8.1. The signs of the times:
Jesus said to the Pharisee in Matthew 16:3, “Hypocrites, you can discern the face of the weather, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” Although we are not able to know the day or the hour of the return of Jesus, God expects us to discern the signs of the times. We are to compare world events with that which is written in the Bible and that which God’s prophets have spoken. In this study we will only look at a few scriptures that point to the fact that the return of Jesus, the coming of the Great Tribulation and the end of the age is very close.
In Matthew 24:1-8: “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? (24:4) And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (24:5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (Mat 24:6) 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. (Mat 24:7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (Mat 24:8) All these are the beginning of sorrows:”
There has been an increase of wars over the past few years. Furthermore there is a potential of many major wars in the earth right now. China wants invade Taiwan Australia and India. China sent a hypersonic missile over USA recently and has threatened to attack USA. Iran and Turkey are threatening to attack Israel. Turkey is threatening to attack Armenia, Israel and Greece. With the fall of Afghanistan, the world faces a new threat from Islamic terrorists. Tension is also building up between Russia and the USA. North Korea is testing more missiles. Pakistan and India are on the brink of war. If any of these wars break out it will have a catastrophic effect on the whole world.
In the last three years there has been a great increase in earthquakes. In the past, there has been an average of 16 big earthquakes every year. In 2021, from January to May there have already been 69 strong earthquakes. The worldwide famine is getting worse, with an estimate of 2 billion people that do not have enough food to eat.
In Joel 2:28 we read: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And inverses 30 and 31 we read, “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD comes.”
One of the signs that prove that we are living in the last days is a great fresh outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on the church. This is happening all over the world. Another sign is found in verse 30, “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” This speaks about volcanic activity. In the last few months there have been some major new volcanoes that have erupted in Iceland, near Spain, in Mexico and in China.
We have another sign mentioned in Thessalonians 2:3: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” It says in this chapter, that Jesus will not come until there is a great falling away and the revealing of the Antichrist. Although the Antichrist has not been revealed, there has been a great falling away recently in the world. For example, in the USA, 45 percent of people that used to go to church before the Covid pandemic no longer go to church. This is a similar statistic all over the world. Fewer and fewer of those who are part of the younger generation, believe that there is a God
Other events that indicate that we are in the last days:
The meteorite Apophis: This huge meteor was discovered in 2004. Many top scientists agree that this meteor will strike the earth on Friday 13th, 2029 near the gulf of Mexico. The impact will cause an explosion 38 000 times stronger than a nuclear bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. They estimate that millions all over the earth will perish when this happens. This meteor could be the same as “Wormwood,” mentioned in Revelations 8:13.
Goals of the World Economic forum: This is a group of the world’s richest people that control most of the finances in the world. Their goal is to have a one world currency and government by the year 2025 and that by 2030, all property will be owned by this one world government.
The new Muslim Caliphate: Turkey is has a goal to establish a Muslim Caliphate in 2025, with the caliph coming from Turkey. In order to do so, they will have to subdue many nations in the Middle East. This caliph and the Antichrist could possibly one and the same person
The construction of the Temple in Jerusalem: They already have all the materials and the furniture for the building of this temple. If this temple is built, it would be the temple that the Antichrist will defile in the middle of the Great Tribulation period.
The agenda of China: China wants to restore the Mongolian empire that was once ruled by Genghis Khan. They have recently become more and more aggressive and have threatened to invade Taiwan and Australia. They are also presently at war with India to take Kashmir away from India. They have recently, flown a hypersonic missile over the USA to show off their military capabilities.
War against Israel: Turkey, Iran, Hamas and other Muslim nations are preparing to attack and destroy Israel. Iran is presently developing a nuclear bomb to destroy Israel. Much of this is prophesied in Ezekiel chapter 38 and could eventual lead to the battle of Armageddon.
The formation of a one world religion: In September, 2021, the Pope met with representatives from all the major religions of the world in Holland to set up a one world religion.
There are so many other events that point towards the end of the age. We can soon expect a global crash of all the currencies of the world, world-wide famine, the collapse of the USA and a Muslim takeover of many European countries.
However, one of the greatest signs that we are living in the end times, there will be a great revival and harvest of souls that will sweep right across the world. This revival has already started in many countries in the world.
Some of the prophecies of important Christian leaders concerning the end times:
Destruction of the USA:
George Washington saw America destroyed and many towns burning with fire. David Wilkerson saw a thousand fires in New York as a result of a nuclear explosion. Dimitri Duduman from Russia, Lester Sumeral and and others, saw many cities burning in the USA, and destroyed.
Kennith Hagin saw buildings collapsing in many cities in America and that America will be taken over by communism. He also saw a great revival all over America. Daisy Osborne, the wife of T L Osborne had a death bed vision. In this vision she saw great destruction in America. She said that earthquakes would be so severe that they would even change the shape of the USA and cause the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans to meet. She saw Christians fleeing out of the cities, coming together in groups from all different churches. She said that the faith of these believers was strong as they were waiting for the coming of Jesus with glory and great power.
The late Henry Gruwer, a well know Christian speaker and prophet, had a vision about America. He saw Russian submarines attack and destroy these six American cities: New York, Miami, San Diago, San Francisco, Los Angelis and Seattle. He said that these submarines would also attack and destroy parts of England.
The prophecy of Samuel Doctorian:
In 1998, Samuel Doctorian was on the Island of Patmos, praying and seeking God, when he had a visitation from 5 huge angels. Each of these angels represented a continent of the world, and they told him what would happen in the end times. What they said to him is summarized as follows:
Asia and Australia: There would be great floods and earthquakes, strong winds and economic collapse all over this region. There will be terrible starvation in Asia and China. Australia will be hit by a terrible earthquake and some of its land mass will be under water. At the same time, many will turn to the Lord and there would be a great revival in Australia and Asia.
The Middle East, Turkey, Armenia, Israel and Iran: The angel had a great sickle and said that there will be a great revival in Israel. Many of these countries will be covered in bloodshed. The will also be many nuclear explosions and great devastation. There will also be a shortage of water in many of these countries. These problems in the Middle East will result in the collapse of the United Nations However, the angel told him that God will protect and provide for His church and there will be a great revival.
Europe: There will be great earthquakes and floods in many European cities. The Eiffel Tower will collapse in France and London will be destroyed. There will be terrible floods in Scandinavia and a great earthquake in Switzerland. There will be wide spread hunger in Spain and Portugal. God will use these calamities to purify His church in Europe.
Africa: There will be great bloodshed in Africa. There will be great floods and earthquakes all over Africa. Here will be huge floods especially in Central Africa. Some parts of Africa will experience droughts and the Nile river will completely dry up. However, God will also reward His faithful followers in Africa and there would be a great revival.
North and South America: The angel said that God was very angry with the USA, because of injustice, sin and the killing of innocent babies. There will be great floods and earthquakes. Many buildings will collapse in many of the cities. The earthquakes will be so severe that the very landmass and shape of the USA will change, to the extent that the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans would meet. However, there would also be a great revival.
Finally, God’s promises and instructions to the Church:
In the midst of all these disasters, God has given His people some important instructions and wonderful promises:
Firstly: God will protect and take care of His people:
Isaiah 26:20: “Come, my people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.” Revelations 12:6, “Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.” This does not mean that all will be spared from persecution and martyrdom, but God will have a place and a plan for every believer. Just as God warned Joseph through dreams when He warned him what to do to escape the tyranny of Herod, so God will show us by the Holy Spirit when and what to do during this time. That is why it will be so important to be serious in our commitment to Jesus so that we can be led by the Holy Spirit.
Secondly, we need to have an eternal perspective:
Luke 21:28: “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” It is important that we do not lose our hope, but that we will rejoice and focus on the soon coming of Jesus. The suffering will only be for a short time, after that we will have the joy of being with Jesus forever and ever. In Titus 2:13 we read, “…looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Thirdly, we need to have strong faith:
Jesus said in Luke 18:8: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” In Daniel chapter 11, we read about the time of the Antichrist. In Daniel 11:32 we read, “They that know their God will be strong and do great exploits.” During this time, there will be many opportunities to reach people for Christ and do great miracles for Jesus. Jesus is coming back for a glorious, victorious church which shall not be subdued by the Antichrist and the powers of darkness. We therefore, need to grow in our faith and realize that we serve the Mighty God who can do anything, if we believe. We are living in wonderful days. Many of us will actually see the return of Jesus. Therefore, we do not have to fear, because our hope is in heaven and one day we will be with Jesus forever and ever. Amen.