First Prophecy : End of Times: Recognizing the Signs
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First Prophecy

by Roy Burger on 07/17/21

 

   Hi, my name is Roy Burger, and we are presenting a complete and thorough study on the book of Revelation. I attended to theology college at Grand Canyon University and graduated with my master’s degree in Christian Leadership in 2018. I wrote a book with my wife “The End of Time” and I feel to teach what I wrote about the prophecy in Revelation. I started to study the prophecy back in 2005 until now, I also traveled back then with my wife to the Vatican to enrich the knowledge of the prophecy, as many metaphors in Revelation refer to the universal church as we’ll explain that in our presentation.  Now my wife will introduce herself.

Hello, my name is Julia Burger, originally, I am from Venice Italy, born and raised In Italy, and that where my foreign accent is from. I am saying this right the way because when people try to guess where my foreign accent is from, they think I am from Armenia, or Russia, Germany, and even from Brazil. No, no, I am full blood Italian.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

People think my husband is Italian, but he is American with some German in it, from where the Burger name comes, then some Filipino, Spanish from Spain and American Cherokee.  I moved to America in 1992, and precisely in Los Angeles California, where I met my husband Roy and got married in 1996. We have 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl, all in their early twenties. I also graduated with a master’s degree in Christian Ministry and wrote with my husband the book The End of Time, and we like to share with you what we found out studying this amazing prophecy.

We are presenting a complete and through study of the book of Revelation and the end time prophecy, covering the entire book from Ch. 1 to Ch. 22. Here are other views of the prophecy compared with the book of Revelation. Pretribulation is the most popular doctrine known. Pretribulation takes its interpretation from the scripture Daniel 9:27.

We will pick up these interpretations, pretribulation and other views of the end time, next time throughout our further presentations. So, going back to what Roy was saying, that the prophecy goes all the way to Ch. 22 for us believers too, the prophecy of the end time is therefore a long prophecy, not short like suggested by pretribulation, for example, because everything is not all revealed in the book of Revelation, but in the OT and throughout the NT. Then, once we find scriptures related to the end time in the OT and in the NT, they must correlate with the accounts in Revelation as God purposed. Some views of the end time also go by some passages of the O and NT, but then these passages do not correlate with the events in Revelation, turning the interpretation of the end time not biblical but personal.

So, because of the many scriptures involved in understanding the prophecy, this presentation may be complex but still easy to follow as we will put up on the screen the scriptures that we are studying, so the viewer can take time to read them. The study of the prophecy requires time and patience as the Holy Spirit teaches us how to study scriptures. For those who are not familiar with the OT, this may be an opportunity to follow the prophecy from the OT to Revelation, learning in this way the OT to defend the prophecy from false interpretations, or as we call them “short interpretations,” or a “quick fix” considering the complexity in keeping in mind the OT, the New, and Revelation in studying the prophecy, as God revealed it.

The first aspect of our presentation is the birth of Christ as his 1st coming here on earth. There could not have been a prophecy of the end of time before Christ, as He will come again in His 2nd coming. So, the birth of Jesus is the keystone to study the end time prophecy as the following scripture drew our attention, this scripture is found in Matthew 1:17.

Matt 1:17 KJ “So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.”

Why are we bringing up Matthew with the end of time prophecy? Because the passage talks about various generations from Abraham to David to Babylon, and from Babylon to Christ. Matthew mentioned about a timeline before the Jews arrived at the time of Jesus, from where after His ascension started the timeline of the end time prophecy. Jesus had to depart from this world before even considering the end time. So, our study will research all the generations that took to Christ, including 4 prophecies. We will show to you in future videos that, following the timeline of the generations to Christ, will give us the exact time when Jesus was born. We can be sure that in this way by following scriptures one by one, we will be able to interpret the prophecy of the end time biblically. Here are the 4 prophecies before that one of the end time:

Ø  400-year prophecy In Genesis given to Abraham of the Jews being enslaved in Egypt

Ø  70-year prophecy in Jeremiah of the Jews being in captivity under Babylon

Ø  490-year prophecy in Daniel of the coming Messiah and the New Covenant

Ø  Timeline in Hosea

We are not going to cover all these 4 prophecies today, but in future presentations we will show to you how the passage in Matt. 1:17 will validate the prophecies in question.

Many of the popular studies of the end time do not consider the timeline of the generations that came before the birth of Christ. So, if we do not study the timeline that preceded the 1st coming of Jesus, then it is possible to misinterpret the prophecy causing a void between the 1st coming and the 2nd coming of Jesus, or as symbolically causing a bumpy road in interpreting the prophecy. Also, we cannot just pick out a scripture and saying that the end time will happen based on one scripture only, because we need to study the order of the events that took to Christ and the events that came after Christ’ ascension. In this way we will find out that there is more than one scripture that refers to the end of time, as there are many events that will happen before the end. So, from where we start the counting of the generations that preceded the advent of Christ? We start from Genesis 15 throughout Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Zechariah, Malachi, Matthew covering 4 prophecies before studying the prophecy of the end time. Of course, we are not going to cover all these books in one time but in future presentations.

 

  The 4 prophecies that we are going to study will give us the timeline necessary to know when the end time prophecy started. However, as there is a lot to learn from the OT to Revelation, we want to pay attention for now to the 1st prophecy starting from Gen 15. This prophecy of the 400 years was given to Abraham as God told him in a dream about how Israel will become a nation and of Israel being in bondage.

Let us go to read about Abraham’s dream, but the prophecy has not started yet as we will learn when the prophecy started later in other scriptures. This is just God’s revelation to Abraham.

Gen 15:13-16 (MKJV) And He said to Abram, You must surely know that your seed shall be a stranger in a land not theirs, and shall serve them. And they shall afflict them four hundred years. And also I will judge that nation whom they shall serve. And afterward they shall come out with great substance. And you shall go to your fathers in peace. You shall be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come here again, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

The passage says that Abraham’s seed will be in a strange land, as we know from scriptures that it was Egypt. The Jews will be afflicted for 400 years and afterwards they will come out with great substance.  What that means great substance? When Jacob, who God changed the name to Israel, moved into Egypt with the aid of Joseph, who was the prince of Egypt at that time, the family consisted of 70 people only. When Moses delivered the Jews from Egypt, there were 3-5 million people, so Israel came out in great substance by the hand of God.

God assured Abraham that he will live a full life; then God used the conjunction “but” in the following sentence, but in the fourth generation they shall come here again, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.” meaning a condition needed to be met. The condition was the iniquity of the Amorites that needed to be full, then the 4th generation of the Israelites shall return to the promise land. We need to learn this part of the Jewish history because this 1st prophecy as well as the other 3 prophecies shown in a slide earlier are going to flow into the prophecy of the coming Messiah, and after His ascension into the prophecy of Jesus’ 2nd coming.

All the life events of the generations that we are studying are part, in terms of years, of all the time counted to arrive to the time of Jesus. Then we will see in future videos that all the events of the life of Jesus while He was on earth will be counted as well to arrive to the time of His ascension from this world, from where the end time prophecy will start. So, every little detail of the timelines before and after Christ count to interpret prophecies as scriptures reveal it to us.

Before moving forward with the next scriptures, we like to compare Gen 15:13-16 with Acts 7:6-7, as scriptures correlate with each other.

Acts 7:6-7 (KJ) And God spake on this wise, That his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil four hundred years. And the nation to whom they shall be in bondage will I judge, said God: and after that shall they come forth, and serve me in this place. 

Let us go to read now where the 400-year prophecy started. We are going to Exodus from Ch. 1 Let us go to Exodus 1:6-13:

Exodus 1:6-9 (KJV) And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:

 Exodus 1:10-13 (KJV) “Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: 

 In the scripture exodus 1:13 started the 400-year prophecy of Israel being afflicted, and Exodus chapter one ended several generations later with a command from Pharaoh. Exo 1:22

 Exodus 1:22 (KJV)And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive. 

The Israelites were multiplying so rapidly that the Pharoah made this decree against Israel, to slow down the growth of the Israelites for the fear that otherwise the Jews would overtake the Egyptians. Chapter one ended with the Pharaoh commanding that every newborn male Israelite was to be thrown into the river while saving newborn females.

Let us go now to Exodus chapter 2 where it started off with the birth of Moses, which started the 1st gen of the 4. Let us find out how many years are a generation.

Num 32:13 (KJ): “And the LORD'S anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation, that had done evil in the sight of the LORD, was consumed.”  

We see here that a generation is 40 years. God said until all that generation that He made them wander in the desert for 40 years, that whole generation should perish or be consumed.

Now, to find out when a generation started in the life of a Jew, we need to go to Exo 30:14.

Let us go to Exo 30:14.

Exo 30:14 (MKJ)  Everyone that passes among those who are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering to Jehovah. 

The scripture here says that every male that is 20 years and older shall give an offering to the Lord. Let us go to Leviticus to learn when a generation starts and when it ends. Now we are going to read that a gen is from 20 years of age to 60 years of age.

Lev 27:1-3 (MKJ) And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, When a man shall make a special vow, the persons shall be for Jehovah by your evaluation. And your judgment shall be of the male from twenty years old even to sixty years old, even your judgment shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary.

In this scripture God is speaking to Moses telling him when men are allowed to make a vow, meaning a time when they are becoming responsible adults, between 20 years old to 60 years old, which is a period of 40 years. Let us validate what we just said with another scripture in Numbers.14:29-30.

Num 14:29-30 (MKJ) Your dead bodies shall fall in this wilderness, and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against Me. not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 

We see here God is punishing Israel for murmuring, which means that the people who murmured against God did not enter the promise land because they were constantly complaining against God. So, that generation was consumed dying in the desert after 40 years. God stated that men 20 years old and upward will not enter the promise land. We see here God is sparing Caleb and Joshua, we know that Joshua was being trained by Moses to fill in as Moses eventually would have died. Let us see why God is sparing Caleb and learn why God has passed this judgement on that generation and consumed them. Let us go to Numbers.

Num 14:22-24 (MKJ) Because all those men who have seen My glory and My miracles which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted Me now these ten times, and have not listened to My voice, surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked Me see it. But My servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and has followed Me fully, I will bring him into the land into which he went. And his seed shall possess it.

Here in Numbers, God was speaking to Israel, and he stated that these men have seen God’s glory and God’s miracles in Egypt and have tempted God ten times, and they still did not listen to God. God is telling them that these men will not enter the promise land. Numbers 14:29 state that males who are 20 years and older cannot enter the promise land because of their rebellion and disobedience against God. So, this generation that died in the desert was the 3rd generation of the 4, with the 4th one going into the promise land. Caleb fell into this generation, but God said that Caleb had another spirit different from all the rest of the generation, a righteous spirit, so Caleb even though he belonged to that generation of men who murmured against God, because he had a righteous spirit like Moses and Joshua, he will enter the promise land.

In the Jewish custom Israelites will use a generation often referred to when a male reaches 20 years old and grow to 60 years old within one generation. The word generation comes from the Hebrew word h1755 ‘dowr’ which is pronounced dore. The word dowr translates as length of time. So, a generation is a period which according to Numbers is 40 years. So, if 1 generation is 40 years, then 3 generations are 120 years. God said the 4th generation will enter the promise land. So, 3 generations needed to pass for the sins of the Amorites to become full, which are 120 years. Exodus Ch. 2 started off with the birth of Moses, let us explore how Moses’s life coincided with the three generations. Let us go to (Acts 7:23-24).

Acts 7:23 -24 “When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian. 

 Moses lived in Egypt for 40 years, after he killed the Egyptian and fled for his life to the desert. Let us go to (Acts 7:30).  

Acts 7:30  “Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 

We read here that Moses lived for 40 years being a shepherd in the desert. As 40 years passed at the burning bush, God commended Moses to go back to Egypt to deliver his people. At this point Moses was 80 years old when he received the commend from God (40 years he lived in Egypt until he killed an Egyptian and fled, and then he lived other 40 years in the desert). We can say that before returning to Egypt as God called him, another generation ended at the burning bush, which made the 2nd gen of the 4, with the 4th entering the promise land.  

We go now to Deuteronomy 34:7 and we learn that Moses led Israel out of Egypt which was the 3rd gen of the 4.

Deut. 34:7  Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated. 

We see here Moses’ life coincided with 3 generations that were before the 4th one, so we will use Moses’ life to follow the three generations. Let us do a summary of what we just covered.

Ø  God gave Abraham 440-years prophecy, counting the 40 years of Moses in the desert.

Ø  God told Abraham that the 4th generation will enter the promise land.

Ø  One generation equals forty years (1 gen=40 years).

Ø  400 years are 10 generations.

 

With Exo. 1:22 ended the 320 years or 8 generations of the Jews. 400 years are not just 4 generations because we already studied that 1 generation is 40 years, so 400/40=10. There are 8 gens before Moses was born in the timeline of these 10 generations. These10 generations started at the time a new Pharoah was risen, and this Pharaoh did not know Joseph because Joseph died. Remember that at the time Joseph was the prince of Egypt, the Jews were doing fine, and they were prospering. After the death of Joseph, this new Pharoah came up with a decree of putting the Jews in bondage.

We see in the end of ch. 1 of Exo., that Pharoah ordered a decree ending 8 generations of Jews in slavery covering 320 years before Moses was born and he carried out the prophecy of 440 years.

Let us do a summary of what we just covered. Exodus ended chapter 1 with 8 generations. Moses was born in the 9th generation which started the 1st generation of the 4, remembering the scripture that said, “but the 4th generation will enter the promise land.” Moses delivered Israel out of Egypt fulfilling the 400-year prophecy in the 2nd generation of the 4.  

Moses led the 3rd generation in the desert and this generation died in the desert after 40 years in the wilderness, fulfilling 440-year in the 3rd generation of the four. Moses spent 40 years leading the 3rd generation that died in the desert. Then Moses died and Joshua took over and led the 4th generation with Caleb into the promise land, fulfilling the part of the prophecy given to Abraham, that the 4th generation will enter the promise land.

Resuming what we covered today.

We see 440-year prophecy fitting into scriptures having the timeline fulfilled to the letter.

In conclusion, this is the timeline of the prophecy of the promised land and the nation from where Jesus will be coming on earth and from where the end time prophecy started after His ascension. Today we covered the 1st segment of our study: the prophecy of Abraham of 440 years as listed in one of our slides.

Next time we will be covering the 2nd prophecy in our schedule: Jeremiah 70-year prophecy. We are doing this to show how prophecies and their interpretation must fit into scriptures as God intended and revealed them to the prophets. In this way we are not going to miss any important year of the timeline that took the Jews all the way to Christ.

If you have questions about this part of the presentation, you can reach us at our website www.theburgerministry.com and submit your questions on our blog. Thank you for watching. God blesses!

 

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