the critically acclaimed “Decoding the Future” prophecy series.
The story begins with a young girl, (Erin Hawkins), that wakes up one day to discover that something devastating has happened in the world around her and she finds herself in what is known as “The Great Tribulation.” She realizes that she had the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as her Savior, but she didn’t, and now she is facing her unbelievable and greatest fears. She faces the reality of the approaching apocalypse, as she is living through the end of days. Her words of warning are a wakeup call to the horrors mankind will soon face. The conclusions of The Coming Convergence explains both how the scenarios described within Revelation are converging before our very eyes and why everything that must come to pass is of man’s choosing.
We ask ourselves… “Is it possible to know the day of our demise?”
Jesus chastised religious leaders in ancient Jerusalem for not knowing the time of His first arrival. Will the prophesied final generation today make the same mistake? The Bible foretells that the end of days would be preceded by a sequence of global events that has never before occurred, but can this be proven? Through newly exposed geological and statistical evidence, a convergence of events has now been discovered that many believe finally prove the Tribulation is about to begin!
This whistleblower film breaks the mold of what a documentary can be by pulling you deeper into the reality of the approaching apocalypse.
The young girl’s cinematic interruptions throughout the documentary act as a warning to the genuine reality humankind will soon face. The conclusion of The Coming Convergence leaves such an impact that attendees during the films theatrical premiere in California were driven to tears and shock.
This film features Jack Hibbs, Ray Bentley, Douglas Hamp, Brent Miller, Sr., Tom Hughes and Kade Hawkins.
Watch the trailer of this “MUST SEE” Documentary Film!

This 100-minute film, available on regular DVD and Blue-Ray, is an excellent documentary to use in witnessing to your family and friends who may not know of the salvation of Jesus Christ, and how He can become their Lord and Savior.

 

 

It’s a Fact!…God Gave Israel to the Jews

The following article is by J.R. Church, the founder of Prophecy In The News.  Israel belongs to the Jews and is the apple of God’s eye!  This is historical fact and spiritual truth, going back 4,000 years to the loins of Abraham.  The Islamic Ottoman Empire broke up 100 years ago, followed by the Balfour Declaration from England, promising Israel a nation with a generous portion of real estate, called Transjordan.  Later negotiations with pro Muslim nations and their leaders totally dissed this wonderful plan.  Adolf Hitler’s persecution of the Jews, started the Jews’ migration to the Holy Land, and they became a nation in 1948.  The surrounding Arabic nations attempted to exterminate Israel at their inception in 1948, in the 1967 Six Day War, also in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and in every way possible since they became a nation.  The most recent attempt is the so called “Two State Solution,” whereas nefarious Arabic persons have concocted and invented the “nation” of Palestine, solely for the purpose of exterminating Israel.  Enjoy the following article that expounds on the nation of Israel.  It is important for nations to bless Israel.  Why?  I am glad you asked.  Because:

Genesis 12:1-3 King James Version (KJV)

12 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Blessings, Pastor Steve

 

 

It’s a Fact!…God Gave Israel to the Jews

It’s a Fact!…God Gave Israel to the Jews

Written by: J.R. Church

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First published in 2008 – President George W. Bush made his first “official state visit” to Israel on January 9-11, 2008, during his last year in office. For the last seven years, he stayed away, while travelling to several Arab countries. However, he finally decided to go – for the purpose of forcing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to actively seek an agreement that will lead to a Palestinian state. His plan is to carve the borders of “Palestine” out of the heartland of Israel, with Jerusalem as its capital.

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On the eve of his arrival, at least six Israelis were arrested for hanging posters around the Old City. Also, Orthodox Jews prayed at the Western Wall wearing “sackcloth” in an effort to register their public protest to his visit. The Sanhedrin Court drafted a “Bush Scroll” calling him the “Chief Prince of Meshech and Tubal” and begging him not to betray Israel.

It was on November 2, 1917, that the British government issued the Balfour Declaration promising a homeland for the Jews. Thirty years later, on November 29, 1947, the British government placed the matter of Israel’s future before the United Nations, resulting in another historic declaration – the establishment of the state of Israel.

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A few months later, on May 14, 1948, the nation was born.

The restoration of Israel is one of the most controversial political issues of the century. Palestinians have claimed that the land is theirs, that the Jews have no right to even one square foot of it, though the area had been under the control of the Turkish government for some 400 years – not JewsPalestinian control. Just who deserves the land? Do the Jews?  Do the Palestinians?  Do Jews have a right to control the land in the so-called “occupied West Bank” areas?

Though the United Nations established Israel in 1948, most of the world no longer supports the concept of Jewish sovereignty. They regret ever giving them any territory in the Middle East. The controversy rages today as much as it ever did. The children of Abraham are still fighting it out! If the fate of the Israeli government were placed in the hands of any human court, the verdict would probably be disastrous. Time and time again, the United Nations has taken the side of the Arabs against Israel. While dedicated Christians around the world are in favor of Israel’s existence, their governments are not. The only political ally on the side of Israel is the United States – and many in Washington are wavering. In light of these developments, let us appeal to the court of heaven for the final verdict in the case.

God Owns the Land

There is one verse of Scripture, which declares the absolute ownership of, not only the Middle East, but the entire world:

“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1).

Since God created the earth, the right to ownership is His. Whether man recognizes the existence of God or not is irrelevant, for in the final analysis God will lay claim to His earth. He not only owns the world, but also everybody in it. Among the continents, however, there is one special area to which God lays a unique claim. It is the land of Israel. There are several places in the Bible where God calls the land, “My land.” For instance, in Ezekiel 38:16 God condemns the mighty Gog and Magog for the invasion of His land:

“And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land” (Ezekiel 38:16).

Here, God emphatically calls the land of Israel His land. That claim is repeated in Joel 3:2:

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land” (Joel 3:2).

Both of these verses pronounce a judgment upon Gentile nations for their part in denying the Jews a right to live in God’s land. Notice that God calls Israel, “My People,” and He calls their land, “My land.” When Gentile nations challenge the integrity of the land and its people, God steps forward to proclaim His judgment upon them.

A Covenant With Abraham

God is the absolute Owner of the land, and as such, had every right to evict the Jewish people 20 centuries ago. But He also has the right to bring them back in this generation. God is Sovereign over the land. Let us review Genesis 17 – the days of Abraham – and determine God’s sovereign disposition over HIS land.

“And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.”

“And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God” (Genesis 17:7-8).

There can be no doubt that such a covenant was declared and recorded 4,000 years ago. Ah, but the Arabs also claim to be descendants of Abraham. They are children of Ishmael.

Does not the land then also belong to them? You may recall, the Arabs are descendants of Ishmael, while the Jews are descendants of Abraham’s other son, Isaac.

Isaac’s Inheritance

The controversy was settled in Genesis 26:3-4. It is there that God narrows down the covenant to exclude the children of Ishmael. It was to Isaac that God said:

“Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;

“And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 26:3-4).

God not only promised the land to Isaac, but He gave what the Scripture declares to be “all these countries.” In fact, He used the term twice in His promise to Isaac.

Jacob’s Inheritance

However, Isaac had two sons – Jacob and Esau – and there is a good deal of evidence that the Palestinian people who live in the land today could be descendants of Esau. Do they not also have a claim to the land? God has decided that they do not have any claim on the Promised Land. He narrowed the inheritance of the land to Jacob and his descendants:

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“And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy lions;

“And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land” (Genesis 35; 11,12).

The proclamation is clear. God has promised the land to Jacob and his descendants – namely the 12 tribes of Israel. When we consider these three covenants together, the line of descents to which the land is promised is evident. In each case, God narrowed His promise of the land – from Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, and then to his descendants after him.

The Verdict

In view of God’s covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, we must declare a verdict in favor of Jacob’s descendants. We have no choice. We stand without reservation on the side of Israel. We must conclude that the land of Israel has been given to the people of Israel – to the descendants of Jacob. However, we know that the people were evicted from their land almost 2,000 years ago. It is the prophetic Scripture to which we must look for the final disposition of the land – and the prophecies do not differ from the original covenant.

Had It Not Been For Israel

Humanly speaking, we owe our eternal destiny to Jacob’s descendants. If there had been no Israel, there would have been no patriarchs, no prophets, no apostles, no Bible, and no Savior.

In John 4:22 Jesus, Himself, summed up all of this in one simple statement. He said,  “…for salvation is of the Jews.” Regardless of our nationality or background, we owe a spiritual debt to the Jewish people that can never be calculated.

The first 11 chapters of Genesis serve as an introduction to the main theme of the Bible. They fill in the background and set the stage for all that is to follow. From that point forward, the Bible is essentially the history of Abraham and the nation that descended from him through Isaac and Jacob. The Bible is basically the story of Israel embracing both the past and future. Geographically, the Bible is set in the land of Israel, and historically, its theme is the people of Israel. It is a Jewish Bible penned by Jewish men, giving both the history and the future of the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Even the New Testament is a Jewish book. The most important Person in the New Testament, Jesus Christ, was a Jew. Furthermore, He did not lose His Jewish identity after His death and resurrection. Sixty-three years after His crucifixion, Revelation 5:5 still referred to Jesus as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David.” He is still identified with the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is forever a Jew.

Furthermore, Jews penned all of the New Testament books. Contrary to the opinions of some, I am convinced that Luke was a Jew. The twelve Apostles were Jews. Paul, who became the Apostle to the Gentiles, was a Jew. Most of the co-workers of these great men were also Jews.

The writer of Hebrews tells us that the ultimate goal of all true believers is a “city which hath foundations whose Builder and Maker is God” (Heb. 11:10). In Revelation 21, the holy city New Jerusalem, is described as having gates and foundations. On its gates are inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. On its foundations are the names of the twelve apostles of Jesus. Every name inscribed in the New Jerusalem is a Jewish name. I must say that no one with an anti-Semitic prejudice could ever feel comfortable in the New Jerusalem.

Written by:  J.R. church/Article originally published in the February 2008 PITN magazine.

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About the Author:

J.R. ChurchJ.R. CHURCH (1938-2011)- Founder of PITN Converted at age seven, J.R. Church set out with one main goal in life – to win others to Jesus Christ. He received a B.A. degree with a major in Bible and a minor in history at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN. In 2001, he was given an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Immanuel Baptist Theological Seminary in Peachtree, Georgia.  His love for history gave him insight into God’s great “Plan of the Ages” and prompted him to pursue this field of prophetic research. J.R. and Linda were married for 52 years.  They have two children and five grandchildren. After pastoring a church in Lubbock Texas for 17 years, in 1979 he moved his family to Oklahoma City and developed the PROPHECY IN THE NEWS ministry. He has traveled across America many times lecturing on eschatology – the study of prophetic subjects.  He has hosted several tours to Israel and the Middle East. J.R. has authored eight books with chapters in several other books. Prophecy in the News publishes a monthly 48-page magazine as well as a weekly syndicated television broadcast which airs on stations across the country and via satellite network to most of the United States. Before he went to be with the Lord on March 22, 2011, after a three year battle with cancer, J.R. Church was convinced that Jesus Christ would return soon. He was famous for his saying, “KEEP LOOKING UP!”

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Bethlehem TODAY – The Birthplace of Jesus!

Bethlehem TODAY – The Birthplace of Jesus!

Bethlehem TODAY – The Birthplace of Jesus!

Written by: Prophecy in the News

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If you have ever had the opportunity to visit the town of Bethlehem in Israel, you will find that the place where Jesus was born is nothing like you would imagine. Perched on a hill at the edge of the Judaean Desert, Bethlehem is the historical place where Jesus was born “in a manger” and is now preserved by the “Church of the Nativity.” It is considered a major Christian holy site and is one of the oldest surviving Christian churches.

The birth of Jesus is told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Matthew 1:18-25 – King James Version (KJV)

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

Luke 2 – King James Version (KJV)

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

According to the Bible, both accounts agree that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth. According to Luke 2:7 (in the traditional translation), Mary “laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.” However, the Greek can also be rendered, “she laid him in a manger because they had no space in the room” — according to some scholars, they perhaps imagine Jesus being born in a cave. The gospel accounts do not mention a cave, but less than a century later, both Justin Martyr and the Protoevangelium of James say Jesus was born in a cave. Some believe this is reasonable, as many houses in the area are still built in front of a cave. The cave part would have been used for stabling and storage – thus the manger.

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Saint Justin Martyr, (born c. 100, Flavia Neapolis, Palestine [now Nāblus]—died c. 165, Rome [Italy]; feast day June 1), one of the most important of the Greek philosopher-Apologists in the early Christian church. … He spent a considerable time in Rome.

WIKIPEDIA: The Gospel of James, also known as the Infancy Gospel of James or the Protoevangelium of James, is an apocryphal Gospel probably written about AD 145, which expands backward in time the infancy stories contained in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and presents a narrative concerning the birth and upbringing of Mary herself. It is the oldest source to assert the virginity of Mary not only prior to but during (and after) the birth of Jesus. The document presents itself as written by James: “I, James, wrote this history in Jerusalem.” The purported author is thus James, the brother of Jesus, but scholars have established that the work was not written by the person to whom it is attributed

History of the Church of the Nativity

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The first evidence of a cave in Bethlehem being venerated as Christ’s birthplace is in the writings of Justin Martyr around 160 AD. The tradition is also attested by Origen and Eusebius in the 3rd century.

In 326, Constantine and his mother St. Helena commissioned a church to be built over the cave. This first church, dedicated on May 31, 339, had an octagonal floor plan and was placed directly above the cave. In the center, a 4-meter-wide hole surrounded by a railing provided a view of the cave. Portions of the floor mosaic survive from this period. St. Jerome lived and worked in Bethlehem from 384 AD, and he was buried in a cave beneath the Church of the Nativity.

The Constantinian church was destroyed by Justinian in 530 AD, who built the much larger church that remains today. The Persians spared it during their invasion in 614 AD because, according to legend, they were impressed by a representation of the Magi — fellow Persians — that decorated the building. This was quoted at a 9th-century synod in Jerusalem to show the utility of religious images.

Muslims prevented the application of Hakim’s decree (1009) ordering the destruction of Christian monuments because, since the time of Omar (639), they had been permitted to use the south transept for worship.

The Crusaders took Jerusalem on 6 June 1009. Baldwin I and II were crowned there, and in an impressive display of tolerance the Franks and Byzantines cooperated in fully redecorating the interior (1165-69). A Greek inscription in the north transept records this event.

The Church of the Nativity was much neglected in the Mamluk and Ottoman periods, but not destroyed. Much of the church’s marble was looted by the Ottomans and now adorns the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. An earthquake in 1834 and a fire in 1869 destroyed the furnishings of the cave, but the church again survived.

In 1847, the theft of the silver star marking the exact site of the Nativity was an ostensible factor in the international crisis over the Holy Places that ultimately led to the Crimean War (1854–56).

In 1852, shared custody of the church was granted to the Roman Catholic, Armenian and Greek Orthodox churches. The Greeks care for the Grotto of the Nativity.

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The Grotto of the Nativity, a rectangular cavern beneath the church, is the Church of the Nativity’s focal point. Entered by a flight of steps by the church altar, this is the cave that has been honored as the site of Christ’s birth since at least the 2nd century.

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silver star in the floor marks the very spot where Christ is believed to have been born. The star’s Latin inscription reads, “Here of the Virgin Mary Jesus Christ was born — 1717.” The floor is paved in marble, and 15 lamps hang above the star (six belong to the Greeks, five to the Armenians and four to the Latins).

All other furnishings date from after the fire of 1869, except for the bronze gates at the north and south entrances to the Grotto, which are from Justinian’s 6th-century church.

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