Transcript of a portion of Garner Ted Armstrong’s sermon “The Culmination of Prophecy” given April 13, 2002.
I want to go, to give you now, in summary, some things that really will, in a nutshell, show you what to look for in the immediate future; in the months, year or two, just ahead of us now.
1. Look for a charismatic Arab leader who will attempt to bring Arab nations under the one green flag of Islam, who will become the king of the south of prophecy.
2. Look for the creation of a multi-national, all-European army or rapid-deployment force capable of immediately launching an occupation of Palestine. That's already being formed.
3. Look for the intervention of a great false prophet who will give his blessing to the creating of a united Europe and its advance into Palestine.
4. Look for the building of a temple or the erection of a temporary structure and the dedication of a corner stone, and the institution of priests and sacrifices in Jerusalem.
5. Look for some major catastrophe to strike Israel, which will cause either the government to approve the destruction of the Arab mosques, or a coup by the Israeli military to accomplish the same thing.
6. Look for a combined attack of Arab armies against Israel.
7. Watch for skyrocketing energy prices and a global economic meltdown with Japan as well as Europe and the United States plunging into a global great depression.
8. Look for the emergence of dictators and kings to take over chaotic governments mired in depression, civil unrest, race wars, and anarchy.
9. Continue to watch for major attacks against the West from terrorists, possibly using chemical, biological, and even nuclear dirty bomb weapons, attacking water supplies, transportation, nuclear power plants, and major centers of population.
10. Expect in the future major persecution of God's people and attacks against God's work on Earth by a great false church and her sympathizers.
11. Look for this king of the south to push at the beast power of Europe, such as an oil embargo, which would have to result in an immediate military occupation of the Middle East including the sources of oil.
12. Look for the possibility that the invasion of Israel by the beast power is this time in an attempt to save the remaining Jews alive as a peacekeeping gesture rather that to occupy as if an enemy.
13. Watch for increasing earthquakes in diverse places, disease epidemics, and regional wars around the world; China might invade Taiwan, North Korea might invade South Korea, the Philippines or Vietnam or North Korea might invade to each other to try to obtain the Spratley Islands. Look for an increase in heavenly signs such as meteor showers, and comets that might occur.
14. Look for the eventual time when the work of God is going to be put down and out and will be censored and will be unable, anymore, to shout a witness and a warning. That is a scenario of prophecy that is Biblically based, and you can watch for those things all around the world as you have been, I'm sure. So don't cease, and always, when you watch your daily news and see these things happening, see them in the context of what you know Bible prophecy says is sure to happen.