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Signs of the Times of the Last Days

The Second Coming of Christ

“And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”  Matthew 24:3

Many of you sent emails after the recent horrendous weather events and world uproars asking if Revelation is happening now. You wanted to know the Signs of the Times.  The answer is that yes the events predicted in the book of Revelation are happening now and have been for decades.

Revelation, Daniel and Isaiah all predict great and terrible events for these the last days.  A terrible apostasy.  A great restoration of the fullness of the gospel.  Terrible commotion of all the elements.  The great opportunity to preach the gospel throughout the whole earth.   Wars and rumors of wars spreading fear.  And Christ promising peace in the hearts of his followers.

The Bible gives us specific prayers to pray and actions to take to help us through these times.  These are at the end of this article.

The policy of the Bible Timeline site and the Question-of-the-week email is to present information using the actual words of the Bible but not the interpretation of it as that varies sect by sect.  This is especially true when it comes to the interpretation of the revelations concerning the last days.

For example, the word “Rapture” is not used in the English Bible although it is in Greek.  Each sect has different expectations of the “Rapture”.  Some expect it to be one event, others suggest two raptures and another defines it as ongoing.   Many say this is an actual event of lifting of people to meet Christ, others say this is an ongoing spiritual event of those turning to Christ.  Others do not use the word at all.

For that reason this issue gives a short one line description of each event in the order it is expected to occur.  Many events are simultaneous and ongoing. Each line is followed by the scriptures where the revelations are found.  All sects seem to be in agreement on this much.

This is enough to know how to prepare for these calamitous events.  For the interpretation of each event please see your local minister or Christian author.  The prayer for understanding is always answered.

WHERE ARE THE REVELATIONS FOUND?

The revelations concerning the last days are found throughout the Bible
but primarily in the following books of the Bible:

Isaiah
Jeremiah
Ezekiel
Daniel
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Micah
Nahum
Zechariah
Malachi
Revelation chapters 4-20.

Christ gives the best summary of these events and how to prepare for them.
These are found in Matthew chapters 24-25, Mark chapter 13, Luke 12: 37-48,
Luke 17: 20-37 and Luke 21: 5-38

LIST OF THE PRIMARY EVENTS PRECEDING CHRIST’S SECOND COMING

  • Spirit to be poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28)
  • Universal apostasy (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4)
  • The watering down of the gospel, teaching the doctrines of man rather than those of God.  Even priests will be led astray.  (2 Tim 3:5, Matt 15:9)
  • False prophets and false Christs (Matthew 24:24)
  • Good will be called evil and evil good. (Isaiah 5:20)
  • Restoration of all things (Acts 3:19-21)
  • Gospel to be preached to all the world (Matthew 24:14, Revelation 14:6-7)
  • Worldly knowledge to increase (Daniel 12:4)
  • Israel to be restored as a political state (Deuteronomy 28:64, 30:3 Jeremiah 29:14, 30:3 Isaiah 43:5-6, Ezekiel 36:24, Amos 9:14-15
  • Earthquakes, floods, famines, plagues and diseases such as the world has never seen. (Matthew 24 and Luke 21)
  • Peace taken from the earth.  Wars increase throughout the earth until war is on every land (Matthew 24 and Luke 21)
  • Increase in the wickedness, murder and crime among men.  Increase in belief in the occult. (Matthew 24, Luke 21, 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 4:3-4)
  • People will not believe the signs (2 Peter 3:3-4, Matthew 16:1-4)
  • Increase in persecution of the Christians (Matthew 24:9, Mark 13:9)
  • Christ will come suddenly to His temple. (Malachi 3:1)
  • Signs and Wonders in heaven (Mark 13:25)
  • Mountains made low, valleys made high (Isaiah 40, Ezekiel 38)
  • Christ to receive his dominion from the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9-14)
  • Two prophets preach in Jerusalem for 1260 days. They have the power to bring famines and plagues.  They are killed and lie dead in the streets for three and a half days while the wicked of the earth rejoice in the streets and exchange gifts in celebration of their deaths.  On the third day they arise striking fear in the hearts of the wicked. (Revelation 11)
  • Armageddon.  The nations of the earth gather to fight Israel at Jerusalem,  at Armageddon in the valley of Jehoshaphat. (Revelation 16:16)
  • Sun darkened, moon becomes as blood (Joel 2:31, Acts 2:20, Revelation 6:12)
  • Jerusalem is taken captive, the houses riled, the women ravished. (Zechariah 14:2)
  • The Lord appears at Mount Olivet leading his people to victory (Ezekiel 38, 39, Daniel 11, 12, Joel 2,3)
  • Christ appears to all the earth. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ. (Phillipians 2:11)
  • The righteous caught up to Christ, the wicked burned as stubble.   (Malachi chapters 3-4)
  • The judgment and first resurrection (Matthew 25:31-46, Revelation 20:5-6)
  • The thousand years of peace ushered in, Christ to reign personally on the earth (Revelation chapters 20-21)

If you know of more, such as Israel sacrificing a red bullock without spot  please let me know. Be sure to include the scripture reference.  I will
add them to this post.

HOW TO PREPARE

When Christ told of the signs of the times he also gave three parables.  Two of them are referred to in this section.

Parable of the ten virgins. Matthew 25:1-13.
The believers of Christ are likened to ten virgins.  Five were wise and kept their lamps filled.  Five were foolish.  Like the wise and the foolish builders, this refers to faith.  Five were strong in the faith, having a personal relationship with God and letting their lights shine forth.  Five were foolish or hypocritical.  They slumbered and let their lamps of faith go out.  To endure to the end we must practice our faith daily.  This includes daily prayer and scripture study.

Specific things to pray for:
During these troublous times many of us will need to flee either due to war or natural disaster.  Christ tells us specifically to pray that our flight will not be in winter.  Mark 13:18

We are told that the time will be shortened or else even the very elect might be deceived. Luke tells us to watch and pray that we enter not into temptation (Luke 22:40,46)

Pray to endure to the end (Luke 21:34-36)

We know that before the end times and tribulations are finished that the Gospel must be preached to all the earth.  Therefore we should pray that those countries that refuse to have Christian ministers preach in their borders will do so.  Russia has opened her borders to Christian ministries and so will all of nations eventually.

Prepare for the day of judgment.  Christ says he will judge all of his followers during the first resurrection.  These are they who called him Lord.  He tells us in Matthew 25:31-36 how he will judge us.  Verse 40 summarizes the criteria: “For as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

Always remember Christ’s promises to us during these times:  “Peace I give unto you. My peace I leave with you.”

Just as the early Christians were miraculously saved from the destruction of Jerusalem by paying attention to the signs, so can we be protected as we learn the signs and keep our spiritual houses in order. The Jewish people knew that the “abomination of desolation” prophesied by Daniel had already occurred in 170 BC.  Christ told them to watch for the same signs we are to watch for and to flee to the mountains when they saw those signs.   The early Christians fled to Pella, a nearby city, upon seeing the city was encompassed by soldiers under Gallus.  Four years later came the fall of Jerusalem.  Over a million citizens of Jersusalem were killed and 100,000 led away captive.  The temple, as prophesied by Christ, was laid waste with not one stone left upon another.  The Christians who fled were safe.

 

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  • Kendall Keys October 1, 2013, 9:30 pm

    God of Moses God of Abraham God of Israel come into the hearts of those who do your will and bless those who praise your name for thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

  • Yochannan November 22, 2013, 11:34 pm

    Prophesy of future events (or how to understand Biblical Prophecy)

    Prophets never speak hundreds of years in the future. Such prophesy has no value to those to whom the message is delivered. A prophesy only has value if the prediction can be proven to have come true, that is how that prophet can be tested to be a true prophet. Those hearing the prophecy and those who have tested the prophet (according to Scripture) as true, can then act upon the message of the prophet.

    Testing of the prophets requires fulfillment of a prophecy within the life span of the prophet, or the life span of that current generation. A Biblical generation is within 40 +/- years of those hearing the message from the prophet.

    Note:

    For those of us that are living thousands of years after the prophets of Ancient Israel, spoke to the people, as YHWH instructed them, their mission has already been completed, and would have come to pass. The prophecy is “past tense” to us living today. In other words, all past prophecy spoken by a “true” prophet of YHWH, would have come to pass since the prophecy spoken was for “their” immediate future, not for ours.

    Past fulfillment, conforms to what Scripture teaches. Understanding this truth will simplify much of what Scripture teaches, and eliminate unfounded conjecture about events that will never come to pass for those living today.

    John (Yochannan) William
    http://assemblyoftrueisrael.com

    • Dorian Aeichele January 4, 2014, 10:24 pm

      To a Mr John William.

      You say in short that a prophecy must come shortly, as it were in the lifetime of the very prophet.
      Is it not written? Jesus gave many prophecy of both His day on the earth of the resurrection, and yet of the future. Of the revered ‘End Times’, The Day of the Lord. Now while I argue that Jesus IS alive, and therefore his prophecy requirement you have listed is still fulfilled, consider His words in Luke 4:17-21 for it reads, “And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of the Lord /is/ upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave /it/ again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

      Do notice how he cut the passage short, because the rest of the prophecy concerning Him had not yet been fulfilled.

      What say you?

  • Yochannan November 22, 2013, 11:36 pm

    Prophets
    General

    The position of Prophets, (those CHOSEN by the Almighty Sovereign Creator) to speak “before” as in time (by predicting future events) or as in “place” (by speaking before others) came about at the Mountain called Horeb. The Israelites were there to receive the laws that where to govern their newly formed national identity of the “Ancient Scriptural Nation of Israel” but the people where afraid of hearing the voice (noise) of the Almighty speaking from the mountain.

    Moses asked the Almighty and He agreed to provide prophets (before speakers) from their own brothers (Adamites, from the tribes of Israel) to be the mouth piece for YHWH, and they are to communicate the will of the Almighty Sovereign Creator Power to the Israelite people. Deut 18:17.

    The requirements and the test for determining who a true prophet was, or who a false prophet was became very important. Unless the Israelites of the time, or us living today can determine if the prophet is speaking the will of the Almighty Sovereign, the listener could be listening to a false prophet who was leading his hearers down the wrong road.

    Testing a prophet

    According to the Hebrew Scriptures there some very specific tests that are required to determine if a prophet is an annointed one, one who was chosen to speaks the word given to him from the Almighty Sovereign Creator Power named YHWH. The following are Scriptural test for a true prophet of YHWH:

    1. Deut. 13:1, a prophet provides signs and wonders…..BUT, even if his predictions become true, yet if he is leading the listeners to serve “powers” other than the Almighty Sovereign Creator who is named YHWH, That prophet must not be listened to, for YHWH is “proving” those that are listening to this prophet. Such false prophets were to be put to death.

    2. Deut. 18:18, a prophet can only come from among his own people (his own Israelite brethren). Therefore he must be an Adamite by race (a white Caucasian) he must also be a “true” Israelite (one that keeps the Covenant). In other words, we are not to listen to a Chinese prophet or anyone from another race. A prophet must speak the only the words that YHWH commands him to speak.

    3. Deut. 18:19, (the Israelites to whom the message by the prophet is delivered, are to hearken (listen to and take note) of the message that was addressed to them. They (the Israelites) are to act upon the message, or they will be held accountable to YHWH…… in other words, they will suffer the consequences for not listening, and not doing.

    4. Deut. 18:20, Any prophet that pretends to be speaking using the name YHWH, something that was not commanded to him to speak, or who is speaking in the name of another power (a false God) would die.

    5. Duet. 18:21, So how are the people to know if a prophet is speaking the truth?

    Summary

    6. Duet 18:22, provides the all important answer: When a prophet speaks in the name of YHWH of things pertaining to the future and the thing he speaks of does not happen, or the words are not fulfilled, then what he has spoken has NOT been spoken by YHWH. That prophet has spoken with presumption, and he is not to be feared or acknowledged.

    The result of this is the fact, that everything that a prophet speaks pertaining to the listeners future, MUST come to pass during that prophets life span. Otherwise, the prophet cannot be tested as one commanded to be speaking for YHWH.

    If we are to make the “assumption” that the author(s) of the book of Isaiah or that of other ancient prophets are to be believed, than all that is prophesied in the book of that Prophet must have come to pass in the life span of that prophet, not thousands of years in the future.

  • Joe January 1, 2014, 1:10 am

    This is all so confusion. I pray that God will bring some clarity to this because if we listen to everyone’s interpretation, we will be going in all four directions searching for the truth. Have mercy on us God. Send someone who can be consistent in showing us the way. Your way only.

  • David Oliver April 6, 2014, 4:33 pm

    http://www.gospel-herald.com/finneman/red_heifer.htm
    Red Heifer – Sacrifice – Explanation..