Signs of the times
This blog page is a digest of our thoughts on world events as they relate to the coming of the Kingdom of God. We try to update it regularly, particularly when things happen that seem significant in the light of Bible prophecy.
Regular readers of this feature will be familiar with Bible passages we regularly cite to show that the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to the earth to replace the kingdoms of men with the Kingdom of God will start with his rescue of Israel from invading nations. Some passages, like Psalm 83, refer to the threat to Israel from her immediate neighbours; others, like Joel 3 and Zechariah 14 refer to ‘all nations’; whereas Daniel 11:40-45 and Ezekiel 38 and 39 name particular countries with varying degrees of clarity. Some Bible students believe that the final conflicts will begin with Israel’s near neighbours and end with nations further away taking advantage of Israel’s weakened state.
Towards the close of Daniel's life he was shown a glimpse of the world situation before divine intervention.
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
In an earlier Signs of the Times we commented on Russian readiness to invade other countries and the current economic pressures that might tempt her to invade Israel – as Bible prophecy leads us to expect. These expectations have been further strengthened recently by Russia’s military activities in Syria.
As conflicts in the world proliferate, the feeling of uncertainty and insecurity increases. Look at how the conflict in Syria has sucked in several nations - each, of course, with its own agenda:
The political atmosphere in Britain is getting a little strained lately as the referendum on whether or not Britain should leave the European Union approaches. Judging by the opinion polls it seems that the UK is about evenly split between those who want to remain in the union and those who want to leave, although there have been swings from one view to another depending on how effective the arguments have been from either camp at various stages.
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April 19 2019
Deuteronomy 2, Proverbs 29, John 12
Deuteronomy 2, Proverbs 29, John 12
The Bible Today Exhibition
From Monday May 13th to Friday May 17th 2019, we will host The Bible Today Exhibition in a different village each day. The schedule is...
Monday May 13th, Fordham Victoria Hall, Fordham, Cambs, CB7 5NG, 10:00am to 8:00pm
Tuesday May 14th, Blackbourne Community Centre, Elmswell, Suffolk, IP30 9UH, 10:00am to 8:00pm
Wednesday May 15th, Long Melford Village Memorial Hall, Suffolk, CO10 9JQ, 10:00am to 8:00pm
Thursday May 16th, Great Waldingfield Village Hall, Suffolk, CO10 0SA, 10:00am to 8:00pm
Friday May 17th, Rickinghall Village Hall, Suffolk, IP22 1HD, 10:00am to 8:00pm
However you look at it, the Bible is an extraordinary book. Whether you believe it is the Word of God or not, this book is unique. No other book can claim the following facts:
Consists of 66 books.
- By 40 independent writers, in 20 different occupations, in 10 different countries, over 1,600 years.
- A cast of 2,930 characters, in 1,551 places.
- Many different subjects in all literary forms – poetry, prose etc.
The exceptional nature of this book was recognised by men in past ages, like William Tyndale, who were willing to give up their lives so that others could read it for themselves.
The Bible Exhibition will attempt to show you this book’s place in history and how it has survived; how it accurately describes past events, and future events; and what this unique book’s message is.