The lust to peek into the future is not an innocuous hobby. Those who recommend prognostication as a suitable activity for Christians are not harmless eccentrics.
It's interesting, but gypsy fortune tellers refuse to have their own fortunes told. They know, from routine contact with their customers, that the lust to peer into the future is an addictive, and debilitating poison. Those who seek prognosticators are losers. Fatalistic. Failures in their own minds, who seek external forces to blame for their own shortcomings.
This is true even if the fortune tellers are using God's Word for their cracked crystal ball. In fact, since they are dealing with God's Word, they have even fewer excuses for their evil acts than those pagans who tried to read steaming entrails. And fortune-telling is a profoundly evil act. For some reason "known but to God," the "prophecy teachers" unanimously predict a global triumph for the other team, and assert, in a pernicious libel against God's goodness and power, that the gospel is inadequate, not good enough, to measure up to the demands of our age.
I think it's past time for us to blow the whistle on these doomsayers. Their reaction to the fall of the Soviet Union indicts them forever in the eyes of those who have eyes to see. Rather than giving God glory for His great mercies -- they frantically tried to find another cosmic boogyman to blame all the world's problems on. We who take the work of God seriously, what He achieved through the death, burial, resurrection, and enthronement of the Lord Jesus Christ, need to shake off our reluctance to call bovine feces by its true name: a slander against the God of Heaven.
Yes, there are those who take every happening or event as evidence things will soon burst open, setting time frames etc...which we are also warned NOT to do. But this does not mean we should not watch and be aware of the status of things both nationally and internationally. Furthermore there are those who can inform and keep us abreast...FR threads oftentimes inform....and we should confirm these reports.
It is interesting connecting the dots and watching events come together....that does not mean it's going to happen tomorrow....in fact those who are careful to follow current events as well as have a broad understanding of prophetic events generally know what is hype and that which is simply being informative and alerting us to these developments.
As you might already know there are several things which are not yet positioned for the rise of the anti-Christ and the events which will occur during his time. Never the less it is always interesting and exciting to watch the world stage and see the possibilites when the movement closely aligns with scripture. As God has done in the past He can speed things up or slow them down at will. I have seen both over the years...we are in rapid motion at this time...so it's quite natural to see the hype...but do not assume all get caught up in that...rather most recognize this as events unfolding and if not “the time” now...it is much as it will look like when it does occur. We live in interesting times I see this article as another of those who inform and offer their insight on what they see....it is up to each individual on how hyped or not they choose to get.