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Is there historical evidence for Jesus' resurrection?

November 27, 2017 Add Comment
The New Testament stands alone in historical accuracy. It is the greatest of the resurrection proofs. The gospels themselves are the most reliable historical books in existence. Let's see just a few of the evidences for the resurrection...


1. Jesus died on the cross. The Romans were experts when it came to executions, and clearly knew how to check whether someone was dead or not. Any victim who took longer than usual to die, would have their legs broken off by the Roman soldier, resulting in suffocation due to the inability to lift themselves up on their legs to take a breath. This execution is recorded precisely in detail in John’s gospel.

2. Jesus sweated blood beforehand.
“And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44)
Hematidrosis is a rare, but very real, medical condition where one’s sweat will contain blood. Its cause is extreme anguish, known to occur under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress. In the other Gospel accounts, we see Jesus’ level of anguish:
“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38; cf. Mark 14:34) 

3. Blood and water spilled from spear wound. 

"Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water." (John 19:34)

From the wound came a flow of "blood and water." John’s description is consistent with what modern medicine would expect to have happened when someone dies! As the red blood cells and serum have separated after the heart has stopped beating which John has quite inadvertently recorded. The spear blow to the heart, would have ruptured the pericardium (the sac surrounding the heart) releasing a flow of watery serum, followed by blood as the heart was pierced. John probably had no idea why he saw both blood and a clear fluid come out since he was untrained. Modern medical knowledge supports the claim of the scriptures that Jesus died on the cross.

4. The first eyewitnesses were women. Women were second class citizens in Bible times, and the testimony of women in 1st century Jewish culture was considered worthless. Yet the Bible says the risen Christ first appeared to Mary Magdalene and other holy women. That would have been an embarrassing detail you would have never led with UNLESS it actually happened. And the fact that all four (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) say it happened just gives it that much stronger evidence that it actually did happen. Jesus, who always had special respect for these women, honored them as the first eyewitnesses to his resurrection. The male Gospel writers had no choice but to report this embarrassing act of God's favor, because that was how it happened. 

5. The resurrection was preached in the same city where Jesus had been buried shortly before. Jesus' disciples did not go to some random place far away, where no one had heard of Jesus, to begin preaching about the resurrection. Instead they began preaching in Jerusalem, the very city where Jesus had died and been buried. No one would be foolish enough to believe a man had raised from the dead when his body lay dead in the tomb for all to see. Paul Althaus writes, that the resurrection proclamation "could not have been maintained in Jerusalem for a single day, for a single hour, if the emptiness of the tomb had not been established as a fact for all concerned." 

6. The earliest Jewish arguments against Christianity admit the empty tomb. In Matthew 28:11-15, the Jew's try to disprove Christianity, and make it look bad, by saying that the disciples stole the body. This actually shows that the Jews did not deny the empty tomb. Furthermore, the Jewish leaders were opposed to Christianity! They were hostile witnesses. So in acknowledging the empty tomb, they were admitting the reality of a fact that was certainly not in their favor. Why would they admit that the tomb was empty unless the evidence was too strong to be denied?

7. Changed lives and hundreds of eyewitnesses. Just after the crucifixion, Jesus' apostles hid behind locked doors, terrified they would be executed next. But something changed them from cowards to bold preachers. Any person should know that is hard to believe unless something as incredible as the resurrection had actually happened. History also records that thousands upon thousands were instantly and immediately mass converting to be followers of Jesus, as many as 3000 in a day. It is recorded that after the crucifixion, Jesus appeared alive over a span of 40 days and to 500 eyewitnesses”. This fact alone makes it hard to believe it was made up.

8. Willingness to die for what was known. Tradition says ten of the original apostles died as martyrs for Christ, as did the Apostle Paul. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of early Christians died in the Roman arena and in prisons for their faith. People do not die for a cause they know to be false.

9. The Historical Evidence. Concerning primary sources, the resurrection has Matthew’s account, John’s account, and Paul’s account in 1 Corinthians 15, including the additional references by James. The following are secondary sources for the resurrection: Luke, Mark, and the following:


Evidence from Ignatius

Ignatius who lived from, AD 70-115, affirmed clearly the literal historical nature of the resurrection of these saints, declaring, 
“For Says the Scripture, ‘Many bodies of the saints that slept arose,’ their graves being opened. He descended, indeed, into Hades alone, but He arose accompanied by a multitude” 
chap.Ix, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. I, p. 70

Ignatius to the Magnesians:
“…[T]herefore endure, that we may be found the disciples of Jesus Christ, our only Master—how shall we be able to live apart from Him, whose disciples the prophets themselves in the Spirit did wait for Him as their Teacher?  And therefore He who they rightly waited for, being come, raised them from the dead”
[Chap. IX] Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, eds. The Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. I (1885).

Evidence from Irenaeus

Irenaeus who lived from, AD 120-200, was closely linked to the New Testament writers. He knew Polycarp who was a disciple of the apostle John. Irenaeus wrote:
“…He [Christ] suffered who can lead those souls aloft that followed His ascension.  This event was also an indication of the fact that when the holy hour of Christ descended [to Hades], many souls ascended and were seen in their bodies”
Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus XXVIII, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. I, Alexander Roberts, ibid., 572-573.  

Evidence from Clement

Clement of Alexandria who lived from, AD 155-200, verified the historicity of the resurrection of the saints in Matthew 27, writing,
“‘But those who had fallen asleep descended dead, but ascended alive.’  Further, the Gospel says, ‘that many bodies of those that slept arose,’—plainly as having been translated to a better state” 
Alexander Roberts, ed. Stromata, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. II, chap. VI, 491.

Evidence from Tertullian

Tertullian who lived from, AD 160-222, wrote:
“’And the sun grew dark at mid-day;’ (and when did it ‘shudder exceedingly’ except at the passion of Christ, when the earth trembled to her centre, and the veil of the temple was rent, and the tombs burst asunder?) ‘because these two evils hath My People done’” 
Alexander Roberts, ed. An Answer to the Jews, Chap XIII, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 3, 170.


Not a single record was found of any surveyed who believed this was a legend. These records that are so close to the time period of the resurrection prove it was no legend. 

Do not forget that there are numerous other historical records, such as Josephus, a prominent Jewish historian, who corroborated the prophecies, miracles, and crucifixion of Jesus. Tacitus, a Roman historian, goes as far as to say, "Christus…suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilate, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea. . .but even in Rome." (See more: Is there historical evidence for Jesus' existence?)


References:
  • http://defendinginerrancy.com/early-fathers-resurrection-saints/
  • https://www.psephizo.com/biblical-studies/what-is-the-evidence-for-the-resurrection/
  • https://www.thoughtco.com/proofs-of-the-resurrection-700603
  • https://www.gotquestions.org/sweat-blood-Jesus.html
  • http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/april/why-you-can-believe-in-the-resurrection
  • https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/historical-evidence-for-the-resurrection
  • https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/resurrection-proofs-faq.htm
  1. chap.Ix, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. I, p. 70
  2. [Chap. IX] Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, eds. The Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. I (1885).
  3. Fragments from the Lost Writings of Irenaeus XXVIII, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. I, Alexander Roberts, ibid., 572-573.
  4. Alexander Roberts, ed. Stromata, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. II, chap. VI, 491.
  5. Alexander Roberts, ed. An Answer to the Jews, Chap XIII, Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 3, 170.
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Evolution's Radiometric Dating Methods: Are they accurate?

November 27, 2017 Add Comment
Although many things about a rock can be measured, its age cannot be directly measured. Radiometric dating techniques relies upon assumptions. To help you understand the reality of radiometric dating, think of it like this:

If you were asked to find out when a candle, that was burning on a table, was lit, and you weren't there, all you can find out is either the height of the candle, or you can measure how fast it is currently burning by measuring the candle for awhile.

So all we have is the height of the candle, and the rate at which it is currently burning. You still cannot figure out when it was lit, unless you make some assumptions.

  • How tall was the candle to begin with? 
  • Has it always burned at the same rate?

Neither of those can be known. If you find a fossil in the dirt, the amount of carbon can be measured, and the rate of decay can be determined. We don't argue with either of those.

But we must make some assumptions.

  1. How much was in it when it lived? 
  2. Has it always decayed at the same rate? 
  3. Has it been contaminated sitting in the ground for all these millions of years? 

1. These assumptions do not take into account the impact of weathering by surface and ground waters and the diffusion of gases. It is impossible to know to what degree products have been added to or removed from the rocks over the alleged millions or billions of years.

2. Decay rates have been increased in the laboratory by factors of billions of times! There are over several lines of evidence that decay rates have been faster in the past. For example, with Carbon dating, we know that:

  • A decrease in the earth's magnetic field, increases C-14.
  • And that increased CO2 (carbon dioxide) levels, decrease C-14. (So we can assume that the ratio decreased during the industrial revolution, due to factory generation of CO2, and during other such natural events...)

Therefore, using an assumed constant ratio for dating inevitably results in inaccurate radiocarbon readings. And there is no way to prove that the decay rate was not different at some point in the past. These two problems alone, in reality, clearly calls into question the validity of virtually any dates assigned to fossils.

Now that we know how radiometric dating actually works, let's see the evidence of its inaccuracy and unreliability with two major radiometric dating methods...


Carbon-14 Dating


Carbon-14 actually decays so quickly—with a half-life of only 5,730 years—that none is expected to remain in fossils after only a few hundred thousand years. 

Carbon-14 shouldn't even be used to date anything over a few thousand years, since its half-life is only 5,730 years! And Carbon-14 has been detected in “ancient” fossils—supposedly up to hundreds of millions of years old—ever since the earliest days of radiocarbon dating. It's found in everything! If radiocarbon lasts only a few hundred thousand years, why is it found in all the earth’s diamonds dated at billions of years old?

This range is lowered even more by the calculations of other reputable secular scientists, including Robert L. Whitelaw (1968), who believed that C-14 could date no farther back than 5000 years. Dr. Walt Brown (2008), has presented recent data showing that C-14 dating becomes unreliable after about 3,500 years. The bottom line is that C-14 dating is clearly useless for dating so-called prehistoric life forms.

Despite these, there are many other cases that illustrate just how inaccurate and unreliable radiocarbon dating can be. The following striking examples are just the tip of the iceberg:

  • Mammoth Dating Inconsistencies. A fossilized baby mammoth nicknamed Dima, was dated by Dr. Brown (2008). The radiocarbon dating indicated that one section of Dima's body was 40,000 years old, while another part was 26,000 years old. To make matters worse, C-14 dating  determined that the wood that enveloped Dima was only 9,000 to 10,000 years old, when all materials that appear together with the fossil are, by definition, the same age as the fossil!
  • Young Dinosaur Fossils Rejected. After C-14 dating a dinosaur fossil, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, located near Knoxville, Tennessee, indicated that the dating results showed the fossil to be just a few thousand years old, not millions. Not wanting to abandon their preconceived notion that dinosaurs have not existed for the past 65 million years, however, their evolutionary researchers dismissed the results as invalid. This is not an isolated case. Scientists often reject dating results that do not fit their theories.
  • Blind Dating. In a “blind” sample C-14 test, researchers provided fossilized dinosaur bones to University of Arizona's Laboratory of lsotope Geochemistry, in 1990, without indicating what kind of animal they were dating. The results, announced on August 10 of that year by the University's Professor of Geosciences, showed that what were actually allosaurus bones, were only about 16,000 years old instead of their official 140-million-year age!
  • Inconsistent Dates By Far. In the Geological Survey Professional Paper 862, they carbon dated sample #SI454 and said it was 17,210 years plus or minus 500. They then tested a different sample, sample #SI455, and said it's 24,140 years old. Then they find out that the second sample was actually the same sample, 454! The very same sample, tested again. So is it 17,000 or 24,000? This same mistake happened again... Sample #299 was claimed to be less than 20,000 years old, and Sample #L136 was greater than 28,000. They then find out it was the same sample as #299. How can a sample be less than 20 and greater than 28 at the same time?
  • Known Dates Inaccurate. Living penguins have been dated as 8,000 years old. Material from layers where dinosaur bones were found have been carbon dated at 34,000 years old. A freshly killed seal was 1,300 years old when they carbon dated it. Living snails have been carbon dated 27,000 years old. They tested a living mollusk, a clam, and it was 2,300 years old. It was still alive. (Earth’s Most Challenging Mysteries, by R. Daly, 1972, p. 280) (Science vol. 141, 1963, p. 634-637, M. Keith and G. Anderson) 
  • The Earth Age Inconsistency. Back in 1770 they taught the earth was 70,000 years old. In 1905 they said it's 2 billion years old. By 1969, they went to the moon, they brought back moon rocks and said: “Oh, they're 3.5 billion years old.” That was the official age; 3.5 billion. Today they say it's 4.6 billion years old.

The list goes on...

Another thing you may not have known, is that Carbon dating was not invented until 1949! So when they started teaching the earth is billions of years old, back in 1830, they didn't teach it because of carbon dating. They'd never thought of carbon dating. It had never been heard of. Why were they teaching the earth is billions of years old 160 years ago? Because they needed billions of years to make their theory look good.


Potassium-Argon Dating


  • Volcanic eruption of Mt Etna, Sicily in 122 BC the basalt dated 170,000–330,000 years old
  • Volcanic eruption of Mt Etna, Sicily in AD 1972 the basalt dated 210,000–490,000 years old
  • Volcanic eruption of Mt St. Helens, Washington in AD 1980 the rocks dated 300,000–400,000 years old
  • Volcanic eruption at Hualalai basalt, Hawaii in AD 1800–1801 the rocks dated 1.44–1.76 million years old
  • Volcanic eruption of Mt Ngauruhoe, New Zealand in AD 1954 the rocks dated 3.3–3.7 million years old
  • Volcanic eruption at Kilauea Iki,  Hawaii in AD 1959 the basalt dated 1.7–15.3 million years old
Andrew Snelling, “Excess Argon: The ‘Achilles’ Heel’ of Potassium-Argon and Argon-Argon Dating of Volcanic Rocks,” Impact #307, Institute for Creation Research

If radiometric dating fails to get an accurate date on something of which we do know the true age, then how can it be trusted to give us the correct age for rocks that had no human observers to record when they formed?

 Summary:
  • Wild dates are always obtained with carbon dating or potassium argon dating.
  • Dates that don't fit the theory are rejected. 
  • Only the ‘correct dates’ get published [that match the geologic column].
  • The original content can not possibly be known. 
  • You can't know that there's been no contamination. 
  • You can't know that the decay rate has always remained the same.

To be considered credible, radiometric dating would have to be scientifically sound and consistently accurate. As we have just seen, however, it is riddled with scientific flaws and endless examples of inaccurate measurements. Therefore, it is no more valid than the geologic column for determining when dinosaurs lived. 

In 1970, at the Nobel Symposium an evolutionist said:
“If a C14 date supports our theories, we put it in the main text. If it does not entirely contradict them, we put it in a footnote. And if it is completely ‘out of date’, we just drop it.”

Science is controlled by evolutionists who are not really interested in the truth, and will deny any evidence to the contrary.



References:
  1. Andrew Snelling, “Excess Argon: The ‘Achilles’ Heel’ of Potassium-Argon and Argon-Argon Dating of Volcanic Rocks,” Impact #307, Institute for Creation Research
  2. Science vol. 141, 1963, p. 634-637, M. Keith and G. Anderson
  3. Earth’s Most Challenging Mysteries, by R. Daly, 1972, p. 280
  4. T. Save-Soderbergh and I.U. Olsson (Institute of Egyptology and Institute of Physics respectively, Univ. of Uppsala, Sweden), C-14 dating and Egyptian chronology in Radiocarbon Variations and Absolute Chronology”-- Proceedings of the Twelfth Nobel Symposium, New York, 1970, p. 35
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Is there historical evidence for Jesus' existence?

November 23, 2017 2 Comments
People usually ask why there is no record of Jesus in Roman records. It's really very simple as to why He's not. For one, there are no surviving Roman records! All there is, are only highly parochial Roman historians who had little interest in the comings and goings of minor cults and were far more concerned about Emperors and Kings. Jesus lived a normal human life, and would not have been that noticeable while alive - so there was no reason for Roman historians to notice him.

There was never any debate in the ancient world about whether Jesus of Nazareth was a historical figure. The historical evidence for Jesus of Nazareth is both long-established and widespread. Within a few decades of his lifetime, he is mentioned by Jewish and Roman historians, as well as by dozens of Christian writings. Let's see just a few...


Evidence from Josephus

The most remarkable reference to Jesus outside the Bible can be found in the writings of Josephus, a first century Jewish historian. Flavius Josephus published a history of the Jews in twenty books around 93 AD. In the 18th and 20th books, there are two little references to Jesus that have inspired a massive literature on their authenticity or spuriousness. (Josephus was not a Christian, and it is difficult to believe that anyone but a Christian would have made some of these statements). Josephus wrote:
Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.
Josephus, Antiquities 18.63-64, cited in Yamauchi, “Jesus Outside the New Testament”, 212.

(The parts of the passage which are in red above, are the additions of a Christian scribe trying to make Jesus appear in a better light.)

In 1995 a discovery for the first time, pointed out that Josephus' description of Jesus showed an unusual similarity with another early description of Jesus. It was established statistically that the similarity was too close to have appeared by chance. Further study showed that Josephus' description was not derived from this other text, but rather that both were based on a Jewish-Christian "gospel" that has since been lost. It has become possible to prove that the Jesus account cannot have been a forgery.

Evidence from Tacitus

Reporting on Emperor Nero’s decision to blame the Christians for the fire that had destroyed Rome in A.D. 64, the Roman historian Tacitus wrote:
Nero fastened the guilt . . . on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of . . . Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome. . . .
Tacitus, Annals 15.44, cited in Strobel, The Case for Christ, 82.

Evidence from the Babylonian Talmud

The Babylonian Talmud is a collection of Jewish rabbinical writings compiled between approximately A.D. 70-500. The earliest period of compilation occurred between A.D. 70-200. The most significant reference to Jesus from this period states:
On the eve of the Passover Yeshu was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald . . . cried, “He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy.”
The Babylonian Talmud, transl. by I. Epstein (London: Soncino, 1935), vol. III, Sanhedrin 43a, 281, cited in Habermas, The Historical Jesus, 203.

Evidence from Lucian

Lucian of Samosata was a second century Greek satirist. In one of his works, he wrote of the early Christians as follows:
The Christians . . . worship a man to this day–the distinguished personage who introduced their novel rites, and was crucified on that account. . . . [It] was impressed on them by their original lawgiver that they are all brothers, from the moment that they are converted, and deny the gods of Greece, and worship the crucified sage, and live after his laws.
Lucian, The Death of Peregrine, 11-13, in The Works of Lucian of Samosata, transl. by H.W. Fowler and F.G. Fowler, 4 vols. (Oxford: Clarendon, 1949), vol. 4., cited in Habermas, The Historical Jesus, 206.

Evidence from Pliny the Younger

In one of his letters, dated around A.D. 112, Pliny the Younger writes to the Emperor for advice regarding the Christians. At one point in his letter, Pliny relates some of the information he has learned about these Christians:

They were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of food–but food of an ordinary and innocent kind.

Pliny, Letters, transl. by William Melmoth, rev. by W.M.L. Hutchinson (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1935), vol. II, X:96, cited in Habermas, The Historical Jesus, 199.

These abundant historical references leave us with little reasonable doubt that Jesus lived and died. Those that deny Jesus' existence, must also deny practically any other ancient historical figure. The historical records are no different. 
The total evidence is so overpowering, so absolute that only the shallowest of intellects would dare to deny Jesus’ existence. - Paul L. Maier 

We don't even need these non-biblical historical records for proof Jesus existed since we've got absolutely overwhelming evidence that the New Testament is an accurate and trustworthy historical document alone, see here. Seriously, if the average-sized manuscript were two and one-half inches thick, all the copies of the works of an average Greek author would stack up four feet high, while the copies of the New Testament would stack up to over a mile high! Jesus definitely existed.


References:
  • https://probe.org/ancient-evidence-for-jesus-from-non-christian-sources-2/
  • http://www.bede.org.uk/jesusmyth.htm
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/14/what-is-the-historical-evidence-that-jesus-christ-lived-and-died
  • http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/testimonium.html
  • http://www.josephus.org/testimonium.htm
  1. Tacitus, Annals 15.44, cited in Strobel, The Case for Christ, 82.
  2. Josephus, Antiquities 18.63-64, cited in Yamauchi, “Jesus Outside the New Testament”, 212.
  3. The Babylonian Talmud, transl. by I. Epstein (London: Soncino, 1935), vol. III, Sanhedrin 43a, 281, cited in Habermas, The Historical Jesus, 203.
  4. Lucian, The Death of Peregrine, 11-13, in The Works of Lucian of Samosata, transl. by H.W. Fowler and F.G. Fowler, 4 vols. (Oxford: Clarendon, 1949), vol. 4., cited in Habermas, The Historical Jesus, 206.
  5. Pliny, Letters, transl. by William Melmoth, rev. by W.M.L. Hutchinson (Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1935), vol. II, X:96, cited in Habermas, The Historical Jesus, 199.
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More Prophecies & End Time Signs

November 21, 2017 Add Comment
In all history— only our generation has seen every one of these events starting to unfold... (Find all end time signs and prophecies here).

"There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of... the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished." (2 Pet. 3:3-6)
The word, "willingly ignorant" in the above verse implies that the biblical flood, and its evidence, is known of, but is rejected and ignored without serious consideration - they refuse to open-mindedly investigate the evidence for it.


What's interesting is that Creation Science (Institute for Creation Research, Creation Ministries International and Answers in Genesis...) only started up in the 1960s, as a fundamentalist Christian effort to nullify the scientific evidence for evolution, and more. It has since developed a huge popularity in the United States, with creation science ministries branching worldwide. If you're after the evidence of a global flood, creation ministries have got it all with easy access on their websites! There is a mass of fossil evidence to prove this fact (See here and here), yet it is flatly ignored by most of the scientific world because it was judgment from God on man's wickedness. Creation science has made this prediction possible!
 
There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. (Luke 21:11)
The Greek word translated fearful from the above verse, is phobetron, which can also be translated terror. Use of the word "terrorism" first began in 1795, with modern terrorism only beginning in the late 18th century. The number of people dying due to terrorism has increased dramatically in the past 15 years, and terrorism is increasing by 25% every year! According to the U.S. State Department, between 1981 and 2009, there were more than 75,000 international terrorist attacks.

As well as great signs from heaven prophesied (Luke 21:11, 26). Unexplained sightings in the sky appear to be increasing. For instance, since 1947 UFO testimonies have exploded - terrifying many. Each year thousands of unidentified aerial sightings are reported.


"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places." (Matthew 24:7) 
The definition of the word, pestilence, used in the above verse is: a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating. Emerging diseases such as AIDS, ebola, Hanta virus, Dengue, West Nile, SARS, bird flu, etc., as well as numerous re-emerging infectious diseases underscore this fact. Ironically, just a few decades ago, some scientists were forecasting that advances in medicine might soon eradicate deadly diseases. (See also: Revelation 6:8).

"Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it; because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut." (Ezekiel 44:2)
Ezekiel 44:1-3 tells us that the Eastern Gate would remain closed until the Messiah returns. At Christ's Second Coming, He will enter Jerusalem through the now sealed Eastern Gate. Today, as prophesied, the Eastern Gate remains sealed.


"It shall be the lowliest of kingdoms; it shall never again exalt itself above the nations, for I will diminish them so that they will not rule over the nations anymore." (Ezekiel 29:15)
Ezekiel 29:14-16 tells us that Egypt would exist in the last days - but only as a "lowly Kingdom". Egypt was one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations. Yet today, as prophesied, Egypt remains - but only as a third world nation - which will "never again exalt itself above the nations" (v. 15). And while God's Word foretold of the demise of many other ancient people groups and kingdoms (which have long since vanished), Egypt still remains!

"So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the wilderness,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it." (Matthew 24:26)
Some will say Christ is in the inner rooms in the last days. According to the Catholic Church, Christ is in the inner rooms of hundreds of thousands of Catholic churches either in Eucharistic tabernacles or monstrances.

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars..." (Luke 21:25)
In recent years there has been a massive increase in solar activity recorded. The strongest solar flare measured in modern times happened in 2003, when scientists recorded a blast so powerful that it was off the charts! Back in September there was one week where 7 monster Solar Flares occurred within 7 Days. These solar flares are grabbing our attention, and are increasing in frequency and intensity! Still future paranormal events must yet occur (See also: Revelation 13:13-14; 16:14).


"This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths." (Zechariah 14:12)
The physical symptoms that this passage states will be suffered by those who come against Jerusalem at Armageddon are the exact symptoms experienced by victims of nuclear radiation: eyes consumed in their sockets, tongues in their mouths and flesh falling off the bones. The neutron bomb melts (dissolves) its victims just as God warned 2500 years ago. (See: Does Revelation describe a Nuclear War?)


"While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
Never has there been such a concerted, global effort to bring about peace at any cost as there is today. The United Nations General Assembly declared, in 1981, the International Day of Peace, to be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace. And according to the Global Peace Index, we are apparently living in the most peaceful century in human history! 


"And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base." (Zechariah 5:11)
Zechariah 5:11 and Isaiah 13 tell us that Literal Babylon (formerly called Babel, Genesis 10:10) will reemerge in the land of Shinar (known today as Iraq). Saddam Hussein spent over 20 years rebuilding the city of Babylon. Today, with Saddam's regime overthrown, the international community is discussing how to rebuild Iraq!



References:
  • http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-17/global-terrorism-index-increase/6947200
  • http://www.terrorism-research.com/history/early.php
  • https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/sun-solar-flare-strongest-auroras-space-science/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Peace
  • https://reliefweb.int/report/world/global-peace-index-2014
  • http://www.eternal-productions.org/101prophecy.html
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15 Reasons Why Evolution Is A Fairy Tale For Adults

November 17, 2017 Add Comment
1. The theory of spontaneous generation (living organisms arising from non-living substances) has been scientifically disproven since the 1800s. Louis Pasteur proved that life only comes from life—this is the law of biogenesis. “Chemical Evolution” is just another way of saying “spontaneous generation”—life comes from non life. Evolution is therefore built on a fallacy science long ago proved to be impossible.


2. Not only has spontaneous generation been disproved, but everything evolving from nothing already contradicts five proven scientific laws - the Law of Cause and Effect, the Law of Conservation of Energy/Mass, the Law of Increasing Entropy, the Laws of Universal Information, and the Law of Biogenesis. Evolution is not science!

3. Evolutionists attempt to distance their theory from abiogenesis (origin of life), by completely ignoring it. This doesn't achieve anything, because the fact still remains that simple chemicals could not react to form the first cell! Therefore, they ignore it, since evolution wouldn't exist without abiogenesis.


4. If “evolution” was happening right now, there would be millions of creatures out there with partially developed features and organs. But instead there are none.

5. If the theory of evolution was true, we should have discovered eight billion bodies (at the very least) and numerous artifacts of stone age skeletons - considering they've been around for the supposed 185,000 years. Instead, there are only a few thousand.

6. If the theory of evolution was true, the world’s population would be 1 in 10100! Instead, the world’s population is only around 7.6 billion.

7. Nobody has ever observed macro evolution take place in the laboratory or in nature. In other words, nobody has ever observed one kind of creature turn into another kind of creature. The entire theory of evolution is based on blind faith.

8. Back in Darwin’s day, scientists didn’t know what type or quantity of information was embedded within the cell. Cells appeared to be little unsophisticated globs of jello, mysterious little parts of life that no one could see into. Just simple cells. But now that we have the ability to peer into cells with electron microscopes, we see that life down at the cellular level is immeasurably more complex than Darwin ever dreamed. The odds of even a single sell “assembling itself” by chance are so low that they aren’t even worth talking about. (See: Fine-Tuning & Complexity of Life: Ultimate Proof) Evolutionists admit that the chances of evolutionary progress are extremely low. Yet, they believe that given enough time, the apparently impossible becomes possible. 

9. If the theory of evolution was true, we should have discovered millions upon millions of transitional fossils that show the development of one species into another species. Instead, we have zero.

10. If the theory of evolution was true, we should not see a sudden explosion of fully formed complex life in the fossil record. Instead, that is precisely what we find.

11. If the theory of evolution was true, there would not be evolution frauds - because there would be evidence. Instead, evolution history is full of deliberate frauds. (See: Evolution Frauds: Top 10) The worst thing is, is that these frauds are still printed in some of today's school science text books with full knowledge that they are wrong!


12. The 2nd law of thermodynamics disproves evolution. The universe is slowing down to a lower state, not higher. Order will always move naturally towards disorder or chaos. Complex live organisms cannot rearrange themselves into an organism of a higher form as claimed by evolutionists. This is scientifically backwards to this law, which has never been proven wrong.


13. Their dating methods are useless, and inaccurate. They do not work on known ages, but are assumed to work on unknown ages. There are many examples of living animals dating back millions of years, volcanic eruptions from a few hundred years ago dating over hundreds of thousands of years... See hereIf dating fails to get an accurate age on a known age, then how can it be trusted to give us the correct age for rocks that had no human observers to record when they formed? Without their dating methods, all that evolutionists use is circular reasoning  - the rocks are dated by the fossils and the fossils are dated by the rocks!


14. If the theory of evolution was true, we should see many people who live in relatively unpolluted areas living to be 200 to 300 years old. Instead, the vast majority of us die between the ages of 40 and 80, no matter where we live or what we eat.

15. Too many questions and no answers. Especially when it comes to the order in which things evolve, which is clearly impossible. For example: What do you think evolved first? Hearts, blood or veins? This question is a dilemma for the atheist. If they say; the hearts, then; What did they do? What did they pump? Maybe blood evolved first. If so, what did it do? Where did it go? How did it get there? Well, maybe veins evolved first. But what did they do? What did they carry? What were they connected to? There are hundreds of these questions which evolutionists just ignore. (See: Top 20 Questions to Ask an Evolutionist)

Evolution is nothing but a fairy tale. Why do evolutionists deny the obvious? 
A man rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the scarcity of evidence. A man rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit his need for God.

I do not want to believe in God. Therefore I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible, spontaneous generation leading to evolution. - George Wald


References:
  • http://thetruthwins.com/archives/44-reasons-why-evolution-is-just-a-fairy-tale-for-adults
  • https://amoebamike.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/spontaneous-generation-a-brief-history-of-disproving-it/
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Evolution Frauds: Top 10

November 15, 2017 1 Comment

Evolution history is full of deliberate frauds. Scientists who believe in evolution have been searching for transitional forms ever since! But they have been not found, and so fraudulent fossils have been made and called "transitional forms". Why? Because evolution simply wouldn't exist without it's frauds. There would not be evolution frauds if there was evidence. In 1859, in his book Origin of the Species, Charles Darwin said:

Why, if species have descended from other species by insensibly fine gradations, (why) do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms? - Charles Darwin

The answer is simple - evolution never happened. Here's a few of evolution's frauds...

1. Piltdown Man
  • Charles Dawson verified its antiquity and pronounced that it was part of a skull which was possibly human. Dawson began to search for the rest of the skull and, in 1912, a jawbone was discovered. They verified that the skull had human features and the jaw was ape-like. The fossils became known as Piltdown Man. At last, here was ‘proof’ that apes had evolved into humans! 
  • But wait... almost forty years later, in 1953, Piltdown Man was exposed as a forgery. One man discovered that the skull was actually from a modern human and that the jawbone and teeth were from an orangutan. The teeth had been filed down to make them look human. The bones and teeth had been chemically treated (and sometimes even painted) to give them the appearance of being ancient.

2. Earnst Haeckels evolution embryo
  • The Haeckel embryo sequence shown purported to show – left to right – a hog, calf, rabbit and human has long been said to demonstrate that humans share a common ancestry with these animals and thus prove the theory of evolution.
  • These pictures were designed by Ernst Haeckel. For example, the dog embryo and human embryo, in his book, are completely identical. Haeckel maintained that he faithfully copied the dog embryo from Bischoff (4th week). They then reprinted the original drawing made by Bischoff of the dog embryo at 4 weeks, and the original of human embryo at 4 weeks made by Haeckel. The originals were completely different! Elsewhere in Haeckel’s book, that same fraud is used to portray a dog, a chicken, and a tortoise! He was charged with fraud by five professors and convicted by a university court. His deceit was exposed in “Haeckel’s Frauds and Forgeries,” a 1915 book by J. Assmuth and Ernest R. Hull, who quoted 19 leading authorities of the day.
Haeckels drawings are still printed in some of today's school science text books with full knowledge that they are wrong.

3. Nebraska Man
  • A single tooth was all it took for evolutionists to come up with the drawing pictured below.
  • The pig it belonged to is a species of pig called “prosthennops serus”, this pig was found still alive in Paraguay in 1972 (though it was alleged to be 6 million years old!).

4. Pithecanthropus erectus
  • After years of excavations with the assistance of forced laborers, they dug up a tooth and skullcap. The skullcap was ape-like having a low forehead and large eyebrow ridges. The following year and about forty feet away, the workmen uncovered a thigh bone that was clearly human. Due to the close proximity of the find, they assumed they belonged to the same creature.
  • In 1907, they hired 75 workers and sent 43 crates of fossil material back to the place, but no evidence of Pithecanthropus could be found. Instead they found modern flora and fauna in the strata where they had found the Pithecanthropus. 
  • Two other skullcaps were uncovered which were clearly human. The bloke who found it  apparently failed to display the human skullcaps when parading his Pithecanthropus. In fact, he kept the skulls hidden under the floorboards of his house for thirty years, then finally made them known in the 1920s.

5. Neandethal Man
  • After a skull was discovered in the Neander Valley in 1856 by Prof. Protsch, evolutionists suggested that Neanderthals were primitive ape-men. To make matters worst, the skull was dated at 36,000 years old, allowing it to fall neatly into the evolutionists’ timeline between Neanderthals and modern man.
  • Later it was found that the fossil was actually the remains of a modern man afflicted with rickets and osteoporosis.
6. Lucy the hominid 
  • This fossil, discovered in Africa in 1974, was widely esteemed by evolutionists and was the subject of some of the most intensive speculation. 
  • Recently it has been revealed that Lucy (A. afarensis) had an anatomy ideally suited to climbing trees and was no different from other apes we are familiar with.
  • Yet Lucy has been Evolutionism's poster child. Very creatively designed sculptures of Lucy appear in museums, and these sculptures are hoaxes, not following the obvious ape-like bone structures, but rather dishonestly presenting Lucy as if she had human-like bone structures.

7. Java Man - Pekin Man
  • Fossils discovered on the islands of Java in 1891 and 1892 were given the name Java Man and fossils discovered near Peking (Beijing) in 1923-1927 were given the name Pekin Man.
  • In 1939, however, two experts, Ralph von Koenigswald and Franz Weidenreich, revealed that both were actually normal human beings. And Ernst Mayr from Harvard University had classified both as human in 1944.

8. The Taung Child
  • A fossil skull discovered by Raymond Dart in South Africa in 1924 was initially depicted as a supposed ancestor of man. 
  • However, contemporary evolutionists can no longer maintain that it represents such an ancestor—because it subsequently transpired that the skull belonged to a young gorilla! The famous anatomist Bernard Wood stated that this fossil constitutes no evidence in favor of evolution in an article published in New Scientist magazine.
9. Ramapithecus
  • A partial jawbone, consisting of two parts, was discovered by G.E. Lewis in India in the 1930s. Based on these two jaw bone fragments, claimed to be 14 million years old, evolutionists reconstructed Ramapithecus’s family and supposed natural habitat. 
  • For fifty years, the fossil was portrayed as an ancestor of Man but following the results of a 1981 anatomical comparison with a baboon skeleton, evolutionists were forced to quietly set it aside.

10. Orce Man hominid
  • On May 14, 1984, a single skull was found near the village of Orce in Spain. Based on this one bone some over eager scientists again took artistic freedom and reconstructed an entire man from this single bone, and promoted it as the oldest example of man in Eurasia. 
  • It was later identified as that of a young donkey! 
Are we supposed to believe such confused scientists?


These are all just a few examples of the fragmentary evidence that's based on reconstructions wishful-thinking, hyperbole, and science-fiction that goes into the theory of evolution. Due to lack of evidence, evolutionists continue to make frantic attempts to justify their failing hypothesis by submitting imaginative fraudulent sketches of "alleged" primate to human links and links between other completely different organisms to an unsuspecting public.


References:
  • https://evolutionisntscience.wordpress.com/evolution-frauds/
  • http://www.6000years.org/frame.php?page=hoaxes                                                                    
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Our Generation's Sins: Prophecy Fulfilled

November 11, 2017 Add Comment
In the Apostle Paul’s last letter before death, he gave Timothy some signs of the last days. We see many of these signs today in our generation. For more signs of the last days and sins of our generation that were predicted, see As in the Days of Noah: Warnings for Today.

"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good," (2 Timothy 3:2-3)
This generation, like no other, regards self above all else. Self-love, self-esteem, self-reliance, self-gratification, are encouraged by the media, schools, psychologists, etc. With the rise of social media, self-image, ‘selfies’ and plastic self-augmentation, it seems reasonable that this prophecy is reaching fulfillment. (Generation selfie: Has posing, pouting and posting turned us all into narcissists?Even many churches today preach a feel good about yourself message.
This is the generation who have been washed by the power of the image like no generation before them. - ABC News

"Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death." (Mark 13:12)
Children in today's society get fed a diet of violence with movies and video games encouraging them to become rebellious. Social media also plays a big part, being able to receive access to information and the ability to communicate, has an enormous influence on young people. CHILDREN as young as 10 are being convicted of domestic violence offences as police struggle to deal with the increasingly aggressive behavior of generation Z. (See: Generation violence: Kids as young as 10 being convicted for domestic violence offences as NSW Police struggle to cope) I shouldn't have to explain any further as this prophecy is very obviously being fulfilled today. (See also: 2 Timothy 3:2-3).


"Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts." (Revelation 9:21)
The Greek word translated sorceries is pharmakeia which can also refer to drug use, both illegal drugs and mind-altering drugs. The use of illegal drugs and the dispensing of mind-altering drugs has risen sharply during our current generation. Drug addiction is becoming increasingly common. No more comment necessary.


"They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth." (1 Timothy 4:3)
The Bible states that marriage is honorable among all (Hebrews 13:4). Despite this, the Catholic Church forbids their 400,000 priests, 800,000 nuns and numerous bishops, cardinals, and monks from marrying. The Orthodox Church, as well as Hindus, Buddhists, and other religious groups also impose mandatory celibacy for certain orders.


They will say it is wrong to eat certain foods (1 Timothy 4:3). The New Age Movement has swept the globe during the past 40 years popularizing this. When a 1940 survey was conducted to find out what Americans craved to eat the most, no vegetarian dishes made the list. Being vegetarian has been considered weird, or a thing for the religious only, throughout history. However, as years passed, and new, more scientifically sound studies started showing the benefits of meatless diets, the numbers of vegetarians in the West increased slowly. Next, in the era of entertainment, media and television, whatever symbolized power and strength was good and desirable - that being vegetarian/vegan. Now, veganism is the fastest growing lifestyle movement ever according to new research! Veganism has grown 500% since 2014 just in the US! There's no doubt our 21st century generation have fulfilled this prophecy!


"Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days." (James 5:1-3)
It is interesting that 40 years ago some authorities predicted that the growing mass of humanity was so quickly depleting the world's resources, that many resources would be exhausted in a few decades. Yet today, vast material wealth and luxuries are in abundant supply just as the Bible anticipated 2000 years ago. It is pretty obvious our century has become the wealthiest in history. (See also: Revelation 3:17; Revelation 18) 

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References:
  • https://www.riseofthevegan.com/blog/veganism-has-increased-500-since-2014-in-the-us
  • https://www.jvs.org.uk/2016/07/13/veganism-fastest-growing-lifestyle-movement-ever-according-new-research/
  • http://time.com/4220270/vegetarianism-history-meathooked/
  • http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/generation-violence-kids-as-young-as-10-being-convicted-for-domestic-violence-offences-as-nsw-police-struggle-to-cope/news-story/cd2c48bb76fc86c8b4acfa71a8a38772
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Israel: End Time Prophecies Fulfilled - Part 3

November 10, 2017 Add Comment

  • The Jews would begin to regather in Israel (Isaiah 11:11-12 & Ezekiel 37:21-22; 38:8 & Luke 21:29-31). Fulfillment: since 1948.
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." (Isaiah 11:11-12)
Over five million Jews have returned to Israel in recent times! This is unprecedented in human history. Never has a people group been dispersed for hundreds of years to every corner of the globe, and then regathered back to their homeland. Yet, God said it and He has done it before our very eyes!

  • Returning Jews would come from the north, south, east, and west (Isaiah 43:5-6; Jeremiah 31:7-10). Fulfillment: since 1948.
"Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 43:5-6)
Amazingly, nearly a million Jews have emigrated from Russia in the north. Over 100,000 Ethiopian Jews have emigrated from the south (Zephaniah 3:10). Since 1948, Jews have emigrated from Europe, Asia, the Americas, everywhere!

  • Hebrew pure language would be restored (Zephaniah 3:9). Fulfillment: early 1900s. 
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent." (Zephaniah 3:9)
At the end of the 19th century the Zionist movement brought about the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language. In 1948, Hebrew became an official tongue of the state of Israel. Originally there was only one language (Genesis 11:1) and this pure speech will be restored (Isaiah 19:18). Interestingly, Hebrew has no swear words.


  • Anti-Semitism worldwide anticipated (Deuteronomy 28:37 & Jeremiah 29:18; 44:8 & Luke 21:20-24 & Revelation 12). Fulfillment: early 1900s.
"You will become an object of horror, ridicule, and mockery among all the nations to which the LORD sends you." (Deuteronomy 28:37)
History confirms that the Jews have been persecuted as no other people group. Hitler tried to exterminate them, and the Antichrist will attempt the same during the Tribulation. Today, anti-Semitism is a global epidemic. For example, of more than 700 General Assembly resolutions passed since the establishment of the United Nations in 1945, about 60% condemn Israel. Only a few have been passed against Arab nations, but none as a response to their involvement with terrorism. In other words, out of 190 nations in the UN, the majority of all UN resolutions rebuke just one member, Israel!


  • Israel would be partitioned by all nations (Joel 3:2 & Daniel 11:39). Fulfillment: since 1948.
"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)
This is another unimaginable prophecy! In 1947, UN Resolution 181 planned the partitioning of Israel. Currently, the West Bank and Gaza have been seperated into Jewish and Palestinian settlements. Dividing Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria are also being negotiated today in order to create a Palestinian state.

  • The returning Jews would have no king until Jesus returns (Hosea 3:4-5). Fulfillment: since 1948.
"For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days." (Hosea 3:4-5)
As foretold, Israel has been without a king for over 2500 years. Amazingly, not only is Israel no longer a theocracy, but today the Jewish state is governed by a democracy comprised of multiple political parties.

  • Birds of prey would eat the dead flesh of the enemy armies that fall in battle against Israel (Ezekiel 39:4,17 & Revelation 19:17-21). Fulfillment: since 1948.
"Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured." (Ezekiel 39:4)
It is a little known fact that Israel is the bird migration capital of the world. During the spring and fall migrations, billions of birds fly over Israel. Many of these migratory birds are raptors – carrion (dead flesh) eating birds of prey. In fact, 34 species of raptors migrate over Israel.


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References:
  • http://www.eternal-productions.org/101prophecy.html
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