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Signs of the Times

How do we know the end is now? Below are some signs as well as some questions for you to think about as we go through

First let us look to Matthew chapter 24. The disciples themselves came unto Jesus and asked him the same thing. Jesus gave them several specific things to look for. All of these verses are found in Matthew 24. He told them to look for:

1. False Christs and false prophets

24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

QUESTION 1): Can you think of any people over the years who have claimed to be Christ and deceived people?

2. Wars and Rumors of Wars

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…

QUESTION 2) Over the years has there been an increase in the number of wars? Why or Why not? Do you see more now than in the past?

3. Famines 

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines…

QUESTION 3) Is this a problem in the world today? If so where? If not, why do you not think it is a problem?

4. Pestilence

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences,…

QUESTION 4) In what form do you consider pestilence to be and do you see this being a problem in today’s time? Can you think of any insects that are particularly troublesome and might be considered pestilence?

5. Earthquakes

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Are you aware that earthquakes over the past few years are increasing in frequency and intensity? Did you know that over the past 30 days ALONE there have been 540 recorded earthquakes around the world that measure 4.0 on the Richter scale or higher? I know you all have been discussing the earthquakes but did you realize there were this many happening?

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

These are the signs that the end times have begun based on what Jesus has told his disciples. Now we know that there are other things that point to the end times in addition to these.

There are many other prophecies in Bible which point us to this day and age being the "end times". As previously mentioned there are the signs given in Matthew 24 which were very clear but what about these others?

Let us begin by looking at Daniel 12:4 "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."

Is there a time in history when people are always on the go so much? People are always running here and running there and don't have time for anything. Also how much as knowledge increased in say the last 150-200 years? Even in the past 50 years? How different is technology today than even 50 or 60 years ago?

What about this verse from Revelation itself? Revelation 13:17 "And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Now in order for this to be set up, there has to be a way of controlling it. I ask you this...how often do you swipe your debit or credit card or even use paypal and never give it a thought? Look how easy it is currently to buy and sell in any country of the world because of all the electronic banking? I can buy something in England with money from America and have it shipped to Pakistan and NEVER actually see the item OR see the money involved thanks to electronic banking...businesses are ENCOURAGING you to use automatic billing so they just deduct your monthly electric, water, internet, phone or whatever bill from your checking acct. Many companies offer you a discount or lower rate to do this (such as memberships in the local gym etc)...government checks and many payroll checks are automatically directly deposited into your bank account. If you don't have a bank account many companies no longer issue you a check (Walmart is one) but instead you get it put on a prepaid DEBIT card. ALL of this could not have been possible even 50 years ago.. Testing is now underway for FDA approval and volunteers have stepped up to be part of the trials to be "chipped" (similar to the way a dog or cat is chipped) with their medical history etc should they ever be away from their doctor and need medical care or injured without an ID on them or whatever, well its all right there with a wave of a wand. ALL of this is a forerunner to the time of the mark of the beast. No "approval", no buying and selling.

Let us look at a few more. Matthew 24:37 "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Now what was it like in the days of Noah? Let us look at Genesis 6:13   And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth." Look at the world today. How many rapes, murders, drive by shootings, abusive relationships, etc do we hear about EVERY DAY? There are some places it is not safe to even drive through much less walk through. There has always been violence but how much more so today than say 60 years ago?

And what about this one? Luke 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

Now what was it like in the days of Lot? We can read the story of Lot in Genesis and see that homosexuality was rampant. Even Jude verse 7 tells us "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."

Obviously homosexuality has become much more "accepted" as the norm over the past 50 years. Countries such as Denmark, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium and many others (including some states in the USA) are recognizing homosexual marriages as true marriages. So yep I think its safe to check this sign off as being fulfilled.

Yes there are still others...What about the rise in occult activities and spiritualism we are seeing in today's world? Yes I am talking about witchcraft. It is out there. Now it is extremely easy to get your hands on materials teaching you how to be a witch and "gain power". It IS real and yes it was foretold as a sign of the end times. Look at 1 Timothy 4:1 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." This is clearly what is happening today. In 1954 Witchcraft Today was published being the first book published by a self proclaimed witch. Other books have followed since then and the growth of "nature worshipers", Wiccans, and even ones that admit they are witches has grown by leaps and bounds. People ARE falling away to the lure of what these seducing spirits are promising them. They ARE following the doctrines of devils. Simply look around you, chances are you know a Wiccan or witch and don't even realize it. Many (especially in the Bible belt of America) are still reluctant to admit it, but there is a coven right here in Bristol and chances are there are practicing ones near where you live.

Speaking of people falling away, its not only non-Christians being lured away into other beliefs but also Christians. Let us look at 2 Timothy 4:3-4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." Now look at the doctrines being taught in today's churches. Churches teaching the "prosperity gospel", teaching you can be Christian and be gay, teaching you don't have to change your way of living, etc. Is that not turning away from sound doctrines and truths?

Perhaps the best description of the people in the world today is found in 2 Timothy 5.1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 or as the NKJV says

1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

I included the NKJV because some of the words people might not be familiar with in the context of the KJV (such as incontinent, today we only think of that in regards to bladder control). However take a look at the descriptions given. This is a PERFECT description of the way people are today and is as much a clear sign of the end times as the others I already shared. Just this one scripture alone gives a clear description of the way people are today. This is a sign of the end, as Christians we need to wake up and get ready for the call of the Bridegroom when he comes to get us.

 

 
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