Several have talked about the potential date of October 25 or Cheshvan 17 when the “Windows of heaven” were opened and the great deluge began. Then there are all the last days prophecies about “just like the days of Noah”, and Revelation 4.1 where “I saw a window open in heaven….” etc. I just heard another very interesting point about that date.
In Acts 1.8 Jesus said that the Gospel was to go to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. The first partial fulfillment of that was by the apostles for Jerusalem and Judea in the book of Acts. Philip, (one of the first Deacons) partially fulfilled the final two locations with his preaching to Samaria and then to “the ends of the earth” when he preached Christ to the Ethiopian Eunuch. The Ethiopian Eunuch was from the area of the Aswan Dam in Egypt, sometimes called the land of Cush. It wasn’t really the end of the earth but rather a gateway to the trade route from southern Africa and considered at the time to be the end of the earth.
In Mathew 24.14, Jesus says that the Gospel will be preached in all the world, and then the end will come. In 1966, Billy Graham worked with other individuals to start what became known as the Lausanne Covenant. http://www.lausanne.org/covenant This organization had a goal of worldwide evangelism. They have had global conferences about every 10 years or so since 1974. The last was a conference in Amsterdam in 2000. However, there is one scheduled in October of 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. This one will have about 4000 evangelical leaders from around the globe and will be broadcast on the Web and simulcast on cable around the world. This is the first time in history that we have had the technology in place for such a global event.
I find it interesting that the event is in South Africa – the ends of the earth, and that it will be broadcast worldwide, and get this – it concludes on October 25 or Cheshvan 17.