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Are We Really
Living in the End Times?
“Consider The Signs”
Matthew 24:3 – 14; 31
Now, let’s take a look at some of the Signs of the End that Jesus
Himself warned us to be on the look out for......signs that He said
would come to pass just before His Second Coming and the "end of the
world" as we now know it:
The foremost passage in the entire bible to determine the signs or
hints that the Second Coming of Christ is imminent can be found in
Matthew chapter 24 from the very words of Jesus Himself. In vs. 3 it
says, “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?"
Vs. 5 gives us His first tip-off “For many shall come in my name,
saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” As the time of Christ’s
return draws near there will be more and more individuals like the
Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church who actually claim to be
One Christian leader claims that since 1900, over 1,100 people have
claimed to be Christ. I’m not sure where he came up with the number
1,100. But there have been scores of people this century who claimed
to be the Messiah including Jim Jones of the People’s Temple, Moses
Guibbory, David Koresh of the Branch Dividians, and the Christ Mytraya,
In the Jewish World Review, just a few years ago, Rabbi Menachem
Mendel Schneerson, the late leader of the Lubavitch movement based in
New York City was believed by his followers to be the Messiah. The
Lubavitch movement denies this. But a recent visit to the movement’s
Crown Heights headquarters revealed a large banner in its main
sanctuary proclaiming Rabbi Schneerson the Anointed One (viz. the
Messiah) and children attending the movement’s educational
institutions are encouraged to consider their late beloved leader the
Messiah who will rise from the dead.
On Dec. 24, 1997 - God’s Salvation Church, a cult similar to the
Heaven’s Gate group located in Garland Texas claimed that one of the
children in the group is a reincarnation of Jesus Christ. They
believed that God will arrive in a spaceship on March 31, 1998.
The majority of evangelical Christians believe that the presence of
these false Christs (of which I have mentioned only a few) will
culminate in the appearance of one final Anti-Christ who is mentioned
in 1 John 2:18. With breathtaking advances in mass media, this time
more than any other time in history false Christs can disseminate
their messages on a world-wide scale. But very soon a false Christ
will be widely accepted on a world-wide scale.
In vs. 11 Jesus added “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall
deceive many. 12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many
shall wax cold.” I have personally witnessed people who hold to
Christian doctrine, who believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven,
that the bible is God’s inspired and inerrant Word, yet do not have
the love of God in their hearts. In John 13:35 Jesus says: “By this
shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to
another." If we do not love one another - by this I mean agape love
then it is time we reevaluate our faith.
Matthew 7:21-24 is the most frightening passage to me in the entire
bible: in it Jesus says “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of
my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord,
Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast
out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will
I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
iniquity.” Love for others, including our enemies is the surest
indication that we are true disciples of Jesus. Let us not allow our
love to grow cold.
In Matthew 24:6 - 8 Jesus gives us another clue: “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. 7For nation shall
rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be
famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8All
these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Historians all agree that the 20th century was unparalleled in the
scale of its human misery created by other humans. No period has
witnessed the escalation of wars as has the 20th Century. The Red
Cross has estimated that over 100 million people have been killed in
wars since the 20th Century began. This is not including genocide of
Russians opposed to Stalin, the Jews exterminated during the
Holocaust. Up until 1914, war had never been universal, but in both
World War 1 & 2 total war was waged.
Since World War II, there have been numerous major wars & hundreds of
rebellions & revolutions. The death toll in conflicts since the end of
World War II has topped 23 million.
Jesus also predicted in vs. 7 “... and there shall be famines, and
pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places...." On March 27th,
1964 Alaska was devastated by a massive earthquake measuring 8.4 on
the Richter scale. In the 30 years since the great Alaska quake, there
have been as many major earthquakes as in the entire previous 2000
years of world history!
The World Almanac tells us that there were only 21 earthquakes of
major strength between the years 1000 and 1800. But between 1800 and
1900 there were 18 major earthquakes. In the next 50 years, between
1900 and 1950, there were 33 major quakes, and between 1950 and 1991
there were 93 major earthquakes, almost tripling the number of the
previous half century, and claiming the lives of 1.3 million people
around the world. This dramatic increase of severe quakes has led many
scientists to predict that we are entering a new period of great
Last Sunday a 9.0 Earthquake which caused a tsunami in an area of the
world that is primarily Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus of Indonesia,
Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Malaysia, and Somalia.
...and there shall be famines, and pestilences...." (Matthew 24:7)
The HIV virus, which causes AIDS, has currently infected at least 13
to 14 million people around the globe. In 1993 AIDS became the leading
cause of death of U.S. males between the ages of 20 and 45. Harvard
University scientists estimate that there are over 25 million people
worldwide who have full-blown AIDS, and an additional 100 million
people will be infected with the HIV virus. However, AIDS is not the
only modern plague to afflict mankind. Virtually unheard of among our
ancestors, over 100 different kinds of cancer now kill over 5 million
people every year.
Epidemics of typhoid, diphtheria, and even the Black Death, have
afflicted areas of India and the former Soviet Union. Deadly new
strains of Malaria, Tuberculosis and Cholera are becoming resistant to
all known antibiotics and are killing millions of people.
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