I picked up a book the other day - it's called 'Signs in the Sky' by Adrian Gilbert. I started reading, expecting it to be based on Egyptology -
going off the cover design. To a larger extent than anticipated, I'm mostly impressed with it so far. An intriguing reference is drawn to Jesus'
prophecy in Matthew, regarding the symbolism of the fig tree as representative of the Israeli nation state in the End Times.
In Matthew 24, Jesus talks about the potential for being deceived, the persecutions, alluding to the political state of things, natural disasters
3 - As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will
be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"
4 - Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you.
(vs.5 omitted by ATS user Noah)
6 - You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 -
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 - All these are the beginning
of birth pains.
Then he goes on to say:
32 - "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
33 - Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.
34 - I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
35 - Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Matthew 24:34 used to confuse the hell out of me, as I thought it referred to the people he was actually sitting talking to, some 2000 years ago...
However, in Signs In The Sky, Gilbert relates how he was told that the 'generation' is to be considered as the 70 year period from the reinstatement
of the Nation of Israel, which as we all know happened in 1948. That interpretation is based on multiple references to the Nation of Israel,
symbolised by the Fig Tree in the Old Testament.
1948 + 70 years (standard life expectancy/ 'generation') = 2018.
** Therefore, in accordance with that interpretation, we are nearing the end of the generation of which Jesus spoke. **
Bringing into line the noisy, speculative 2012 shenanigans; all the recent political movement towards one world order; a recent 400% rise in average
yearly natural disasters (the increase is measured as relative to the average recorded disasters in the 80's I believe; I will try to dig out the
source for that statistic) - it starts to mount up to a serious wealth of suggestive material. I think we all have a responsibility to prepare for
the possibility of 'something' going quite terribly awry quite soon...
On a personal level, I, like many, have experienced prophetic dreams. In one such, I experienced being 'caught up', apparently pre-tribulation
(that's my interpretation based on the symbolic content of the start of the dream).
I was raised aloft over the ocean, after spending time trying to warn people of impending events. As I went over that ocean, carried by an invisible
pair of hands (gripping my upper torso under my arms), I saw the 'mountain burning with a blue flame' crash down into the middle of it. It was an
incredibly realistic dream, and the memory of it hasn't faded one bit. At the time I had it, I hadn't read the book of Revelations either (about
twelve years ago), and I most certainly wasn't a Christian back then.
NB - That's not to say let it take over your life by the way. Just keep it at the back of your mind is my outlook.