Three Irrefutable Proofs of the End TimesBack in the early 1970s I began to sense that world history was rushing toward an unprecedented climax and that we were in that the Bible calls the “last days.”
by Jim Bramlett
"None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand"
(Daniel. 12:10, NIV)
At the time, I was traveling with my Air Force job as the Inspector General of my headquarters, doing surprise inspections of units throughout the nation. Many of the trips were as a passenger in twin-engine Air Force C-47s (“Gooney Birds,” the same as civilian DC-3s), those low and slow work horses for many years. On night flights, I was able to gaze out the window and marvel at the many lights on the ground as far as the eye could see, even outside of cities. The very few exceptions were mostly in the western U.S.
From history, I would recall with fascination that not many years earlier, most everything below me was wilderness, dark and unpopulated except for a few sparse Indian tribes. No cities, few towns, no highways, few roads, and no civilization. This condition prevailed throughout the world.
Now in most of the civilized world at least, there are burgeoning cities, interconnected by ribbons of modern super highways. In just decades, our nation and much of the world has gone from agrarian to urban, from sparsely populated to densely populated.
That, plus other things, spoke to me that the world had become ripe, and that historic change was coming – that Bible prophecy was rapidly coming to pass.
At the time, I did not understand the many biblical reasons supporting the idea, but I just inwardly sensed it, as many do today. Later, after much study, I have become aware of those reasons. One writer describes over a hundred ancient prophecies that have been or are being fulfilled at this time.
In this article, I will only describe three major proofs of how we can know beyond any doubt that we are in the last days.
1. Evidence from IsraelAfter almost 2,000 years of dispersion and according to many prophecies, the nation of Israel has been reestablished in just the 20th century. Never in history has a nation been destroyed and the survivors scattered around the world, then have their nation later restored, especially after nearly 2,000 years. In itself, the nation of Israel (and its restored ancient language) is a modern-day miracle. And the Bible is clear -- at Christ's return, Israel will be intact as a nation, something impossible for millennia until the middle of the last century!
As Satan used Haman in Esthers’s day to try to kills all the Jews, and Herod to kill all the Jewish babies to try to thwart Christ's first mission, Satan used Hitler to try to kill all the Jews to prevent Israel's rebirth, a prerequisite to Christ's return. Now, through Hamas, Hezbollah (strange, five H's!), and other radical Muslims, Satan is again trying to destroy the Jewish people, just before the return of Messiah, to try to stop it. He will not succeed. God’s plan will march on. Just watch.
Israel is "God's time clock." Jesus expressed such a view. He spoke prophetically of Israel and the future, saying that Jerusalem would be destroyed and the Jews scattered, which actually happened 37-40 years later in A.D. 70. He said Jerusalem would be trampled down by Gentiles "until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" (Luke 21:24). He also told a parable of the "fig tree," which represents the nation of Israel. He said when it begins to sprout, "you know that the kingdom of God is near" (Luke 21:29-31), and that "this generation (that sees the fig tree sprouting) will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened" (v. 32). “This generation?” That’s us.
The fig tree began to sprout in the last half of the 20th century. Israel was reestablished in 1948. And in the miraculous 1967 Six-Day War, Israel recaptured Jerusalem from "the Gentiles," fulfilling Jesus' prophecy about "the times of the Gentiles" now being complete. In the 1967 war, the fig tree Israel also "sprouted" to the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Gaza.
It is a known fact that in the number one Gentile nation, America, there has been in a precipitous cultural and spiritual decline precisely since -- yes, the 1960s. For example, a Heritage Foundation study in the mid-1990s of 19 leading cultural indicators concluded that, "Over the past three decades we have experienced substantial social regression."
Interesting historical footnote:
The next two paragraphs taken from http://www.christianitytoday.com/ch/2008/issue99/7.30.html.
I n November 1953, just a few months after leaving the presidency of the United States, Harry S. Truman was brought to the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York to meet a group of Jewish dignitaries. Truman was introduced this way to the assembled theologians: "This is the man who helped create the State of Israel." Truman retorted, "What do you mean, 'helped to create'? I am Cyrus. I am Cyrus."
Truman was the only president of the 20th century who did not have a college education. In his generation, however, a secondary school education included the study of the Bible and ancient history, and therefore his audience would have known what few graduates of university history departments today knowthat Cyrus II ("the Great") was the Persian king who overthrew the Babylonian empire in 539 B.C. and subsidized the return to Jerusalem of the Jewish population that been held captive in Babylon for 70 years. Cyrus's successors permitted the rebuilding of the Jerusalem Temple and city walls. Throughout the two-and-a-half millennia of historical calamities that followed, Cyrus served as the symbol of the righteous gentile ruler who would make possible the ultimate and irreversible return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israelthe restoration of their nationhood and security against their enemies.
2. Evidence from the prophet DanielDaniel chapters 9-12 hold keys to the timing of the Lord's return. In about 550 B.C., Daniel prophesied the time of both Christ's first and second coming, and it can be demonstrated how the prophecy was accurately fulfilled at His first coming. It seems logical that the passage also would contain the key to the timing of His Second Coming. However, the angel Gabriel, who gave Daniel this information, said that the understanding of the timing of the second coming was "sealed" until the "time of the end"; in other words, it could not be understood until this special period of history.
In addition to other clues, Gabriel gave two key conditions that would prevail at that time: "travel and education (knowledge) shall be vastly increased" (chapter 12, verse 5, Living Bible).
Travel: World travel, and even between cities and states, was minimal until the 20th century. Travel began to increase with the advent of the internal combustion engine in modern times, and it was not until the middle of the last century that travel literally exploded. The main factor was the advent of the jet aircraft engine, first used on a commercial airliner in the 1950s! Now almost everyone, at least in advanced societies it seems, is traveling. Without a doubt, travel has "vastly increased" since the 1950s.
3. More evidence from the prophet DanielKnowledge: Education and knowledge also exploded in the 20th century. From the time of Christ until 1900, it is estimated that man's knowledge doubled. In just the next 50 years, from 1900 to 1950, it doubled again. Then it began an extremely rapid doubling; first every seven years, then every two years in the 1960's. It appears that the 1950's marked the time in history when knowledge and education "vastly increased" and literally began exploding.
The above two points mean that according to what the angel Gabriel told Daniel, sometime about 1948 when Israel was reborn, God began to unseal, and is now unsealing, the vision of Daniel to give us understanding of the approximate time of Christ's return.
We are living in that historic, biblical time after the fig tree began to sprout; that is, since 1948 and the rebirth of Israel, and 1967 when Israel regained possession of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
Remember, Jesus said, “this generation (that sees the fig tree sprouting) will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened"
It’s happening. Be ready, and expectant.