OVERVIEW

"The Watchman and God's Plan For Your Future" is a journey through the prophecies of the Bible and God's plan for the future of mankind. I have incorporated almost 1800 biblical passages with commentary and explanations of what God has said about what lies ahead, making this book unique and comprehensive in its scope and content.

One of my many reasons for writing this is because of the lack of appreciation given to God for what is going on. This would apply both on a personal and a worldly level; even some of our churches seem oblivious to the fact that God is behind what is happening around the world every day.

Currently the world is experiencing major economic, sociological, political and ecological upheavals. Chances are you have been affected. You may live along the Gulf Coast, or have lost your job, you may be serving our country overseas, or you may have lost your life savings, experienced foreclosure on your home; I could go on and on.

We have people warning us of global warming, of economic collapse, and pointing out our governments' ineptitude. We have heard about the impending wars in the Middle East and other distant places in the world. All of this gives us pause, making us more than a little anxious, but is any one pointing out to us that maybe there is a God behind all of this, and that he is directing these worldwide scenarios to play out exactly according to His plan? In fact, we should be getting ourselves and as many others as possible prepared, because the moment that we have been awaiting could come at any time.

We must remind ourselves that God is in control, behind the scenes, so to speak. He loves us, and has put us on this earth for a reason. That reason is to glorify and honor Him. When we are confronted with what seems to us that everything is spinning out of control we must realize that there IS a God who is manipulating these events according to His plans.

Chapter 1

The Watchman

How God appoints a watchman to see things in the distance that others don't see. He is to warn them of approaching danger and if he neglects to do so and the people are harmed, God will hold him accountable. We next talk about how God deals with sin, either through grace or wrath, and who gets what and why. Science, our secular societie's denial of God and its contributing  to our lack of faith, then a brief overview of biblical history close up chapter 1.

Chapter 2

Prophesy, God's Plan For Mankind's Future

Biblical prophecy has a perfect track record. I describe the rise and fall of major empires throughout history in relation to the Jews and Israel making the Jews and Israel the lens through which we view prophecy. Empires have attempted to wipe Israel and the Jews of the face of the map over and over again and it's still going on today. God has, from Genesis to Revelation, predicted the dispersion (The Diaspora) of the Jews from the land that He gave them and he also told us of their subsequent return (Zionism).

Chapter 3

Let's Get Started

In this chapter and throughout the rest of the book we actually will be covering the prophecies from scripture so the reader can see what God has actually said, starting in Genesis. I include commentary where needed with explanations and examples as to why this is relevant to our current condition. The Psalms, the book of Proverbs and then the Prophets starting with Isaiah are covered. In Isaiah we talk about the complete copy of Isaiah found among the Dead Sea Scrolls. This book, written 200 years before the birth of Christ, is exactly the same as what we are still reading in our Bible today. Each chapter contains a brief history of the conditions and circumstances in which the writers of the scriptures lived and what makes them unique. Example; Isaiah uses imagery and poetry to show us the coming kingdom of God more than any other prophet. Next, I talk about the ancient city of Tarshish. Found throughout scripture, this city for centuries was thought to be in southern Spain but now some believe, myself included, refers to Great Britain.

Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet and was not well liked by his fellow countrymen because he didn't have very good news about the future of Israel.


Chapter 4

Ezekiel & God's Plan for Your Future

The history and conditions of Ezekiel's life are given first. Then this chapter covers many of our current events including the battle of Gog and Magog, which is a yet future battle against Israel by Iran and Russia. Tarshish (possibly Great Britain and nations associated with - possibly the United States) are also mentioned. We see how our headlines are tied to this chapter and are coming true right before our very eyes; events such as a major economic collapse, nuclear war and how God's plan for the Jews and Israel are happening now.

Next we cover the book of Daniel. This book holds the key to unlocking all of the prophecies in the Bible. It was because the Jews hadn't understood this book that they still don't recognize Jesus as their Messiah even to this day. I explain in great detail how this key has now been turned and that our generation has unlocked the book that Daniel was told to seal up until the time of the end. (THAT WOULD BE NOW!)

Chapter 5

The Minor Prophets

The Minor Prophets consist of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. They certainly weren't minor because of their message; they were called Minor Prophets only because of the size of the book, but as we will see they contain some of the most prolific and relevant messages in the entire Bible. Example; Do you want the answer to global warming? The answers are all in the Bible. Amos 9:5 states "The Lord, the Lord God almighty, he who touches the earth and it melts"...

In Zephaniah we have the reason for my writing this book. The Holy Spirit led me to a prophecy in this little known book that was being fulfilled on the very day that I found it. I chose not to mention anything about myself until this chapter because I didn't want to focus on myself, but for the book to focus on God and His plan for our future.

Skipping to the book of Zechariah, which is one of the most compact apocalyptic books in the Bible. Zechariah closes with the world fighting over the city of Jerusalem. Sound familiar? The Jews finally recognize that our Lord Jesus Christ is their Messiah and call out to Him. At that point He comes back with His saints (us) to earth stepping foot on the Mount of Olives and rescues his fellow Jews from a world wide conquest bent on their destruction, establishing his kingdom on earth. A very powerful book loaded with prophetic insight.

Chapter 6

The Time Between the Testaments

The period between the Old and New Testaments can be broken down into 3 parts. The first was from 333 B.C. to 166 B.C.: the Greek/Hellenistic period. After the Babylonian captivity was over, Israel became a minor territory in a succession of larger empires. After Alexander's death, his Empire was divided among his four generals. Antiochus The Great, who was from the Seleucus Dynasty of Syria, conquered Israel in 198 B.C. and enforced Hellenism, the adoption of the Greek lifestyle including Pagan Idol worship upon on the Jews. Antiochus Epiphanies was a forerunner to the coming antichrist, who hated the Jews; he prohibited Temple worship, forbade circumcision, destroyed all copies of Scripture, forced whole families into slavery, and resorted to torture to force Jews to renounce their religion. He tried to exterminate them, and defiled their temple. Next " The Romans are coming." During this unhappy period in time the Jews produced a large quantity of literature, including a Greek translation of the scriptures called the Septuagint, the Apocrypha, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Also, during this time the Roman Empire was expanding. The Roman General Pompey was busy conquering the eastern part of their Empire, and took Jerusalem in 63 B.C. This of course is all tied in to prophecies that were written by Daniel centuries earlier.

Chapter 7

The Gospels

Why do we have four Gospels and how are they different, and why is this so important in understanding prophecy? A list of current events are covered, so future "Watchmen" will know how close we really are, enabling them to warn others. We cross- reference the prophecies in Matthew, Mark and Luke, showing how similar passages differ. We discuss the all important parable of the fig tree, showing that this passage ties into the Jews returning to Israel in our "baby boomer" generation, they being the ones that Jesus said "will not pass away until all these things come to pass -- including His return.

In the book of Acts we look at Paul's conversion, the coming of the Holy Spirit and the emerging Church. Paul's letter to the Roman Church addresses the past, present and future of the Jewish people and why they don't recognize Jesus as their Messiah. 1st & 2nd Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians all cover subjects such as how we should live our lives, and give us encouragement, instruction and insight as to our relationship with God and each other. They also deal with correction and false doctrine.

Chapter 8

Letters To The Thessalonians

1st and 2nd Thessalonians cover the rapture of the Church, the coming of Christ and the Antichrist. The book of Hebrews is very Jewish in nature showing us Jesus as the King of the Jews. Hebrews also warns against backsliding. Next, are the general letters followed by chapter 9.

Chapter 9

Interpretation Part Two

This chapter covers the coming Millennium and why most non-evangelical Churches just don't understand prophecy. The book of Jude is a perfect prelude to Revelation. It is comforting yet mysterious and has some verses found only in non-recognized books of the Bible (the Apocrypha).

Chapter 10

The Book of Revelation Preface

I tell the readers that when starting this chapter I was personally feeling a little intimidated. Up until now this project has been one of joy. Now I feel a sense of trepidation, as if the Holy Spirit is somehow putting on my heart the gravity of the subject matter. I open with a prayer, asking God for insight and understanding for our readers and myself.

The book of Revelation shows us Christ in his coming Glory. It is filled with complex imagery, but we understand it better now than in any time in history because for one thing technology has enabled many of the events described to be possible. Example: we now can see how people everywhere could view the same thing all over the world while it was happening, and how mankind could conceiveably wipe itself out. Also a one world economy, government and religious system were never possible before, but now that's all we hear about. I tell the reader to pay careful attention to the details and lead them into chapter eleven because in the next chapter Jesus is talking directly to them.

Chapter 11

The Seven Churches

The letters to the seven Churches starting in Revelation, chapter 2 contain the most important messages in the whole Bible. This is what the entire book has been leading up to. That's because Jesus is talking directly to us and you need to understand which of the seven Churches that you fit into. They are a type of report card in which Jesus tells you where you're doing well, and where you need improvement. They're not very long letters but are packed with vital information for us as a Church body and individually. For that reason I focus a great deal on them, covering their ancient history and the period of time in Church history that they represent.

Chapter 12

The Moment We've All Been Waiting For!

This amazing chapter presents many amazing points, some strange and hard to visualize. In chapter 1 verse 19 John was told to write those "things that he had seen," which was the vision of Jesus on the Isle of Patmos, walking among the lamp-stands. He was then told to write, "What is now." "Now" represents the church age from Pentecost to the rapture. Then he was told to write what will take place later. Starting in chapter 4, verse 1 is when "what will take place later" begins. We know this, because chapter 4, verse one begins with "After this." Jesus is going to call John up to heaven. From scripture this appears to happen at the same time, or shortly after the rapture of the Church. John sees us, and hears us in heaven. He gives us a written description of what he sees. One of the things he sees is the seven lamp-stands. Jesus told us in chapter one, verse 19, "The seven lamp-stands are the seven churches". This is very important. The lamp-stands (the church) were on earth in chapter 1. They are in heaven in chapter 4. We are the Church; the rapture of the church has happened at or near the same time that John is told to "come up here." It also should be noted that after this point the book of Revelation becomes very Jewish in style and content.

Chapter 13

The Tribulation Period

God's wrath on an unrepentant world, including Fire From Heaven,The Image, The Mark oif The Beast, 666, Global Economy, The Muslim Problem with its ties to The Roman Catholic Church and Ancient Babylon. Here we see a brief history and explanation of how all the world's false religions including Islam can trace their roots to Ancient Babylon. We'll learn the identity of The Woman Who Rides The Beast and The Beast himself, as well as The Antichrist, who will be ruling with his cohort, The False Prophet.

The very complicated imagery used in these chapters will be cross-referenced to the Old Testament, especially in the book of Daniel.In Revelation 18 we'll examine the meaning of the fall of Babylon.

Chapter 14

Hallelujah, Salvation! Revelation 19-22

Subjects covered are The Rider On The White Horse and The Second Coming of Jesus. Revelation 20 covers The Millennium, Satan's Doom and The White Throne Judgement. Revelation 20 covers The New Jerusalem and Heaven Can't Wait, which was a sermon about what Heaven will be like which I delivered at my Mother's nursing home. In Revelation 22 we are told about The River Of Life, and The glorious Return Of Jesus.

Finally chapter 15 with a closing summary and recap.