Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Rev. 1: 1 3
And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book (or scroll) which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, 'Give me the little book'. And he said unto me, 'Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey'. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. Rev. 10: 8 11
Please note the following:
All verses used to support a position in this web page should be read within the context of the surrounding scriptures.
Emphasis should be placed on the timing of events that potentially fulfill Biblical signs over any dates ascribed herein. Trends should be interpreted within the context of the relevant signs recorded in the Bible. The dates shown herein are tenuous at best. Trends, or specific events, may (or may not) indicate the fulfillment of specific signs. The unfolding of End Times events, God's will, and prayerful study will ultimately reveal the true nature of all things.
No suggested interpretations of signs or events provided herein should be construed as the last word on the subject, but only my best current interpretation of events and trends in light of my understanding of scripture. As I continue to grow in knowledge and in spiritual maturity (as God allows) and as events unfold, I fully expect to refine these interpretations.
This web page is not intended to be a predictive road map of the future. It is intended to be a reminder to believers, and an encouragement to seekers, that God is at work in the world, that events unfold in accordance with His will, and that we should therefore examine our lives in the light of His unfolding purpose and plan.
Some Guidelines for Studying the Bible, and for Interpreting Bible Prophecy:
Bible study should never be motivated by a desire to prove a pet theory or promote a preconceived agenda.
Bible study should be motivated only by a desire to know the will of God, as He is pleased to reveal His will.
Bible study should only be undertaken with the belief that God will reveal His will to the sincere seeker.
All scripture is the revealed mind of God, as recorded by men moved by the Holy Spirit.
All scripture should be studied within the context of the whole Bible, to avoid interpreting any scripture out of context. Read it and believe it literally, unless a literal read conflicts with scriptural context (i.e.: In Luke 14: 26, when Jesus told his followers that they cannot be his disciples unless they hate their parents, a literal interpretation would conflict with other Bible teachings such as those exhorting us to honor our parents, love others as we love ourselves, love our enemies, etc. He was most likely indulging in hyperbole, to emphasize that our first love must be to him and above all others, including our parents.) Avoid creative or speculative interpretations. If a literal read does not conflict with scriptural context, believe it as written. Adding to or taking away from scripture, to prove a pet theory or for any other reason, leads down the slippery path to heresy and apostasy.
The Bible (as it exists today) provides all the knowledge anyone needs to find salvation, and to develop a proper relationship with God and others, through His Son, Jesus Christ. We need not (indeed, must not) add to, or take away, from any of it.
It should be noted that earlier writers (such as the Old Testament Prophets) were not granted complete knowledge (of salvation, the End Times, etc.) but only that which they, and God's people, needed to cope with the times in which they lived. The full revelation of God (to the extent as He, in His divine wisdom, has chosen to reveal it) was not given to them. This should be kept in mind when studying the Old Testament Prophets, with respect to the meanings of their prophecies. Just as no one can receive a complete understanding of salvation by grace through Christ by studying the Old Testament alone, so no one can have a full understanding of End Times events by studying the Old Testament Prophets alone.
All revelation recorded in the Bible is progressive, in that knowledge revealed later in history builds upon, and confirms, that revealed to earlier writers.
While the full revelation of God for salvation and relationships was completely satisfied at the beginning of the present age (the Age of Grace) with the completion of the New Testament, I believe that the full revelation of God in all things future has not yet been given. The Scriptures plainly teach that a fuller knowledge of the End Times will be poured out as the End Times approach, to equip His people living at that time to meet the challenges of the end of the age. That said, a careful study of what the Bible says about the End Times is absolutely necessary in interpreting any additional revelations, which must agree with, build upon, and fulfill what is already recorded in Holy Scripture. Otherwise they are heresy and can potentially lead to apostasy.
Some Thoughts on the Purpose of Studying Prophecy:
"When Jesus said, 'I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am' (John 13: 19), he indicated the purpose of prophecy is not to provide a road map to the future but to enable willing listeners to recognize the working of God in times of danger and uncertainty. He implies his words are predictive yet can only be understood in hindsight. Seeing his words come to pass will help people believe when the time comes. Prophetic words turn unfolding dangers into evidence of truth for those times when hope is most absent." End-Time Prophecies of the Bible By David Haggith.
I cannot say it better. I highly recommend Mr. Haggith's book to anyone who wishes to supplement his or her study of Bible prophecy.
Some Thoughts on Ascribing Dates to Prophecy
As already noted, dates ascribed herein for the End Times are tenuous at best, subject to change based on unfolding events, and quite possibly wrong. So why bother with them at all?
Well, its been done before often and every time it's been done, it's been wrong.
The desire to see these terrible and blessed events unfolding before our eyes has been part of the Church's psyche since the beginning of the Church Age. The earliest believers, including the apostles, hoped that Christ would return soon after his ascension and during their lifetimes. Of course they, like the Old Testament prophets, had only partial knowledge of the future. Israel was still a nation occupied by the Romans, rebellious, threatened within and without, and soon to be scattered but still a people dwelling in the land the Lord had given them. The coming Diaspora was not anticipated. The Church Age the Mystery of God was only just beginning to unfold. And Christ himself had warned his disciples that only the Father in Heaven knew when he would return. In the years, decades and centuries the followed, the (perceived) delay of Christ's Second Coming gave rise to all kinds of doctrine to explain (or explain away) what the Lord had given the Prophets. The speculators ignored the basic fact of faith that men's plans must wait upon, and conform to, God's Plan.
And God's Plan does seem to be unfolding before our eyes today. From the breakup of empires at the beginning of the 20th Century, to the emerging alliances, unions and leagues evolving around the Mediterranean Basin, and in the Middle East, at the beginning of the 21st. From the increases in knowledge and travel that grow exponentially from decade to decade, to the global destructiveness of weapons of mass destruction and possible (indeed, seemingly inevitable) asteroid strikes. From Israel back within her ancient borders, to increases in population and industrialization that allow mobilization of armies of 200,000,000+ warriors.
So much prophecy is unfolding before our eyes. Many pieces are already in place or are falling into place and there's good reason to speculate that, quite possibly, the last pieces could position themselves within the next couple of decades. Say, by 2033 or 2035? (Give or take a decade or two, for God reasons time differently than does man.) 2,000 or so years after Pentecost from the birth of the Church and beginning of the present Age of Grace - seems to me as logical a date as any other for the terminus of the present age.
But then, the wisdom of men is foolishness to God - - -
For the present, it's all speculation. I have no special revelation, no clever means of calculating prophetic years and sevens. Still, isn't it fascinating to think that many who read these words might be alive to see Christ coming in the air? And hasn't that been the true desire of every true believer of every generation since Christ's ascension?
After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. Men of Galilee, they said, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven. Acts 1: 9-11
God bless us in our hope, and lead us not into temptation - - for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever.
Even so, Lord, come.
Some Thoughts on the End of the Age:
I am inclined to subscribe to the concept of the Millennial Sabbath, in which God's historical involvement with mankind may span a period of about 7,000 years, to include what might roughly be termed as four ages:
The Age of Conscience: from about the time of Adam (or possibly from as late as from the time of Noah) to the time of Abraham (~ 4,000 B.C. to ~ 2,000 B.C.)
The Age of Law: from about the time of Abraham to the time of Christ (~ 2,000 B.C. to ~ 0)
The Age of Grace: from the time of Christ's first coming to the time of His second coming (~0 to ~2,000 A.D.)
The Sabbath Age: from the second coming of Christ and lasting 1,000 years ~2,000 A.D. to ~3,000 A.D.)
Following is a scriptural basis for, and graphic representation of, my interpretation of this timeline:
II Peter 3: 1 - 14
This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.' For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
An interesting aside to the concept of the Millennial Sabbath is that the great time of Old Testament prophecy fell right in the middle of this timeline (around 500 B.C.).
Also interesting to note is that the Age of Grace (the Church Age) was not revealed to the Old Testament Prophets. It helps to keep all this in mind when trying to understand some of the End Times prophecies recorded in the books of the Old Testament Prophets, which sometimes seem to leave out important events that we now know occurred after their times (including all of history between the time of the Jewish Diaspora to the reestablishment of Israel as an independent nation after over 2,000 years of subjugation and exile among the nations).