Bible Prophecy Research
Title: What Was; What Is, and What Is To Come
Submitted by: (Charles)
Date: May 16, 2000
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What Was; What Is, and What Is To Come

When John was given the 'Revelation' on the Isle of Patmos, he was told, in Revelation 1: 19 "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter" - what was; what is, and what is to come. Many Bible prophecies are presented in this sequence. The prophet tells what was, then what is and, lastly, what is to come.

Jesus, Himself, in Matthew 21 and 22, when prophesying to the Chief Priest and the Elders, followed this sequence. He spoke to them in parables first of what was - of their rejection of John the Baptist; then of what is - their current rejection of Him and of the formation of the Church, and, finally, of what was to come - what would take place when the Church age was over, during the final 70th week of Daniel, in the period leading up to the marriage feast which will be held in Heaven prior to the start of the 1,000 year reign of Our Lord. He was speaking to the Chief Priest and the Elders of the synagogue in Jerusalem but we can see, in retrospect, that what he said was recorded for our edification. They did not, apparently, understand that He was giving them a prophetic view but it is incumbent on us to recognize it as such and to treat it accordingly.

In some instances the reader is 'transported', as it were, to the future but the sequence is still - what was; what is, and what is to come. An example of this is Matthew 24. The disciples, referring to the end times asked Jesus: "When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" In Jesus reply He 'transports' them to the time of the end and tells them the things which will occur before that time, i.e., the 'what was', calling them the beginning of sorrows. He then tells them of the 'what is', which is the persecution of those who profess His name; the appearance of false prophets, and the growth of iniquity but He assures them that whoever endures to the end will be saved. Finally, He tells them of what will follow, 'what is to come', which is the preaching of the gospel to the whole world. He tells them that, at during the 'end times' those who are living in Jerusalem at that time watching for the setting up of the abomination of desolation and, when they see that happen to flee, immediately, for it will be followed by the days of 'great tribulation'. These days will immediately precede the 'end of the world' (as we know it) and Jesus tells them these days will be shortened.

The 'what was' is the present time, the Church Age; the 'what is' is the final 70th week of Daniel, and the 'what is to come' is the final 30 and 45 day periods, which follow the 1,260 days of the second half of this week.

A similar sequence of 'things seen', 'things that are' and 'things that shall be hereafter' is evident in Old Testament prophecies and help the reader to view the events of the prophecy in their proper perspective.

Praise the Lord!

Charles H. Baker

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