As the start of the tribulation draws ever closer, I intend to add some commentary on current events to this blog, as these events might relate to the end times. For a full explanation of my speculative theology on the end times, see my eschatology books.
Yesterday (Oct 13), Pope Francis consecrated the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This spiritual event went largely unnoticed by the secular world and by secular Catholics. But to my mind, the event indicates that the start of the tribulation is near. The first part of the tribulation transforms the Church and the world, to become much holier. The first part of the tribulation instills the fear of God in the people of the world. It is fitting that the world would be consecrated to Mary, and thereby consecrated to God, just before the end times begins. For this is the time when God sharply corrects and punishes the world and sinners in the Church.
Another indication that the end times are near is the recent developments in Iran.
The current president of Iran, the previous president, and the supreme religious leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) all believe in a particular extremist version of Shia eschatology. They believe that the 12th Imam, a ninth century Muslim cleric, never died, has been hidden in the world, and will soon make his appearance. They believe that there will soon be an apocalyptic war in which everyone on earth will either convert to Islam or be killed. They talk about killing billions of non-Muslims who refuse to convert. And they think that Iran has a special role to initiate and carry out this war, in order to usher in the extremist Islamic version of the end times.
Now I think that Iran is attempting to obtain nuclear weapons (bombs and missiles) in order to start this apocalyptic war. Iran may already have one nuclear bomb. As soon as they have a few nuclear bombs, they can ramp up their production of weapon-grade uranium without fear of a military strike.
As for the current offer by Iran to limit its nuclear program, that offer is a deception. Iran is trying to buy time, delay a nuclear strike, until they have a few nukes. Then they will be unstoppable and World War 3 will soon follow.
The first events of World War 3 are the four horsemen of the apocalypse: War, civil unrest, famine, and death. These afflictions are accompanied by severe harm to the U.S. and world economy. So the current U.S. political problem of a Government slimdown (or shut down) and a looming debt crisis (the U.S. will no longer be able to borrow money as of 17 Oct 2013 unless Congress acts) are indications that a severe economic crisis is about to begin.