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Signs of the Times and Quest for Meaning

March 4, 2009

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. :

  1. 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.
  2. “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 
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. anne permalink
    March 29, 2009 11:01 am

    Hello Richard,

    I’m from the Philippines. I was just wondering why the date of the Passover is May 9/10, I thought its on the Holy Week April 9/10.

  2. thebridegroomcomes permalink
    April 3, 2009 5:36 pm

    Hi Anne, Good to hear from you! Good question you asked.

    I think the disciples were not so stupid as we sometimes think. They were probably thinking of Passover for when judgment fell in Bible times. Christ read their mind and said, You don’t know the day or hour.

    The Greek word for “know” is eido. It means be aware, consider or understand. Christ was saying, You don’t understand, and each time He said it, He gave an example that fit a provision in Numbers 9:10,11 for Passover a month later, “as in the days of Noah” when the Flood came with Passover timing, but in the 2nd month, Genesis 7:4,11.

    Christ also said to watch, “for the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling to a far country.” Matthew 25:14. Travel was also a reason why Passover was delayed to the 2nd month, Numbers 9:10,11.

    Timelines intersect this year for 2009, and we find the Pope going on a “long journey” to Jerusalem where he will be there for 2nd Passover. The timing fits Christ’s clues and there are more, but this is enough for now. Thank you for posting your question!

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