When it comes to Bible prophecy and future events, we are living in an exciting time.
I know, I know, some of you are thinking, “We’ve been hearing this ‘Jesus is coming back’ stuff for a long time. It just ain’t happening.”
For those of you in that train of thought, I’d like to say, “Thank you” because the Apostle Peter told us the first thing we should know about the end times is there would be people saying just that. 2 Peter 3:3-4, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
What we are as individuals today is a culmination of all the days before. The same goes for the world. Just consider how different the world would be if the South would have won the American Civil War, if the Berlin Wall had not fallen, or if D-Day had failed.
Many Bible prophecies are still waiting for fulfillment, and many current events contain main players of these prophecies. Although other current events may not be leading directly to Biblical prophecies, they are still stepping stones to future incidents. All this makes for interesting days.
Which current events are closely related, in one way or another, to Biblical prophecies?
THE WAR IN SYRIA
Not a particular Bible prophecy in and of itself, but many of the nations involved are directly related to two specific prophesied wars.
The battle of Psalm 83. I believe it is this fight that will directly lead to the Antichrist coming into power. Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinians (from the West Bank and Gaza) will all attack Israel at the same time.
Amos chapters 1-2 speaks of a fiery end of all these nations, Psalm 83 tells of Israel’s total victory. It would seem to reason these countries meet their demise in this battle, but Amos also tells us the “palaces of Jerusalem” are destroyed.
The destruction of the palaces of Jerusalem is an indicator that the government of Israel may well be destroyed. With the government of Israel in shambles, Generals on the battlefield will be making the decisions. I believe, the Generals decide to employ the Sampson option and launch the nukes leaving Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and much of Israel in ruins.
The world will be in an uproar and looking for someone to figure out and clean up this mess and here comes the Antichrist to the rescue. He will broker a seven-year treaty promising Israel protection and gaining confidence from most of the rest of the world as the great peacemaker (the Bible does tell us he will ride in on a white horse – Revelation 6:2). This treaty is the start of the Tribulation Period.
The battle of Ezekiel 38-39 is the other Biblical battle that involves many of the nations in today’s news.
Russia organizes a coalition with Iran, Turkey, Lybia, The Ukraine, and several other Muslim countries and invades Israel. God intervenes, the Antichrist takes full credit, and the world now faces the decision of following God or the Son of Perdition.
Nearly all these nations are somehow involved in the current Syria situation. Some of these countries, such as Turkey and Russia, don’t see eye to eye in the current conflict, but will one day fight on the same side against Israel. It is interesting to see how everything will pan out.
THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Eventually, all nations of the earth will follow the Antichrist, and “all” does include the United States. The increasing entitlement attitude falls perfectly into the Antichrist’s plan that the government is the be all, end all answer to every problem of life. The election of a Republican may slow the speed of the entitlement train, but neither party will force it to come to a stop. The election in November may give us an indication of how close we may be to seeing actual Biblical prophecies come to pass.
Over the last year and a half, Oklahoma has been shaking every day. This past weekend, Oklahoma was rocked with its third strongest quake in history and the experts are saying there is no end in sight. Jesus told us one of the signs of His return would be earthquakes in divers places (Matthew 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11).
There are more, but just remember, God does have a plan. Jesus is coming back and the day of His return is the cultivation of all the days before it.
Preacher Johnson is pastor of Countryside Baptist Church in Parke County, Ind. Visit his website, [email protected]