Prophecy Is the Proof of God

God taunts His skeptics. He challenges the critics to examine the one
major proof of His existence: prophecy. Learn how prophecy is the proof of God-next,
on The Key of David, with Gerald Flurry. Greetings, everyone. Our Correspondence Course is the single greatest
tool we have to PROVE the existence of God, and we have a Lesson 16 that is titled, Prophecy
is the Proof of God. Now, most of these prophecies that are discussed
were made over 2500 years ago, and it talks about nations today-Britain, America, Europe,
Asiatic nations, the Middle East-nations all over the world, and it FORETELLS what is going
to happen in those nations. Now, how could any human being ever manage
to make such a prophecy, time after time after time, and have every single ONE of them be
fulfilled? I mean, EVERY ONE of them! Now, the proof is there for us, and we know
there’s divine inspiration if we’ve looked into these scriptures and proven them. And we could even talk about Jesus’ miracles
when He was here on this Earth. But the skeptics will say, Oh, well, they
don’t believe those. Even though there are unconverted Jews and
pagans that have themselves admitted that those miracles really did happen, so you can’t
really prove that too much to the skeptics. And other people will say, Well, how about
answered prayer? Well, of course, they don’t pray to God and
they don’t GET answers, and they’ve never EXPERIENCED anything like that, so they wouldn’t
accept that either. But did you know that the Bible just literally
TAUNTS the skeptics and RIDICULES them in a way, just DARING them to accept the challenge
of God and His prophecies and what He says is going to happen? He TAUNTS those people and DARES them to take
Him on. Notice what it says in Isaiah 41, verses 21
and 22. (Revised Standard Version) “Set forth your
case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob. (22) …and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are,
that we may consider them, that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things
to come.” So here He’s saying, Let’s hear YOUR prophecies
if you think you can do this. Can you do something like that? We’d like to see where YOUR prophecies are
and examine THOSE. And of course, they never accept that challenge. But God just ROUTINELY makes these AMAZING
prophecies, I mean really prophecies that are of great magnitude, and yet, they still
won’t take God on. And even as He makes and unmakes nations and
prophesies that He’s going to do it. That is something that ought to be of interest
to each ONE of us. But the skeptics really look upon the Bible
as being a fraud, but every prophecy has been fulfilled. I mean, every one of them, and one-third of
your Bible IS prophecy, and 90 percent of it is for right now, today. Right now, today. Now, look, when you present all that to people,
and you put the proof out there before them, and you see nations actually do what God prophesied
over 2500 years ago, well, you really would be a little bit mentally unstable to REJECT
that, wouldn’t you? How can that be? We just simply have to FACE this with honesty
and BELIEVE what we see in our own Bibles if it HAS all come to pass. Herbert W. Armstrong had this to say in 1978. It was a bad time in that Church at that time. Many of the ministers were certainly not preaching
the message they should, and he said, “The last two years ministers have not been preaching
prophecy.” That was July 21, 1978 that he said that,
and they were in the midst of the worst crisis EVER in that Church. And he said, “I wish I could get our ministers
to talk about these prophecies. These prophecies need to be EXPLAINED and
prophesied to our people.” Really, the Bible prophecy is the best proof
of the Bible. Notice Revelation 10 and verse 11. It says this, “And he said unto me, Thou MUST
prophesy again before MANY peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” Now, God is telling us, see again, our commission
is THIS: “You MUST prophesy again,” as Herbert W. Armstrong did, is really exactly what this
means. That too, is a great prophecy, and God COMMANDS
us to DO that! He doesn’t say, Well, maybe it’d be a good
idea. He says, You MUST do this! This prophecy has to be a warning for this
world, and God-even though His own Church failed-He STILL fulfills exactly what He said
He would. So His own people rebelled. And notice what it says in Isaiah 56 and verse
9. Here’s what God says, and He’s criticizing
these same ministers who rejected His own truth, God’s own prophecies. Here’s what it says in verse 9, “All ye beasts
of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest. (10) His watchmen are blind: they are all
ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.” Now, that is a powerful picture, when you
think about it. Here you have God illustrating it through
Isaiah, that it’s like you have this house and you have your watchdog out there on the
porch, and then you have all these BEASTS surrounding that house. I mean, really vicious BEASTS, and that dog
just lies there and slumbers. So God says, Now, look, if you’re going to
be a watchman, you have to WARN what God warns people ABOUT! You have to tell them what’s coming! If you don’t do that, you’re just, well, you’re
like a watchdog, a dumb dog, God says. That’s pretty serious criticism. He is ACUTELY telling us what is wrong with
these ministers that don’t do their job, and He’s certainly going to hold them accountable
for that. But look, you can PROVE everything that I’m
saying. It isn’t something that we can’t prove. Notice verse 10 of Revelation 19, where it
talks about, I’ll just read the last verse there, “… for the testimony of Jesus is
the spirit of prophecy.” The testimony of Christ is the spirit of PROPHECY. So if His testimony is the spirit of prophecy,
then WE should have the spirit of prophecy, as well, if He’s leading us, if He’s guiding
us. Notice verse 7. We’ll just back up two or three verses here. Verse 7, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and
give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself
ready.” Well, now, how would that woman, that wife,
be able to make herself ready for Christ’s Second Coming? Now, that’s one of the greatest prophetic
visions in the entire Bible. Jesus Christ is going to marry the Church
that does proclaim His message BEFORE the Second Coming. They’re going to be His Bride and sit on the
throne of David with Him. And He says, Now, this wife has made herself
ready. Well, how could she do that? What would cause her to do that, motivate
her to do that? Because she KNOWS she’s the WIFE! That’s really an indirect prophecy here. She has this VISION of marrying Jesus Christ,
and the great REWARD that He’s going to give His people who PROCLAIM this message. He says it MUST be proclaimed! He has PROPHESIED that He’s going to warn
His people in this end time and tell them what’s coming. Now, that is something we ALL ought to think
about. But the wife doesn’t make herself ready until
she knows she’s a wife, until she knows she’s going to be the Bride of Christ, the greatest
reward ever given to any people on this Earth, ever! Now, that’s worth doing something and getting
out and getting yourself ready, because you are going to marry Jesus Christ. Those firstfruits are the ones that are called
out ahead of time to do God’s Work, but it’s just a little flock, that’s all. That’s Luke 12 and verse 32 tells you that,
a little flock. And God is not trying to save this world today! How many people know that? He’s not trying to! He says in John 6:44 that none can come to
God, except the Spirit of the Father draws him. And He’s only calling a little flock. This is not the time that He’s trying to save
all mankind, but that is coming shortly, and I mean I’m talking about in a tiny few years. But today this world is in darkness and they’re
not really very interested in God’s Word. You can read in II Peter 3, verses 3 and 4,
where it says in the last days there’s going to be scoffers. Well, are there scoffers today? Well, I should say there are. God prophesied it’d be that way, and they’re
going to say, Well, where is the promise of His coming? Show me where the promise of His coming is. Well, that’s exactly what He is doing through
our message because we MUST do this if we’re going to serve God. And God certainly opens the door to quite
a few people to help in that if they really want to serve God in that way. Now let me give you just the most, well, MIRACULOUS
prophecy in the Bible if you want to talk about PROVING that. Well, let me just read the title here. “Proving That Prophecy is the Proof of God.” That’s the title of that Correspondence Course. Now, this group of verses really does that. Notice verse 3 of Matthew 24, “And as he sat
upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when
shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the
world? (4) And Jesus answered and said unto them,
Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying,
I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Well, how about that? They talk about Christ a lot, but they don’t
give you His message; that’s the problem. And notice it says, verse 7, “For nation shall
rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences,
and earthquakes…” Well, pestilences. Well, that would certainly be something like
the coronavirus, and I have an article, a reprint article that I’ll send you on that,
and incidentally in our next Trumpet magazine we’re going to have several articles about
that subject. But here God says there’s going to be pestilences,
there’s going to be plagues, there’s going to be viruses, there’s going to be problems
LIKE that, but all God is doing is telling us, Look, if we want to CHANGE that, we just
have to REPENT. That’s what He’s calling on all of us to do,
every single one of us. In verse 8 He says, “All these are the beginning
of sorrows.” But notice, here’s the great prophecy you
need to realize HAS to be true, and there’s just no way you can get around it. Verse 21 says, “For then shall be great tribulation,
such as [never] was [before]” in all time. Verse 22, “And except those days should be
shortened, there should no flesh be saved [alive]:” it says in the Moffat translation,
“but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Now, back in Christ’s time, He made that prophecy
when He was on this Earth, and they had swords and spears and very primitive weapons of war
compared to what we have today. And He talked about the end of this AGE. He talked about our number-one problem, that
of human survival! Human survival we’re talking about! Look around in this end time. Do you see that being our number-one problem? Well, it certainly IS, and you can prove that
easily just by looking at a little in your newspapers and on TV, and a little history,
and the like. But notice what we wrote in Correspondence
Course 16, “We need to understand the full import of this shocking scripture. The Moffat translation reads, ‘Had not these
days been cut short, not a SOUL would be saved alive.’ The Philiips translation states, ‘Yes, if
those days had not be cut short, no human being would survive.’ The New Living translation renders it this
way, ‘In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, the entire human race will be
destroyed.'” That’s the threat of human extinction! Is that our threat today? Yes! Has it ever been a threat to the world in
the past? Any of our past history? No, it has not. Where you could extinguish every human life
on this Earth? No, it never has happened, because today we
have all of these, well, first the atomic bomb and then the hydrogen bomb and then we
have the weapons of mass destruction, other weapons. And yet Jesus Christ told us EXACTLY what
was going to happen two thousand years ago, when He was on this Earth. Now, how can you get around that? Well, you really can’t. You can’t refute that, you just simply can’t
do it. And we have all kinds of material where we’ll
prove it to you, and this Correspondence Course, and I hope you’ll take this entire Correspondence
Course because it will CHANGE the course of your whole life in a WONDERFUL way if you
study it with an open mind. Daniel 12 and verse 8 and 9 says that Daniel’s
prophecies would not be understood in HIS time. God gave them to him, He said, No, go your
way, Daniel. That’s for the END TIME, the time we’re living
in RIGHT NOW. Revelation talks about that, too, that same
subject. Revelation 5 and verse 1. It’s all sealed until the end time, right
now, and it’s been unsealed. You ought to read my booklet on Daniel Unlocks
the Book of Revelation. Daniel just said he didn’t understand what
it was. And I’ll tell you, the Correspondence Course
16 really does explain to you, in detail, about this Daniel 2 image. And if you will study THAT, you’ll see all
KINDS of prophecies that absolutely were fulfilled. All KINDS of them! And then in Ephesians 3 and verse 5 it talks
about, “Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now …” in
this end time. And certainly throughout the rest of history,
after Christ’s first coming there were some interesting things happened as well, and something
you can really prove. But here’s another quote, “The framework for
all end-time prophecies is found in these two books of the Bible that have been unsealed
in the last days.” Revelation and Daniel. That’s why I wrote the booklet on Daniel Unlocks
Revelation. We MUST understand this. That image explains the history of ALL of
the human empires that have been on this Earth, and that WILL be right down to the Second
Coming, and we need to understand that. Well, we’ll just read a few verses here in
Revelation 1 where it says, again, these are prophecies as well, and it’s talking about
the seven churches that will be, from the first coming of Christ to the Second Coming. Now, it’s in the book of Revelation here,
so it’s obviously about prophecy, seven eras of God’s Church, and notice what that Church
is going to do. Verse 12, “And I turned to see the voice that
spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden [lamps];”
it should read. (13) “And in the midst of the seven [lamps]
one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot,” so that’s Jesus
Christ right in the MIDST of the very Church of God, the true Church of God. He’s right in the midst of it! And there is a lamp there in this dark world. There is a lamp burning there. There is a LIGHT to this world if only they
would SEE it and begin to CHANGE their lives. All of these plagues and terrible destructive
weapons and that, that would be solved quickly if we just would let God guide us. Now, that’s what it’s going to take to stop
it. Nothing else will ever stop it. And His face just shines like the sun in its
strength, and it just tells us about this great lamp. Verse 20 says, “The mystery of the seven stars,”
or the seven angels, one over each Church era, “which thou sawest in my right hand,
and the seven golden [lamps]. The seven stars are the angels of the seven
churches: and the seven [lamps] which thou sawest are the seven churches.” You see, each one has a lamp and a light for
this world to show them the way to solve all these problems, whether it be coronavirus
or ANY of these other plagues that come upon us. God said in the Old Testament that if we obeyed
Him, He wouldn’t put these diseases upon us that are out there in the world. He wants us to be an EXAMPLE to the world,
especially America and Britain and the Jewish nation, because they have some, well, blessings
that you can also prove were ABSOLUTELY MIRACULOUSLY REVEALED to mankind in this end time. But there’s only one Church, God says, where
you will find this one little flock, where you will find this lamp that just SHINES so
much in this dark world. That’s what we need to focus on. See, Christ said, I will build My Church,
and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. It’ll always be there. Where are you going to go? Let’s say, if you’re going to be a watchman,
a watchman of God, what would you do? Well, you want to go to the television news
or the newspapers of this world or magazines? No, let’s see what God tells His watchman
to do. Verse 7, [Ezekiel 33] “So thou, O son of man,
I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word
at my mouth, and warn them from me.” In other words, God doesn’t send us off to
some news source in this world. He says, You come to the Bible, you look into
the Bible and I’ll show you EXACTLY what’s coming. Everything that you need to know will be right
there. He goes on in other places like Jeremiah 23
and talks about the false prophets, and they just find this idea IN THEIR MINDS and IN
THEIR HEARTS, and they don’t go to God’s Word and get the message, they don’t go to His
Bible, which is His inspired Word. This is all PROVEN, you see, PROVEN to us,
and God wants us to understand it today. Again, the title is Prophecy is the Proof
of God; that’s what the Correspondence Course title is. And then verse 33, “And when this cometh to
pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.” But again, you see, the only way they learn
is by EXPERIENCING these terrible plagues and problems that we’re facing, even human
EXTINCTION! And we STILL won’t turn to God. And turn, turn, turn, it says in Ezekiel 33
and verse 11. Turn from your wicked ways! God is calling upon ALL of us to REPENT, and
we don’t understand repentance in this world, I’ll tell you. We don’t understand it. Verse 9 of Jeremiah 28 says, “The prophet
which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall
the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him.” In other words, the false prophets come talking
about peace and peace and we’re going to have peace, we’re going to have “this” nice thing
and everything’s going to be just fine. God says, well, when the prophet says something
and it comes to pass, you KNOW God sent that man to warn you, and give you an opportunity
to escape all these problems that we see are surrounding us in this world. He says in Amos 2 that He raised up His own
prophets, and now they’re saying, Prophesy not. But He said, look, if God reveals His secret
to His servants, the prophets, and then He says in this end time, Who CAN but prophesy?
if they know that. Who CAN just sit there and not do anything
if he knows that? This is talking about God’s own people. I just hope you WILL request our Correspondence
Course. We have 34 lessons and we’ll start you out
on Lesson 1, and I mean to tell you there is no place on this Earth where you’ll understand
your own Bible, than that Correspondence Course. It’s just FILLED with wonderful lessons right
out of your Bible. It’s not from a man! It’s not from any men, it’s from God! Until next week, this is Gerald Flurry, goodbye,
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