Bible Prophecy, Chap. 4, List of Prophecies
With concise descriptions of each
This chapter will simply list all the prophecies believed to have at least a partial fulfillment remaining for the future. The items are given in the order they appear in most standard English Bibles, and the descriptions give the gist of the passage according to where they appear in the text.
Enemies of Israel band together to wipe it off the map: Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moab, the Agrites, Byblos, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia, Tyre, and Assyria. These correspond roughly to modern-day Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Gaza, Syria, northern Iraq, and possibly parts of Egypt.
A prophecy against Damascus:
- Damascus will no longer be a city (suddenly, overnight) but will lie in ruins, replaced by grazing flocks.
- It will happen when the glory of Israel has faded almost to the point of death.
- That day will also be when people turn back to God.
- The Day of the Lord will be a time of great trouble for Jacob, though he will survive it.
- God will save them out of exile where they were scattered among the nations.
- Whoever attacks Israel will be attacked.
- The people of Israel will be numerous and prosperous.
- Though they had been unfaithful and suffered punishment, Israel is promised revenge against all enemies, and restoration of their land and people, not because they earned it but so God would be glorified.
- God will gather them from all the nations and bring them back to their own land.
- God will change their hearts so that they will keep his laws.
- In the vision of the valley of dry bones, God shows that this restoration will be in stages: the bones assemble and are covered with skin, but they were not yet alive, then God breathes life into them.
- All the tribes of Israel will join together, no longer divided in two, with David reigning over them.
- God will permanently put his Temple there.
The prophecy about Gog, of the land of Magog in the far north, ruler of Meshek and Tubal. The nations listed correspond roughly to modern Russia, Iran, northern Africa, eastern Europe, and Turkey.
- God will put hooks in his jaw and turn him and his whole army around, including those of Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer, and Beth Togarmah from the far north.
- They will invade a rich land that has recovered from war, whose people came from many nations to Israel and were now living securely, peacefully, and unsuspecting.
- Mere protest will be offered by Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish. Sheba and Dedan are roughly equivalent to modern Saudi Arabia, while Tarshish may refer to areas as far as Britain and the rest of western Europe.
- When Gog attacks Israel there will be a great earthquake there, causing the whole world to shake with fear in the presence of God.
- God will cause the invading army to turn on itself, and there will be plague, torrential rain, hail, and burning sulphur, destroying the army on the mountains of Israel and in the open field, where the carrion birds and wild animals will consume their bodies.
- God will send down fire on the land of Magog and those who live safely on the coastlands.
- This causes all Israel to know that God is the Lord, and the world to know that Israel had been punished for its sins.
- People from the towns of Israel will collect the weapons and burn them for fuel for 7 years.
- People of Israel will spend 7 months burying the bodies in the valley east of the sea, then conduct a more thorough search for any bodies or bones missed before.
- God will restore Israel and remove their shame, settling them forever in the land.
The vision giving details of the restored land and people of Israel, commonly attributed to the Millennium:
- The temple is measured and described in great detail.
- The glory of God comes upon it from the east, entering through the east gate.
- The altar is restored and purified, and the sacrifices reinstated.
- The priesthood is restored and dedicated.
- The whole nation is to bring special sacrifices for purification.
- The Passover and other festivals are reinstated.
- Water comes out from the south side of the temple toward the east, emptying into the Dead Sea and turning it fresh, and sea life flourishes in it.
- Trees along the banks bear fruit each month, providing food and healing leaves.
- The boundaries of Israel are described: north as far as Damascus, south to just below the Dead Sea, west to the Mediterranean Sea, and east to the Jordan River.
- The twelve tribes are allotted their territories, as well as a special area dedicated to God where the temple and priests reside. There is also a wide area for general pastureland, with the city in the center. The city measures about a mile and a half square and will be called “The Lord Is There”.
The prophecy is given of 70x7 years: to end and atone for sin, begin eternal righteousness, seal up prophecy, and anoint/dedicate the Most Holy Place.
- 7x7 + 62x7 from command to rebuild Jerusalem until Anointed One the ruler comes.
- Anointed One put to death.
- The people of the coming ruler destroy Jerusalem and the Temple.
- War and disasters will continue until the end.
- He will confirm a treaty with many for the final 7.
- Midway through the 7 he will end Temple sacrifice and desecrate it.
- The end decreed upon him will come.
Though this was fulfilled in the past by Antiochus Epiphanes, Jesus explicitly stated that the Abomination of Desolation was also future.
- A blasphemous king will desecrate the Temple (the Abomination of Desolation).
- He will exalt himself above all gods, showing no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women. Instead he will honor a god of fortresses.
- He will attack strong fortresses with the help of a foreign god, and he will greatly reward all who honor him, making them rulers and distributing the land for a price.
- He will rapidly conquer many countries, including Israel, but Edom, Moab, and the leaders of Ammon will escape his conquest.
- Alarming news from the east and north will cause him to set out in a rage, but he will fall between the [Mediterranean] sea and the holy mountain [Zion].
- At that time, there will be unprecedented distress, but your people whose names are in the book will be delivered.
- Multitudes who had died will arise, some to eternal life and others to eternal shame and contempt.
- Daniel is to seal up these words until the end.
- The fulfillment of these things will take 3-1/2 years, and will end when the power of the holy people has been broken.
- The commencement of these things will be in the distant future from the time of Daniel.
- 1,290 days [~3.5x360] will transpire after the abolishing of the daily sacrifice and the Abomination of Desolation.
- There is a blessing for those who wait another 45 days after this.
- In that day, God will restore the fallen kingdom of David in its ancestral land, never again to be uprooted.
- This will take place after the people are brought back from exile.
The Day of the Lord:
- An extremely large army comes, laying waste to everything in its path.
- Their appearance is like galloping horses, with the noise of chariots, they leap over mountains and swarm like locusts, striking fear into everyone.
- The earth shakes before them, the sun and moon are darkened and the stars stop shining.
- This army is led by the Lord.
- A trumpet is blown, and then the bride and bridegroom are to leave their rooms.
- God promises to drive the northern horde away, driving them into both the Mediterranean and Dead seas.
- Then God will pour out his Spirit on everyone, male and female.
- There will be signs in the heavens, blood and fire on the earth; the sun will go dark and the moon will turn to blood before the great Day of the Lord.
A day will come when Jerusalem is plundered and divided up.
- All the nations surround the city, ransacking houses and raping women.
- Half the city goes into exile.
- Then the Lord fights against them. Their flesh will rot while they still stand, their eyes will be consumed in their sockets, their tongues will rot in their mouths, they will kill each other in great panic, and a plague will strike their animals.
- His feet stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, splitting the mountain in half.
- That day there will be no sun or darkness, no distinction between day and night.
- Living water will flow from Jerusalem, half to the Dead Sea and half to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and winter.
- The Lord will be king over the whole world.
- Jerusalem will never again be destroyed.
- Survivors from the attacking nations will visit Jerusalem each year to worship God and celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles. Those who refuse will suffer drought and plague.
- The gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
- When you see Jerusalem surrounded by military encampments, you will know that its ruin is near.
- When you see the Abomination of Desolation (as declared through the prophet Daniel) standing in the Holy Place, then those in Judea must run away into the mountains.
- There will be terrible stress on the world, and great rage against this people. They will be killed in battle and taken captive to all the other nations. Then Jerusalem will be trampled on by the nations until their time is up.
- The suffering of those days will be unlike anything that has happened since God first created the world until now, and will never be again. In fact, if the Lord didn’t cut those days short, no living thing would survive. But those days will be cut short for the sake of his chosen ones.
- Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And on the earth, the nations will be filled with anguish and perplexity due to the roaring and turbulence of the sea. People will be deathly afraid and apprehensive of what is coming upon the whole world, for the forces of the heavens will be shaken.
- Then they will see Jesus coming in a cloud with great power and majesty. But when you see this all coming to pass, stand up and raise your heads, for you are about to be rescued.
Acts and Letters
James at the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:13-18), quoting the prophet Amos, says that “after this” God would rebuild David’s fallen tent so that all mankind would seek God, including the Gentiles bearing his name.
Paul in 1 Cor. 15:35-58 and 1 Thes. 4:13-18 says:
- The Lord will descend from heaven.
- The archangel will shout.
- The trumpet will sound.
- The dead Christians will be raised in immortal bodies.
- The bodies of the living Christians will be instantly transformed to immortal.
- We will all be snatched away into the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
- This is a message of comfort and hope.
Paul in 2 Thes. 2:1-12 says:
- The Departure happens.
- The Detainer that had been holding back the Man of Lawlessness is taken out of the way.
- The Man of Lawlessness is revealed and identified by his desecration of the temple and declaring himself God.
- God sends a strong delusion on all who hated the truth, so that they will be deceived.
- Jesus will defeat this man by the breath of his mouth and glory of his arrival.
- One of the letters to the churches, to Philadelphia, states that they will be kept out of the time of trial to come upon the whole inhabited world.
- When John is first taken to heaven, he sees a group of 24 elders wearing victor’s crowns and white clothing.
- The three sequences of 7 judgments commence, with numerous references to Old Testament prophecies.
- Jesus comes down to earth with the armies of heaven, to face the armies of the world massed against him.
- Satan is bound for a thousand years, during which time the beheaded saints from the Tribulation will co-rule with Jesus.
- Satan is briefly released and gathers an army from all over the world, with Gog of Magog mentioned by name.
- The army is consumed by fire from heaven, and Satan is thrown into the Lake of Fire with the Beast and False Prophet.
- The Great White Throne Judgment begins, and the dead are judged.
- Death and Hades are thrown into the Lake of Fire, along with all whose names are not written in the Book of Life.
- The present earth and heavens are done away with and replaced by new ones.
- The New Jerusalem descends out of heaven, but nothing is said about whether it touches the earth, and it has no temple.
Next we will discuss the various passages in more detail.