A Question I Was Asked:
I am interested in proving current world events and happenings with Bible prophecy. Can you help? Are there some charts? I want to know what will happen next!
UK Apologetics Reply:
Wow, your approach is so different to mine it is hard to know where to start!
May I just point out that this is not a wise approach to Bible prophecy? Obviously, the Second Coming of our Lord in glory lies ahead as does the resurrection of the dead, as to the rest, it is probably 80% already fulfilled, but I have seen so many go into serious error with the approach you are describing. My advice would be: Concentrate and focus on the Lord Jesus Christ and what His sacrifice means to all of us! If anybody tells you that "current happenings" - I mean what happened in the world last week - can be pinpointed within Bible prophecy, they are deceiving you. Possibly even worse, such a person might be looking to setting up a following for themselves and for their theories. That is not true Christianity!
If you mean trends, ah, now that is a far different matter. Yes, we can all see very sad trends and we know that the West is getting further and further away from being a Christianized society; it is safe to say that the more we depart from being a society which has held Christ and Christianity in high respect, the more the stench of our sins will reach up into Heaven. God expects more from a people which He has led into the Truth, therefore the the return of Christ might well be close - perhaps closer than many would believe - yet none of us know 'the day nor the hour.' His return could still be decades away.
I am especially concerned when you mention "charts" which might detail 'where we are' in prophecy. There are no charts, although probably hundreds have been drawn up - and hundreds proven to be erroneous and misleading! Look, we all know that the major prophecies have been fulfilled: Christ was born when and where He should have been born according to the Prophets of the Old Testament. Jerusalem indeed fell in AD70 (within a generation, as Jesus had predicted in Matthew 24:34), the Church - as predicted - rose from being tiny to becoming a world-wide force. Millions have indeed become convinced of the truth of the Gospel. The Church - at the present time - cannot be stopped, the 'gates of the grave will not prevail against it' (Matthew 16:18). According to arch-atheist Friedrich Nietzsche, the Church - and Christianity - would be dead by now, but it is Nietzsche who is dead, after first succombing to insanity, possibly the 'wages' of his rebellion against God. Within a few years of his death his old house became a place which was selling Bibles! Wherever you look, the Holy Bible is vindicated!
By all means we should keep our eyes on 'the times and the seasons,' but never forget that our Saviour will return as 'a thief in the night.' People will be surprised. Believers will be surprised! If anybody tells you that "the anti-christ has first to come," do not listen, the antichrist was already at work in the days of John the Apostle.
Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11).
Robin A. Brace. March 21st, 2012.