Three unusual happenings have sparked claims that Biblical prophecies about the end of the world and the coming of the Messiah may be coming true.
The first occurrence was the birth of the first ‘red heifer in 2,000 years’ in Israel – a creature that features in ‘end of times’ tales in both Christianity and Judaism.
The news of the birth, which emerged in September, was followed by claims last month that fish and other forms of life are quickly filling up Dead Sea sinkholes.
Hebrew prophet Ezekiel’s end-of-days prophecy foresees the sea – a hypersaline environment, with a reported 37 per cent salinity – flourishing into life.
And a photojournalist with the Dead Sea Revival Project said that coming to the body of water, “the lowest point on earth, you see prophecy coming true”.
The third strange occurrence took place this week, when a snake was filmed slithering out of Israel’s Western Wall, unexpectedly interrupting prayers.
Footage showed the reptile scaring away a pigeon – with some Internet users deeming it a sign that a prophecy about the Messiah’s coming will soon be fulfilled.
While countless ‘end of the world’ conspiracy theories have fallen flat over the decades, some claim that the beginning of the ‘end’ will actually begin in 2021.
The trio of ‘signs’ have all emerged in the past few months.