By Nathan Jones
What is the most amazing prophetic development in the world today?
Some 18 Bible prophecy experts answer that very question! The interviews were held at the annual conference called the PreTrib Study Group. This is a group of Bible prophecy experts who are united in their belief that the Rapture of the Church will occur before the Tribulation begins, thus the term "Pre-Trib." Read or watch below.
David Reagan, Lamb & Lion Ministries
I would agree with the emphasis of the rebirth of Israel as the most amazing prophetic development in the world today. I have written extensively about the fulfillment of end time prophecies in modern day Israel, including my latest book, The Jewish People: Rejected or Beloved?
In fact, I would point to a total of seven end time Bible prophecies that are being fulfilled in Israel today. First would be the regathering of the Jewish people from the four corners of the earth, which began in the late 19th century and continues to this day. The second is the re-establishment of the State of Israel, which occurred on May 14, 1948. The third would be the reclamation of the land of Israel, which had become a desolation during the Jews’ nearly 2,000 year absence from the land. The fourth is the revival of the Hebrew language which had ceased to be spoken among the Jewish people during their exile from the land. Fifth is the reoccupation of the city of Jerusalem which occurred on June 7, 1967 during the Six Day War. Sixth is the resurgence of the Israeli military which continues to this day. Seventh is the refocusing of world politics on Israel, which is being fulfilled before our very eyes this moment.
All these prophecies are being fulfilled among the Jewish people today, but they are not the only amazing fulfillments of end time Bible prophecies that are occurring in the world.
Brian Thomas, Blessings to Israel Ministries
A short time ago my answer would have been the nation of Israel and the events in and around the nation of Israel. Although I am still fascinated with the rebirth of Israel, I must say today that I'm most amazed at the apostasy in the Church. We are seeing what was prophesied in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 about the great falling away. I think its ultimate fulfillment will be during the seven-year Tribulation.
We are witnessing today in which many Christians and especially pastors are choosing to condone immorality and other things that go against the Word of God. We are seeing the Deity of Christ being questioned. The Virgin Birth is being questioned. We see the acceptance of sin like homosexuality in the name of tolerance and love. The decline of the Church is just a really heartbreaking thing to witness.
The apostasy in the Church was something that was prophesied in Scriptures, so we therefore can know that the Word of God is true. We live in an age in which many today are looking to turn to fables. It was also prophesied in the book of Timothy that the day would come when we would not endure sound doctrine, and we are definitely seeing that fulfillment today.
Don McGee, Crown and Sickle Ministries
Probably we could say that there are a lot of things going on that just amaze us, especially to those of us who study prophecy and look for those signs that the ancient prophets talked about that are relative to end times. But, I would have to say that one of the most amazing things to me that is not surprising, but is amazing, is the growing attitude of hatred toward God and His Word and His people. There was a time in the history of the world and in Western Europe and even in our own country when such things that are being said today would have been unthinkable. Because of the estrangement between the human race and God, it's no longer bad to talk about God and to say things that are said in movies and television and even in the political realm. That thing amazes me because such a time is so accurate regarding Bible prophecy.
Michael Norten, Author of "Unlocking the Secrets of the Feasts"
It is incredible to me how the apostasy, the anti-Israel hatred, and the immorality going on in our country and how it's increasing exponentially is tying in sync with all the other prophecies and signs at the same time. It is amazing! The speed shows me how quickly or how soon the Lord is coming. In fact, Dr. John Walvoord used to say, "I always knew Thanksgiving was close because they were bringing out the Christmas decorations." So, we know because of the signs of the His Second Coming we can know the Rapture is really close.
August Rosado, Today in Bible Prophecy Ministries
Apart from the modern-day miracle of Israel, I would have to say the most amazing prophetic development in the world today would be the rebuilding of a Third Jewish Temple. Just recently the Temple Institute website said that they were opening a school for the kohanim — these Jewish men who are the descendants from Aaron — to train them for service in a Third Jewish Temple. We know according to Bible prophecy there will be a Third Jewish Temple. All one has to do is go to Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4; and Revelation 11:1-2. They say there will be a Third Jewish Temple standing on the Temple Mount in the city of Jerusalem during Daniel's Seventieth Week of prophecy. So, that is really, really exciting to see that happening!
Randall Price, World of the Bible Ministries
I think from my perspective, because God's role and goal is to see the Jewish people ultimately come to faith, that a revival of belief among the Jewish community is really astounding. You don't see it so much in the United States. You do see it some in Messianic communities that are reaching out. But, in other parts of the world like in the former Soviet Union and some of their satellite countries and Israel itself, there is a great deal of this happening. By our standards it's small in proportion, but in terms of history is large.
The result is that God is preparing this Jewish remnant for the role that they are going to serve as we come into the Tribulation period and when finally all of Israel is saved for the Millennial Kingdom. I think that's an astounding thing to see!
Many miss it because less than 1% of missions in our churches is devoted to Israel. We don't know about the Jewish people. We don't know what is going on. A select handful of Jewish organizations are reaching out to their own people have some awareness of this, but it really is quiet astounding.
Allan Walker, Allan Walker Ministries
Israel has been restored as a nation since 1948 in an internal conflict over land and the city of Jerusalem has arisen and continued to move that direction for several decades. In addition we now have the capacity to destroy all life on planet earth with nuclear weapons, create 100 pound hailstones, burn 1/3 of the earth by fire, and then we see that all of this has come about in one generation. Knowledge and travel have increased, knowledge is now doubling every two years. We have the capacity to broadcast any event to a global audience, and track the buying and selling of all men everywhere. All of this has come about in the generation following World War II and is strong evidence for the inspiration of the Bible.
Terry James, Rapture Ready
I think it would come down to the word I've heard batted around — Convergence. Convergence means so many things happening all at once.
I think particularly the number one signs is Israel and the dealings of the entire international community with Israel concerning the peace process. Israel being at the center of all this attention gets right to the heart of Daniel 9:26-27. At some point there is going to be a covenant made. So, the most amazing prophetic development is the developments that are taking place with Israel.
Secondly, I think the coalition developing as outlined in Ezekiel 38 & 39 which is very in the news, with Iran or ancient Persia aligning with Russia and becoming closer and closer an ally with Russia, is important.
Even our own administration is seeming to want to placate Iran rather than turn to Israel. The whole world turning away from Israel, even America, is very concerning to me.
Then I think the economic situation would be the third most amazing prophetic development in that the whole world is obviously on the precipice of a complete economic change. This has been brought about in so many strange ways and so quickly that it's almost mind-boggling. What all this pertains to me is getting set up for what I believe is a Post-Rapture time with the economic collapse. The Antichrist's financial system of Revelation 13:16-18 will come into view with an all-electronic funds transfer system of some sort, or people buy and sell by marks. Of course, from that comes the Mark of the Beast which I believe will forever condemn man's soul to Hell, whoever takes it, both man or woman.
Those are the three major prophetic developments that I see that are amazing.
Nathan Jones, Lamb & Lion Ministries
Historically, I would have answered Israel becoming a nation again. How amazing that in 1948 a nation after 1,900 years rose again out of the dustbin of history. But, the more I study Bible prophecy, and the more I see the signs of the times, I realize all these end time signs are kind of building up.
For instance, Daniel 12:4 foretold that knowledge would grow, and we've seen a tremendous growth of knowledge in our day. We have travel as the Bible says that travel will be growing. We have Jews being regathered into a nation again. We have horrific apostasy in the Church. We are seeing political alliances coming together like Russia, Iran and Turkey who will one day attack Israel according to Ezekiel 38-39. All these things are happening at the same time. So, how do we pick one amazing prophetic development out of such an amazing array?
I once heard Dr. Ron Rhodes use this word — Convergence. After that it was like a light came on in my mind. Convergence means all these signs coming together at once is in and of itself a sign pointing to the Lord's soon return. That is the true phenomenon to me in Bible prophecy and which has the most impact.
When I think of Convergence I kind of think of this. Imagine seeing say a truck caught on the railroad tracks, and we hear a train whistle blowing. We know a disaster is coming. A big disaster is going to happen. But, imagine that you also looked into the sky and saw contrails of a plane heading to crash right in that same spot. And then, at that same corner, a farmer is in his farmhouse and there's a gas leak and he's about to light a match. All those terrible things are happening all in the same place. That is Convergence.
Likewise, many of the signs of the end times are disasters as well. For instance, we've got the end time sign of famine. There are signs of wars and rumors of wars. We also have plagues. And, of course, Israel is the super sign, as all the prophetic events happen related to Israel. Politics, natural disasters, you name it, all these different signs as Jesus said are happening more frequently and more intensely, but they are all happening at the same time. Hence, they are in Convergence, or as some call it, the Convergence Factor.
What's interesting is that signs all happening at the same time is also a sign in and of itself. Convergence is not a sign that the Lord said would happen per se, but He did foretell all these sign at once. For example, in Matthew 24 Jesus gave us ten different signs of the end times. Jesus inferred that all ten of them would be happening at the same time because He lists them in conjunction with His return.
Over the last few decades we've seen different signs occurring, but now it's like the whole earth is shuddering as all these different signs shake up the earth. That can only mean that Jesus Christ is coming soon.