The Birth Pang Timeline
Over the years, Rapture Ready has received a steady flow
of mail from people wanting to know if certain events are
signs of the end times. We have always maintained that itís
a big mistake to point to a single event as being an
indicator of the rapture or of the tribulationís nearness.
Jesus said we will not know the exact time He will come
for the Church. Since we are barred from knowing the timing
of the rapture, any date speculation is folly.
Although we are restricted from knowing the day and hour,
we are encouraged by the Lord Jesus to understand the
general time frame of His return. Jesus foretold of
conditions that will be in place just before His second
In Matthew 24:8 we are told the last days will be the
tail end of an exponential curve of activity. Jesus
mentioned a great variety of signs ó spiritual, natural,
societal, and world political ó and then He said these signs
will be like "birth pangs."
As the birth of a baby approaches, the birth pangs
increase two ways. They increase in frequency and intensity.
Thus, Jesus was saying that the closer we get to the time of
His return, the more frequent and intense the signs will
become. There will be more earthquakes and more intense
ones. Likewise, things like famine, pestilence and war will
increase in frequency and intensity.
Over the past several decades, I have noticed an increase
in calamities; however, the past few years have been
particular interesting. The dawn of the new millennium is
the beginning of what we believe to be major birth pangs.
These are events that stand out:
Sep 2001 - Suicide bombings proliferated like never
Sep 2001 - The 9/11 attacks occurred in the U.S.
Mar 2003 - The second war in Iraq began.
Mar 2004 - Ten terrorist bombs exploded in Madrid, Spain,
Dec 2004 - A magnitude 9.0 earthquake spawned a tsunami
that killed 250,000 people.
Jul 2005 - Four explosions rocked London.
Aug 2005 - Hurricane Katrina inflicted $200 billion in
Oct 2005 - Hurricane Wilma was the most intense hurricane
recorded in the Atlantic basin.
Oct 2005 - An earthquake in Kashmir, Pakistan, killed
Mar 2006 - Cyclone Larry, the strongest storm since 1974,
Jul 2006 - Typhoon Saomai was the strongest storm to hit
China since 1956.
Jul 2006 - Israel launched a 34-day war with Hezbollah.
Oct 2006 - North Korea exploded an atomic bomb.
Nov 2006 - Japan was hit by the strongest tornado on
Nov 2006 - Australia sweltered under the worst drought in
There is no way one can say these are just common events.
This past week, we had a massive earthquake in the Kurl
Islands that triggered a global tsunami warning. Because it
only produced a small tsunami, I don't regard this event as
a birth-pang worthy event. We are at the point that an
end-time watcher has the luxury of sighting occurrences that
come with labels such as "historic," "worst," or "record."
I have noticed that people seem to have a problem keeping
these calamities in an end-time perspective. They have
become so common, we lose track of their significance. To
combat complacency, we've decide to soon add a "Birth Pang"
timeline to the site.
It will be very interesting to see if 2007 follows the
pattern of exponential end-time activity. Clearly, we are at
a point at which the rate of increase cannot go on much
Encapsulating the Reality of Our Time
Rarely have I found a work that so profoundly
encapsulates the reality of these troubling though exciting
times in which we live. Goodbye America, Goodbye Britain by
Alan and Pat Franklin makes truth for the end of days leap
from the pages of the Bible, and tells in plain,
shoe-leather language exactly whatís up with regard to
Europe and America in the drive for global unification. Iíve
never found a book that explains more thoroughly or more
simply the likely course geopolitics and global
socio-economics might take from this point forward on Godís
But, we have posted an in-depth review of the book and
the Franklins' work in another section "Goodbye
America, Goodbye Britain" so we wonít present a review
The current issues and events, under the microscope of
Godís prophetic Word, do warrant review, however. Americaís
movement toward the emerging new world order took on new and
dynamic meanings, in my view, with the Bush Administration
seeming this past week to move somewhat away from close
military ties with our staunch ally, Israel. The revelation
that former Secretary of State James Baker is heading a
commission to try to negotiate in the formerly nonnegotiable
matters of nuclear proliferation and other things with Iran
and Syria is the key to this Ėagain in my viewódangerous
course of diplomatic travel.
Baker has always been and is now a one-world order
builder, or at least one who is a champion of globalism. It
seems to me that George H.W. Bush 41 has now, with his chief
new world order architect, taken the lead in shaping foreign
policy in these days since the mid-term elections. Perhaps
Iím wrong, but I sadly must say that it seems to me the
current president has become somewhat irrelevant as we move
toward the presidential politics of 2008.
Tony Blair, the British prime minister, and others of the
European Union sort are making similar noises to those of
the Baker types within the George W. Bush Administration.
Israel and its security are secondary; securing the goodwill
of the likes of Bashar el-Assad of Syria and Iranís Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad now takes front and center. The oil, it seems,
must continue to flow at all costs.
As a bit of leverage, the build-up in the Persian Gulf of
U.S. warships seems aimed at convincing the dictators Assad
and Ahmadinejad to see the wisdom of cooperating with the
western powers that be.
Since the Republicanís removal from majority status in
both the House and the Senate, the Baker-types of the
Administration apparently now intend to put the pressure on
while there is time. The drive toward globalism is at the
forefront of priorities. A new administration with new
thoughts and motives might not be so quick to grasp the
benefits of forcing America and the rest of the western
world into the unification mold.
And, this brings us back to the Franklinís book, Goodbye
America, Goodbye Britain.
Alan Franklin has written about his observations of the
power shifts and maneuverings within Europe and in America
for decades. Believe me, he has a firm grasp of what has
happened, what is presently going on, and what the prognosis
is for this generation. He is soundly steeped in Bible
prophecy, as well as in local, regional and global
governments and politics. If there is one journalist with a
solid foundation in truth from Godís Word, it is Alan. He,
as well as anyone I know, understands the significance of
the prophecy proclaimed by the psalmist on behalf of the
Lord God of all Creation:
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain
thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers
take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his
anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast
away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens
shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then
shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his
sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill
of Zion (Psalm 2:1-6).
Jesus Christ will sit upon the millennial throne in the
Temple atop Mt. Moriah in Jerusalem. Make no mistake about
that prophetic truth. And, that is the bottom line of the
Franklins' book. It is, ultimately, an active, ongoing story
of things setting up for that glorious period ahead, when
Jesus will make all things the way God meant them to be upon
this presently downward-spiraling planet.
Go to the review article "Goodbye
America, Goodbye Britain". You will want to get this
book. It is a premier work for these pre-Tribulation times.