Matthew 24:39 39 and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Mn be.
2 Peter 2:5 5 and did not spare athe ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;
I don’t know about you, but it seems like things are happening almost too fast to be writing about.
People have said for ages that “things have gone this way for thousands of years!” Indeed they have. But now events are escalating, just as Jesus taught, “these things are the beginning of birth pangs.” In the Bible, God says that everything should be judged on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
In keeping with His characteristic faithfulness, the Lord gives us a number of categories, which can be broken to subcategories, to judge His return. These categories are
1) Return of Israel,
2) Natural Disasters/Catastrophes,
4) Religious Movements Offering a Works Salvation/False Christs
5) Proclamation of the Gospel to All Nations (Matt. 24:14)
*These five categories can be read about in Matthew chapter 24.
The purpose of this blog is not to detail all five of these categories, but to bring the enormity of signs the Lord has given to us to be able to discern His returning. In fact, in Matt. 24:33, Jesus says, “so too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door.”
This morning as I typed, CBN news reported the amount of earthquakes in Oklahoma have increased tenfold!
The year 2010 began with a deadly earthquake in Haiti. But before the year ended, more than 20 earthquakes struck worldwide, reaching a magnitude of 7.0 or higher -- the largest number of major earthquakes in 40 years. That trend is continuing, most recently in New Zealand.
There was a 5.4 magnitude earthquake in southwest China, near the border region of Myanmar.
In April of 2009, if some of you remember, 300 tons of Sardines, fish and 1300 penguins washed ashore dead in Chile. As of March 8th, 2011, millions of dead Sardines wash up in Redondo beach, California. Earlier in January of this past year, birds were falling dead from the sky by the hundreds and thousands everywhere from Arkansas to Sweden
In researching the sources for this, UFO Chronicles makes an attempt to connect the dead birds and fish… I mean, it all did happen at the same time. Cosmic coincidence? Not likely. But the UFO Chronicle’s story was cut short right after “What Bible Prophecy says” At the hyperlink, it is reported the article was removed due to “violation of terms.”
It seems that hostility toward Christians or even conservatives or those who hold Judeo-Christian values, is on the rise. In Germany several parents of school children were jailed, because they did not want their nine and ten-year olds being made to participate in a mandatory same-sex education class, where the children have to participate in an interactive play.
According to the attorney, many Christian parents objected to the programs' content. "They believed that under international law and [under] German law, they had every right to remove their children from those classes and instill in their children their own Christian beliefs about sexuality and love and marriage and chastity -- and for this, ten parents have been sent to jail."
In seminary, it was told us by our seminary professor, that Europe is about 15-20 years ahead of us. That was five years ago we were told that. I’m not so sure the gap is so great now. The desensitization towards immorality and vulgarity on societies has gone a long way, and with the advent of personal technological gadgets, even Christians have a hard time sitting down to read and meditate on the Bible.
Not only in Germany is this discrimination by political elites and agencies on the rise, but also in America. One of the board members of NPR was caught on tape lambasting tea party goers as racist, and saying it was some sort of fringe “evangelical Christian” group. Ummm…. Let me check, Christians view all humanity as created in the image of God, and able to find reconciliation to their Maker if they repent of their sinful ways, and confess Christ, who died for them, as their Savior and Lord. Therefore, Christians (who by the way, in America are becoming a minority of world Christians) can not be racist. And this blog is not the place to speak of all the good Christianity has brought the world. And no, Roman Catholicism is not Christianity, it is a Christian heresy that teaches salvation by works, denying the central message of the New Testament.
Which is another point of concern, the man known as “America’s Pastor,” who sold millions of copies of the Purpose Driven Life, is beginning to show his true colors. Besides being on the board of Tony Blair’s ecumenical organization, which seeks to unite the world religions, he has instituted a program at his church this year, known as the “Daniel plan,” using a Biblical name to give it legitimacy. To lead his parishioners in this plan, he has brought on board three doctors who are new age proponents.
To the shock and dismay of many Christians, a well-known, intelligent and zealous pastor, John Piper, has decided to stand by Warren for a second time. Many are defending him in this move, and trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, but many others feel that this give legitimacy to Warren and all his teachings, which, according to the New Testament teachings, would make him considered anathema (Gal. 1:8-9).
Finally, one more category that I would like to mention, that is on most everyone’s radar screens right now, especially as it drives our gas and inflation rates up, is the Middle East tensions. I haven’t spoke too much of the uprising in Libya until now, but it is addressed in the Bible, playing a large role against Israel in the last days, in Ezekiel 38. Joel Rosenberg wrote a nice piece on this on his blog. But essentially, the uprisings are moving the whole world along in God’s prophetic plan, and the nearing day of Messiah.
Gas and Oil prices continue to climb in the midst of this unrest and governmental wars of the peoples revolting against their governmental leaders, kings in most cases, within the Muslim countries. But as the prices continue to rise, and everything else along with it, and the spirit of anarchy spreads and grows worldwide, this whole situation could lead us right into the one world government.
If the spirit of unrest continues to grow, and war breaks out in America, and nations are made into military states, then the U.N. would be able to seize control, and impose upon the world the Global socialist system by which they could consolidate power and money. And then the one-world leader could arise, the Maitreya, the world-teacher, that New-Agers are awaiting, the Psuedo-Christ spoken of in scripture as the man of lawlessness.
23"Thus he said: 'The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it.
24'As for the (AL)ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings.
25'He will (AM)speak out against the (AN)Most High and (AO)wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make (AP)alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a (AQ)time, times, and half a time.
26'But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be (AR)taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever.
27'Then the (AS)sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an (AT)everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will (AU)serve and obey Him.'