|By: Dr. John G. Weldon; ©2011|
|In probably every century since the death of Christ, Christians could marshal arguments that their generation comprised the end times prior to Christ’s return.|
In probably every century since the death of Christ, Christians could marshal arguments that their generation comprised the end times prior to Christ’s return. Of course, such arguments were wrong. Still today, many Christians are convinced we are approaching the rapture and the Second Coming of Christ. As Hal Lindsey has emphasized on his television show, the time seems to be short: “We [the US] could fall and be forced into a one world government and economy tomorrow… All of this has made the possibility of the Antichrist making his appearance an event that can happen in weeks or days, not months or years… As never before in world history, world conditions are set up perfectly for all of this to take place in literally a matter of days.” And, “The Antichrist could appear at any moment.” (The Hal Lindsey Report May 7, 2010)
But is this really true? Are there events that make this generation stand out from all others, especially considered cumulatively? I think so. Some historically unique features involving world conditions do indicate that we may not be far from the actual return of Christ. Most of these events were not present in earlier centuries. There are a number of characteristics of this current period that seem to indicate the return of Christ may be near and they are principally related to the biblical books of Revelation, Matthew, Ezekiel, and Daniel, though others are also relevant. For example, consider the following points related or predicted to occur in the last days of Israel:
First, the broad outline of prophetic events predicted for the last days in the biblical books of Ezekiel, Daniel, Revelation, and others remains viable—something highly unusual if geo-political events are merely random.
Second, consider the combined weight of the following 14 sample events related to end times biblical prophecy:
The above and more indicate that we are living in a truly unique period as far as the end times relating to the nation of Israel and the world are concerned. We are called to be prepared as believers, realizing that now more than ever; we may truly be living in the last days.
Below are over a dozen additional indicators, which further illustrate the uniqueness of the times we live in relation to the fulfillment of biblical prophecy relating to the "end times" of Israel:
Until 2009, it was almost inconceivable that a Muslim might endorse the building of a new Jewish Temple, let alone on the same site as the Muslim Dome of the Rock. But in April 2009 an article was published which suggested just this: "Trouble in the Holy Land: What? Muslim Leader Wants Temple Rebuilt, Jewish Sanhedrin Rabbis Unite with Turk on Common Cause,” (August 5, 2009 WorldNetDaily.com.)
"Adnan Oktar, who uses the pen name of Harun Yahya, is a controversial but highly influential Muslim intellectual and author with more than 65 million of his books in circulation worldwide. Oktar recently met with three representatives from the re-established Jewish Sanhedrin, a group of 71 Orthodox rabbis and scholars from Israel, to discuss how religious Muslims, Jews and Christians can work together on the project." and, "This is not the only similar call to rebuild the Jewish Temple, points out Richardson. Yoav Frankel is an Orthodox Jew who has been deeply involved in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and also envisions a shared Temple Mount. The Interfaith Encounter Association is working on a project called “God’s Holy Mountain.” It sees the day when the rebuilt Jewish Temple will exist side by side with the Dome of the Rock."
In addition, The Temple Institute is another group openly dedicated to rebuilding the Jewish Temple. That there will be another Temple is evident from several biblical scriptures including those prophesied in Ezekiel Chapters 40-48, which gives specific details.
The above and more indicate that we are living in a truly unique period as far as the end times relating to the nation of Israel and the world are concerned.