Prophetic Map from Genesis to Revelation – Keys 4-10
‘TEN KEYS THAT UNLOCK THE FUTURE GOD HAS MAPPED OUT’
v Number four: Global Powers
There are many other prophecies dealing with the alignment of the Gentile nations in the last days. The emergence of an alliance of Eastern European and Muslim nations under the leadership and domination of Russia, all arrayed in opposition to Israel and the western nations, is prophesied in Ezekiel 38:1-16. The rise of a vast oriental confederacy of nations is described in Revelation 16:12. The development of a European union of nations comparable to the ancient
v Number five: Global Disasters
In response to the question, "What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" (Matthew 24:3-8), the Lord Jesus answered, "Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows" (or, more accurately, "the first birth pains"). The Hebrew idiom conveys the thought of a worldwide state of war. Thus the prophetic sign entails a world war, accompanied by great physical calamities, as the initial sign that a new world is about to be born. This was clearly fulfilled in the decade from 1914 to 1924, when the first world war, followed by the world's greatest pestilence (the influenza epidemic of 1918), the world's greatest famine (leading to the starvation of hundreds of millions, especially in Russia and China, after the war and the communist revolution), and the world's most calamitous earthquakes (in China in 1920 and Japan in 1923), all took place. The world since that time has continued to experience these "birth pains," with World War II, the Cold War, great numbers of local wars, the Great Depression, continued deadly earthquakes, epidemics of polio, cholera, AIDS, and other diseases, and innumerable other "troubles" (Mark 13:8).
v Number six: Global Evolutionism
A fulfilled prophecy of an entirely different sort is found in 2 Peter 3:3,4. "There shall come in the last days scoffers, saying, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
This is the doctrine of evolutionary uniformitarianism. It professes to explain the origin and development of all things in terms of the uniform operation of the same natural laws and processes which still "continue" today. The rise of this dogma took place in the 19th century and for a hundred years it has been the basic philosophy of the educational and scientific establishments. There was no way that Peter could have foreseen this development, 1800 years in the future, apart from divine inspiration.
v Number seven: Global Technology
In relation to the realm of science and education, it was prophesied in Daniel that, at "the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (Daniel 12:4). The Hebrew words imply a vast increase in both frequency and speed of travel, as well as other forms of communication and great advances in science and technology.
v Number eight: Global Exploitation
Conflict in the economic and social realms in the last days is forecast in James 5:1-6. For ages, in all nations, the poor have been exploited by the rich, the working classes by the privileged classes. The uprising of the laborers in the latter days, leading to a "day of slaughter," is not only specifically predicted by James, but also implied in Daniel 2:41-43, Revelation 18:1-19, and other passages. These prophecies have been fulfilled in part, first in the French revolution, later in the Russian revolution and other communist-led upheavals. More is undoubtedly yet to come, especially when the ill-fed, poorly housed masses of the world come to realize that even their own revolutionary movements are financed and controlled in large measure by those "kings and merchants of the earth" who traffic in the "souls of men."
v Number nine: Global Hedonism
Moral conditions of the last days are prophesied to descend into the degradation of the "days of Noah" (Luke 17:26). But perhaps the most striking prediction associated with moral conditions in the last days is that the characteristics of professing religious people, in the realm of Christendom, will be essentially the same as those of the heathen in the old pagan world. That is, the catalog of the sins of those in the last days who have "a form of godliness" (2 Timothy 3:1-7, especially verse 5), is practically identical with that of the ancient godless rebels of Romans 1:28-31. Again, it seems impossible that Paul could have anticipated such a strange and sad development except by inspiration.
v Number ten: Global Apostasy and Global Demonism
Religious apostasy in the ranks of professed Christian leaders is also prophesied in other Scriptures. Not only would false teachers deny the second coming of Christ (2 Peter 3:3), they would even "deny the Lord that bought them" (2 Peter 2:1). Not only would they, despite much education ("ever learning"), still never come "to the knowledge of the truth" (2 Timothy 3:7), but even "turn away their ears from the truth and be turned unto fables" (2 Timothy 4:4). All of these prophecies are being fulfilled today throughout the "Christian" world.
A particularly ominous form of apostasy is to be found in the rapid rise of demonism in the last days. "In the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons" (1 Timothy 4:1). Jesus said: "There shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders" (Matthew 24:24). During the great tribulation period of the last days, these trends will culminate in a worldwide return to Satan worship (Revelation 13:4, 8). Before that, they will "worship demons, and idols" (Revelation 9:20) and do so especially in connection with the use of drugs (the word "sorceries," in Revelation 9:21, is a Greek word from which we actually transliterate our English word "pharmaceutical," and means "magical incantations by the ritual use of drugs").
The amazing upsurge of spiritism, astrology, witchcraft and Satanism all over the world in the past few years, along with the tremendous increase of drug use, especially by young people, certainly is an ominous sign of the imminent advent of the Antichrist. But at the same time it is a striking fulfillment of prophecy. That an age of scientific enlightenment could be followed so quickly by a widespread revival of paganism and occultism would seem paradoxical, but that is exactly what has happened, just as the Bible predicted.
We have only scratched the surface. There are scores of other Biblical prophecies that either have already been fulfilled or are presently in process of fulfillment. There is no other book like the Bible.
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of men: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:21).
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