Are happy days here again? I am sensing that even Rapture-watching believers, some anyway, now think that event is delayed while America returns to prosperity. Thanks to the 2016 election results, we may now return to the role of international leader. Is America about to be great again with a return to prosperity?
Luke 21:25 predicts a time that will be characterized by "distress with perplexity." This is ultimately played out in the Tribulation and we're in a run-up to that. The literal meaning is a time when problems will be so severe mankind won't have a solution. Options include weather problems, economic woes, and this year -- election issues.
Fast forward to today and there are so many prophecy-related events happening daily and hourly that it presents a major dilemma for those of us watching the signs of the times to know just where to focus. As I post stories daily on my website, I agonize that I must leave off so many as space and time won't allow readers to zero in on all that is happening!
It's been an amazing year. If you follow any of the Bible prophecy sites, blogs, and media programs, you know they have been overwhelmed with stories that are foreshadowing the time the Bible calls the Time of Jacob's Trouble, also known as the Tribulation.
I know there are those who believe there are no signs for today. I was called on the carpet by a seminary professor --a Baptist, no less -- for heralding signs. He says there are no signs until the Tribulation. Nothing that is happening today is relevant. How tragic. What a disservice he is doing to his seminary students who will be ill equipped to deal with very dark headlines.
So after sifting through hundreds, in fact, thousands of headlines in the last year, I have come up with 18 stories that I feel most represent the herald of His coming:
We hear so much about "converging signs" today. The Bible speaks about end-time signs that will increase like birth pangs near the end. I think we have passed the birth pang process, frankly.
I am cautious about "pinning the tail" on the Antichrist and the False Prophet. We cannot know ahead of time who these personalities are; however, Pope Francis comes close to "filling the bill" on the False Prophet. Or he may be but a "type" of that man just like there are many "types" of the Antichrist throughout history. I think the devil has always had a candidate for the Antichrist waiting in the wings as he doesn't know when the final generation is.
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse..." (II Timothy 3:13).
I guess the Fox Network really is fair and balanced. They present the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. In this case the "ugly" is a program about Lucifer. That's right: Lucifer leaves Hell and becomes a resident of Los Angeles. I'm not making this up.
Those who celebrate diversity have been busy showing a remarkable display of a lack of diversity in recent weeks. The "tolerant ones" are having violent fits of intolerance. The open-minded Left have once again revealed themselves to be 100% closed-minded. Let me explain.