The Road Ahead

It’s not good when you’re at an intersection and can’t see the road ahead. Years ago I came up with the idea for mirrors at intersections so that drivers won’t cross a highway too closely to another vehicle. Then I learned many intersections already had mirrors. I hadn’t seen them before, but I’ve seen plenty of dangerous intersections that could have used them. Before learning that mirrors were already being used at intersections, I planned to make a miniature highway with a mirror at an intersection, and then place toy cars on it to take a picture to email to transportation departments. I was surprised to learn that mirrors weren’t placed in all of the areas that could use them. It frustrates me that something so simple isn’t being used to its fullest potential. I hope I can figure out a way to get more mirrors put where they’re needed, because it would save a lot of lives. Human life is sacred, so I do a lot of thinking about what could be done to make the world a better place. I just have to wonder how much time is left in this world.

The depletion of natural resources it a popular doomsday scenario, with human reaction being a greater threat than the original problem. Oil is one of those resources that trigger war and was Saddam Hussein’s motive for invading Kuwait in 1990, claiming the country was stealing oil from Iraq’s wells. Other countries later got involved for economic reasons, but the reasons for war in today’s Middle East are almost exclusively religious and have us on a very sinister path. There’s no turning back from the prophetic road ahead that’s about to come to a dead end, a time when all will be fulfilled for this present world. Just as road signs on highways warn us of what’s coming, so do prophetic signs on pages of the Bible. Many of those signs are given in Matthew 24, which records Jesus saying, “When ye shall see all these [signs], know that [the end] is near, even at the doors.” (v. 33) As much as I would like to warn drivers about what’s coming at an intersection, I’m far more determined to warn people about what’s coming in the near future when the world goes through the Tribulation. It’s why I wrote an essay about Signs of the End. When you understand what Scripture says about the last days, you see world events in a whole new light. Watching the news is almost like watching a soap opera with actors following a script that was written thousands of years ago by biblical prophets.

Besides keeping us informed of events with prophetic significance, today’s media have created conditions for the literal fulfillment of a couple prophecies that probably used to be considered nonliteral. I’ll get to that, but first I want to bring up a prophecy that’s unlikely to be fulfilled exactly as it’s described. One of the countries that will fight against Israel during the Battle of Armageddon is Magog (Ezk. 38:2, 8), which is Russia, and I doubt the Russians will literally use horsemen, bucklers, shields and swords in battle (Ezk. 38:4). Having no knowledge of modern warfare, Ezekiel was probably just using weapons and tactics known to him when foretelling this battle. On the other hand, Russia still has a large cavalry that could be used if a future treaty limits their arsenal of modern weapons. In any case, it’s significant that one of the countries that will join Russia in this attack on Israel is Persia (Ezk. 38:5), renamed Iran in 1935. Iran is both a Russian ally and a major enemy of Israel. Following this battle, “all the heathen [foreign nations] shall see” the defeat of those who attacked Israel (Ezk. 39:21). Ted Turner’s 24-hour Cable News Network was born June 1, 1980, and in 1991 CNN showed live coverage of the Gulf War as it began in Iraq. What was new then is now common, and CNN will no doubt show live coverage of a war involving Israel. Dead bodies are shown on CNN too, so I also expect a literal fulfillment of Revelation 11: 8, 9, which say people all over the world will see the dead bodies of two men lay on a street for three-and-a-half days.

The road ahead will ultimately lead to Jesus Christ returning at the end of the Battle of Armageddon (Zech. 14:1-5). In the first century Peter wrote “that there shall come in the last days scoffers [who will be] saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were since the beginning of the creation.’” (II Pet. 3:3, 4) They should consider that Ezekiel 37 foretold Israel’s rebirth two-and-a-half thousand years before it happened. In contrast, Jesus foretold His Second Coming two thousand years ago, and something tells me its fulfillment won’t take as long as the rebirth of Israel, which enraged Arabs. Saddam Hussein had good reason for launching missiles at Israel during the Gulf War. He was hoping Israel would strike back and enter the war, resulting in Arab countries joining his side. Arab’s hate Israel’s existence, and they don’t recognize Jerusalem as its capital. This is the key issue to focus on, because seven years before Christ returns there will be a temporary peace agreement that allows Jewish sacrifice in Jerusalem (Dan. 9:27). This near-future event has its roots in 637 when a friend of Muhammad, Islam’s founder, entered Jerusalem as a conquerer and asked a Catholic priest to show him the stretch of rock where the Jewish temple once stood. Muslims believe Muhammad ascended to Heaven from there, so they chose that location to build the mosque that’s called the Dome of the Rock. Constructed from 684 to 691, it has been there a long time and will probably stay. Rather then replacing the mosque, I’m convinced the Jewish temple will be rebuilt next to it. The resumption of sacrifices will be short-lived, and then a short-lived chaos will follow.

(To learn more about what to expect in the last days, I encourage you to visit Endtime Ministries.)

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