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PROPHECIES CONCERNING THE TIMES IN WHICH WE ARE NOW LIVING . . .
Signs of the Future
When anyone speaks on the signs of the times that point to the soon return of Jesus, people, often professing Christians will ridicule the prophecies. Signs have always existed . . . stating that there have always been wars and rumors of war, there have always been natural calamities, and all through history, Christians have always been persecuted. They want something that clearly points to our day and time as the season of the Lord's return.
Jesus said the end time signs would be like "birth pangs" (Mat.24:8). In other words, the signs would increase in frequency and intensity as the time draws near for Jesus to return. There would be more earthquakes in divers places, and they would be more intense. Wars would be more frequent and would be more devastating in their degree of destruction. This is exactly what has happened in this century. ALL the signs have been increasing . . . both frequency and intensity.
Are there signs that never existed before? Are there new signs that clearly point to this time in history as the time of the Lord's return? Yes.
One Main Prophecy
Even though Daniel was not spoken of as a "prophet" in the Old Testament . . . he was one of the four great prophets, and he was given some awesome prophecies. Daniel was given many prophecies by the Lord. The ones that related to his day and time, he understood. He even seemed to understand prophecies that the Lord gave him that related to the far distant future, like that of the succession of Gentile empires that would ultimately lead to the establishment of the Roman Empire. But when it came to prophecies about the end times, and the period leading up to the Lord's return as King of kings and Lord of lords . . . Daniel did not understand what was revealed to him.
Daniel 12:5-8 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.  And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?  And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.  And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? (KJV) Daniel said that he had heard but he did NOT understand. He asked what the event meant. The Lord answered Daniel.
Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (KJV) The Lord simply told Daniel that it was NOT for him to understand but to simply be faithful to the Lord. It was simply Daniel's responsibility to deliver the prophecies, not to understand them. Daniel was told the prophecies would be sealed "until the end time," then they would be understood. In the very next verse the Lord told Daniel that at the right time, people would understand.
Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. (KJV) Prophecies are absolutely awesome!
There are many end time prophecies that have never been understood . . . UNTIL NOW! Possibly, understanding depended on historical events or maybe because they depended on technological developments. But, the FACT that these prophecies have become understandable in recent years for the first time ever, is PROOF that we are living in the end times. Consider some examples from the book of Revelation.
(1) The Tribulation Slaughter . . . Revelation 6 says that the Tribulation will begin with a series of judgments that will result in the death of one-fourth of all humanity. The world's population is nearing 6 billion. That means one and a half billion people will die in the first set of judgments, and that would reduce the world's population to 4.5 billion.
The next series of judgments, recorded in Revelation 8 and 9 will kill another third of Mankind. One-third of 4.5 billion is another 1.5 billion. So, in the first 3 years of the Tribulation, a total of 3.5 billion people will die. That's over half the population of the world if the figures are correct!
Is this possible without the use of nuclear weapons? Yes it is, but only if it is a supernatural intervention of God. Nothing is impossible for God (Mark 10:27; 14:36; Luke 18:27). God often works through natural disasters to bring judgment on the wicked world . . . the Flood, and Sodom and Gomorrah for example; but much of the devastation spoken of in Revelation will probably come from nuclear weapons.
Revelation 8 speaks of one-third of the Earth being burned and one-third of the seas being polluted (Rev.8:7-8). Later in the Tribulation, near the end, we are told that people will suffer from a noisome and grievous sore (Rev.16:2). Could that be radiation poisoning?
Nuclear weapons makes it highly possible for the first time in history to cause the overwhelming carnage pictured in Revelation. It's possible that what Jesus was referring to was nuclear power, when He spoke in His Olivet Discourse. Luke 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. (KJV) People will die from heart attacks, they will faint because of fear. They will be ready to die to get away from the horrors of the Tribulation.
Modern technology is responsible for our understanding the prophecies concerning the Tribulation carnage. When a man in the USA can guide an aircraft in Iraq . . . it opens up our understanding of what could happen in the Tribulation.
(2) The Army of 200 Million . . . Chapters 9 and 16 of Revelation tell us of an army of 200 million soldiers will march "from the east" toward Israel.
It has been estimated that the total population of the world at the time the Apostle John wrote Revelation (95 A.D.) was only 200 million. So, it was impossible for an army of that size, to march out of the east. At the beginning of this century, the total world population was only 1.6 billion, which was still far too small for an army of 200 million to march from the east. But this century has witnessed an increase in population. The population count is now at about 6 billion, and just one country to the east of Israel . . . China . . . could have an army of 200 million. This is an example of a prophecy about the end times that could never be understood unless we had historical records.
(3) The Two Witnesses . . . Revelation 11 reveals that two great witnesses of God will preach in the city of Jerusalem during the first 3.5 years of the Tribulation. Then, in the middle of that terrible period, the Antichrist will kill them. Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. (KJV)
We are also told that the dead bodies of the two witnesses will lie in the streets of Jerusalem for 3.5 days and that all the people of the world will look upon them. How could that be? Before the 1950's, this prophecy could NOT be understood! There was NO way that ALL the people of the world could look upon two dead bodies in the streets of Jerusalem. NO way!
But, on October 4, 1957 the Russians sent up the first Sputnik satellite. Today, over 30 years later, our planet has MANY man-made satellites circling it, making it possible for all kinds of instant communication. When those two prophets lie dead in the streets of Jerusalem, all a person will have to do is point a TV camera at them, send the signal up to a satellite, and all the world will be able to see them. Modern technology has made an ancient prophecy understandable for the first time.
Daniel even prophesied this. Daniel 12:4 But 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. (KJV) Many shall run to and fro (travel) . . . and knowledge shall be increased. We live in a time like no other! Think that just 50 years ago people were still using horses to get from one place to another (or they walked). No planes, no phones, no TV, no internet, etc.
Some commentators say that this prophecy is about knowledge of God. I cannot disagree. It may well mean that. I know that I run to and fro in God's Word, trying to increase my knowledge as revealed in prophecy. And I know that I also pray for increased knowledge . . . and to me, knowledge and wisdom is knowing more about God and His Word.
(4) The Nation of Israel . . . Revelation 12 focuses on Israel. So many people think this chapter is about the virgin Mary or the Catholic church. It is NOT! It is about ISRAEL!
Mid-Tribulation, Satan will empower the Antichrist to annihilate the Jews. As always there will be a remnant of the Jews (Isa.6:9-13; 10:20-21; Jer.4:27; Rom.9:27-29), and they will flee into the "wilderness" where they will be supernaturally protected by the Lord (Rev.12:14).
When the book of Revelation was written, Jerusalem had already been destroyed by the Romans and the worldwide dispersal of the Jews had begun. Until this century, there was never any prospect that the nation of Israel would ever exist again. There were a few prophetic scholars who said that many promises in Scripture told that the Jews will be re-gathered in the end times and the nation of Israel would rise once more. But, scoffed at the thought of such a thing.
BUT, on May 14, 1948, it happened! Israel became a nation, the Jewish state came back into existence for the first time in almost 2,000 years.
ALL the end time prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures make it clear that the Lord will return when the Jews are back in the land (Eze.37) and back in their capital city of Jerusalem (Zec.12). Jesus spoke of this in His teachings. He pointed to the re-establishment of the state of Israel in His fig tree parable (Mat.24:32-35). He stressed the importance of the re-occupation of Jerusalem in His Olivet Discourse (Luke 21:24). He said that when Jerusalem was no longer under Gentile control, all the end time events would take place. Jerusalem ceased to be under Gentile control on June 7, 1967. Israel is the main piece of the end time world political puzzle. Keep your eyes on Israel!
IS ISRAEL THE FIG TREE?
Some Bible prophecy scholars do believe the last generation began with Israel’s rebirth on, May 14, l948. As we look at Scripture and world events unfolding, we should know and understand more clearly as the end draws closer and closer.
I truly do believe that we are in the generation of the fig tree: the generation that will see all these things come to pass.
The Bible tells us HOW we shall KNOW we are in the end times.
1. By the rebirth of the fig tree, Israel.
2. By all the signs Jesus gave us in Mat.24; Mark 13; and Luke 21.
3. By the many signs given all through the Bible. There are hundreds of things God gave us to look for, from the time of Israel’s rebirth to the time that the Tribulation is expected to begin. All these testify that Jesus will soon return.
(5) The Image of the Beast . . . Revelation 13 says that the Antichrist's religious leader, the False Prophet, will make an image of the Antichrist that will seem to come alive and speak. When the Book of revelation was written, this would seem impossible! But, with today's technology and robots, it is no longer impossible. But, the image will be so life-like that the trickery will amaze most of the world's population and will cause many to give their allegiance to the Antichrist.
Does Satan really empower the False Prophet to give the image life? Does Satan really have power to create life? NO! Absolutely NO! Satan is a liar and a deceiver. So, how can the False Prophet give an image life? The answer is modern technology. Anyone who has ever been to Disneyland has probably seen the life size image of Abraham Lincoln. You see a man who looked exactly like Abraham Lincoln get up out of his chair in stage center, walk to the edge of the stage, grab the lapels of his jacket, and then quote the Gettysburg Address. That was many years ago that I saw this. With all the advances in computer technology, think what could be done today!
(6) The Mark of the Beast . . . Another prophecy in Revelation 13 that is dependent on modern technology is the famous one that states the Antichrist will control the world's economy by requiring people to bear his mark or name on their hand or forehead in order to buy or sell anything.
Again, how could this be possible before the invention of laser and computer technology?
We are living in a very unique time period. After considering the prophecies above, I don't think we need any handwriting on the wall to indicate to us that we are living in a unique age. Historical developments and technological inventions are making it possible for us to understand many end time prophecies for the first time. The list above is far from complete. It is meant only to give you something to consider.
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