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The Shadow Of Things To Come

Prophecy Feasts of Israel God's Promises

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-08-23

Scripture: Colossians 2:17

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

A shadow can give us an indication of who is coming toward us, but it is still just a shadow. The reality is found, not in the shadow but in the person casting the shadow. 

Likewise, the Feasts of Isreal provided a foreshadowing of an approaching person, the Messiah of Israel. Each one anticipates some aspect of His arrival and redemptive work.  

APPLICATION

"Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ" (Colossians 2:16-17). 

Christ Our Captain

Victory Jesus, Messiah Jesus, Savior

Source: Band of Brothers Miniseries

Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2020-05-07

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:22 ; Romans 5:19

Author: Shane Waldron
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ILLUSTRATION

In one scene of the miniseries Band of Brothers, Easy Company was making an assault on the town of Foy, which was occupied by the Germans. At this point in the war, they had a captain who was completely incompetent. And he made a decision that resulted in the death of a lot of men under his command.

Easy Company got separated, they stopped advancing, and they were caught in no man’s land. They were like sheep without a shepherd. They were facing enemy fire and being hammered by artillery. Men were dying left and right.

The Major, who was over the entire battalion, was standing off from the battle, watching all of this unfold. He told his best captain to get in there and replace the incompetent guy who was leading his men to slaughter. So the best captain in the battalion grabbed his gun and ran toward the battle. He ran right through enemy fire and connected with Easy Company.

The first thing he did was relieve the other captain of his command. Then he regrouped the men and gave them a new strategy. They continued the assault, and he led them to victory. On that day he became the new captain of Easy Company, and he remained their commanding officer for the rest of the war.

APPLICATION

Our first captain was Adam. When he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he made a decision that resulted in the death of every person under his command. God the Father was up in heaven, watching all of this unfold. And he told his best Captain - his only begotten Son - to get in there and relieve Adam of his command.

The Father sent Jesus into the world to undo everything Adam had done. And through His perfect life, His sacrificial death, and His bodily resurrection, Jesus Christ leads every person under his command to victory. 

"For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous" (Romans 5:19). 

The Doomsday Clock

Watching for Jesus End Times Prophecy

Source: The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

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Contributed By: Matthew Kruse | Date Posted: 2019-02-01

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:11

Author: Matthew Kruse
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ILLUSTRATION

There are some things in life that you didn't know you needed to be concerned about. For instance, as I did some online research for the sermon this Sunday, I found out that there is an official "Doomsday Clock" which is set by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Who knew? In January of 2018, they moved the clock from 2 1/2 minutes to midnight to just 2 minutes away from midnight. Midnight symbolically stands for the end of the world . . . of course.

The furthest it has ever been away from midnight is 17 minutes, after the Cold War ended. And the closest it has ever been . . . are you ready for this . . . is right now - 2 minutes to Midnight.  What this means is that they think we as humans are closer to destroying ourselves in some apocalyptic event brought on by nuclear war and global climate change than we have ever been before. Well, technically, they thought we were this close back in 1953, as well, when both Russia and the U.S. were racing for nuclear weapon advancement. 

APPLICATION

By the way, it is not just scientists who think the world is going to come to a catastrophic end. God tells us, through Peter's pen that "the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

"Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!" (2 Peter 3:10-12, ESV).

But there is a major difference between the outlook of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and the Bible. Though the world will indeed come to a catastrophic end in both views, the facts of future judgment are coupled with hope in the Scriptures.  This is seen in Peter's conclusion, where we read, "But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells" (2 Peter 3:13, ESV). 

Every day we draw closer, not to the end of the world but to a glorious new beginning!

The Delphic Oracle

Word of God Warnings Prophecy

Contributed By: Charles Krieg | Date Posted: 2018-09-17

Scripture: Psalms 18:30 ; 2 Corinthians 4:2

Author: Charles Krieg
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Heaven Series--Surprise #3: Heaven And Earth Will Be Merged!

Heaven Series Heaven Prophecy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: Ephesians 1:10 ; Revelation 21:2

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Heaven Series--Surprise #6: You Can Know That Heaven Is Real!

Heaven Series Apologetics Prophecy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: 1 John 5:13 ; John 3:12

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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They Call It Sologamy

Marriage End Times Self-absorbed

Contributed By: Rod Crowell | Date Posted: 2017-12-03

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:2

Author: Rod Crowell
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The Feast of Trumpets

Prophecy Second Coming End Times

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-09-19

Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:8 ; 1 Corinthians 15:52

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Our Predetermined Destiny

God's Sovereignty Prophecy God's Promises

Contributed By: Louis Harrison | Date Posted: 2016-12-12

Scripture: Revelation 21:5

Author: Louis Harrison
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Who Speaks For God?

Jesus, Messiah Apologetics Prophecy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-26

Scripture: Isaiah 53: ; Matthew 5:17

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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