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The Friend You Need Most

The Friend You Need Most

What are the keys to being a friend of your Creator? Jesus calls His disciples His friends, and you can learn what it means to be one of them.

Who Will Rule Our Future?

Who Will Rule Our Future?

As the United States reevaluates its place on the world stage in a time of economic and social calamities at home and abroad, and as increasing numbers question the nation’s ability to withstand internal and external forces arrayed against its history and long-held values, where will the world find leadership in the decades ahead?

Amazing Bible Prophecies Fulfilled!

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The Bible stands out among ancient books of the world as the only one to contain accurate, prophetic knowledge of future events. Fulfilled prophecy implies much about your future!

Will Spirit Beings Rule the World?

Who will rule in the kingdom of God? The Bible contains the intriguing answer to this question and more. Watch to learn the truth!

[The text below represents an edited transcript of this Tomorrow’s World program.]

Who Can Save Us from Ourselves?

Human beings have failed to establish lasting world peace. The 20th century experienced two world wars. The Second World War climaxed with two atomic bombs killing more than an estimated 200,000 people in Japan in 1945. Since then, nine nations have produced even more powerful weapons of mass destruction.

How can human beings prevent total cosmocide, the death of every living thing on the face of the earth? At the end of World War I, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proposed a league of nations that would work together for world peace. After World War II, in 1945, the United Nations was formed for the same purpose. And yet, the 193 member-states of the U.N. have not established the way to lasting world peace. Many millions have followed History Channel programs on ancient aliens and modern UFOs. But did you know that the Creator of heaven and earth originally assigned a great spirit being, an Archangel, and his millions of angelic followers to govern planet earth? The same spirit being was even called “the ruler of this world” by Jesus Christ Himself!

Since human beings have failed to establish lasting world peace, could more powerful beings than humans bring us peace? Your Bible reveals the good news of a coming world ruling government, a government consisting of powerful, loving spirit beings who will rule the world. Unbelievable? Your Bible guarantees it!

My friends, your Bible reveals the world ahead. You can read about this coming world-ruling government in our inspiring free resource we’re offering today, The World Ahead: What Will It Be Like? Be sure to write down the contact information to order your free copy.

Will powerful spirit beings rule the world? Or will mankind by itself finally succeed in establishing world peace?

Stay tuned!

Will It Be Extraterrestrials?

Warm greetings to all our friends around the world!

Most human beings are yearning for lasting world peace. And yet, the history of the world testifies to our failure to produce lasting peace among all nations. Who can save us? Some researchers and television viewers have been intrigued by government UFO investigations or unidentified flying objects. Others claim aliens from outer space have historically established colonies on planet earth and that they are even now infiltrating planet earth.

My friends, will human civilization survive? Or will beings from outer space take over the earth? Your Bible reveals an awesome future that answers these questions. On today’s program, we’ll examine the amazing future revealed in your Bible that guarantees a world of peace, ruled by spirit beings, called the Kingdom of God.

Are alien beings visiting the earth? Are there aliens who want to help us? On July 8, 1947, a headline in the Roswell Daily Record announced: “Roswell Army Air Field Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region.” A few days later, authorities retracted the report and said the “saucer” was just a crashed weather balloon. But the public imagination had been stirred, and has remained ever since. New York Times op-ed writer Luke Sharrett made this observation about the Roswell phenomenon: “In Roswell, some of humanity’s foundational yearnings hide in plain sight. Look no farther than the tourist-trap T-shirt rack: ‘The truth is out there.’ ‘I want to believe.’ ‘Aliens please abduct me.’ Absolute truth exists. Our souls long for something to believe in. Things here on earth are not as they should be. The T-shirts know. We are desperate to find meaning in our lives. We search for answers to the tough questions. Who are we? Why are we here? Who will heal our messed-up world?” (“Roswell’s Mysteries are Life’s Mysteries,” July 8, 2017).

My friends, the answers to these questions will not be answered by aliens from outer space. But there will be loving spirit beings who will answer those questions in the coming glorious kingdom revealed in your Bible. In fact, the Tomorrow’s World television program, magazine, and free study resources have answered these three questions numerous times. Who are we? Why are we here? Who will heal our messed-up world? Let me refer you to our inspiring telecast “What Is the Meaning of Life?” by fellow presenter Mr. Wallace Smith. Just search on our website at TomorrowsWorld.org. Yes, your Bible gives the astounding and amazing answers to these questions.

Let’s take a glimpse of the coming Kingdom of God under the great spirit ruler called in your Bible the King of kings and Lord of lords. Yes, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, will come to earth with His spirit army to bring the world peace. He is called “the prince of peace” in Isaiah 9:6. He is also called the Lamb of God in John 1:29. John the Baptist proclaimed: “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Revelation 6:16–17 tells us that the Lamb will be filled with wrath when He judges rebellious nations. How will the world accept the new one-world government of the King of kings? Human armies represented by ten national kings will actually fight against Christ at His coming! Revelation 17:12, “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

HUMAN armies will fight a great and powerful spirit army coming from God’s throne in heaven. Hard to believe? Consider these comments by USA Today opinion columnist Glenn Harlan Reynolds: “… the U.S. government is taking the possibility of aliens visiting Earth a lot more seriously than has been the case in the past…. We can hope, of course, that a sufficiently advanced alien civilization might have evolved past violence, though the evidence that our civilization is doing so is not entirely compelling…. Given the number of alien contact movies in the past few decades, it is more likely that angels visiting Earth would be greeted as aliens than that aliens visiting Earth would be greeted as angels (“In 2020, anything’s possible,” July 29, 2020).

But human armies will fail in their attempt to overcome the great spirit army of Jesus Christ. And your Bible affirms that angelic spirit beings will accompany His coming to earth from heaven. Matthew 25:31, “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory….”

We’ll see later that not only will the holy angels accompany Christ at His coming, but the saints of God, genuine Christians, will be resurrected as Spirit-born children of God. They will be Spirit kings and priests, as it tells us in Revelation 5:10, “And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”

My friends, a new world is coming, a new age called in Hebrews 2:5 the world to come. What will that world be like? But what spirit beings NOW control much of the earth’s destructive ways of life? And why must our current world systems be replaced?

Can Mankind Become Like God?

Since HUMAN beings have failed to establish lasting world peace, could more powerful SPIRIT beings from outer space establish and enforce lasting world peace? Our world has experienced many forms of government. The ancient city-state of Babylon, ruled by the tyrant Nimrod, was one of those experiments, described in Genesis chapter 11. Down through time, some of those governments became powerful empires, and others turned to powerful dictatorships that have written a world history of conflict, blood, and wars. Ariel and Will Durant analyzed that record in their book, The Lessons of History: “In the last 3,421 years of recorded history only 268 have seen no war.”

What human history has demonstrated and should be teaching us to this day is that government in the hands of selfish human beings does not produce lasting world peace. But your Bible reveals the awesome solution to the problem of human nature. God is calling sinners to become converted Christians. They are called to overcome human nature and grow in godly spiritual nature. They are called to conform to the loving example of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, as it tells us in Romans 8:29. They grow in the nature of Christ as the Apostle Peter exhorted all Christians in 2 Peter 3:18, “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Christians overcome carnal human nature as God creates in His begotten children His divine nature. God has given true Christians “… exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (1 Peter 1:4).

Your Bible gives numerous examples of righteous servants of God whose selfish nature was changed to a loving, godly nature. The book of Acts in your Bible records the hostile acts of a Pharisee named Saul who attacked Christians and was even consenting to their deaths (Acts 26:10). Saul was later converted and became a zealous Apostle. He admitted his former destructive character in Galatians 1:14, “For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it.” But God had mercy on him: “And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life” (1 Timothy 1:14–16).

My friends, God will extend mercy on you also, IF you humble yourself before God, repent and are baptized as it tells us in Acts 2:38. Yes, in all the world’s nearly eight billion human beings, God is changing the nature of many thousands, demonstrating the loving power of God in heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ. If you have been convicted of your sins from the word of God, the Bible, and you have repented of your sins, you may want to counsel for baptism. We have dedicated ministers in many regions around the world who will answer your questions. Just call the number on the screen or contact the regional office nearest you listed on our website at TomorrowsWorld.org.

Today’s Christians are called to become spirit beings in the coming Kingdom of God. That transformation will take place at the return of Jesus Christ! 1 Corinthians the 15th chapter, also referred to as the resurrection chapter, describes that transformation. 1 Corinthians 15:50, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep [that is the sleep of death], but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet….”

Regular viewers of Tomorrow’s World know that this refers to the last of seven trumpets described in your Bible in Revelation chapters eight and nine. Revelation 11:15 proclaims the good news of the coming Kingdom of God. “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’”

It’s at the “last trumpet” or the seventh trumpet that the great resurrection of genuine Christians takes place. Continuing in 1 Corinthians 15:52, “… for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’” I hope, my friends, that you are praying every day for the Kingdom of God to come to this earth as Jesus instructed us in Matthew 6:10.

What will that world-ruling Kingdom be like? How will the world finally enjoy lasting peace and prosperity? Will the earth be ruled by spirit beings?

The Devil and His Fallen Angels Replaced?

My friends, your Bible reveals an amazing history of spirit beings ruling the world. If you have your Bible available, turn to Luke the tenth chapter. Jesus had sent out 70 disciples on a mission. When they came back, they reported the miracles that had taken place through the authority of Jesus’ name. Luke 10:17, “Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.’”

As you read through the gospels in your Bible, you will find several instances where Jesus healed those who were demon possessed. Even today, some individuals who delve deeply into the occult become deceived and demon possessed. But these seventy disciples experienced the spiritual power Christ gave to them to overcome evil spirits. Jesus revealed the history of Satan. Luke 10:18, “And He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.’”

God gave Lucifer and his angels responsibility to rule the earth. But they were not satisfied with their God-given responsibilities and foolishly tried to attack God’s throne. The Apostle Jude states they left their original assignment and their sin brought the ultimate judgment on them. Jude, verse 6, “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day… .” The King James Version states, “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation….”

My friends, you need to pray for God’s Kingdom to come. Jesus Christ and the saints will replace Satan and his demons. As we’ve seen earlier in the program, true Christians will assist the King of kings in ruling planet Earth. True Christians who are faithful will be transformed from mortal to immortal, from human to divine spirit beings at the resurrection when Christ returns as it states in 1 Corinthians 15:50–54. Faithful Christians are now being trained as future kings and priests. Revelation 5:9–10, “And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”

What will be their responsibilities? Jesus stated in the parable of the Minas, that faithful servants would be ruling over cities. Luke 19:17, “And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’” Some faithful spirit beings in God’s kingdom will be ruling over nations. Revelation 2:26, “And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations….”

My friends, your Bible reveals an awesome future, the coming Kingdom of God to this earth. It reveals the government and rulers that will bring peace to all nations. And as it tells us in Zechariah 14:9, “And the Lord shall be King over all the earth.” You need to learn more about the glorious future of planet earth under the coming Kingdom of God. Our free study guide will give you inspiration, vision, and encourage hope for the future: The World Ahead: What Will It Be Like? Ancient King David was a man after God’s own heart as it tells us in Acts 13:22. King David ruled over the combined kingdoms of Judah and Israel and he will have that responsibility in the coming one world government (Ezekiel 37:24).

Will today’s Christians also inherit the Kingdom?

You Can Become Part of the Heavenly Kingdom!

Today’s world is experiencing dramatic challenges. We all should realize the need for a one-world government to solve the conflicts, wars, disease, poverty, and natural disasters. Your Bible reveals the new world to come, tomorrow’s world, governed by loving spirit beings, members of the coming Kingdom of God. The King of kings, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, will rule the world from Jerusalem. Read the prophecy in Isaiah the second chapter the response of human beings to the new divine government. Isaiah 2:2, “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, ‘Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

My friends, YOU can have a part in God’s Kingdom. God is calling people to Christ from all nations to be in His Kingdom. That one world government is coming soon. You need to prepare for it. Study your Bible. Visualize the transformed world under the King of kings. Yes, spirit beings will rule the world under the coming Kingdom of God. You can be one of those spirit beings IF you seek that Kingdom as it tells us in Matthew 6:33, and IF you surrender your life to the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

 The glorious Kingdom of God on earth will produce beauty and productivity the world has never known. God has blessed the earth with awesome, majestic mountains, fertile valleys, and productive plains. We marvel at pristine lakes and churning oceans. We appreciate the variety of flowers, plant life, birds, animals, and sea life. Even the very nature of ANIMALS will change. Isaiah gives us this Millennial vision: [ISAIAH 11:6] “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.”

A new world is coming soon! You need to pray, “Your Kingdom come!” You need to be watching the prophetic trends and signs heralding Christ’s return!

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Amazing Bible Prophecies: Fulfilled!

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[The text below represents an edited transcript of this Tomorrow’s World program.]

Prophecy You Can Trust

As we experience global pandemic, economic collapse, and increasing international conflict, many sense that we are living in the “time of the end” prophesied in your Bible. Yes, our world has had extreme natural disasters, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, worldwide pandemics, and even world wars.

But did you know that your Bible predicts a new world coming? Yes, a new world government we call “tomorrow’s world.” That world-ruling government will NOT be led by human presidents, dictators, kings, or prime ministers. The new, one-world government will be ruled by a great Spirit being, who even came to earth as the Savior of the world. Yes, the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth will return as King of kings and Lord of lords. How do we know this for sure? We know for sure because you can prove Bible prophecy is powerful and accurate.

According to the Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy, your Bible contains 1,817 predictions about the future. [p. 675] . We know the power and accuracy of those prophecies from the hundreds that have already been fulfilled. In this program we’ll explore amazing prophecies in your Bible that have come to pass in exact detail as prophesied. You can prove the power of prophecy from your own Bible. Stay tuned!

Reliable Predictions of the Coming Messiah

Warm greetings to all our friends around the world.

What an amazing time we are living as we near the end of this troubled age! The world experienced what many called the year to forget, the year 2020! Will there be more forgettable years in 2021, or 2022 and beyond? We’ve experienced a worldwide pandemic, global economic crises, fires, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes that devastated cities and killed hundreds of thousands of people. Not to mention riots, murders, wars, and terrorism around the globe. Nations and corporations are greedily gaining property and power. Cyber terrorism steals valuable technology and industrial secrets.

Where will it all end? Bible prophecy outlines the future of nations. The current chaos will ultimately climax in World War III. The good news is that this will be followed by a new world government called the Kingdom of God. In your Bible, it’s also called “the world to come” (Hebrews 2:5). How can we be so sure? We know the future by the powerful revelation of this book.

One of the most amazing examples of fulfilled prophecy is of the prophesied Messiah. The Old Testament contains more than three hundred references to His coming. Peter Stoner in his book, Science Speaks, examined the probability of one person fulfilling just 48 of those prophecies. For that to happen by chance would be one in ten followed by 157 zeros. As someone calculated, that would be like trying to find one specific electron out of all the electrons in all of the known universe on the first attempt.

And that considers only 48 of the hundreds of Messianic prophecies that were fulfilled. In other words, the prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming could never have been fulfilled by chance. They were powerfully predicted and fulfilled in hundreds of exacting details. Yes, you can trust Bible prophecy! In fact, your life depends on it!

Halley’s Bible Handbook lists several of the Messianic prophecies and their fulfillment in the New Testament. Here are a few.

  • “That He would be born of a Virgin (Matthew 1:15; Isaiah 7:14).
  • That He would be born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:6; John 7:42; Micah 5:2).
  • That He would sojourn in Egypt (Matthew 2:15; Hosea 11:1).
  • That He would live in Galilee (Matthew 4:15; Isaiah 9:1, 2).
    • At Nazareth (Matthew 2:23; Isaiah 11:1).
  • His Coming would be Announced by an Elijah-like Herald (Matthew 3:3; 11:10-14; Mark 1:2-3; Luke 3:4-6; 7:27; John 1:23; Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; 4:5).
  • That His Ministry would be one of Healing (Matthew 8:17; Isaiah 53:4).
  • Betrayed by a Friend for 30 Pieces of Silver (Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27; Zechariah 9:9; Psalm 118:26).
  • [And] His Side would be Pierced (John 19:37; Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 22:16).”

(pp. 421-422).

These are just a few of more than 300 prophecies regarding the Messiah that were fulfilled.

Some of you may be familiar with the prophet Daniel’s 70-week prophecy. The Jews of the first-century and the times leading up to the first-century were aware of Daniel’s prophecy. Turn in your Bible to Daniel 9. Here is described the famous prophecy referring to the Messiah’s prophesied appearance. DANIEL 9:24, “Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end ofsins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy” or as other translations such as the NIV and the ESV have it, “the Most Holy place.”

Notice that the Messiah was to make reconciliation for iniquity! Many scriptures show that the Messiah would die for the sins of the world, so we might be forgiven and reconciled to God. John the Baptist testified, referring to Jesus, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). It tells us in Ephesians 1:7, “In Him [the Messiah, Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

Yes, Daniel’s prophecy revealed that one of the major purposes of the Messiah, was to make reconciliation for iniquity. My friends, you can be forgiven for all your sins through the blood of Christ. But there are requirements as Jesus Himself made clear. He said, “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” That’s in Mark 1:15. Then the Apostle Peter told the masses of people on the Day of Pentecost, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

My friends, some of you may have come to the point in your life where you are repentant, you want to be forgiven of your past sins and change your life. We have ministers in many parts of the world who will answer your questions and even give counsel concerning baptism. Just call the number on the screen or contact us at TomorrowsWorld.org.

Prophetic Timing of Jesus’ Life and Ministry

In the first part of our program, we saw marvelous fulfilled prophecies of the Messiah, the first coming of Jesus Christ to this earth. But WHEN was the Messiah predicted to begin His ministry? Daniel’s 70-weeks prophecy reveals the answer. A day in prophecy is equal to a year in fulfillment. Since there are 69 weeks from Daniel’s prophecy leading up to the Messiah, there are 69 weeks times 7 days per week or 483 prophetic years. But when did the prophecy begin? Many scholars refer to the decree of Artaxerxes in Ezra 7:11-28, which was given historically in 457 BC. Moving forward 483 years from BC to AD, we subtract 457 from 483 and come to what appears to be 26 AD. However, since there is no year zero, going from BC to AD mathematically requires adding one year. Thus, the Messiah was to begin His ministry in 27 AD.

How old was Jesus when He began His ministry? Just after John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, the gospel writer Luke writes in chapter three, verse 23, that “Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age.” So, when was Jesus born? If we subtract 30 years of age from 27 AD, we come to 4 BC, since there is no year zero.

Yes, Christ fulfilled Daniel’s prophecy, to the exact year, to make reconciliation for iniquity! As we’ve seen, the Messiah fulfilled major aspects of Daniel’s 70 weeks prophecy. But there remain other aspects for Him to complete. For example, Daniel 9:24 predicts three more missions yet future. The Messiah, Jesus Christ, when He returns, will continue fulfilling the following prophecies: “To bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy” or as some translations have it, the Most Holy Place, referring to the Millennial Temple in Jerusalem described in Ezekiel chapters forty through forty-three. The late evangelist, Dr. Roderick Meredith describes the Millennial mission of Christ in his inspiring booklet that we are offering today, Prophecy Fulfilled: God’s Hand in World Affairs. Be sure to order your free copy.

Now, let’s consider another of God’s great interventions and the fulfillment of major biblical prophecy. Almighty God declares through the prophet Isaiah, “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:9-10).

That’s why we can have confidence in the ultimate future, the future we call tomorrow’s world. That’s the time when Christ will rule all nations and bring worldwide peace and prosperity. Great empires rise and fall. Did God predict the fall of Babylon the Great? The greatest empire of its time was Babylon. Yet, Bible prophecy foretold that this great power would punish other nations as a judgment from God. And then Babylon itself would be judged for its sinfulness.

More than 100 years before the overthrow of the great Babylonian empire, the prophet Isaiah named the very man who would be responsible for Babylon’s fall. Let’s read it here in ISAIAH 44:28. God “says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, “You shall be built,” and to the temple, “Your foundation shall be laid.”’” Cyrus was king over the Persians from about 558 BC to 529 BC. So, Isaiah is prophesying in the eighth century BC about a king who wasn’t even born until the sixth century BC!

But not only did Isaiah foretell Cyrus by name; he also foretold just HOW Cyrus would enter Babylon to conquer it. This is an amazing story. Turn to ISAIAH 45:1. Cyrus was instrumental in allowing the Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. Here, God proclaims that He will use Cyrus in a special way. ISAIAH 45:1, “Thus says the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held— to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, [Listen to this!] to open before him the double doors [or two leaved gates—KJV], so that the gates will not be shut: ‘I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you BY YOUR NAME, am the God of Israel.’”

The reference to the “double doors” shows how God opened the way for Cyrus’s army to capture the city. The city of Babylon seemed impregnable with massive walls and defenses. And the city had supplies that could out-last a 20-year siege. So the Babylonians just laughed at Cyrus’s army when they came to attack the city.

The river Euphrates passed through the middle of Babylon under the massive gates in its wall. Cyrus used an ingenious method to circumvent this obstacle. Some of his men dug channels upstream to divert the flow of the river.

Prophecy and the Historical Record

The secular Greek historian Herodotus also wrote of the event. Cyrus and his non-combatant troops “so greatly reduced the depth of water in the actual bed of the river that it became fordable, and the Persian army, which had been left at Babylon for the purpose, entered the river, now only deep enough to reach about the middle of a man’s thigh, and, making their way along it, got into the town.… The Babylonians themselves say that owing to the great size of the city the outskirts were captured without the people in the centre knowing anything about it; there was a festival going on, and they continued to dance and enjoy themselves, UNTIL they learned the news the hard way. That, then, is the story of the first capture of Babylon” (Herodotus, Histories, Book One, sections 191-192).

Yes, the secular historian Herodotus confirms, as do other sources such as Xenophon’s Cyropaedia—Bible prophecy was dramatically and accurately fulfilled!

The prophet Daniel was in the city of Babylon the night the Persian army of Cyrus conquered the city. And, through the prophet Daniel, God also let King Belshazzar know what would happen to him and the empire. That’s the famous story of the “handwriting on the wall.” You can read about it in the book of DANIEL, chapter FIVE. King Belshazzar prepared a feast, a great party, for thousands of his nobles. They drank wine out of the plundered golden vessels from the Temple in Jerusalem. DANIEL 5:5, “In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Then the king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other.”

The prophet Daniel was called upon to interpret this inscription in Babylon. A mysterious hand had written a message on the wall. DANIEL 5:25, “And this is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.” Daniel then told King Belshazzar, verse 26, “This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” Then verse 30, “That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.” Yes, the Kingdom of the Medes and Persians replaced the kingdom of Babylon, just as God predicted.

Dr. Roderick Meredith summarizes this amazing fulfillment of prophecy in the free resource we’re offering today: “Look at what historians know about the events that took place around 539 BC, when Cyrus conquered Babylon, an ‘impregnable’ city-fortress renowned throughout the earth for its power. Unable to surmount the massive fortified walls around Babylon, which had repelled so many other invaders, Cyrus’ men diverted the Euphrates River, which normally flowed under the heavy city water gates as it passed through the city. By lowering the river level and by having a spy unlock the inner gates along the river, Cyrus’ army invaded the city in a totally unexpected manner and took the Babylonians by complete surprise. Was God surprised? No. He had described nearly 200 years earlier how a leader specifically named ‘Cyrus’ would conquer great kings by going through ‘the double doors’! Soon after this, Cyrus issued the order to allow the Jews to voluntarily return to their homeland and Jerusalem, and—in another remarkable fulfillment of prophecy—instructed them to rebuild the temple (Ezra 1:2–4; 6:2–5).” (Prophecy Fulfilled: God’s Hand in World Affairs, p. 20).

Even now, God is intervening to guide nations and peoples. Dr. Meredith describes how God saved English naval forces by using the power of weather: “In 1586–87, Catholic domination of the English throne was made impossible by the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. The following year, Spain’s King Philip II unleashed his ‘invincible’ 124-ship Armada against England in an effort to reassert Catholic control. Though the English naval forces tenaciously fought, eventually they exhausted their gunpowder! At that critical point, an unprecedented gale-force wind arose and drove many of the heavily armed, lumbering Spanish galleons to their doom. The weather-beaten ships that limped home to Spain were so damaged that many could never again be used” (ibid., p. 16).

Yes, God intervenes in weather to fulfill His plans: “He uses this power on occasion to intervene in human affairs: ‘As when You break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind’ (Psalm 48:7)…. Queen Elizabeth, commemorating the Spanish defeat, issued a silver medal, bearing the inscription: ‘God blew and they were scattered.’ She knew who took charge of those winds at that critical hour in the history of her people!” (ibid.).

A Prophetic Kingdom Sure to Come

More than 300 prophecies detailed the future birth, life, and ministry of Jesus Christ. And God has revealed through His prophecies the Good News of His coming Kingdom. In one of the most familiar prophecies of the Messiah, the prophet Isaiah describes both the first coming of Christ and the establishment of His Kingdom at His Second Coming. Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”

Yes, of the “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.” My friends, the time is growing short! We are in the prophetic time of the end, waiting for Jesus Christ to return soon and establish His everlasting government. He will save our world from total extinction and cosmocide. He will bring lasting peace to the earth and all nations. My friends, you need to prepare for His coming Kingdom. You need to follow His instructions in Matthew 6:10 and pray, “Your kingdom come.” You can also prepare by studying our free prophecy resource: Prophecy Fulfilled: God’s Hand in world Affairs. Just ask for the booklet on PROPHECY FULFILLED.

May God bless you as you apply the greatest goal in life given by our Savior to all mankind in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

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