In January of 2019, during an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) cautioned the audience that climate change would “destroy the planet” by the year 2031.
“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?’” Ocasio-Cortez told interviewer Tanehisi Coates at an “MLK Now” event in New York.
On June 5, 2019 I speculated how the representative from New York’s 14th congressional district might, in fact, be hailed as a prophet should Jesus return by 2033. Nearly two years into Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proclamation (to be clear, she was not prophesying), let’s see how a possible roadmap I laid out for the return of Jesus has performed.
* Democratic nominee locked in by May of 2020.
✔️ Took until mid summer but by May President Biden had asserted himself as the presumptive nominee, besting Senator Bernie Sanders.
* June 2020 polls show Democratic nominee leading Trump in key battleground states Trump needs to win to be re-elected. (Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania). Polls show troubling numbers for him Texas and Arizona. In Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, North Carolina and Arizona the president and the Democratic nominee are polling even.
✔️ The 2020 election proved much closer than many in the mainstream media anticipated, but in general President Biden performed as expected.
* By July stock market reacts and begins to slide as cautious investors plan for the possibility of a President who promises huge taxes on corporations, small businesses, and the wealthy.
X Wrong by miles. The stock market continues to soar.
* Ahead of forthcoming tax law changes, large corporations and the rich begin moving jobs offshore and wealth out of the country.
X Wrong. Despite President Biden’s proposed tax hikes on the rich and corporations, wealth in the country remains and companies have not moved. . . yet.
* By August of 2020 US economy dips into a recession. Unemployment jumps.
✔️ Check, but for the wrong reasons. COVID caused a contraction of the economy. Unemployment increased but the government dolled out lots of money to ease hardship.
* Democrat wins election in November 2020 by promising:
✔️ Check. Open boarders for everyone
✔️ Check. Universal child care for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Free college for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Guaranteed income for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Reparations for descendants of slaves and LGBT persons
✔️ Check. Affordable housing for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Free medicare for everyone living in America
* 3 months into new president’s first term, Democratic Congress cuts military spending to pay for promised social programs.
X Wrong. No cuts in military spending. Instead, the Pentagon announced new policies enabling transgender people to serve in the military
* July 2021 US economy plunges into a depression.
X ✔️ So far it does not appear that we’re heading into a depression. The government is printing money to pay for all the gifts given during COVID. Inflation is rising, but no one seems too concerned.
Other predicted events unfolded sooner, but for different reasons.
* Spring of 2022 crime in most cities is out of control. Martial law takes affect in large towns. Things become chaotic with the military, police, and home guards staking out their turf.
✔️ Check – sort of. Crime in some cities is out of control. Rioting is now expected anytime someone of color is shot by law enforcement. (And to be clear, this happens way too often.) Some in Congress continue to call for the end of the military, prisons, and police, but for now they represent a tiny minority of those in office. The trend, however, is for more rioting and oversight of law enforcement.
I did not account for COVID and a global pandemic, or a nation so divided that those in urban areas wear masks and get vaccinated while those in rural areas reject government advice–and in some cases government orders.
I did not account for a nation splintering along racial, cultural, religious lines. It seems each week a new fissure appears. Within politics the Republican party remains divided over former President Trump, while the Democrats seem to be conflicted over whether to fully embrace socialism or try to hang onto some measure of capitalism. Sports fans can no longer simply pull for their team. Now they must decide if the team’s players, coaches, and owners subscribe to the “right” belief. The Methodist denomination seems headed for a split over the issue of gender and if the Bible is the word of God or man, while the Southern Baptist Convention faces headwinds over the issue of gender roles and if the Bible is the word of God or man.
In the Revelation of Christ the angel tells John the Disciple, “The waters which you saw are peoples and multitudes, and nations and languages.” (Revelation 17:15-17) The Psalmist say, “Who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.” (Psalm 65:7) Jesus said, “On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea (peoples). People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world.” (Luke 21:25-26)
We’re not there, yet. We may not be close to there, yet. But we’re closer than we were yesterday.
In 1535, William Tyndale, who translated the first English Bible, was arrested and jailed in the castle of Vilvoorde (Filford) outside Brussels for over a year. In 1536, he was convicted of heresy and executed by strangulation. Afterwards his body was burnt at the stake.
The first coming of Christ was destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel. His death led the falling and rising of many in the world. If you’re a writer with the Holy Spirit within you, write now, write fast, and write what God places on your heart. The day is coming, and perhaps soon, when those who write for God’s glory are banned from publishing their words in print, ebook, or even online.