Monday, February 15, 2010

Worldwide Phenomenon

There has been a terrorist bombing in India. It was not immediate that the perpetrators were radicalized Islamic terrorists but trends in the world point to that being the most likely scenario especially since India and Pakistan have just begun peace talks. The followers of Apollyon can't stand peace (see Revelation 9:11).

Have you noticed that Islamic terrorism is not just directed at Israel and the United States? Any time you see a world wide trend, it should be noted as having prophetic significance. Many will dismiss this thinking that global communications facilitate worldwide trends but this too is a sign of the times. Revelation 11:9 says the whole world will see the two prophets God sends to Jerusalem during the Tribulation; this does not have to be fulfilled supernaturally now that we have world-wide communications systems. The God of nature prefers to work through natural means; the fact that this event was foretold in the Bible makes it supernatural to the spiritually discerning.

The rise of terrorism as a worldwide trend is prophesied in Joel 3:10-11 where it says, "Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, 'I am strong.' Assemble and come, all you nations, and gather together all around. Cause Your mighty ones to go down there, O LORD" (NKJ). In context this passage is talking about gathering the nations of the world to the Valley of Jehoshaphat which is also known as Armageddon. Taking tools of productivity and transforming them into weapons is what terrorists do. Terrorists also think their acts of terror make them strong despite their weakness as a traditional fighting force.

God is doing incredible things in the world today to shake us awake. It is amazing to me that people just fail to see the significance of trends that are so obvious...
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him [Jesus] asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red'; and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times." (Matthew 16:1-31, NKJ)

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