Is This the End Times?

Are We in the End Times as Foretold by Scripture?Is this the End Times?

Many have wondered – what are the signs of the end times? Are we living in the end times,

or is this just something that people have always thought?  How will we know if we are truly in the end times or not?  What are the prophecies?  In fact, it was thisvery question that the followers of Jesus asked Him:  

“Tell us, when will these things be?  And what will be the signs of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” – Matthew 24:3

In fact, there are many prophecies in the Bible that provide clear signs of the “end times”, “last days”, or “Day of the Lord”.  Apparently God did not want His creation to be ignorant of these things.  He wants us to realize that He is active in guiding history (His Story), and that all things will conclude as He has planned.  This article will discuss:

  • Why we should be aware of these signs
  • What makes this age different from any other in terms of fulfillment of these prophecies
  • Significant prophecies in both the Old and New Testaments being fulfilled today
  • Why this indeed could be the End Times foretold throughout the Bible
  • How we should then live knowing all these things

Haven’t People Always Thought it was the End Times?

While it is true that the first century Church believed they were “living in the end times”, Paul the Apostle wrote letter to the Churches to inform them about certain “signs” that had to come to pass before the “last days” would appear.  This “end times” they understood to be the period of “Great Tribulation” spoke about by Daniel the prophet, and further described by Jesus (see below).  Paul didn’t want the early church to be mistaken about this, and as a result to quit work and begin doing nothing while awaiting the return of the Lord:

“Now brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no man deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,…” – 2 Thess 2:3

In the above passage Paul is warning the church that deceivers will come and pose as church leaders, and will try to fool the church about “the end times”.  They will say it has already come, or promote other deceptions.  In these and the verses that follow Paul points  out that the “Day of the Lord” – that time of Great Tribulation that Jesus referred to (see below) – will not come unless 1) there is a great falling away from the faith, and 2) they see the “anti-Christ”, the “son of perdition” appear.  Although there are many other signs, these were two clear signs that mark the “Great Tribulation” or “Day” of the Lord – the last 7 year period prior to the Lord’s return.

Other important signs that indicate that we may be living in the end times include:

  • Israel being gathered from among the nations, and made a nation once again
  • Travel and knowledge will be greatly increased
  • Global real-time communications will become a reality
  • World-wide falling away from the church, and at the same time an outpouring of the Holy Spirit
  • A developing one-world political and economic system, to be headed by a world ruler (the anti-christ)
  • Rebuilding of the Jewish Temple (destroyed since 70 A.D.)
  • Finally – people scoffing at the notion of end times,saying “where is the promise of His coming? (2 Peter 3:3-4)

See below for more details about how EACH  of these prophecies are now being fulfilled before our very eyes!

Should We be Watching for the End Times?

Jesus said very plainly “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning – Lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.  And what I say to you, I say to all:  watch!”

We will not be able to discern the day or the hour, but in watchingwe will be able to discern “signs of the end times” that lead up to this “Day of the Lord.”  .

In watching we will not be caught unaware.  Christians should occupy and fulfill His purpose for our life until He comesalways doing good and being a faithful witness for the Lord.  Those that do no know the Lord will see these signs as they come to pass, and although many will continue to deny Him, many will turn and accept Him as Lord. 

Our “Countdown to the End Times”
(Note – This is a Work in Progress! More to be Added!)

End Times Political Signs

Sign Scripture Fulfilled?

Jerusalem will be a “Heavy Stone” for the nations

 “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. “It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.” Zechariah 12:2-3  >> YES.  All the world’s attention is turn toward the Middle East these days.  The center of attention in this area is the conflict between Israel and the surrounding countries, and what place is the holy and in contention by both?  Jerusalem.

Wars and rumors of wars will increase

Matt 24:6 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars” (also Mk 13:7)Matt 24:7 (a); “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom”. (also Mk 13:8) >> YES.  There are wars and rumors of wars on every major continent.  There is no consensus in the United Nations – nations are at odds with each other, which is why that body is effectively powerless.

Russia will rise as a power, led by a strong “prince” who devises an evil plan

Ezekiel 38:2 “Son of man, set you face against Gog, the land of Magog, the prince ofRosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophecy against him., and say ‘Thus says the LORD God, ‘Behold, I am against you, O Gog,the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.” >> YES.  In ancient times, the land we now know as Russia was called Rosh; Meshech was the ancient name for Moscow; and Tubal eastern Russia.  With the emergence of Putin, Russia has a new“prince”, and is once again  reasserting its power and influence.  Putin has quelled democratic trends, and consolidated power – effectively making himself a “prince”..  He is building up Russia’s  military arsenal, and forging alliances with Iran, Syria and other Middle Eastern counties.

 Russia will then forge an alliance with Iran and other nations, with the ultimate goal of invading Israel

Ezekiel 38:5-6Persian, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet;Gomer and all its troops, the house ofTogarmah from the far north and all its troops – many people are with you”
>> YES.  At Putin’s direction, Russia has forged treaties with Iran (previous known as Persia).  Russia is now supplying nuclear technology to Iran, whose leader has stated that his desire is to“wipe Israel off the map.” (see Washing Post article) The stage is being set for this terrifying end times invasion.

In the latter years, Russia, with its Middle East and other allies, devises “an evil plan”, and attacks and invades Israel

Ezekiel 38:8 “After many days  you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.”
Ezekiel 38:9-10 “You will ascend, coming like a storm covering the land like a cloud,you and all your troops and many peoples with you. Thus says the LORD God: ‘On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan.”
>> PENDING Future Event.  Russia, with its Muslim Middle East and North Africa allies, will unexpectedly attack a peacefully dwelling Israel by invading from the north. 

The LORD will use this invasion to demonstrate His mighty power to the nations

Ezekiel 38:16 “You will come up against my people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against my land, so that thenations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”
Ezekiel 38:18 “..My fury will show in My face.”
Ezekiel 38:19 “Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.”
Ezekiel 38:22 “..I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain,great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.”
Ezekiel 39:4 “You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops, and the peoples who are with you.”
>> PENDING Future Event.  A sudden invasion of Israel, by Russia and her Middle Eastern allies, is abruptly thwarted by a great earthquake, and ‘fire and brimstone’ from the sky which destroys the invading troops upon the mountains of Israel.  We don’t know what this is, but one possibility is a comet or asteroid strike coincident with the timing of the invasion.  The comet or meteor would disintegrate upon entry, raining fire and brimstone on the invading troops. 

Special Signs Related to the Nation Israel

Sign Scripture Fulfilled?

Israel will be gathered from the among the nations, and will be established as a nation once again

 

Ezekiel 34:13 “AndI will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and I will bring theminto their own land. I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country.”Matt 24:32: “Now learn this parable from the fig tree:when its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.  So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near – at the doors!” (Mk 13:28-29) >> YES.  Since 1948. The ‘fig tree’ is a ‘type’ of the nation Israel in Scripture.  Israel, scattered among the nations when Rome invaded Israel in 70 A.D.,  was once again established as a nation in 1948, fulfilling both Old and New Testament Scriptures.

Gathering of Russian Jews back to the land of Israel

Jeremiah 23:8 “As the LORD loves who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north countryand from all the countries where I had driven them.  And they shall swell in their own land.” >> Yes.  During 1970-1980,there was a dramatic immigration of Russian Jews from the Soviet Union into Israel.  As late as 1999, AP reported a dramatic increase of Jewish immigrants into Israel from the north.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliyah

Flowering of Israel, yielding much fruit, and the rebuilding of ruins

Ezekiel 36:8: “But you, O mountains of Israel, you shallshoot forth your branches andyield your fruitto My people Israel, for they are about to come.  For indeed I am for you and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown.  I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it;  and the cities shall be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt.” >> YES.  The deserts have been planted, and Israel is now not only supply food for its populace, but according to theIsrael Export Institute, the value of Israeli food exports is predicted to rise by 60% over the next five years, reaching US$1bn in 2010.Israel has today more than 190 high-rise buildings, and in the near future it will have more then 35-40 new skyscrapers with 25-80 floors (mostly in Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan). Tel Aviv has been elected the 4th most important high-tech city in the world (Ref:www.emporis.com).

Return of one pure language, Hebrew, to Israel

Zephaniah 3:9“For then I willrestore to the peoples a pure language, that they may call on the name o f the Lord.” >> YES.  Since 1948, Hebrew is  again being taught and spoken in the Jewish homeland, Israel.  Prior to 1948, Hebrew was effectively a dead language.

The Temple will be rebuilt, and Jewish Temple rituals will be resumed

In Daniel, a prophecy concerns the cutting off of sacrifices in the Temple – which of course means that the Temple itself must be rebuilt before this can happen:
“..But in the middle of the week [last 7 year period] he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.” Daniel 9:27
Jesus also referred to the prophecies in Daniel when He said: “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place..”  Matt 24:13.  This of course requires that the ‘holy place’ exist,which means that the Temple must be rebuilt.
>> PENDING Future Event. Preparations being made. Although there are a number of challenges to be overcome, several groups are preparing to rebuild the ancient Jewish Temple!  Examples:The Temple Mount Faithful – preparing the stones with which to rebuild the temple
http://templemountfaithful.org/
The Temple Institute - crafting the various articles to be placed inside the rebuilt temple
http://www.templeinstitute.org

End Times Signs in Nature

Sign Scripture Fulfilled?

Famines, pestilences, earthquakes in various places

Matt 24:7 “And there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in diverse places.” YES.  We indeed have all of these signs.
Famines – Ethiopia, as well as other parts of Africa, Asia, and Indonesia, have been under famine.
Pestilences – Avian Bird Flu, HIV/AIDs, and other pestilences are proliferating – without cures in sight.
Earthquakes – are occurring all over the worldat an increasing rate!  For the facts see:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/

Signs of the End Times in Society

Sign Scripture Fulfilled?

As it was in the days of Noah (to the uninformed, all things carry on as normal)

Matt 24:37: “Buy as the days of Noah, 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, and did not knowuntil the flood came and took them all away…” (also Lk 17:26) >> YES.  To society at large, most are uninformed about the signs of the end times; as a result, they will be taken by surprise when we enter the period of Great Tribulation.

Lawlessness, lack of real love

Matt 24:12: “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” >> YES.  Today’s population lives for the most part in large cities, where lawlessness abounds.  As a result, common kindness and natural affection is lacking in today’s society.

As it was in the days of Lot (debauchery will be rampant)

Luke 1728: “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built.” >> YES.  Lot and his family were the only ones faithful to the Lord in the lands of Sodom and Gamorrah.  God saved Lot, but ended up destroying these cities due to their wickedness.

Spiritual Signs of End Times

Sign Scripture Fulfilled?

There will be a great Falling Away first

 

2 Thess 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first…” >> YES.  There is no question that as we enter the 21st century there has been a great “falling away” from the faith.   Over the past century there has indeed been a great falling away from the faith – starting with the rise of Darwinism at the turn of the century, and progressing on with the rise of secular humanism in the twentieth century.   

The man of sin is revealed, the “son of perdition” (meaning=ruin, loss)

 

2 Thess 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless … the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
>> PENDING future event. Another key sign of the end times is the revealing of the “Anti-Christ” – the “son of perdition” (ruin or loss – physical or eternal) as Paul writes.   We of course do not know if the “Anti-Christ” is alive today, but he may be – and he may just be waiting for the right opportunity to show himself to the world – as the counterfeit “savior” ready to save mankind from all the troubles he has brought upon himself.

The Gospel is preached to all nations

Matt 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to the nations, and then will then end come.” (also Mk 13:10) >> YES.  Today the gospel is being preached around the world to literally all nations.  How?  Via satellite TV.  Most people in every nation either have a TV, or have access to one – even in very indigent counties.  Christian TV is taking the gospel out to nations around the world. 

Many false Messiahs will come

Matt 24:5: “Many will come in my name , saying ‘I am the Christ’, and will deceive many.”(also Mk 13:6) >> YES.  Today many are claiming to be the ‘Messiah’,  deceiving many  – Hitler was acclaimed as savior by many during WW II.  Today Osama bin Ladin is also acclaimed as a savior. Numerous other examples abound.

Signs and wonders will be used to deceive many

Matt 24:24: “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (also Mk 13:22) >> IN PROCESS.  Today more than ever there is a fascination with magic and the ‘supernatural’.  Witness the popularity of ‘Chris Angel’, David Blain,

Persecution of Jews and Christians

Matt 24:9 “And they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My names sake” (Mk 13:9) >> YES.  Christians and Jews are being persecutedin many countries around the world – in the Middle East, in Africa, in China, and the Far East.  For more see:
http://www.persecution.com/

Signs in Technology and Communications

Sign Scripture Fulfilled?

Transportation and Knowledge shall increase dramatically

Daniel 12:4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” >> YES – last 100 years.  At no time prior have people traveled the globe so thoroughly - via air, train, car, etc.  We are indeed a mobile society.  In addition, unlike ever before,knowledge has increased exponentially within the last century.  It is said that 80% of the world’s total knowledge has been brought forth in the last decade, and 90%of all the engineers and scientists who have ever lived are alive today!

The advent of technology to make the “mark of the beast” possible

Revelation 13:16-17:“And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” >> YES – last decade.  The technology to mark every person so that they may neither buy nor well without the mark is here today!  UPC codes and scanning processes for all products sold were the first step in this development.  What is also driving this is the increasing level of credit card fraud, which costs economies billions in lost revenue.  An embedded mark, on one’s hand (or on the forehead if no hands are available) would alleviate fraud, (saving billions), and speed transaction processing.  Update Aug 2007:  Chips are now being implanted in people – we are not from from ‘the mark of the beast’!  >> Read more in our news section.

Knowing End Times Prophecy, How Should We Then Live?

Christians ought to behave as though the Lord could come at any time.  As it says, we ought to “redeem the time” because of the nature of these days.  This means letting His Spirit lead us in our daily walk, and doing as He commanded us each and every day – by loving Him, and loving our

neighbor as our self.  Walking the talk.Give Jesus a Chance!

For those that don’t know the Lord, the message of the Bible is that God loves you.  If you were the ONLY person alive, He would still have died to to pay the penalty for your sins and bring you back into a relationship with Him (remember the parable of the lost sheep, how that Jesus left the 99 to search and retrieve the one that was lost!).  He dearly wants you to know Him and have eternal life!

Do you have a personal relationship with the Lord who created you, loves you unconditionally, and wants you to walk with Him?  If you do, then you have everything to look forward to – in this life, and in the life to come!  You were made for a purpose, and receiving the Lord into your heart and walking daily with Him will help you come to realize His purpose in your life and fulfill it. 

Don’t be caught unprepared in these approaching end times!  If you don’t know the Lord, here is a link to Billy Graham’s web site that can show you how you can accept the Lord into your heart, be born again, and begin a right relationship with Him…

Steps to Peace with God ==> http://www.billygraham.org/SH_StepsToPeace.asp

 

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