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End Times

End Times

This page gives warnings about the events of the End Times or Last Days described in the Bible in Matthew’s Gospel chapter 24 warning

Signs of the End Times

Warnings

Jesus warned the disciples, ‘Watch out that no-one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ’I am the Christ‘, and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pangs.’ (Matthew 24:4-8).

WARS, FAMINES & EARTHQUAKES

Although there have been wars, earthquakes and famines throughout history they have been increasing at a terrifying rate over the last few decades. We are experiencing terrorism, lawlessness and natural disasters on an unprecedented scale. The Boxing Day tsunami heralded in 2005, a year of emergencies: the London bombings in July and hurricane Katrina in August, to name but two of the many disasters which have caused untold suffering.
Suffering is a common occurrence in the poorer countries of India and Africa, but these events show that human misery is not restricted to the Two-Thirds World. It has now hit the richer countries of the West. This may be seen as God’s judgement on materialism and exploitation of the capitalist system. There is something terribly wrong when a third of the world is starving and crippled by debt, whilst we in the western world have abundance.

God is surely bringing judgement on this greed, social injustice and corruption, but especially on the nations who come against Israel. See Joel 3 and Matthew 25.

Just as for a woman in labour, the birth pangs are becoming more frequent and violent as we get nearer to the Second Coming or return of Christ.

INCREASE IN KNOWLEDGE

While there is tremendous increase in human knowledge (as prophesied by Daniel) and we have access to almost limitless information through the internet, there is great ignorance of God’s word and few people understand the cause of the current turmoil and crisis.

The reason for ‘the fall’ was disobedience. Pride has caused us to be independent and self-seeking instead of obeying God. The desire to achieve independence and the lust for power have taken on a new form in this ‘day of reason’ and age of scientific and technological thinking. We have usurped God‘s rightful place by taking ’centre stage‘ and ’acting God’ by foolishly believing we can create life in a test tube and control
the whole world by artificial intelligence. We might ask where are God or the Church in all our secular and humanistic endeavours.

GODLESSNESS

Paul‘s second letter to Timothy warns of godlessness in the last days: ’People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God -having a form of godliness but denying its power.’ (2 Timothy 3: 2-5)

In spite of lack of teaching, Paul said that the what could be known about God was plain to see and therefore there is no excuse: ‘For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.‘ (Romans 1: 20). ; but as in the days of Noah, ’people will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage’.(Matthew 24:38).

We, the Church, must warn people who are indifferent to the signs of the times.

ISRAEL IS PIVOTAL

More particularly we must keep our eyes on Israel, symbolized in the Bible as the fig tree. Israel is pivotal in world history and politics. The times and seasons lie within the authority of God. As we see the sign of the fig tree, the miraculous establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, surely this is a warning that the end of the age is near.

‘Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you will know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.’ (Matthew 24:32-35).

The appearance of leaves on the fig tree is not merely a sign of summer, but a symbol of Israel‘s natural territory. Note that this parable is immediately followed by Jesus’ over-throwing the tables of the money changers in the temple and His declaration that ‘this is my Father’s house, a house of prayer’. This violent act symbolised the curse or judgement on the religious people and vengeance of our God coming to restore the kingdom of Israel. This sign of the fig tree is the sign which validates the other signs of the End of the Age, heralding the restoration of the land and the Second Coming of the Lord. It is a sign that the Lord is absolutely faithful to His covenant people.

Our generation is indeed privileged to see the ‘fig tree’ planted back in its own soil and very much alive, after an absence of 2000 years! It is the first time, except for a very short period during in 137 A.D., the Bar Kochba Revolt, that Jerusalem has been governed by the Jewish people. Whilst Jerusalem was governed by non-Jews, i.e. until 1967 we were still in the time of the Gentiles. Now we enter the final phase of world history.

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