The Bible and Matt Drudge
Vol: 113 Issue: 22 Tuesday, February 22, 2011
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” (Matthew 24:7)
What does it mean when you can find examples of every one of these signs in the headlines of one news page?
In Libya, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, (better known simply as ‘Gaddafi’s son’) was warning of ‘rivers of blood’ – a bit late, given that the Libyan military was using aircraft and live ammunition against protestors.
Estimates of the number of killed are already in the hundreds. Witnesses report bodies lying in the streets.
“This is an opposition movement, a separatist movement which threatens the unity of Libya,” thundered Gaddafi’s son. “We will take up arms… we will fight to the last bullet,” he said. “We will destroy seditious elements. If everybody is armed, it is civil war, we will kill each other.”
“The armed forces are with him. Tens of thousands are heading here to be with him. We will fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet.”
In Egypt, the newly-returned spiritual leader of the ‘non-violent’ Muslim Brotherhood issued a fatwa calling on any Libyan soldier to ensure the last bullet is aimed at Gaddafi.
After days of waffling back and forth, it appears that Egypt has allowed two Iranian warships to enter the Suez Canal enroute to Syria via the Mediterranean Sea.
(I say it only appears that way because the AP report quotes an unnamed official on the condition of anonymity. This must be the same guy they’ve been quoting since last Thursday.)
Once the warships have passed through the Suez, they will sail right past Israel’s coast on their way to either Beirut or Syria.
That is the reason that Mubarak refused Iranian passage into the Med for thirty-two years. That is why the Israelis were so horrified at the prospect of Mubarak’s fall.
It is why they characterized Obama’s abandonment of Mubarak as a ‘betrayal.’
On the other side of the world. Christchurch, New Zealand was shattered by its second major earthquake in six months, with early reports claiming nearly 100 deaths with many still buried under the rubble.
The South Seas island nation was struck by a 7.1 temblor in September, with today’s 6.2 classified as part of the ‘aftershock sequence’.
The Washington Post is reporting this morning that the North Koreans are starving and begging for food handouts.
North Korea has endured its coldest winter in six decades, and farmers worry about below-average crop output. North Korea last week confirmed an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, with its state-run news agency saying that “more than 10,000 heads of draught oxen, milch cows and pigs have so far been infected with the diseases and thousands of them died.”
The Sun-Sentinel in Florida is reporting that pilots, boaters and others who rely on compass readings needs to make adjustments or updated charts because magnetic north is shifting position at the rate of forty miles per year.
“Magnetic north, the point at the top of the Earth that determines compass headings, is shifting its position at a rate of about 40 miles per year. In geologic terms, it’s racing from the Arctic Ocean near Canada toward Russia.”
If one wanted to stretch the definition of ‘pestilence’ just a bit – which I absolutely must so I can include this story, the City of San Francisco is considering a ballot measure aimed at – I’m not making it up, honest – banning circumcision for anyone under the age of eighteen.
“If it passes, those caught cutting foreskins would face a fine of $1,000 and a year in prison. Only people over the age of 18 would be allowed to have their foreskins removed.”
Irony aside, California’s economy is collapsing – its citizens are fleeing the Golden State like Lot and his family fled Sodom. The state is issuing IOUs for paychecks.
But in San Franscisco, everything continues as it was.
As crazy as it is, as scary as it is, this isn’t the Tribulation. Even if you can find every sign predicted by Jesus for the last days in a single day’s headlines in a single electronic newspaper, this isn’t the Tribulation.
But this may well be the meltdown that precedes it.
Stepping back to look at the Big Picture can be sobering and even scary. That is one reason why subject of Bible prophecy has never been particularly popular among Christians.
Bible prophecy is not simply predictions of future events, it is a detailed outline of how the endless variables come together to make those events come to be.
Genuine future-telling as coherently outlined in Bible prophecy is beyond the capacity of any human being, or group of human beings. It is history, written in reverse, a unfolding series of events that come together in the exact pattern necessary to bring about a particular outcome.
It deals, not just with the history of nations, but with obscure individual lives.
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,” is how God describes it. (Isaiah 46:10)
The human writers of Scripture were kings, shepherds, drifters, slaves and sinners. They came from different parts of the world at different times, in an era when libraries were few and far between.
Yet each book fits cohesively into the next, cross referencing one another as if written by a single individual.
Prophecies uttered by one prophet were confirmed by another, in some cases, without one knowing what the other had written.
In every generation since the Bible was completed, there have been students, thinkers and philosophers as dedicated to the truth as any alive in this generation.
For two thousand years, the debate has raged over the truth of the Bible.
In all those generations, among all those skeptics, in all those debates, with all those scholars, not one single point in Scripture has ever been disproved.
If there were some thinker or philosopher of history who had conclusively disproved a single point in Scripture, he would have been the most famous thinker of all time.
He would have been the one who proved God does not exist, since everything we know of God comes from the Bible and the Bible says of itself that its seal of authenticity is its accuracy.
“Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5)
Bible prophecy is God’s signature. It is empirical evidence that God is real, and that He keeps His promises.
“I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye Me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.” (Isaiah 45:19)
Then God issues the following challenge;
“Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me.” (45:20-21)
Bible prophecy is given to us as a tool of apologetics — evidence directly from God for use in the practice of the defense of the faith. Too often, it becomes a kind of Christian ‘parlor trick’ — and I don’t mean that unkindly.
It is easy to get caught up in the wonder of witnessing the fulfillment of Bible prophecy before our eyes — the ‘gee whiz’ factor is exciting stuff. But the purpose of Bible prophecy isn’t to amaze or entertain believers. It is to convict the lost of the certainty of accountability before a Living God and lead them to the Throne of Grace.
Since it is impossible to prove a negative, God has provided us with positive evidence specifically designed for use by the generation to whom it was all addressed.
“Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:34)
The generation that read this morning’s Drudge Report.