I’m not a big fan of Bible prophecy. I’ve heard too many times, going all the way back to the seventies, about how current events indicate that Christ’s return is just around the corner. Nevertheless recent events can’t help but make me think.
First here’s a quick sketch of how the end plays out according to standard prophecy teaching and, I think, scripture:
Israel is surrounded by her enemies, without any help from other countries. Things look hopeless.
Someone steps forward with a plan that will save Israel and satisfy her enemies.
Israel trusts him and signs a treaty.
The man reveals himself as the Antichrist and turns on Israel.
Armies from every direction converge on Israel.
Christ returns and saves Israel.
I realize how much of this has faded from my memory. Somewhere in there the believers in Christ are taken out of the world. There’s the battle of Armageddon, Satan and the Antichrist are defeated, and Christ and His followers reign on the earth for 1000 years. Boy have I got this confused and messed up.
But back to the events of the last week or so. It appears that the Egyptian dictator is about to fall. It’s not clear what government would replace him but it’s possible that a militant Islamic faction could seize control. This eliminates the one ally that Israel has in the region and pretty well leaves her surrounded. A big step closer to the prophetic end game.
So where is the US in all this? Where do we fit in Bible prophecy? That’s always been a big question in prophecy circles. The standard answer is that we will not be a factor. Things seem to be heading that way, don’t they? A few years ago we were hailed as the last remaining super power. Now not so much. China has risen as an economic power. The fiscal meltdown of two years ago has left us weak and uncertain. We are still the greatest military power but we are bogged down in two wars that have no end in sight.
This all seems unsettling. I know that as a Christian it should be exciting, right? But it still looks like troubling times ahead and you can’t help but be concerned. Still we’ve seen things heat up before and then they settle back to status quo.
I still think it’s far more important to think about how we should live today than speculate about the future. God’s plan will work out when it does. The end will come when it does.