In mid-2017, BBC ran an article under the headline of "End of the Anglo-American order?" Is that really a question or the biblical reality? After the Brexit vote, the election of US President Donald Trump, and US rejection of the Paris accords on climate change, is the world really going to put in a different order?
Sweden continues to reduce the amount of currency notes and coins in circulation as more and more Swedes turn to digital forms of payments. Even 'farmers' markets' take debit and credit cards. Will this eliminate crime or lead to the rise of the Beast and Antichrist power?
China is working on something known as the 'Silk Road' project or the “One Belt, One Road” initiative. NBC reports that China intends to spend one trillion dollars to build roads, bridges, railroads, and maritime facilities to reach from China to Europe and China to the Middle East.
BBC reported that one might as well try to use a 'Magic Eight-Ball' to predict what will happen in the remaining time of Donald Trump's presidency. What is a 'Magic Eight-Ball'? Dr. Thiel not only explains that, but also briefly goes over 10 biblically-based warnings he wrote would happen if Donald Trump were elected that have already began to come to pass.
On April 29, 2017, 27 of the nations of the European Union agreed to certain guidelines for the negotiations with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which gave its notice to leave on March 29, 2017. These guidelines are contrary to what the UK wants. Does the EU intend the UK to pay a price for leaving the EU?
According to NASA scientists, a massive solar eclipse is to occur on August 21, 2017. Some claim that it is apocalyptic and they will be raptured then. Mark Biltz, of 'blood moon' fame, citing Genesis 1:14, says this is a sign of God for national repentance. Is it? Could Jeremiah 10:2 apply here? Mark Biltz and others tie this August 2017 solar eclipse in with Revelation 12--is that possible? Is there any solar eclipse associated with the Apocalypse?
On April 7, 59 US Tomahawk missiles hit a military installation in Syria. While praised by NATO nations, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, this was denounced by Syria, Russia, and North Korea. Is this the start of World War III? Will the Bashar al-Assad regime remain as it is?
Because of US President Donald Trump's position on 'climate change' as well as certain executive orders from him, the USA has been declared a rogue nation by various ones in Europe, Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world. How does Webster's Dictionary define 'rogue'? Is is possible that considering that the USA is a rogue nation will be part of the justification for it getting taken over in the future?
Could end time prophecies be fulfilled by apparitions? May 13, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of a 'Lady' that appeared before three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. The Vatican announced that Pope Francis will declare them Catholic saints on the 100th anniversary--how did the children describe what they saw? Is it possible that Jesus' mother Mary appeared at Fatima?
The Bible tells of an end-time Mystery Babylon the Great that sits on seven hills. While Catholic and Church of God scholars have identified this as Rome, others point to other cities. Some who profess Christ have pointed to the USA. Some Protestants, like Joel Richardson, have pointed to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Which of these places meets the biblical criteria for 'Mystery Babylon'?
Could problems with the electrical power grid caused by one or more electo-magnetic pulse bombs, solar flares, and/or other phenomena help weaken the USA to the point of allowing it to be taken over? Does such potential exist? If so, is this consistent with any biblical prophecies?
Mexico has increasingly been in the news because of statements and policies of US President Donald Trump. Many in Mexico are not intending to sit back and accept whatever Donald Trump attempts to force them to do. What will happen to Mexico?
In February 2017, Germany announced that it repatriated more of its gold three years ahead of schedule. Why would Germany do this? Are various nations accumulating gold with the intention to dethrone the US dollar as the world's reserve currency?
Trade issues, tariffs, and talk of trade wars are in the news. Can trade wars lead to World War III like they did to World War II? Are the events going on with the USA, UK, Asia, and Europe consistent with warnings published by the true Church of God (COG) over the past several years and decades? Do Germany and China hope to take advantage of trade frictions involving the Trump Administration and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement?
Europeans and others have major concerns about President Donald Trump. Will the 'Great Tribulation' (Matthew 24:21) start during the first term of Donald Trump's presidency? Various ones have claimed that US President Donald Trump is the "trump of God" (1 Thessalonians 4:16) and/or "the last trump" (1 Corinthians 15:51). What does the Bible really teach in those verses? Dr. Thiel explains why, instead of being the 'trump of God,' Donald Trump is apocalyptic, but why he also is NOT the final Antichrist.
Is the USA better and stronger in nearly all ways in 2017 than it was 8 years ago? Barack Obama made this claim. He pointed to economic factors, "marriage equality," Iran, and other items to attempt to bolster his claim? From a biblical and prophetic perspective is the USA better and stronger now than it was?
BBC reported about what it called an animal that would be half-human and half-pig. Is such a thing possible? Are chimeras for real? What about a "humanzee"? Are scientists really working on these type of creatures? Is this good? Can something truly be half human and half animal?
Why do people celebrate January 1st as New Year's? Is this a Christian practice? What is the month of January named after? Did the Church of Rome condemn this date as "observing the new time of the Devil"? When does the Bible show that God says the 'new year' begins?
The Japanese financial firm Nomura put out a list of 'ten grey swans' events to look out for in 2017. Indirectly based upon 'black swan' theory, these are events that Nomura believes could greatly impact financial markets in 2017--some of which are related to the election of Donald Trump. Dr. Thiel expounds on each of these ten and adds two additional ones.
There are various theories, signs, and opinions of ones who believe that the Great Tribulation will start in 2017. Some point to Nostradamus, some point to Fatima, some point to a solar eclipse for 21 August 2017, some point to Donald Trump, some point to Jubilee cycles, some point to the rebirth of the nation of Israel, some point to a possible Shemitah year, some point to a Jewish sage, others point to the Bible, and some claim a combination of reasons why the Bible supports their view that the tribulation will begin in 2017. ...