Re: NEW UPDATED POLL: When is the rapture?
I just don't get how all of a sudden people are taking all these Old Testament prophecies from way back in the time the Jews were in captivity in Babylon....and trying to make those prophets of old sound like they are talking about a FUTURE time, 2,000 to 3,000 years down the road.
Don't people understand any more that the chosen people were in Babylonian captivity IN BABYLON and after a period of 480 years (if my memory serves me right!) the Jews already returned and, indeed, REBUILT Jerusalem AND the temple there! Nowadays, people try to make the OLD TESTAMENT prove the NEW, but that can't be done and it be correct. We MUST consider what's already happened! The New Testament proves the Old, not the other way around. All those things were written for 'our admonition' and for our examples.
Don't people know that Ezekiel, Zechariah, and so many other Old Testament prophets prophesied to things that are ALREADY DONE! Jerusalem WAS destroyed. Jerusalem was rebuilt. Too many are mixing up the events that are now history with things in John's Revelations.
My favorite scripture: Malachi 3:16
"Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name!" (Every time we speak of the Lord, or even THINK of him--its written down in a book of remembrance!)