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What are Signs of the Times?
"Itís a sign of the times" is a statement that tends to fall glibly from the lips of those witnessing some irritating action on the part of others. But such a statement can also reveal an amazing insight into the way in which current world events impinge on the hope of a Christian.

In truth, the statement was first spoken by Jesus when criticising his contemporaries for being unable to discern the signs of their times (Matthew 16.3). Today, many people cannot see that there can be any relationship between political events and the worship of God. However, the Bible declares the purpose of God to be directly concerned with the nations of the earth, especially in the relation they bear to the nation of Israel, whom God declares to be his own special people in the earth (Deuteronomy 7.6 and Psalm 147.19/20).

Jesus demonstrated the divine link between politics and religion when telling the people of his day about the signs of the times. He warned them, "When ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh" (Luke 21.20). The import of this event is seen by the words of Jesus which followed, "Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" (verse 24), bringing us right up to the situation in our own day when Jerusalem has been delivered from Gentile domination and, since 1967, has been under the control of the Israelis.

In the same way, the Book of Revelation is specifically devoted to a demonstration (in symbolic language) of "things which must be hereafter" (4.1), and so it contains references to many political events. Some of these are now history, but there are some still awaiting fulfilment. All these events are seen to culminate in a time when "the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever" (Revelation 11.15).

The image King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon saw in a dream, and which Daniel explained
Daniel chapter 2 is one of the clearest passages in the Bible demonstrating that the affairs of the nations are under the control of God and that their movements constitute signs of the times. This chapter contains a prophecy illustrated by a huge image in human form, comprising a head of gold; breast and arms of silver; belly and thighs of brass; legs of iron; and feet and toes part iron and part clay. If you read the chapter through, you will see that this image portrayed four successive empires. The head represented Babylon; the silver, the Medes and Persians; the belly and thighs, Greece; and the iron legs, the eastern and western sections of the Roman empire. Since the disintegration of that empire there has been no other. Instead, the Roman territory has been divided into separate kingdoms; some strong like the iron; others, weak like the clay. It is in this last situation that the whole image is smitten and pulverised by a little stone that eventually grows to fill the place occupied by these successive kingdoms. This outcome is described as follows. "In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever" (Daniel 2.44).

The object of this website is to relate (so far as we are able) current world events to this purpose of God to set up his kingdom on earth. We shall find that, as this kingdom is to be located in the land of Israel with Jerusalem as its capital (Jeremiah 3.17), the burden of todayís world events will be closely connected with the Jews. It will be our aim to monitor events as they happen and it is hoped that the content of this site will be kept up-to-date on a monthly basis.

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