Monday, October 23, 2006

Adventist prophecy fulfillment

Growing up I heard a lot about the fulfillment of prophecy: Earthquake, darkened sky, and the falling of stars. These were the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel and of the 6th seal. These were generally associated with validating that we were the last day remnant.

Here are some links that talk about these events:
1. Earthquake. We say this is from Revelation 6. Wikipedia, and List of Earthquakes. Why did not the 1556 Chinese earthquake, which killed over 800,000 people, not qualify? Is it because this and others didn't coincide with SDA prophetic time lines?

2.The darkness of 1780. This phenomenon that occurred during the American Revolution is also ascribed to prophecy. Discussion can be found here.

3. Falling stars. I remember this mostly. The stars fell in obvious fulfillment of prophecy. But see discussion here.

Conclusions? There could be many, but just an observation or two. First, at a glance these events seem all to convenient. One picked out from Europe and the others here in the Eastern U.S. Why is prophecy only fulfilled here in New England, and why do Adventists still insist that 1833 was the fulfillment of prophecy. Why not one of the next Leonid showers, and hmm...were there previous ones? Did God need a natural incident to fulfill prophecy? And was the darkness that only occurred in New England the fulfillment of prophecy when there is indications that it was caused by natural causes?

I'm not a skeptic at all. These little events just don't seem all that dramatic of a fulfillment to match Revelation 6. "The kings of the earth and the great men...hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks...'Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne...'" Could it be that we've set the bar a little low for fulfillment of this prophecy? It seems a little too convenient to me.

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