WHEN YOU SEE THESE THINGS
Matthew 24:33 (KJV)
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
A familiar passage of scripture, worn out, preached, taught and people are weary of hearing.
The disciples in a few verses before had approached Jesus and asked Him, what will be the sign of your return. In chapter 24 of Matthew, Jesus gives them a prophecy bible study.
As God breathed out the signs to ancient prophets to write down for a time yet to come, He also breathed out the warnings, don’t allow blindness, lukewarmness, coldness, slumber, don’t let this catch you unaware!
He warned there was a Laodicea age that would end the times of the gentiles! People so increased with goods, in need of nothing, that they would seek pleasure and entertainment, more than they would seek God.
SIGNS IN THE EARTH
It is estimated that over 500,000 detectable earthquakes occur around the world every year. Earthquake clusters of 2 and 3 hundred and more are taking place one after another regionally around the world. Oklahoma has felt over 620 earthquakes from January to June this year. Since August 30, Yellowstone has set a new record with swarms of over 2,300 earthquakes! The 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico this past week, set off tsunami warnings. It is the most powerful earthquake every recorded in Central America.
Scripture tells us, the closer we get to the coming of the Lord, earthquakes will intensify and increase!
A study by researchers reported that heat waves are occurring every 200 days that use to take place every three years. It explained that precipitation is rising in fearful extreme amounts around the world.
CNN Headlines read September 1, 2017 – “It’s Not Just Harvey: August marked by deadly floods around the world.” News reports that thousands have died due to flooding and mudslides, over 40 million people have been affected by flooding. We’re still in the aftermath cleanup of Harvey, now Florida is dealing with Irma cat 5 hurricane that is roaring ashore with devastation predicted and Jose cat 4 hurricane is close behind.
Global warming is blamed, other reasons are given, but the earth is changing to the volatile environment scripture says will be the norm during the tribulation! It’s happening right before our very eyes!
OLD AND BORING
We can continue going down the list of signs that has been discussed for years
– war and rumors of war
– knowledge increase
– perilous times
It’s a long list, a list that has fulfillment after fulfillment checked off, it’s old news today mundane and boring, we’ve all heard it over and over! The facts may be old, tiring, boring and there are those that are weary of hearing them, but the facts remain they are screaming Jesus is coming soon!
We can continue listing:
I can’t help thinking:
God is using every billboard, every earthquake
– every flashing marquee every blood moon
– every Virgo constellation, every street shooting, school shooting, every bombing
– every stunning attention getter possible, every tornado, hurricane, typhoon
– every sign on earth,
– wars, terrorism, atrocities
Loud and clear He’s thundering would you please wake up?!
ISRAEL’S 70TH YEAR AS A NATION
Israel’s 70th anniversary as a nation is quietly creeping by; very few are talking about it, even though it’s a significant piece of bible prophecy!
Matthew 24:34 (KJV)
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
September 21–22 is the Feast of Trumpets the same time the constellations Virgo, Jupiter, Leo, Mercury, Venus, Mars, the sun and the moon are forming a phenomenon likened to Revelation 21.
Revelation 12:1-2 (KJV)
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
Then also on the 23rd is Saturn and Mercury circling and going into motion for a couple of months that eschatology scholars say is the dragon of verse 3 of Revelation 12 waiting to devour the child, and Michael warring against the dragon
I’m just wondering, could it be the cosmos is unfolding its mysteries to us. Is anybody paying attention?
Along with this being the 70th year anniversary of Israel becoming a nation
– It is the 50th anniversary or Jubilee for Jerusalem
– It is the 70th Jubilee year since Israel’s Exodus
If you are in to symbols and numbers, here’s one for you:
2017 marks the year 5777 on the Jewish calendar
– 5 is the number of grace
– The number 7 means perfection
– 7 repeated three times means completion
– The biblical number of 5777 means “perfect grace made complete” or “the completion of the period of grace.”
WHAT’S GOING ON?
What’s this all about?
Is this the rapture?
What’s the point?
I don’t know when the rapture is going to take place!
I’m just as clueless as I ever was, other than I believe strongly we can know the season, and if we aren’t in the season of His return, God help us!
I also still believe in His imminent return, meaning, He could return at any moment! I believe scripture is emphatic that, Jesus is taking His bride out of this earth before His wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9)
I believe according to scripture, the bride is holding back the revealing of the wicked one (2 Thessalonians 2:7)
I haven’t changed my belief that, the antichrist shows up after the rapture of the church (2 Thessalonians 2:7; Revelation 13:7; Matthew 16:18; James 4:7; 1 John 4:4)
Revelation 13:7 tells us that the antichrist will be given authority to overcome the saints. By-the-way the word from the original for saint in13:7 is hagios which pertains to Israel The word used for saints of the Christian church, the bride of Christ is Ekklesia.
But scripture tells us that:
– the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church (Matthew 16:18
– resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7)
– greater is He in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)
The antichrist which is the very embodiment of satan would have no authority over the saint or bride of Christ, the ekklesia. Therefore he, the antichrist would not have the power to carry out His atrocities with the church remaining here on this earth, because he would be fighting against the spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV)
19 …know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost
I don’t see or understand the controversy around any of those scriptures!
So in light of all the signs that are prevalent today, and indeed we can see these things, the question is…. how close to the rapture of the church are we?