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.
There is a day coming in which every Christian will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. On that day we will see our Lord face to face and He will give us our rewards based on what we do for His kingdom now in this life. With that sobering thought in mind, we need to examine our heart and our motives to be intentional about Bema Seat living.
Every week I find in my email inbox a number of predictions for this or for that concerning Bible prophecy. Many involve the writer's prediction of the time of the Rapture, based upon a specific formula he or she has figured out, or has adopted from someone else's 'thoughts.
Some, such as the particular writer I'm thinking about in writing this commentary, send out each year a dozen or more predictions of the time of the Rapture to various forums, including mine. His predictions usually revolve around traditional Jewish holy days. Although every prediction has thus far failed to come to pass, the writer is persistent, becoming more adamant about the validity of his date-setting with each succeeding "forth telling."
One of the big questions in the back of people's minds is, "If Jesus is going to come, why hasn't He?" In Peter's second epistle, after he reminds us that the holy prophets and he and the other Apostles have spoken of these things, he writes this:
"...Knowing this first, that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to 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 creation'" (2 Peter 3:3-4).
The end of the age will be marked by a one-world government ruled by an evil man that Christians call the Antichrist (Dan. 7:23; Rev. 13:7-8). Some think Pres. Obama is the Antichrist. Others think he is a type (a picture or a forerunner) of the Antichrist.
This writer has long believed that Pres. Obama might seek to become one of the 10 kings (the first head of the North American Union), but he appears to want more than that. He appears to want to rule the world.
You know what the funny thing about Bible Prophecy is? It's that irrespective of our doctrinal positions and eschatological 'leanings', the reality is that it's coming to pass regardless of what we think or believe. Nations are aligning just as they were foretold, regardless of what Rick Warren or Hank "the Bible Answer Man" Hanegraaff teaches. Collectively, we have become a people bent only on wickedness, with our hearts filled with violence...just like the Bible said we would, in the Last Days.
World events are now moving at a fast pace. Bible prophecy is literally jumping out of Scripture and being fulfilled before our very eyes. We know from prophecy that is eons old that this region is destined for war at the time of the end. We also know, through Bible prophecy, who the main protagonists are. These protagonists are in the Middle East right now, and the alliances necessary to bring about this conflagration are forming as we speak.
The Bible says to compare Noah's Ark to the Rapture. I've done a lot of "Days of Noah" comparison comparing the days prior to the flood to today, but somehow missed this specifically designated time period.
But it is quite clear that the time before Noah's flood is specifically referred to as a time of "God's patience."
But now, it can do just that. And in today's newspaper you can read the specific names of the nations described by the ancient prophets as they begin to align themselves in perfect accordance with what the Bible predicts.
Which can only mean one thing: the "time of the end" described to Daniel by the angel Gabriel is upon us.
Bible prophecy not only keeps us ready but it challenges us to be active in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ before our time in this age we live in runs out. Make no mistake, we are closing in on the finish line for the Church Age. That in mind, there are two key verses that convey two separate mindsets that we as students of prophecy need to balance against each other in order to really grasp the coming Rapture of the Church and the Day of the Lord. (DOTL, e.g....The Tribulation)
I'm going to take a stab at trying to paint a picture for you of what the 7 years known as the Tribulation will be like, from scripture that describes a period so horrible, so demonically inspired that it will be the worst time in all of mankind's history that Jesus said in Matthew 24 in the Olivet Discourse: