101 Signs of the Last
The Christian gospel would be preached as a witness to all nations (Matthew
24:14; Mark 13:10; Revelation
14:6). Today, portions or all of the Bible have been translated into
over 2,300 languages and dialects covering over 90% of the world's population.
Global communications foreseen (Revelation 11:9-10;
17:8). The Bible prophesies that the entire
world will see certain events unfold. The invention of the television and
the deployment of global satellite networks during the 20th century allow
news to travel the world at the speed of light for the first time ever.
Remember that in the apostle John's day, news traveled at the speed of horseback.
Mankind would be capable of destroying all life (Matthew
24:21-22). Consider that when Jesus made this prophecy the armaments
of His day were swords and spears. But today, with nuclear, biological,
and chemical weapons, it is possible to wipe out all flesh on planet earth.
The use of nuclear weapons anticipated (Zechariah
14:12). The neutron bomb melts (dissolves) its victims just as God
warned 2500 years ago. 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 was unimaginable in Zechariah's day.
There would be a global cry for peace (1 Thessalonians
5:3). Never has there been such a concerted, global effort to bring
about peace at any cost as there is today.
The Antichrist would use (false) peace to destroy many (Daniel
8:23-25). With all the problems facing mankind, multitudes are looking
for a savior to usher in peace and prosperity without moral accountability.
The Antichrist will promise the world and Israel such a peace if they follow
him but his intentions will be sinister.
In the last days Israel would have a peace treaty in place that the Antichrist
will confirm and eventually break (Daniel 9:27).
Currently the world's governments are striving for an Israeli peace treaty.
Damascus would be destroyed (Isaiah 17:1, 14;
Jeremiah 49:23-27; Amos
1:3-5; Zechariah 9:1-8). Damascus, Syria
is increasingly in the news and is extremely anti-Semitic. Many terrorist
organizations have their bases in Damascus. God declares that they will
become a ruinous heap because they have violently taken what was not theirs.
Chaotic weather would be prevalent (Luke 21:25-26).
Jesus foresaw the seas and the waves roaring in the last days. He also likened
these signs to birth pangs (Matthew 24:8).
The Greek word odin, often translated as sorrows in Matthew 24:8, literally
means birth pangs. Furthermore, the apostle Paul reminded us that the creation
itself will be delivered from the curse at the end of the age (Romans
8:21). And that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs
(Romans 8:22). As delivery draws near, birth
pangs always increase in both intensity and frequency. Therefore, the creation
itself would travail as the time of delivery draws near. Of course chaotic
weather is not new, but there are indications that we are witnessing an
increase in strange weather.
There would be a move toward a global government (Daniel
2:40-44; 7:23; Revelation
13:7-8). The former Roman Empire which encompassed present-day Europe
would revive and eventually dominate the world. The European Union has steadily
moved forward in its attempt to unite Europe politically and economically.
It has succeeded in creating a European parliament, a court, and a common
Literal Babylon (formerly called Babel, Genesis 10:10)
would reemerge in the land of Shinar known today as Iraq (Zechariah
5:11; Isaiah 13). Saddam Hussein spent
over 20 years rebuilding the city of Babylon. Today, with Saddam's regime
overthrown, the international community is discussing how to rebuild Iraq.
The fact that God once flooded the earth (the Noahic Flood) would be denied
(2 Peter 3:5-6). There is a mass of fossil
evidence to prove this fact, yet it is flatly ignored by most of the scientific
world because it was judgment from God on man's wickedness.
False Bible teachers would bring in heresies, have many followers, and cause
others to reject God's Word (2 Peter 2:1-2).
It is very common today to find people who reject the Bible out of hand
because they have heard it misrepresented by a false teacher.
These false prophets would be money hungry, smooth talkers (2
Peter 2:3). A growing number of TV evangelists epitomize this. They
twist the Scriptures, using misleading words, to make merchandise of you.
Increased interest in vegetarianism anticipated (1
Timothy 4:3-4). The New Age Movement has swept the globe during the
past 40 years popularizing this.
Many wars would erupt (Mark 13:7-8). According
to Project Ploughshares, there are over 50 major armed conflicts in the
Ethnic conflicts would be prevalent (Mark 13:7-8;
Luke 21:10). Jesus used the Greek word ethnos
to describe the last days battles. Today, as never in history, we have ethnic
group rising against ethnic group.
The earth would be filled with violence (Luke 17:26;
Genesis 6:11-13). In the United States alone,
violent crime has increased nearly 500% since 1960. Fifty years ago abortion
(the violent murder of an unborn child) was illegal in most countries. Today
abortion is legal in most countries and 50 million children are aborted
Jesus foretold that there would be fearful sights (Luke
21:11). The Greek word translated fearful is phobetron, which can
also be translated terror. According to the U.S. State Department, between
1981 and 2004, there were 10,605 international terrorist attacks.
Multitudes would travel to and fro (Daniel 12:4).
Prior to the Industrial Revolution, few individuals traveled beyond their
community. Until recently, horse, foot, and boat were the only modes of
transportation. Yet today we travel by car, bus, plane, train, subway, etc.
Millions and millions are running to and fro just as Daniel prophesied 2500
Knowledge would increase (Daniel 12:4). Today
we are witnessing an explosion of available knowledge. With the advent of
the internet, it is estimated that our cumulative knowledge is doubling
every five years. This exponential increase is beyond what any one could
Deadly diseases (which the Bible calls pestilences) would be common (Matthew
24:7). Emerging diseases such as AIDS, ebola, Hanta virus, Dengue,
West Nile, SARS, bird flu, etc., underscore this fact. Ironically, just
a few decades ago, some scientists were forecasting that advances in medicine
might soon eradicate deadly diseases.
The final generation would be open to receiving a mark on their right hand
or on their forehead (Revelation 13:16). Consider
how the up and coming generation is tattooed, pierced and marked with all
kinds of insignia.
A global economic system would exist (Revelation 13:16-17).
This was unthinkable in the apostle John's day. Yet today, globalists in
every level of government are seeking to unite the world. Connecting the
world monetarily is crucial to their goal.
A man would control all banking and commerce (Revelation
13:17-18). Remember, this prophecy was penned 2,000 years before
our computer-driven society. Yet, until recently, you couldn't have even
dreamed how a person could control all commerce.
Famines would be common (Luke 21:11; Revelation
6:5-8). According to the United Nations, an estimated 852 million
people went hungry in 2004.
Great signs from heaven prophesied (Luke 21:11).
Unexplained phenomena in the earth and sky appear to be increasing.
The sun would scorch the inhabitants of the earth (Revelation
16:8-9). Though this prophecy is clearly a divine judgment on unrepentant
mankind, it is interesting that a compromise in the earth's atmosphere due
to nuclear war or other ecological disaster could facilitate this judgment.
The nation Israel would be born in one day (Isaiah
66:8). On May 14, 1948 Israel became a nation.
The Jews would begin to regather in Israel (Isaiah
11:11-12; Ezekiel 37:21-22; 38:8).
Over five million Jews have returned to Israel in recent times! This is
unprecedented in human history. Never has a people group been dispersed
for hundreds of years to every corner of the globe, and then regathered
back to their homeland. Yet, God said it and He has done it before our very
The returning Jews would come from the north, south, east, and west (Isaiah
43:5-6; Jeremiah 31:7-10). Amazingly,
nearly a million Jews have emigrated from Russia in the north. Over 90,000
Ethiopian Jews have emigrated from the south (Zephaniah
3:10). Since 1948, Jews have emigrated from Europe, Asia, the Americas,
During the diaspora (the dispersion of the Jews to the four corners of the
globe), Israel would become a wasteland (Deuteronomy
29:23-28; Ezekiel 36:8-11; Ezekiel
36:33-36). During the past 1900 years Israel became a nearly uninhabited,
Israel, once a desolate desert, would blossom in the last days and export
produce to the world (Isaiah 27:6; 35:1-2;
Ezekiel 36:34-36). Israel's increased rainfall
and world-renowned irrigation technology have caused the land to blossom.
Incredibly, as foretold, they currently export over 800 million dollars
worth of fresh produce each year including over 200 million in flowers and
Israel would prosper economically (Ezekiel 38:12-13).
Amazingly, this recently regathered, tiny nation exported over 30 billion
dollars worth of goods in 2004. In contrast, their neighbor Jordan exported
less than 3 billion in 2004. This was inconceivable just a few decades ago!
Israel would once again plant vineyards on the mountains of Israel (Joel
3:18; Amos 9:13-15). Today, sweet wine
flows from the Golan Heights and many other vineyards on the mountains of
The last days Jews would plant forests of trees. The Bible even specifies
the variety of trees, cedar, acacia, myrtle, oil, cypress, pine, and box
(Isaiah 41:18-20). This has happened in our
day after Israel lay waste for nearly two millennia.
The Hebrew language would be restored (Zephaniah 3:9).
At the end of the 19th century the Zionist movement brought about the revival
of Hebrew as a spoken language. In 1948, Hebrew became an official tongue
of the state of Israel. Remarkable!
Jerusalem would be rebuilt on its own ruins (Jeremiah
30:18; Zechariah 12:6) Since 1948, Jerusalem
has been rebuilt on the old ruins exactly as foretold.
Jerusalem would be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles
are fulfilled (Luke 21:24). Since 70 A.D.,
Jerusalem was trampled by Gentiles until the Jews regained control of the
city during the 1967 Six-Day War.
Anti-Semitism worldwide anticipated (Deuteronomy 28:37;
Jeremiah 29:18; 44:8).
History confirms that the Jews have been persecuted as no other people group.
Hitler tried to exterminate them, and the Antichrist will attempt the same
during the Tribulation. Today, anti-Semitism is a global epidemic. For example,
of over 700 General Assembly resolutions passed since the establishment
of the United Nations in 1945, nearly 450 condemn Israel. None have been
passed against any Arab country nor any Arab terrorist organizations! In
other words, out of 190 nations in the UN, over 60% of all General Assembly
resolutions rebuke just one member, Israel!
All surrounding nations would be united against Israel (Psalm
83:4-8; Zechariah 12:2). This hasnever
happened in history. Yet today, Israel is surrounded by Muslim nations sworn
to her destruction. Muhammad said: The Hour (last day) will not be established
until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be
hiding will say 'O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.'"
(Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol. 4, b. 52, Hadith # 177).
Jerusalem would be a cup of trembling to all surrounding peoples (Zechariah
12:2). Jerusalem is a small city, with no natural resources, no port,
insignificant manufacturing and industrial capability, yet its very existence
causes the surrounding nations to shudder. For example, UN Resolution 476
reiterates that Israel's claims to Jerusalem are null and void. As a result,
most countries transferred their embassies to Tel Aviv, rather than Jerusalem
Jerusalem would be a burdensome stone to all nations (Zechariah
12:3). Almost daily the world news reports on the conflict over Jerusalem.
The United Nations, the Vatican, and many world leaders want to make it
an international city. However, God says that the city is His and He has
given it to the Jews forever (Genesis 15:18;
Leviticus 25:23; 2 Chronicles
6:6). All who burden themselves with it will be cut in pieces.
Israel would be invincible (Zechariah 12:6-9).
Since 1948, tiny Israel has been attacked in three major wars and six lesser
wars, yet despite being vastly outnumbered, they have defeated all attacking
foes. Even during the final battle, when it looks like Israel will be destroyed,
the Lord shall deliver her. (Jeremiah 30:3-7;
Zechariah 14; Mark 13:14-20).
An invincible Israel makes no sense unless you believe God's Word.
Israel would be partitioned by all nations (Joel 3:2;
Daniel 11:39). This is another unimaginable
prophecy! In 1947, United Nations Resolution 181 planned the partitioning
of Israel. Currently, the West Bank, the Golan Heights, and Gaza, have been
divided up into Jewish and Palestinian settlements.
The Eastern Gate would remain closed until the Messiah returns. At Christ's
Second Coming, He will enter Jerusalem through the now sealed Eastern Gate
(Ezekiel 44:1-3). Today, as prophesied, the
Eastern Gate remains sealed.
The nation of Israel, which had been divided into two kingdoms since the
time of Solomon (950 B.C.) Israel in the north and Judah in the south would
be one united nation in the last days (Ezekiel 37:15-22).
And so it is, Israel is one nation.
The returning Jews would have no king until Jesus returns (Hosea
3:4-5). As foretold, Israel has been without a king for over 2500
years. Amazingly, not only is Israel no longer a theocracy, but today the
Jewish state is governed by a democracy comprised of some 30 political parties.
Rebuilt temple in Israel anticipated (Daniel 9:27;
12:11; Mark 13:14;
2 Thessalonians 2:4; Revelation
11:1-2). The prophet Daniel, Jesus, Paul, and John all refer to the
temple in the last days. Therefore we know it must be rebuilt. Preparations
by the Temple Institute are nearly complete!
The temple sacrifices would be reinstituted in Israel in the last days (Daniel
9:27; 12:11). Daniel foresaw the Antichrist
ending the daily sacrifices. Therefore, the Jewish sacrificial system must
have first been restored in the last days. Currently, the Temple Institute
has created the temple furniture, vessels, and priestly garments. There
are also several hundred young Jewish men in training for the Levitical
A red heifer without blemish must be born and sacrificed to purify the temple
in Israel (Numbers 19:2-9). The Temple Institute
is actively seeking to acquire a kosher red heifer.
Though Israel would be the focus of many fulfilled prophecies, most Jews
would remain blind to the fact that Jesus is their Messiah until the very
end (Luke 19:41-42; Luke
13:34-35; Romans 11:25-26).
Ancient Petra (Sela the rock city) in Jordan would exist and become the
refuge for the fleeing Jews during the Tribulation (Isaiah
16:1-4; Matthew 24:16; Revelation
12:6, 14). In 1994, Jordan and Israel
signed a peace treaty making Petra a potential refuge for fleeing Jews.
Russia (Magog) would rise as a military power and lead an attack on Israel
(Ezekiel 38). Today, most of the southern states
of the former Soviet Union are both military powerhouses and Muslim.
Israel will dwell without walls (Ezekiel 38:8-11).
Prior to the invasion from the north, Israel will dwell safely without walls.
Therefore the current security fence in Israel will come down once the Jews
are convinced that peace has finally arrived.
Turkey (Meshech) would also join in the attack on Israel (Ezekiel
38). In 2002, Turkey elected a pro-Islamic party to govern the country.
In 2005, Hitler's anti-Semitic manifesto Mein Kampf became a bestseller
Iran (Persia), Sudan (Cush), and Libya (Put) would also partake in the attack
on Israel (Ezekiel 38). Anti-Semitism in the
Islamic world is rampant. According to the Koran and Hadith, Muslims are
commanded to fight and slay non-believers in Jihad (holy war) unless they
convert to Islam (Surahs 9:5 and 47:4; vol. 1, b. 2, Hadith # 24 and 35).
Ironically, Egypt and Jordan would not participate in this attack (Ezekiel
38). Interestingly, these two nations have signed recent peace treaties
with Israel. Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
Birds of prey would eat the dead flesh of the enemy armies that fall in
battle against Israel (Ezekiel 39:4, 17;
Revelation 19:17-21). It is a little known fact that Israel is the
bird migration capital of the world. During the spring and fall migrations,
billions of birds fly over Israel. Many of these migratory birds are raptors,
carrion (dead flesh) eating birds of prey. In fact, 34 species of raptors
migrate over Israel.
The Euphrates River would be dried up (Revelation
16:12). Today, the massive Ataturk Dam in Turkey, completed in 1990,
can hold back the Euphrates to a trickle.
Asia (the kings from the east) would be capable of deploying a 200-million-man
army during earth's final days (Revelation 9:14-16;
16:12). Bear in mind, when John penned this
prophecy 2000 years ago, there were only an estimated 170 to 400 million
people on the entire planet. Yet today, according to the CIA, China alone
has 281 million men fit for military service!
Population explosion foreseen (Revelation 7:9,
14). The apostle John, who wrote the Book of
Revelation, was told the number of an army in the last days - 200 million
(Revelation 9:16). This was the approximate population of the world at that
time. That John also beholds a great multitude which no one could number
coming out of the Great Tribulation at the end of the age (Revelation
7:9, 14), indicates an enormous number
of people on planet earth in the last days.
The nations would bud (Luke 21:29-32). In Scripture,
the tree is often used figuratively of a nation (Ezekiel
31:3-6; Daniel 4:20-22). Since 1945,
more than 80 former colonies have gained their independence. Our generation
has witnessed the end of the colonial era and the budding of the nations.
Egypt would exist in the last days but only as a lowly third world nation
(Ezekiel 29:14-16). Egypt was one of the world's
greatest ancient civilizations. Yet today, as prophesied, Egypt remains
an impoverished nation. To show how amazing this prophecy is, compare modern
Egypt with the tiny nation of Austria. Egypt has ten times more land area,
and a population eight times greater than Austria. Yet, Egypt's Gross Domestic
Product is only one-fifth of Austria's GDP.
Earthquakes occurring in diverse places (Matthew 24:7;
Isaiah 24:19-20; Revelation
6:12-14; 16:18-20). Seismic activity
appears to be on the rise.
Marriage would be forbidden by many (1 Timothy 4:3).
The Bible states that marriage is honorable among all (Hebrews
13:4). Despite this, the Catholic Church forbids their 400,000 priests,
800,000 nuns and numerous bishops, cardinals, and monks from marrying. The
Orthodox Church, as well as Hindus, Buddhists, and other religious groups
also impose mandatory celibacy for certain orders.
Deceptive signs and wonders would abound (Matthew
7:22-23; 24:24; 2
Thessalonians 2:9). The signs and wonders movement has swept the
globe in recent years replacing the Word of God. Experiences that feed the
senses in the name of Christ are drawing away millions.
Men would be lovers of themselves (2 Timothy 3:1-2).
This generation, like no other, regards self above all else. Self-love,
self-esteem, self-reliance, self-gratification, are encouraged by the media,
schools, psychologists, etc. In contrast, Jesus taught self-denial. Even
many churches today preach a feel good about yourself message.
Youth would become increasingly rebellious (2 Timothy
3:2-3; Mark 13:12). No comment necessary.
Humanity would become increasingly materialistic and lovers of pleasure
(2 Timothy 3:1-5). No generation in history
has had so many means to entertain and arouse the senses. Every imaginable
hedonistic pleasure is available and has become big business.
Jesus said Christians would be hated for His name's sake (Luke
21:17; Revelation 6:9-11; 20:4).
The banning of the Bible, prayer, the Ten Commandments, nativity scenes,
Christmas songs, etc., reflects this trend. Also consider that more Christians
were martyred during the past century than during all of history.
Homosexuality would be flaunted at the end of the age. Jesus warned that
the last days would be like the days of Lot who lived in wicked Sodom (Luke
17:28-30). We know that the root of Sodom's sin was pride and complacency
(Ezekiel 16:49) as it is today. However, Sodom's
lasting infamy stemmed from their aggressive homosexual sin (Genesis
19; Jude 1:7). Today, the homosexual
agenda is flaunted and forced upon our entire society.
Substantial wealth and luxuries foreseen (James 5:1-3;
Revelation 3:17; Revelation
18). It is interesting that 40 years ago some authorities predicted
that the growing mass of humanity was so quickly depleting the world's resources,
that many resources would be exhausted in a few decades. Yet today, vast
material wealth and luxuries are in abundant supply just as the Bible anticipated
2000 years ago.
In the last days, fallen angels would interact with mankind (1
Timothy 4:1; Luke 17:26; Genesis
6:1-4). There has been an explosion of ET/alien reports during the
past 60 years. Studies indicate these entities behave more like demons than
space travelers. They transcend the laws of physics, invoke fear, and deliver
Apostasy would occur just before the Antichrist is revealed (2
Thessalonians 2:3). Increasingly, experience-based Christianity is
replacing the Bible as the standard for saving faith. The ecumenical movement
is striving for unity at the expense of truth. Christ's exclusive claims
are negated in the name of tolerance.
There would be a move towards a one-world religion (Revelation
13:8, 12; Revelation
17). Today, as never before, we are witnessing religions joining
hands in the name of peace and tolerance.
Some would say that Christ is in the secret chambers or inner rooms in the
last days (Matthew 24:26). According to the
Catholic Church, Christ is in the inner rooms of hundreds of thousands of
Catholic churches either in Eucharistic tabernacles or monstrances.
Jesus also warned that this deception would be accompanied by great signs
and wonders (Matthew 24:23-27). Currently,
Eucharistic miracles are reported around the globe.
A woman, who is an impostor, would call herself queen and head the global
counterfeit church in the last days (Revelation 17;
18:7). Tens of millions follow the apparition
of Mary, who is regarded as the Mother of the Church, the Lady of All Nations,
the Co-Redemptrix, and the Queen of Heaven and Earth.
The woman would also represent a great city set on seven hills (Revelation
17:9, 18). The Queen of Heaven is considered
the Mother of the Roman Catholic Church which has its headquarters (the
Vatican) situated on seven hills. As the Catholic Encyclopedia states, It
is within the city of Rome, called the city of seven hills, that the entire
area of Vatican State proper is now confined.
In the last days, this wicked woman would go out over the face of the whole
earth. She would be associated with a global curse. Her final destination
would be Babylon in the land of Shinar (Zechariah
5). Interestingly, the apparition of Mary claims that she will soon
travel through the entire world saving those who look to her.
Epidemic drug use foreseen (Revelation 9:21).
The Greek word translated sorceries is pharmakeia which can also refer to
drug use, both illegal drugs and mind-altering drugs. The use of illegal
drugs and the dispensing of mind-altering drugs has risen sharply during
our current generation.
Sorceries referring to witchcraft, magic, or occult practices used to enchant
and deceive are also anticipated in the last days (Revelation
9:21; 18:23; 21:8;
Isaiah 47:9-15; Micah
5:10-15). Today, interest in the occult is flourishing.
Preparations for a global war anticipated (Joel 3:9-14;
Matthew 24:22; Revelation
16:14). Never in history have so many nations stockpiled weapons
of mass destruction.
Environmental devastation of the planet foreseen (Revelation
11:18). Our generation has done more to ravage the environment than
any previous generation.
There would be signs in the sun (Luke 21:25).
In recent years there has been a massive increase in solar activity recorded.
Still future paranormal events must yet occur (Revelation
Many would call themselves the Christ (Matthew 24:5).
Jesus was an itinerate preacher who never traveled outside the tiny nation
of Israel and He had the audacity to say that many would come in His name,
claiming to be the Christ. And yet today, multitudes within the New Age
Movement, Eastern religions, and the cults call themselves the Christ. This
is another incredible prophecy!
God said that His name would be great among the nations (Malachi
1:11; Philippians 2:9-11). Jesus in
Hebrew Jehoshuah means Jehovah saves. As we begin the 3rd millennium, nearly
two billion people profess to be Christians. Multitudes more regard Jesus
as the greatest prophet and teacher ever. As foretold, no other name compares
to the fame ascribed to Jesus Christ.
Jesus prophesied that even after heaven and earth pass away, His words would
never be forgotten (Luke 21:33). As we near
the end of the age, we see that Christ's words remain as accurate, renowned,
and relevant as they were 2000 years ago. Today, Bible societies distribute
approximately 600 million Scripture portions or entire Bibles every single
Despite the Bible's numerous warnings and last days prophecies, many people
would be taken off guard when these events culminate (Luke
21:34-36; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6). Take
heed to yourselves!
All true followers of Christ would suddenly vanish, raptured (caught up)
by God to heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17;
1 Corinthians 15:51-52). A false explanation
will deceive the unsuspecting masses (2 Thessalonians
2:9-12). Today many apparitions, angels, ETs, cults, and New Agers
are offering a counterfeit explanation for this soon to take place event.
During the Tribulation, innumerable multitudes from every nation would wake
up and turn to the true Jesus of the Bible and be saved (Revelation
7:9-17; Daniel 12:10; Zechariah
2:11). Today, the seeds of the gospel are being spread in every nation!
Many from Egypt to Assyria (Iraq and Middle East) would call upon the name
of the Lord and be saved (Isaiah 19:16-25).
The Lord is currently moving in a powerful way to save souls throughout
the Middle East. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans
Some would depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines
of demons (1 Timothy 4:1). This generation
has witnessed the explosion of apparitions and other heavenly visitors that
are embraced by professing Christians even though their messages contradict
the Word of God. Channeling, witchcraft, psychics, etc., have also gained
in popularity though forbidden by God (Deuteronomy
People would reject the sound doctrine of the Word of God and follow the
doctrines of men that appeal to their own lusts (2
Timothy 4:3-4; Acts 20:29-30). Others
would confess faith in Christ, but not obey His Word (Matthew
24:48-51; Matthew 7:22-23).
Many would forsake the Ten Commandments as a moral code: blaspheming, committing
adultery, disobeying parents, stealing, lying, coveting, etc. (Matthew
24:12; Revelation 9:21).
Idolatry would be pervasive (Revelation 9:20;
Micah 5:10-15; Zechariah
13:1-2). An idol is anything that competes for the attention due
only to our Creator. Statues, images, charms, false gods, angels, apparitions,
as well as possessions, position, pleasure, a person, and any created thing
can all become idols (Romans 1:18-25).
Blasphemy would be common (2 Timothy 3:2; Revelation
16:9, 11, 21).
Consider how often people use their Creator's name (God, Lord, or Jesus
Christ) as a curse word. What they have done is liken the One who is the
source of every blessing (eyesight, sunsets, food, family, friends, etc.)
to a four-letter curse word. Fifty years ago, Hollywood seldom used God's
name in vain. Today, nearly every movie includes blasphemy.
Sexual immorality would be rampant (Jude 18;
Revelation 9:21). Keep in mind, Jesus said
whoever looks to lust has already committed adultery in his heart (Matthew
5:28). Therefore, God equates Internet porn, lustful movies, TV shows,
and magazines to fornication. The availability and consumption of sensual
products has exploded in our generation.
Men would sear their conscience so they could continue in sin (1
Timothy 4:2). The conscience is where God reveals right and wrong.
Con means with and science means knowledge. Therefore we sin with knowledge
when we ignore God's moral law and violate our own conscience.
Men would mock the warning signs of the end of the age saying, These signs
have always been around (2 Peter 3:3-4). The
Bible even reveals their motivation, they love lust.
There are many more last days prophecies (several too detailed for this
brief list). However these 101 demonstrate that the Bible is the inspired
Word of God. It is true that some of these signs have been around for millennia,
but only our generation has witnessed the coming together of every one of
these events. Contrast the Bible's 100% track record with other self-proclaimed
prophetic sources and there is no comparison. The false prophets typically
repackage and plagiarize the Bible's prophecies for the unsuspecting masses,
or they make so many vague prophecies that one is bound to be fulfilled.
Nostradamus did both.
Jesus also said that some men would be gripped with fear when these signs
occur (Luke 21:26), while others would look
up with hopeful expectation (Luke 21:28). Which
camp do you fall into? If you're fearful, there is good news and bad news.
The bad news is that God will judge every man who breaks even one of His
laws. Have you ever blasphemed your Creator's name, Lied (white lies and
fibs count)? Stolen (cheating on a test or taxes is stealing)? Looked with
lust? If you have answered yes to these questions, then by your own admission,
you are a blaspheming, lying, thieving, adulterer at heart. And we have
only looked at four of the Ten Commandments (Exodus
20). That's how God sees you. Keep in mind, God sees every secret
sin of your past as if it just occurred. Nothing is hidden from His holy
eyes. Also remember that Jesus rebuked the pious religious leaders of His
day because, though they appeared good on the outside, inside they were
prideful hypocrites. They were trusting in their own goodness, but the Lord
saw their hearts. No matter how upright we may appear on the surface, all
of us have broken God's holy commandments and need the Savior. Please listen
to your conscience. You know you are guilty, and should justly end up in
hell. That's not God's will. In fact, God is longsuffering toward us, not
willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance? (2
Peter 3:9). The good news is that God has made a way to freely forgive
us so that we may spend eternity with Him in heaven. But God demonstrates
His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died
for us (Romans 5:8). For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should
not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
God desires a loving, eternal relationship with each person free from sin,
fear, and pain. Therefore, He sent His Son to die as our substitute on the
cross. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). Jesus
never sinned. Therefore, He alone qualified to pay the penalty for our sins
on the cross. We sinned, but Jesus died in our place. He then rose from
the dead defeating death. All who turn from their sins and call on His name
will be saved.
If these signs alarm you, thank God, because the Lord wants to awaken you
from your spiritual slumber and give you eterlenal life. To repent of your
sins and place your trust in Jesus Christ, make Psalm 51 your prayer. Then
read your Bible daily, obeying what you read. God will never let you down.