We have been watching BP and others try to stop the terrible oil leak into the Gulf for over a month. As one attempt after another has failed, there is mounting frustration, anger, fear, and anxiety. Each day this disaster continues, the impact on the ecosystem, the seafood industry, and local economies, including tourism, becomes more of an open question.
The oil leak in the Gulf is one of those events that has prompted me to think about the end time prophecies spoken of in the Bible. For instance, in the book of the Revelation, John saw a scene after the seventh seal was opened whereby a star fell from heaven. “And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter” (Revelation 8:11).
Let me be quick to point out that what’s happening in the Gulf is not the end times event this verse is talking about. On the other hand, the Gulf leak is an indication of how large amounts of water can become quickly polluted. And that means that the end result of what John saw should not be considered as far- fetched or as literally impossible.
Another event that happened and similarly impressed me was the Persian Gulf War back in 1990. I had been a Christian about ten years at that time. And as I studied the Bible, and tried to get my arms around some of the mind-boggling prophecies in the book of the Revelation, this war helped me to better digest the war at Armageddon, which the Bible talks about. During the sixth of the seven last plagues, the Bible says, “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14).
What I had a hard time conceiving was the idea of assembling the armies of the earth and of the whole world together. But when I saw how quickly armies from around the world converged together to join forces during the Persian Gulf War, I realized that this idea is not far-fetched or impossible. Again, let me be quick to point out that the Persian Gulf War was not an end times event associated with the verse quoted above. Rather, I am simply trying to drive home the point that for those who think the book of Revelation cannot be taken seriously because the prophecies spoken of are not realistic, we have only to look around us and see what’s happening.
Sometimes, we get so caught up in the media frenzy about current events that we only take away the perspective of our favorite journalist. But those of us who know the Lord and walk with Him, we must walk with more discernment. The tragic events that we see around us are increasing with abounding intensity. The toll on lives is not to be dismissed. But more importantly, many of these events point to the end times. Events such as the Gulf oil leak help us to see that what God says will happen is not far-fetched at all.