There is a new word which is and will be associated with Bible prophecy. The word is not really new, but its use within the confines of prophecy is. What is that word? The word is convergence. The definition of convergence is “moving toward union or uniformity”. Another fitting definition is “independent development of similar characters”.
We live in a rapidly changing world that is becoming increasingly dangerous. As things progress and appear to get worse, it is natural to look to the Word of God for understanding. When you begin to read, study, and understand prophecy, becoming overwhelmed by all the information is to be expected. God had much to say on the things which would be. The world, in turn, seems to be in a sprint to fulfill all those things at once.
I began teaching prophecy about 10 years ago. It seemed easier then. Now everything seems so much more connected and there is so much more current information, and breaking news connected to prophecy is an almost daily event.
I will list a few verses, a very minor description, and then you can watch the news and see all these things are beginning to converge.
Matthew:24:4: And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Matthew:24:5: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Matthew:24:6: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matthew:24:7: For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Matthew:24:8: All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Deception is a prevailing attribute in our world today. Wars and rumors of wars, this sounds like the nightly news. Famine is not uncommon, diseases are mutating and becoming “superbugs”, earthquakes in various places, yes all too present. These are the beginning of sorrows, or birth pains. How slowly these things started and have increased yet, at a pace that has been steady and without alarm.
Ezekiel:38:2: Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
Ezekiel:38:3: And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
Ezekiel:38:4: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
Ezekiel:38:5: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
Ezekiel:38:6: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
Here we have the prophecy of the battle of Gog/Magog. Gog being the man/leader and Magog being the land/coalition. Specifically this is speaking Persia, Russia, Asia minor, and Turkey. The most concerning thing about this prophecy, which is greatly outlined in chapters 38 and 39, is that we are watching this come to fulfillment. Today we know two of those major countries as Russia and Iran, an unlikely pair, coming together just as God said it would be.
Isaiah:17:1: The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
In this verse, God says Damascus will be a ruinous heap, no longer a city. With the war raging in Syria, this should be a very real concern for any who inhabit that city.
2Peter:3:3: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
2Peter:3:4: And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
This seems to be the war cry for this present unbelieving world.
2Timothy:3:1: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2Timothy:3:2: For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2Timothy:3:3: Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Timothy:3:4: Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Timothy:3:5: Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Perilous times shall come. Today, that seems to be an understatement. Perilous times are here and getting worse. The description given here could not have been more accurate and is an indictment on the world in which we live today.
The list goes on, and on. I will, however, stop here. These are given as an example to show not just where we are, but where we are headed. Although these are separate prophecies given by different prophets, we can now begin to see why convergence is and will be the buzzword associated with biblical prophecy.
There is, however, an uplifting side to these things. There are duties we must be attending.
Mark:13:35: Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Mark:13:36: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
Mark:13:37: And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Luke:21:28: And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Watch, for the time could be now. Pray, that you be accounted worthy. Look, for His appearing. Lift your head, your Redeemer is drawing nigh!