One of the most repeated arguments you'll hear against Bible prophecy
is, "people have been saying we're living in the last days for years."
How do we know we are living in the last days? One method I have found
useful is to compare prophetic commentary made in the past with events
Observations made in the past vs. ones made today
- Then: The study of scripture numerology or "Bible math"
was big in the late 1880's. One key mathematical theory stated the time
of man will last 6000 years. The starting point was around 4004 BC. The
end of time would be around 2000 AD.
Today: It is interesting to note that men who lived over 100 years
ago forecasted Christ's return in our lifetime not theirs. It is also
ironic that now, when the time has come near, most prophetic ministries
shy away from promoting this theory.
- Then: An author commented about the prophesied rebirth of Israel
by saying that nearly 20,000 Jews live in the Holy Land.
Today: Israel is a reality with over 5 million Jews living there.
- Then: Most of the destruction on earth during the tribulation
was seen as coming from God.
Today: With the proliferation of nuclear forces, man himself has
the power to destroy life on earth.
- Then: The idea of a revived Roman Empire had men writing about
the city of Rome itself. One talked of all the new construction in the
city of Rome, as a sign of the revival of the Roman Empire.
Today: The fact that Europe is reforming into the beast that Daniel
and John wrote about is unmistakable. The European Union is the driving
force behind this reconstitution.
- Then: In 1897 the first Zionist movement was held in Switzerland.
The birth of this movement caused a stir amongst prophecy writers.
Today: The Jews have returned to Israel from countries which they
have lived for centuries. Most of this relocating has occurred in the past
few years alone.
- Then:In the mid 1930's one of the signs of the times was girls
in pajama suits dancing bare foot before a Sunday evening congregation.
The author noted that no one in attendance was unfavorably impressed.
Today:If those dancing girls had set themselves ablaze, the Fire
Marshal might be the only one who would care.
- Then:Moral decay was evident at the beach. The costumes that
bathers wore made one author speculate if nude beaches were on the way.
Today: Nude beaches did come and the bathing suits some wear make
you wonder if all beaches could be certified as nude.
- Then:Modernism was considered "the Apostasy" that
the Bible spoke of. This modernism lacked leadership and had a general
focus to it.
Today: Modernism has become the norm and has branched out many fold.
Higher forms of apostasy are what's now making inroads. The men of the
last century couldn't have foreseen that pagan gods would share equal billing
with Jesus, all religions would be moving towards unity, and even God Himself
would be pronounced dead.
- THEN: "Modern music" was a sure sign of lawlessness.
"Swing music" was sighted as appealing to the worst in human
nature and for causing people to lose all semblance of self-control.
Today:The music of our day has changes a great deal from the turn
of the century. We went from "Elvis the Pelvis," to Madonna and
Michael Jackson grabbing themselves on stage. Some singers use certain
four letter words so repeatedly, you would think they were stutterers.
The age of Rock and Roll has run the gamut, and left no stone unturned
in the pursuit of filth.
The moral problems of long ago seem comical when compared to the
ones of today. One almost has to smile as you read them. They would be
funny if they didn't point out how corrupt our society has become. It is
unlikely 100 years from now, someone would be sitting down and making a
comparison on how evil their generation has grown in comparison to ours.
I am convinced that man has exhausted his imagination, when it comes to
the invention of new evil deeds. Any comparisons made with us, future tense,
would certainly show how values have improved or stayed the same.
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