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It is the glory of God to conceal a matter. But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2)

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. (Psalm 53:2 KJV)

God's Challenge!
Understand My Plan

By Douglas Berner 

Paperback 2017
256 pages
Subject and Scripture Indexes
Dimensions:  6 x 9 inches

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God's Challenge!
Understand My Plan

List of Illustrations

 

 Bible Prophecy: A Puzzle for the Ages ........................................................................... 13
 
Creation Week ................................................................................................................ 21
 
Table: Redemption is in the Blood ................................................................................. 28
 
Hourglass ....................................................................................................................... 29
 
Biblical Prophetic Timeline ............................................................................................. 34
 
A Prophetic Intersections ................................................................................................ 41
 
First Puzzle Piece: Joel 2 ............................................................................................... 42
 
Second Puzzle Piece: Acts 2:16-21 ............................................................................... 43
 
Third Puzzle Piece: 6th Seal .......................................................................................... 44
 
Fourth Puzzle Piece: Isaiah 2 ......................................................................................... 46
 
Prophetic Vectors ........................................................................................................... 49
 
Table: God's Pattern ....................................................................................................... 51
 
First Vector Puzzle Piece: Prophetic Week .................................................................... 55
 
God's Prophetic Week .................................................................................................... 57
 
Table: Seven Prophetic Days ......................................................................................... 58
 
Jewish Concept of God's Timeline ................................................................................. 65
 
Table: The Prophetic Ages ............................................................................................. 68
 
Larkin: The Seven Thousand Years of Human History .................................................. 68
 
Larkin: The Seven Thousand Years of Human History (Landscape) ............................. 71
 
The pattern of the Ages as Watches .............................................................................. 72
 
The Broad Pattern of the Ages ....................................................................................... 75
 
Vector 1: God's Big Picture Pattern ................................................................................ 81
 
Second Vector Puzzle Piece: Hosea's Two Days .......................................................... 82
 
Hosea 6:2 Timeline ......................................................................................................... 85
 
Third Vector Puzzle Piece: Fig Tree Generation ............................................................ 93
 
Table: The Nations of the Middle East ........................................................................... 95
 Fig Tree Generation
...................................................................................................... 101
 
Congruence of the Year 1948 ...................................................................................... 109
 
Ezekiel 4 and the Restoration of Israel ......................................................................... 112
 
Jewish Return & Revival in Unbelief ............................................................................ 122
 
Fourth Vector Puzzle Piece: All These Things ............................................................. 129
 
Prophetic Vectors ......................................................................................................... 135
 
Character Matters! ........................................................................................................ 142
 
First Character Puzzle Piece ........................................................................................ 143
 
Second Character Puzzle Piece ................................................................................... 145
 
Third Character Puzzle Piece ....................................................................................... 146
 
Fourth Character Puzzle Piece ..................................................................................... 148
 
Table: Character Matters! ............................................................................................. 155
 
New Testament Support for the Rapture ...................................................................... 173
 
First Rapture Puzzle Piece: John 14: 1-3 ..................................................................... 174
 
Second Rapture Puzzle Piece: 1 Thes 4:13-18 ............................................................ 177
 
Third Rapture Puzzle Piece: 1 Co 15:51-52 ................................................................. 181
 
Fourth Rapture Puzzle Piece: Rev 19:7-8 .................................................................... 183
 
Magnet Rapture Graphic .............................................................................................. 186
 
Day of Christ vs. Day of the LORD ............................................................................... 187
 
Olivet Discourse vs. Seal Judgments ........................................................................... 195
 
The Beginning of Sorrows ............................................................................................ 200
 
First Travail Puzzle Piece: Great War ........................................................................... 203
 
Second Travail Puzzle Piece: Famines ........................................................................ 208
 
Third Travail Puzzle Piece: Pestilences ....................................................................... 209
 
Fourth Travail Puzzle Piece: Global Earthquake .......................................................... 211
 
The Promised Land ...................................................................................................... 231
 
The Royal Grant to Abraham ........................................................................................ 232
 
God's Event Horizon: The Day of the LORD ................................................................ 241
 

 

 

God's Challenge!
Understand My Plan

Table of Contents

 

 List of Illustrations ......................................................................................................... 7
 Introduction ................................................................................................................... 9

 1.  God's Challenge! .................................................................................................... 11
        Bible Prophecy: A Puzzle for the Ages ................................................................ 13
        God has a Plan! ................................................................................................... 19
        Sands of Time ...................................................................................................... 29
        The Prophetic Timeline ........................................................................................ 32

 2.  A Prophetic Intersection ......................................................................................... 40

 3.  Prophetic Vectors ................................................................................................... 49
        Vector 1. God's Big Picture .................................................................................. 51
            God's Pattern ................................................................................................... 51
            God's Prophetic Week ..................................................................................... 55
            Seven Prophetic Days ..................................................................................... 58
            7,000 Years in Jewish History .......................................................................... 63
            Watches in the Night ........................................................................................ 72
            Fullness of Time ............................................................................................... 76
            The Seventh Day - Christ's Reign .................................................................... 77
            The Last Day .................................................................................................... 79
        Vector 2. Two Days .............................................................................................. 82
            Hosea's Two Days ........................................................................................... 82
            Two Days in the Life of Jesus (x2) ................................................................... 88
         Vector 3. The Fig Tree Generation ...................................................................... 90
            Process of Transition ........................................................................................ 90
            Fig Tree Generation ......................................................................................... 93
            Significance of the Year 1948 ........................................................................ 102
            The State of Israel in 1948: Unbelief .............................................................. 113
            This Generation: Futurism vs. Preterism ........................................................ 125
        Vector 4. All These Things ................................................................................. 129
            Prophetic Vectors Conclusion ........................................................................ 135

 4. Character Matters! ................................................................................................. 141
        The Prophetic Character of the End of the Church Age ................................... 142
        The United States: Evidence of Character in Decline ........................................ 156

 5. The End of the Church Age .................................................................................. 172
       
The Rapture of the Church ............................................................................... 173
        Who's Who in the Rapture? .............................................................................. 185

  6. Birth Pangs ........................................................................................................... 188
        The Beginning of Sorrows .................................................................................. 192
        Convergence of Prophetic Events .......................................................................196
        The Prophetic Intersection of Travail .................................................................. 201

       
    Great Warfare on Earth ................................................................................ 203
            Famine ......................................................................................................... 208
            Pestilence ....................................................................................................... 209
            Global Earthquake
.......................................................................................... 211

 7. When Are We? ...................................................................................................... 214
        Are We in the Tribulation? .................................................................................. 215
        Daniel's 70 Weeks .............................................................................................. 219

        Issues with Jewish Chronology ......................................................................... 222
        Israel's Promised Borders .................................................................................. 225

        What Happens Next? ......................................................................................... 235

 8. God's Event Horizon ............................................................................................. 238

 Subject and Author Index .......................................................................................... 243

 Scripture Index .......................................................................................................... 250

 

Book Summary

God's Challenge! Understand My Plan is an examination of God's Plan and God's Timetable for human history. God challenges man to seek out the pieces of His prophetic plan and to solve His pattern. God has a plan for mankind which is revealed in the Bible. God has a pattern by which His plan and timeline can be better understood.

This design motif emerges from God's pattern of Creation Week followed by the Sabbath Day of Rest which is later repeated throughout the Bible. Multiple aspects of God's plan play out prophetically through the historical ages of man until they converge in a key generation of mankind.

Why is this generation different than the generations that preceded it? Will God finally intervene during the generation alive today? If so, why now? How will God intervene? What does God's prophetic word reveal about this generation and the time ahead?

God's Challenge! Understand My Plan takes up the challenge that God throws at man to assemble some of the pieces of God's prophetic puzzle to better reveal the character and the destiny of the times in which we live. Douglas Berner is a retired Criminal Investigator who applies skills of case analysis and  the evaluation of criminal evidence to the examination of the prophetic puzzle of the End Times.