Signs of the End Times

How close are we to the end of the world as we know it? Are we living in the end times? How soon is Jesus coming again? These are all questions that are being asked by more and more people. Even non-Christian people are addressing this question. It is even being predicted that the end of the world will come on December 12, 2012. Yes, more and more people are expecting the world to come to an end. But what can we really know about this?

What Can We Know

Jesus said that we cannot know the day nor the hour when He will come again, But, He did say that we can know the season that He will come again. What did He mean by that? He meant that there are many signs that we need to be looking for that will let us know that He is coming very soon.

Matt. 24 contains the major teaching that Jesus gave us concerning the end times. Much of it has to do with the Tribulation Period. However, the first 8 verses give us signs that we can look for that will let us know that the end is very near.

People who do not believe that Jesus is coming again, at least not within our own lifetime, often say that these signs that I will mention have always been present in the human race. Yet, they have never happened at the frequency and intensity that they are happening now.

More Wars

Matthew 24:6-7 (NIV): “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”

There have always been wars in the world. However, there are so many small wars going on in so many countries of the world, that only the major ones are being reported in the news. Most of these are just being called uprisings. But they are wars being fought by oppressed people against oppressive governments.

Famines and Earthquakes

Matt. 24:7 (NIV): “There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” Famines are often the result of war. However, right now there are vast areas of the world that do not have enough water to even grow crops. More people are in famine conditions than ever before in the history of the world.

There have always been earthquakes, but the frequency and intensity of them have been increasing at an alarming rate. More people are being effected by them than ever before in the history of the world.

Scientists are warning us that we are going to see more and more devastating earthquakes moving around what is called the Ring of Fire (see the following picture). This is a fault zone that starts near Australia, goes up the west side of the Pacific Ocean, past Japan, up to Alaska and down the west coasts of North and South America.

 

We have already seen a devastating earthquake in Japan and scientists are warning that this is just the beginning of more earthquakes around the Ring of Fire.

Persecution of Christians and Jews

Jews and Christians have always been persecuted. However, in recent times, the persecution has become more and more widespread. Most of this is being orchestrated by Radical Muslims and their influence is being spread rapidly.

Matthew 24:9 (NIV): “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.

Israel is being surrounded by nations that hate them and have called for their destruction.

Iran is now proclaiming that it is time to destroy Christianity and Israel. They associate Christianity with America so it is America that they want to destroy. They will also instigate more uprisings in the Arab world to increase their power so that they can hasten the destruction of America and Israel.

People leaving Biblical Christianity

Matthew 24:10-11 (NIV): “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people”

Down through the ages we can illustrate many times when Christianity was not Biblical. However, we are now coming out of a time when Christianity was truly based on the truth of the Bible. Even those who did not follow the Bible accepted it as God’s Word. Our country and the laws of our country were based on the truths of the Bible. Now the truths of the Bible cannot even be recognized in our laws. In fact, many are actually anti-Bible.

More and more people are denying the truth of the Bible than ever before. People are calling themselves Christians, but they are denying the truth of the Bible. Many still teach from the Bible, but they only teach what they want to believe.

In fact, they often say that the Bible only contains the Word of God and we have to determine which is the truth and which is not. In other words, only believe what you want to believe. And in doing so, they usually leave out the salvation of and through Jesus Christ. This is called Liberal Christianity.

New Age teachings are being merged with Christian teachings. The same thing is happening in Judaism. And when you water down Christianity or Judaism with New Age teaching, you no longer have Biblical Christianity or Biblical Judaism. These people are leaving their faith and abandoning their God and don’t even realize it.

Lack of Love In the World

Matthew 24:12 (NIV): “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.”

There are many different ideas in this world as to what wickedness or being wicked is. According to the dictionary wickedness has many, but similar, meanings. However, they all have to do with drifting away from God.

Matthew 24:12 tells us that as people take away from and add to Biblical Christianity, they are changing the true meaning of the Bible. In doing so, they are leading people away from God. This is what it means to have an increase of wickedness. And the sad part is that those who are doing this do not even realize that they are drifting away from God and leading others down the same path.

But this is what is happening right here in America. Because we are no longer teaching Biblical ethics and morals in our schools (let alone teaching about Jesus), people are losing their ability to love. This is why divorces, abortions, crime and hate are becoming so rampant. Because we are drifting away from Biblical Christianity, we are losing our ability to truly love.

The Gospel Will Be Preached In The Whole World

But there is one sign that Jesus said to look for that is a positive sign. Matthew 24:14 (NIV): “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” For the first time in the history of the world, this is not only possible but is now being done.

Through the miracle of satellite broadcasting of TV and powerful Radio Stations, the Gospel is being preached in every part of the world. No, not everyone is listening to it, so not everyone is hearing it, but it is being broadcast to them. This sign is being fulfilled.

The End Is Near

You do not have to accept these signs, but you ignore them at your own peril. If you keep putting off accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior because you think that you still have plenty of time to make that decision, you are living on dangerous ground. Outside of the fact that you could be in an accident and die at any moment, the signs are telling us that the Rapture (when Jesus will return for His Church), is much sooner that most people think.

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