I love a good mystery. The intrigue, the excitement, the unknown captivate me and keep me guessing about the end. And puzzles! I love puzzles, trying to make the pieces fit until I manage to see the completed picture when it’s done.
I suppose it’s these traits that make me a biblical prophecy buff. I love reading prophetic scripture and speculating when the time could be. I find it absolutely intriguing the number of videos and blog posts that have recently appeared regarding the end times possibilities. Based upon what I understand in God’s Word and how the Jewish feast days were created as a template for the eventual coming of Christ as the ultimate fulfillment, I can’t help but lift my eyes skyward and tune my ears to hear the blast of God’s trumpet. It’s coming, folks, and I believe it’s not far off. Some believe it could be in the next day or two. What if? Are you ready?
In Luke 21, Jesus painted a picture of what things would be like prior to His return:
10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation (the word translated “nation” can also mean “race”), and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places (you only need to watch the news to see these things regularly), and fearful events and great signs from heaven (there have been some pretty phenomenal occurrences lately involving the sun, moon, and other heavenly bodies).
25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea (we’ve had some very destructive, unprecedented hurricanes lately).26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Are you ready???)
There have been some recent signs that have a lot of people talking. I’ve posted a few links at the bottom that I encourage you to visit regarding these signs. Probably the most intriguing to me is in regards to the Jubilee. Thousands of years ago, God instituted the 50-year cycle known as the Jubilee. The Jews failed to follow God’s command and suffered because of it. What I find most intriguing are some significant events in Israel’s recent history that fall 50 years apart:
1917: The Balfour Declaration expressed Great Britain’s support for a Jewish homeland, the first time a world power had done so. This would finally come to fruition in 1948 when the nation of Israel was re-established after nearly 2000 years.
1967: The Six-Day War which gave Jerusalem back to Israel after multiple other nations had been in control of it since around 740 BC.
2017: Could this be THE year for the Church, the Bride of Christ, to be called home? I don’t know, but my spirit is awakened and hoping!
I can’t be silent, knowing that it could be very near. I think of it like this: Imagine you are walking in the woods, enjoying the crisp air on an autumn morning. The reds and yellows and oranges of the fall leaves paint a magnificent backdrop as you watch the birds flitting from branch to branch and the squirrels securing nuts for the winter. As you stroll along the trail, you happen to notice a railroad track not far away, and you see a few people walking between the rails. Some of them are texting, one or two have earbuds in their ears, listening to music, and one is even taking a selfie. A couple of people are in a heated debate over a topic they feel passionate about. And then, in the distance, you hear a train whistle. You can’t tell how far away it is, or from which direction it is coming, or how long it may take before it arrives, but you immediately feel concern for the people on the track. They are busy and not paying attention, and none of them seem to notice as the whistle sounds again. What do you do? Do you shrug your shoulders and keep walking on your path, figuring it’s none of your business? Or do you call out to them, warning them of the approaching train? What if they laugh and say, “Sure, we’ve heard that before! But a train has never come this way before; why would it now?” Or maybe they’ll respond, “I don’t see a train, therefore I don’t believe in one!” For me, I’m hearing the train whistle and I’m going to do my best to warn the people on the track. That train could be right around the bend!
I know He is coming some day. I know that the signs are pointing toward that day coming soon. We can’t know for sure the day or hour, but He told us what to watch for and to be ready when we start seeing the signs. What if? Are you ready?!
Explanation of some of the recent signs that I find intriguing:
In fact, the writer above has a very thorough blog: