If you were to tell a friend exactly what was going to happen tomorrow and it happened just as you told him, and then told another friend of another tomorrow, and did so perfectly again and again, even one hundred times, how long would it take before you became the most famous and most consulted person in the world?
It wouldn’t be long before you got the call from Oprah, thats for certain!
How many people consult a Horoscope in a magazine, in a newspaper or even visit a “fortune” teller?
In 2012, blogs were written, books were written and even a Hollywood blockbuster film was made, all because an ancient calendar just so happened to conclude a cycle of three interconnecting calendars, to which “the end of the world” was interpreted.
The 21st of December 2012 has come and gone, the panic subsided and life goes
on. We could speak of Michel de Nostredame (Nostradamus) who’s cryptic writings caused such a stir among so many people a few decades ago, thinking they could interpret what is to come.
Economists are todays financial prognosticators, consulted by Presidents and paper sellers far and wide for interpretations on future prosperity.
I studied the charting efforts of those placing daily stock trades in diverse markets from Futures Contracts, Currency Contracts, Stocks, Bonds, Options etc. Some use math, others use patterns, others use Fibonacci sequences, others use trend lines, triangles, crosses, semi circles, curves, and still others use a combination of all the above and mix in New Age notions to spice up their predictions.
NONE ARE DECISIVE! But everyone wants to give predicting the future a go.
Of all the ideas noted above, not a single item has ever come together with any degree of certainty to be a reliable witness for future events, yet people continue to consult them on a regular basis.
Why? Why do they rely on such unreliable sources to tell them what they don’t know of the future?
What about the book of books?
The Bible is estimated to be just under one third prophetic, specifically prophetic, actually telling its reader “thus saith the Lord” on a series of future events. It contains approximately 779,000 words, of which up to a third speak of events future to their writings, none can be confidently denied as false without ideological preferencing, in other words, bias.
Some are yet to be fulfilled and some are evidently in the process of being fulfilled, this was why our first entry of “Proximity Warning” introduces.
Approximately three hundred specific prophecies are estimated to have been given concerning the first coming of Christ and all that surrounds it. Specific details from his to his death and his appearing are so precise and written so long before you cannot but help wonder why people are not in complete awe of this book.
Each event specifically noted, not cryptically, not allegorically but clearly and literally written for one purpose and one purpose alone, that the reader will trust the writings and believe the Gospel.
Why is it then that so few people consult the Bible respecting future events, yet sources so inconsistent and so inaccurate are looked to daily?
I ask this rhetorical question in a day and a time when more and more of the Bible is proving itself true, and I can say this “proof” is occurring daily and on so many fronts.
What event will cause people to stand up and take notice?
the mark of the beast
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Verse nine says “if any man have an ear, let him hear”. In the beginning of the book of Revelation it says, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Rev 1:3).
How many of us think the book of Revelation to be anything other than a blessing?
How often is it that we stop our ears from hearing it and desire to have none of it considered? Yet the things God has given to us is designed to both bless and encourage his children, not create anxiety.
In the first part of my introduction I mentioned that what we have before us in prophecy is to encourage us. Romans 15:4 simply says “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”.
This alone should peak our interest in that which was written aforetime, that it is to have HOPE, and that hope comes through nothing other than the patience and comfort of the scriptures. Scripture is not to bring anxiety, but comfort.
When we read of all the warnings the Lord gave to his people in the Old testament and then we see all those warnings come to pass in history, it should encourage us that all things written in the Bible are true. It should teach us that the Gospel is true, that the Good News and the hope in Jesus Christ is real.
But there are warnings in the Bible of that which is to come upon all the world, a world that has largely forgotten God.
As we see the warnings come to pass it should tell us that the time is short, and if we are wise this should re-adjust our focus.
When we believe the Bible, we are given more and more evidence to prove its case.
My Son Convinced
When my son was a child he asked me how we can know that the Bible is true?
I had been speaking of the things to come, one day I showed him a lead article in the Australian Newspaper that spoke of a single world currency, it was then that he told me “now I know the Bible is true”.
This is what I love about the prophetic portions of the Bible, it teaches of that which is to come and we begin to see evidence of it in our day to day lives, then we are encouraged by its truth as it proves itself reliable. Our lives then have a dependable resource from which it may be directed.
But prophecy is not only that spoken of in books such as Revelation and Daniel and Ezekiel and Isaiah etc, it is also revealed to us piece by piece in many other portions of the Bible. In the Gospels when Jesus addressed the questions of his disciples, in some of Paul’s writings such as 1 & 2 Timothy when he speaks about that which is to come upon the Church; in Johns epistles, in Peters also.
To have a true appreciation for the days in which we live, we should read our Bibles regularly and ask the Lord for wisdom to understand. It is putting thepieces together that is the most exciting part of the Bible.
How does today best give understanding of tomorrow, from a book written yesterday?
Proximity Warning seeks to reveal an idea of how close history is in relation to one event spoken of in Revelation chapter 13, specifically that related to what is arguably the incredible portion of Revelation, verses 16 to 18;
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor,
free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
How do both today’s global economic circumstances, its geopolitical situation and technology reveal to us our proximity or nearness to the Revelation 13:16-18 event?
Do the levels of personal debt, company debt and sovereign debt potentially set up a total restructuring, or resetting of the worlds currencies?
Is there evidence in geopolitics, through history, of a desire for a single global currency?
What role do central Banks around the world have with inflation and debt?
What does Revelation 13:16-18 infer about global economics, currency, asset control, allegiance and technology?
Is the current hype over crypto currencies an indicator of future acceptance of a cashless society?
What is the underlying desire of the creators of these currencies, and what is the likelihood of success?
Are we on the climax of financial freedom for the world or the future bondage of mankind?
Will one lead to the other?
What are the unknowns in determining our proximity to Revelation 13?
No doubt more questions will be asked as we journey through the present and the past to consider the future, but it will be an exciting journey that will confirm things we suspect, deny things we once thought and may likely refocus misplaced priorities for us all.
Pr Edi Giudetti