Comment by Adamantine:
I recommend anyone with some time on their hands and a desire to study eschatology to go to Google Books advanced search and type in specific phrases which will allow one to pull up hundreds of books on prophecy from the 19th century. It is humbling and confusing to find many different ways for attempting to make sense of Daniel and Revelation.
One comes to realize that the futurist theory as delivered to us from Hal Lindsey and others is but a distillation of many others writings.
It causes the reader to come away wondering just how anyone can make sense of it all.
Then if one reads the headlines about Europe in crisis and Israel in crisis and the world in crisis and puts the pieces of the puzzle together one realizes that for awhile the theory of ours and Herb Peters holds water. Those who never studied out the possibilities of the pattern to be fulfilled can never see it when it comes about. For 2 plus and more years events in the real world are helping us to make sense of the works of writers from hundreds of years ago. No matter how many other theories there have been…. one…. of them for the present day simply looks possible.
10 nations, seven year treaty, a red heifer, a military,diplomatic, economic genius coming together for today and we realize that it just might turn out to be the correct theory in its basics among hundreds of others.
I have had a difficult time saying this. I think you know however that some things are just too coincidental.