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PROPHECY IN THE WORLD

 Where is the      United States in Bible Prophecy?      

One of the most common      questions regarding Bible prophecy is where is the United States in      scripture?   Many nations of the world are not mentioned in      scripture, however it is hard to understand how the world’s most powerful      nation would not be.  At least not in a way that we recognize it      clearly.

There are many theories and      ideas as to why this is but here are three of the most common:

  • The United States is no          longer relevant        
  • The United States is          destroyed        
  • The United States is no          longer its own country – but part of a larger union of nations –          possibly controlled by the Antichrist.

All of these responses are      based on speculation.  We simply do not know the answer but it is      very possible there may be some symbolism that the United States may fit      into.  We must simply watch and wait to see what God’s plan for      America is.

To that effect we monitor      what impact terrorism and war might have on the United States as well any      other factors that could contribute to its decline or change on the world      stage.

America is also Israel’s      closest ally.  God promises to bless those who bless Israel and curse      those who curse Israel (Genesis 12:3).  America’s relationship with      Israel will be closely watched.

2. Israel – God’s      Timepiece

It has been said if you      want to know what time it is on God’s calendar – keep an eye on Israel for      it is God’s timepiece. The scriptures relating to Israel’s prophetic role      in the end times are too numerous to follow, but we will monitor some of      the most important ones.

Perhaps one of the most      important is Daniel 9:27:

“He will confirm a covenant with many      for one ‘seven.’  In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to      sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up      an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is      poured out on him.”

The book of Daniel reveals that one final      period of 7 years has been reserved for God’s plan to be completed.       This period of 7 years is described in the book of Revelation and climaxes      with Armageddon.  However when does this period of 7 years start?       Daniel 9:27 reveals that “He” referring to the Antichrist, will      confirm a 7 year treaty.  It is this confirming of  a treaty      with Israel and many nations for 7 years that starts the final countdown.

You will also notice a clear reference to      this “he” (Antichrist) putting an end to sacrifice and setting      up an abomination in the temple.  This would seem to indicate that      the Jewish temple must be rebuilt to be part of the end time scenario.

With the understanding above we will be      monitoring closely the various agreements and peace treaties that Israel      is involved in with particular emphasis on the Road Map To Peace.       There is a particular emphasis by all major world players to bring Israel      and the Palestinians, not to mention the entire Arab world into a final      peace agreement.  “Final Status” talks is now the buzz word      and we will be watching closely where this leads – possibly even      to a rebuilt Jewish Temple.  However despite the move for peace      talks, all parties in the Middle East continue to prepare for war.       We will be watching movements within Israel and her neighbors for      potential conflict.

One of the most contentious issues for all      parties in the Middle East is the final status of Jerusalem.       Zechariah says the following in this regards:

Zechariah 12:2-3: “I am going to make      Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will      be besieged as well as Jerusalem.  On that day, when all the nations      of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable      rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure      themselves”.

Zechariah reveals that Jerusalem, the      capital of Israel will become a problem for all nations. Eventually all      the nations of the world will gather against her.  The voting of the      UN, recent polls in Europe and the comments of leaders in Islamic      countries all indicate we are heading towards a new global anti-Semitism.       This will climax in the world marching on Israel.

3. A Revived Roman      Empire

Daniel, Chapter 2, presents the dream of      Babylon’s King Nebuchadnezzar, which provides the basis for our      understanding  for history’s final system of government.        Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s dream which reveals that the fifth and      final world empire would have some association with or be an extension of      the fourth empire – Rome. Passages in Daniel 7:7-8 and Revelation 13:1       describe a beast with ten horns. The prophets Daniel and John apparently      saw the same beast in their visions, the beast symbolizing ten heads or      ten kingdoms.  It is this number of 10 that we want to keep a close      eye on. 

We will monitor the development of the      world’s newest superpower emerging from Europe and the region of the      former Roman Empire which includes not only Europe but much of North      Africa and the Middle East.  The EU would seem to be a leading      candidate for the final world empire – but the number 10 will have to      somehow be reconciled. Issues surrounding the EU constitution and the EU/Mediterranean      partnership agreement will be watched for possible relevance to Daniel’s      prophecies as well as the development of other nation alliances in this      region that may equal the magic number of 10.

It is from this final world Empire that the      man we call the Antichrist emerges.  He is alluded to in scripture as      the Assyrian and may have a Muslim/Middle Eastern connection that many have      overlooked.

4. The Gog/Magog War

Ezekiel 37-39 describes a      time when Israel has been restored to her land but will then face an      invasion force from a country in the north and her allies after God puts      hooks in their jaws. Those countries are listed by names we don’t      recognize today but many scholars believe they have identified where those      people groups were once from. The following are the most common      interpretations for those countries:
      MAGOG is believed to be modern-day Russia and should also include      Kazakhstan (the area north of the Caspian Sea). 
      MESHECH can include the southern part of Russia by the Black Sea, as well      as Georgia and Armenia. Some believe Turkey could also be included.
      TUBAL is a part of Russia between the Black and Caspian seas. It also      includes the Ukraine and Kazakhstan and possibly Georgia and Azerbaijan.
      PERSIA is modern-day Iran. 
      ETHIOPIA (or Cush). Some consider that other surrounding areas, such as      the Sudan or Eritrea, could also be included.
      AND LIBYA (or Phut).
      GOMER may include the Ukraine. Some believe it may also include the area      SE of the Black Sea, such as Georgia. Some believe this may also be a      reference to Germany.
      THE HOUSE OF TOGARMAH OF THE (far or remote parts of the) NORTH QUARTERS      may include Armenia. Many believe this will also include Turkey,
      AND MANY PEOPLE (or nations) WITH THEE. This may indicate that there will      be yet other nations allied with Russia that are unlisted. It may be noted      that Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan are not mentioned.
      Russia is no longer the superpower it once was and while it may be hard to      see such a scenario happening today, it is no more difficult for God to      accomplish than He did the recreation of Israel as a nation in 1948.
      Ezekiel 39 would also seem to indicate the use of nuclear weapons in this      conflict as specific instructions are given on burying the dead, including      specialists who do this.
      We will continue to monitor Russia’s relations with Israel. Iran, one of      the nations mentioned is also important to keep an eye on in light of its      mutual assistance treaty with Russia. Israel has threatened to attack Iran      if it continues with is nuclear program – this very well could be the hook      in the jaws that draws Russia down. Another nation to keep an eye on is      Turkey as it is currently Israel’s ally but relations have deteriorated      greatly as of late. If Turkey is to be involved in      this invasion it would be a great dupe on Israel or things could change      quickly in this Muslim country. The nuclear arms race in the Middle East      continues and could play a factor in this conflict.

5. Apostate      Christianity

We are told in Revelation 3      of the 7 Churches. The last church or church age is symbolized by the      Church of Laodicea. Laodicea means “the rights of the people.”      Thus, this was a church governed by the will of the people, rather than      the will of God. This is the church age from which the Antichrist and the      False Prophet will emerge. It is the church age Paul talked about that      would not endure sound doctrine, but would gather around them teachers      that would say what their itching ears wanted and desired to hear (2 Tim      4:3). This church is described as lukewarm, indifferent, not concerned      with right and wrong, or with good and evil. They take a neutral position:      one of “live and let live; don’t rock the boat; and don’t cause      waves.” They are trying to serve two masters—God and self (or the      world).
      We will continue to monitor the church’s faithfulness to the teaching of      the Word of God, realizing that the church of the last days will be marked      by apostasy and a falling away. This does not mean that God is not moving      and doing great things – but can we also identify the wolves in sheep’s      clothing? “For false Christ’s and false prophets shall rise, and      shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the      very elect”. (Mark 13:22).

6. The      Rise of Islam

Islam is one of the fastest      growing religions in the world.  Demographics studies indicate that      it could soon become the dominant religion in many European      countries.  Very few Christians understand Islam and it’s impact on      the people and societies that it governs.  

Sharia law does not permit      a Muslim to leave the faith and to do so means stiff penalties, jail time      and even death in countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.       Radical Islam’s hatred of Israel and the West will be monitored as well as      it’s potential role in Bible Prophecy, especially the desire by many      Muslims to see the reestablishment of an Islamic Empire or      Caliphate.  What role will Islam play beyond the traditional Ezekiel      38 scenario?  Will it be connected to a Revived Roman Empire or the      EU?  Will the Antichrist be a Muslim?

We will be monitoring      Islam’s rise in terms of both military, political and demographic      power.  Islam’s  impact on Christians and efforts to witness to      Muslims will also be covered.

7. Increase      in Knowledge/New Technologies

Studies have suggested that      the amount of human knowledge is doubling every 8 years. Some of the      technologies that are emerging will no doubt have a role to play in Bible      Prophecy.
      Revelation 13 describes a mark, in the right hand or forehead that will      act as not only a form of allegiance or worship, but enable people to buy      or sell items – in fact you can’t conduct commerce without it. When you      hear comments by the head of MasterCard that microchip implants under the      skin could be used for commerce – you can’t help but see the path we are      on.  The recent approval of the FDA for implants under the skin for      medical purposes will no doubt play a role in this emerging trend.       The increase of RFID technology also presents some amazing possibilities      in terms of  commerce and tracking technology.
      Revelation 13 also mentions the ability of an image of the Antichrist – to      somehow come to life and speak. With cloning and other advanced computer      technologies it seems there is nothing man can’t do.
      We will continue to monitor new technologies and their impact on prophecy.

      8.                Christian Worldview/Issues

We will monitor events from      around the world of interest to Christians. Church trends, social issues      such as abortion and homosexuality, Christian persecution, Christian      entertainment and culture are just a sample of some of these topics.

9.                 Other World Events To Watch

We will monitor world      events that may not on the surface have a direct relationship to Bible      prophecy but are important to keep an eye on.  Examples include the      the rise of Islamic influence in the world, China’s emergence as a      superpower and her conflict with Taiwan, natural disasters, signs in the      heavens, emerging diseases such as H1N1 and other globally impacting      issues will be watched.

 

 

 

       

 

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