Scientific and Biblical Explanations of Interesting Facts
Here’s some interesting facts to get you thinking …
What you think affects your health!
Why does the moon look the same size as the sun, when the sun is 400 times larger than the moon?
Why is the number 3,168 associated with Jesus (Hebrew: Yeshua)?
Why are some Jews super intelligent?
Why don’t polystrate fossils fit nicely into evolutionary theory?
Why is the Jewish nation, Israel, still in existence after 2500 years of severe persecution?
Why was the design of Noah’s Ark close to modern naval practice in terms of stability, strength and comfort?
What caused mankind’s lifespan to decrease exponentially from around 2300 BC?
Your thoughts affect your health!
Research shows that a positive mental attitude can benefit our health. Scientists from Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Pittsburgh and Boston University linked an optimistic outlook with lower risk of heart disease in older men and less thickening of the carotid artery walls in women, link. An American study of 2,564 men and women who were 65 and older also found that optimism is good for blood pressure. Overall, “optimism appears to protect the heart and circulation”.
So optimistic people live longer and, conversely, pessimism is linked to negative affects on health. Also, studies show that speaking negative words e.g the word “No” can have negative effects on our health. Fear-provoking words – like poverty, illness, and death also stimulate the brain in negative ways, link, link.
This scientific research simply echoes advice given in the Bible:
A calm and peaceful and tranquil heart is life and health to the body, but passion and envy are like rottenness to the bones (Proverbs 14:30)
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and a good report makes the bones healthy (Proverbs 15:30)
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17.22)
Human Ageing Suddenly Got Worse!
This is a really interesting fact since it applies to everyone alive today. Man’s lifespan is currently about 70 or 80 years. But Bible records suggest that man originally lived much longer – hundreds of years. That is, until a certain date, link. Why? Some claim that date was the time of a universal Flood, perhaps around 2300 BC, link. Does science have an explanation for such an exponential decrease in lifespan?
A major model of human aging is based on human cells and how the many proteins inside a cell coexist and interact. It is claimed that defective proteins result in aging and that ‘proper aging’ depends upon proper protein folding. Put another way, it is claimed that protein misfolding is strongly related to age-related degenerative diseases, and that misfolding, link, can arise from radioisotopes that speed up or slow down protein folding. Moreover, damage caused by radiation can be cumulative, link.
So it is scientifically plausible that a significant increase in radioisotopes in the atmosphere after the Flood could cause the observed progressive reduction in the age of man after the Flood. More at lifespan change.
Optimal Medical Timing
The number 8 is important in male circumcision. God instructed Abraham to circumcise a male child when he is 8 days old (Gen 17.12). Why day eight? Medical science has shown that on the eighth day the amount of blood clotting factor prothrombin present in the body is more than 100% above normal, and this is normally the only day in the male’s life when this is the case, link. Vitamin K and prothrombin levels are at their peak. Today, Prothrombin Complex Concentrate (PCC) is used to accelerate blood coagulation, link. So day eight is the optimal day for minimizing hemorrhaging during circumcision!
The Solar Eclipse – fluke or design?
Scientists say “it is a happy accident of nature”, “a striking coincidence”, “a sheer chance”, “a fluke of celestial mechanics”. They refer to the amazing geometry associated with the Sun, Moon and Earth. During a total eclipse the Moon casts its umbra (shadow) upon Earth’s surface so that the Sun is totally obscured. The Earth, Moon, Sun geometry is such that only the beautiful corona of the Sun is left (permitting astronomers to analyse the Sun’s atmosphere, link).
Since the Sun’s diameter is about 400 times that of the Moon, the eclipse can only happen if the distances of Sun and Moon from Earth are just right. It turns out that this is the case and both Sun and Moon subtend virtually same angle such that they look virtually the same size in the sky. Do the maths here. Sheer chance, or God’s design?
In recent years there has been much interest in so-called “blood moons”. This phenomenon is caused by the scattering of red sunlight onto the moon as the earth passes between the sun and the moon (a lunar eclipse), link. Such events are entirely predictable, see NASA lunar eclipses.
Even so, blood moons generate a sense of public awe, and for Jews their timing seems especially significant when they occur on a Jewish festival. For instance, during 2014-2105 four total lunar eclipses occurred as follows:
Note the near perfect correspondence of dates with Jewish festivals. In the past, such strange coincidences have been difficult times for Jews. A similar awesome scenario is prophesied at the end of this age, link:
I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes (Joel 2:30,31)
Polystrate Fossils don’t make Evolutionary Sense
In geological excavations, tree trunk fossils are frequently found cutting across many geological layers. Hence the name “polystrate fossils”, link. Curiously, these fossilized trees stand vertically i.e. in growth position through geological layers supposedly created over many thousands of years! For example, evolutionary theory might claim a coal seam of 1000m would be laid down in about 10 million years, link. So it could take 100,000 years to bury a tree 10m high. Ridiculous!
In order to be fossilized, a tree must be buried rapidly to deprive it of oxygen – a necessary ingredient for decay. The watery mud and sediment from a sudden flood would meet such requirements, link. And since polystrate fossils are found in many countries e.g. in the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, and Australia, this suggests a global flood.
Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth (Gen 7:17)
Observations point to a Young Earth
Classical Old Earth (OE) dating – radiometric dating – is based upon the spontaneous decay of atomic nuclei, where a radioactive parent atom decays to a stable daughter atom. The exponential decay rate equation is N(t) = N(0).exp [- K t ] where K is the (assumed) positive decay constant. The ‘half-life’ of the decaying quantity is simply ln(2)/K. The clash between OE dating (billions of years) and Young Earth (YE) dating (thousands of years) centers on the decay constant K. OE dating rests on the evolutionary concept of uniformitarianism and an assumed constant decay rate for all time. Is this true?
There is scientific support for an exponential reduction in the speed of light ‘c’ shortly after creation, see Atomic Constants Light and Time. Hundreds of measurements of ‘c’ since 1675 indicated a small but statistically significant decrease in ‘c’, link, link. In fact, between 1880 and 1941 there were over 50 articlles in the journal Nature alone addressing the topic of the decline in the actual measured values of ‘c’, link. Montgomery and Dolphin made a statistical analysis of the measurements and concluded: “The evidence for a decrease in the measurements of ‘c’ is very strong”. In 1999, Albrecht and Magueijo proposed a reduction in ‘c’ over time as a solution to cosmological puzzles.
Accelerated Decay: It is well known that the radioactive decay ‘constant’ K can be changed i.e. half-life can be changed, link, link. In particular, Setterfield has shown that K is strongly related to ‘c’. So if the speed of light slows down, then the radioactive decay rate also slows down, link.
On this analysis it follows that radioactive decay rates were much higher in the past. In other words, when ‘c’ was higher, atomic clocks ticked more rapidly and ‘atomic time’ ran fast. So standard radiometric dating must be corrected for this early accelerated decay rate, reducing millions of years to thousands!
Corrected Earth dating then fits much better with scientific, historical, geological, archaeological, demographic and biblical observations, link. For example, corrected earth dating and a YE model help explain: world-wide flood evidence, the ice age, earth tilt change, polar coal, ancient civilization collapse, human demographics, human aging and global warming.
Prophecies that are now Reality – Fact
Increase in Travel
Do you travel a lot? Holidays abroad perhaps, or perhaps you fly around on business? One hundred years ago commercial air travel was unheard of, but now there are typically 100,000 commercial flights each day! Just Look at the statistics:
Annual air travel in the US: in 1950 less than 100 miles/person, in 1978 about 1000 miles/person, in 2000 about 1500 miles/person
Aircraft fuel consumption: 130 million tonnes in 1992, increasing to 450 million tonnes by 2050
Tourism is the world’s largest industry: annual revenue of $500 billion, and is one of the major sources of foreign exchange in 83% of countries. International tourism: 1950: 25m , 2003: 693m , 2020: 1.6 billion [WTO].
Bible prophecy: “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro …” (Dan 12.4)
Increase in Knowledge
Only a few hundred years ago man communicated by drums and smoke signals. Now he brings back images from the planets and monitors our weather from satellites. For millennia man has worshiped the sun; now he understands it is a nuclear reaction turning hydrogen into helium. In medical knowledge, we now have MRI scans, ultrasound, pacemakers, radiotherapy, IVF, artificial hearts, DNA, organ transplants and vaccines against major killers (typhoid, cholera, polio, smallpox). The rapid increase in knowledge is reflected in US Patents: 1900-1920: 25,000 … 1995-1998: 150,000 [University of Maryland]. Bible prophecy: “in the last days … knowledge will increase” (Dan 12.4)
Water tables are falling on every continent e.g. falling 1.5m/year in China and 1-3m/year in India. Taken together, India, China and Pakistan pump about 400 cubic km of underground water for irrigation in a year – twice as much as is recharged by the rains. Aquifers are emptying. Two out of every three people will be short of water by 2025 [National Geographic, Worldwatch Institute, and Tearfund]. In Africa, persistent drought since the late 1960’s has caused Lake Chad to shrink by 95% in the last 38 years. Bible prophecy: “The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty people of the earth languish.” (Isa 24.4)
Air pollution fatalities now exceed traffic fatalities by 3 to 1 [Earth Policy Institute]. In developing countries, 70 percent of industrial wastes are dumped untreated into waters where they pollute the usable water supply. An area some 80km x 80km around the Chernobyl nuclear plant is still an exclusion zone due to soil pollution by Caesium 137, link. Contamination from the Fukushima nuclear disaster link affected an area nearly as big as Cyprus and included some 6,500 villages. In 2013 some 300 tons of contaminated water (an Olympic-sized swimming pool) was seeping into the ocean EVERY DAY. In 2019 there was still no end in sight to seepage of radioactive water, link. Bible prophecy: “the earth is also polluted by its inhabitants” (Isa 24.5).
Electronic funds transfer at point of sale (EFTPOS) in shops, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Transactions (SWIFT), biometrics and RFID (radio frequency identification), all herald the cashless society. Financial transactions of every person will soon be totally computer controlled. This provides a mechanism for government monitoring and control of all personal details and activities (shopping, healthcare, invoice payments, tax returns, residency, lifestyle preferences, travel, beliefs etc. In 2018, UK cash payments accounted for just 22 percent of purchases, and the UK was the third most cashless society in the world.
Estonia (a member of the EU) is the most digitally advanced society in the world and is being used as a live social experiment on how we are all going to live, link. Estonia has built a technological hub with a universal database for its citizens. Everyone uses their mandatory ID card to access some 5,000 e-services, such banking, tax payments, healthcare, voting, travel, residency etc.. No card – no access! The personal ID card is issued by the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board! Bible prophecy: (at the end of this age) “no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark” (Rev 13.17)
Massive Jewish Migrations to Israel
In 1915 there were just 83,000 Jews in Palestine/Israel but this increased to nearly 6.5 million in 2017, link – an amazing 7700% increase! In comparison, over the same period the UK population increased just 55%. Why such sudden migration to Israel? It is a fulfillment of prophecies which say that, at the end of this age, God will take His people from all the nations and bring them back into their own land (the land promised to Abraham). Jews call it “Aliyah” – a “going up” in holiness to Jerusalem. Today, organizations like The Jewish Agency and WZO help returning Jews get installed in Israel. Bible prophecy: “Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone … and bring them into their own land” (Ezekiel 37.21)
Noah’s Ark – a stable design!
According to the Bible, Noah was instructed to make an Ark according to the following specification:
The length of the Ark shall be 300 cubits, its width 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits … You shall make it with lower, second and third decks (Genesis 6:15,16)
A naval study in 1977 assumed the common cubit of 18 inches, making the Ark some 450 long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. This study concluded that “the Ark was extremely stable” when four major stability features were examined, even in 210 knot winds, link. Another naval study in 1993 used a cubit of 20.4 inches and concluded that the biblical dimensions were optimal for stability, strength and comfort, and that the Ark could handle 30 meter waves, link. So, in major design aspects, Noah’s Ark was as good as modern shipping!
Jews are Top of the IQ Chart
Research shows that Jews are top of the IQ chart. Their average IQ has been measured at 108-115. A Jewish average IQ of 115 is approximately 40 percent higher than the global average IQ of 79, link. This may explain why about 22% of all Nobel prize recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2015 were Jews or people of strong Jewish ancestry. Prizes were given to Jews in such fields as Economics, Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Literature and Peace Awards, link. This is an amazing achievement bearing in mind that Jews comprise less than 0.2% of the world’s population!
Why are Jews taking a disproportionate number of Nobel prizes? Several reasons are advanced. Geneticists claim that Jews exhibit a distinctive genetic signature and as such can be defined as a ‘race’ (a people group with distinct biological traits). This is supported by genetic research from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. They suggest that the Ashkenazi bloodline branched away from other Jewish groups in Israel 2,500 years ago and that 40 percent of them are descended from only four Jewish mothers, link, link. It is claimed that it is the Israeli Ashkenazi Jews that the world sees in terms of Israel’s cultural, intellectual, political, and economic activity, link. High IQ could also be due to the Jewish practice of Eugenics.
The Amazing Survival of the Jews
The Jewish nation, Israel has survived for over 3,500 years despite some 2,500 years of exile and severe persecution. In recent years Jews have been drawn out of the nations to come and live in the land (Canaan/Israel) promised to Abraham and his descendants. Out of the 14.5 million Jews in the world, 46 percent now reside in Israel, link. Moreover, the ancient Hebrew language has been revived, link, and is now the official state language of Israel.
Isn’t all this unusual for a nation? When King Louis XIV of France (1643-1715) asked Blaise Pascal, the great Christian philosopher to give him proof of God, Pascal answered, “Why the Jews, your Majesty, the Jews!“. As Winston Churchill remarked:
Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.
The Old Testament scriptures explain why. The prophet exclaimed:
And what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went … to make a name for Himself (2 Samuel 7:23)
Jerusalem – the Special City
Jerusalem has been fought over sixteen times in its history. It has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times, link
The word “Jerusalem” is mentioned more the 600 times in the Hebrew Bible, but not once in the Quran
Mount Moriah is an elongated ridge in Jerusalem’s Old City and the top of the Mount is near the Muslim Dome of the Rock. The bedrock here is where Abraham would have walked when he came up to sacrifice Isaac around 1800 BC (Genesis 22)
Jerusalem has many names. For example, when Christ rules the millennial earth from Jerusalem the city will be called “THE LORD IS THERE” (Ezekiel 48:35), Hephzibah or “My delight is in her” (Isaiah 62:4) and City of Truth (Zechariah 8:3)
Clearly, Jerusalem has deep spiritual significance. It is God’s city (Isaiah 62:1-7), and it will again be fought over at the end of this age:
Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples … And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it (Zech 12.2,3)
The Maths of “Lord Jesus Christ”
The Hebrew and Greek alphabets use letters to represent numbers e.g. the Hebrews wrote “gimel” for 3 and the Greeks wrote “kappa” for 20. The numerical value of “Lord Jesus Christ” in Greek is:
Lord: kappa,upsilon,rho,iota,omikron,sigma: arithmetic sum = 800
Jesus: iota,eta,sigma,omicron,upsilon,sigma: arithmetic sum = 888
Christ: chi,rho,iota,sigma,tau,omikron,sigma: arithmetic sum = 1480
Total sum: 3,168
Is 3,168 significant? First note that 3 × 1 × 6 × 8 = 144 or 12 × 12. Now 12 and 12 is symbolic of the New Jerusalem (Rev 21.10-14) with its 12 gates (the 12 tribes of Israel) and 12 foundation stones (the 12 apostles). Also note that the number 12 denotes governmental perfection and Jesus is coming back to rule the earth with perfect justice (Zech 14.9).
The number 3,168 appears in other scriptures, each time underscoring the attributes of Christ. For example, the phrase “mediator between God and men” (1 Tim 2.5) sums to 3,168 in Greek, pointing to Jesus as the mediator. And the Hebrew letter values in Isa 53.11 (the suffering Servant) also sum to 3,168. Thus 3,168 not only highlights the Lordship of Christ, but also His Priestly and sacrificial roles for mankind.
Curiously, the latitude of Christ’s birthplace, Bethlehem, is about 31.68°, link!
Christ’s name is embedded in Solomon’s Temple
When Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem was completed the Lord appeared to Solomon saying:
I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there … (1 Kings 9.3)
Really? In what way? Usually, numbers and sizes in the Bible are not random but are given for a purpose. Do the dimensions of the temple give us a clue? Consider the footprint of the temple:
The length was 60 cubits (by cubits according to the former measure) and the width 20 cubits (2 Chron 3.3, 1 Kings 6.2)
So the perimeter of the temple was 160 cubits, where the cubit here is sized “according to the former measure”. What was this measure? Some claim that the temple cubit was 18 inches. But others claim that in large-scale construction projects, ancient civilizations typically used the long cubit, about 19.8-20.6 inches, link. Let’s assume that Solomon used the Babylonian royal cubit of 19.8 inches, link. Recent measurements on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem support the Babylonian royal cubit, link. In this case the perimeter is 19.8 × 160 inches = 3,168 inches. Applying Bible gematria, the Greek letters in ‘Lord Jesus Christ’ sum to exactly 3,168. Coincidence? No. It seems the Lord inscribed His name in the very dimensions of the temple!
Israel Restores her Land
The Problem: In 1869 Mark Twain described Palestine (Israel) as “a desolate country given over wholly to weeds”. The Negev Desert (Israel’s southern region) accounts for over half of Israel’s total land mass. It has an arid and semi-arid climate with an annual rainfall of just 2-6 inches. In fact, Israel’s total annual renewable natural sources of fresh water are well below the UN definition of water poverty. Add to this, only 20 percent of Israel’s land is arable.
Restoration: Given such a bad start, the first Jewish immigrants embarked upon an extensive program of afforestation, making Israel one of only two countries in the world that began the 21st century with more trees than it had at the beginning of the 20th century! Some 250 million sub-tropical trees have now been planted in all regions of Israel, from the Golan and Galilee in the north to the Negev in the south, link.
Then there’s agriculture. Today more than 40 percent of the country’s vegetables and field crops are grown in the Negev desert. Fish are also farmed in the desert. Fruit and vegetables amount to typically 50 percent of Israel’s total agricultural output, and Israel manages to produce 95 percent of her own food requirements.
All this is possible due to Israel’s cutting-edge agricultural technology, link. Bible prophecy is coming true:
Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit (Isaiah 27:6)
Topical Issues seen from Biblical and Scientific Viewpoints
Here’s some topical issues up for discussion …
What happens when Iran and her allies finally invade Israel?
Will they ever stop radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant from polluting the Pacific?
Is the European Union a good project, or a prelude to world dictatorship?
Who are the prominent personalities soon to appear on the world stage?
How cyber-secure is the world economy?
Is man-made (anthropogenic) CO2 really the cause of global warming?
Why the recent interest in “blood moons”?
Is Britain a “special nation” in some way?
Why are Canadian Inuits (Eskimos) observing a change in the star locations?
When does the world “go Jewish” so to speak?
Why can’t politicians resolve the ownership of Jerusalem?
If homo sapiens has been around for over 200,000 years, where are the billions and billions of people?
Dangerous World Situations
Jerusalem’s Earthquake Danger
The Jordan/Dead Sea Valley is part of a ‘continental transform’ – a tectonic plate boundary between the Arabian and African tectonic plates, link. Running SW-NE across this transform are ‘geologic folds’ formed when the two plates collide – as in the fold running close to the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives. Enlarge Map. See also The Dead Sea Fault.
The World Health Organization (WHO) therefore places the Jerusalem area at “high risk” from earthquake, link. Check out Jerusalem’s recent quakes. Experts expect a major earthquake soon, link. Will this be the major quake seen in Bible prophecy?
The Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley … reaching to Azal (Zechariah 14:4,5)
Iran’s threat to Israel
Iran has repeatedly said it wants to eliminate Israel, link:
You [Zionist regime] will not see 25 years from today [Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, Sept. 2015]
The Quran teaches that the Palestinians must liberate Israel in its entirety. Allah says (in the Quran): ‘And drive them out from wherever they have driven you out’. Removing the Jews from the land they occupied in 1948 is an immutable principle, because it appears in the Book of Allah. We have liberated Gaza, part of Palestine, but I am not prepared to accept just Gaza … Our position is: Palestine in its entirety, and not a grain of soil less. (The Quran says:) ‘Kill them wherever you may find them’ – Allah did not define the 1967 borders or the 1948 borders. We will fight them wherever we can – on the ground, underground, and if we have airplanes, we will fight them from the skies [ Mahmoud Al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas, and member of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip, March 2017 ]
Iran’s destructive mission will probably involve Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, link:
Hezbollah’s budget, its income, its expenses, everything it eats and drinks, its weapons and rockets, come from the Islamic Republic of Iran [Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah, June 2016]
Iran has built up Hezbollah’s rocket arsenal on the Israeli-Lebanese border, and the IDF estimated this at 130,000 in 2018. Iran is also supplying precision missiles to Hezbollah.
Is Russia involved? Probably, yes. Russia’s strengthening economic and military ties with Iran supports the view that Russia could be the leader of the invasion, link. Russia and Iran both support Bashar al Assad’s regime in Syria and oppose Sunni jihadist movements such as ISIS. Russian military support for Iran comes via arms deals between the two countries, as in the supply of S-300 air defense systems, Sukhoi Su-30SM multi-role fighter jets and advanced Russian T-90 tanks, link.
Bible prophecy indicates that a Russian-led Islamic invasion of Israel from the north will indeed happen. The Islamic nations are drawn from those geographically close to Israel. Observation of current world events suggest that this invasion of Israel is imminent. Prophecy tells us what happens, link.
Can we trust Germany today?
Germany’s invasion of Poland started WW2, link, and Germany probably takes most of the responsibility for starting WW1 due to her ambitions for military and political prestige in the world, link. Can we trust Germany today, or does this nation still endanger world peace? This may seem a strange question given that Germany is seen as the powerhouse of Europe. But consider this:
In 2010 German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle said Berlin supports the long term goal of creating a European army: “The long term goal is the establishment of a European army under full parliamentary control”. In 2019 Angela Merkel agreed with France in the call for the formation of a European army. Others observe that “a European army would (again) let Germany project power”, link. To this end, the European Defense Fund seeks to generate over €5 billion per year after 2020 to develop and procure new military technologies
Germany’s Pergamon Museum proudly exhibits the reconstructed Pergamon Altar and Babylon’s Ishtar Gate, both pagan monuments. Biblically, Pergamon was seen as “Satan’s throne” (Rev 2.13). So a building central to Satan’s throne now stands virtually complete in Berlin! This monument came from a city where man not God was worshiped
Some Jewish Rabbis believe that every nation has a unique spiritual nature, and that Germany is closely related to Israel’s ancient enemy, “Amalek”, a ruthless enemy of Israel, link, link. Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, known as “Rashi” (1040-1105) link, explained that Germamia is a nation which, if unified, would cause the destruction of the world
Is the EU Bad News for the Nations?
Is the European Union (EU) a good project for mankind, or a dangerous development? Bible prophecy may have the answer. Daniel chapters 2 and 7 describe just four great secular/world empires that dominate (persecute) Israel in this age: the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires (recall that the Romans destroyed the Jewish Temple in 70 AD). These empires are symbolized by a great image (Dan 2:31-33), and its legs of iron and feet of iron and clay symbolize the final empire, Rome. The Roman Empire (the legs) has long since gone – but then we read that the last empire is destroyed when Jesus returns to earth:
You watched while a stone (Christ) was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces (Dan 2:34)
So many argue that a ‘revived Roman Empire’ must emerge at the end of the age. In fact, research shows that the EU has many of the characteristics of such a Revived Roman Empire, link. And like historic Rome, this revived empire will dominate and cruelly crush all opposing nations (Dan 7:19-27). That must include Israel. And now that the EU is developing a European army, link, the EU could even head the prophesied last invasion of Israel (Armageddon).
Also, since this powerful end-time empire crushes all opposition, it is logical to conclude that Britain’s attempt at Brexit may never happen, or at least be short-lived.
Global pollution was predicted
Radioactive fallout from the 1986 Chernobyl disaster spread across Europe as far as North Wales. Radioactive water from the Japanese Fukushima plant (destroyed March 2011) is still pouring into the Pacific Ocean, link. The oceans we fish are choked with plastic waste, link. The air we breath is polluted with carbon monoxide (CO) from industry and vehicles. Over 90 percent of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds WHO guideline limits, link. Other common forms of pollution are streams full of toxic chemicals from industrial processes, rivers overloaded with nutrients from farms, and trash blowing away from landfills.
Land mines are another source of global pollution, affecting over 50 countries, link. As of 2017 there were an estimated 110 million land mines in the ground, link, and at the present rate of progress it would take over 1000 years to eliminate them! And then of course there’s the claimed atmospheric pollution and resulting global warming caused by man-made CO2. Global pollution (and the climate crisis, whatever the cause) is foreseen in Bible prophecy:
The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants … Isaiah chapter 24 verse 5 (NASB)
Climate Change: Is it CO2?
Of all topical issues, this must be number one! Yes, the world climate seems to be changing. The mean global temperature has increased about 0.8°C since 1880, link, and the weather seems more erratic and extreme, link. Without exception the media follow the IPCC explanation: it’s caused by man-made (anthropogenic) CO2, link, link. But 96% of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere are from natural sources and only 4% is man-made, link. Put another way, man’s overall contribution to the greenhouse effect (GHE) is only about 0.3% whilst water vapour contributes about 95%, link.
Model Errors? Other scientific facts don’t tie-up either (like the dating of glacier retreat and sea level rise, link), leading to questions about the IPCC climate models. It is claimed that the models “grossly simplify the way climate works”, and use fake/incorrect physics and untrustworthy data, link, link, link. Not surprisingly, model predictions are significantly higher than observations, link, link, link. Also, observations of millions of years of data show that ocean temperature changes lead atmospheric CO2 changes – implying that CO2 does not have a causal relation with global warming, link. Put another way, some claim there is no clear correlation between CO2 rise and warming.
So is there a natural cause of climate change, as in the sun? Measurements of sunspot number (a measure of solar irradiance) against global sea surface temperature (SST) for the period 1860-1980 show strong correlation, link, link.
CO2 is not responsible for heating the earth, the cause is the activity of the sun [Professor Emeritus Giora Shaviv, professor of physics and the Swartzmann-Medvedi chair in Space Sciences at The Technion in Haifa]
The world’s climate and weather (note there is a difference!) is very dependent upon the tilt of earth’s axis relative to the ecliptic. Currently the tilt is about 23.5 degrees and this tilt gives us our seasons. It is well-known that the earth “wobbles” (like a top) on this axis, link, and NASA claims that climate change is affecting the wobble, link.
What would happen if this tilt increased slightly, say to 24 degrees? We would get hotter summers and colder winters. More extreme weather. In fact, some Canadian Inuits have claimed an increased tilt has already been observed. They attributed their changing climate and changes in the location of the stars to a change in axis tilt, link. If this is true then, effectively, the Tropic of Cancer would have moved north!
NASA rebuffs the Inuit claims and argues that any tilt change is due to global warming rather than a cause of warming link. So has the axis tilt really changed, as claimed by the Inuits? Atmospheric science claims that what the Inuits are observing is probably a mirage, link. Global warming is giving air density changes that are resulting in atmospheric refraction (similar to the refraction of light in water). NASA claims there is no tilt change.
Axial tilt is easily measured by observing the sun shadow cast by a vertical stick at the summer and winter solstices. At astronomical noon on the Summer Solstice the shadow will be at its shortest length, and vice-versa. Simply divide the angle by two between the shortest and longest shadows to get the tilt. Since this measurement is so simple, the tilt was measured accurately thousands of years ago. And something strange happened around 2300 BC, link!
What does the Bible say about all this?
I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place (Isa 13:13)
The earth reels back and forth like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut (Isa 24:20)
And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars … (Lk 21:25)
Who owns Jerusalem?
Jerusalem is perhaps the most contested city in the world, and the question ‘Who owns Jerusalem?’ is endlessly debated. UN GA Resolution 303 (Dec 1949) argued that Jerusalem should be administered by the United Nations as a “corpus separatum” (a separate body). Israel’s Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion sharply rejected the concept:
Jewish Jerusalem is an organic and inseparable part of the State of Israel … Israel could not even conceive that the United Nations would attempt to tear Jerusalem from the State of Israel [David Ben-Gurion, Dec 1949]
Today, although corpus separatum has never been officially relinquished, the international community (the UN, the US and the EU) leans to a two-state solution i.e. Jerusalem should be the capital of both Israel and Palestine, link, link. That said, in December 2017 the US recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel!
The Bible clarifies the confused political situation. Jerusalem is mentioned more than 600 times in the Hebrew Bible. Why? Is this because Jerusalem is special to the Jewish nation and the God of Israel? More thoughts at Resolving Jerusalem.
Coming Personalities on the World Stage
The good, the bad, and the ugly
In the near future the world will see the following personalities: A powerful secular, political world leader empowered by demonic forces (Rev 13:1). This despicable person probably emerges from Europe, link. He will be helped by a prominent but apostate ecclesiastical person (Rev 13:11), probably the pope (Rev 17). Contrary to current popular belief, John Wesley and many Protestant Reformers saw the pope as the Antichrist, link.
About the same time, an Israeli leader, probably a degenerate Jew, will make a Peace Treaty with the secular world leader (Dan 9:27). Although peace for Israel is urgently needed, this treaty turns out to be false i.e. deception! Moving on a few years, prophecy describes two people who are empowered by God to witness to the world (Rev:11). Not surprisingly, the world hates them. Finally we come to the most important personality of them all – Jesus/Yeshua. At the end of all these events, Jesus will return to rule the nations from Jerusalem (Zech 14:9).
Is Israel occupying “Palestinian Land”?
Israel is accused of building on “occupied land”, an accusation that could easily morph into war, link. But according to international lawyers, all of western Palestine, from the Jordan to the Mediterranean, including Gaza and all of Jerusalem remains legally open to Jewish settlement under the original British Mandate. They maintain that this right of settlement is protected by Article 80 of the UN Charter which recognizes the Trust (British Mandate) handed to it by the League of Nations, link. The Mandate also had built-in protection for the non-Jewish inhabitants of Palestine, link:
…it being clearly understood that nothing should be done which might prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine
So what went wrong? Why the aggression? Why Palestinian refugees? Did it all start in 1947 when the Arabs rejected the UN two-state partition plan, link?
Two Topical Issues that threaten the World Economy: Government Debt and Cyber attacks
Global debt is rapidly increasing, demanding ever higher interest payments from governments. “The world is facing the worst financial crisis since at least the 1930s – if not ever” [Governor of the Bank of England, 2012]. Sudden global financial meltdown (as in 2008) is hard to predict: “You will never foresee these things – the system is ultimately just too complicated for anybody to really understand” [Martin Wolf, Financial Times, London].
A second threat to world economic stability comes from international cyber terrorism. In fact, “Cyber security is the biggest threat to the world economy over the next decade” [2019 World Economic Forum (WEF)]. No wonder cyber-security is big business in Israel, link. Overall, about 200 Israeli companies now specialize in cyber-security and 25% of the world’s venture capital-funded cyber-security startups are Israeli, link.
Bible prophecy foresees it all; at the end of this age there will be total and sudden global financial meltdown:
Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city … in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste! (Revelation 18:10,17)
NASA tracks potentially hazardous astronomical objects called “near-Earth objects (NEOs)”. The majority of NEOs are asteroids. A Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA), link, link has the potential to make close approaches to the Earth and is large enough (over 140 meters diameter) to cause very significant damage in the event of impact. If one landed in the ocean it will generate a huge tsunami, link. In fact, the book of Revelation mentions what could be taken as an asteroid impact in the ocean:
And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea … and a third of the ships were destroyed (Rev 8.8,9)
Such a catastrophic event is one of God’s judgments upon a rebellious sinful world. But there is a way out! More…
In recent years there has been much interest in so-called “blood moons”. This phenomenon is caused by the scattering of red sunlight onto the moon as the earth passes between the sun and the moon (a lunar eclipse), link. Such events are entirely predictable, see NASA lunar eclipses. Even so, blood moons generate a sense of public awe, and for Jews their timing seems especially significant when they occur on a Jewish festival. For instance, during 2014-2105 four total lunar eclipses occurred as follows:
Note the near perfect correspondence of dates with Jewish festivals. In the past, such strange coincidences have been difficult times for Jews. A similar awesome scenario is prophesied at the end of this age, link:
I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, blood, fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes (Joel 2:30,31)
Why is earth’s population so small?
In 2019 earth’s population was nearly 8 billion. But, given the popular evolutionary timescale, surely there should be many many more?
Some claim that Homo sapiens appeared some 600,000 to 200,000 years ago. So isn’t it strange that after more than 200,000 years earth’s population was still only 8 billion? After all, it took only 215 years to increase earth’s population from 1 billion in 1804 to 8 billion in 2019! To explain the low population, some claim that a world-wide catastrophe may have occurred around 70,000 years ago, reducing the human population to maybe just 1,000 breeding pairs. Does this make sense?
Let’s do the maths on the ‘catastrophe’ theory. Starting with a population of No, after t years the population will have grown to N = No exp(rt), where r is the natural (non-immigration) percentage rate of population increase (r = birth rate – death rate). Typically, population growth rates are between 0.1% and 3% annually. For a conservative estimate we will take r = 0.1% and No = 1,000. Over a 70,000 year period we find N = 2.5 × 10 power 33. In words, earth’s population should now be some million, billion, billion, billion. It’s not of course. So either the population growth calculation is hopelessly wrong, or the theory of human evolution is suspect! On the other hand, taking the biblical data of just No = 8 people after the Flood (around 2,300 BC), we need a mean growth rate of r = 0.5% to achieve a world population of 7 billion in 2011.
Topical issues for Bible believers
Israel’s Future Borders
The current land disputes with Israel over the so-called “occupied territories” will be relatively short-lived. Bible prophecy points to a soon-coming age (the Millennium) when the people of Israel (Abraham’s descendants, the Jews) live at peace within the boundaries promised unconditionally to Abraham. Those boundaries span from the River Jordan in the east to the Mediterranean in the west, and embrace the disputed territories of the West Bank and Gaza.
We note two important points:
the boundaries given to Moses as he was about to divide up Canaan for the twelve tribes (Numbers 34) correlate well with the Millennial boundaries given in Ezekiel 47
Both these borders are very similar to Israel’s current legal borders under international law!
Replacement theology holds that, since Israel was scattered among the nations for her repeated rejection of God’s way, then:
the Christian church has replaced national Israel regarding the plan, purpose, and promises of God
the Jewish people have no future, no hope, and no calling in the plan of God
the Jewish people are no longer God’s chosen people and the Christian Church now makes up God’s chosen people
Although its not spelt out so succinctly, many institutionalized churches, and especially the Anglican Church, lean to this view of the nation, Israel. The World Council of Churches (WCC) supports numerous UN Resolutions against Israel’s so-called ‘land occupation’, and advocates peaceful protest such as a goods boycott (the BDS Campaign). It seems these churches are taking a politically correct line and avoid conflict with secular thinking.
But why then has Israel blossomed over the last 100 years in terms of immigration, agriculture, technology and world status? Why do these churches ignore Romans chapter 11, which refers to the end-time “oneness” of Gentile believers and a regenerate Jewish remnant, link?
The Mysterious Israel-Eden Connection
The land of Israel (ancient Canaan) appears to be unique. Detailed historical, geological and biblical studies indicate that the land of Israel could be associated with the biblical Eden described in Genesis. The name Eden means “delicate, delight, pleasure” – a pleasant place to be – a garden home. Geologically, Canaan appears to be part of the “Fertile Crescent” spanning from southern Iraq to Canaan. Abraham probably traveled the Crescent when he left the city of Ur.
Prophecy suggests that the nations will soon see a “modern Eden” in the center of Israel. This appears to occur during the coming Millennial age. During this time the land around Jerusalem reflects many of the characteristics of ancient Eden. For example, during this time God (in the form of the risen Jesus) walks with mankind on this earth, there is no hurt and no killing (the lion eats straw like the ox), there are beautiful trees and plants providing food for both man and animals, and around Zion there are “delightful” places in which to live (just like Eden). More …
When does the World “go Jewish”?
This may be a bit of an over-statement but it brings the point home. The world is headed for a future centered upon Jerusalem (not New York or Brussels). This Millennial age will be a blessed time of world peace, but with firm rule. We know this and much more from detailed Bible prophecies. For example:
When Jesus (Hebrew: Yeshua, ישוע ) returns His feet will stand upon the Mount of Olives opposite Jerusalem. And from Jerusalem He will firmly rule as King over all the earth (Zech 14:9)
Each year, gentile nations will go up to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) which occurs in September/October (Zech 14:16). Gentiles will acknowledge that God is with the Jews and simply want to go up to Jerusalem with them (Zech 8:23)
The Feast of Tabernacles is one of a number of Jewish feasts that are “statutes for ever” and so go on into the Millennial age. Peoples who do not honour this feast will suffer drought as punishment (Zech 14:17)
It seems even the Jewish Sabbath will be widely honoured and will replace the gentile Sunday, link
And it shall be from new moon to new moon and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all mankind will come to bow down before Me (Isa 66:23)
Is Britain a “special” Nation?
Some see Britain as “special” in that she is seen to have strong historical and biblical connections to the lost tribes of Israel. One of these tribes (Judah) was to hold the royal scepter pertaining to the royal throne of David. It is held until Christ sits on David’s throne as King over all the earth (Gen 49:10, Zech 14:9, Mat 19:28, Mat 25:31). But where is this scepter now, given that Christ has not yet returned?
Some claim that there is strong biblical, archaeological and historical evidence that associates the British Isles with the continuing throne of David. For example, why does the British Coat of Arms bear a “unicorn” – a mysterious animal referred to nine times in the Hebrew scriptures? Why for centuries did a mysterious stone (“Jacob’s pillow?”) reside under the Coronation Chair in Westminster Abbey, link. Why is it claimed that “Queen Victoria is of David”, link? And where is the “company of nations” as prophesied in Genesis 35:11 if its not the British Commonwealth? More….
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