Signs of Apocalypse in Costa Rica, Ukraine, Mexico/Maya, Syria, Israel, Iran, and Europe?

COGwriter at site of “Church of the Apocalypse/Revelation” on Patmos


Recently, there have been a variety of news items suggesting that various events signal the apocalypse (end of the world as we know it).  Here is one of them:

Strange Sound Heard Throughout Costa Rica

Is it the mysterious sound of the so-called coming Apocalypse? Some think that the mysterious sound heard in Costa Rica at around 12:30am this morning is exactly that…This news has rattled the social web whereas Costa Ricans and the world over are scrambling to figure out what this mysterious sound could have been…a YouTube video showing how it sounded. The second video was filmed in Kiev, Ukraine where the sound has also appeared.

It is important to note that this is not the wind nor was it filmed anywhere near the ocean. The sound was heard throughout the entire country from Heredia to Perez Zeledon.

I have seen the Ukraine video on this previously.  At this instant, I cannot tell if the sound is natural, human made, or demonic.  If it is the latter, it may have prophetic ramifications (cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

Here is a Mexico “Mayan” item:

Strong earthquake strikes off the coast of Mexico

AP – April 12, 2012

On Facebook, doomsday prognosticators posted cartoons of Mayan characters with slogans that read “we apologize for the inconvenience, we are working,” in reference to the belief that the Maya predicted the end of the world for December 2012.

Earthquakes, of themselves, are not signs of the apocalypse nor necessarily Mayan 2012 prophecy.  However, the increase of them is consistent with the time Jesus referred to as the beginning of sorrows (Mathew 24:4-8) which may have began in 2009 (see also TW on weather and tornadoes; increase in earthquakes in Middle America).

The situation with Syria, Israel, and Iran have made the news and some are concerned:

Salt Lake Tribune – April 11, 2012

It’s time again for some Christians to imagine the end is near.  They see the escalating tensions between Israel and Iran as the buildup to Armageddon, the cataclysmic final battle described in the Bible…For example, the biblical prophet Isaiah predicted that Syria’s capital, Damascus, would be destroyed and ultimately abandoned. Today it is the site of ongoing tensions and potential devastation…The Book of Revelation predicted that the Euphrates River would dry up as a sign of the end times, and, according to several studies, it is, Kerby writes.Psalm 83 describes an unsuccessful attack on Israel by those intending to “wipe her off the map,” which is precisely what Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly said.

As regular readers of this page are aware, I consider that the situation with Iran, Israel, and Syria is more of a prelude to the deal of Daniel 9:27 (as well as Isaiah 17:1) and then ultimately the Great Tribulation as opposed to Armageddon per se; some who hold to that Armageddon view erroneously believe that Russia will be the King of the North in confederation with Iran, but Russia is not the biblical King of the North (see Is Russia the King of the North?) and its deal with Iran/Persia (Ezekiel 38; see also WSJ Suggests that Israel Should Destroy Iran; Ezekiel 38?) does not come for some time from now.   It should also be noted that this is not yet the time for the final drying of the Euphrates (it has at least seven years from now), but certainly shows that the Euphrates can dry up (I also reported about this in 2009, see Euphrates Drying Up?).  I should add that the above article is also misinterpreting Psalm 83 which will not be fulfilled until closer to the time of the Great Tribulation (see also Is There A Future King of the South?).

The following item about Europe was interesting:

Euro-Armageddon is still coming, and it’s the result of Europe’s insane, one-size-fits-none economic policy

Basically, the above warns that Europe consists of weak and strong nations that cannot really co-exist together as is.  Regular readers of this page will recall that the Bible teaches the following:

41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. 43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.  (Daniel 2:41-43)

The Bible, thus, clearly warns that Europe will have weaker and stronger members and what we are seeing in Europe is consistent with that.  Europe will likely have various upheavals and crises before the final Beast power fully rises up there.

The most faithful realize that it is important to keep scriptures in mind as that is from where:

19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed… (2 Peter 1:19, KJV)

Secular reporters rarely have a huge grasp of the details of Bible prophecy.  But it is interesting that so many are using prophetic biblical terms to try to describe and/or make sense of what is happening now.

Some articles of possible interest may include the following:

Mexico, Central America, South America, Brazil, and the Caribbean in Prophecy [Español: México, America Central, Suramérica, y el Brasil en profecíal] [Português: México, América Central, Ámérica do Sul, e Brasil na profecia] What will happen to those of Latin America? Will they have prosperity? Will they cooperate with Europe? Will they suffer in the future? What role might the various Caribbean nations/territories play?
Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future Russia in prophecy. Where do the Russians come from? What about those in the Ukraine? What is prophesied for Russia and its allies? What will they do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach?
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe?
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2012, 2013, or 2014? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord?

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