How we can know we are living in the End Times

This post was inspired by an article from Rapture Forums titled “50 Reasons why we are living in the end times“. I highly recommend reading that one, whether before reading this one or just by itself, because they do a much better job than I could ever hope to. So I’ll basically going through the six categories of signs they list and give my thoughts on them.

 

1. The Signs of Nature

Luke 21:11 (KJV)

And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Like is mentioned in the article, “This category of signs has always been the least respected, even among believers. The mere mention of it usually evokes a sneer accompanied by the words, “Come on, what else is new? There have always been earthquakes and tornadoes and hurricanes”. There’s been times in the past when I tried to explain that the increased natural disasters is evidence that we’re in the End Times. Almost every time I’ve said that, even with fellow Christians, the response is something like, “We’re only hearing more about them because we have the internet”.

But that ignores the fact that they’ve still been recorded long before the internet existed. In fact, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the top 20 worst earthquakes ever recorded were all after 1900. The earliest one on that list is from 1906, and wasn’t the one that destroyed San Francisco the same year that is so famous that Bing auto-completed it when I typed the year to look for the linked Wikipedia page above.

1906

My point is that earthquakes have been having more since around the turn of the 20th Century than any other time in history. Which just so happens to line up with that Rapture Forums said.

“Since the time of the Balfour Declaration, we have witnessed throughout the 20th Century the appearance of sign after sign pointing to the Lord’s soon return.”

I got my facts not from some biased religious website trying to make a point, but directly from USGS. Only pointing that out because I know people will likely claim that I’m pulling facts out of thin air to further an agenda. You can’t fake real facts.

 

2. The Signs of Society

2 Timothy 3:1-4 (KJV)

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

This one is perhaps less disputed. You watch movies and shows from the 1950s and before and everyone was much better to each other. Granted, they still weren’t perfect, because they were still human. But you didn’t have the madness you have now. My grandfather once told me that he remembers when he was my age, he’d often leave his house unlocked when he’d leave for the day and never give it a second thought, but now you can’t even leave your door unlocked when you’re home.

 

3. The Spiritual Signs

2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)

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.

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t consider Joel Osteen a real pastor. He is more of a motivational speaker than a pastor. Yet people flock to him because he makes them feel good about themselves.

That’s what a bunch of churches has turned into, not just his church. Almost every church I have ever been to pretty much just covered the “easy” verses. Surface scripture, I like to call it. They discouraged diving deep into the Bible. Meanwhile, my current first is the first one I’ve ever been to that openly encourages diving deep.

Actually, that is why this website has a category for Misperception and Straight Outta Context. I am always hearing false biblical information spread, even by fellow Christians. when I started using the Bible to disprove what they were saying, they started attacking me because it wasn’t what they wanted to hear. I even had some long time friends block me on Facebook for spreading the Truth.

 

4) The Signs of World Politics

Matthew 24:6-7 (KJV)

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours 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 divers places.

Not going to lie, when I read the line in the Rapture Forum article that read, “All the nations of the world are prophesied to come together against Israel in the end times over the issue of the control of Jerusalem (Zech. 12:2-3) — a prophecy being fulfilled today”, I immediately thought of Donald Trump’s recent announcement that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. I assumed that the last part, about it being fulfilled today, was referencing that. But this article was posted 24 July 2016. Not only was that long before he said that, it was several months before he was even elected.

If I had read that article before he said that, I would have gotten more excited than I did. I knew it was a big deal in regards to End Time prophecy, but that article makes it clear that it’s not just a big deal, but the big deal.

(I feel I should point out that I am not a fan of Donald Trump, and not a supporter by any stretch of the imagination. Felt like I should point that out because I have a feeling people will assume I am a supporter for saying I got excited when he said that. I also liked his SNL episode, but that didn’t change my opinion on him)

 

5) The Signs of Technology

Luke 21:26 (KJV)

Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

I literally heard someone say one time that we don’t need God anymore because we’re so technologically advanced that we can solve any problem on our own. Which reminds me of a joke my grandfather once told me. The world has become so technologically advanced that mankind has voted and decided they don’t need God anymore. So they get their most brilliant scientist to approach Him and tell him we don’t need Him anymore. God responds, “Alright. If you can create a human out of dirt, I will leave you alone”. So I scientist picks up a handful of dirt, to which God says, “No, you have to get your own dirt”.

Moral of the story; We’re always going to need God, no matter how technologically advanced we get. I consider myself very tech savvy. I can pick up a new tech device and have it figured out quickly. I bought my Galaxy S7 a week after it came out, and within hours I already knew everything it could do, things that weren’t even advertised. Yet even with that being said, I’m still seeing things all the time that just blows my mind.

Some of the technological advances we’ve made in recent and coming years feels almost like witchcraft sometimes. I’m sure if I were to hop into a time machine (just give it a few years, Google will have one) and show someone in the 1600s my Galaxy S7, I’d be burned at the stake. Heck, if I showed them a standard flashlight from the 1980s I’d probably be burned at the stake.

 

6) The Signs of Israel

Zechariah 12:3 (KJV)

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

I probably shouldn’t have gone too much into detail about Israel in the Politics section.

 

Like I said at the beginning of this, go read the article this was based on. They do a much better job at covering the subject than I did. While you’re at it, check out the rest of the site.

The Last Days: Part 1 (Grace Baptist Milford)

My church has been filming Sunday morning sermons and uploading them to YouTube and Godtube since September 2014. This past Sunday, my pastor started a series about the Last Days. Since this subject was the reason I started this blog, he told me after service I could post it (and the others in the series in the coming weeks) here.

Revived Roman Empire

Revelation 13:1(KJV)

13 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

There’s so much prophecy regarding the return of the Roman Empire that I won’t go into it, because this page says more than I could, and links to other sources and verses.

The reason I’m posting about it is because this particular prophecy appears to be coming true. Glenn Beck has just posted an article explaining how Vladimir Putin has discussed  plans to revive the Roman Empire and set himself up as the leader.

Okay, so maybe you don’t like Glenn Beck. Fair enough. Here’s an article from last April. Last May. Another End Times site. Those were posted before now, so of course they may not be up to date on the current situation. Which is actually a good thing, because now we’ve got people years ago saying this would happen and now it is happening.

Now, I’m not saying Putin is the antichrist, but it certainly does seem that way. Of course, just because he sets up the Empire doesn’t mean he’ll be the one running it.

But isn’t it just too interesting that this is happening the week of the solar eclipse in the middle of the Four Blood Moons?

Four Blood Moons

Joel 2:31 (KJV)

31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.

 

This is a bit of a complicated subject, and it’d take three sermons and a book to explain, so luckily John Hagee already did it. I’ve wanted to post about this subject since I started this blog, last July, but as I said it’s just so complicated I couldn’t possibly cover it in one post, and I didn’t want to do a series. But John Hagee has a way of teaching that I couldn’t possibly attempt to match. You get the idea watching part one of the sermon series, but you get a full understanding by watching the full series and reading the book.

Pre-Trib Rapture

1 Thessalonians 4:17(KJV)

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

The Rapture is one of the most dismissed aspect of the Bible. Simply because the word “Rapture” is not in there. But it’s clearly described, like in the above verse. Those who believe in the Rapture are often torn between whether it will be before the Tribulation (Pre-Trib), during the Tribulation (Mid-Trib), or after the Tribulation (Post-Trib). I believe in Pre-Trib, and here is why.

It all comes down to understanding the personality of God. Because He clearly has a personality. If you look at the Bible in context, you’ll find that Pre-Trib only makes sense.

Genesis 6:12-14(KJV)

12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.

Did God destroy the world, then rescue those who were faithful to Him? No, he saved the faithful before the Flood.

Genesis 19:29(KJV)

29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.

When God destroyed Sodom, He made sure Lot and his family escaped first.

Joshua 6:23-25(KJV)

23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel. 24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

Rahab and her family was spared from the destruction of Jericho because she helped the Israelites.

So, following this line of thinking, seeing a clear sign of God’s personality to get those faithful to Him out before things get very bad, it’s logical to see that it is going to be a Pre-Trib Rapture. Also there’s this verse, which tells us it will be.

Revelation 3:10(KJV)

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

False Prophets

Matthew 7:15 (KJV)

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

I decided to do this because I came so close to falling for a false prophet. I came across something in my research called the Jonah Code. It sounded intriguing, so I clicked on it, It was a video by some guy named Michael Rood. Never heard of him before, but he was talking about how Christians have been studying the Bible wrong. We’ve been using our Western way of thinking to interpret the Bible. We need to go back to a Hebrew way of thinking to fully understand the Bible. It made sense. But the only thing is that in order for you to find out what the Jonah Code was, you’d have to buy his DVD.

I liked his way of thinking, so I decided to see if I could find the text of the DVD. Like, maybe someone bought it and typed a blog about it or something. Or maybe Michael Rood had a blog where he talked about it. The point is, I was looking for the Jonah Code elsewhere. I was getting excited, though. Here’s a guy who was teaching about delving deeper into scripture to find their true meaning. This is exactly what I want.

Unfortunately, while I was looking for Jonah Code elsewhere, I found several Christian sites that outed him as a false teacher. In fact, he’s part of a cult called The Way, which has pagan roots. Not only that, but he even confessed to being a “paid professional false prophet“. Of course, you have to pay $20 for his confession.

The Bible warns us to beware of false prophets, as the opening verse of this posts says. There are countless false prophets everywhere. If I wasn’t careful, I could have fallen for Rood’s lies. Of course, he eventually confessed to wearing sheep’s clothing, but most false prophets don’t come clean and end up tricking millions.

In Matthew 24:3-5,10-11 (the very chapter that talks about the Fig Tree), Jesus warns that in the last days there will be many false prophets coming in his name, and to not be deceived.

So be careful to research that awesome new preacher you found. Make sure that he’s teaching out of the Bible and that what he’s saying can fully be backed up

Destruction of Gaza

Zephaniah 2:4-5 (KJV)

For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the Lord is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

Hey, wait a second. Was that Bible scripture or today’s headline? That just said that Gaza will be destroyed! That no one will survive it’s destruction!

What was that one part? “Ashkelon a desolation“? What’s Ashkelon and has there been any destruction there? Well, yes! There has! Just three days ago, in fact. It also mentions Ashdod  being driven out. Well, not even a month ago, both places were named together in a deadline about attacks and sirens. Seems Ashkelon is getting a lot of the missiles from Gaza.

I’ve been studying Gaza’s fate during the Last Days and the scripture about it reads like the headlines.

Isaiah 14:29 (KJV)

29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

How would Isaiah know that missiles would someday be a thing unless God told him.

Isaiah 17:1 (KJV)

17 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Well lookie here.

I know I keep saying this, but these Bible verses read like headlines today. Shakespeareanized headlines.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 (KJV)

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

 

Gaza death toll tops 500 as calls for ceasefire fall on deaf ears

 

Zechariah 12:3 (KJV)

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Zechariah 14:2 (KJV)

For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

 

That always confused me. How could all nations come against Israel. What would cause that. I mean, I knew the surrounding nations want to destroy itt, but not all nations. It didn’t make any sense. Before July 2014.

Israel has broken international law by striking Gaza. Israel hate is now the IN thing. While Israel did break international law, it was the law of man, not the Law of God. So if you feel tempted to join in the mocking and hatred of Israel, just remember God’s promise to Abraham…

Genesis 12:3 (KJV)

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

 

Catholicism [updated]

Romans 16:17 (KJV)

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (KJV)

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Revelation 13:8 (KJV)

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Matthew 23:9 (KJV)

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

1 Timothy 2:5 (KJV)

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  

 

Catholicism is, if you couldn’t surmise from the verses I listed above, a false religion. In Mark 7:6-9, Jesus talks about people who teach the doctrines of men instead of the Commandment of God. What the Catholic Church teaches is doctrine of man. Catholics believe that you can pray someone into Heaven after they die. Prayer of the Dead. This goes contrary to what the Bible teaches. Luke 16:19-31 proves that once you die, your eternal fate has been set.

As Bible.org says: “Praying for the dead is not a biblical concept. Our prayers have no bearing on someone once they have died. At that point their eternal future is confirmed. Either they are saved through faith in Christ and are in God’s presence where they are experiencing rest and the joy of being in His presence, or they are in hell or torments.

Jesus says to “call no man father“, yet their priests are called “father”. The Pope is called “holy father”.

Revelation 19:10 (KJV)

10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

The Catholics worships Mary. As GotQuestions.org says, “There is nothing wrong with honoring Mary as the earthly mother of Jesus. The Bible describes Mary as “highly favored” by God (Luke 1:28). At the same time, there is no instruction in the Bible to revere those whom have gone to Heaven. We are to follow their example, yes, but worship, revere, or venerate, no!” Nowhere in scripture does it tell us to pray to or worship anyone else but God.

Catholics believe in Purgatory, which is where they believe you go after you die to cleanse the sins that weren’t cleansed on Earth. Meaning that according to Catholic belief, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross wasn’t good enough, you have to suffer yourself to be cleansed of your own sins. this goes against everything that the Bible teaches. It’s made very clear that Jesus died for everyone, and for all sins.

The Catholic Church reads in Latin. While this may not sound like a big deal, there’s actually a verse that forbids praying and teaching in an unknown language.

Catholics look up to the pope for guidance, and they pray to him, kiss his ring, and consider him the earthly messenger of God (who was voted in by a counsel of humans). This, of course, goes against everything Jesus taught. In fact, Jesus forbade such a figure. It’s made very clear that Jesus is the head of the Church. Also, Catholics claim that Peter was the first pope. However, there is no biblical evidence of this, nor that Peter ever even went to Rome.

Catholics worship the crucifix, among other “holy” objects. Yet there is a certain one of the Ten Commandments that the Catholics need to reread.

Exodus 20:4 (KJV)

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

The Catholic Church canonizes saints.  But the Bible calls everyone who is a follower of Christ a saint.

Catholics attend mass daily to offer up “sacrifice” every day. But the bible clearly states that Jesus’ sacrifice was the only one that we shall ever need.

Rosaries are a pagan ritual.

There is a long list of other proofs that Catholicism is a false religion.

So what does the falsehoods of Catholicism have to do with the Fig Tree Reborn? All throughout the Bible, there is prophesied a false religion that will rise up that will claim to be the one true church of Christ, but really be blasphemous. this religion will be the basis of a one-world religion. there is more than enough evidence that points to Catholicism being the false religion mentioned in the Bible. Pope Francis will be the final pope. I shall end this here, with the words of Mary, proving she is not the one to be worshiped.

Luke 1:46-49 (KJV)

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

[update]
This post seems to upset people more than any other post I’ve done. I’ve had people claim I’m saying that their Catholic relatives who have passed on are burning in hell because they were Catholic. I did not say that. So I feel this post warrants an update, to clarify…
As I pointed out in this post, the only thing that really matters between each denominations is that you accept Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Catholics do believe that Jesus is the Messiah. But a large part of their religion is added to and goes against Scripture. Like graven images, praying to saints, and everything about the Vatican.
But not everyone who calls themselves Catholic pray to saints or considers the pope valid. So it’s still possible to be Catholic and be saved. Just I’d be careful which traditions you practice if you choose to go that route.