The signs of the times are ominous, but like the frog in slowly heating water, there is a numbness to what’s coming.
Reminiscent of NASA’s Challenger, Stephen Hawking believes earth will ignite in 600 years and appealed to investors to support travel to Alpha Centauri, the nearest solar system about 4 light-years away, using a spacecraft traveling at the speed of light. (Yahoo News, 11-7-17)
For those who believe the Bible, events in the prophecies of Daniel are omens that suggest end-times are impending, says Dr. Richard Ruhling, author on current events and Bible prophecy, citing two examples.
#1. Just as news media have represented nations by political cartoons like a bear for Russia or a lion for the UK, the book of Daniel describes the kingdoms of this world as beasts of prey.
Is it only a coincidence that history has unfolded like Daniel foretold by the imagery of a lion, bear, leopard and dragon to represent Babylon (Daniel’s time), Medo-Persia, Grecia and Rome, with a little horn growing out of the Roman Empire that became great? Protestant reformers were united in their belief that the little horn in Daniel 7:25 represented the papacy.
The judgment sets in verse 9,10 in the context of the great words of the horn. What could that mean? Ruhling says when the pope spoke to the US Congress, he had great words. Ditto for the next day with great words in the UN.
The pope’s Laudato Si’ is like John Paul’s Dies Domini, puffing up Sunday for the benefits of the eucharist and calling for closing of businesses to reduce greenhouse gases as a viable reason to respect Sunday. But “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”
Furthermore, there’s no biblical reason to support this pagan day of sun worship that the bishop of Rome blessed after the Edict of Constantine in 321 AD. Christians are misled to think the early disciples honored Sunday, but “the first day” of the week is mentioned only once in the book of Acts while the Sabbath is mentioned nine times and three of them are “every Sabbath” as any online concordance shows.
The impending times when the pope has his way with the UN, suggested by his riding the beast of New World Order in Revelation 17, will test everyone’s resolve to honor God in opposition to manmade religion with no Bible support, and it brings a more fearful warning than Hawking’s in Revelation 14.
#2. Historians say that Daniel’s vision of the ram and goat in the 8th chapter was fulfilled when Alexander the Great conquered the Medes and Persians in the Battle of Arbela in 331 BCE. But does “history repeat”? Gabriel told Daniel that the vision is “at the time of the end.” Verse 17.
Iraq and Iran are geographically where the Medes and Persians were, so that this end-time prophecy was half fulfilled when the horn of Saddam (first ram horn) was broken.
We expect Iran to do something stupid like the terrorism they sponsor. Zechariah 14 shows Jerusalem will be attacked, “the houses rifled, the women ravished,” and this will anger the GOAT of Daniel 8—maybe Global Organization Against Terrorism.
Dr. Richard Ruhling says that event will be a signal of impending calamity on the US as explained in his recent ebook, God Bless America? at http://amzn.to/2grtEQx He offers further information at http://IslamUSinProphecy.wordpress.com