Dr. Alfred Adams author of the best selling book Nearing Midnight and television host of the fast popular growing show, made a lot of eyes pop out with his show this week. “We have seen Israel literally blossom in these "last days". From 1948, when Israel declared independence, to 1967, when Jerusalem saw the end of over 2500 years of Gentile rule. But what promise did God make to the generation that would see Israel reborn? That generation shall not pass until all these things are fulfilled. Friends, we are the generation that has seen Israel reborn, and Jerusalem's captivity ended. Therefore we know, without setting dates, that the Lord's coming is near at hand, and now is the time to get right with God. The year 2007 falls 40 years after the recapture of Jerusalem, in the 1967 Six Day war. Forty years in Scripture represents the length of a generation.” Dr. Adams said.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
“I don't know for certain whether 2007 will be the long awaited Rapture or not, and that you would know why I can never know that. But a lot of prophecy is being fulfilled, and even though the Lord could delay His coming if that was His will, the years 2007 to 2013 seem to be coming up again and again in the news media as prophetically significant. I will briefly list some of those reasons”. Dr. Adams stated.
The year 2007 should see the ratification of the European Constitution, fulfilling Scripture, creating the role of a EU President and Foreign Minister, or the "prince" of the people of Rome (Daniel 9:26). The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), a seven year stability agreement with the EU and 16 Middle East nations, of which Israel was first to sign, lasts from 2007-2013. Javier Solana, the High Representative of the European Common, Foreign and Security Policy is responsible for this policy (the prince of the people?). This agreement is to be confirmed with all nations in January 2007 (Daniel 9:27). The ENP also has a mid-term review period, similar to the covenant mentioned in the book of Daniel.
Iran is expected to possess enough enriched Uranium to produce a nuclear weapon by around 2009-2010 (also here), if not by 2007, with knowledge on how to build a bomb already obtained on the black market. Russia and China are heavily involved in Iran's nuclear programme. Diplomacy has failed catastrophically in regards to Iran, and President Ahmedinejad is actively seeking war with Israel and the West. Israel is expected to take matters into its own hands, possibly fulfilling the prophecy of a Russian/Muslim invasion of Israel within months if not years, as foretold in Ezekiel 38-39. Ezekiel stated this war would occur in the "latter days", possibly just prior to the beginning of the tribulation period. The EU is working towards implementing its 2010 Headline Goal, a military response group capable of being launched anywhere within the world in 5 to 10 days. If the years 2007-2013 turn out to be the tribulation period, the EU will have a force capable of fulfilling the Antichrist's invasion of the Middle East after the covenant fails (Daniel 11:40-45).
The European Union hopes to have its Battle Groups concept, similar to the idea of the old Roman Legions, up and running by 2007. Thirteen Battle Groups are to be operational by 2010. Each Battle Group consists of around 1500 troops from one or more nations. The EU is also working towards launching a new global communications system by 2010, called GMES, and will "provide authorities with necessary elements for a European Security and Defence Policy". Europe is well on its way to becoming a world military power. The British government will implement a compulsory national identification card system by 2010. Many other nations are considering implementing a similar scheme. This mandatory national identification scheme will be a precursor to the introduction of the Mark of the Beast, possibly an implantable RFID tag.
EU Action Plan agreed on improving animal welfare within the European Union, for the period 2006-2010. Could the renewal of this document be the one that causes the sacrifice and oblation to cease, halfway through the Antichrist's reign? (Daniel 9:27) The EU is aiming to implement numerous free trade agreements across the world by the year 2010, which will no doubt boost Europe's political influence across the globe. Someone once said, control energy and you can influence governments, control food and you can influence the individual. The European Union started out as a simple European Coal and Steel Community pact, where European nations agreed to pool their energy resources. The North American Union, a regional government which Mexico, the US and Canada are setting up, is starting off as a simple trade and security pact. We have no reason to believe we can expect anything less from these free trade agreements.
Even if 2007 doesn't turn out to be the Rapture, rest a sure the world is well on its way to fulfilling end times prophecy as foretold in Scripture. Bible prophecy is no longer vague and something for the next generation to worry about, it's happening here and now. The rebirth of Israel in 1948 and the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 are seen as the most important signs of all that the End of the Age is upon us. Nothing can equal watching the Word of God proceed from abstract to concrete as we see Bible Prophecy fulfilled before our very eyes. If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the Footsteps of the Messiah.
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I had to put on my "writers galoshes" and wade through this; and to be honest, the only reason I read it is out of a sense of literary respect. That is, I want to be read by others, so I read. (Yes, I have an agenda). When I see an article that looks like it's one big paragraph, I "sigh" then I wade in to see what it is they had to say. But, the work that has to be done to read some times will cause a reader to focus, not on the topic, but instead, on the effort to read. There does appear to be some intriguing information in here and for those who have the disposition to peruse apocalyptic/ eschatalogical events this would be a good read. Some of the phraseology is skewed; i.e. rest a sure....should be- rest assured. I really liked the personableness (pardon the neologism) of the last line: You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.