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Entering the End-times?

January 31, 2010

Our Sunday School class offers an alternate focus on an issue of current relevance. Last year one discussion featured a study of Mark 1:15:
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
Each of these phrases may have a new and deeper meaning…
The time is fulfilled. Peter would say, “beloved, be not ignorant…one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack…the day of the Lord will come.” 2 Pet 3:8-10. Pioneers believed that the end-time apocalyptic period, “the day of the Lord,” would come after 6,000 years because God gives man six days to do all his work, Exodus 20:9.
Ussher’s Chronology supports 6,000 years as completed by 2000 AD, confirmed by Sir Isaac Newton’s chronology and also by science:
“May 5, 2000: The date that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn [lined up] with the sun and moon—the first time in 6,000 years.” TIME Magazine, Jan 17, 2000.
That was ten years ago; why is it relevant now? Because of the context of the Bible’s solar system alignment. “The sun, moon and stars made obeisance” to Joseph. His brothers didn’t like his dreams and they sold him as a slave. But after seven good years, there were seven bad years when his brothers came and bowed to him like the stars in his dream. Since 2000, we had seven good years, but the seven bad years may have started in 2008.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2010 12:20 am

    Dear Dr. Ruhling,

    Your commentary is fascinating regarding the 7 years of abundance followed by the 7 years of famine. Have you heard of the website thefinal7yearsareherenow.com? The author believes the tribulation started on Oct. 29 2008. That lines up with the idea of seven years of famine starting in 2008. On another note, I couldn’t agree more with you about prescription drugs. The side effects include suicide now. Talk about insanity. It’s all about the money. There are also problems with certain immunization shots.

    Joe

  2. Betty permalink
    September 8, 2010 6:07 pm

    David Gates says something similar in reference to the 7 fat cows, corn, and the 7 lean cows, corn and how it applies to our current economy.

  3. David R. permalink
    January 30, 2011 2:36 pm

    Most of what is on Dr. Rushling’s sites is all speculation. We as Christians have been warned about this. This stuff is not Biblical. This guy is entertaining Harold Camping’s distorted view of the end times.
    David R.

    • thebridegroomcomes permalink
      February 1, 2011 1:27 am

      David R, I would be happy to address the specific point you feel is speculation if you would identify it. There may be more support for it than you are seeing in Scripture, so I look forward to your reply. You certainly have me wrong about “entertaining Harold Camping’s distorted view.” I do not support his date of May 21 and if you will visit http://Rapture4.netfirms.com you will see a few concise reasons that May 21 will not be a rapture. Thank you for visiting.

  4. cwi permalink
    May 22, 2011 3:15 am

    America is so self absorbed. Just because we are having some bad years its the end times. PLEASE try to get a reality check. All in all religion may help peoples lives but on a global perspesctive does more harm than good.

    • thebridegroomcomes permalink
      May 24, 2011 12:44 am

      My mother said, Two can do anything if one of them is God. Giving one’s life to God offers peace and confidence that things will turn out. 69 years (maybe 57 actually living a committed life) has proven to me that God is good and things do work out best by the principles found in Scripture, which is why it is still the best seller. Let me encourage you to make an experiment by reading a few pages or a chapter a day of a non-denominational book that has been translated into 100 languages and you can read online, starting with the first chapter, God’s love for mankind…go to http://www.whiteestate.org/books/sc/sc.asp You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Wishing you well…let me know how you make out…

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