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Dr. Chuck Missler's Prophecy 20/20 is a comprehensive, easily digested book that will give you a basic understanding of how past events fulfilled biblical prophecy. It provides a strategic grasp of prophecy that equips you to clearly see the "prophetic moment" of current events. Chuck Missler, founder of Koinonia House, analyzes trends on the geopolitical and technological horizons as well as their implications for the coming years. ...
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Overview

Dr. Chuck Missler's Prophecy 20/20 is a comprehensive, easily digested book that will give you a basic understanding of how past events fulfilled biblical prophecy. It provides a strategic grasp of prophecy that equips you to clearly see the "prophetic moment" of current events. Chuck Missler, founder of Koinonia House, analyzes trends on the geopolitical and technological horizons as well as their implications for the coming years.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418536077
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/29/2006
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 164,718
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Chuck Missler, after a distinguished military career and more than thirty very successful years in the business world, decided to pursue his life-long love of teaching the Bible on a full-time basis. He founded Koinonia House, an organization devoted to encouraging people to study the Bible. Koinonia House also produces the 66/40 radio broadcast, which features Missler's daily expository teaching. Missler and his wife, Nancy, have four grown children.
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PROPHECY 20/20

Profiling the Future Through the Lens of Scripture
By CHUCK MISSLER

Nelson Books

Copyright © 2007 DR. CHUCK MISSLER
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7852-1889-0


Chapter One

WHAT IS PROPHECY?

More than simple curiosity lies behind man's attempt to perceive the future. Practical business requires forecasts, and an understanding of what Peter Drucker calls the "futurity of today's decisions." Forecasts underlie all decisions, whether they are market planning, inventory management, establishing cash flow requirements, or staffing an enterprise. Managers solve problems; executives anticipate them.

National security depends on threat assessments-strategic or tactical. Empires have been established-or destroyed-on the basis of anticipated implications of technology and other changes.

Our personal decisions about education, careers, raising a family, and buying a new home all rely on our perceptions-or more precisely, our presumptions-about the future.

Banks dealing with loan decisions are, in effect, predicting both the anticipated experience for the lender's specific application and the anticipated credit climate that lies ahead.

But one of the problems is that we all make linear assumptions in a nonlinear world. We tend to assume linearity: that tomorrow will be like yesterday; that next week will resemble last week; next year be like last year, and so on. Linear extrapolations, however, can be blinders.

Natural nonlinearities can occur, such as an earthquake, a tornado, or a hurricane. Medical nonlinearities can include a stroke or a car accident. Financial nonlinearities can emerge from a bankruptcy, a lawsuit, or a wife visiting a shopping mall. Our most critical crises arise from nonlinearities.

Sound management requires a broader, long-term perspective; an accurate assessment of the environment; and an awareness of the potential impact, and likelihoods, of nonlinearities. It is disturbing to the informed that most crises could have been anticipated through diligence. Those who anticipate the nonlinearities survive them. That's what the insurance industry is all about.

BIBLICAL PROPHECY: MORE THAN CRYSTAL BALLS

We don't take prophecy seriously because it is in the Bible. We take the Bible seriously because of the track record of its prophecies. As we will see later in this book, the Bible lays out a detailed scenario of the final climax for mankind on Planet Earth. It also provides testable reference points to determine just where we are in that scenario.

But there's far more than just a few historical episodes involved. The Bible has anticipated our most advanced discoveries on the very frontiers of our sciences. It is astonishing to many to discover the technological perspectives in the Bible. There are many technology statements in the Bible that the average reader takes for granted: the idea that the earth is round (Isa. 40:22), the fact that the solar system migrates throughout the galaxy (Ps. 19:1-6), and the fact that space itself has properties that transcend our three-dimensional understanding of reality. The Bible anticipated many of the recent insights of modern medicine that are in stark contrast to the myths and superstitions of the ancient cultures of the past.

Furthermore, Jesus warned of a day in which "unless those days be shortened, no flesh would be saved." A statement like that would seem fanciful if studied over a century ago. In the 1860s, we couldn't imagine the world wiping itself out with muskets and bayonets. But today the nuclear cloud hangs over every geopolitical decision on earth.

Ezekiel speaks of a battle that will be resolved by hailstones of fire, and in which the leftover weapons provide all the energy needs of the nation of Israel for seven years (Ezekiel 38-39). Furthermore, he mentions that professionals will spend seven months clearing out the remains, burying them downwind. He even indicates that a traveler, passing through the battle zone, and finding something the professionals have missed, doesn't touch it. Rather, he marks the location and leaves it for the professionals to deal with. This is a surprisingly contemporary procedure characteristic of nuclear-biological-chemical warfare.

Zechariah describes the unique effects of the neutron bomb (Zech. 14:12). Jeremiah speaks of smart weapons: the intelligence and perception is in the arrow rather than the shooter-arrows that can't miss (Jer. 50:9).

Perhaps most profound are the perceptions of the properties of the universe itself. Most of us assume that the vacuum of space is empty. It is surprising to discover that space itself has properties: zero point energy, permittivity, and impedance. It also has more dimensions than the three with which we are familiar. The Bible describes the "firmament" as a solid, which can be rolled up, stretched, and "torn." This is all quite a contrast to the fanciful conjectures of the ancients.

A GLIMPSE OF GOD'S PLAN

What may be a surprise to many is that the more you know about the frontiers of modern science, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics, the more remarkable the creation account in Genesis appears.

Bible prophecy is more than simply a glimpse of what may lie ahead; it is an overview of God's complete plan for mankind. But before we jump into the subject at hand, a review of some contemporary background is essential. The very notion of a message from outside our time domain requires an understanding of the nature of our reality itself.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface: Blindfolding Our Prejudices 1 SECTION 1: THE NATURE OF PROPHECY 1 What Is Prophecy?....................5
2 The Boundaries of Our Reality....................9
3 The Nature of the Time Dimension....................20
SECTION 2: PROPHECY PAST: THE BIBLICAL TRACK RECORD 4 The Nation of Israel....................29
5 The Book of Daniel....................37
6 The Life of Christ....................53
SECTION 3: PROPHECY FUTURE: THE CLASSICAL END-TIME SCENARIO 7 Hermeneutical Alternatives....................59
8 The 70th Week of Daniel....................66
9 The Coming World Leader....................69
10 The Abomination of Desolation....................74
11 The Great Tribulation....................82
12 The Battle of Armageddon....................86
13 The Millennial Kingdom....................91
14 The Harpazo....................95
SECTION 4: PROPHECY PRESENT: WHERE ARE WE NOW? 15 Weapons of Mass Destruction....................103
16 Biotechnology and Emergent Diseases....................115
17 The Struggle for Jerusalem....................127
18 The Rise of Babylon: A Litmus Test....................139
19 The Rise of Islam: The Legacy of Hate....................144
20 The Magog Invasion: Prelude to Armageddon?....................155
21 The Rise of Europe....................176
22 The Rise of Asia....................189
23 The Global Quest for Energy....................205
24 Global Religion....................217
25 Global Governance....................228
26 The American Challenge....................239
SECTION 5: THE ULTIMATEISSUE 27 The Greatest Adventure of All....................259
Acknowledgments....................265
Notes....................267
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