by Jerry Gentry
"Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me" (Isa. 45:11).
"And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also" (v. 16).
"In the beginning, God. . ." Period. The very first verse of the Bible begins His revelation to mankind. Yet the majority of the world does not understand even this basic fact, because they reject the revelation of the Bible itself in favor of the theory of evolution and other ideas of humanism. What a shame! What a sham! What a sorry state of affairs!
The self evident existence of God is only the first of many things to come, revealed in God's great storehouse called the Holy Bible. Certainly the creation itself remains a dark secret to all infidels. And if genuine Christians are that little flock, that "very small remnant" (Isa. 1:9), then infidels fill up the fabric of the Western World, "that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (2Ths. 1:8).
As members of that little flock who "see through a glass, darkly" (1Cor. 13:12), we have an "advocate with the Father" (1John 2:1) in Jesus Christ, who promises to send His Holy Spirit, who will "guide you into all truth. . . [even] show you things to come" (John 16:13). There is nothing more secret than things yet to come, things never openly understood before in all the history of the world. The Bible is a great storehouse of such hidden things, waiting to be revealed from heaven at the proper time.
Christian, did you catch that promise? Through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, you can have an eye on the future that is hidden to even the wisest of this world's great men. You can look ahead into the secret things to come, not because you deserve to know, or even that you have searched such things out. The Bible says, "how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Rom. 11:33). You can know things to come, only because God without obligation chooses to treat obedient Christian believers as special insiders in the ongoing fulfillment of His Divine plan for mankind.
As an obedient Christian, you have the Bible command to explore the secret things to come, always within the framework of God's bountiful Word, and not through "secret knowledge" and mystical writings of man. Modern criticism of the Bible has failed to bring us closer to God. False prophets who reveal to you their latest interpretations of end time events are all bankrupt, because "those things which are revealed [from heaven] belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deut. 29:29). Preachers who negate "the words of this law" of God know nothing of prophecy.
All of God's greatest secrets are hidden right before our eyes. We discover them only if we "have eyes to see" (Ezek. 12:2), only if we have "ears to hear" (Deut. 29:4). We have both the authority to inquire and to receive revelation, when we submit ourselves to the cutting edge of God's Word alone, however distasteful or unpopular that may be. But first, we must confess that "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul" (Ps. 19:7).
"Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me" (Isa. 45:11), our text for this lesson. What bold authority, we have as obedient Christians, that we must even command our Father, concerning the work of His hands. And we have the promise that though "the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand. . . the wise shall understand" (Dan. 12:10). The subject of understanding here is the end time, that is, things to come.
Jesus confirmed this promise from Daniel, and added a point:
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)" (Matt. 24:15), then we are to "know that it [the end] is near, even at the doors" (v. 33).
Daniel had been shown a vision concerning things to come: "Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision" (Dan 8:17), and "I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be" (v. 19).
What Daniel saw, among other things, was an "overspreading of abominations. . . [to make] desolate, even until the consummation" (Dan. 9:27).
These same visions of Daniel were "closed up and sealed till the time of the end" (Dan 12:9), when they are revealed.
Bible scholars have written reams on this subject. Yet, what is the proper understanding? Remember, speculation we have no right to do. Private interpretation is not our heritage. Before we answer this question, we must first lay some further ground rules for our inquiry into things to come.
There is a danger we must deal with, when we enquire concerning things to come, available only to that little flock, that small remnant, to whom He reveals His most intimate Divine plans. You and I are warned: "Knowledge puffeth up" (1Cor. 8:1), and "And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know" (v. 2). Further, "in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow" (Eccl. 1:18).
With these warnings and ground rules in place, let us move one step at a time into some things to come within the pages of the Holy Bible. Let us boldly "Ask. . . [God] of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me."
What then is this "overspreading of abominations" spoken of by Daniel the prophet? It is an ever present problem within every generation which grows and culminates in a singular end time fulfillment. The Bible says, "For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous" (Prov. 3:32). Wisdom enters "To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things" (Pro 2:12).
Do you know what a froward person is like? Froward is a primary root word that means "to turn aside, to depart, to perverse." What could be more froward today than a church world that has been cleverly led "to turn aside, to depart, to perverse," to "leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness" (v. 13), "Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths" (v. 15)? The "abomination of desolation" sprouted first in the garden of Eden, when Satan "said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said. . ." (Gen 3:1). The devil questioned the Word of God, and suggested an alternate "preferred reading," the greatest "abomination" in all of history. The deception continues even until now.
Multiplied books called "Bibles" today are no longer Holy; they are perverse; they are debased; they have turned aside from the pure historic texts of both Old and New Testaments. They have deleted some 6000 words of God, and substituted thousands of man's words in their place. So called scholars have literally dug into trash cans of monasteries where corrupt texts were thrown. They have elevated these very "abominations" into "preferred readings," sold them widely, and turned the church of God, "the holy place," into a "desolation." Such events foreshadow a final fulfillment, when "the abomination that maketh desolate [shall be] set up, [and] there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days" (Dan 12:11), when "the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations" (Dan. 9:26).
That final fulfillment of necessity is amidst "great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be" (Matt. 24:21).
It was prophesied of old, if we have ears to hear: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD" (Amos 8:11). This happened during the Dark Ages, when the common people were forbidden to own Bibles. Today, millions of "Bibles" are distributed, yet you live in the day of the world's greatest famine, right now. The church world is made desolate from lack of "hearing the words of the LORD." Other words of man are substituted. Turn on your TV on a Sunday morning, and follow a dozen preachers, and you will seldom hear read the pure words of the LORD. You will hear corrupt words, if you have ears to hear. The historic King James Bible is rejected by nearly every television preacher and ministry today.
"Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name" (Ps. 138:2). "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times" (Ps. 12:6). Yet pulpits of the Christian church spew forth thousands of words in His name which He never uttered. As we approach the "full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee" (Jer. 30:11), "he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate" (Dan. 9:27).
True Christians are the repository in the earth of God's holiness, or at least we should be. "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ" (1Pet. 2:5). The Bible says, "Be ye holy; for I am holy" (1Pet. 1:16).
"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" (1Cor. 6:19).
The fruits of such "overspreading of abominations " are being born. Pulpits have sown the wind; they will reap the whirlwind of God's soon coming wrath. "With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the froward [turned back; departed; perverse] thou wilt show thyself froward" (Ps. 18:26).
The ship of state is dead, lying in mourning, awaiting the funeral procession, with the Holy Bible long ago tossed aside. Nations of the western world have replaced God's Word with the abomination of humanism, and lie ready for their burial in God's coming judgment. Babylon the Great is overspread by the Mother Whore Church, with all her harlot daughters. Under such conditions, "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him" (Isa. 59:19). What is that "standard?" It is the pure Word of God. Will the ark called the church rise above the waters of the "overspreading of abominations" and lift up the "standard" of His Holy Word? The church world cannot imagine God turning against Christians, departing from them, even being perverse toward them. Yet, this is precisely what God says is about to happen. Because, the "the holy place," that is, the majority church of God, is even now, in a foreshadow, overspread with the "abomination of desolations." Pulpit by pulpit, these have conspired to destroy the "standard" of God found in his Law/Word, which they have both corrupted and nailed to the cross.
Pulpits have failed to lift up the "standard" of God's whole word as a way of life. These will be met soon by an angry, "froward" God. The expected rapture of the saints will rupture from "pain, as of a woman in travail" (Jer. 6:24), but without Godly fruit. "We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth" (Isa. 26:18). Preachers who deny the "standard" of God's word, who preach the fly away rapture idea, "have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind" (Hosea 8:7).
These along with their flocks will experience severe chastening during the time of Jacob's Trouble, "seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children" (Hosea 4:6). You have learned one of the marvellous things to come, which you can know only by the Word of God itself, "not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth" (1Cor. 2:13).
The Bibles of most churches and pulpits are no longer Holy, no longer the pure, unadulterated, inerrant, and complete word of God. Preachers have failed to declare "all the words of the LORD" (Jer. 36:11), found in the one inerrant majority text Holy Bible given to and read in the church for almost two thousand years. Ministers who read from their Secular Unholy Bibles have brought on "a famine. . . of hearing the words of the LORD" (Amos 8:11). The last 100 years have brought in this "overspreading of abominations," which has feminized our churches with no "sure word of prophecy" (2Pet. 1:19), no absolute "standard" for living.
Originally, it was not so among our people Israel: "And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the LORD hath said will we do" (Exod. 24:3). Can you imagine Moses reading from the RSV, or NIV, or some other "translation," with thousands of changes? Such Unholy Bibles contain only some, not "All the words which the LORD hath said." And even those words not changed are corrupted by the words around them.
Every generation must find renewal in the pure word of God. "And it came to pass, that. . . Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the LORD their God, for which the LORD their God had sent him to them, even all these words" (Jer. 43:1). Jeremiah delivered the pure and complete words of God to his generation. Did the church of his day repent and turn to God? Not the majority:
"Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there" (Jer 43:2). Soon judgment came in the form of the heathen armies who hauled the nation away in a long death march to Babylon.
For whatever other "abominations" are extant in the church of God today, the mother of all "abomination of desolations" proceeds from the Mother Whore Roman church herself, who has historically hired false translators to create Unholy Bibles. Jerome's Latin Vulgate in the fourth century led the way by following the same corrupt texts then as many Unholy Bibles follow today, those being the "trash can" texts long promoted by the Vatican, researched by unsaved "Christian scholars" such as B. F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort, who also founded The Ghostly Club for their New Age channeling practice. Their "preferred" texts are adopted by most churches in the world today in the NIV, NKJV, ASV, etc. Such Unholy Bibles render the Word of God to none effect. "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump" (Gal. 5:9). What bread from heaven that is found in these Unholy Bibles is molded and corrupted by multitudes of deletions and man made additions.
God is in the business of revealing things to come from His Word, but only to the obedient. "For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known" (Luke 12:2). This is true for both the saved and the reprobate, a word which applies to the very foundations of all corrupt Bibles. "For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad" (Luke 8:17).
Christian, learn a great lesson today. When you inquire into things to come, remember these will be found only in the genuine Word of God. And even then, understanding of things to come will come only when it is revealed, for "A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven."