I recall a conservative political commentator saying
that the Democratic Party was the "A" team, while the
Republicans were the "B" team on the road to socialism. Boy, oh
boy was that a truism. Things are moving so fast in the last six
months that stage-setting events are happening so fast that no
one person can keep up with events. Prophecy is on fast-forward!
Virtually all future prophecy will start to be fulfilled when
the rapture occurs ending the church age. Then the world will
enter the time when the birth pangs that Jesus spoke of begin to
be fulfilled (Matt.
24:8). This post-rapture period known in the Old Testament
as the "latter days" (Deut.
10:14), the "last days" (Jer.
Ezek. 38:16), and the "latter years" (Ezek.
38:8) will last for seven years (Dan.
9:24–27; compare with
13:5). None of what is happening today indicates that the
rapture is near since that event is a signless event that could
happen at any moment. Are you ready for the rapture?
The signs of the times that are occurring today relate to Israel
as God is preparing the world for the time when He will resume
His plan for Israel and that will then involve the fulfillment
of times and seasons. One major indicator that we are likely
near the beginning of the tribulation is the clear fact that
has been reconstituted after almost 2,000 years. The signs also
relate to what is happening in the Gentile world as we move
toward a global government centered in the Revived Roman Empire,
which is mainly Europe. Dr.
John Walvoord explains the significance of signs occurring in
our own day as follows:
But if there are no signs
for the Rapture itself, what are the legitimate grounds for
believing that the Rapture could be especially near of this
generation? The answer is not found in any prophetic events
predicted before the Rapture but in understanding the events
that will follow the Rapture. Just as history was prepared
for Christ's first coming, in a similar way history is
preparing for the events leading up to His Second Coming. .
. . If this is the case, it leads to the inevitable
conclusion that the Rapture may be excitingly near.
Signs For Our Day
In every generation since Christ's ascension there have been
Christians who thought that there was reason for His return
in their lifetime. However, almost all of these past
expectations were derived from the belief that they were
experiencing events of the tribulation in their own day.
Only in the last 200 years have some interpreters begun to
return to a literal, futurist understanding of the impending
events of the tribulation, as generally held by most in the
early Church. Thus, while so many have believed that
Christ's return was near, the basis for such an
understanding has not always been the same down through the
history of the church—that the church was in the
tribulation. The fact that
became a nation in 1948 is an undeniable fact of history
that indicates that God is up to something in history in our
day that could not be said in previous times.
God's plan for history always moves forward in relation to
what He is doing with
Israel. Thus, the fact that
has been and continues to be reconstituted as a nation is
prophetically significant, so significant that it makes
Israel God's "super-sign" of the end times. Were
not a nation again it would be impossible for events of the
end time to occur since so many of them take place in that
tiny country or in reference to her. But she has returned
and so it is that all other aspects of Bible prophecy are
also being prepared for the grand finale of history.
Recently we have seen that the European Union threatened and
about not being open to the so-called "two-state solution"
of the Arab-Israeli conflict in their effort to impose a
human solution to the conflict.
The prospect of a new hawkish government, with Israel
Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman as a possible foreign
minister, will be seen in Europe as a setback to the
Middle East peace process.
"Let me say very clearly
that the way the European Union will relate to an [Israeli]
government that is not committed to a two-state solution
will be very, very different," said Javier Solana, the EU's
foreign and security affairs chief.
New Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin
Netanyahu, is opposed to the two-state solution, which is
the EU's framework for dealing with the problem. Whatever
the supposed human solution affixed to this crisis will
bring, the situation will not be genuinely solved until our
Lord returns and imposes His will as the ultimate solution
to the situation.
Since the election of Obama to the White House, we also see
the United States changing from a sympathetic
to one who will be pressing for an imposed solution. New
Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton is said by observers of the
Mid-East Conflict to have shifted her pro
Israel position she displayed as a
U. S. Senator from
Morton A. Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of
America, is just one of many supporters of
who say that Hillary Clinton, an outspoken supporter of a
Palestinian state, has made an anti-Israel switch of late. Klein
writes that the U.S. Secretary of State, once a "reliable and
vocal supporter of Israel,"
has now taken many positions that are not in Israel's interest.
When George W. Bush was president he was ostracized and
viciously attacked for acting upon the national interests of the
United States within the now dominate global environment. As a
pronounced citizen of the world, Obama instead insists that we
must all shoulder "the burdens of global citizenship."
Thus, the United States of America,
the last major holdout against global governance, has under
President Obama joined efforts to deal with most matters within
the framework of globalism. Whatever reluctance was shown in the
past, America has now officially under the
Obama administration joined the global community lock, stock,
Scripture teaches that the Antichrist will rise to power out of
a federation of nations that correlate in some way with the
Roman Empire of two thousand years ago. Dr. J.
Dwight Pentecost explains:
Now, when we turn to the prophecies of
Daniel 2 and 7 and to Revelation 13 and 17 and other
parallel passages, we find that at the end time, during the
Tribulation period, the final form of Gentile world power is
a federation of ten separate nations, the ten toes or ten
horns. It seems as though Europe's leaders are
advocating that which Daniel prophesied hundreds of years before
Christ, when he said that the final form of Roman world power
would be a federation of independent states who elect one man to
take authority over them while maintaining their own sovereign
authority. The more movement we see in
for a common market and a federation of nations, the closer the
coming of our Lord must be.
One would have to be
totally ignorant of developments within the world of our day
to not admit that through the efforts of the European Union,
Humpty Dumpty is finally being put back together again. This
is occurring, like all of the other needed developments of
prophecy, at just the right time to be in place for the
coming tribulation period. Prophecy popularizer, Hal Lindsey
"A generation ago, no one could have
dreamed that an empire formed of the nations that were part
of old Rome could possibly be revived. But today, as
Europe is on the advent of real unity, we see
the potential fulfillment of another vital prophecy leading to
the return of our Lord Jesus Christ."
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has recently said
concerning the global economic downturn that we all should
seek global solutions. He further said that the world has
never been more willing to see globalism as the answer to
our problems, to which he also promised a bright future if
we join arms and march in this direction. Henry Kissinger
has recently said on multiple occasions that President Obama
has a tremendous opportunity to steer America
toward globalism in an effort to deal with our problems.
Kissinger has further opined that only globalists can solve
these problems in the area of economics, environment,
agriculture, religion, political, and so on.
It may be true that mankind without God and His word cannot
figure out how to solve the pressing problems of humanity
without some kind of global governance. However, the
realities concerning these matters are always and only found
in the Bible and in our Lord's plan for the future as
outlined through biblical prophecy. Some critics say that we
become fatalists because we trust the veracity of Bible
prophecy and thereby contribute to the decline of culture
and society. Yet, how can we expect people to find biblical
solutions to their problems when they are clearly and
vocally in rebellion against God? What Bible-believing
Christian would want the unbelieving world to succeed in
solving the world's problems apart from God and His word?
The Bible predicts this kind of direction and outcome
because man is sinful and God is righteous. However, for any
individual who will listen to God's word, He has provided a
way of salvation through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Listen to Him. Maranatha!
John F. Walvoord, Armageddon, Oil and the Middle East
Crisis, revised (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House,
1990), p. 217.
Associated Press, "EU warns Netanyahu on hawkish
government," Jerusalem Post, online edition (March 16, 2009),
Hillel Fendel, "Signs of Obama-Clinton Pressure on
Israel," Arutz Sheva (March
Barack Obama in a speech given in Berlin, Germany
Dwight Pentecost, Prophecy For Today: The Middle East Crisis and the Future of the World (Grand
Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1961), p. 226.
Lindsey, Planet Earth–2000 a.d. Will Mankind Survive? (Palos
Verdes, CA: Western Front, 1994), p. 221.