This is one of the most fascinating and perhaps even terrifying times in our world history. When you look over the political landscape of the world and see all of these events unfolding… it feels like we are getting closer and closer to the end. Many people like to spend their time trying to guess when Jesus is going to return, some even give specific dates which always pass uneventfully. Scripture is clear however that only the Father in heaven knows the exact time, it is not our place to know.
Which is why we should always be prepared. The Bible says that Jesus will return like a thief in the night, coming in the clouds. This is going to happen SUDDENLY and the world will be rocked to its foundations.
God has given us Bible prophecy however that gives us a glimpse of what the future holds and with these scriptures we can begin to understand current events in a much different light. Volumes could and have been written on this subject matter, but in the scope of his article I want to touch on 4 ancient Bible prophecies that lead many to believe the end is near.
Prophecy #1: Israel will become a Nation again.
21 then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. 22 And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. And one king shall be king over them all, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms.
Most people believed Israel became a nation again back in 1947, so they started counting the years in their calculations of the end times… as no longer than one generation from that event. But what is necessary for a nation to stand? It needs a capital. All of these decades later it wasn’t until December 6, 2017 that President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Prophecy #2: Syrian civil war.
1 “See, Damascus will no longer be a city
but will become a heap of ruins.
24 Damascus has become feeble,
she has turned to flee
and panic has gripped her;
anguish and pain have seized her,
pain like that of a woman in labor.
For over 5,000 years Syria was a prosperous nation, but that all changed in 2011 when a civil war broke out devastating the region. Since that time hundreds of thousands of Syrian people have lost their lives and millions have fled the war torn country seeking refuge in neighboring nations. At the center of this war is the dictator Bashar al Assad who has been fighting rebels backed by the US and its allies. In 2015, Assad was nearly defeated until another player entered the ring, which brings us to…
Prophecy #3: Russia comes to the border of Israel.
The word of the Lord came to me:2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog,4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your army, Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets,6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah. In the latter years, you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel.
Now you may be saying “what’s with all this Gog, Magog, Cush, Put stuff?” and without a map of the middle east from the time period in which the Bible was written, it would be very confusing.
Twice in Ezekiel the Bible says Magog will bring its armies from the “extreme north” to the borders of Israel from the land of Rosh… which today is known as Russia. In September 2015 this happened as never before when Russia brought its Army, Navy and Air Force into the Middle East.
Iran only became known as Iran in 1935, before which it was known as Persia. Put and Cush are ancient names of Libya and Ethiopia respectively.
Another major factor in the Middle East is Turkey becoming hostile towards NATO and the US after a failed coup attempt in 2016. Turkey forced NATO to remove forces from its bases and it began buying arms from Russia. This turning point in history leads us directly to the last prophecy I want to share with you here.
Prophecy #4: An alliance between Russia, Iran and Turkey is formed.
Turkey fully condemned Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and its armies are currently in Syria fighting the rebels who oppose the rule of Assad. They are fighting shoulder to shoulder with Iranian and Russian forces. In Ezekiel 38 an alliance is described rising up against Israel and today this prophecy is unfolding right before our very eyes.
There are many other signs in the world that we are coming to the end as we know it. The Bible speaks of a universal one world currency for example, and the mark of the beast. When you read the news and see many nations pushing for a unified digital currency and the plans to use digital implants for future purchasing you begin to pay more attention.
If you are a Christian, then I don’t believe you will see the end, I believe you will be raptured before we get there… but for those left behind… it’s going to be a scary and dark time here on Earth.
Are you ready?