As I look at the world around me, I feel this sense that we are in strange and unprecedented times. There is tension on a grand scale as we are grappling with the meaning behind all the senseless killings, the devastation of worldwide natural disasters, and political and domestic confusion and unrest. It is enough to unsettle the best of us, but let me assure you, there is hope.
I’m not sure how many of you are going to take what I am about to write. As a believer in Jesus Christ, it is my Blessed Hope, but many will find it a stumbling block and a curse. Believe it or not, these times we are living in today are described in great detail in the prophetic words of the Bible. I believe what we are witnessing now is what the Bible describes as the beginning of the labor pangs of the End Times. Things are about to get much much worse, but for those who trust in Jesus, we have the assurance of being out of here, raptured, before the worst is to come.
I have already heard many say, “But things on earth have always been evil. Even the Apostle Paul thought he could be in the End Times.” Let me show you a few things that I believe sets this time apart. Let’s start Matthew 24:32-34. When Jesus’ disciples asked him about the end of times he spoke thus, “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! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” This passage always used to confuse me. I just skipped over the fig tree part, ‘what does that even mean?’ When I read, “this generation will by no means pass away,” I assumed Jesus meant his generation. Well, that interpretation is alarming! Jesus’ own prediction didn’t come true? I recently came across some really good Bible teaching and was overwhelmed by the beautiful truth depicted in this passage. The fig tree is figurative of Israel. Why had no one taught me this before? When Jesus talked about the fig tree blooming, he was talking about Israel becoming a nation again after the destruction of the temple and scattering of the people, see the beginning of Matthew Chapter 24. For nearly two thousand years Israel was desolate. Nobody could ever have imagined it would become a nation again, but in 1948 she was restored! So with this perspective, we know that the generation that saw Israel re-established will see the second coming. Now, how do we know what a generation is? Psalm 90:10 “The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years…” We just celebrated Israel’s 70th year of rebirth. This puts an expiration date on this prophecy and we are nearing the very end of it.
Is there anything else that indicates we are entering end times? Ezekiel 38 describes a battle in the latter days known as the Gog and Magog war. In this war, a coalition of nations will unite against Israel. It is a league of nations led by Russia (Biblical names: Magog, Rosh, and Tubal) and including Iran (Persia), Turkey (Meshech, Gomer, and Togarmah), Libya (Put), and Sudan (Cush). Guess who recently formed an alliance and is currently sitting on the northern border of Israel? That’s right! Russia, Iran and Turkey. In the time between writing my first and final draft, Sudan has joined the alliance too. Meanwhile, Libya remains a fierce enemy of Israel.
Another Bible prophecy that is showing signs of being fulfilled very soon is Isaiah 17, which predicts the utter destruction of Damascus. This is a prophecy yet unfulfilled. The city has been laid siege many times but never completely destroyed. Currently Damascus is sitting on a stash of chemical weapons. One well placed bomb would completely obliterate the city. With tensions growing in Syria, it would not be surprising if we were to see this prophecy fulfilled very soon.
What about all the mass shootings, riots, and natural disasters? Well, the Bible has a thing or two to say about that too. It also predicts signs in the sky, such as the solar eclipse of 2017, the four lunar eclipses of 2015 that landed on Jewish feast days, and the Revelation 12 sign on September 23rd maybe? We can also expect apostasy in the church and the denial of Biblical doctrine among those who call themselves Christians. Do these things sound familiar?
Luke 21:25 “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.”
2 Tim 3:1-5 -“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.”
Luke 21:11 – “And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”
Matthew 24:6–8 – “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors 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 diverse places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4 – “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables”
1 Timothy 4:1 – 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
2 Peter 3:3-4 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.
Matthew 24:8 says, “… All these are the beginning of sorrows.” I write this to you, not so that you will tremble in fear like the rest of the world. If you believe in Jesus as your savior, you have the blessed hope of his return at the rapture. Jesus is coming back twice, once at the rapture to take his church, his bride, to Heaven, and then again at Armageddon with great wrath. Praise God I won’t be here to see the worst of the things about to befall the earth. If you have not yet accepted Jesus as your savior, I entreat you wholeheartedly to do so. God loves you so, and His desire is that “…None should perish, but all should have eternal life…” The only way to eternal life in Heaven is through Jesus. He said himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the light, and nobody comes to the Father except through me.” To become a Christian, all you have to do is A) Admit you are a sinner (we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God) B) Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. That he came to die in your place on the cross. That he rose from the dead on the third day. That he ascended into heaven and is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us, and he is returning again. C) Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.
For further prophecy updates, check out my favorite websites:
Amir Tsarfati – http://www.beholdisrael.org
JD Farag – http://www.calvarychapelkaneohe.com/index.php/teach/prophecy-updates
Jan Markell – http://www.olivetreeviews.org