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.

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.

 

The Fig Tree

What do I mean by “Fig Tree Reborn”? Why did I call it that? Let’s look at the book of Hosea:

Hosea 9:10 (KJV)

10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

Israel is the Fig Tree.

In Matthew 24, Jesus talks about the rebirth of Israel (reblooming of the fig tree). saying:

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Israel was later destroyed, in 70 AD. After that, Israel ceased to exist. It was just like Persia and Babylon, ancient nations that are now little more than mere memories.

In 1948, the Nation of Israel was…wait, what? That can’t be right. The Nation of Israel was reborn? After being gone for nearly 2,000 years? I looked and couldn’t find any other example of a nation being defeated then being re-established 2,000 years later. Not only that, but this was prophesied several times in the Bible.

Right, so a generation won’t pass until “these things” happen. We know that the starting point is 1948. How long is a generation? Well, if you read this page, it will explain that a generation is 70 to 80 years. Which means that these things will happen before either 2018 or 2028. Note that it doesn’t say that Christ will return in this time, just that these things will happen before that generation passes.

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Notice I am not specifying a specific date. All these false prophets calling out random dates have themselves been prophesied about.

When studying scripture. Context is key to understanding. It’s widely preached that Jesus will come like a thief in the night, that we will have no way of knowing when these things will occur, so we shouldn’t even discuss them. While the Bible does say the “thief in the night” line, if you keep reading it’s revealed a few verses later that it will only be that way for those who aren’t ready.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 (KJV)

1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 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. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.