One of the many signs accompanying the "end of this age" is the rebirth of the nation of Israel 70 years ago in 1948. In Matthew 24:32-34, Jesus gives a parable about a fig tree - Israel. He likens the appearance of leaves on the tree to events that will precede his return, but who is "this" generation that saw the fig tree bud and what does it mean for our current time?
Catch up to current events of the first half of October 2018; continued talks of Trump's Middle East Peace plan, Russia delivers S-300 systems to Syria, Indonesia faces a tsunami-earthquake-volcano natural disaster trio while the US gets hit by hurricane Michael - an "unprecedented" Cat 4 storm.
We are a blessed generation that is witnessing the words of the prophets come to life and experiencing things previous generations could only dream to see. We're currently living in a period of time where many prophecies in the bible are being fulfilled daily and are setting up for their near and future fulfillments. We are born for such a time as this. However, as Christians what do we then do with this information? Do we keep it to ourselves and hide in our homes or sound the "alarm" of the events to come?
Several times in the bible, we're commanded to be watchful - watchful of the times we're living in and the many signs accompanying these times. But what does it really mean to be watchful and how does this affect our outlook of life as followers of Christ?
Often times when I attempt to use prophecy as a means of justifying the Bible's supernatural origins, the common rebuttal I get is a reference to the fact that Nostradamus' wrote some "prophecies" as well. Usually this point is made to de-legitimize Bible prophecy. After all, if a mere human being can predict future events then prophecy isn't so special anymore right?
China has recently began a pilot program they call a "social credit" system which they aim to use to monitor every aspect of their 1.4 billion citizens' lives. Meanwhile, a Wisconsin based company is making human implantable chips used to buy snacks, open doors and has GPS capabilities. Could we be seeing the making of the mark of the beast system written about in Revelation 13?
From the secular viewpoint, prophecy isn't real. If you don't belief in God or the supernatural, there's no room for prophecy as well. Often times when I attempt to use prophecy as a means of justifying the Bible's supernatural origins, one of the common rebuttals I get is that other religions also have their own prophecies which makes Bible prophecy not as "unique". Is this claim true?
Catch up to current events of the second half of September 2018; escalation between Russia and Israel as Russia blames Israel for a recently downed plane in Syria killing 15 prompting Russia to send advanced weaponry, increased hurricane and earthquake activity, China's chilling social credit system aimed to monitor every aspect of its 1.4 billion citizens' lives, and much more.
In late August a red heifer was born in Israel and marked a significant turning point for efforts surrounding the rebuilding of the Jewish temple, paving the way for rituals and sacrifices in Israel again after more than 2,000 years.
Catch up to current events of the first half of September 2018; middle east peace plan to be presented later in the month, Russia, Syria, and Turkey taking military action in Idlib, the Pacific and Atlantic suddenly "explode" with tropical storm activity and more.
Christians believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and that the prophecies written in it are also from a divine source - God. However, many people only see the Bible as a historical text with no modern day value. My goal is to see what its author is claiming or trying to express to us - the readers - in light of the historical context and extra-biblical sources.
From the secular viewpoint, prophecy isn't real. If you don't believe in God or the supernatural, there's no room for prophecy as well. I take a look at one of the arguments against prophecy; that bible prophecy is too vague.