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details: “Explaining the urgency of the Sharon-Peres diplomatic initiative, the Foreign Minister referred to plans circulating out of the United States, European Union, and United Nations and said that Israel cannot let its actions be driven by the agendas of other bodies with vested interests.” (The Jerusalem Post's internet edition can be found online at www.jpost.com.)

So, Israeli politicians see the possibility of 'the international community imposing' a solution, and they are determined to resist. That is the formula for conflict.

Although foreign armies have surrounded Jerusalem in the past -- even international armies during the crusades -- the problem has always been of a more limited scope. Never before has Jerusalem been a problem for "the world," and never before has there been a fulfillment of Zechariah's prophecy that "all the nations of the earth" would unite to impose their solution. (Zech. 12:3 The Living Bible Catholic Edition) Now, today, we see such a problem in place, and we see moves afoot in the world community to impose such a solution. Are we about to see the events Jesus pointed forward to as part of a 'sign' to watch for in the end times?

Jesus said, "When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies…Men will faint from terror…When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near…it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth." (Luke 21:20, 26, 28, 35 NIV) Everyone living today has reason to be concerned and to investigate the significance of these events.

Chapter 2 Objections to Christianity

Besides laying out the evidence for the reliability of Bible prophecy and its application to the world situation today, this book will also attempt to deal with the objections that a rational mind might raise.

I am hoping to present evidence that will be clear, concise, and compelling, not only to readers who are already believers in Bible prophecy, but also to individuals inquiring into these matters for the first time. I don't wish to limit myself to preaching to the choir.

To Christian Bible believers the message is, "When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your deliverance is drawing near." (Luke 21:28 NIV) Compare the events that are taking place in the world today with the things that Jesus said to watch for as indicators that the time of his return is near. Can you see the predicted events "begin to take place"? Then rejoice, because Christ is coming again!

But, for the person looking into these matters for the first time, the message must include some additional elements. It must include evidence that Bible prophecy has been reliable in the past, and that the things that the Bible said would happen prior to today have been happening as foretold.

Moreover, there are some objections that an inquiring mind may need to deal with before it makes sense even to look at Bible prophecy. I am painfully aware of that, because I myself have a background of deep immersion in scientific atheism, Darwinian evolution, and humanist philosophy. If you read the portion of this book titled "About the Author," you will see that I started out, not as a gullible child indoctrinated to accept the religious beliefs of his parents, but rather as one who viewed Christianity as a strange phenomenon dimly visible on a distant horizon.

How can Bible prophecy be true, if the Bible itself is nothing more than a collection of poetry and imaginary stories written by primitive people to entertain primitive audiences? How can anything having to do with God be worth considering, if mankind has no Creator but instead arose through a series of evolutionary accidents in a pool of chemicals? And, if there really is a God, still, why should anyone look for understanding to the Scriptures of the Jews and the Christians? Why not look to Buddhism or Hinduism for answers about man's future?

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