So this day is special. 15th May. The Question would be why? I’ll give you four:
ONE: HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY ISRAEL
I join my Jewish brothers to celebrate their 64th birthday as an independent nation. Ever since its independence on this day 64 years ago, its fierce Arabic neighbors have tried to exterminate the country. However, from the six day war in 1967 to the Yom Kippur War in 1972, Israel has managed to be a victor in all its battles. Today is a special day to celebrate their freedom and independence!
TWO: END TIME SIGN?
Ever since I started studying Bible Prophecy of the end times in 2006, I’ve had a growing interest in world affairs and closely watching out for signs that tell us of the times we are living in. Bible Prophecy scholars across the globe do agree that ever since the independence of Israel in May 15th 1948, we have progressively inched closer to the second coming of Christ unlike any other generation before us. This has been considered the BIGGEST sign of the second coming of Jesus Christ. Why? I’ll give a brief explanation.
For almost two thousand years, the nation of Israel was none existent. Since 70 A.D, when General Titus from Rome attacked Jerusalem, Jews were exiled from their land and settled in many parts of the world. That’s why you’ll constantly hear of Russian Jews, Mexican Jews and so forth. After this massive exit, that part of the world was renamed Palestine…and the reason for this was to totally dissociate the Jews with their rightly owned piece of real estate. Now, Bible prophecy predicts that in the last days, there will be a massive comeback of the Jews back to their original dwelling place and that began in the late 1800’s, under the banner, the Zionist movement. By 1948 on this day, Israel was declared a Nation and immediately recognized by the UN. Isaiah the Prophet foresaw this day and asked… “Or shall a nation be born at once?” [Is 66:8] Thereafter, a law was put in place that allowed Jewish people to return back home. That has happened to this day. This is now where Jesus comes in and says “When [the fig tree’s] branch has already come tender and put forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near-at the doors” [Mathew 24:32,33] Israel is that fig tree that died in 70 A.D when Titus attacked Jerusalem, but came back to life on this day 64 years ago. Need I say more?
So this day is special, for it reminds me that my Savior is soon to return…and God help me that I shall be ready when He’s finally here!
THREE: MY INTERVIEW WITH ERROL BARNETT
I’ll also remember this day because I had the rare opportunity of being interviewed by CNN’s Errol Barnett at the Westgate mall. Errol has been one of my favorite presenters at CNN. I love his energy on the tely. His voice, which tags along a pitch of sincerity, has this rare ability to keep me glued to the screen. His eloquence is unmatchable. And I would go on and on. Just recently, CNN inside Africa, the weekly program that highlights Africa’s current affairs, initiated a deep rooted journey across Africa, Bringing Errol on board as the Shows host. So far, they have toured Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Rwanda…and now they are in town, focusing their energy on telling a great story that is Kenya. He did mention yesterday on twitter that he would be hanging out at the art café at the Westgate mall…and made an invitation to willing fans to hang out with him there. Choosing to get myself down to Westgate to meet Errol today was effortless. I simply wouldn’t have allowed to let go of this rare opportunity to meet the guy. I was at the designated mall early…and I have to say that the art café is one of the classiest coffee joints in town. Its ambiance soothes the soul…and so does the smiling faces of its receptive patrons. I really didn’t know what I was to expect, my only wish was to rub shoulders with him. It later turned out to be an interview…and this happened right after they had set up the cameras on tripod stands ready to shoot. And my meeting with Errol began with a warm handshake. And what did we talk about you may ask? It was all about technology. I’ll spare the details here, you’ll watch the interview later. However, the interesting thing to me is that on this day, point two above reminds me about the end times…and so does this talk about technology. Where am I going with this? Here we go. Remember that I said that May 15th 1948 has been considered the BIGGEST sign of the second coming of Jesus Christ?
However, this is not the only sign. According to Bible Prophecy Scholar Grant Jeffery, there have been 38 major prophecies fulfilled since 1948. At the wake of every new day, the stage is setting itself up for the fulfillment of other coming prophesies as outlined in the word of God. It’s really interesting to see prophecies that were foretold thousands of years ago being fulfilled right before our own eyes. But did you know that there is a prophecy in the bible that touches on technology? Oh yes there is. In the book of Daniel, which was authored close to 3000 years ago,predicted that in the end times, there will be an upsurge in knowledge. Here’s the text.
“But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the END; where many shall run to and fro and KNOWLEDGE SHALL INCREASE!” [Daniel12:4]
The above text is simple and I couldn’t make it easier for you to understand. It just says that in the end times, there will be an increase in knowledge that has never been experienced before in the world. To be more precise, you will notice that with regard to knowledge, nothing much seemed to happen in the world until the 20th Century, which was a game changer in the rapid growth of knowledge. Consider transport. From the Garden of Eden until the late 1800’s, people traveled on horses…or if you couldn’t afford one, an ass came in handy. In just 100 years, we have seen the evolution and growth of knowledge…and now they can make an aircraft that can travel faster than the speed of sound. Just recently, with a spirited effort to be eco friendly, they have developed a car that runs on electricity.
Consider Communication. From the times of Adam and Eve to the late 1800’s…they used smoke signs, or messengers sporting happy feet who just ran everywhere, or men who beat drums with an encoded message. But in the last 100 years, we have seen the evolution of communication that makes it possible for a man on the moon and the other on earth to talk to each other as if they were arms apart. This knowledge transcends to other faculties of daily living including health…where in 1918, people died of influenza…to this era where surgeons can do the most complex surgeries ever known…even using laser beams used for eye correction. Note. This evolution has just happened in the last 100 years of the 20th century. Of this knowledge explosion, Bible Prophecy Scholar John Hagee writes:
“We are the generation that’s had the information highway explosion that cannot be compared to any other time on earth”
I would write a book if I would continue justifying to you why we are that generation that has seen the tremendous growth of knowledge that the bible so well predicted. I have this feeling that some of you reading this will probably think that I’m one of those prophets of doom trying to bring up a topic that has been continually discussed before…but I’m here to challenge you. Just do the research yourself. Study and find out. Then make your own conclusions.
FOUR: BELATED MOTHERS DAY GIFT
Needless to say, Sunday was mother’s day. And its quite obvious that many of us rushed to stores to buy mama a special gift. My story is a little bit different. I won a gift on Capital Fm through Chao Tolle’s show, the lounge. Chao had asked listeners to share the biggest lesson they had learned from their mothers. I decided to try. And this is what I tweeted.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned from mama is that you never stop loving people, even the unlovable ones. Enough said.
At the end of the show, I was elated to find out that the message above had won me a gift hamper for mama. I decided to pick up the gift at the capital FM offices situated on the 19th Floor of Lonrho House moments after the interview with Errol. Almost an hour later…I finally got home…and before I could settle down to write this note…I handed the Gift to mama, accompanied with the Sunday message…
…and I sat by watching mum unwrap the gift like a nine year old..and if that’s not the sweetest thing, tell me what is! I have God to thank, for making 15th May 2012 a special. That said, do have a blessed, special day. My work here is done.
The connect experiment with CNN’s Errol Barnett at the Westgate mall. Enjoy!