Friday, April 18, 2014

Herod the Great

Around 600 BC Jeremiah penned a prophecy: “Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachael weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not” (Jeremiah 31:15).  About 600 years later the Apostle Matthew confirmed Jeremiah's words foretold the graphic scene of Bethlehem's mothers (where Rachael was buried) wailing over their dead babies, whom Herod the Great had killed after Jesus the Messiah was born there.  There’s ALWAYS a time when God’s Word will be fulfilled!

But let’s back up.  Who was this man God placed in position to fulfill His Word some 600 years later?  Who was this monster who developed an evil of enough character to carry out this heinous baby-killing act?  He was a man named Herod, born around 74 BC.  Prideful to the core, from an early age he sought Earthly power and might.  And he would stop at almost nothing to get it and keep it!  Eventually, in 37 BC he got what he desired … the position and title of “king of Judea”.  Then he embarked on a 33 year reign of building cities and buildings (including the Jerusalem Temple) to honor his greatness, killing wives, children and whomever along the way if they threatened his kingdom.  What a loser!  And finally, he initiated the event that fulfilled Jeremiah’s words near the end of his life and then died an excruciatingly painful death in 4 BC.

But how about now?  God has written hundreds of prophecies in His Word about the time right before and during Christ's Second Coming.  And they will ALL be fulfilled!  The prideful Antichrist will soon come to power and “cause all , both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark” (Revelation 13:16-17).  Where is this man today?  Where was he born?  When was he born?  What is he learning?  What is he doing?

Jesus will return during the Feast of Trumpets 2028, and the Antichrist will arrive in 2021. Consequently, we are like the people living in the year 15 BC, when Herod the Great was alive and kicking!  Do you think the people living then knew he’d be the one to soon fulfill Jeremiah’s words written in God's Word?  Probably not.  Well, get ready people!  The Antichrist is here!  He's alive and kicking! Sit back and watch God at work, pushing people and nations into place and position like a masterful chess player, all to set up the soon fulfillment of His coveted prophetic Word!

Wikipedia - Herod the Great
Herod the Great: Friend of the Romans & Parthians?
Herod the Great: The Kings Final Journey

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