10 End-time Signs for Heathens – Part II
People who identify themselves as a Christians today seem to make up the
majority of those that scoff at the Bible’s prophecies and the doctrine of the
imminent return of Jesus Christ. Among many scriptures, they overlook that at
His ascension, two men dressed in white (angels) said,
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 1:11) That time point becomes ever more unlikely to be delayed. The earth
indeed has begun to display “birth pains”
(Matthew 24:8) with respect to an unbelieving endtime world as well as the
Jewish people. Just as advancing age forcefully signifies our mortality and a
coming end to our corrupt physical bodies, so does the created order under
mankind’s misappropriated dominion.
simple question we pose is this: If Christians, who supposedly possess the Bible
and therefore are without excuse to hear what God says and means, would at least
non-Christians have a legitimate excuse for their blindness? The Bible answers
this question clearly in the negative. Unbelieving humanity will have no excuse.
Christians also “have the word of the
prophets made more certain” (2 Peter 1:19) the entire rest of the world
still remains without excuse. This indictment is even more valid today. Why? The
first verified appearance of the prophesied Christ has already occurred. If He
“[…] had not come and spoken to them,
they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their
sin.“ (John 15:22) Moreover, God “has
given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead." (Acts 17:31)
today shows numerous trends and developments, that should they continue,
assuredly point to an end or at least severe dislocation and troubles. Even
secular, non-Bible-believing observers must conclude dire times are ahead, if
the present course of the world is not soon changed. We continue
our 2-part series, reviewing a final five developments proving that one
does not have to be a Christian today to sense that the earth indeed has begun
its last-day “groanings.”
6. World Energy Supplies
In recent times, energy prices have been soaring. What could this have to do
with the endtimes? It certainly speaks of an eventual end at least of one type —
the end of the Oil Age. Our secular observer of this development — whether an
energy expert or geopolitical strategist — would agree that oil assuredly will
run out some day based upon present-day trends. Moreover, they will also surmise
that this will have a destabilizing effect upon the world. But, from the
evidence, could they also conclude something more apocalyptic even without
reading the Bible?
Consider these facts: Roughly three-quarters of world oil reserves are found in
countries that are either predominantly Islamic or members of the 57-country
member Organization of the Islamic Conference. Muslim nations have 3.4 times as
much oil per person than the world average and almost 7.7
times as much as major Christian nations — what I call the Top-10-X
Of the ten countries with the largest amount of oil (accounting for 65% of
total world reserves), 8 are
Islamic. Of the 15 countries with the largest natural gas reserves
(accounting for a 50% of total world reserves) 11 are predominantly Islamic.
Moreover, it is interesting to note that with so much energy resources, that
these very same nations should use so little of it themselves. The average
Muslim in the world uses only 15% as much energy as do citizens of the Top-10-X
These facts and many improbable others relating to the world’s hydrocarbon
situation today, beg incredulity and statistical probabilities. Observing all of
these improbable facts (For a full list
of more than 20, please see the article series in Midnight Call,
Final Combustion: Oil, Islam and the Christian West — April to July 2006),
a geopolitical analyst today would be alerted to a cosmic time plan that is
indeed headed for a flash point.
Christians will note additional curiosities. According to experts on world
religions, there are perhaps as many as 20 major separate or sets of religions
in the world today. Only one of them specifically mandates in its writings that
Jews should be killed — Islam. Today, it is even believed amongst Muslims that
the “Last Day” of the world cannot come before Israel is first
The world’s other major resources seem to be distributed amongst nations and
religious groups with much less potential for spiritually-inspired agendas
against Israel. Indeed some nations are rich
in certain resources — such as Chile
with one-third of world copper reserves or Russia
and South Africa
in palladium. But none of these commodities uniquely fit an endtime role as only
oil can. Considering all these perspectives, are we to believe that a random
twist of fate has positioned the world supply of oil against Israel’s future
7. Populations and Pensions
doubt, a population-related crisis is underway in the world today, the likes of
which has never before occurred in the history of mankind.
Though potential problems have been anticipated by some experts, most people are
unaware of its implications and are blindly heading toward difficult times. In
some respects, its impending manifestations are already evident, impacting
financial and income trends around the globe.
What kind of
crisis is expected? Not a population explosion as has been feared in recent
decades, but rather an implosion. Where it once was feared that the world would
soon be overburdened by too many people, world population growth has since
slowed dramatically from the peak rates of the 1960s. Demographic experts are
already predicting that the world’s population may actually decline 25 to 50
years from now. Crucially, world population trends have moved from one extreme
to another in less than one century — a relatively short span on the human
At the turn of
the last century, world population growth began to double every 25 years or so,
an unprecedented development never before occurring in history. Yet, by the
start of the millennium only one hundred years later, population growth rates
around the world had declined sharply. Never before in history has such a
slowdown occurred voluntarily across the broad populace. Usually, sharp
population declines in the past were the result of either war, famine, or
As such, two unprecedented developments have happened back to back. First the
fastest increase on record; then quickly followed by a sharp deceleration.
The concern is
that there will be too many old people and not enough young workers. This and
the feared consequence that pension systems — both governmental and private —
will become bankrupt, stand to seriously disrupt economies. As such, the
potential fall-out of the dramatic population swings over the past century could
very well play an integral role in the world-wide financial and economic crises
that will unfold during the Great Tribulation that the Bible clearly prophecies.
Secular analysts already see that these trends will wreak havoc upon world
economies, some predicting these effects to unfold over the next 20 years.
8. Geopolitics and Human Conflict
Many observers conclude that the world is headed for a geopolitical crisis. For
example, the famous Nobel Laureate Buckminster Fuller once wrote:
“Humanity is moving every deeper into
crisis—a crisis without precedent.”[iii]
An atheist, he therefore errantly believed that this crisis was intended by
the universe to transform humanity into a
“completely integrated, comprehensively, interconsiderate, harmonious whole.”
Other analysts theorize that a World War III is inevitable. There are
different reasons for this conclusion. To some, it appears certain that it will
be “religious fundamentalism” that brings the world to this state. Or, it could
simply be the warlike characteristic of man in an age of advanced weaponry and
geopolitics that must lead to such an outcome. Recently, comments about a
possible World War III have been popularized in relation to Iran’s purported
nuclear build-up. World wars are a modern invention, the first two of which have
only occurred in the last 100 years. Whatever the case or the cause for a WW
III, the secular analyst must conclude that it could soon hold dire implications
for the world.
9. Environmental Concerns
Is the earth wearing out? Despite the fact that there is a contested debate
about global warming and various other environmental issues today, the Bible
says that the world will run down. “Lift
up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish
like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like
flies.” (Isaiah 51:6) No matter that globalists might want to use such
issues as global warming to further their humanist agenda, it is factual that
the world is being indelibly changed in our day. Pollution has had an
indisputable impact in many ways. Forests are disappearing at a rate that is not
sustainable. Fish stocks in the world’s oceans are being gradually depleted.
There are a large number of similar developments that are observable in the
world, as the wearing out of a garment. Indeed, some effects can be reversed.
But all the same, the logical analyst would still be faced with this question:
How long can such trends continue before deeper crises impact the world?
10. Technology Signs
Finally, in our abbreviated list of 10 Endtime Signs for Heathens we touch upon
technology. It is of interest for at least two reasons. In some ways, it is the
capstone of humanistic hubris. What can mankind not achieve with his present and
future technology? Man has been to the moon and back and is contemplating soon
setting up habitations elsewhere in the universe. Scientists talk about the day
when human life and consciousness will slip the bounds of the human body. Humans
might even become nothing more than energy fields in cyberspace. These fanciful
dreams pass for informed speculations amongst scientists. Without a doubt,
technology has advanced enormously over the past several centuries, resulting in
many conveniences and benefits. But where does it all lead? Some analysts today
argue that the pace of change can only slow as the rate of change we are
witnessing is simply not sustainable.
But there is a paradox in all this. Consider that two thousand years ago Apostle
Paul could write this:
“For since the
creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine
nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that
men are without excuse.”
If Paul at
that time — pre-technology and pre-modern-science — could deduce that God must
exist based upon knowledge about the physical universe known then, why not more
so today? That should be the logical conclusion. Yet, modern man has taken the
opposite posture. He chooses to worship mankind itself rather that the original
Creator of all this know-how in the first place.
Endtime Technological Alignments
We will now leave our secular experts and next appeal to believers. In this
2-part series, we have touched upon 10 trends and observations that point to an
end … or at least an end of sustainability. We have shown that it would
reasonable for a non-Christian analyst to be concerned about the future and to
believe, as did Buckminster Fuller, in an ultimate crisis. The world needs the
return of the Messiah.
Christians have even less excuse. There are 2500-year old Bible prophecies that
can only take place in an advanced technological age such as today. For example,
the statement about the two witness that
“for three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation
will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial” (Revelation 11:9) has
obvious implications. This could only occur as of this last half-century — the
era of communications satellites. What nation, language or kindred people’s
today would not have access to the internet or television over a 3 and ½ day
Here is another such technological time stamp of future prophetic fulfillment:
Isaiah says that one of the modes of the return of the Jews to
would be flying. "Who are these that fly
along like clouds, like doves to their nests? Surely the islands look to me; in
the lead are the ships of Tarshish, bringing your sons from afar.” (Isaiah
Here we are given at least two significant indications. Firstly, that the final
return of the Jews to Israel would not occur until
manned-flight is possible. We can be reasonably sure of this as the Hebrew word
for “flying” in the Bible is generally only used in relation to the flight of
birds or insects. All of its allegorical applications relate only to concepts
(such as age flying away) but
never people actually flying. The quoted verse clearly refers to people
flying like doves and clouds. Also, consider that the symbolism of a cloud
extends beyond flight, as clouds are also thought of as containers … i.e.
emptying themselves of their contents such as rain. (Ecclesiastes 11:3)
The second deduction we can make from this prophecy is that mankind will not be
traveling in UFO-type saucers or by teleporter in the future, but in planes …
machines that look like doves. That puts this prophecy into our era of
international air travel, neither the past nor far into the future.
Interestingly, the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been widely admired for its
remarkable “bird like” appearance.
Points to Ponder
One doesn’t have to be familiar with Bible prophecy to sense the season and the
God has allowed even non-believers and nations — at least, unbiased analysts who
can see the obvious, and nations that do not rage against Him (Psalms 2:1) — to
see that the current course of the world is not sustainable.
An honest, analytical mind alone can sense the many challenging conditions that
the world is and will be facing. Whether in the fields of religion, economics,
geopolitics, or any other, we see developments, that based upon assumptions
drawn from present patterns must either come to a crisis point or at least a
turning-point if not an end.
Even more urgent is the observation that almost all of the developments we have
reviewed could be headed for crisis-points no later than within a 10 to 20 year
We can also say this: Never before have all these conditions — all of which
stand to have global impact — intersected at the same time in history.
Of course, the forecasting of any trend is subject to much imprecision and
error. After all, only God knows the future precisely. As it was, the objective
of our review of 10 Endtime Trends for Heathens was not prediction, but rather
to show that even non-Bible readers should be able to identify the signs of the
times. Yet, people who imply they
do know the Bible since they identify themselves as Christians, completely deny
its plain meaning with respect to things of the future (eschatology) and Israel.
What did Christ say to the first unbelieving generation to which He appeared?
"When evening comes, you say, `It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and
in the morning, `Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You
know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the
signs of the times.”
(Matthew 16:2) Today, as then, a wicked generation chooses to ignore the
We have a more sure word of hope. Jesus Christ will restore all things, and we
who are in Christ will be taken up to be with Him.
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References to the killing of Jews are found in a number of Hadiths. For
example, one such saying, which is attributed to an account by Sahih Al-Bukhari,
follows: “Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established
until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be
hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill
him." “Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177: Narrated Abu Huraira:
(Translated versions sourced from USC-MSA Compendium of Muslim
Buckminster Fuller, Twilight of the World’s Power Structures, St. Martin’s Press, 1981.