Mat 24: MSG
3 Later as he was sitting on Mount Olives, his disciples approached and asked him, “Tell us, when are these things going to happen? What will be the sign of your coming, that the time’s up?”
4 Jesus said, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers.
5 Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities, claiming, ‘I am Christ, the Messiah.’ They will deceive a lot of people.
6 When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end.
7 Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places.
8 This is nothing compared to what is coming.
9 “They are going to throw you to the wolves and kill you, everyone hating you because you carry my name.
10 And then, going from bad to worse, it will be dog-eat-dog, everyone at each other’s throat, everyone hating each other.
11 “In the confusion, lying preachers will come forward and deceive a lot of people.
12 For many others, the overwhelming spread of evil will do them in;nothing left of their love but a mound of ashes.
13 “Staying with it;that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved.
14 All during this time, the good news&;the Message of the kingdom;will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.
Mat 16:1-4 MSG
1 Some Pharisees and Sadducees were on him again, pressing him to prove himself to them.
2 He told them, “You have a saying that goes, ‘Red sky at night, sailor’s delight;
3 red sky at morning, sailors take warning.’ You find it easy enough to forecast the weather;why can’t you read the signs of the times?
4 An evil and wanton generation is always wanting signs and wonders. The only sign you’ll get is the Jonah sign.” Then he turned on his heel and walked away.
I truly love pictures for they remind me of days gone by. They are a snapshot of a brief period in time. They allow the viewer to wander back to some great memory and even trigger a longing to go back to that time in our personal history. Reminders of those who have left us and the special place they hold within our very being.
This article is not about a song from past decades, nor is it about a theme song from a seventies sitcom. What it is about is a period of time that I believe we are now living in. This is now a chaotic time throughout the whole world. As some would call ‘unprecedented’ times.
It would seem the world is tittering on the edge of complete collapse. The rise of extreme unrest throughout every nation on the planet earth. Leaders with no clear answer of how to stem this rise of uneasiness in the people.
I use to feel that I would have loved to live in the time of when Christ walked the streets of Jerusalem. However, I now believe these are the most exciting time in the history of the world. A time where we could see the very return of Christ when He places his feet on the Mount of Olives. Yet, I know that there are prophetic events that need to come to fruition before that great and wonderful day.
Nations feel threatened causing a build up of military resources. This could be the preceding event that will bring forth that which John saw where the armies of the world would start to run towards the valley of Megiddo. The nations of the pacific rim will march down a dry of river bed of the Euphrates river.
A battle that will ensue where the blood of the slain will be as high as the horse’s bridle. Casualties so great it will take the amount of seven years to bury.
The outcry from the people of the world for peace is growing louder each hour. I truly believe that more than likely there is already a man walking this earth who will come forward and take control. Forming a world government. A man as described in prophecy as the anti-christ.
We are also on the edge where the world could see a financial system that will be one world currency. Yet, I believe from my studies even this system will fail causing a declaration where everyone will be mandated to receive a mark either on their forehead or their right arm. Without this a person will not be able to buy or sell. We are told in prophecy that those who take this number will be lost without the possibility of salvation.
These are those days where there will be an extreme outbreak of famine, lack of water, and severe disease. Men will beg for death but it will not come to them.
A time where there will be division between brothers, fathers and sons, a complete breakdown of family relations.
The headlines are already declaring the war between nations, leaders striking to death their own citizens. Those who are declaring faith in Christ losing their lives to decapitation.
Prophecy outlining a time where a loaf of bread will cost approximately the sum of one weeks wages.
Men around the earth declaring that they are “The Christ”. We as the body of Christ are told not to go running towards these men. Do not follow them into the desert. Men working miracles, but not because they are endued with the power of God.
I am not sure how long we have before the great and glorious return of Christ Jesus. I do, however, know that this is a time to keep our records clear. Prepare our wedding garments, always looking up.
Yes, these are those days that Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel and then the Apostle John wrote about.
For the child of God one warning, “BE READY”!