On Facebook, Youtube, and various blogs I am seeing many who claim that the events in Egypt are a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The usual quotes are from Isaiah 19 and Ezekiel 29 & 39. Is this “newspaper” isogesis a good thing?
I think not. These prophecies have already been fulfilled in history, and there is no call to keep projecting them onto today’s events. The events of Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark 13 have mostly been fulfilled already, also. Yet people quote them for every event that hits the cable news cycle. How many times have we been told that the second coming is right around the corner? Too many.
Jesus is coming back, but all these things that folks are claiming are “signs of the end times” are things Jesus said would happen, “but the end is not yet”. In other words, all these things are going to keep happening at various levels of intensity and mean nothing in regards to His coming.
Jesus said, “Jerusalem will be trampled by the gentiles until the times of the gentiles be fulfilled.”
“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” – Rom 11:25 NKJV
So what will be the true sign of His coming? A mass revival with multiplied millions coming to Christ? Or will it be the opposite? A great falling away from Christ? Both views are being preached today as true signs of His coming.
The fact is, Jesus and Paul did not give time stamps or earthly indicators of when His coming would be. “Fullness of the Gentiles” and “times of the Gentiles fulfilled” are pretty non-specific.
Rather than look for pale riders on MSNBC videos, or calling every event a fulfillment of prophecy (without ever giving a specific example, of course), how about we bow our knees, raise our hands and eyes to heaven and pray for this world? Let us preach the true Gospel of Christ, baptize and make disciples of all nations as Christ commanded. He is not coming back until the last person to choose Him, makes that choice and only He knows who that is and when he is going to do it.
Prophecy in Scripture is usually very specific and one must wrest it from its context and original audience in order apply it to today’s events. When it is given for a far future time, God tells the prophet so. Read Daniel’s prophecies. The angel tells him to seal up the book because it is for a time far off. In the case of those prophecies, it was about 490 years into the future.
Other prophecies are not time specific, such as Moses’ prophecy that “The LORD will raise for you a prophet like unto me, Him you shall hear.” He didn’t say when, or who, but we know from New Testament revelation he was speaking of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The truth is, that most Old Testament prophecy has been fulfilled and we can read about it in the history books. As for New Testament prophecies, all those concerning Israel have been fulfilled. As far as I can tell from my studies, all that is left is the second coming. (I could be wrong about that, so I won’t get dogmatic about it). So what should we be saying and doing?
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. – Mat 25:13 KJV
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. – Mat 28:18-20 NKJV
Let us be about our Father’s business and not spending our time chasing prophetic fantasies.