What do we mean when we use the term, “the last days”? This term describes a period of time that is detailed in the Bible as being immediately prior to Jesus’ return. The Bible prophesies that Jesus will return again (the Second Coming) to gather His faithful, to judge those who have rejected him and restore creation to its original perfect condition. In a sense, it is true to say we have been “in the last days” ever since Jesus ascension. However, if you compare current world events with the conditions associated with His return, you will find they point uniquely towards the times we are currently living in as being the days that usher in Jesus’ return. These “signs” or “birth pains” have been rapidly increasing in frequency and intensity and conditions are now ripe for His arrival. In evangelical circles, many passages of Scripture in both Old and New Testament concerning these “conditions” have being allegorised and symbolised away, but we now see such an array of signs all converging simultaneously that the stage is set for these ancient prophecies to be literally fulfilled – we live in exciting times!
Jesus warned His believers to watch and look for these signs. Although, setting the date for Christ’s return is strictly prohibited, we are instructed to recognise the conditions in the world that point to the imminency of Jesus’ second coming to prevent being caught off guard. These signs should be an immense encouragement for us in these latter days that God’s Word will always be fulfilled as God keeps His promises:
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night….But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (1 Thessalonians 5:2, 4-6)
The predictions of Jesus’ 1st coming in the Old Testament were fulfilled very literally – this is God’s way of verifying His message to mankind. We have no reason to doubt that the details given in Scripture associated with Jesus’ 2nd coming will be fulfilled in an equally literal manner. For the reasons listed below, we believe the stage in set for the imminent return of our Lord:
Signs of Israel
The biggest sign of all is Israel. Israel is the centre point for end time prophecy and is often called God’s prophetic clock. Only in recent years has Israel become a state again (14th May 1948) which came as a shock to most of the world as this seemed highly unlikely. In 1967 Israel re-occupied Jerusalem which is described with many others fulfilled prophecies in our Can you prove the Bible? article.
The Bible describes the land of Israel as being deserted with rocky fields, swamp lands and ruined cities. But God will restore these when the time is right.
But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come. For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye shall be tilled and sown: And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel; and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance, and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men. (Ezekiel 36:8-12)
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. (Isaiah 11:12)
The return of the Jewish people to Israel is a miracle in itself. Ever since the 1880s Jews have been returning to the land, now there are over 7 million. Israel now has one of the best economies in the world and are leaders in many industries including technological developments. Prior to 1948, it was very difficult to see how many as-yet unfulfilled events concerning Israel could be fulfilled literally – in this very generation, we are observing these very events unfolding just as foretold!
Many Jews coming to faith in Christ
The following passage is the well known “dry bones” prophecy. Seventy years ago, during the holocaust, it could be said that the Jews were “dried up” and their “hope is lost”. Since then, they have been placed in their own land and record numbers of Jews are coming to faith in Jesus their Saviour.
Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed it, saith the Lord. (Ezekiel 37:11-14, emphasis added)
So, what is next on the horizon for Israel?
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:3)
This verse has never been more relevant as nations are fighting again over Jerusalem. Israel’s surrounding nations are being overtaken by groups such the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, IS and others who display an open hatred for Israel and the Jewish people. Iran, Egypt, Syria, Libya as well as other Islamic groups are all very vocal in their desire to annihilate Israel. Any day now World War III could start which may be the battle described in Psalm 83 – if this is the case, we will then see God protect Israel in fulfillment this Bible prophecy.
Before the Ezekiel 38/39 battle commences, the Bible describes Israel as living in peace and having much wealth. The recent massive find of natural gas and oil off-shore could be just the wealth that the nations described want to get hold their hands on [ref].
You can read more about Israel in our Why Israel? article.
The stage is set in Israel, only God know how long it will be until the war begins!
Signs in Nature
We are told that there will be signs in the nature. We are seeing this on an increasing scale and especially in places where certain weather patterns are not typical.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 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. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:5-10)
It is unnecessary to cover these in great detail as this as these signs are obvious – on a daily basis there news reports of more natural disasters that appear to growing in frequency and intensity. Here are some videos covering signs across the world!
In May 2016:
In March/April 2016:
February 2016 – YouTube – Signs Of Change February 2016 | Illuminated Skies
September 2015 – YouTube – Signs Of Change September 2015
July 2015 – YouTube – Signs Of Change July 2015
April 2015 – YouTube – Signs Of Change April 2015
March 2015 – YouTube – Signs Of Change March 2015
February 2015 – YouTube – The Darkest Of Days February 2015
August/September 2014 – YouTube – Signs Of Change Aug/Sept 2014 | Flood Of Extremes
July/August 2014 – YouTube – Signs Of Change July/August 2014
September 2012 alone – YouTube – Signs of the times – Sept 2012
First few months of 2012 – YouTube – End Times Signs 2012
Famines, Pestilence and Earthquakes
Approximately one out of every three people on planet earth do not know where their next meal is coming from. Malnutrition and disease are rife in huge areas of the world with statistics likely to get worse. Strange and unpredictable weather patterns have reduced food supply driving up food prices which has pushed many more into poverty.
Fatal epidemic diseases have been rising, many disease experts now say we are “facing unprecedented outbreaks of Ebola, Chikungunya and even the Plague.” Here is a frightening update on some of the “most dangerous infectious diseases that are now spreading out of control” – Natural News: One third to die by plague or famine; one third will fall by the sword; one third to be scattered to every wind.
With even a cursory following of news it is obvious that there has been an escalation of destructive earthquakes across the world in recent years. This trend is detailed by this website which shows the increase in 7.0 and above earthquakes in recent years – http://www.earth.webecs.co.uk/.
Wars and Rumours of Wars
Throughout history there have been hundreds of wars and conflicts, but there has been a steady increase in the last 150 years [ref]. In the last century there have been two world wars and there are currently numerous scenarios that could trigger World War 3. The media is constantly reporting rumours of conflicts all over the world for many reasons including weapon development, drug trafficking, insurgency, etc. The world we live in is looking very troubled!
Deception and false Christs
The Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24 is the classic account where Jesus graphically describes the signs immediately prior to his return. As already detailed, many events and signs are described including wars, famines, natural disasters, persecutions and others. Whilst these symptoms of end-times are each mentioned once, there is a phenomena that Jesus mentions FOUR times – deception!
Jesus clearly wanted to greatly emphasize that growing deception would be one of the clearest signs that His return is imminent:
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (Matthew 24:4, emphasis added)
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:5, emphasis added)
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (Matthew 24:11, emphasis added)
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:23-24, emphasis added)
Many churches are re-defining the gospel message to make it “seeker friendly” in a vain attempt to make it more palatable. However, this goes completely against the clear teaching of Jesus that the message of salvation will always be seen as offensive and divisive to the unsaved. Any message of salvation which sidesteps the issue of sin and our salvation through Christ is not a message of salvation at all. Many churches are rapidly turning away from God’s Word and pastors are often attempting to “entertain” congregations instead of guiding them to repentance. The focus during services is often “self” instead of Christ and it is not uncommon to hear of clergy denying the bodily resurrection of Jesus and His virgin birth. The has been a rapid decline in the clear teaching of Scripture and as a result many are accepting secular worldviews over Biblical ones. We have now reached the point where Darwinian evolution is seen as an explanation for our origins despite the account of Creation in the Bible and homosexual marriages are increasingly being conducted in churches.
Jesus is our ONLY way to salvation, but we now observe the alarming trend of Christian denominations try to obfuscate this truth.
Many churches are so desperate to get people through the doors that services are reduced to entertaining congregations with concert-like music and sermons that are easy on the ear and are really just motivational speeches. Teachings on repentance, sin, judgment and hell are rarely, if ever, heard. This has been replaced by life lessons on self esteem, self love, self pity, self, self, self! The truth of Jesus Christ has become softened and re-defined with unversed congregations believing their pastor instead of trusting what the Bible teaches, just as Jude tells us:
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:3-4)
The relentless attacks from both inside and outside the Church on the authority of the Bible have resulted in many viewing the Scriptures as archaic, irrelevant and even backward. Ironically, in an age where there is more access to the Bible than at any other time in history, peoples faith in Scripture dwindles to an all-time low and are therefore far more susceptible to deception!
The Bible indicates there will be a one world system in place under the rule of the antichrist.
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.If any man have an ear, let him hear. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 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. (Rev 13:7-17, emphasis added)
This passage would make no sense unless there is a system in place to control all the inhabitants of the world. The term “New World Order” is increasingly being used more frequently with subtle imagery appearing in advertising or films is promoting this agenda. There are currently three trends that indicate the world in moving towards this “unity”:
One World Religion
Organisations have been growing to merge different faiths together, these include Chrislam and United Religions Initiative. Across America, many churches are reading from the Quran during services, Faith Shared lists all of these! Many people believe this will be lead by the Roman Catholic church so it is no surprise that the pope is calling for a one world religion, but is difficult to see how this would happen globally unless some dramatic event occurred.
This short video looks at some points around the coming One World Religion.
European economic problems are no secret; Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain all have serious debt issues. What many may not understand is how closely the world’s economic systems are linked, it will only take one to default on a payment to send a major knock-on effect to all nations. The Federal Reserve is printing money for fun! It is clear that this cannot and will not last forever, somewhere is this going to have to blow. Experts are surprised that we have not experienced a catastrophic financial collapse already considering how horrific some of the debt is. Vatican calls for global authority on economy, raps “idolatry of the market”. The links to videos below give you idea of how connected all the nations economies are:
One World Government
The European Union already unites 28 states but with so much unrest in the world currently it is difficult to see how all the nations in the world would unite. More than likely it will take a major event or disaster to trigger such a change. Economic collapse, world war, natural disaster or even the rapture itself could be that event that shocks the world into making that unity more of a reality.
This video – YouTube – Confessions of an Economic Hitman – shows how richer countries take over and control poorer countries. We don’t know the beliefs of the person who made the video but it doesn’t appear to be religiously motivated.
Demonic activity has been increasing dramatically in recent years, here is just a small sample of strange supernatural phenomena around the world, many in the UK:
- The Occult: There has been a dramatic increase in recent times of occult participation. There is a greater fascination in the spiritual world which has been encouraged by entertainment and media. Many now regularly read horoscopes, seek advice from psychics, practice various forms of spiritualism or engage in more overt forms of occultism which are strictly condemned in Scripture.
- Crop Circles: it is evident that crop circles are happening more in the UK than anywhere else in the world, especially in Wiltshire, England. Every week new crop circles appear. Some of these circles are stunning and perfectly completed. They seem to appear within hours which no humans would be able to achieve, let alone the complexity. Here are some circles in England: August 2012 Hackpen Hill, nr Broad Hinton, Wiltshire, August 2012 Cheesefoot Head, nr Winchester, Hampshire. Although the video below is made by producers who don’t believe the Bible, it clearly shows how complex the crop circles are and their connection with other ritual sites e.g. Stonehenge.
- Cattle Mutilations: these mutilations are very precise and aim to take specific part of the body e.g. eyes or genitallia. The cuts are clean and many bodies are drained of blood. These are not random acts by other animals or humans, nor caused by natural circumstances. Horse Killed In Stithians After Horrific Mutilation is just one example.
- UFOs: like it or not the number of UFO sightings has been increasing each year. YouTube is full of videos capturing bright lights or strange sights in the sky. Some of these are fakes but there are many that clearly show objects moving in ways we think not possible, view recent videos – YouTube: Videos Of The UFO Experience 2014, YouTube: UFO Sightings Of April 2013. Many believe these are aliens from another planet, but these are demonic beings that could possibly be preparing us for a coming deception!
- Marian Apparitions: sightings where someone claims to see a vision of the virgin Mary have been happening for many years. Some claim these are increasing and even the number involved who witness them. These are demonic beings trying to drive people away from Jesus as our one and only Saviour. Many think these apparitions could play a big part in the coming deception too. This website lists many sightings Miracle Hunter.
- Madness in the Fast Lane: there was an incident in the UK back in 2008 that was so strange the BBC made a program about it – Madness in the Fast Lane – showing two sisters ran onto a motorway with vehicles in full flow. These women kept getting up after being knocked down by cars and fighting off the police, it took many police officers to be able to restrain them! Further tests showed neither had any drugs in their system, we might never know the full truth but something is very strange about this. The full video of the program can be viewed here YouTube – BBC Madness In The Fast Lane (49 mins).
This is such a large area that could easily cover a few articles but we will describe it here briefly. We are told that:
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:37)
So, just as it was in Noah’s time it would be the same when Jesus returns, we need to understand what happened in Noah’s time? The Bible describes this time as total corruption across the whole earth with only Noah and his descendants, “perfect in their generations”. “Perfect” is referring to human DNA because in those times fallen angels corrupted the seed by mating with woman which became so prolific that Noah’s family were the only ones left with uncorrupted DNA (see Genesis 6). This was the reason for the flood – to judge the rebellion and start again with Noah’s family. We’re not saying the whole world has corrupt DNA now but DNA manipulation has and is happening. We do not hear much about this in the media but this has been going on for many years, companies have been mixing DNA with different animals and even experimenting with human DNA. Companies/groups who do not believe in God will naturally feel there is nothing wrong with manipulating DNA to enhance humans with the final goal of immorality.
It’s frightening to think how much of this is happening in the UK – YouTube – Transhumanism.
It is being reported that in 30 years time super-humans will exist – The Economic Times – ‘Super-humans like the X-Men will exist in 30 years’.
Transhumanists are pushing for a “future man” in order to achieve immortality. As you can see in this video, they are aiming for a new era of humanity by 2045:
We now have the technology to do amazing things, some of these will really benefit mankind and the world we live in but as for everything, this is open for abuse. Man’s attempts to manipulate DNA and mix with other kinds cross a very serious line and represents an offensive rejection of our Creator’s design.
Signs in Society
The following passage describes moral behaviour of humanity in the last days:
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
This appears to be a very accurate description of what we see in society today – some of the terms in the above passage may not sound familiar in our culture but the table below shows how they apply to modern society:
|lovers of their own selves||lover of oneself|
|boasters||self-assuming; valuing themselves beyond all others; boasting of having what they have not|
|proud||showing themselves above their fellows; those who love to make a show|
|blasphemers||evil-speakers; those who speak impiously of God and sacred things|
|disobedient to parents||manners of the young; whom their parents cannot control|
|unthankful||who think they have a right to the services of all men, yet feel no obligation, and consequently no gratitude|
|unholy||without piety; having no heart reverence for God|
|trucebreakers||bound by no promise; persons who readily promise anything, because they never intend to perform|
|false accusers||slanderers; striving ever to ruin the characters of others|
|incontinent||lacking self-restraint; uncontrolled|
|fierce||wild; opposite of gentle|
|despisers of those that are good||not lovers of good people|
|traitors||someone who betrays a friend|
|highminded||“puffed up” with pride; those who are full of themselves|
|lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God||pleasure and sensual gratification is their god; and this they love and serve|
In the last 20 years there has been as sharp increase in lawlessness, violence, immorality, greed, selfishness and rebellion in our society. Each one of these is seen as commonplace, whether witnessed on our streets, TV screens, or even in advertising. Unfortunately there is no escaping from it and many have learnt to live with it! Verse 5 says “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”, this have never been more relevant to today’s society. Many people go to church every week but do not exhibit a life consistent with living for Christ. It is incredibly sad that many souls could be drifting through church life completely unaware that an eternity in hell awaits them – what an indictment on the church that should be drawing souls to repentance in Christ!
History shows that many Western countries were founded on belief in God and had legal systems established according to God’s standards. Bibles were found in every hotel room and the truth of God as creator was taught to our children in schools. As a result, they grew up with a well rounded and a God-fearing sense of morality. This dramatically changed in the nineteenth century when evolutionary thought started taking hold of society with Darwin’s Origin of Species. Advocates of the theory of evolution have grown very vocal and aggressive in promoting a no design, no purpose of life, and are answerable to no-one worldview. Society is happy to accept evolution as a world-view as it means there is no one to answer to for our actions and we can behave as we like without worrying about accountability. The fruits of this have been played out with devastating effect with the many genocidal regimes we have witnessed worldwide in the last century. In the UK, we are increasingly witnessing society falling apart. If the school system teaches children they are evolved apes, they will behave like animals and we see this manifest itself in many different ways. If children are taught they are unique and treasured creations of a loving God, they will respect themselves and values those around them. The Bible abundantly refers to God as creator and repeatedly appeals to humanity to revere its designer. God is jealous over his work of creation and there is probably no greater insult to Him than to believe the absurd idea that the unfathomable complexity we see around us is the work of a huge explosion some time in the past! The militant rise of “science” claiming there is no need of God to explain our origins is a significant piece of the jigsaw of the apostasy of the last days particularly as large portions of the Church have adopted this world-view. Our Are the Bible and Science compatible? article covers some evidence we see that clearly point to an intelligent creator.
The Bible clearly indicates that the only sexual relations permissible are heterosexual sex within a marriage. It is common place now for unmarried couples to live together having sexual relations and for people to have multiple sexual partners. Adultery seems to be something this is accepted now and with films and TV portraying these actions as permissible and the norm. Homosexuality has become increasing more vocal and outspoken. Regular marches and festivals happen throughout the world for homosexuals to gather and promote their lifestyles. Large campaigns have been launched on the UK buses with slogans like “Some people are Gay. Get over it!”. Even churches now are conducting same sex marriages. Believers of the Bible are being singled out and mocked for their beliefs, being told that their views are outdated. Thankfully God never changes and has warned us to expect this:
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)
If people lived by the Bible’s standard there would be far fewer children growing up in single parent families, the number of people infected with sexually transmitted diseases would be significantly reduced and abortion would be a rarity.
Abortion statistics are frightening, thousands of babies are being murdered each year. The female womb is no longer a place of safety. Interestly, even some pagan religions that practiced child sacrifice would never practice abortion as they viewed the female womb and a special place of safely…not so now! Figures reveal that 196,082 abortions were notified as taking place in England and Wales in 2011, there have been over 5 million in the UK since 1967 [ref]. The chart below shows the increase in abortions in the UK since 1968:
The increase of these killings, not just in the UK, but worldwide is evidence that people no longer fear God and think they can make their own decisions over other lives.
We are even seeing an increase in people wanting to end their own life through euthanasia which we blogged about – Worrying trend concerning euthanasia in Holland.
God created some animals to provide meat for our diet but vegetarianism has become increasingly popular. Restaurants now have vegetarian meals on their menus and even 100% vegetarian restaurants or takeaways are now open. In the UK approximately 5 million people are vegetarian and growing at a rate of 5,000 individuals each week [ref].
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; … Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (1 Timothy 4:1,3)
Unfortunately there are many other areas we could look at in this section, including paedophilia or bestiality, that show the continual moral decline and unbelief in God throughout our society. Every day we have new reports in the media of unrest and lawlessness, whether it’s through riots, kidnapping or other violence. These are on the increase and show no sign of slowing down!
Positive Spiritual Signs
We have described many negative signs in this article as these are the primary signs, but there positive signs too.
And the gospel must first be published among all nations. (Mark 13:10)
The gospel message is now available in all countries of the world. Even in nations where there is hostility towards Christians (e.g. Iran) we still see high conversion rates to Christianity [ref]. Satellite TV channels and internet can be sent worldwide allows the gospel message get through barriers into countries never thought possible.
Understanding of Bible Prophecy
And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (Daniel 12: 8-9)
We are understanding Bible prophecy now than ever before. With Israel being re-established in 1948 and the way the Middle East countries are aligning against Israel we have a clearer picture of the end time prophecies. God is speaking to people through His Word giving us understanding of these times and prophecy ministries are active throughout the world warning people of the times to come.
Increase in Knowledge
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. (Daniel 12:4)
The last 20-30 years has seen an incredible growth of knowledge and understanding. Technology advancements have accelerated, global communications are now standard and we can talk to other across the world instantly. Internet and satellite television allows us to see real time pictures of event. These help us understand certain prophecies as the fulfillment is now possible:
- nuclear weapon advances (Zechariah 14:12)
- real time images of the two witnesses (Revelation 11)
- mark of the beast technology (Revelation 13)
Many will say “these signs/events have been happening for hundreds of years, so what?”. This is true and if they were happening individually we wouldn’t take notice but it’s because they are all happening together and they are increasing in frequency and intensity. Given the fact that we have clear warnings of this signs it would be very foolish not to sit up and take notice!
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28)
Prophecy followers are often mocked about Jesus’ return by those both inside and outside the Church. God uses prophecy to validate the authority of His word to us – we have no excuse not to treat the Bible seriously when we see the predictions given in Scripture being fulfilled. Believers need to be prepared to be ridiculed and are told to expect it:
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2 Peter 3:3-4)
But again this is another sign of the times, Jesus is very critical to those who refuse to take notice of the signs:
And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? (Luke 12:54-56)
These signs point to Jesus’ second coming and we believe the rapture of the Church will be at least seven years before this so if we are seeing the signs now it is time to sit up, take notice and get prepared!