Signs of the Times

A very interesting time we live in right now, pre-apocalyptic, though I think many would say apocalyptic! I find it interesting  however  the number of people I speak to who still think it’s just coincidence what’s going on in the world today both with wars, hate, discrimination and natural disasters. And in one way people are right when they say these things have been going on forever. The difference is they have not been going on with this intensity of both man-made and natural disasters and they just keep getting worse not better. Their were not one, not two, but four tornadoes that touched down on the same day in the Hamburg, New York area which is just on the outskirts of Buffalo, New York. This is unheard of in the history of the Western New York. It has been on an extremely rare occasion that even one tornado struck this area. I believe that in its entire history, only three tornadoes have ever touched down in this area, let alone four in one day. Let’s not forget the hurricanes which totally devastated and wiped out the Caribbean islands including San Juan Puerto Rico which may not totally recover for years to come. And we can’t forget the massive hurricane  which destroyed Houston Texas just a few years ago.. Now moving on to the West Coast to California where there were 21 fires raging throughout Santa Rosa and the wine country which has been literally leveled by fires with 6000 homes destroyed, 41 dead and hundreds missing and the fires also just a few years ago.. There were over 10,000 firefighters from all over the country helping to try and get these fires under control. There have been massive flooding’s in different parts of the country and at the same time there been massive heat waves throughout the country. There have been terror attacks, attempted terror attacks, riots and massive shootings in different parts of the country including Las Vegas, Nevada. And this was just in the United States a few years ago!

      And in the news throughout the world you hear more and more talk of global warming, ice caps melting, our oceans are warming and yet people refuse to believe that global warming is real. Terror attacks have been happening throughout the world but France and England especially have been repeatedly hit hard by terrorist attacks.

     But people refuse to believe that these are signs of the coming end times that we’ve been warned about throughout in the Holy Scriptures. 

As you can probably tell, I started writing this post several years back but never posted it. Lately I have felt compelled to come back to it. Which brings us to the present time. Today is the 21st of July 2020, and we are in the middle of a worldwide Coved 19 epidemic, which started last year. Up to now I’ve basically set back and observed what people’s reactions have been, and I find the results absolutely fascinating.
Most people that I hear talk or even that I talked to personally remark that they can’t wait until things are back to normal, which means no wearing of masks, no social distancing, able to be with as many people as you want in a crowd etc. etc. and I am amazed at how extremely few people realize that we will never get back to normal as we know it. THIS is the new normal!
Even among many of my Christian friends who profess to believe in God and Jesus Christ and believe the Holy Scriptures to be true, believe we are eventually going to go back to the way things used to be. But that is not what God or the Scriptures tell us. In fact what’s happening now is exactly what the Scriptures say will happen towards the end times just before Christ will call His church home to meet Him in the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 18) (1 Corinthians 15:50 – 58). In the book of Matthew chapter 24 as Jesus was leaving the temple with His disciples, the disciples were admiring the buildings of the temple and Jesus replied to them that the temple will be destroyed or not one stone will be left on top of another. Then as Jesus sat down on top of Mount of olives the disciples came to him and asked him 3 things when shall the temple be destroyed, what will be the signs of your coming back, and what are the signs of the end of the world.
We know from history that the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. by Gen. Titus in the Roman legions, and not one stone was left on top of the other just as Jesus said. Then Jesus began to answer the other 2 questions. He said to them “Take heed that no man deceive you, many will come in My name saying that they are the Christ; and will deceive many. There will be wars and rumors of wars but do not be troubled for these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there will be famines, and pestilence, and earthquakes in different places out of the ordinary. The unbelievers will deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and you will be hated by all nations for My name’ sake. Then many shall be offended, and will betray one another, and will hate one another. And many false prophets will arise, and will deceive many. And because sin and hatred shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold. But those that shall endure and remain faithful unto the end, these people will be saved. All this is the beginning of sorrows.
     In the book of Luke 12: 51-56, Jesus says “Do you think I have come to give peace on the earth? I tell you, no; but rather the vision: 4 from here on out there shall be 5 and one house divided, 3 against 2 and 2 against 3. The father will be divided against his son in the sun against his father; the mother against her daughter, and the daughter against her mother; the mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
When you see a cloud rise out of the West you say a showers coming in so it is. And when you see the South wind blow you say, there will be heat and it happens. You hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that you do not know how to discern this time that you are in?

If you want to know what’s in store for us, what is still yet to come, then read the book of Revelation, it is the last book of the holy Scriptures. The vision of the “end times” was given to the apostle John while he was in exile on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea.
Things are not going to get better on this earth. Storms and disasters on this earth are just going to keep getting stronger and stronger, worse and worse, and kill and destroy in bigger numbers. Hatred for one another, especially toward believers in Christ will also become more violent and hateful.
Believers need to be focused not on what’s happening in this world right now, because Scripture has made us aware of the times we are living in. Jesus has warned believers “Do not be caught as a thief in the night“, ” We should be aware of the times and the seasons we are in“.
In II Peter 3: 3-7,10-13, Peter writes “Know this first, there will be in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”For this they are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water; whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly (unbelieving) men. But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat, the earth also in the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things will be dissolved, what manner of a person should you be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, where they heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we (believers), according to His promise, look for the new heavens and the new earth, where will dwell righteousness.”

So the bottom line here is, things are not going to get better, coved 19 is only the start of things to come, the world is about to become darker and darker filled with more and more hate, especially to Christians!
     As believers we need to keep our eyes focused on Jesus Christ and His promises to believers and to remember that we will be taken out of this world to be with Him before the “Great Tribulation” begins which is reserved strictly for the unbelievers, and for the Jews to finish their last 7 years of cleansing which goes all the ways back to the book of Daniel written 3000 years ago, which included prophecies about the future, but now 3,000 years later is no longer prophecy, but historical fact fulfilled exactly as written by the prophet Daniel with still prophecy to be fulfilled which is the coming of the anti-christ and the Great Tribulation.
So all those people throughout the world were looking for things to get back to “NORMAL”, you’re just deceiving yourselves, because “NORMAL” does not and will never exist again!




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