Signs of the Endtime
The 24th chapter of Matthew is of great significance when looking at the endtime. Jesus' disciples asked him privately while sitting on the Mt. of Olives, "...Tell us when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" (Matthew 24:3).
Jesus answered and outlined several things of major consequence that would happen in the last days. People can now understand from the fulfilment of many of these scriptures that the time of the coming of the Lord is drawing near. Before enumerating these happenings he gave a severe warning saying, "...Take heed that no man deceive you" (Matthew 24:4). Listed below are the events as Jesus spoke them:
"Many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many" (Verse 5). There are hundreds of different types of religions today, from Eastern religions to watered down denominationalism; from radio and TV voices to staid beautiful cathedrals. A person can easily be deceived and led astray if he does not have a basic knowledge of the Word of God. "Take heed that no man deceive you." Jesus said, "...the truth shall make you free."
"...Wars and rumours of wars" (Verse 6). For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom" (Verse 7). The population explosion to almost 4-1/2 billion people has made it much more difficult to feed the masses of people. This situation is compounded by the most extraordinary weather the world has ever known. Record dry spells have been recorded in many places, while floods have ravaged some normally dry lands. With drought has come famine to many areas of the world. Never since the beginning of time has there been so much frustration in endeavouring to feed the world.
"...Earthquakes in divers places" (Verse 7). As the earth becomes older and as modern man with his technical knowledge experiments with the earth, the fault lines seem to become more severe. With this movement, within the earth's surface, earthquakes have become more numerous. Many leading geologists and seismologists claim there will be more highly severe earthquakes in the days ahead.
"...Eating and drinking..." (Verse 38). Another phenomenon of this last day is the number of eating and drinking places that have sprung up everywhere. On one street ten years ago there were two eating places, and today there are sixteen plus two taverns.
"...Marrying and giving in marriage..." (Verse 38). In America the divorce rate has risen to about 50% of the marriages. This is not just true in the U.S. but is true in many nations of the world. The signs listed above relate to the populace, who will go on in their normal pursuits of life, thinking things will always go on as before. They will not be aware that Jesus is coming soon. Paul wrote to Timothy about the perilous conditions of the last days giving several signs of that day which is to come:
"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, (not restraining the sexual appetite), fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of Cod, having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. . ." (II Timothy 3:2-5). Paul then gave a direct warning, "...from such turn away."
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