Signs of the Times and Quest for Meaning
Many people take wars, famines, pestilence as signs for the end of the world, but these have been around for thousands of years. Nevertheless, there are an increasing number of signs that are specific for the end times and here are a couple that suggest our expectancy for 2009. :
- The Bible says that rich men will “weep and howl” in the last days. James 5:1-3. Could we be there? The timing last fall was significant. When the U.S. Senate met to approve $760 billion for a bailout, it was Rosh Hashanah—the biblical Feast of Trumpets in Lev 23:24. The intent of the biblical imagery was to notify and summon for the Day of Atonement, a type of Judgment Day that came 10 days later. Every day for 10 days the stock market crashed, except for Saturday and Sunday when they weren’t open. And the trumpets are the imagery that forecasts financial ruin when “all green grass was burnt up,” Rev 8:7. The Bible twice likens grass to riches or rich men in James 1:9-11, (King James). The biblical timing last fall leads to expectancy this spring.
- “One day is with the Lord as 1000 years…the day of the Lord will come,” 2 Pet 3:8-10. Early Bible scholars like Justin Martyr and Iranaeus believed that God gives man six days (Exod 20: 9) and 6000 years.Time’s up… “May 5, 2000: the date that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will line up with the sun and moon—the first time in 6000 years.” TIME Mag. In the Bible’s solar system alignment, the sun, moon and stars made obeisance to Joseph, but it made no sense until after seven years of plenty when his brothers bowed to him in a time of famine. Our alignment seemed of little importance until, after 7 years, the housing woes initiated the sub-prime crisis resulting is the market crash in 2008, right on time.
- More examples could be given, but these should be enough to support candid our investigation. They show good reason why the Bible, the all-time best-seller, is still relevant.
- Christ’s wedding parables were given during His last week and study suggests they apply to us for the last seven years, but only the wise were ready in Matthew 25. For a better understanding, please visit http://tinyurl.com/c5xs49