(Originally I wrote this piece for translation into the Vietnamese tongue. So, if it reads a little too simple for your taste, it is because I was making it easy for my translator.)
The Vietnamese people, whose chief religions are Buddhism and the Catholic faith, should be very interested in the fact that certain Buddhist writings and the Catholic Bible seem to agree that the world is about to end!
The thing which makes a big impression is not that the writings say what they do. Instead, it is the fact that the writings agree.
The Prediction of the Buddhists of Tibet
Writings of Tibetan Buddhism teach that the end of the world as we know it will occur shortly after the 14th Dalai Lama is dethroned, about 2,500 years after the birth of Gautama Siddartha -- Buddha.
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was overthrown by the Chinese in 1950.
Gautama Siddhartha was born around 500 B.C. 2,500 years after his birth yields a date of the year 2,000.
The main predictions about the end of the world in the Bible can be found in Jesus’ “End of the World” homilies, in three of the four gospels.
The Fig Tree
30 And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he will send out his angels with a trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
32 "Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.
33 In the same way, when you see all these things, know that he is near, at the gates. Matthew 24:30-33.
In the Bible, the fig tree always symbolizes Israel, Israel’s people, or the Jewish religion. So, we ask ourselves, Did the fig tree, Israel, somehow “put forth leaves” recently? Yes -- in 1948, when the United Nations voted to create the country of Israel, again.
The Odd Statement About Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers
19 Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days. Matthew 24:19.
Most Bible commentators take this verse about the End of Time as an expression of pity by Jesus for women who are about to give birth or who just gave birth.
That is an error.
In every single verse where Jesus uses the word “woe,” or “ouai” in Greek, the language in which the gospels were written, “woe” is always a nasty threat!
Why in Heaven’s name would Jesus threaten pregnant women and nursing mothers?
The answer is that He’s not threatening pregnant women and nursing mothers, but rather women who should be pregnant or who should be nursing, except for the fact that they got an abortion!
In other words, today’s abortion movement is an End Times marker!
Jesus’ Statement About Sodom
The city of Sodom in the Book of Genesis was famous for the homosexual behavior of its people.
28 Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building;
29 on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
30 So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. Luke 17:28-30.
Is it an accident that Jesus chose to use Sodom as His picture of the end?
Note well what has happened in America, the country which is the leader of the Western world: The United States Supreme Court recently struck down all laws against homosexual sex acts, and states have begun passing laws creating homosexual marriage! Several countries in Europe have imitated the United States in this way.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
Jesus’ Statement About the Destructive Thing on Holy Ground
15 "When you see the desolating abomination spoken of through Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
16 then those in Judea must flee to the mountains,... Matthew 24:15-16.
Since 1978, at least, the nation of Israel has been armed with hydrogen bombs. Estimates range between 40 and 200. A hydrogen bomb in the land of Israel where Christ lived would surely qualify as a terrifying destructive thing on “holy ground.”
Jesus' reference to Judea is intriguing. Israel's nuclear program, named "The Samson Option," indicating that the intention of the program is to bring down the roof on Israel's enemies if and when Israel is losing its battle for survival, was installed in silos in Judea, in the foothills of the mountains of Judea.
Paul’s Statement About the “Great Falling Away”
In his second letter to the Thessalonians, Paul tried to sooth their fears that the world was about to end…
1 We ask you, brothers, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling with him,
2 not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly, or to be alarmed either by a "spirit," or by an oral statement, or by a letter allegedly from us to the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand.
3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For unless the apostasy comes first... 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3.
The Greek word for “apostasy,” referring to a revolt against the Christian religion, is sometimes translated “the great falling away” by translators, who believe that Paul would not mention such a thing unless it were a very, very large revolt against the faith.
From this we draw the conclusion that the world will end after a great falling away from Christianity.
Now, look what is happening in the world. In Europe, church attendance has fallen to about 10% of the Christians, there. In the United States, the numbers are beginning to be just as bad. So few men want to be ministers and priests that the Protestant churches have begun accepting women as ministers, though the Bible forbids this, and even homosexual ministers with boyfriends, though the Bible very nastily condemns that. The number of homosexuals priests in Catholic churches is large, and they have caused a terrible scandal in the United States, and Catholics are becoming discouraged.
Muslims in Europe are giving birth to babies at about 8 times the rate of Christians, because Christians use birth control. In a few generations, Muslims will outnumber Christians in the voting booth, democracy will be voted out of existence, and Christianity declared illegal.
In other words, the “falling away” is happening today, as we converse, here.
The number of Buddhist and Christian prophecies that seem to be coming true is large enough to cause worry.
Maybe it is time to love your spouse and your children, and go to temple or church!