PROPHETIC FULFILLMENTS POSSIBLE FOR 2015
by Irvin Baxter
In order to consider what prophetic fulfillments are likely for 2015, we need to understand the major prophecies that will come to pass between now and the Second Coming of Jesus. This is because many prophecies are fulfilled incrementally and over a period of several years. The following list consists of the things we know for certain will happen between now and the Second Coming:
- The Sixth Trumpet War (WWIII)
- The UN will be strengthened leading toward a world government.
- A global religious system will be established to work in concert with the emerging one-world government.
- A Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement will be signed.
- A Palestinian state will be created in the West Bank (Judea).
- Some of the Jews presently living in the area of the new Palestinian state will remain there as a Jewish minority.
- The Temple Mount will be placed under a sharing arrangement with both Jews and Muslims worshiping there.
- The sharing arrangement will be supervised by the International Community (likely the UN).
- The status of Jerusalem will not be resolved. It will remain under Jewish sovereignty until the Battle of Armageddon.
- A Jewish temple will be built on the Temple Mount without disturbing the Dome of the Rock or the Al Aqsa Mosque.
- Animal sacrifices will be offered in the rebuilt temple.
- The Antichrist will order the sacrifices to be stopped.
- The Antichrist will stand on the Temple Mount claiming to be Messiah and God. This event is called the Abomination of Desolation.
- Something about the Abomination of Desolation will ignite Palestinian anger. They will begin slaughtering the Jews who remained among them.
- This event will begin the final three and one-half years known as the Great Tribulation.
- The Abomination of Desolation will officially mark the beginning of the reign of the Antichrist and his one-world government.
- The religious partner of the Antichrist, the False Prophet, will perform miracles and will use his influence to convince the world to pledge allegiance to the Antichrist and his world government.
- An economic system will be instituted, which will banish from the economy all who refuse to pledge allegiance to the Antichrist. In scripture, this system is called the Mark of the Beast.
- Jordan will never fall under the power of the Antichrist.
- Israel will never fall under the power of the Antichrist.
- The United States will support Israel and Jordan in their stance against being integrated into the New World Order.
- Seven years after the peace agreement, the world community will invade Israel. This will be the Battle of Armageddon.
- Israel will fight the World Community but will ultimately be pushed to the brink of defeat.
- Jesus will come to earth to fight for Israel against the International Community.
- The governments of the world will be removed.
- Jesus will be crowned King of kings and Lord of lords.
The Sixth Trumpet War (WWIII)
Revelation 9:13-16 prophesies a massive war that will result in the death of one-third of the world’s population. This war will begin from the area of the Euphrates River and ultimately engulf the world.
ISIS has seized control of much of the Euphrates River. It has declared the founding of an Islamic caliphate and has adopted the name “Islamic State”. The Islamic State (IS) claims it will eventually capture the holy places of Islam, including Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. IS leaders claim they will liberate Jerusalem from the Jews and establish the headquarters of a worldwide Islamic State there. In spite of its beheadings and other extreme forms of brutality, IS continues to attract many Islamic volunteers to its cause.
The International Community is fighting against the Islamic State. Nations that have contributed planes, troops or finances to help in the fight against the Islamic State are: Great Britain, France, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Iraqi Kurdistan, Bahrain, Germany, Canada, Poland, Denmark, Albania, Croatia, New Zealand, Romania, South Korea, Iraq, Iran and the United States. This certainly has the makings of a worldwide war.
The Euphrates River War is clearly prophesied and will come to pass. It is definitely possible that it could break out in all of its fury in the year 2015. Here’s what we know for certain—this war must occur before the beginning of the Great Tribulation and the final three and one-half years.
Those who contend we are not entering world government right now should consider: the World Community, the International Community, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization and the World Court. “Globalization” is a deliberate plan to move from the nation-state structure of our world to a system of global governance.
Strobe Talbott, president of the prestigious Brookings Institute, said it this way: “In the twenty-first century, national sovereignty as we have known it will cease to exist. We will all answer to a single global authority.” Susan Rice worked under Talbott at the Brookings Institute before leaving to become U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and now serving as President Obama’s National Security Advisor.
Our world is moving from one superpower leading the world to a mentality of multilateralism. President Obama is a big believer in the nations of the world acting by consensus through the auspices of the United Nations. We can expect this trend called globalization to continue throughout 2015 and beyond.
A Global Religious System
The term presently being used for the coming one-world religion is Interfaithism.
The first step to Interfaithism is ecumenism. The ecumenical movement has been striving to heal the divisions in Christianity since Vatican Council II in 1962. Great strides have been made toward this goal.
During 2014, evangelical leaders such as Kenneth Copeland, Jim Robinson, Joel Osteen and many others made their way to the Vatican to express solidarity with the pope and the Roman Catholic Church. These leaders plan to sign, on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, in 2017, a “joint declaration of faith in unity for mission.” The declaration will open a new era for Christians, encouraging them to act and pray together across the world, in spite of their differences.
Interfaithism: The Interfaith movement is built around the teaching that Jews, Muslims and Christians all worship the same God—they merely call him be different names. The Jews call him Jehovah, the Muslims call him Allah, and the Christians call him Jesus. This belief is embraced by former President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama and most major politicians around the world.
Tony Blair founded his Tony Blair Faith Foundation in 2008. Blair was motivated by the upswing in religious conflict around the world. He theorized that globalization was forcing people of different cultures and religions together. He saw the potential for religious conflict to arise from these closer associations. Blair founded his foundation to promote understanding among the different religions of the world and to counter religious conflict and extremism.
One effort of the Tony Blair Foundation is a program called Face to Faith. It places computers on the desks of young people between the ages of 12-17. Then these young people are linked by the Internet to other young people of different religions. They are encouraged to compare aspects of their religions that are the same rather than focusing on their differences and conflicts. Blair believes the cultivation of understanding and respect among the religions of the world can prevent the clash of civilizations that some have predicted.
The troubling aspect of Interfaithism is the possibility that globalists could move to outlaw religious conflict and demand that people everywhere agree that all religions are equally valid. Anyone who could not agree to this homogenizing of religions would be considered a religious extremist and possibly even a religious terrorist. Many might think entertaining this possibility is just so much paranoia. However, the Bible prophesies this very development for the times just ahead.
We can expect the interfaith movement to continue advancing in 2015, as world leaders seek to establish their vision of one-world government, one-world religion and one-world economy.
A Palestinian-Israeli Peace Agreement
The conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis have escalated over the past few months. However, sometimes pressures have to increase before parties are willing to pay the price for resolution of their differences.
Both Israelis and Palestinians have embraced the concept of two states for two peoples living side by side. However, they cannot agree on where the borders will be drawn, what will happen to the Temple Mount and what the status of Jerusalem will be. Since Israel will not agree to Palestinian terms, Mahmoud Abbas says he will internationalize the dispute by asking the UN to mandate an agreement and establish a deadline for its implementation.
Scriptures foretell that the Antichrist and his one-world government will play a role in the prophesied peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis. It would be interesting if the UN Security Council were to come up with a solution to the conflict that both Israel and the Palestinians can accept. This could result in a Middle East agreement, sooner rather than later, and it could very possibly happen in 2015.
If the prophesied peace deal were reached in 2015, then the Final Seven Years to Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus would begin.
We know from the Bible that a peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis is coming soon. The only question is: “When?” Will it be 2015?
The Temple Mount will be Shared
In the last few months, the dispute over control of the Temple Mount has escalated dramatically. We have seen riots break out on the Temple Mount almost weekly. A leading proponent of Jews being able to pray on the Temple Mount,Yehuda Glick, was shot four times by 32-year-old Islamic Jihad member Moataz Hejazi. Before shooting Glick, Hejazi said, “I’m sorry, but I have to shoot you because you are an enemy of Al Aqsa Mosque.”
On November 1, 2013, a bill was introduced to the Israeli Knesset calling for the sharing of the Temple Mount between Muslims and Jews. Israeli law provides for freedom of religion for all people in Israel. However, Jews can pray anywhere in the world except for at Judaism’s number one holy site—the Temple Mount. Certain Jews are no longer willing to accept this injustice.
Whether the sharing of the Temple Mount will come to pass in 2015, we cannot say. However, according to Revelation 11:1-2, such an arrangement is definitely going to happen. If not before, the sharing will be provided for when the Palestinian-Israeli peace agreement is finally signed.
Temple Mount Under International Supervision
The sharing of the Temple Mount will definitely be supervised by the International Community. We know this because the international leader of the world, the Antichrist, will order the Jewish sacrifices to stop and will stand on the Temple Mount claiming to be the ultimate authority there (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
Jerusalem will Remain Under Israeli Control
If an agreement is reached between Israel and the Palestinians, it will be an interim agreement. The issue of Jerusalem will not be able to be resolved. Consequently, the parties will agree to postpone dealing with that difficult issue until later. According to Zechariah 14:2, Jerusalem will remain under Israeli control until the Battle of Armageddon.
The False Prophet
Under the developing New World Order, religion will play an ever-increasing role. Already we see the political leaders of the world making their way to the Vatican hoping to obtain the favor of the pope. We will see the papacy playing an expanding role as the world government comes fully into place.
On September 4, 2014 retired Israeli President Shimon Peres visited Pope Francis at the Vatican. He proposed that the pope should establish a United Nations of Religions and said that Pope Francis was the only person on earth with the influence to lead such an organization. Whether Pope Francis will lead this global religious system or whether it will be someone else, we know that a one-world religious system is coming. We also know that the man the Bible calls the False Prophet will lead it.
We can expect the development of a global belief system to continue during 2015.
A Cashless Society–A National ID–666
The Bible prophesies a time when everyone on earth will be required to have an authorization number in order to participate in the world’s economy. Most nations already have this number. It is called a national ID.
In 100 nations, the national ID is mandatory. Most of the other nations also have a national ID, but, at this time, it is optional. Seeking to retain freedom, the United States has rejected the national ID for 240 years. However, there are plans to impose a national ID upon America in 2015.
It’s all being done under the guise of solving our immigration problem. President Obama has challenged Congress to pass an immigration bill to replace his recently imposed executive order. The Senate passed an immigration bill in 2013. But it has yet to be voted on in the House of Representative.
So, what’s the problem? The Senate bill sets up a national ID for every American. It would be required for a person to hold a job in the U.S. Of course, if you can’t hold a job, you wouldn’t be able to buy or sell. Revelation 13:16-18 clearly prophesies that under the reign of the Antichrist every person will be required to have a number without which he or she we be unable to buy or sell.
If the U.S. adopts a national ID in 2015, it will set up the mechanism that could be used for the implementation of the Mark of the Beast!
Toward a cashless society: We all know that our world is moving away from cash and into a system of electronic transactions. Several nations are very close to abolishing cash completely.
Zimbabwe’s telecommunications company, and now mobile banking service, Econet Wireless, predicts that in less than 12 months notes and coins will be long-gone from this southern African country (Guardian Professional, August 18, 2014).
Ugandans without the newly introduced national identity cards will not qualify for employment, education, travel or health care in the country, the government recently announced. Issuance of national IDs kicked off last month at Kololo (The Observer, August 6, 2013).
In Singapore, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Canada, Belgium, and the United Kingdom, over fifty percent of all financial transactions are done electronically. The United States stands at forty-five percent. These statistics were as of 2013. Once a society gets comfortable with the use of electronic payments, the move toward a cashless society accelerates.
The use of electronic payments allows the government to track and control all of our activities. The ability to grant or withhold permission for employment gives the government power over the individual’s right to buy or sell. Once nations establish national IDs, we are one step away from the implementation of the Mark of the Beast. All that will be needed is for each person to be required to pledge allegiance to the coming one-world government and the one-world religious system.
Expect continued movement toward mandatory national IDs and electronic transactions in 2015.
Space does not permit an exhaustive explanation of all the possible trends that will move us ever closer to the one-world government, one-world religion, and the one-world economy during the year of 2015.
Suffice it to say that two major prophetic events could change the world forever. When the war that will kill one-third of mankind (over 2 billion people) takes place, the world will be altered beyond recognition. When the Middle East peace agreement is signed and the Final Seven Years begins, prophetic fulfillments will accelerate like a roller coaster that plunges down the first huge hill and doesn’t stop until the finish.
One thing is certain. The fulfillment of prophecies will continue during 2015. Once we understand the overview of end time events as listed above, we will be able to understand how the world events of the new year will contribute to the fulfilling of these prophecies.