sWe like to use the analogy of a jigsaw puzzle when it comes to understanding end-time prophecy. The puzzle pieces are bundled into the "box" that we call our Bible. Most puzzle solvers like to begin by finding the border pieces, especially the four corners. Today we're going to share with you seven pivotal pieces to help you solve the prophetic end-time puzzle.
These pivotal pieces help you see into the mysteries of the end-time Scriptures. The word for "mystery" in the Bible doesn't refer to something that cannot be found or understood. It describes something that is hidden, but can be known through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is always revealed at the right time, the appointed time, and it takes a seeking heart to understand it.
#1: God's great Week and the mystery of prophetic time (2 Peter 3:8). In God's sight, 1,000 years of our time equals 1 great Day. His prophetic plan of redemption unfolds across 7 great Days or 7,000 years.
#2: Knowing the times and the seasons and the mystery of the unknown Day and hour (Matt. 24:35-37). God has predetermined set times with corresponding signs that mark significant events in His plan of redemption, which help us mark where we are in God's timetable.
#3: Daniel's 70th Week prophecy and the mid-week pause for the mystery of Christ and His Church (Daniel 9:20-27). The theme of the prophecy is the coming of Messiah the Prince, Christ's first and second coming, and what He would accomplish accordingly.
#4: Christ's end-time teaching on the Mount of Olives and the hidden mystery of the gathering that He revealed (Matt. 24, Mark 13, Luke 21). Jesus answered the disciples' questions regarding when the Temple would be destroyed and what would be the signs of the end of this age and His return, thereby introducing the rapture.
#5: Those sealed for the Day of Redemption and the mystery of their symbolic, numerical representation (Rev. 7 & 14). Why the Bride, the Church, is sealed by the Holy Spirit for that Day, and why we are pictured in Heaven before the throne of God at this point in the Revelation. It's all about His promise and our calling.
#6: The prophetic analogy of birth pains and the mystery of a royal priesthood birthed from death on that same Day (Rev. 12, Isaiah 66, Col. 1:18). This is when we are fully conformed to His image, including being raised on the Third Day and overcoming death.
#7: The Age to Come and the mystery of our heavenly calling (Rom. 8:17; Eph. 2:7; 1:17-21). We are raptured and taken to our prepared place in Heaven to fulfill our next assignment as joint-heirs with Christ. Complete in Him, we rule during the Last Day (the 7th Day) from the 3rd Heaven, until the time of the end and the restoration of all things. Then God makes the new heavens and earth, we descend to the earth as the City, and we enter the Perfect Day.
We've covered these keys throughout these blogs. They are documented in greater detail in Jeff's books that are available through this website (Resources Tab). For an introductory course on these keys, check out our link to our study guide called: Keys to Understanding Christ's Return--What You Need to Know About Your Future.