Matthew 24:3 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 the end of the world?
OK, time for part 2 of Christian signs. Again, they are not in any order and are not complete. The ones omitted here will be added later.
False Christs, Prophets, and their cultic groups: The Falling Away
And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here [is] Christ; or, lo, [he is] there; believe [him] not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect. Mark 13:21-22 You can also find it in Matthew 24: 4-5 and Luke 21:8
How many false Christ’s or Prophets have we seen of late?? There was ‘Heavens Gate’ where they were convinced that if they killed themselves they could catch a ride on a space ship that was behind a comet. You have to wonder why anyone would believe that. There was Jim Jones who got more than 900 people to kill themselves and others for him. There was David Koresh of the Branch Davidian’s who led almost 80 of his followers to their death. Koresh thought of himself as a angel and an agent of God. These are just 3 men who caused untold heartache to the families of the dead. And only in the US.
Not that long ago there was a cult up in Canada where they committed suicide together, sorry I can’t think of the name right now. There was the cult in Japan that set off gas canisters in the subway making many sick and killing some.
The bottom line is this, any religion or religious leader who wants you to kill yourself or others in the name of that religion, should be considered suspect. Actually you should RUN as fast as you can, away from it!! I have already made my opinion clear on this subject, I don’t think that God wants us killing in His name.
There was a cult up in the Washington State area who poisoned salad stations in area restaurants, in order to have the population out sick on election day. Thus giving themselves the majority (saw it on court TV). And how could this section be complete without mentioning the so called Rev. Sun Myung Moon. What is up with this article?? And please don’t tell me you visit people like this. This is concerning as well, and this especially is. I could go on and on for days or weeks. But the main purpose is to point out the obvious, that we are moving rapidly towards the end. This small list shows exactly what was spoken of in the Bible, at least that is the way I see it.
The Falling Away: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” 1 Timothy 4:1 In Europe today very few go to church, and in America millions are forsaking their church’s or wandering after men who conform to this world rather than to the will of God.
Oh boy here’s some good ones .
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:1-5
Here is the NIV version:
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
Outbreak of demonic and occultic activity:
How many of us teach our children that this is good?? From TV to books to movies, all of a sudden its hip to be a Witch. Speaking of Harry Potter, I wish I could find the story now, but I did hear that the number one requested book at Guantanamo is Harry Potter. What about this, who ever heard of a Pagan pride parade?? Leave it to San Francisco. I would be very careful dealing with this kind of stuff. You may just end up channeling the devil himself, and he may decide to stay. Parents remember what the Bible said about training up your child in the way he should go, and in the end he will not depart from it. What are you training your child to be??
Here is what can happen if you immerse yourself in the occult. The Columbine High School massacre was committed by two teenager’s who were heavily involved in occult practices and Satan worship. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold professed faith in Satan and Nazism frequently and were not taken seriously – that is until after their killing spree. Hal Lindsey, who wrote ‘The Late Great Planet Earth’, said “Satan never wanted a world that did not believe in the supernatural. He wants a religious world that will believe in Him. And for this He will supply all kinds of supernatural experiences to lure in those who reject God’s truth.” I have to say, I agree with him.
Tribulation and Persecution of Christians: Matthew 24:8-9
Christians are under attack throughout the world today. In the United States Christians still enjoy freedom to worship God without suffering much more than ridicule, hatred, or discrimination at work and school. However in many other countries such as China, Sudan, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Russia, and many Muslim nations, Christian suffer much greater persecution and often times death for their faith. During the tribulation this suffering will be worldwide and will continue even to the point of martyrdom. There are some today calling for doing away with all religion because it is, in their eyes, the root of all fighting in the world.
There will be even more of this during the tribulation, I will go over it in the future when we get to that part of the series.
We have covered a lot of bad stuff in regards to the Christian signs, but there is also some good, so lets get some of that now.
The Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit and The Gospel Preached Through out the World
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 also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. Joel 2:28-29
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:14 also Mark 13:10 says: And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
This isn’t new, its been going on for quite some time. And it has done great in keeping our kids interested in God and Church. It seems to me that the youth movement in the Christian faith has really taken off some years ago, an appears to be continuing today. When I was a kid, it wasn’t nearly as big, there wasn’t much in the way of others to socialize with at school. Everyone knows how huge peer pressure is, so the fact that our youth today have so many of their peers to look up to is great. Some communities even have Churches geared towards youth alone. I would encourage them to go to Church with their parents, but if not, then by all means, go to the youth Church.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:14
This prophecy has already been fulfilled through television, radio, missionaries, the translation of the Bible into many languages, and the Internet. People all over the world now hear the message of Christ from missionaries who have the means to travel the globe, and via technology that allows us to communicate with people on the other side of the world right from our own homes, churches and offices.
Increase of Knowledge – The Prophet Daniel was instructed that in the last days knowledge and travel would greatly increase: “Be thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4) It is evident that in the past century both education and travel have exponentially accelerated. In 1991 Knowledge doubled every 10 years. It now doubles every 22 months.
Billy Graham was quoted as saying, “ninety percent of all the engineers and scientists who have ever lived are alive today.” Air travel, space travel, DNA research and human cloning are all examples of the rapid increase in knowledge in our generation.
OK, so far we have covered the following: 1) Wars and Rumors of War; 2) Famine; 3) Pestilence/Plague; 4) Earthquakes; 5) 2 Tim 3:1-5 which is a whole list of stuff; 6) Fearful and Great signs and sights from the heavens; 7) The Falling Away; 8) False Christs Prophets, and their cultic ways; 9) 1Tim 4:1-5, another list; 10) Outbreak of demonic and occult activity; 11) Persecution of Christians; 12) The Out pouring of the Holy Spirit; 13) The Gospel preached through out the world; 14) Increase of knowledge;
Please let me know if you want me to go further on any of these subjects. I’m saving some of the best for latter.
My next post I will write some on Islam’s signs of the end times. Then we will start on the good stuff.