SIGNS OF THE END
Matthew 24:5-8 gives us some important clues on how we can discern the approaching of the end times, “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.”
An increase in false messiahs, an increase in warfare, and increases in famines, plagues, and natural disasters – all these are sure “signs” that the end time is here.
The seven signs are given by Jesus to indicate His soon appearing and the end of the world are (1) false Christs and false prophets appearing, (2) wars and rumors of wars, (3) famines, (4) earthquakes in divers places, (5) pestilences, (6) tribulations, and (7) the Gospel being preached throughout all the world.
Matthew 24:14 states, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.”
There is no doubt that this prophecy of gospel propagation has already been fulfilled through television, radio, the translation of the Bible into many languages, and through the internet.
Majority of the people all over the world today have already heard the Message of Christ from these media and through missionaries who have the means to travel around the globe via the latest means of transportation, and via technology that allows us to communicate with people on the other side of the world right from our very own homes, churches and offices.
LUKE 21:25-28 also states, “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;
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.
shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory? And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
END-TIME DESTRUCTION In Malachi 4 verse 1, the last chapter of the Old Testament, God warned us of the end-time destruction that will take place upon the earth at the end time.
“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch