Fearful Events (Luke 21:11):"There will be...fearful events..." Large scale events
which generate fear and anxiety and contribute to a general feeling that things are out
of control, events that in their severity may turn people back to God, and the
realizaiton that He is still in control. Natural
disasters, floods, tornados, cyclones,weather extremes and the rise of 24 hour coverage of "news events" may all be
fulfillments of this prophecy.
Signs in the Sun, Moon, and Stars (Luke 21:25):
"There will be signs in the sun,
moon and stars." The onset of Solar Max, solar storms and flares, variations in lunarluminosity, eclipses, and recent Hubble discoveries of new stars and galaxies may be
fulfillments of this prophecy.
Fear and Apprehension for the Future (Luke 21:26):
"Men will faint from terror,
apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken."This prophecy clearly suggests that people will be aware, at the end time, of an eventthat will come upon the world, an event that will generate terror and apprehension.Things upon which people had an unshakable certainty will be shaken, causing manyto fear for the future. Y2K hysteria, global warming, species extinction, theproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and similar global concerns may be
fulfillment of this prophecy.
In addition, several
are also followed, including:
The progress of the Middle East peace process towards a final settlement or covenant
"He will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middleof the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering . And on a wing [of the
temple] he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is
decreed is poured out on him."The establishment of a new Jewish Temple (Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15):"So whenyou see standing in the holy place 'the abomination that causes desolation,' spoken of through the prophet Daniel, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains."The growth of world community (Revelation 11:9):"For three and a half days men
from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refusethem burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by
sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live onthe earth."?
Mark of the Beast - advances in biometrics and smart card technology that wouldfacilitate the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:16-18), the number of man, 666:"He[the second beast] also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free andslave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buyor sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of hisname."
The creation of an international alliance of 10 states (Revelation 17:12-14) toempower the beast:"The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received
a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.
They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast."The disposition of military forces in and around Jerusalem (Ezekiel 38:8; Zechariah
12; Luke 21:20; Revelation 19:19):
"In future years, you [Gog] will invade a land thathas recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to themountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out fromany nations, and now all of them live in safety. You and all your troops and the many
nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering