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PostSubject: The Signs of the End Times   Tue May 22, 2012 5:23 pm

The Signs of the End Times
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On September 8, 1985, a 16 year old and a companion killed a convenience store clerk. The 16 year old described the murder in these words: “We didn’t take any money. We didn’t take any merchandise. We just took the life of an innocent man for Satan.” The 16 year old killer was not even a suspect in the case until six months later when he killed his parents. He was angry at his mother and performed an occult ritual beforehand, explaining, “There was nothing but cold hatred in me.” He was the youngest man on Oklahoma’s death row till he was executed by lethal injection.

Did that story shock you? Probably not. If you have been reading your own daily newspaper, you’re probably beyond being shocked at the evil in today’s world, a lawless world that knows no bounds.

Long ago, Jesus sat on a hillside with His disciples and predicted such a time as this. Jesus’ disciples privately asked, “What shall be the sign of Thy coming and of the end of the world?” Matthew 24:3. The Master foretold the destruction of Jerusalem and then clearly outlined the signs that would precede His Coming. The events that led up to the destruction of Jerusalem would also be present at the end time but on a much larger scale before Jesus’ return.

It’s amazing that when we compare Jesus’ prediction in Matthew 24 with the predictions in the Book of Revelation, they provide an incredibly accurate picture of our day! It is our lifetime of which Jesus spoke! For 2,000 years, the words Jesus spoke on that hilltop in Jerusalem were preserved in the Book of Matthew so we could know the events of our time that signal the end time. Specific, clear signs would precede the most momentous event of the ages; Christ’s Second Coming and the end of the world.

Ten Signs of the End Times
Will there be an “end of the world,” or is such an idea simply the opinion of kooks who stand on street corners waving signs reading, “The End Is Near”? Believe it or not, according to the Bible, yes, there will be an end. Jesus Christ promised His followers, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20.

So what are the signs of which Jesus spoke? Are there any legitimate and observable “signs” indicative of this approaching finale? Once again, the answer is yes. He told of signs in the world of religion, politics, nature and society. Today, these signs are played out in the stories splashed across our newspapers and TV screens. While many supposed “signs” appear daily on the covers of our nation’s tabloids, here are ten true Biblical signs:

1. SIGNS in the World of NATURE:
In Matthew 24:7, Jesus said, “There shall be famines, and pestilences [strange diseases], and earthquakes in diverse places.” Do we see famines today? Experts know that for many, chronic hunger is an ever present part of life and that 10,000 people a day, or more than 3.5 million people per year die of starvation. Do we see pestilences today, strange diseases running rampant? Some diseases are becoming resistant to antibiotics. And new diseases appear for which science has no cure, AIDS, Mad Cow disease, the Ebola virus. Do we see earth quakes today? Seismograph stations record 12,000 to 14,000 earthquakes per year or about 35 per day. Many earthquakes of disastrous magnitude peppered the century just closed. There’s a whole lot of shaking going on!

2. SIGNS in the world of RELIGION:
Jesus foretold in Matthew 24:5 that “Many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Thousands, in their search for certainty, turn to cults, to false christs and false prophets who recruit many to follow them. Jesus warned in Matthew 24:24, “There shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders.”

The Book of Revelation confirms that part of Satan’s plan is deception: “He performs great signs so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs he was granted to do in the sight of the beast.” Revelation 13:13-14. The devil will unleash his deceptive power to take captive men’s and women’s minds.

False religions have increased phenomenally. Cults recruit those who are searching. The Heaven’s Gate cult produced a farewell video and then took their own lives. Jim Jones of the People’s Temple led nearly 1000 to their death in the jungles of Guyana as they drank cyanide laced Kool Aid. David Koresh led his followers to a fiery death in Waco, Texas. To say nothing of Swiss cults whose members burned themselves to death, or a Japanese cult planning nerve gas attacks on Japanese subways. There are Bible based cults, UFO cults, Satanist cults, New Age cults and Eastern cults.

The Bible predicts a mighty false revival just before the Second Coming. Over two thousand newspapers in the U.S. carry astrology columns. Dial 900 phone numbers, and psychics will tell your future for a fee. Click on Internet sites, and you can be guided through numerology, tarot cards, and dream interpretations. The devil is pulling out all the stops in these last days. But God is not caught by surprise, He warns us in His Book.

Paul predicted “the time will come” when the majority “shall turn their ears away from the truth and shall turn to fables.” 2 Timothy 4:4. God’s final book, the Revelation predicts the rise of a global, multi-layered, conglomerate religious system called “Babylon,” which literally means, “confusion.” Heaven’s end-time message proclaims, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Revelation 14:8. This mysterious, highly symbolic prophecy reveals that “all nations” will become drunk with “Mystery Babylon’s wine,” meaning the worldwide false teachings of deceptive religions which lead away from the simplicity of the pure gospel of Jesus Christ.

3. SIGNS in out of control Violence:
Jesus Christ said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be before the coming of the Son of Man.” Matthew 24:37. What was it like in Noah’s day before the flood? Here’s the answer: “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence” Genesis 6:11. “And God said to 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” Genesis 6:13. Thus “violence” was rampant in Noah’s day, just like today.

4. SIGNS in the world of SOCIETY:
No signs are more obvious than those in the social world. Jesus plainly predicted in Matthew 24:37: “As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark.” In Noah’s day, God’s standards were no longer accepted. And how is society’s moral fabric today? Living together outside of marriage is commonplace. Out-of-wedlock babies account for 30.1% of all births in America. The divorce rate quadrupled, from 4.3 million in 1970 to 18.3 million in 1996.

5.SIGNS of out of control Sex:
Again, Jesus Christ said, “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot…Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” Luke 17:28, 30. What was it like in Lot’s day before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? Here’s the answer: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” Jude 7. Thus “fornication” (sex outside of marriage), and “going after strange flesh” (homosexuality), were the primary sins of those ancient cities. It’s a no brainer that through television, Internet pornography, Playboy etc., our world is experiencing an unprecedented deluge of sexual perversion.

6. SIGNS of increasing Stress, Confusion and Heart Disease:
Jesus also declared, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things that are coming upon the earth” Luke 21:25-26. People are stressed out everywhere, confusion reigns, and the Number one cause of death is heart disease. Jesus Christ saw it coming, that’s why He predicted global “distress,” “perplexity” and “men’s hearts failing them for fear.” Fear also raises blood cholesterol.

7. SIGNS of Global Environmental Crisis:
The Bible reveals that when God finally drops the curtain on human history, He will finally “destroy them that destroy the earth” Revelation 11:18. In other words, before the end, mankind will be destroying the very planet we live on. This implies a global environmental crisis resulting from the growth of mega cities, deforestation, a disappearing ozone layer, and earth damaging man made pollutants.

8. SIGNS in the world of KNOWLEDGE:
The prophetic book of Daniel declares, “But you, 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” Daniel 12:4. This passage reveals planet Earth will enter its “time of the end” and then “knowledge shall be increased,” knowledge about Daniel’s prophecies and knowledge in general would increase. In our modern era, more than any time in recorded history, knowledge has increased beyond previous generations.

As you turn on your computer, remember; ours is an age truly exploding with knowledge. Looking to our daily newspaper for hope, we find only despair. Looking to the Bible in despair, we find hope. Fulfilled prophecies are all around us, Jesus is coming soon!

9. SIGNS in the world of POLITICS:
In Matthew 24:6-7, Jesus says, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars ... For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” The 20th Century saw World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Arab-Israeli Wars, the war in Bosnia, the Gulf War, Kosovo, southern and northern Ireland, wars all over Africa from Rwanda and Somalia to the Sudan and the Congo. One source estimates 180 million people have been killed in the last century; a total far greater than for any other century in history. Peace treaties, based on frail human promises, are signed one day and broken the next. Speaking of our time, the Apostle Paul declared in 1 Thessalonians 5:3, “When they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them ... And they shall not escape.”

Today the nuclear threat is greater than ever. Even though the U.S. has downsized our nuclear arsenal, Russia has not. In August of 1999, CBS’s 60 Minutes II aired a program about Russia’s Secret Cities continuing to produce plutonium—the key ingredient in nuclear weapons. When terrorists and rogue governments go to Russia seeking to buy plutonium to make nuclear bombs, scientists who have not been paid by Russia’s crumbling economy are sorely tempted to sell their precious commodity.

Revelation 11:18 puts it this way: “The nations were angry and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged. And that You should reward your servants the prophets and the saints, ... and should destroy those who destroy the earth.” With unchecked nuclear weapons, we now have the capacity for self-destruction. This is certainly one of the greatest signs of Jesus’ Return, for never before in history has mankind had the capability to destroy all the earth.

10. SIGNS of the Global Preaching of the Gospel:
“And this gospel [the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ] shall be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then shall the end come” Matthew 24:14. With the aid of radio, television and satellite networks, God’s message of salvation through the death of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on the cross, is now spreading around planet Earth. Thus, in the midst of Bad News, there’s Good News! We have a Saviour who loves us, gave His life for us, rose from the dead for us and will someday return to take us home. The signs of the end times is surely more apparent now than ever.

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

Matthew 24:3 Jesus’ disciples asked for a sign of His Coming and the end of the world.
Matthew 24:4-5, 11, 24 There will be many false religious teachers: false christs and false prophets who will deceive and mislead many.
Revelation 13:13-14 Satan and his agents will perform signs and wonders to deceive people.
Revelation 16:14 Spirits of devils will perform signs and miracles to mislead many.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 The time will come when people won’t endure sound doctrine but will seek out teachers who will tell them what their itching ears want to hear.
Matthew 24:6-7 There will be wars and rumors of wars; nation will rise against nation.
Luke 21:25 There will be distress of nations, with perplexity.
Luke 21:26 Men’s hearts will be failing them, from fear of those things happening.
1 Thessalonians. 5:2-3 Peace talks, based on man’s frail promises, will avail nothing.
Revelation 11:18 When the nations are angry, Christ will ultimately destroy those who would destroy the earth.
Matthew 24:7 There’ll be natural disasters, famines, pestilences, earthquakes all over.
Matthew 24:12 There will be rising crime and violence, iniquity.
2 Timothy 3:1-4 There will be perilous times with moral decadence of every kind.
Matthew 24:37-39 There will be times of wickedness and violence, as in the days of Noah.
Genesis 6:1-2, 5, 12-13 In Noah’s day, wickedness, evil, corruption, and violence were rampant everywhere.
James 5:1-5, 8 There will be economic difficulties, with labor and management troubles.
Daniel 12:4 Near “the time of the end ... knowledge shall increase.”
Luke 21:34 But many will be too weighed down with the cares of this life.
Matthew 24:48-51 The evil servant says, “My Lord delays His Coming.”
2 Peter 3:8-10 God chooses to save all, but He honors our freedom of choice.
Revelation 14:6 The everlasting gospel will be preached in every nation and tongue.
Matthew 24:14 This gospel will be preached in all the world; then the end will come.
Matthew 24:42-44 God’s counsel is, “Be ready.”

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