SIGNS OF THE TIME



God placed lights in the heaven to divide the day from the night, and for signs, for seasons. Gen 1:14.

We know how to read the signs of the heavens, some of us better than others; but it is no surprise to us when someone says something about these signs.

Jesus said something about these kinds of signs to the Pharisees who rejected Him: "And in the morning, (you say) 'It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering.' O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? Mat 16:3

It is this; "the signs of the times" which are important to us.

The Disciples asked Him; "What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the age?"

This is what is important to us--the "sign of thy coming..."

The disciples knew that God has always given His people signs. Indeed, the Old Testament if full of the accounts of His signs, His mighty works through His Prophets to prove His sovereignty and power.

As He has promised: "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Amos 3:7

The disciples, knowing of this promise of God by Amos, asked Jesus, "What will be the sign of your return?"

And He answered them.

First, He said, "you will hear of wars and rumours of wars: but don't be troubled, for these things must happen, but the end is not yet."

But then He said: "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

(But) "All these are the beginning of sorrows."

The Beginning of Sorrows

You see? First "wars and rumors of wars" are not to trouble us.

Then He gave almost the same list, but added "in different places."

Then He said "All these" are the beginning of sorrows.

The difference is; that as long as they are in different places they are meaningless, since these things are always happening.

But, when "All these" are seen together, then they are "the beginning of Sorrows."

The first lesson in this is that we need not be concerned about the long history of wars, famines and other human or natural tragedy; as long as they occur in different places or different times.

It is the "all these" which is important, and meaningful.

There are two other important things: one is to watch, and the other is to avoid deception and false prophets. In order to "watch" we need to pay attention to both current human and natural events AND Bible Prophecy. In order to prevent our being deceived we need to study our Bible (not what people say about the Bible--but the Bible itself).

If we will not learn about His Word ourselves, then we are sheep to be lead astray by false teachers. If we will not watch current human events we will be blind to the fulfillment of Prophecy--since All Prophecy is fulfilled by Human events.

First: He did say "watch." That leads to two Questions.
1) What are the signs given by Jesus and the writers of the Bible that we should watch for?

2) Which human and natural events might we see that would fulfill the Biblical signs of His coming?

Second, making a list and checking it twice.
The signs recorded by Matthew.

War: Nation against Nation, Kingdom against Kingdom.
There are different kinds of War. HOT military war; and "Cold war."
There is economic War: there is a saying, "Business IS war."
There is Guerrilla war and Terrorism war.

Next are Natural events: Famines, and pestilences. Famine can be a consequence of war, either hot or cold, economic war or terrorism. Famine may be caused by drought, or flood; by rain at the wrong time. Famine can be caused by locusts or mice.

Earthquakes are a natural event, and we could expect to include volcanoes and Tsunami.

Again, as long as these things occur in different places or times, they are meaningless as signs of His coming, because He said "all these..." So the history of war, or the combination of war and famine over the years, mean nothing because they did not happen in the same place, or in the same place at the same time.

So we need to read Bible Prophecy (not what others write about prophecy) and we need to watch current human events.

One of the things we notice when reading End Time Prophecy--Daniel and Revelation, for example, is that the sequence of events described by the prophecies seem to take a generation to unfold.

Then there are some prophecies that seem to occur in a short period of years; about seven or more.

Then there are prophecies with a seven year Time frame, some with Three and a Half years, and some a matter of days.

What we want to do is compare the Signs (events) described in the prophecies with each other to see which must occur first, or before and after other events. By doing this we can establish a basic, or 'rough,' perhaps, sequence of end time events. For example, war, drought or pestilences will come ahead of famine--so that is a two step sequence.

Wars between Nations and Kingdoms don't just happen out of thin air: there is cause and provocation, agitation and then, the last spark. So when we see two (or more) nations huffing and puffing at each other, then watch the following sequence of events as they build toward war. We have just seen an example of this in the US invasion of Iraq. And look at what is happening now?

As Jesus said when he gave the list of signs to watch for: "this generation shall not all pass away until all these things be fulfilled." The point is; that "all these" must be fulfilled in the lifetime of one generation.

So, disregarding wars, famines and earthquakes which may have occurred longer in the past than our generation, or did not happen at the same time and place, what do we see?

World War One and World War Two both happened at the same place, in the lifetime of one generation. In fact, many men fought in both wars.

World War One and the World Wide Flu (pestilence) happened at the same time and at the same place.

There is more.
Following is a brief list of imortant events in the sequence of Bible Prophecy.

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  • The Birth of the Messiah, (approx 4 to 2 BC) Mat 1:21, Rev 12:1-5
  • The beginning of the "Last Time," the "Last Days" and "End of Years" 1 Peter 1:5, 1 John 2:18, Jude 1:18 Dan 11:6 Acts 2:17, 2 Tim 3:1, Heb 1:2, James 5:3, 2 Peter 3:3
  • Sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Passover, AD 30 Luke 23:33-38, Rev 12:5-17
  • Destruction of the City of Jerusalem and Temple, AD 70 Luke 21:12-29
  • [World history omitted from prophecy.]
  • The First Seal was opened Prior to 1914, or 1800-80; World War One, about 1914-17, J. World Wide Flu epidemic, "K." Rev 6:1-2
  • Satan was released from the pit prior to 1900, Russia conquered by communism, 1917, "D."
  • Delusion: Evolution and Geologic Gradualism, et. al. Rev 20:7-8, "B," "C," "H," "L," "S."
  • These were the Beginning of Sorrows. Mat 24:7-8
  • The Second Seal, about 1920; World War Two, the Great Sword, "O." The Atomic Bomb, The murder of the Innocent of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Rev 6:3-4, "P."
  • The Descendants of Judah return to Jerusalem; The Zionists are given Land in Israel, "E." War in the mid-east begins (again) Mic 2:12, Hosea 1:11, Zec 12:3
  • Polio, Cancer, etc "R."
  • Babylon becomes a "world power" (1917-1945 approx), She dominates 'the seven hills of Rome' for a generation - 1945 to present "Q."
  • The Third Seal, about 1950 (approx); The world’s weather begins to become unstable Drought, Flood, Famine "V."
  • The "Times of the Gentiles" ends in 1967, God's People (Mat 1:21) return to control Jerusalem. Luke 21:24
  • The Nations which were Ancient Rome, (N.A.T.O., EU,) The EU is becoming Modern Rome, "K."
  • A.I.D.S., Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Plague, Famine, etc. "V."
  • The fourth Seal and First four Trumpets are next. God is marking His People now, before the winds are allowed to harm the earth.
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A LIST OF HUMAN EVENTS
witnessed by the generation of men living during the time of the return of Israel (sons by blood or adoption, Mat 1:21) to Jerusalem. "#1."

Event and End note #

A. Mormonism: Joseph Smith "As man is, God once was." "#2."

B. Evolution: Charles Darwin "Man is descendant from Apes." "#3."

C. Uniformatism: "All things remain the same." Geological age of earth set at millions of years, contradicting the Word of God. "#4."

D. Communism: Karl Marx "#5."

E. Zionism: Dr. T. Herzil, Y. L. Pinsker "It is not a Holy Land we want, but our own land." "#6."

F. The Conference on Foreign Relations, et al: Brain trusts dedicated to establishing a ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT--which means the same thing as "conquer the world." "#7."

G. Jehovah's Witnesses, et al: Many errors concerning the coming of the Lord. "#8."

H. "Big Bang" Theory: Father Lemaitre How the universe created itself! "#9."

I. Theory of Relativity: Albert Einstein "Now God has no place to stand." "#10."

J. WORLD WAR ONE: The first time in recorded history all major nations are at war at the same time and place. "#11."

K. World wide flu epidemic: "#12."

L. Expanding Universe theory:Hubble, E. "The stars shall fall..." "#13."

M. Federal Reserve Board: "Let me control the money and I care not who makes the laws." "#14."

N. Crash of '29: The United States sold to the highest bidder--the Babylonian Conspiracy. "#15."

O. WORLD WAR TWO: The second time in one generation all major nations are at war at the same time and place. "#16."

P. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The first two names on what will soon be a long list. "#17."

Q. BABYLON rules the world: Look at her, Her name is on the front of her face. It should be the first thing we see. "#18."

R. Polio epidemic: "#19."

S. "New Age" movement: Secular Humanism, Anthropic Principle, Situation Ethics morality. "#20."

T. COLD WAR: Conquest by fear. Capitalism-Communism divide the world, Banking-Military Industrial Complex divide the profits. "#21."

U. International Monetary Fund and World Bank established to enslave Third World nations by debt. "#22."

V. Greenhouse Effect, Global Warming: El Nino, Drought, Famine, Cancer in man and beast, A.I.D.S., etc. "#23."


While this list (part A) is incomplete, and arbitrarily chosen, it is ample to illustrate the types of human affairs. Having identified the types of human affairs, it will be recognized they are the fulfillment of the first three Seals. The events listed above are examples of the TYPES of human events listed below.


EVENTS LISTED BY TYPE

The First Seal: WAR - Rev. 6:1-2, 20:7. Mat. 24:7-8.

1. War: Military; The conquest and rule of Nations by force.
Events: "V" "J," "O," "P," "Q," "T."

2. War: Ideology; Conquest and rule by control of what people think, thereby, Civil Law.
Events: "D," "K" "F," "Q." 2 Thes. 2:3-12.

3. War: Economic; Conquest and rule of Nations by control of wealth, Capitalism.
Events: "M," "N," "Q," "T," "U." Dan. 11:39.

4. War: Religious; The conquest and rule of Nations by control of what people Believe.
Events: "A," "B," "C," "D," "E," "G," "H," "I," "L," "Q," "S." Rev. 13:6-7, Dan. 7:21.


The Second Seal: Great Sword Rev. 6:3-4.

1-4. The Atomic Bomb; WMD, All acts of war, "Cold War," Terrorism, etc.
Events: "P." ("Q," "D," "T.") Rev. 17, 18.


The Third Seal: Famine Rev. 6:5-6.

5. ACTS OF GOD: Global Warming, El Nino, Drought, Famine; Plague, Cancer, AIDS; Earthquake, Flood, Volcano, Roaring seas, Signs in the heavens.
Events: "K," "R," "V." Luke 21:10-11, 25.


Yes, these events have plagued mankind from the beginning of history, but with one major difference. "All these" occurred in the lifetime of one generation, the generation which witnessed the return of God's Chosen People (Ecclesia) to Jerusalem. This generation will not all pass away before every prophecy of the coming of the Lord is fulfilled.


In the words of John, "Even so Lord, come."



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END NOTES

#1. Numbers 14:29, Mat. 1:1-12, Luke 21:24. The Time of the Gentiles End, 1967.

#2. THE GOD MAKERS, Book, Harvest House Video, Jeremiah Films, Inc. 1982.

#3. Mason, Stephen F., A HISTORY OF THE SCIENCES, New York: Collier Books 1962, p. 32, 414.

Courville, D., "Evolution and Archaeological Interpretation" CREATION RESEARCH SOCIETY QUARTERLY, V. 11, N. 1, Jul. 1974, p. 47.

#4. "...Continue as they were...", Mason, op. cit. p. 402, 408-9. That is, "stay the same;" or, "are uniform" and thus, "Uniformatism." 2 Peter 3:3-7

#5. Skousen, Willard C., THE NAKED COMMUNIST, Salt Lake City: Ensign Pub. Co. 1961.

Olsen, R. E., KARL MARX, Boston: Twane Publishers 1978.

#6. THE INTERNATIONAL HEBREW HERITAGE LIBRARY, Israeli Publishing Institute, Jerusalem, Miami, FL: International Book Corp., 1969, V. II, p. 235-37.

#7. Allen, Gary, NONE DARE CALL IT CONSPIRACY, Rosemore CA: Concord Press 1971, p. 81.

Skousen, op. cit.

#8. STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES, Series iv, 1897, p. 621.

#9. Mason, op. cit., p. 569.

Jastro, R., RED GIANTS AND WHITE DWARFS, New York: W. W. Horton 1979, p. 77-8.

#10. Mason, op.cit., p. 541-45.

#11. ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA MACROPAEDIA, Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, V. 19, p. 538-53.

Allen, op. cit.

#12. Beveridge, INFLUENZA: THE LAST GREAT PLAGUE, New York: Prodist 1977.

#13. Mason, op.cit., p. 569.

Jastro, op. cit. p. 76-80.

St Peter, R., "Lets Deflate the Big Bang Hypotheses", CREATION RESEARCH SOCIETY QUARTERLY, V. 11, N. 3, Dec. 1974, p. 143.

#14. Allen, op. cit., p. 49-50.

#15. Glassman, THE CRASH OF '29 AND THE NEW DEAL, Morristown NJ: Silver Burdette Co., 1986.

Allen, op. cit.

Skousen, op. cit.

#16. ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA MACROPAEDIA, OP. CIT., V. 19. p. 538-53.

Allen, op. cit.

Skousen, op. cit.

#17. HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI, THE PHYSICAL, MEDICAL, AND SOCIAL EFFECTS OF THE ATOMIC BOMBING New York: Basic Books 1981.

#18. "During the time when the U.S. was pre-eminent.", Kissinger, H., TIME, 5 Mar., 1984, p. 21.

McCarthy, Eugene "...An imperial power...for 30 years.", U.S.A. TODAY, 7 Nov., 1984. p. A-15.

#19. Poliomyelitis, ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA MICROPAEDIA, OP. CIT., V. VIII, p. 81.

#20. Cumby, C., HIDDEN DANGERS OF THE RAINBOW, Lafayette LA: Huntington House 1983.

Hunt & McMahon, THE SEDUCTION OF CHRISTIANITY, Eugene OR: Harvest House 1985,

#21. Divine, EISENHOWER AND THE COLD WAR, New York: Oxford University Press 1981.

Allen, op. cit.

Skousen, op. cit.

#22. Harrington, THE TWILIGHT OF CAPITALISM, New York: Simon and Schuster 1976.

Allen, op. cit.

Skousen, op. cit.

#23. Golden, Branegan, et al., "Hot Time For The Old Orb", TIME, 31 Oct., 1983, p. 84.


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