Signs that we are in the End Times
Does the Bible teach that the world is going to end? So many are searching for answers in the mayan calendar, planet alignment, apocalypse, prophecy, predictions, nostradamus, prophecies, doomsday, etc: Does the Bible agree with the belief that the world will end? What is the Great Tribulation and is this when the world will end?
Matt. 24:3~6 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
The reference here to ‘the end of the age’ in some versions, or end of the world, is called ‘world.’ This can be misleading because no-where does the Bible tell us that the world is going to come to an end. There will be an end to the age of grace when Jesus returns and takes those that are His from here and then after that will follow a seven year period called the Great Tribulation. This will be a time like no other on the face of the world. It would be helpful to read Revelation from Chapter four onward about all that will take place during this time period.
The Bible prophesies the end of the world as we know it will come someday, and though it tells us that we Christians can know the season when it is near; no one will be able to predict the day or the hour when this will be. Yes, the Lord could return for His saints in the rapture anytime but it could just as easily be anytime from now or years in the future. It appears that the world in general will be expecting something to happen soon; and all the books and movies will cause many to become frightened about what may come. It is unfortunate so many will be fearful of this and will spend so much to try to protect themselves. The only true source to turn to is Jesus Christ.
Christ's followers in the Bible knew the many prophecies in the Old Testament that foretold about this coming age of the Messiah. are there signs that we are in the End Times?
In the passage of Matt. 24:3~31
there is listed a number of warnings. The world would be under a massive religious deception where many will be deceived in believing the lie of Satan. The Bible also says there will be wars and rumours of wars which will be between nations and ethnic groups. Also there will be famines, plagues, disease and earthquakes; all on a massive scale never heard of before.
Some of the details laid out in scripture was not even understandable up until a few decades ago. Now that man has devised weapons of mass destruction it has now been possible to understand how some of these events could come to pass. Man's development of modern weaponry with the ability to annihilate human life is a sure sign of the last days. In these last days if it were not for the intervention of God man would eventually destroy the human race as we know it.
The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:3,4 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation."
Paul warns us in Rom. 13:11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The end of the world as we know it, including all its catastrophes on a scale never seen in history, is not all bad news .
Yes, we must consider that we are in the endtimes, not something that hovers around a certain year, not an end of the world as mankind seems to predict; but a time when Jesus Christ will return to take His Church (true belivers) out of this world, then everyone else will live through a seven year time of great troubles that is called the 'Great Tribulation'. As we consider the signs that we are in the End Times, it is wise to consider and turn to God for repentance and forgiveness. When Jesus comes in power and glory to take out His own, will you be one of those chosen ones.
Are you a true Christian, someone who has repented of your sin and asked for forgiveness from your heart. If you have not already turned to Jesus for salvation, how do you get saved? Jesus said that you must be born again, that you must believe in your heart that Jesus went to the cross paid the penalty for your sin and then rose three days later and is seated with the Father in the Heavenlies. Now is the day for salvation. You do not know how near the time is before Jesus will return to take His own. Will you want to be left behind?
It is really not a question of whether the world as we know it will end, God says it will in His word and so it will happen. Our main concern is not when it will happen, but am I prepared for it.
The Bible says in Matt. 24:44 that “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” You need to be ready now because when it happens there will be no warning and as a result no time then to get ready.
Give your life to Jesus today, another day may be too late.