This post is related to Utha’s area of expertise, and he may be able to lend some additional insight as I happen to know he is also a believer and — possibly — might be seeing some of the same things I am see in relation to Biblical prophecy and current events:
If you do not believe in God or the Bible, I want you to know that this post is not an attack on you! Instead, this post is offered as a partial explanation for why I believe in God and the Bible while – at the same time – informing you of some current events about which you may not have been previously aware. Yes, this post contains references to Bible prophecy, but the passages I cite are meant to support my faith by showing a possible connection between prophecy and modern events. I am sincere in my assertion; I mean no offense to those who hold different beliefs, nor do I wish to argue with those who may disagree with my understanding of Scripture. This post is offered merely as a thought piece: something to consider concerning the events of our times and their possible connection to Bible prophecy. All I ask is that you read it with an open mind, and then you decide what to make of it for yourself.
One of the most common criticisms aimed at Bible prophecy is that it is too vague: that it can be read to apply to almost anything – depending on how one reads it. Another is that most prophecies were written for times that have already come to pass and should not be read as applying to modern times. I wish I knew a more polite way to address the first criticism, but I don’t know how to say it any more kindly than to say it simply is not true. Many Bible prophecies are very specific, as we will soon see. This criticism is usually the result of ignorance – even on the part of modern Jews and Christians alike. The problem is that we no longer understand the cultural references, metaphors, symbolism and allegories used in Biblical prophecy. The result is easily understood: confusion as to what the prophecy means and the misconception that prophecy is unclear. However, the second criticism is one that deserves more attention as it is true: many prophecies have already come to pass and we should use caution in applying them to modern times. But, here again, we need to understand that much of Bible prophecy has a dualistic nature to it: it applies equally to both the time it was written and the end times. This requires a very careful reading of Scripture and an understanding of when to take the Bible literally and when to read it as metaphorical. Honestly, that is beyond me at this time, as well as the scope of this post. For now, we’re just going to look at some prophecy which I believe does speak directly to the times in which we live.
The Bible tells us that, among his last words, Moses blessed his sons, and in those blessings were hints as to the future of their clans that have led many to actually search for oil in Israel:
Read the rest, I think you’ll find it interesting