Today’s News is often found in Bible Prophecy: It is often Prophecy Fulfilled
Did you know that as you watch the news you are seeing events and situations foretold in the Bible thousands of years ago? You are seeing prophecy fulfilled. Let’s look at a few examples.
Climate Change News
Climate change is constantly in the news. The area of the earth’s surface affected by drought has more than doubled since the 1970’s. For example, Lake Chad in Africa has shrunk to 5% of its size in the 1960’s [National Geographic], new wells for Beijing now have to reach 1,000 meters [Executive Intelligence Review] and two out of every three people will be short of water by 2025 [WWI & Tearfund].
Global warming amounted to nearly 1°C over the past century. Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with 15 of the 16 warmest years on record occurring since 2001. The year 2015 was the first time the global average temperatures were 1°C or more above the 1880-1899 average, NASA. Having said that, hundreds of scientists dispute the claimed cause of global warming (man-made CO2 rise) and say the real cause is solar irradiance variation, link.
But whose weather is it anyway? The Bible says it is God (the God of Israel) who controls the weather, not man, link. Prophecy implies there could be a reason for any global temperature increase.
The earth mourns and dries up, and the land wastes away and withers … the earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God’s instructions, violated his laws … therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned … (Isa 24.4-6)
Travel and Science News
Consider a few statistics:
- In the UK a major news item is the expansion of Heathrow Airport.
- A hundred years ago commercial air travel was unheard of. Now there are typically 100,000 commercial flights each day! Aircraft fuel consumption was 130 million tonnes in 1992 but is projected to increase to 450 million tonnes by 2050.
- Tourism is the world’s largest industry with an annual revenue of $500 billion. It is one of the major sources of foreign exchange in 83% of countries. International tourism: 1950: 25m , 2003: 693m , 2020: 1.6 billion [WTO].
- Almost every day the news tells us of amazing advances in science and technology.
- Within just 100 years man has developed radio, motion pictures, recording, TV, telecommunications, cell phones, electron microscopes, computers, nuclear power, solar power, fuel injection, satellites, spacecraft …
- In medical science man has developed MRI scans, ultrasound, pacemakers, radiotherapy, IVF, artificial hearts, DNA, organ transplants, vaccines …
At the end of the age many will rush around and knowledge will increase (Daniel 12.4)
The Cashless Society and Personal ID
Although some countries have recently introduced new banknotes, the fact remains that cash is fast disappearing from society. In North America, 60% of consumers use cash to pay for a transaction at least once a week, a substantial decrease from 67% in 2015, link. Some countries such as Sweden are now removing ATMs (along with negative interest rates) to speedup the process, links. The smartcard and other contactless devices pave the way to cashless trading, link.
When it comes to ID, RFID (radio frequency identification) is all around us. It is found in supermarkets, general retailers, electronic road tolls, company badges, farming, and in your pet dog. A scanner emits a short-range radio-frequency signal which is picked up by a small local RFID device or ‘transponder tag’ (the RFID device shown is the size of a grain of rice). When this tag is ‘passive’ it is energized by the scanning radiation, thereby enabling it to communicate ID information back to the scanner/transceiver.
In 2004 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its approval to Applied Digital Solutions to sell their VeriChip RFID tags for implantation into patients in hospitals. Tags would not contain medical data, but instead store (and transmit when energized) a unique 16-bit ID number that would be used to access records on a remote database. The tag was to be implanted in the fatty tissue of the upper arm. Similar human ID is being developed in India. Here, a unique 12-digit identification (UID) – known as Aadhaar – holds biometric information of the country’s 1.2 billion residents and is stored in a centralized database. The Aadhaar online identity platform then enables an individual to access services like banking and mobile phone connections – or they can be instantly barred from access.
Such technology is only a short step from the universal controlling technology described in the book of Revelation.
And he causes all … to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead … and no one will be able to buy or sell, except the one who has the mark … (Rev 13.16,17)
Prophecy Fulfilled – the Restoration of Israel
The population growth of Palestine/Israel is striking. In 1915 there were just 83,000 Jews but this increased to over 6 million Jews in 2013, link, corresponding to an amazing 7400% increase! In comparison, over the same period the UK population increased just 55%.
Today, Israel has highly developed banking, health, and University systems and her industries include textiles, food processing, mining, agriculture and forestry. Israel is particularly advanced in the hi-tech industry such as computer science, electronics, genetics, medicine, optics, solar energy and electric cars.
We can see all this as the amazing natural growth of a young nation, or as the fulfillment of prophecy. Prophecy saw this, not as the birth of a new nation, but as a regathered nation.
Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone … and bring them into their own land (Ezek 37.21)