I’ve Got a Feeling, a Feeling Deep Inside
“I’ve Got a Feeling” is a Lennon-McCartney track from the album “Let It Be”…
Some of my brothers and sisters in Christ may consider it an abomination for me to quote a lyric from a Beatles song – as some view the Beatles, their music, and their lyrics as the most anti-Christ, evil form of artistic expression to ever tickle the ears of fallen man.
I enjoy the music of the Beatles. It is in my view the most colorful and creative rock music ever made. The lyrics to me are mere words – and in some cases clever wordplay – that don’t influence the way that I think or feel.
But it is not my enjoyment of the Beatles that will be the topic of this blog. Instead, I write today because I’ve got a feeling…
I will re-use what is for me a hackneyed phrase: I am no prophet, nor have I ever played one on television. I do not sense that God has gifted me with the prophetic, but has instead blessed me with a keen sensitivity to the Natural and Supernatural around me.
Certainly, I am not one of those heretics that claim they can determine the specific day of the Rapture. However; by being a watchman at the wall, I see the signs that tell me that we are in the season. It has been a long, slow, but deliberate slog along a rough and rocky road, but it sure does seem like we have completed the pacing of the End Times miles that would bring us within earshot of the sound of that glorious trumpet.
Just like some of you, I’ve got a feeling – a feeling deep inside oh yeah – that while we are nearly home, the remaining miles may take us through the stormiest weather that this fallen world has seen up to this point in its history. In the spring and summer of 2010 I wrote an online column called Storm Watch and then Storm Warning. I thought by the autumn of that year we would have reached a period where we would be seeing such hard times that some mislead followers of Christ would be saying that the Great Tribulation was already upon us. Well, that autumn brought great tribulation into my own life, but it seemed like everyone else was doing A-OK.
In August of 2012 the Middle East is perched on a precipice of war that will involve Syria, Iran, possibly Russia and America, and most surely the apple of God’s eye, who is none other than Israel. This war could involve Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, and other nations in that region. On theoretical paper, this war could bring about a desired result for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. It is Morsi who has said “Our capital shall be Jerusalem, Allah willing.” But, on the paper pages of the Bible, this war could bring about the fulfillment of prophecies written in Isaiah 17:1, Psalm 83, and Ezekiel 38-39. Somewhere along this tumultuous road the fulfillment of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 could be a strong possibility.
Concurrent with the growing maelstrom in the Middle East are the steadily collapsing economies of America and Europe. Perhaps in anticipation of what some refer to as SHTF (Google it), the U.S. Federal Government may be preparing for civil unrest and Martial Law.
In my view, there is big trouble coming around the bend. Still, some of you may say that I’m a lunatic, a conspiracy theorist, or one of those disenfranchised End Times-loving Christians that can’t find fulfillment in this world and just wants to see TEOTWAWKI (another acronym you can Google) so as to believe that the Rapture is nigh.
Say what you will, and indeed, time will tell. But I’ve got a feeling…