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The END TIMES- today

The Old Testament wrote that the Messiah (Jesus) would come to his own people be rejected as Israel's promised Messiah and be killed not for himself but others (Dan.9:24-27).  Then Daniel writes "the people of  the prince that shall come" would later "destroy the city and the sanctuary." That was fulfilled when the Romans leveled Jerusalem and its Temple in A.D. 70.  This Messiah whose death could not hold him, would return a second time to receive His people and setup His kingdom which will have no end. But before that numerous events would occur to Israel and the world. It is these predictions that would prove the God of Israel to be the true God of the universe.

PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS

There are also a great many Bible prophecies whose fulfillment's are specifically tied to the "last days" as the times just prior to the second coming of Christ. Many are apparently being fulfilled in our present day. Even though some of those ( "famines and pestilence's", "war and rumors of wars") have also characterized various other times in history, it is their simultaneous fulfillment that makes them significant. These are for the final generation, evidence of divine inspiration, signs of the imminent return of the Lord.

The restoration of Israel to her own ancient land as a recognized nation among nations (Isaiah 11:10-12; Ezekiel 20:34-38; 36:24-25). This current restoration is not the ultimate fulfillment of these passages but does prepare the way for it. Israel must be in her land for numerous prophecies to be fulfilled.

Jesus said in Matt 24:20 "And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath." Before Israel was not a nation for1900 years, this was not possible until they gained their own land. Almost 1/3rd the commerce stops in Israel on the Sabbath. They need to pray that when they must flee because of the abomination that makes desoltae(Mt.24:15) that it would not be on this day preventing them from leaving.

The rise of Russia to world prominence and especially its emergence (with its satellite nations and other communistic states) as a Mediterranean power at the head of a confederacy encircling and attempting to destroy restored Israel (Ezekiel 38:1-23). It can be compellingly shown that "Gog," "Magog," and "chief prince" (literally, "prince of Rosh") in this passage refer to Russia.

Ezek.38 nations, Gog a title of the king of Magog (Czar, Kaiser or Ceaser) Magog located in S. Russia by the black and Caspian sea. Meshach=Moscow Tubal=capitol of Siberia vs.5-6 Persia=Iran Cush=Ethiopia Put=Somalia Gomer=Germany Tokarmah= Armenia Israel to Moscow is almost straight north. Vs.13 Sheba, Dedan =Saudi Arabia Tarshish and the nations arising out of her, will oppose their aggrssion on Israel, Spain, England, Latin America and portions of South and Central America.

The very same nations that are mentioned in the Bible are in conflict today with Israel, a Islamic conglomerate that has untied to wipe her out. coincidence or Biblical prophecy being set up to be fulfilled?

Rapid increase of science, communication and travel throughout the world (Daniel 12:4). Knowledge was doubling every year now its nearly every month  with the technology we have.

Widespread moral and spiritual deterioration in society, even among religious people (2 Timothy 3:1-7, 12-13). An apostasy from how Christianity was originally conducted. Doctrinal apostasy of religious leaders (I Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Peter 2:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:3-4). Leaders will teach doctrines of demons and think it is from the Holy Spirit.

Dominance of evolutionism and uniformitarianism among intellectual leaders, even in Christian nations (2 Peter 3:3-6).

Conflicts between capitalistic and laboring classes (James 5:1-8).

Preparations for world government, world economic controls, and world religion (Revelation 13:7-16).

Widespread materialism and secularism (Luke 17:26-30;

Intermittent outbreaks of worldwide wars, famines, earthquakes, and diseases (Luke 2.1:I0-11)

Rise of socialism and communism (Daniel 2:34-35, 4143). Fear of the dangerous future coming to the world (Luke 21:25-26).

Rise of the nations of the East (Daniel 11:44; Revelation 16:12). China, North Korea.

Increasing occupation with UFO's and other real or imagined fearful sights in the heavens (Luke21:11). Unusual signs that show we are at the end of the age.

Revival of occultism and drug use (I Timothy 4: 1; Matthew 24-.24; Revelation 9:21; 18:23).

Revival of paganism and idolatry world religions flourish in growth (Revelation 9:20; 13:14-15). a one world religion now taking place  Rev.17.

at the same time the worldwide preaching of the gospel is taking place (Acts 1:8; Luke 24-47). Matt 24:14"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." This was not possible 50 years ago actually not until 1980 with satellite communications this could not take place.

This is only a partial list, but enough to make the point. Evidently, as both Scripture and current history clearly teach, our current conditions will become increasingly perilous.

Cataclysmic events, earthquakes, floods have all been increasing. More people are dying from famines, diseases, and wars than 100 years ago. It has not been until this 20th century that so many were killed by atheists (100 million) or Muslims which some estimate are a growing number nearing this. Matt 24:7-8 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilence's, and earthquakes in various places. "All these are the beginning of sorrows. It is not the end but the beginning of the end, we should know the season we are in.

Environment- Green peace recorded the highest amount of floods and droughts in the last several years. The weather has become normally unusual in its heat (Rev.16:8).

5-20 million die of starvation every year,  that is 45,000 a day

Viruses are gaining immunity to antibodies there are 12 life threatening viruses in our generation HIV infections can reach 40 million by the year 2,000.

Dan 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. "Expansion and explosion of information (we are in the information age) we communicate at the speed of light and sound we are a global community. many shall run to and fro, look at the transportation ability.

Then there is the commerce system that will be integrated into a global economy.  Rev 13:16-17 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 who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. The anti- Christ's system will control banking and commerce. Dictators that were before today dreamed of the technology we have to manipulate the masses. Essentially the world is waiting for such a man to bring it all together. We now have silicon chips implanted in animals, the ability to do laser tattoos on people. We have the satellites to track everything from the air.

Matt 24:21-22 "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. "And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened." This could not be possible 100 years ago, the whole world could not be wiped out but now we can be. Zech.14:12 And this shall be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the people who fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths." This is a very graphic description  similar to a nuclear weapon going off.

Rev 11:8-9 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves." This was not possible for the whole world to see until TV and satellite hookup.

Dan 8:23-25 "And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; he shall destroy fearfully, and shall prosper and thrive; he shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people. "Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means.

Dan 11:37-39 "He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all. "But in their place he shall honor a god of fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things. "Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain.

Rev 13:15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. The image will talk, we now through technology see this possible. Many religions already worship images so its just a step away.

Matt 24:5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many."  Matt 24:24 "For false Christ's and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if that was possible."

They call themselves Christ not Buddha or Mohammed, they have power and are able to counterfeit  miracles. Jim Jones, Sun Yung Moon, channeler's. There are more people saying there Christ than at any time in history. This is the warm up for the real thing. If one cannot tell the counterfeits today what will they do when the false Christ, the son of perdition comes on the scene.

MORALS

There are less morals and more tolerance today. So there is a relationship between the two, no standard anything goes, no truth. End of the Book of judges and the end of our society.

Matt 24:37-38 "But as the days of Noah were, 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, (Gen.6)

Luke 17:28 "Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; :29 "but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all."

Gen. 13:13 "But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD."To practice homosexuality you are against the laws of nature and God.

Gen. 6:11-12 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

Terrorism hate crimes drive by shootings human behavior has run amuck having no restraints.

50 million babies are aborted worldwide each year. That is 137,000 slaughtered each day under the excuse of convenience.

Jude 1:7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

2 Pet 2:4-7 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked

Child prostitution has 800,000 in Thailand under the age of 16.The pornography industry took in 8 billion dollars in 1996 that is more than the rock industry, and Hollywood movies. today it is one of the largest businesses through the internet.

The rise of homosexuality as an accepted lifestyle has turned what was the accepted norm upside down.. Rom 1:20-32 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man-- and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

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. And from such people turn away! All one has to do is pick up the paper to see this being enacted in society. This was not so 100 years ago.

Everything the Bible has written of the last days is coming to pass. One needs to have eyes to see we are in that time Jesus spoke of. It is only a matter of when it will all come to a completion, not if.

 

 

 

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