We are to watch and pray for the Lord’s return. We will help you do so by keeping our eyes on the signs of the times and reporting them to you. Jesus chastised the Pharisees for not knowing the signs of the times in His day. So He wants to us know the signs today, for they instill in us hope for the future and encourage us to evangelize the lost while there is still time.
When the disciples asked Jesus to describe the signs of His coming and the end of the age, He pointed to many signs. But one of the most often overlooked is the idea that when He returns, the world will be "like it was in the days of Noah" (Matthew 24:37-41).
So what were those days like? And does life today look anything like it did in the days of Noah? If so, we have yet another reason to expect the soon return of Jesus.
In the past couple of years it has become even clearer that Isaiah's prophecy of the destruction of Damascus will soon come to fulfillment, perhaps being part of the Psalm 83 scenario I've written about. If so, it would explain why Syria is not included among the coalition of Moslem nations who will gather against Israel in the Battle of Ezekiel 38. even though at least part of the attack on Israel will come through land currently occupied by Syria (Ezek. 38:6). Let's review what God had Isaiah say about this.
The rise of evil and the paranormal are prominent signs of the times.
The series is loosely based on a character from Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" comics, which also drew fire from Christian groups. Lucifer Morningstar owns a Los Angeles nightclub and helps the police fight crime in the series.
"Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, the original fallen angel, Lucifer Morningstar has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub," the Fox website for the show says.
Over 6,300 people perished in Haiyan's ferocious winds in 2013 and this was just one storm. Names like Andrew, Charlie, Katrina, and Sandy are forever etched in the minds of many coastal residents with sad memories of massive loss of life and property. Hurricanes, tornado outbreaks, flooding, severe droughts, and earthquake born tsunamis all have taken their toll. Extreme weather and natural disasters have always been with us but, like other last day events...these extreme weather birth pains are increasing in intensity and frequency.
In the introductory passage above Jesus promised, "Surely, I come quickly." The Apostle Paul said that when Jesus returns it will be an instantaneous event.
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." (1 Corinthians 15:52)
In the end, only one eschatological (end times) view can play out. Opposing views about when and how Christ returns cannot be weighted equally, because they do not all possess either the historical facts or consistent theological message which qualifies and quantifies their particular interpretations. The only logically, scripturally consistent method of interpretation, is to take the text for what it says. If one were reading a medical book, or newspaper, one would take it at face value...so why can't we apply that same level of interpretive application to God's word? The same God who spoke the very universe into being, is the same one who inspired the prophets and apostles to write the very words we read. And if the naturalistic world can be understood down to the very fabric of our being (DNA), why do we arbitrarily apply some mystical level of interpretation to what the text clearly say?
It is a truth that there is nothing that God has done that Satan will not try to use for his own ends. Satan mimics God and he will do so again at the end of the age to deceive the whole world. Even though Satan is the most powerful being created by God, Satan is still not powerful enough that he can create. All he can do is take what already exists and corrupt it for his own ends. This is what he will do with the coming of his "man of sin," his own satanic version of Christ.
Let's all understand this point one more time - pretribbers do not (and should not) believe the church is exempt from experiencing tribulation. This is occurring now and has throughout history. Don't use that excuse. It's an old horse that's been beaten to death and won't race.
Moreover, it has been my experience that even non-pretribbers ask for prayers to alleviate difficult times. Nobody likes tribulation. Speaking of which, I'm interested in how my non-pretrib friends prepare for it.
Let's start from a birds-eye view. The Book of Revelation presents a timeline of endtime events, beginning with tribulation and ending with the final victory-of the Lamb over His enemies, as promised. It is this timeline in Revelation that enables us to figure out how all of the pieces of the prophetic picture scattered throughout the Old Testament books fit in, together giving us a wide-scope but also, detailed picture of the events prophesied to be our world to an end.
And Revelation begins with the state of the Church on earth (actually, in sequence, an entire timeline of church history, ending with the apostate church of Laodicea) followed by, in chronological sequence:
Two of the most dominant eschatological positions in Christendom today, are Amillennialism, and Post-Millennialism. Literally, hundreds of millions of people who claim the Christian faith, are taught and believe in either of these two views whether knowingly or unknowingly. In fact, most of these people have very little knowledge about the last days, and are kept in the dark by their denominational leadership. But why? I mean after all, why are Christians, of all people, so opposed to the return of the Messiah they claim to follow?
According to Scriptures, the picture of the last days is a world that is perilous, violent, wicked, and grossly unaware of the precarious situation it finds itself in. This paints a very different picture from that of the Post-Millennial view, which says that the world will continue to become increasingly Christianized and the Church triumphant which is what trigger's Christ's return.