Pastor Harold Brokke and his wife Cathy Brokke have served the Lord Jesus as counselors to countless missionaries all over the world. Harold is a former President of Bethany Fellowship International, the community that established and runs the renowned Bethany House Publishers. Presently Pastor Brokke serves the Bethany Missionary Church as Senior Pastor Emeritus. Cathy was the Director of Bethany Fellowship Missions for many years. Both live in Minneapolis. God has called Harold to minister to people and communities around the world on Bible Prophecy and sanctification through the Message of the Cross.
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SOMETHING GOD FORETOLD IS GOING TO HAPPEN
Pastor Harold Brokke
1. SOMETHING GOD FORETOLD is going to happen to the nation of Israel. Ezekiel said:
I WILL GATHER THEM INTO THEIR LAND. I WILL LEAVE NONE OF THEM REMAINING AMONG THE NATIONS ANY MORE. (Ez. 39:28-29)
2. THE FIRST STEP: THE RETURN TO THE LAND
2. THE SECOND STEP: THE RETURN TO THE COVENANT
3. THEIR RETURN WILL BE MIRACULOUS.
With His mighty wind, He will shake His fist over the river and strike it in the seven streams, and make men cross over dryshod. There will be a highway for the remnant of His people that is left. (Is.11:15)
4. WHY WILL THERE BE A THIRD CRISIS ?
Israel will turn to the God of the Covenant, but when they enter the land, they continue to reject the Messiah . Only He can establish them in the land. (See Daniel 9:26) DANIEL 9 CONTAINS THE MEANING OF THE 3RD CRISIS.
5. THE FOCUS OF DANIEL’S PRAYER
The focus of Daniel's prayer is for his people and the Holy City. 70 WEEKS are determined to restore 6 goals:
6. WHEN DOES THE 70 WEEKS BEGIN?
See Daniel 9:25 “From the going forth of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem”.Two dates are possible: Ezra 2:1 ” The Lord God of Heaven...has charged me to build Him a house at Jerusalem.” ( 458 B.C.)
7. HOW GABRIEL EXPLAINS IT TO DANIEL
“Know...and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty two weeks.” (v.25). PLEASE NOTICE THAT 1 WEEK EQUALS 7 YEARS. THUS 70 WEEKS EQUALS 490 YEARS.
8. WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE 62 WEEKS?
“And after the sixty two weeks (434 years) Messiah will be cut off but not for Himself. (v.26)
8. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE NATION?
“ And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the City and the Sanctuary, and the end shall be with a flood” (or like a flood).
We know from history that in 70 AD Titus, a Roman general, came and destroyed both the City and the Sanctuary. Jesus Himself foretold this event to His disciples .(Matt. 24:1-2). NOTE AGAIN THE PHRASE, “the people of the Prince who is to come...” If the people are Romans, then the prince who is to come, arises in the area of the Roman empire. This is the person who will eventually instigate the “abomination of desolation” that relates to the 70th week of Daniel. This prince is antichrist.
9. WHAT DID THIS DO TO THE JEWS?
They lost their temple, their city, and the land of Israel. The 70 weeks of Daniel only apply to the Jews when these things are restored. Jesus spoke about this period of disjuncture. “The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.” (Matt. 21:43 ) It is clear that we are nearing the end of this age.
THE 70TH WEEK OF DANIEL 9: Notice Dan. 9:27“Then he (antichrist) shall confirm a covenant with many for 1 week (7 years) but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to the sacrifice and offering.” Satan’s aim is to destroy God’s covenant. Leaders yield to Antichrist. “He shall ..return in rage against the Holy Covenant; and do damage. So he shall..show regard for those who forsake the Holy Covenant.” Daniel 11:30
10. JESUS BRINGS HIS DELIVERANCE
“..Until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the Desolator. ( Antichrist) The Lord sends His 2 witnesses to prepare His way. (Rev.11) Then JESUS COMES! He consumes Antichrist with the “breath of His mouth and destroys him with the brightness of His coming.” (2 Thess. 2:8)
“ The Deliverer will come out of Zion..He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob, for this is My covenant with them when I take away their sins.” Romans 11: 26-27
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