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11/6/13 at 06:03 AM 0 Comments

Many Signs of the End

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In Genesis 6, Noah was told to warn the people of judgment, preaching this message for 120 years as he built the ark (as instructed) the saved were to come into. The ark symbolizes Christ our Salvation. Only his children/family believed him. If he had a church … he had no converts on the message of judgment … but his family for 120 years. He preached judgment and righteousness and not breakthrough (2Peter 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;) … but no one listened.

Luk 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

The end-times is a time when the message of salvation that speaks of coming judgment will be scorned. It was a time of great exploits of men, the age of pleasure, arguments and silly, vain prideful disputations, essentially doing as we wished … a time of men of worldly renown but of great continual wickedness in thought and deed … like today.

Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

Christ explained that that the generation of people that will be alive on the earth in the End-times will witness an important event called the "fig tree" blooming, and putting forth its leaves. So what or who is the "fig tree"? Throughout history, nations have been typified by "types and figures" to describe them. Russia is the "bear", America is the "eagle", England the "lion", and Israel is the "fig tree". So Jesus was saying that when you see ISRAEL re-blooming; whenever that would take place, then that generation would be the one that would be on the earth and living when the end occurs. Israel was destroyed in 70 AD, and did not "bloom" again until May 14, 1948 when Israel became a nation. The generation that witnessed that event will be alive on the earth in the days of the Son of man. Note this happened 65 years ago … if we consider that today’s average global life expectancy (according to Wikipedia) is 65.7 for male and 70.1 for female then it means we are surely closely approaching the end.

Also Ezekiel 38 (if carefully studied) describes the final battle over Israel that will usher in the end. There will be a time of perceived vulnerability of Israel which encourages many neighboring nations (helped by Russia and China) to come against Israel in a final show-down.

Eze 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

Recently, we observe the weakening of the major allies of Israel. Russia recently called the UK (no more a powerful empire like it was before World War II ) a small island and the United States is so divided and steeped in debt, its weak resolve was seen in the recent Syria Chemical warfare incident. This makes it clear that the military capability to help defend Israel is fast waning signaling a good time to strike. Meanwhile, Russia is forging stronger alliances with the Arab nations, and has signed cooperation pacts with China(not a friend of the west). Iran is being helped by Russia to build nuclear capability and Iran has repeated its desire to wipe out Israel. Now it possesses nuclear weapons capable of reaching Israel … the scene is set for the Armageddon battle when Christ returns to defend Israel and its allies in a battle of battles. The spiritual devils/unclean spirits behind the enemies of Israel led by the anti-Christ and the armies are defeated as a great hail emerges out of heaven (v 21). Christ comes to reign with the raptured saints for a thousand years before eternal judgment. These events are closer than we imagine.

Heavenly signs

There are even more signs spoken of by Christ that tell us the end is near. The rapture could happen anytime … the seven year period of tribulation could suddenly be upon the earth as Christians are raptured. In the Bible the stars and heavens have been always shown as under the control of God and used to display His unstoppable calendar of events on the earth. Remember for Joshua He made the sun stand still, He used the sun’s movements as a sign for King Hezekiah and at the birth of Christ the wise men saw a special star. The Heavens are God’s billboard but few are interested in it … confusing astronomy ( a legitimate science) with astrology ( an occult fake) … still there is more interest in heavenly phenomena even as a partial eclipse recently observed in Lagos, Nigeria caught the attention of many.

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Psa 104:19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

Joe 2:30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Act 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

There are two phenomena mentioned …the darkening of the sun – solar eclipse (when the moon covers the sun from the earth and the sun is darkened) and the blood moon – lunar eclipse (when the earth covers the moon from the sun and the moon appears red). A recent book “Four Blood moons” by John Hagee has studied the dates of these occurrences and predicted dates of future occurrences (these are available on NASA websites and scientifically determined) and come up with interesting insights.

In the last 500 years, there have been only 3 incidences of a rare series of four consecutive full lunar eclipses (called Tetrads) with a solar eclipse which also exactly coincided with the Jewish feasts of Passover and Feast of Tabernacles (based on God’s calendar) … anyone can check ( I did) these himself on the internet Google search/NASA site. The dates are clearly recorded. These dates also had important significance for Israel.

i. The 1492/1493 Tetrad was the year of the expulsion of Jews from Spain, a time of inquisition of Jews and the discovery of the United States by Columbus …perhaps Israel’s most important ally.

ii. The 1948/1949 Tetrad was the year Israel become a nation after coming out of the holocaust of World war 2

iii. The 1967/1968 Tetrad was the year when Israel was attacked by Arab armies but Israel miraculously won and Jerusalem was united with the rest of Israel.

It is clear that these Tetrads that occur very rarely and are reported by NASA have significance for Israel. The next Tetrad has been scientifically predicted by NASA as to occur on specific dates from April 2014 to September 2015 ..dates that (miraculously) exactly coincide with the Jewish feasts …but for the first time also occurring in a Shemittah year ( a year of rest …that occurs every seven years) … an extremely rare occurrence. It was Christ Himself that said there is a message to hearken to from the sign given by the lunar and solar eclipses which will precede a notable day of the Lord… we are to note it is time to look up for our redemption draweth nigh …

Do note that the objective here is not to let us know exact times but to discern the imminence and proximity of these events so we are not unprepared. We need to repent now and be ready and the sense of urgency of Christ’s return should be on us. Be sure you are saved ... do everything to tell others ...friends, relations ...even enemies. Tell them of salvation in Christ and of the judgments coming. The rapture could be today.

Think about it; In the time of Noah, there was no Bible, no Pentecost had happened, no 24hr TV broadcasts, no bible colleges, no great moves and crusades of God … and God still judged as He promised. Today when we have over a billion Bibles, hundreds of translations, innumerable seminaries and bible schools and the help of the Holy Spirit … but still the rejection of truth and games with the Word of God are pervasive …if God does not judge as He has said, will He not have to apologize profusely to the populations drowned in the times of Noah ?

Lord have mercy.

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