“The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him (Jesus) that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather for the sky is red. And in the morning , It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”
Here we see the elite leaders of two of the three main Jewish sects at the time of Jesus attempt to trick him into telling them what would be the “signs” of the End Times. Since they were supposed to be knowledgeable about those prophetic things already written in the Old Testament, Jesus replied, in essence, “How is it you can tell the weather by the sky but, knowing what you know about the Bible, you cannot see how I have fulfilled those things already predicted?” He put them in their place! The prediction of the Coming of the Jewish Messiah is throughout the Books of Moses and the Old Testament. Jesus had fulfilled ALL of them up to that point, and yet they knew Him not. Since the Jews later rejected Jesus, delaying His Millennium Reign over the earth and resulting in His death and resurrection, we are now still anxiously awaiting His Prophesied Return. Thankfully, in the New Testament we are given many prophecies of what will be happening in this world AND what we should be looking for that will be the Signs of His Soon Return. As Jesus Himself said:
“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree (Israel): As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out (the re-founding of Israel on May 14, 1948), you know that summer (the Last Days) is near. Even so, WHEN YOU SEE ALL THESE THINGS (capitals mine), you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
When you put this in sync with what was written in Psalm 90:10, which clearly describes the length of a generation as being 70-80 years, we have a much clearer picture THE generation which sees the rebirth of the Nation of Israel will not pass away until all things previously prophesied have been fulfilled. It says “The days of our years are threescore years and ten (70 years); and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years (80), yet it is their strength, labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off and we fly away (the Rapture?).”
What is absolutely amazing is that 1948 appears to be the watershed year for the beginning of those things which are required to happen in the Last Days. The following list is not events that began in 70 AD, 1665 AD or 2018 AD. They ALL began in 1948! So, we were told at some time in the future the generation (living to be 70-80 years old) that witnessed a very specific prophetic, singular event, WILL NOT pass away “…until all these things have happened.” What was that specific event?
1. Modern Day Birth of the Nation of Israel
“Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”
For almost 2,000 years it was universally proclaimed by nearly all there was absolutely NO WAY the Jews could ever return to their God Promised Land and re-form the Nation of Israel. Since being dispersed in 70 A.D. by the Romans, they had been spread throughout the four corners of the earth, living in various cultures and being subject to severe persecution and slaughter. Yet, less than 3 years after the end of Word War II, which saw one third of all Jews in the entire world massacred, several hundred thousand Jews returned to their homeland of Israel and on May 14, 1948 proclaimed their independence. While approved by the United Nations, many of their Arab neighbors refused to accept them and attacked them immediately. Of course God prevailed! But interestingly, as the Bible previously proclaimed prophetically in Isaiah 66:8:
“Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day (May 14, 1948)? Can a nation be brought forth all at once?”
YES!!! If God says it can, it will! As He said in Isaiah 11:12: “And he (God) shall set up an ensign (a sign) for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts (the Jews) of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah (Israel) from the four corners of the earth.” One of the most important events AND signs that had to take place BEFORE God’s Plan could be fulfilled in the Last Days was the Jews had to be brought back to the land of Israel and this event was to be the prophetic sign “…for the nations” to witness. This happened officially in 1948!
2. Treaty of Brussels (precursor to NATO)
If you know anything about Biblical End Times Prophecy, you are well aware of the coming of a world ruler (the anti-christ) who will establish a one world government which he will lead. Of course, the nationalism that has existed forever would make this very difficult and could not happen in one day. Rather, it would take a cultural and philosophical evolution over years for people to accept the only way to world peace would be to eliminate national governments. As globalist George Soros famously said, “The greatest impediment to world peace is the United States of America.” As long as you have a great country and less fortunate countries, you will have division! Think of this another way. Put yourself in Satan’s shoes (of course I am being facetious, but trying to make a point). You know God exists. You know the Holy Bible is His True Word. You know His prophecies regarding the End Times and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ who will destroy you. However, as I have previously written, Satan ain’t all that smart! his pride does not allow him to accept defeat at the hands of the Creator. So, knowing his time is short, he will do everything he can to prove the Word of God is wrong! By doing this he is playing right into God’s Hands and fulfilling His prophecies listed throughout the Bible.
On March 17, 1948 France, Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands signed the Treaty of Brussels which provided for the organization of military, economic, social and cultural cooperation among them, as well as a mutual defense clause. Later, additional countries (including the U.S.) joined the organization and it eventually morphed into what is now known as NATO. This in essence was created to combine national forces to ward off any potential attack by the former communistic Soviet Union but it was the first attempt and went a long way towards creating the basis for what some could construe as a single governing body of Europe and the U.S., a potential prelude to a one world government. Is it coincidental this happened in 1948?
3. Council of Europe, aka Hague Congress
The future structure of the Council of Europe was discussed at a specific congress of several hundred leading politicians, government representatives and civil society in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1948. The aim of the Council of Europe was to achieve a greater unity between its members for the purpose of safeguarding and realizing the ideals and principles which were their common heritage, facilitating their economic and social progress. Membership was open to all European states who sought harmony, cooperation, good governance and human rights, accepting the principle of the rule of law and were able and willing to guarantee democracy, fundamental human rights and freedoms. Prior to this agreement, when in recorded history did major countries VOLUNTARILY merge with other countries to promote a singular rule of law? Is it coincidental this happened in 1948 AND it also involves many of those countries comprising what the Bible says will be the European based, one world government of the anti-christ during the Tribulation? They agreed to this in 1948!
4. McCollum vs. Board of Education
Vashti McCollum, an atheist, sued the Champagne, IL Board of Education for allowing their schools to offer voluntary various religious education classes. In the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on March 8, 1948 the justices, quoting the separation of church and state statue, made it illegal from that day forward to teach religion in public schools. This was an overturning of a long held American system that helped provide voluntary guidance to a number of religious beliefs. Basically, this ruling took the Bible out of the classroom. Since that time morally and culturally, our system has been severely degraded. But, as Jesus prophesied in John 15:20-21:
“Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord, If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, BECAUSE THEY KNOW NOT HIM THAT SENT ME (capitals mine).”
5. Big Bang Theory
On April 1, 1948 (April Fools day?) the Alpher-Bethe-Glamow paper was published espousing the belief the universe was created tens of billions of years ago due to an “accidental” interaction between heavy elements which started the evolution process. (By the way, evolutionists never says who created these heavy elements to begin with.) Of course this flies directly in the face of Genesis 1:1:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
If your attempt as Satan (again, I am being facetious) is to dissuade people from believing in an all powerful God, what could be more important than convincing them Creation DOES NOT start with a capital C? I am sure many believers might argue God may have used the Big Bang Theory as His way to Create the earth, the heavens, all things living, etc. Except, the Biblical genealogy clearly stated in the Bible accounts for a much, much shorter time period to bring man into existence (6 days) on a FINISHED world. Ultimately, is it possible to believe God and what He said in the Bible and still accept this premise of a singular big bang? Or is it another way for Satan to deceive us? Is it strange this thesis was first published in 1948?
6. Nakba – The Palestinian Exodus
When it became apparent (with the UN approval vote) the Jews would proclaim their Independence in 1948, the Palestinian exodus from Israel began. Also known as the Nakba (which stands for “disaster, catastrophe, or cataclysm”), this occurred when more than 700,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were expelled from their homes, during the 1948 Arab war against the Jews. Even though the government of Israel encouraged the Palestinians to stay and become part of the new Nation of Israel, the leaders of Arab countries told them to get out as there would be a catastrophic war as a result of Israel declaring their Independence. But the Bible says something different!
“But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
God told the Jews to accept those that lived in the land! But, as a result, the Palestinians fled into other countries and areas where they typically were not accepted, but instead used as political pawns in the narrative of how Israel had “illegally” taken over their land. Today, in the Gaza Strip especially, while hundreds of billions of dollars of aid have gone to help them settle, they remain the primary objective of the anti-Semitics to blame Israel for all their problems. One only has to look at how the United Nations has condemned Israel for more Human Rights abuses than ALL other countries combined. There is no doubt this animosity will continue as Satan attempts to destroy the Jews because of God’s Promise to them. Ultimately, it will result in Armageddon. When did this start? Oh, in 1948!
7. Founding of the World Health Organization
A legitimate question to ask would be how could the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 7, 1948 be construed as a negative, contributing to the prophecies related to the End Times? While there is no question with countries working together, many diseases have been eradicated or minimized. Interestingly though is WHO falls under the mandate of the United Nations which is pursuing the idea of a one world government. How do we know this? Because originally WHO was designated as an “international” organization but could not pass approval until it was renamed as a “world” (meaning NOT national) organization. It all started in 1948!
8. Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC) founded
Originally established on April 16, 1948 to administer the almost $25B in economic aide from the US to Europe as a result of the Marshall Plan, the OEEC became the precursor to today’s Organization of Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD). Why is this important in Biblical prophesy? While the OEEC was to help non-Russian European countries build themselves back up after WWII, the new OECD “…provides a platform to compare policy experiences, seeking answers to common problems, identify good practices and coordinate domestic and international policies of its members.” After Europe had rebuilt, they decided to make it more global and brought the US and Canada into the organization. Collectively its members today represent over 62% of the world GDP! As you can read from Wikipedia, they compare, seek answers to common problems, identify good practices and coordinate policies. Ultimately, they will become as one. But it had to start somewhere and in this case it miraculously, but not surprisingly, started in 1948.
9. ABC, NBC & CBS Start Broadcasting TV Programs
A new technology, television, officially became a reality as ABC, NBC and CBS started broadcasting in the US in 1948. What strikes me as so amazing is not only did we then have the ability for the first time in all of human recorded history to be able to see and hear things going on around the world in real time, but we could do it in the comfort of our own homes. The prophecy could now be fulfilled of the two witnesses in the End Times that will be killed by the anti-christ for their message from God, but the ENTIRE world will see their bodies laying in the streets of Jerusalem for 3 1/2 days. Simply put, before television (and 1948) this was impossible!
“And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast (the anti-christ) that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the streets of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified (Jerusalem).And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations SHALL SEE THEIR DEAD BODIES (capitals mine) three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves”
Not only will we see their dead bodies laying in the streets, but we will see God bring them back to life! Never before was this possible! Since 1948 it is only NOW possible for ALL NATIONS and people to personally witness REAL TIME the fulfillment of the prophecy made almost 2,000 years ago.
10. Founding of the Organization of American States (OAS)
At the same time Europe was establishing varying agreements to bring their nations (OEEC) together, on April 30, 1948 21 independent countries of the Americas joined the OAS. Interestingly, while coming together to fight the potential onslaught of global communism, the OAS was put together by non-other than George Marshall, the mastermind behind many of the agreements after WWII to reduce the problems between independent countries.Today, the OAS now brings together 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Western Hemisphere. In addition, it has granted permanent observer status to 69 states, as well as to the European Union (EU). Put the OAS together with the OECD and you are well on your way to an organization that controls economics, justice, military, health, etc. through much of the world. Is it coincidental BOTH of these organizations were founded in 1948 or are part of God’s Plan for this generation?
11. Manchester Baby – the First Computer with stored programmable programs
We know in the last half of the 7 year Tribulation, often referred to as the Great Tribulation, the False Prophet (the anti-christ’s right hand man/woman) will force ALL people on the earth to take the Mark of the Beast on their right hand or forehead and that without it they will not be able to buy or sell anything.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast (anti-christ), or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six (666).”
When this was written almost 2,000 years ago how could it be explained to everyone IN THE WORLD they would some day have to take a mark and without it would not be able to buy or sell anything? How could something like that be possible to keep track of all the financial transactions of everyone? Ever hear of the Manchester Baby? On June 21, 1948 the very FIRST stored program computer called the Manchester Baby was introduced in Manchester, England. Although considered “small and primitive” even by the standards of its own time, it was nonetheless the FIRST working computer to contain all the elements essential to evolve into today’s modern electronic computer. What had to exist for the generation that saw the Nation of Israel reborn that could store ALL data on everyone in the world and create a system where only through it could you buy or sell was introduced in 1948. Sorry, that is NOT a coincidence!
12. Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia & Syria Attack Israel
When Israel declared their independence on May 14, 1948 they were immediately attacked by their surrounding neighbors, perhaps as fulfillment of Psalm 83 (see my post The War of Psalm 83). Since most see this war prophetically as an attack on Israel by its immediate neighbors, Psalm 83:4 states:
“They have said , Come let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.”
Interestingly, the only ones that we were told will invade Israel and attempt to “…cut them off from being a nation” are those EXACT countries directly bordering the land given to them as part of the Abrahamic Covenant from God. When did they invade? When Israel became a nation in 1948!!
13. World Council of Churches formed by 147 churches in 44 countries
On August 23, 1948 the World Council of Churches was officially formed. Its purpose, as described by Wikipedia was:
“The World Council of Churches (WCC) is a worldwide inter-church organization. Its members today include the Assyrian Church of the East, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, most jurisdictions of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Old Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, most mainline Protestant churches (such as the Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Moravian and Reformed) and some evangelical Protestant churches (such as the Baptist and Pentecostal). Notably, the Catholic Church is not a member, although it sends accredited observers to meetings. The WCC arose out of the ecumenical movement and has as its basis the following statement:
- The World Council of Churches is a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Savior according to the scriptures, and therefore seeks to fulfill together their common calling to the glory of the one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- It is a community of churches on the way to visible UNITY in ONE faith and ONE eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and in common life in Christ. It seeks to advance towards this unity, as Jesus prayed for his followers, “so that the world may believe.” – John 17:21
It is important to note after the Rapture of the True Believers from this world (The Rapture – God’s Promise) and the probable devastation of many Muslims during The War of Gog and Magog, the world will be left with a religious “infrastructure” devoid of true Believing Christians. This vacancy will be filled by an individual, the false prophet, who will then introduce his “messiah” (the anti-christ) to an unbelieving world who will then worship him as their savior. “And he (the false prophet) exerciseth all the powers of the first beast (anti-christ) before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” – Revelation 13:12. While the Catholic Church today is not an official member of the WCC, as the largest Christian denomination in the world, it will eventually join the group. The foundation of the one world religion began in 1948!
14. Discovery of Dead Sea Scrolls
While some Bedouins discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1946/1947, they were not bought and brought to the attention of the world’s religious authorities until 1948. Why is this important? Because for centuries people questioned the authenticity and credibility of the Bible, claiming it was rewritten by man and its message had changed many times over the years. What the discovery Dead Sea Scrolls, written between 135 BC and 73 AD) did was prove the inerrant accuracy of today’s Bible. In other words, what God intended for us to read today is exactly what He wrote over 2,000 years ago! The fact these scrolls were discovered at the time of Israel’s rebirth and at the start of the Last Days to me shows God has a Perfect Plan for giving us validation of what He said!
15. First Flight of de Havilland Comet, first commercial jet airliner
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
Daniel was given many prophecies regarding the future but interestingly, this one he was told to “..shut up the words, and seal the book.” In other words, God did not want and/or need to have people living 2,600 years ago to try to understand this specific prophecy. He would “open” the book at the appropriate time to the generation which would understand what was previously foretold. The de Havilland Comet was the world’s very first commercial jet airliner and it was introduced in 1948 (to be fair, its first commercial flight was in 1949). The technological breakthrough to enable many people to board a jet plane and literally fly anywhere in the world in a day had never been accomplished in human history to the multitudes to which this airliner now afforded “many”. With it they could go easily go “…to and fro.” Prior to 1948, this was not feasible!
16. Green Fireball Sighting
A Green Fireball is referred to as an unidentified flying object (UFO). Late in 1948 there were a number of sightings in the Southwestern US, especially NM. There were a lot of security concerns because of the proximity to Los Alamos where the US had many top secret facilities. The thought it might be an asteroid or meteor was debunked because of its characteristics. Since that time there have been numerous other sightings but what caught my attention is that no one had ever observed this BEFORE 1948. But…we were told in Joel 2:30:
“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.”
Apparently, God showed us some of His wonders in the heavens in 1948!
17. International Planned Parenthood Federation
The IPPF was founded in 1948 by Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood in the US. It was created to promote sexual and reproductive health for women. Today, it is comprised of 189 countries and is primarily funded by governments, the World Health Organization and the United Nations. Just in the US alone, since Roe vs. Wade was passed in 1973 by the US Supreme Court, over 60 MILLION God-Given babies have been aborted EVEN THOUGH the 5th Commandment of the Bible says “Thou shalt not kill.”
“Although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give HEARTY APPROVAL (capitals mine) to those who practice them.”
Romans 1:32 (NASB)
Never in history have we seen hundreds of millions of babies being murdered worldwide, but globally and conceptually endorsed, it all started in 1948.
19. Formation of Communist North Korea & China
China represents today the most populous country in the world and along with the newly formed North Korea ended internal wars and together adopted communism in late 1948. What makes this interesting as setting the stage for End Times prophecies is that when the Book of Revelation was written in 95 AD, there were not 200 million people living in the entire world, much less just the East. And, much less an army of 200 million! Yet, the Book of Revelation tells us:
“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.”
“And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand (200 million); and I heard the number of them”
Therefore, in 1948 a government was established in the East, in a country now the most populous in the world and who today (as of 2005) boasts they can now field an army of, you guessed it, 200 million soldiers. This is the same size army the Bible told us about 2,000 years ago coming from the same direction, East of Israel as they march towards Armageddon. John was specific about the number of soldiers. He heard it from Jesus! The fact the Chinese and North Korean governments were established in 1948 should tell us something.
20. Groundbreaking ceremony for UN World Headquarters in NYC
On September 14, 1948 the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the planned United Nations building in NYC. Until I began research for this post, I never realized the land the UN building now sits on was owned by Nelson Rockefeller, a proclaimed globalist who believed the world would be better served if there was only ONE government running all peoples. After WWII there was a desire to establish an organization that could help work out differences between countries so the world would never again have to face a world war. Of course this also represented for the first time the creation of an organization that took control of many national based enterprises and set the stage for the prophesied one world government of the anti-christ. And, today it has become extremely anti-Semitic.
I was born after 1948 (although not long after) and have many friends that fit the make up of that generation. While I firmly believe it is not up to me or anyone other than God to set dates for all prophetic events, I can only tell you what God says in the Bible. That is, the generation that saw Israel reborn WILL NOT PASS until all things happen the Bible has said WILL happen. While not setting dates, we are told by Jesus to “look up, be watchful, for our redemption draweth near.” I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be labeled a hypocrite like Jesus called the Sadducees and Pharisees for NOT recognizing the Signs of the End Times. Personally, as I have said many times, we SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID. WE SHOULD BE AWARE! By being aware I am sincerely comforted in knowing and seeing so many of the things the Bible tell us regarding the Last Days coming true today. I hope you are also. If you are, please help me to do what He has asked us all to do and that is to “…therefore comfort one another with these words.” Please share this with your friends and if you fear social media (as I do) will one day permanently block posts like this, please subscribe at www.comfortoneanother.com for delivery of my posts via direct email. If you do, I will happily send you a free copy of my book Comfort One Another – 2017, as well as my upcoming book Comfort One Another – 2018 due for publication in March 2018. Let’s help to get His Word out!
May God Bless you!
Well written, easy to understand, and very informative. Thank you!