Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The World Today and Bible Prophecy....Episode 1 - Will War Kill Us All?

I used to be a devout Christian and have done a lot of research and reading on the book of Revelation and the end times throughout my life.  As a matter of fact, that used to be one of my favorite subjects and something I focused a lot of my Bible reading on.  What actually ruined it for me were those who wrote the type of books I describe that made predictions by date on when and how thing would progress and when they would happen.  Being that I have read a good majority of the Bible and several of these books, I am aware of Matthew 24:36 "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."  When it came to the authors or "Biblical Scholars" predicting when these things would happen, they discredited themselves and almost all of them that are well known have done it.  These people claim to be "Bible Scholars" and if this is true, they should know Matthew 24:36 and what it means.  From Jack Van Impe to Hal Lindsey to Gregg Jeffery and many more.  

What I do notice is most of the things that are happening in our world today are actually predicted in the Bible in some sense.  Now I understand that a lot can be left to interpretation and determining if what is written in the Bible is literal or symbolic, you can't deny the obvious.  This post will be the beginning of a series dedicated to identifying current world issues that correspond with Bible prophecy to help validate or at least get some thinking about what is really going on.

Wars on an Epic Scale:

Revelation 6:3-4: When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.

Mark 13:8: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

Now I know that our history has been filled with wars and human suffering because of them but I don't believe there has ever been a time in history that the talk of war is more rampant and discussed daily.  America is engaged in two wars currently with more on the horizon (Iran and North Korea) engaging in nation building and extending our Empire.  The Middle East is nothing more than a war awaiting just the right spark and as our ties and communications with Russia and China continue to deteriorate, how long before we are militarily opposed by those two super powers?  I would say not long as some accounts I read recently insist that we are currently surrounding both China and Russia in a circular pattern with our missile defense systems.  There is military tension between the US and China concerning our decision to provide both military equipment and assistance to Taiwan.  In addition, in a recent post it was determined that we are currently moving munitions and bombs closer to Iran in what seems to be a preparation to possibly attack that country as well.  Israel is contemplating a preemptive strike against Iran to destroy their nuclear capabilities with the assistance of the USA.  Wars between Israel and the Palestinians are ongoing and have been for years.  Russia is aggressively trying to put the USSR back together by military force on its neighbors.  And last but not least, you have the "war on terror" that seems to be bringing more and more countries to the brink.

Revelation 16:12: The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.

As China continues to grow in size and stature in the world, one could only surmise that the above verse is describing that country.  Throw in North Korea and maybe India and you get the point.  The kings of the east will be a force to be reckoned with.  China's economy will one day surpass that of the good ole USA and Europe and as their population grows and resources of the world grow more and more scarce, you can only imagine the option that will be left available.  Depending on who you believe, we have already reached peak oil.  Famine and drought are rampant throughout China and neighboring areas even though they boast one of the worlds largest economies.  Will there be a flash point over resources in the future that will cause China's Red Army to march West in search of the resources needed to take care of its population or for land to house that same population?  I cannot claim to know if things will happen as stated in any number of End Times books but this seems like the most viable scenario.  The desperation of governments around the world to provide the basic necessities for their people will force wars on this planet like none that have ever been seen and they will continue to grow in frequency and consistency.

Again, I am not a practicing Christian by any means but I am a believer in both God and the Bible.  The thing is, all you have to do is read the book and look at today's current affairs and draw your own conclusion.  Whether you think the Bible is a good book of fiction and fairy tales or the literal word of God, common sense should tell you that something just seems odd about what was written and how it is mirroring the world today.

Coming Soon:
Episode 2 - If Earth Doesn't Kill us First


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