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 Apostle Paul Was A Deceiver!”

The Apostle Paul Was A Deceiver!” is what made me want to do this series. It’s so easy to disprove that I was actually laughing while scrolling down the page. It was written by Sherry Shriner.

For starters, she presents a list of “truths” that “prove” that Paul was a deceiver. These include:

“Paul was Satan in the Flesh” (no verse to back it up)

“Paul’s account of his Damascus Road Experience changed every time he told it, thus the disciples knew he was lying.” (no verse to back it up)

“Paul declared  he himself was the son of God” (no verse to back it up)

“Paul taught the exact Opposite of what Jesus and His real disciples did.” (no verse to back it up)

“Paul worked to destroy and undo everything Jesus and His disciples did and were doing.” (no verse to back it up, and is pretty much the previous one reworded)

“Paul condemned Jesus and His disciples for false teachings, he condemned Jesus Himself for having long hair in 1 Corinthians 11:14” (Jesus doesn’t have long hair)

“Paul said God’s law was a Curse. Jesus said it was a blessing. Who’s lying?” (no verse to back it up)

“Paul claimed he himself was the son of God” (again, repeating herself, and still no verse to back this one up)

“Jesus Said: Keep the Sabbath (Mark 2:27), circumcise male children (Luke 2:21), Paul Said: Circumcision is not necessary (Romans 2:26) that is going against what the Christ said in Luke 2:21.”

Mark 2:27 (KJV)

27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

If you read the context, Jesus is angering the priests for performing miracles on the Sabbath.

But she said Jesus says that you have to be circumcised. Let’s go read what Jesus said on the matter, using only the verse she gave.

Luke 2:21 (KJV)

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Oh, well there it is. He totally said……nothing, because He was a baby. He had it happen Him. That’s not Him commanding us to be circumcised. Jesus was a Jew, and it was their custom to circumcise. He was also crucified. Does that mean He told us to go be crucified? You can’t even take that verse out of context. She says twice in the same line that “Jesus said it”, but it clearly says He was circumcised.

“In 1 Corinthians 15:1 Paul says that he was not giving them anything but what “he preached.” He explained this even further in the second book (or letter) to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 11:17). It reads – “That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.” He’s telling you plain and simple he was speaking of himself and not from or of the Lord!”

Now this is where she nearly got me. I read those verses and they do say what she says it says. I even read the whole chapter and he constantly calls himself a fool and that he’s boasting. Paul even goes on to say:

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

I saw that and went, “Whoa! Is Paul calling Jesus corrupt!?”

But you need to look at the bigger context. Which she never bothered to do.

The next thing she says is:

Jesus: “DO NOT CALL ANYONE ON EARTH YOUR FATHER; for ONE IS YOUR FATHER, HE who is in heaven”
(Matthew 23:9)

The devil ‘PAUL’ BLASPEMOUSLY BOASTED

“For I BECAME YOUR FATHER”
(1 Corinthians 4:15)

I’m guessing she didn’t think anyone would check on that. This is what that verse ACTUALLY says:

1 Corinthians 4:15 (KJV)

15 For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

Where does it say “for I am your father”? That “begotten” thing? Let’s look at the previous verse:

1 Corinthians 4:14 (KJV)

14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

Why, that looks like he’s speaking metaphorically.

The next thing she does is take three verses out of context, literally splicing them together to make a new sentence.

“I (‘PAUL’) testify to the gospel of the grace of god…ANOTHER GOSPEL…ALL THINGS ARE LAWFUL “
(Acts 20:24. 2 Corinthians 11:4. 1 Corinthians 10:23)

Acts 20:24 (KJV)

24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

2 Corinthians 11:4 (KJV)

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

 1 Corinthians 10:23 (KJV)

23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

For that last one, you need, again, context.

After that point, the rest of the page is just a random collection of spliced verses (like “SAUL who is ALSO called ‘PAUL’.” Acts 13:9), and SCREEN-FILLING LARGE FONT LETTERS. The line “THE COMING OF “THE END…THE ABOMINATION WHICH MAKES DESOLATE ” **PROPHESIED BY DANIEL**” Took up my whole screen.

False Teacher

From what I could make out, she was trying to prove that Paul was the antichrist because the antichrist will desecrate the Temple in Jerusalem, and the temple is gone now (even though she even points out that this will happen in the last days).

On her list of “truths”, she pointed out, “Paul was never recognized as an apostle by the Disciples OR Jesus”. That is simply not true. Jesus appeared to Paul (then called Saul), and told him to go into the city to be given instructions, and Paul was called to be God’s vessel.

Acts 9:15-16 (KJV)

15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

But she could just say that of course Paul would say that. But here’s the thing, Paul didn’t write that. Acts was written by Luke, who wrote The Gospel of Luke (surprise!). Acts is actually a direct sequel to Luke. If you’re going to say that the Book of Acts is unreliable, then you’re saying the Gospel of Luke is unreliable.

Baptism

John 3:5 (KJV)

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

I keep hearing people saying that you don’t have to be baptized to be saved. All you have to do is “believe” and you’ll go to Heaven. Even this one guy at my church keeps arguing with the pastor about it. Claims it doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible that you have to go be baptized to be saved.
“Jesus died for all sins. You’re saved already!”.

Well look at the verse I opened this with. Jesus says you can not enter the Kingdom of God without being baptized. What about this?

Mark 16:16 (KJV)

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

…wow, that seems pretty straightforward. He even puts it in a certain order. Believe…baptize….saved. I don’t know how you can take that out of context.

What about the sinner’s prayer? If that’s not biblical, why do millions do it and claim to be saved? Short answer: They’re not. Long answer.