Friday, May 16, 2008

As promised: The End

I firmly believe we are living in the End Times. The Bible I read, the inspired word of the God I love, has told us what the signs of the times will be.

Now, not every thing has to come to pass yet, but things are falling into place, as world events, especially in the Middle East, Europe, and Russia, take place. Here is an overview of the signs. I have borrowed this list from a renowned End Times preacher and teacher, Dr. David Reagan.

I. Signs of Nature
(Matthew 24:7; Mark 13: 8; and Luke 21:11)

1. Famine
2. Earthquakes
3. Plagues
4. Signs in the Heavens (Unusual weather, new discoveries in space, UFO's, etc.)

II. Signs of Society
(Matthew 24:12,37-39 & 2 Timothy 3:1-4)

1. Lawlessness
2. Violence
3. Immorality
4. Greed
5. Selfishness
6. Hedonism
7. Rebellion
8. Despair

III. Spiritual Signs

1. Negative
1. False Christs & Prophets and their cultic groups (Matthew 24:5,11,2-4; Mark 13:6,21-22; and Luke 21:8)
2. Apostasy in the professing church (2 Thessalonians 2:3; and 2 Timothy 3:5, 4:3-4)
3. Widespread heresy in the church (2 Timothy 4:1-4)
4. Movement toward a one world religion (Revelation 17)
5. Persecution of true believers (Matthew 24:9-10; Mark 13:9,11-13; and Luke 21:12-19)
6. Outbreak of demonic and occultic activity (1 Timothy 4:1)
2. Positive
1. Outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29)
2. Revival of Davidic worship (1 Chronicles 16:1-39; Psalm 150; and Amos 9:11)
3. Worldwide evangelism (Matthew 24:14 and Mark 13:10)
4. Understanding of Bible prophecy (Daniel 12:4,8-9)

IV. World Political Signs

1. Re-establishment of Israel. (Ezekiel 36:22-37:1-2; Zechariah 12:1-6; Matthew 24:32-34; Mark 13:28- 30; and Luke 21:29-31)
2. Arab hostility toward Israel (Ezekiel 35:1-36:7)
3. Russia as a menacing power to Israel (Ezekiel 38:1-39:16)
4. Asian nations capable of fielding an army of 200 million (Revelation 9:15-16 and 16:12)
5. Wars and rumors of wars (Matthew 24:6-7; Mark 13:7-8; and Luke 21:10)
6. Kingdom against kingdom — that is, civil wars and ethnic wars (Matthew 24:7; Mark 13:8; and Luke 21:10)
7. Reunification of Europe (Daniel 2:41-44, 7:8, 24-25, and 9:26)
8. Movement toward a one world economy (Revelation 18)

Technological Signs

1. Nuclear weapons. (Matthew 24:22; Luke 21: 25-26; and Revelation 6:8, 8:7 and 16:2)
2. Television and satellite transmission (Revelation 11:3-12)
3. Robotics (Revelation 13:14-15)
4. Computer and laser technology (Revelation 13:16-18)
5. High speed transportation (Daniel 12:4)

VI. The Accelerator Sign

1. Population explosion (Revelation 9: 15-16 and 16:12)
2. Increase in knowledge (Dan-iel 12:4)
3. Increase in violence (Matthew 24:12)
4. Increase in transportation (Daniel 12:4)
5. Rapid disintegration of society (1 Timothy 3:1-4)
6. Signs in general to be like birth pangs, that is, increasing in frequency and intensity (Matthew 24:8)

VII. Signs of Israel

1. Regathering of the people (Isaiah 11:10-12 and Ezekiel 37:1-12)
2. Re-establishment of the state (Isaiah 66:7-8; Zechariah 12:1-6; and Matthew 24:32-35)
3. Reclamation of the land (Isaiah 35:1-2,7 and Ezekiel 36:34-35)
4. Revival of the language (Zephaniah 3:9)
5. Resurgence of the military (Zechariah 12:6)
6. Refocusing of world politics (Zechariah 12:2-3)
7. Reoccupation of Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:2-6)

For more very interesting reading on this subject, visit Dr. Reagan's web site.

Or, what really got me interested, and convinced, were a series of books written by Joel Rosenberg: The Last Jihad, The Last Days, The Ezekiel Option, The Copper Scroll, and Dead Heat (which just came out). Joel takes end time prophecy and hypothesizes on how the real events of the End Time will play out. They are very exciting, ripped from the headlines ("...tomorrow's headlines... says the Washington Post) stories. He also has a book called Epicenter, which is not fiction like the others but he shares a lot of the information he gathered when doing research for the fiction books. Visit Joel's web site for more info on the books and the End Times events happening around the world on a daily basis.

All that to say what? The End is coming. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, maybe not next month or next year, but relatively soon. If you don't know God, and have never accepted his son Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, now is the time. Accept Christ's death, burial, and resurrection - He died so that we wouldn't have to. All you have to do is believe in Him, and have everlasting life. (That's John 3:16, if it sounded somewhat familiar.)

If you have any questions, you can email me directly at: jagnikjen @ aim . com (no spaces).

1 comment:

L.A. Mitchell said...

Interesting lists, Jen. I enjoyed reading through them.