Posts Tagged ‘Pope’

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A article in the Austin Statesman by New York Times writer Jim Yardley entitled “Pope urges World Peace reaches out to other faiths,” ran this past Thursday. ¬†The pope in his first Christmas address urged the world to come together for peace. ¬†He went on to say, “True peace is not a balance of opposing forces. ¬†It is not a lovely facade which conceals conflicts and divisions. ¬†Peace calls for daily commitment.”

Peace is a good thing.  I think any one reading this blog post including this writer would agree with that.  However, the bible claims that there will be no such thing as peace especially in these last days.  The Pope is welcomed to urge the world all he wants however, God has already spoken (Matthew 24:6,7).  The conflict in the Middle East is only the tip of the ice berg of what is to come in the Tribulation.

Matthew says there will wars and rumors of rumors of wars and that nation will rise up against nation.  These says are Jewish idioms for world wars.   There have already been two and there is still a yet third world war that is lurking on the horizon.  The third world war or possibly fourth by the end of the Tribulation will be when the Beast brings the armies of the world against Israel.  The Lord Jesus ends the war with His return (Revelation 19:11-21).

The perspective in which I write is a Pre-Tribulational view of Bible Prophecy. ¬†This means I believe the Lord will return for believers before the Tribulation begins (Daniel 9:27, John 14:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:2-3). ¬†Therefore, when I read that the Pope is urging the world for peace I think “That’s great, but it will not be a lasting peace.” ¬†1 Thessalonians 5:3 says, “Peace and safety then sudden destruction comes upon them as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. ¬†And they shall not escape.” ¬†The is saying that the world will achieve some sort of peace (which I believe will happen when the Antichrist or Beast finally gets a covenant signed with Israel and their foes) this peace will not last because the signing of the covenant will signal the start of Tribulation.

All this talk of peace should be taken as a sign that the Lord’s return is coming soon. ¬†Believers should be looking up (1 John 2:28).

I have not written this blog post in an attempt to scare any one. ¬†The purpose of Prophecy for Today is to prepare saints for the Lord’s return and His future Kingdom. ¬†I take a conservative approach to bible prophecy interpretation in order to ensure and allow the word to speak. ¬†Thank you for stopping by. ¬†God Bless.

 

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