Unless you’ve been living way off the grid, you probably know by now that the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series of baseball. The lovable losers had not won the world championship since 1908. They are no longer losers.
I’ll do the math for you. That was a one hundred eight year drought (or as a friend of mine said, “Let’s be real. It wasn’t a drought. It was the Sahara Desert!! Pretty sure we’ve found water on Mars since the last Cubs championship!”). No other major league baseball team had ever gone that long between ultimate victories.
Why now after all this time? In the seventh and deciding game, the Cleveland Indians came back to tie it in the late innings. It looked like the momentum swing was going to make the Cubs wait at least one more year.
“A conquest of Biblical proportions”
It was not to be, however. The game went into extra innings, was delayed by rain, and had a dramatic finish. In the end, one got the feeling that a Chicago triumph was inevitable. Indeed, this was a conquest of Biblical proportions.
I say this because Scripture is being fulfilled before our very eyes. In Daniel 7:5, a prophetic Cubs victory clearly spells out the beginning of the end. This passage tells of a second beast that resembles a bear. What other beast looks like a bear—a bear cub, of course. But why second? After four games, the Indians were up three games to one. They were clearly the front-runners. The Cub team was obviously the second beast at that juncture.
This second beast “was raised up on one of its sides.” This is unmistakably an animal poised for a comeback. The passage then relates that the second beast is told to, “Get up and eat your fill of flesh!” There can be no doubt that this is a clear reference to an overwhelming and emotional triumph.
There is one curious part of this end-times prophecy that had me puzzled for a while. The pericope says that the bear-like beast had three ribs in its mouth. For the life of me, I couldn’t understand the meaning behind this obviously important phrase. So I jumped on the web and did a little research.
“Your old men will dream dreams.”
Lo and behold, Terry Francona (manager of the Cleveland Indians) told reporters of a strange dream he had the night before game seven. His literal quote was, “I was having a nightmare that somebody was breaking my ribs, and I woke up and my ribs hurt.” He was given a premonition of impending doom. (Read Full Story Here.) You can’t make this stuff up.
I felt it necessary to explain all this just in case John Hagee and Hal Lindsay missed it. I don’t know if they’re even baseball fans. We can’t simply allow another sign of the Apocalypse to pass by unnoticed.
[Disclaimer: Every time I write something like this, a few people take me dead serious. To you, I say, “Really?! I’m just joking.”]
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently the pastor of Smith Chapel, in Great Falls, VA.]