A man stands on the street corner with a sign that reads, “THE END IS NEAR!”. He looks like an ordinary man, wearing shabby but ordinary clothes. He’s not homeless, even though it seems that’s how he is portrayed in the movies. He does, however, pronounce different scriptures that goes with his message on the sign. He pronounces them rather loudly, but not quite yelling.
Seeing this man, I shake my head, thinking to myself, “this is why Christians are misunderstood.” On one hand, I totally agree with this man and his determination to share his knowledge with others. I admire his courage and stamina. He is one of the many needed people to proclaim Jesus to the masses who want to deny Him.
On the other hand, I know his efforts are futile. No one seems to be listening and with the preconceptions about this man already in our heads, no one will even stop to hear one word from him. Instead, he gets looks from passersby like he is a crazy man.
He’s not crazy. He’s passionate. He’s also right. The end is near. The signs are everywhere, they have been for the last 50 years, only today we can see them clearly in everyday life. Our country is about to elect the next president, which in my studies, during the tribulation, the United States isn’t even a factor, which in turn tells me that our president during that time is going to be weak and non-essential in the world. I think we have a good shot of hitting that one on the mark come November.
But what concerns me the most is how the world is treating Israel. Jerusalem in particular. The Book of Daniel talks about how the “people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, an till the end of the war, desolations are determined.” Reading this, I see the turmoil that is going on right now revolving Jerusalem. Of course, none of this is being talked about by the media, because no one seems to care, but it is a big deal in my eyes. The argument is about the Temple Mount and it’s rich history, particularly with our Jewish friends. But the Arabic nations want to repress any knowledge of this history and only recognize the Palestinian history.
Here again, I see David vs Goliath. Will they never learn? They can repress whatever they want to. I see with my heart what will happen. David will throw that stone and it will hit right where it needs to become deadly. Okay, that’s my emotions talking. But I’ve read the Book. I know it can’t be good for anyone who opposes Israel, and yet they insist on continuing to do just that.
I believe what’s going to happen is this is all going to culminate into one big mess and someone is going to have to step in and create some sort of peace. That’s where prophecy comes in and that’s what I believe this whole scenario is about to set up. Daniel 9:27 says: “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week, but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate. Even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”
If you haven’t studied eschatology, then you might not understand that one week (7 days) is actually 7 years in our time. A week is a metaphorical term and one day represents one year. Earlier in this same chapter of Daniel, it explains the full length of time involved and, this is where you have to get into eschatology, to read what the researchers have determined to be the interpretation and how they conclude that one day is equal to year metaphorically. What I can say to back this theory up is 2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.”
You see, not everything needs to be taken literally according to our terms. We have to remember that God is God and everything exists according to His terms and we are just along for the ride. Take a look around you and tell me what do you see?