Forty years ago I thought the Lord would come long before now and so did many others. In those days people were thinking that the Lord would come about 2000 years from His incarnation. Now it seems more fitting that Jesus would come 2000 years from the start of His ministry when He announced the acceptable year of the Lord, or 2000 years from His death and resurrection. This is based on the day is as a thousand-year model with 7000 years being the week allotted to mortal man.
So here we are in 2017 and the Lord still has not returned for His Church. Frankly, at least one geopolitical event has not made the Lord’s return seem any closer than it appeared in the 1980’s. Back in those days the Soviet Union certainly looked capable of fulfilling Ezekiel 38 and 39. Today Russia only has marginal capabilities to assemble such an army. It looks to me like that event is still a decade or so in the future.
At the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia went into a deep depression. Their military became underfunded and much of it was dismantled. Most of what remained became outdated. Russia under Putin is now rebuilding a new modern military. I would say Russian military power will peak again in about ten years. After that, it gets increasingly hard for Russia to field a large army because of demographics. Russia’s population is aging and shrinking. I suggest that Russia will come down against Israel after a war in East Europe brings a new alliance of nations led by Russia.
Other geopolitical events do make the second coming look closer than ever.
Israel: has been a state for almost 70 years. I think something significant will happen next year to mark that anniversary. I do not think it will be the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble. Israel has to be living in security before the Gog invasion. Israel is anything but secure now with over 100,000 missiles being pointed at her. This year or next might mark the turning point for Israeli security. There could be a sharp war that will get Israel a much-needed security guarantee.
World government: Agenda 2030 is now on the books of the UN. It is a plan to bring about world governance by 2030.
The UN is increasingly being controlled by third world and Islamic Nations. The increased hostility toward Israeli expansion into conquered territories will lead to a UN armed action against Israel sometime down the line. For any UN action to happen against Israel there would have to be a leftist President in the United States or the US would have to be out of the UN for some reason. Therefore, I can’t see UN military actions against Israel for a number of years. Sanctions would come first, but even they require America to agree. I think America’s control over the UN through its veto power in the Security Council will end at some point for some reason. That will make a UN military actions against Israel likely a decade or so down the line.
United States: America is not found in Bible prophecy. That is very significant if we are near the second coming. Something is going to happen soon to bring America down. I think the demise of America will occur from a grid down situation that brings about civil collapse. The carelessness and the foolishness of our people and the leaders that such people elect makes that quite likely. America is more vulnerable than ever for grid failure. That threat will remain high for years.
Roman Empire: the idea of a revived Roman Empire is not going to go away just because nations pull out of the EU. The power brokers will just repackage the European superstate idea or bring about their goal through some other means like war. Keep in mind, that the final Beast configuration is brought about by the Antichrist after the removal of three kings and their kingdoms.
Religion: The Pope is increasingly speaking for all of Christendom and he is also trying to find common ground with Islam. He may find it, because all world religions are satanically controlled systems. This becomes increasingly likely if a war of civilizations occurs. After that, the world will so fear religious fundamentalism that only non threatening watered down concepts about revelations from God will be allowed. This combining of religions where all is filtered through human thought police will obviously take some time. I do not think this Harlot will be in place much before 2030.
Arabs: There is no peace for the Arabs before the reign of Christ. Will they again attack Israel in 2017? Maybe, but Israel will continually defeat the Arabs. The Gog invasion of Israel does not mention Arabs. So what happens to the Arab nations surrounding Israel? We may soon find out.
The kings of the East: China now has 1.4 billion people, India 1.25 billion, Pakistan and Bangladesh .35 billion. That is 3 billion people. Based on this population, they could field the 200 million man army of Revelation 9:16. Two hundred million is less than 7 percent of the population of these eastern nations. The United States had 8 percent of its population in the military at the end of World War II. Therefore, this army is feasible as soon as they have the economy and the infrastructure to support such a large army.
India and China are economically advancing rapidly. China’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative will develop the infrastructure needed for support of such an army toward the Middle East. All that will take a decade or more to achieve. Therefore, the Kings of the East are not coming with that army for at least another decade.
Sin and unbelief: Sin unrestrained increases like a plague until judgment falls. In fact, people are celebrating their sinfully life choices as if there was no God for which they are accountable. Jesus said just before the end time judgment the world would be like it was in the days just before the flood and in the days of Lot just before fire fell. At the rate that debauchery is becoming acceptable, raping people in the city streets and nobody prosecuting them for their actions will be widespread in a decade. In fact, it is already happening to women in parts of Europe because Islam allows rape of infidels. There are many other sins besides sex sins, but debauchery in society is a visible barometer of demonic activity and society’s rebellion against God.
The West is almost all Christian in name, but it is mostly post Christian in belief. Some acknowledge God but most deny Him in what they practice. The practice of the West is secular humanist Marxism, blind religious ritualism or the spiritualism of pantheism. These best can be described as Romans One people. And since they were given over to a reprobate mind, they will increasingly act out their rebellion until judgment falls and cuts them off from the land of the living. Those in the West living sinful lifestyles because they really do not believe and fear God, will not survive the coming judgments.
World debt: Most of the nations of the world have become so indebted that they lost most of their sovereignty. People in these nations are slaves of the lenders. Debt allows the top money lenders to control the political leaders of the world. I do not see how the debt problem can be kicked down the road for more than another decade. There will be a debt reset soon and it will change the world as we know it. At some point it will bring in the electronic buy/sell system mentioned in Revelation.
Genetics: Mankind has learned how to alter DNA. By the 2030’s he might achieve the fountain of youth unless someone first achieves the fountain of death. Tampering with the genetic code could destroy all life on earth so God will intervene very soon.
Mark of the Beast system: This buy/sell system increasingly looks feasible. Some nations are already announcing the end of cash. It probably will take about another decade to get the communications needed for such a system to be available worldwide. Soon after that it will become the only economic system allowed.
Pestilence: The age of antibiotics is coming to an end. Super bugs are now appearing. They will spread worldwide in the next decade or two and fulfill the prophecies about pestilences in the last days.
War and Hate: Mankind certainly has not learned how to live in peace and love. The world is just as belligerent as it was before the world wars. In every generation the world has had wars and we will have wars in this generation as well. The big difference is that the weapons of our warfare can now destroy much more than they did in the past. They will. Bible prophecy says so.
This brief survey of geopolitical trends as of 2017 seems to imply that the events talked about in Bible prophecy are getting closer. Even so, those mentioned as occurring during the tribulation still seem to be a decade or two down the line. What do you think?