Now, before you decide to skip this post because it sounds "too church-y", give me one paragraph to change your mind. If it doesn't interest you to take a look at events from a Biblical perspective, then I invite you to investigate these occurrences from a historical viewpoint. If nothing else, the facts are compelling and the stories are captivating.
Did you know that experts have combed the pages of the Bible and found approximately 2500 prophecies --- of which nearly 2000 have already come true, or been "fulfilled", in Biblical terms. Furthermore, these 2000 predictions, or forecasts, can easily be proven in the annals of history. They are not like fortune-tellers, or mediums, or clairvoyants, whose predictions are sporadically accurate. The Bible's prophecies have been 100% error-free. Here are just a few that you might find interesting:
1) In approximately 700 B.C. the prophet Micah named the tiny village of Bethlehem as the birthplace of Israel's Messiah (Micah 5:2). The fulfillment of this prophecy in the birth of Christ is one of the most widely known and widely celebrated facts in history. (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 105.)
2) In the fifth century B.C. a prophet named Zechariah declared that the Messiah would be betrayed for the price of a slave—thirty pieces of silver, according to Jewish law-and also that this money would be used to buy a burial ground for Jerusalem's poor foreigners (Zechariah 11:12-13). Bible writers and secular historians both record thirty pieces of silver as the sum paid to Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus, and they indicate that the money went to purchase a "potter's field," used—just as predicted—for the burial of poor aliens (Matthew 27:3-10). (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 1011.)
4) Jeremiah predicted that despite its fertility and despite the accessibility of its water supply, the land of Edom (today a part of Jordan) would become a barren, uninhabited wasteland (Jeremiah 49:15-20; Ezekiel 25:12-14). His description accurately tells the history of that now bleak region. (Probability of chance fulfillment = 1 in 105.)
So think that you'll never see a prophecy come true in your lifetime? I submit to you that we are living in the midst of such a fulfillment this very day. And it is happening in Egypt. If you listened to the speeches of our Leaders, the "Arab Spring" was supposed to be about democracy coming to the Middle East.
Instead we saw rioting in the streets, governments toppling and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Now there is a huge conflict between Egypt's new Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, their Parliament and the military. The powerful Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which was running the country after Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a popular uprising last year, had dissolved parliament, after a ruling by Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court. It now seems that hard-line Islamist President Morsi seeks to ignore the Court's ruling, and is trying to reinstate Parliament. This struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Military is being played out hour by hour.
So, maybe you don't buy into the Bible as the Word of the Living God, or maybe you just can't come to grips with the fact that it is a book by which you can live your life. But I invite you to explore its history and listen to what it is trying to tell you. There is Truth at its core, and as this world is careening faster and faster out of control, it is a good anchor to cling to. I promise; you will find encouragement to endure and to survive the powers that intend to destroy. And above all else, you will find hope and that is something we will all need in the days to come.
Psalms 25:4-5 "Make me know your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth, and teach me; for you are the God who saves me, my hope is in you all day long."