Refocusing the Big Picture: The Coincidence Theory
Vol: 90 Issue: 21 Saturday, March 21, 2009
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming. . . ?” (2nd Peter 3:2-3a)
Those of us who view Bible prophecy as a literal outline of future events know all about scoffers. Unbelievers don’t merely scoff at the notion, they get downright scornful. (While books on Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce fly off the bookshelves)
But not as scornful as those Christians who believe that all Bible prophecy was fulfilled in AD 70. They go right past scornful to plain old nasty. Anybody who has spent anytime browsing Christian Internet forums knows exactly what I mean.
When confronted with evidence, the scoffer generally dismisses it as either selective interpretation or ‘coincidence’.
We’ve already discussed the amazing series of ‘coincidences’ that led to Ezekiel’s prophecy of Israel’s restoration ‘in the latter times,’ as well as Jesus’ equation of the blossoming of the fig tree with the generation that will see His return.
Israel was restored on May 14, 1948. We noted that the fig tree is unique in that it bears its fruit before it blossoms with leaves. And that since 1948, Israel has blossomed, despite global anti-semitism, Arab boycotts and five wars, from a desert wasteland to a coastal oasis.
Coincidence? It would be amazing, but it is just the start of a chain of coincidences so long that it takes the faith of a martyr to accept them all.
The Prophet Daniel said the antichrist would be a prince of the empire that destroyed the city and sanctuary. (Daniel 9:27) Rome collapsed in the 5th century, so the historical view is that Nero was the antichrist and the Destruction of the Temple fulfilled that prophecy.
Since there was no Roman Empire and no Israel, it made sense for 1500 years. Until 1948, when Israel suddenly reappeared on the world stage. While Israel was battling against the jihadists bent on its still-birth, Europe was re-uniting under the terms of the 1948 Benelux Treaty.
The 1948 Benelux Treaty was followed by the 1957 Treaty of Rome, and eventually by the Maastrich Treaty that its supporters hailed as the ‘revival of the old Roman Empire’.
The simultaneous restoration of both Israel and a European Empire corresponding to that of Imperial Rome must now fall into the ‘coincidence’ category.
The Apostle John prophesied the antichrist will preside over a centralized, global economy so tightly controlled that the antichrist would be able to restrict ALL buying and selling to those who agree to worship him. From John’s day until 1948, such control was a technological impossibility.
Until Bell Labs invented the transistor, giving birth to the Computer Age in 1948, the same year the UN’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade globalized the world’s leading economies. The present World Trade Organization was created to replace GATT, truly globalizing the economy under a single authority. Another coincidence.
Eventually, John says the whole world comes under the sway of a single religious authority. The World Council on Religions, a UN NGO that embraces all religions as equal, was born in Amsterdam in August, 1948. Coincidence?
John prophesied of the ‘kings of the east’ a great invading army numbering two hundred million men. That is the approximate strength of the Communist Chinese military, born out of Mao Tse Tung’s 1948 Cultural Revolution.
And so it goes. Let’s recap the ‘coincidences’ that are unique to this generation.
Israel was reborn in 1948. The European Community was born out of the Benelux Treaty of 1948.
The Russian/Muslim alliances with Syria, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and the rest of the Arab world, as well as the US support of Israel were the result of the 1948 Truman Doctrine that gave us the Cold War and set the stage for the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy of the Gog-Magog War.
The Gog Magog Alliance already exists, precisely as Ezekiel outlined it, and is directly rooted in the 1948 outbreak of hostilities between Israel and the Islamic world.
That is a lot of coincidences.
Bible prophecy’s ‘Big Picture’ was, until 1948, like a jig-saw puzzle that was still in the box. All the pieces were there to make the picture, but until some of them started coming together, none of them made sense on their own.
When you put a jigsaw puzzle together, you start with the edges, since they are the easiest to identify. From there, you work inwards. As this generation progressed, a few puzzle pieces began to fit here, a few more there, but most of the pieces were still in the box.
And, like a jigsaw puzzle, as the Big Picture began to fill in, the rest of the pieces started getting easier to connect. In 1948, the edges were done.
A few pieces were added when Yasser Arafat introduced the West to Islamic terror in the 1070’s. A few more with the 1990 collapse of the Soviet Union. A few more fit following the seven-year Oslo Agreement signed in 1993.
But the Big Picture really began taking shape as we entered the 21st century, when an attack on the seat of both the global government and global economy launched a global war between religions.
The aftermath of the attack laid bare old animosities, created new alliances, and reshaped the global geopolitical system in the space of less than five years.
The post-2000 political civil war in the United States filled in another puzzle piece. How could a nation as sophisticated and cultured as the United States ever fall victim to the kind of delusion the Bible describes as overtaking the whole world?
A quick perusal of the New York Times or a half hour of CNN dispels that question.
If not, the history of the 21st century so far should fill in any blank spots. In 2003, the world held a global popularity contest between George Bush and Saddam Hussein. Thanks to the non-stop efforts of the White House’s domestic enemies, Saddam Hussein won hands-down.
According to the Bible, in the last days, the most important country on earth will be Israel. The most important city on earth with be Jerusalem. Given that the world is about to be plunged into global war over the existence of Israel and her possession of Jerusalem, it is hard to dispute that assessment.
The Bible says revived Israel will live in a state of war until a leader from the revived Roman Empire confirms a seven year peace treaty — predicated on the principle of land for peace.
“Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall DIVIDE THE LAND FOR GAIN.” (Daniel 11:39)
The Bible represents the greatest threat to Israel in the last days as coming from an alliance led by Russia and consisting of Iran and the Islamic Mediterranean states of North Africa and the Middle East.
The Bible describes a great religious war during the Tribulation that will target Christians and Jews for forced conversion. The Apostle John says that those who refuse to convert to his economic-religious system will be executed by beheading.
The Bible predicts that war and pestilences emanating ‘from the beasts of the earth’ will kill a fourth part of mankind during the Tribulation Period.
Iran’s Ahmadinejad is planning the war, and the World Health Organization is warning of a coming global bird flu pandemic with a fifty percent mortality rate.
Note something. In the 21st century, one doesn’t need a Bible to predict exactly the same scenario foretold in the 1st century by the Apostle John .
The Islamofacist war, forced conversions, beheadings, the Russian-Iran alliance, the beast-borne diseases, Ahmadinejad’s obsession with starting Armageddon, the Arab-Israeli conflict over its existence, the global conflict over ownership of Jerusalem — these aren’t dusty prophecies, they are headline news!
Reading the same headlines 2500 years ago, the Prophet Daniel asked the revealing angel what it all meant. The angel told Daniel;
“Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed TILL THE TIME OF THE END. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. ” (Daniel 12:9)
In the 21st century, Daniel’s words are no longer sealed — they fill our daily newspapers. The wise understand what the signs of the times mean.
To the rest, it is all just a ‘coincidence.’