End-time prophecies

The bible speaks of end times and for centuries many have claimed the end is near. The disciples believe the end would come in their lifetime. Is there any reason to believe that the apocalypse is right around the corner? Despite others who have obviously been wrong in the past, the bible provides us with many clues to these questions with impressive insight. Did you know that one out of every three verses in the bible were written prophetically speaking of future events before they happened with a hundred percent accuracy to date? Let’s examine a checklist of signs that the bible speaks of and you be the judge.

Daniel 12:4 speaks of an explosion of knowledge in the last days. With the internet and the click of a button we have the opportunity to learn at a rate unparalleled by any other generation. 

This verse also states that there will be an increase in transportation. It’s remarkable to review the achievements in travel technology considering 115 years ago horseback was the fastest mode of transportation. The SR-71 Blackbird holds the current record speed of 2242 miles per hour set in 1990. Yet the unmanned Boeing x-43 project funded by NASA has flown at 7546 miles per hour.

In the Old Testament we clearly see that God made the Jews his chosen people.

Ezekiel 37:21 says “Behold I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land.”

The rebirth of Israel as an independent nation in 1948 is one of the most significant events in world history. For almost 2 000 years the Jews were without a homeland yet did not assimilate into surrounding populations. Every other nation in history has failed to exist after only 300 years.

The birth of nuclear weapons is yet another sign of the times. Zechariah 14:12 says “Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem. Their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet and their eyes will rot in their sockets and their tongue will rot in their mouth”, which is a perfect description of what happens with the body in a nuclear blast.

Universal deception is all around us and Jesus warns us in Matthew 24 not to be deceived. Revelations chapter 6 speaks of multitudes dying from pestilence which is exactly what concerns medical professionals today. Governments around the globe are preparing for catastrophic pandemics such as the bird flu and smallpox. The bible also speaks of famines in the last days which we have become numb to in today’s culture. 35 000 children die each day from hunger and hunger-related illnesses and totals 13 million deaths annually.

International television is also a sign that we are living in the last days. In the 11th chapter of the book of Revelations the bible speaks of two witnesses that will be killed and every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. Keep in mind that this text was written in AD 95. Yet for shadows of time such as today as nearly everyone in modern culture has a TV and many even get live TV on their cell phones.

The bible also states there will be scholars in the last days who ridicule those of faith. A one-world government with one leader known as the antichrist will also come about. The mark of the beast in chapter 13 of the book of Revelation is described as a one-world currency and he causes all the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free men and the slaves to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead and he provides that no one will be able to buy or sell except the one who has the mark either the name of the beast or the number of his name. RFID technology is the way of the future that will soon replace paper money as well as bank cards for increased security.

This guy has a computer chip literally implanted under his skin and he asked for it, he wanted it. It’s called a radio frequency identification device or RFID, why did he do it? Well we thought we’d ask him. We might be starting this now. Owner of the chipmunks and Mikey “Why did you do this?”. Well I had a lot of reasons for doing the implant but the most appealing reason for doing it was simple convenience in my life. Mikey I’m sure there are a lot of people watching right now who think you’re nuts. Well that could be the case but I actually think that RFIDis already a big part of our lives. You know we already see a lot of press about the passport issues and those being RFID-tagged. There’s quite a bit of consumer goods that have been coming out such as clothing, license plates. There’s just so much in the RFID world to make it pervasive today that I think we’ll see more of this activity in various forms.

Ezekiel 38 and 39 tells us of a future invasion of Israel by a vast coalition of nations that surround it. This invasion is led by Russia and Iran but includes other nations such as Turkey, Syria, Libya and Sudan. What is interesting is in the 2500 years that this prophecy has existed, has there been a military alliance between Russia and Iran. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sworn to wipe Israel off the map. Several multi-billion dollar arms deals between Russia and Iran have occurred and Russia is building nuclear power plants and supplying Iran with long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad getting a powerful new ally and a standoff for the west. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is now backing Iran’s right to nuclear power and warning the rest of the world not to use military action against Iran. Suspect you’re not going to believe at least at the outset a startling new twist in Iran’s ambition to develop nuclear power and weaponry. Unbelievable. The US government has been funding a Russian Institute that is working closely with Iran on nuclear projects. On April 17, 2008 Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Libya, the first Russian leader in history to visit the North African country creating a strategic alliance, signing numerous agreements and negotiating a 2.5 billion dollar arms sale to this historic enemy of Israel.

As we read the headlines in the newspapers of today and witnessed the conflict in the Middle East, it’s not hard to imagine that this invasion prophesied over 2500 years ago could be fulfilled in the near future. We are the only generation to see all these signs happening at once. Is God who he says he was? Is he about to intervene into man’s history in a supernatural way?