Some of my religious friends are what I call Brimstoners and Napoleons: people who predict that, just around the corner, the end of the world is coming. One real-life acquaintance recently told me we ought to be converting our paper dollars into gold, storing up supplies, preparing ourselves for the end, so that we can avoid the "FEMA guillotines" to come.
(I'm not quite sure what FEMA guillotines are, but I suspect I could find out if I visited enough sites with animated .gifs on them.)
"Wolf!" can be cried only so many times, friends. Before long, our message about Yeshua is discredited by the preoccupation with The End.
But I'm not here to complain about religious predicts.
Surprise: I write to you, fine Kineti readers, to make a new religious prediction of my own. Yes, while I'm neither Brimstoner nor Napolean, there are some religious outcomes that are obvious to me, but I think they aren't obvious to many of you. Today, I make a prediction about one of these obvious outcomes.
The background to my prediction goes back nearly 200 years. In 1821, a Christian by the name of Levi Parsons, the uncle of the 22nd Vice President of the United States, spoke to Boston's Old South Church and made a bold religious prediction at the pulpit:
"Admit there still exists in the breast of every Jew an unconquerable desire to inhabit the land which was given to their Fathers; a desire, which even a conversion to Christianity does not eradicate...Were the Ottoman occupation of Palestine to vanish, nothing but a miracle would prevent their [the Jews] immediate return."
-Levi Parsons, 1821
This religious prediction came true 127 years later.
Related to this prediction, I'd like to make a new religious prediction in the same style and fashion. Here is my prediction:
There still exists in the breast of every Jew an unconquerable desire to rebuild the Temple, a command which was given to their ancestors; a desire, which even a conversion to Christianity does not eradicate. Were the Al Aqsa Mosque to vanish, nothing but a miracle would prevent the Temple's rebuilding.
There you have it, folks. My religious prediction is that the Biblical Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem.
And, call me a Napoleon, but I also predict this will occur in the next 100 years.
(The End! )