FOUR CLEAR SIGNS
OF
THE END OF THE AGE

By John Henry

1996, Revised 1997, 2004



Table Of Contents

Introduction

The Reestablishment Of Israel As A Nation

The Increase In Famines, Diseases, Earthquakes, Wars, Religious Deception, And Wickedness

The Increase In Technological And Scientific Knowledge

The New World Order

Conclusion

End Notes






Introduction

There is a branch of Christian studies called Apologetics.  It does not deal with giving an apology for the Christian faith, but rather, it deals with giving the evidences that prove that God’s Word is true and to be believed.  The terms “evidences” and “defense” are interchangeable with the term “apologetics”.  The English word comes from a Biblical Greek root word (apologia) which is translated “answer.”  The word of God commands believers, saying:

“…[s]anctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” (I Peter 3:15)

The discipline and study of Apologetics is the systematic and scientific defense of Biblical Christianity by answering the intellectual attacks of its enemies (Jude 3), and it is the presentation of evidence and proof in the hope that people will receive the Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation that He freely provides.  Some of the areas of study in Apologetics are:  1) The scientific accuracy of the Bible; 2) The historic accuracy of the Bible; 3) The amazing numeric and geometric design of the Bible; 4) The survival of the Bible, Israel, and the Church in spit many vicious attempts to destroy them; 5) The air tight legal case for the resurrection of Christ presented in the Bible; 6) The uniqueness of Biblical Christianity; 7) The minute fulfillments of Bible prophecies.  These and other areas of Apologetics provide many infallible proofs that God’s Wore is absolutely true, and to assure us that he is ready, willing, and able to do everything that He has promised!  We can believe God when He says He wants to save us from He!!!  We can trust the Bible when it says:

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (II Peter 3:9) 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

God has given us much infallible proof in the form of detailed prophecies which are being minutely fulfilled.  Today this world is on the brink of an unprecedented Change.  The Bible gives us clear evidence as to this fact in the form of prophetic signs.  For example:  The technological advances we have seen over the past few decades stage the imagination.  The marked increase in natural disasters, diseases, and famines are awsom.  Wars and terrorism are a constant threat all over the World in spite of supposed attempts to make peace on many fronts, especially in the Middle East.  The UFO phenomenon and contact with aliens (demons) is a documented fact.  America can no longer be considered a Christian nation.  America and a large percentage of the World now holds to false and occultic eastern religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and the strange new religions which make up the New Age Movement.  Lawiessness is on the increase, because of the denial of the Creator, Saviour, and Judge of the World.  What does all this mean?  Where are we headed?  Is there an answer to the problems that are plaguing our World today?  Yew, there is an answer?  The meaning of all these things is that the Lord Jesus Christ will soon return to judge this World for its many sins and crimes against God and man, and then set up His Kingdom of Righteousness on the Earth.  God has given us many proofs of this in His holy Word, the Bible.  People need to listen to wha god is saying, and ready themselves for His imminent return.  God has recorded that certain prophetic signs will be seen in the last days just before Christ’s second coming.  There are four major areas of prophecy that are being fulfilled in these last days.  These four areas will prove to thinking people that we need to believe and heed the teachings and admonitions of God’s Word, the Bible.  The four areas are: 1) The recent great advances in science and technology; 2) The marked increase in famines, pestilences, earthquakes, wars and false religions; 3) The reestablishment of Israel as a nation, and 4) The New World Order.  Let us here briefly examine these four conclusive prophetic evidences, an; make an intelligent and spiritual decision based on our findings.  Time is short!
        






The Reestablishment Of Israel As A Nation

“in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  …All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.  In Him was life; and the life was the light of men…He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.  He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1:1, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12)

The Word is another name for Christ.  It is clearly taught in the Bible that Jesus Christ is Creator and Lord of the Universe.  It says that there is nothing in the Universe except that which He made.  That includes both all non-living things, and all living things.  All plant life, all animal life, all angelic beings, and all human beings are here as the direct results of Christ’s creative work.  Angelic and human beings are very special creations.  Christ made them with intelligence, and a will.  Both were created with the ability to think, examine evidence, and make decisions.  Christ created all things perfect, but a self-conscious and God of his own free will.  Christ did not create robots, but created free moral agents with the ability to “receive Him” or “receive Him not.” From shortly after man’s creation man chose to rebel against God, and most of the people of the world continue in rebellion against the Creator to this very day.  Many even refusing to acknowledge His existence.  God, knowing in advance this would be the case, already had a plan to correct the problem.  God selected a man, whom He knew would believe Him, to be the father of His own special nation, the Nation of Israel.  This man’s name was Abraham, and he lived about 4,000 years ago.  God used His chosen people to record His Word, the Bible, and in His Holy word He revealed His plan for the redemption of fallen and rebellious mankind.  About 2,000 years after Abraham’s time, god selected an Israelite virgin named Mary to provide the human body for the Word.  “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14)  Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh.  The Word became the “only begotten Son of God” (John 1:14, 18, 3:16) Who came down from the highest Heaven, took upon Himself human flesh, lived a sinless life, and died in order to pay for the sins of whosoever will receive Him.  Jesus Christ was a Jew of the Nation of Israel.  He came unto His own chosen people, the Jews, but for the most part they received Him not.  “But as many as received Him, gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name” (John 1:12).  When one repents of his sins, especially the sin of rebellion against God, and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ by putting all trust and hope in Him, at that very moment he becomes a child of God.  God has given us evidences that are far beyond any reasonable doubt that He is able to do this in the form of fulfilled prophecies concerning the Nation of Israel.

THE BEGINNING OF THE HEBREW NATION

The genealogical line of the Hebrew or Israelite people runs from Adam, the first man created and father of all mankind,  through his third son, Seth, through his son, Enos, through Cainan, through Mahalaleel, through Jared, through Enoch, through Methuselah, through Lamech, through Noah, through Noah, through Shem, through Arphaxad, through Cainan, through Sala, through Hebr, through Phaled, through Ragau, through Saruch, through nachor, through Thara, through Abram whose name God Changed to Abraham, through Issac, and through Jaob whose name God changed to Israel. (cf. Luke 3:34-38; Genesis 5:3-32, 11:10-27; I Chronicles 1:24-27, 34)  God made special promises to Abraham, Israel, and other Hebrews that they would be the greatest of all nations on Earth, and that their Nation would bless all other nations.  Abraham had two sons, one by an Egyptian servant named Hagar, and the other by his wife, Sarah.  Hagar’s son’s name was Ishmael and he is the father of the Arab nations.  Sarah’s son’s name was Isaac.  God had promised Abraham a son, but he and Sarah wee very old and past the normal time of having children.  Abraham sinned by trying to help God when Sarah advised him to go in unto Hagar.  Abraham was a man of faith, but his sin of adultery with Hagar has caused problems to this very day in the form of divisions and wars between the Arabs and Jews.  The Lord cared for and provided for Hagar and Ishmael, but He has specificly said, “in Isaac shall thy seed be called.” (Genesis 21:12)

God’s Promise to Satan:  God cursed the Earth because of the Sin of Adam and Eve directly after sin entered into the human race through them (Genesis 2:16-17, 3:1-6).  Then he gave them hope of salvation through the promised Seed of the Woman.  The Lord made this promise to Satan:

“I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)

The “seed” referred to here is non other than the Lord Jesus Christ.  The word “woman” in this verse has a three fold meaning:  1) it means Eve, 2) it means Israel, 3) it means the Virgin Mary (cf. Revelation 12:1-6; Genesis 37:9-10; Galatians 3:16, 4:4).  Thus Genesis 3:15 is the first prophecy of the Saviour, in the Word of God, and the first prophecy of the Nation of Israel through whom the Savior came.

God’s Promises to Abraham:  god made several promises to Abram or Abraham, the his seed.  The Lord promised 1) to make him a great nation, 2) to bless him, 3) to make his name great, 4) to make him a blessing to others, 5) to curse those who curse him, 6) to give him the land of Canaan, 7) to multiply his seed as the dust of the Earth, 8) to multiply his seed as the stars of Heaven.

“Now the LORD said unto Abram,….I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him.  That curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the Earth be blessed…And the LORD said unto Abram,…Lift up now thine eyes, and look from this place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.  And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth:  so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.  Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee…And [God] brought [Abram] forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, so shall thy seed be.  And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness. ... I am Almighty God; walk before Me, and be thou perfect.  And I will make My covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.  And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for Me, behold My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.  Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.  And I will make thee exceedingly fruitful…And I will establish My Covenant between me and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everiasting  possession; and I will be their God…By Myself have I swom, saith the LORD, …That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply the seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall posess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed My voice.” (Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-17, 15:5-6, 17:1-8, 22:16-18)

God’s Promises to Jacob:  God’s promises to Abraham went through his son and grandson, Isaac and Jacob, not through Ishmael and Esau.  God extended His promises to Abraham to Jacob whose name He changed to Israel.  God promised 1) to give him the land, 2) to multiply his seed, 3) to bless others through him, 4) to be with him, 5) a Nation and a company of nations would come from him.

“I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; and thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.  And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of…And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob:  thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and He called his name Israel.  And God said unto him, I am God Almighty:  be fruitful and multiply; a Nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, an kings shall come out of thy loins; and the land which I gave Abraham and Issac, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.” (Genesis 28:13-15, 35:10-12)

THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE HEBREW NATION

Along with the blessings that God freely bestowed upon the Hebrew Nation, He also gave certain important responsibilities.  God chose to speak through them to provide the world with the written Word of God.  He also charged them with the responsibility of preserving, and obeying it.  God’s promises to Abraham and Israel 1) to make them a Great Nation, 2) to give them the land of Canaan which today is known as Israel, and 3) to bless those who bless His Chosen Nation and curse those who curse them has been continually fulfilled throughout history.  In spite of the faith of Abraham, Isaac, Israel, and many other Hebrews, the maiority of this Chosen Nation has ofter rebelled against God.  Because of lthe Great faith and obedience of Abraham, Israel, and other Jews.  God promised blessings for Nation, but because of the rebellion of the majority, God has frequently been forced to punish them.  God’s blessings do not cancel out responsibilities, be they individual responsibilities, or national responsibilities.

God’s charge to Israel through Moses:  A little more than 400 years after God made His covanent with Abraham, Moses led the Hebrew Nation out of Egypt where they had become enslaved (Genesis 15:13; Acts 7:4-7; Galatians 3:16-18).  After God led Israel out of bondage in Egypt, he gave them 613 laws or commandments, and His promise of wonderful blessings for faithfulness and obedience, and explained what the results of sin and disobedience would be.  God condensed the many laws into 10 simple commandments (Deuteronomy 5:6-22):  The first four commandments concerned their relationship with God (VV. 6-15), and the last six concerned their relationship with their fellow man (VV.16-22).  God does not just make up laws to make us unhappy; He always has our good in mind.  The Lord Jesus Christ further condensed these 10 commandments into just 2.  When asked, “which is the great[est] commandment in the Law [of moses]?” the Lord replied:

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy self.  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)

The greatest commandments are  to love god and love our fellow man.  Everyone stands before the Creator guilty of Breaking His greatest commandment (Romans 3:10, 23), and deserving the punishment of death and Hell (Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15).

God Almighty promised the Chosen People, through Moses, that He raise up prophets from among them and speak His Word through them, and He charged them to keep and teach the words of the prophets, especially the words of the coming Christ (Deuteronomy 6:1-7, 18:15-22).  God promised blessings for obedience (Deuteronomy 28:1-14), and He promised cursings for disobedience (Deuteronomy 28:15-68):

Blessings for Obedience or Cursings for Disobedience

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt harken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I have commanded thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the Earth: And all these blessings shall come upon thee…Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and…in thefield…Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and…of the ground, and …of thy cattle… The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face…The LORD shall command the blessings upon thee in thy storehouse, and…He shall bles thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee…The LORD shall establish thee a holy people unto Himself, as he hath swom unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy god, and walk in His ways.  And all the people of the Earth shall see that thou are called by thr Name of the LORD; and shall be afraid of thee….And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods…The LORD shall…bless all the work of thy hand:  and thou shalt lend unto many nations and thou shalt not borrow.  But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not harken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee…The LORD shall send upon thee cursings, vexations, and rebuke, in all that thou setteth thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken Me.  The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee…The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursuer thee until thou perish….The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust…The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies:  thou shalt…be removed into all the kingdoms of the Earth…And thou shalt become an astonishment, and a proverb, and a byword, among all the nations whither the LORD shall lead thee…Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shalt go into captivity…Moreover all these curses…shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.  Because thou servedst not the LORD the God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies, which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroy thee.  The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the Earth, as swift as an eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the peson of the old, nor show favor to the young:  And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and…land, until thou be destroyed…And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked off the land whither thou goest to possess it.  And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of Earth even unto the other, and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone.  And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest:  but the LORD shall give the there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: And thy life shall hang in doube before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and  shalt have no assurance of thy life.” (Deuteronomy 28:1-12, 15, 20-25, 37, 41, 45-51, 63-66)

THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD’S WORD CONCERNING ISRAEL

Bible prophecies concerning lsrael have been fulfilled over and over again in great detail.  Israel is God’s chosen nation, and they are also His time piece, and an example or sign to all other nations.

Obedience or Disobedience (Fulfillment of Deuteronomy 23):  Although many individual Hebrew people have always chosen to follow the Lord, nationally, except for brief periods, they have continually rebelled against Him thus bringing the prophecies of cursing upon their Nation (Deuteronomy 28:15-68).  For example it said:

1.  “The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust…” (v.24).  When the Jews entered the land of Canaan after 70 years of wilderness wandering, they entered a rich and fruitful and flowing with milk and honey (Numbers 13:23-27).  Later the land became desert, and much of Israel remains so today.

2.  “The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies:  thou shalt…be removed into all the kingdoms of the Earth” (v. 25).

        * The northern 10 tribes of Israel went into the Assyrian Captivity in 721 B.C. because of idolatry.

        * The remaining 2 tribes went into the Babylonian captivity around 115 years later in 606 B.C. also because of sin.

        * After the return from the Babylonian Captivity came the conquest of Alexander the Great and the Greek Occupation.

        * By the time of Christ the Roman Occupation of Israel was in full swing.

        * The Roman Disburscia of all Israel to the nations of the Earth occurred in 70 A.D.

3.  “[T]hou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all the nations whither the LoRD shall lead thee” (V. 37).  Many outlandish things have been blamed on the Jews.  They have been accused of causing plagues, depressions, inflation, controlling money, plotting world conquest, poisoning water, being, an inferior race, being from another planet, and the like.  Persecutions among the nations:

        * In 1306, on the morning of the fast commemoration the Destruction of Jerusalem [in 70 AD] all the Jews of France…to the number of 100,000, were stripped of their possessions for the benefit of the royal treasury, and cast out of the land.1

        * During the Dark Ages 200 Jewish communities were exterminated because it was believed that they poisoned wills with a powder of spiders, frog legs, and human entrails.3

        * In 1215 the Catholics demanded that all Jews wear a distinguishing badge.  At times Jews were forced to convert to Catholicism or die.4

        * Social and economic sanctions were brought against the Jews in most nations and they were expelled from many at various times.5

        * They were expelled from England in 1290 and their property confiscated.  They were not allowed in that country for 300 years.6  They were also run out of Italy, and Spain.

        * They were hounded and persecuted in Russia by the czarist authorities in the 1700’s and 1800’s In the latter part of the 19th  under Czar Alexander III, the persecution became almost unbearable.  During the Cossack Rebellion, 100,000 Jews died through torture and violence in less than a decade.7  In western Russia organized massacres were carried out by soldiers.  In 1919 White Russian troops massacred some sixty thousand Jews who they blamed for the 1917 Bolshevic (Communist) Revolution.8

        * Six million Jews were systematically murdered in Germany by Hitler.

4.  “Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shall not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity…The stranger that is within thee shall get up very high; and thou shalt come down very low.” (v. 41).  These verses have come true upon the heads of the Jews over and over again.  For example: “In Russian, Jews were drafted for military service at the age of 12 and had to serve for 25 years.” 9

5.  “The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the Earth,…as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; a nation of fierce countenance…” (VV. 49,50). Ultimately a final “nation of fierce countenance” shall come against Israel, but note the nations with the national symbol of an eagle that have already come against her:

        * Babylon.

        * Rome.

        * Germany.

God’s Blessings and Cursings (Fulfillment of Genesis 12:3):  Remember back to what God promised righteous Abraham: “I will make thee a great nation…and I will bles them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the Earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:2-3).  Now consider Romans chapter three:

“What advantage then hath the Jew?...Much in every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.  For what if some did not believe.? Shall their unbelief make the faith of god without effect?  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar, as it is written,  That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.  But if our unrighteousness commend the  righteousness of God, what shall we say?  Is God unrighteousness who taketh vengeance?...god forbid: for then how shall God judgem the world?...What then? Are we better than they?  No, in no wise: for…both Jews and Gentiles…are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no not one…for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time His righteousness that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Romans 3:1-6, 9-10, 23-26)

It was because “Abraham believed god [that] it was counted unto him for righteousness” (Romans 4:3; cf. Galatians 3:6; Genesis 15:6).  This is the only way anyone can be accounted righteous before God:  We must believe God and receive Christ individually.  This is the way of election, and the only way one can be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9; I peter 1:3; II Thessalonians 2:13).  God chose Israel, nationally, not because of their own righteousness, but because Abraham believed God.  God’s holiness and righteousness requires judgement upon all sin.  God’s love does not negate His righteous judgements upon His chosen nation Israel, nor on the Gentile nations of the world.

For God’s own sake and for Abraham’s, the Lord has always upheld His promise to cursed nations that curse Abraham’s seed. “No nation ever persecuted the Jew and prospered…[King] Nebuchadnezzar [of Babylon.] Herod, Titus [and the Roman Empire], the Russian czar, Hitler, [the Roan church], and scores of others are witness to this truth.  [They have been cursed, but the] Jews are here to stay”10 Note the fate of a few of the nations that cursed Abraham’s seed:

1.  Assyria ceased from being a nation.

2.  Babylon was defeted by the Medes and Persians (Daniel 5:1-5, 24-31).

3.  Haman, the Persia, and his 10 sons were hanged (Esther 7:9-10, 8:1, 9:13-14).

4.  Greece has declined as a nation, and remaines one of the poorest in Europe.

5.  The Roman empire collapsed, and ltaly is a second rate nation today.

6.  Hitler’s Germany was defeated and divided amound the allied nations, and Hitler killed himself.

Likewise, god has blessed nations such as England and the United States for blessing Israel.  There are two reasons that god has blessed America more than any other nation on Earth: 1) amrica was founded upon the principals of the word of god, and for a large part believed in them; 2) America for the most part has stood on the side of the Jews and Israel.  These tow facts have been true until recently.

The blessing of all nations through Abraham has also occurred.  To Abraham’s seed, the Jews, “wee committed the oracles of God” (Romans 3:2), the bible, through which has come the knowledge of salvation to all nations (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Revelation 7:9-10).  All the writers of the Bible were Hebrews, as was the Lord Jesus (II Timothy 3:15).  All the first Christians were Jews, and it was the Jewish Christians that first took the message of salvation “through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus….through faith in His blood” (Romans 3:24-25) to the world.  Most people refuse to believe the Truth in spite of the facts, and thus will never be saved (II Thessalonians 2:10-12; Matthew 7:13-14; John 14:6; Acts 4:12). Not all people of all nations will be saved, but some of the people from “all nations, and kindreds, and tongues” will be saved (Revelation 7:9).  God said:  “…in [Abraham] shall all families of the Earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3), because the scribes of the oracals of God were in Abraham, and the Lord Jesus  Christ was in him.

Seventy Years In Babylon (Fulfillment of Jeremiah 25:11-12 & 29:10):  The Lord used  Babylon to punish Israel for their iniquity (II Chronicles 36:11-21), ahd He used the Medo-Persian Empire to punish Babylon and return the Jews to their own land after 70 years of  captivity (Daniel 5:30-31, 6:28).  The Prophet Isaiah even fortold of the restoration of Israel after their captivity (in 712 B.C.) about 174 years before hand (Isaiah 44:28-45:4).11  What exactly did Jeremiah prophesy:

“Behold, I will send and take all the amilies fo the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the King of Babylon, My servant, and bring them against this land, and against the…nations round about…And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon 70 years.  And it shall come to pass, when 70 years are accomplished, that I will punish Babylon…For thus saith the LORD, That after 70 years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform My good work to ward you, in causing you to return to this place.” (Jeremiah 25:9, 11-12, 29:10)

God’s Time Piece (Fulfillment of Daniel 9:24-26):  Some 60 plus years after Jeremiah wroth the above prophecy, “[i]n the first year of Darius [the Median, who]…was made king over the realm of the Chal deans [which included Babylon]; In the first year of his reign,…[the Prophet] Daniel understood by books the number of years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish 70 years in the desolations of Jerusalem.” (Daniel 9;1-2; cf. II Chronacles 36:18-23).  As Deniel was reading the the Scripture, he truly wanted to understand it so he began to fast and pray (Daniel 9:3-20).  As he did so God sent Gabriel to help him understand the matter(Daniel 9:21-23).  This is what Gabriel told him:

“Seventy weeks are determined upon the people and upon the holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make and end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem, unto the Messiah the Prince, shall be 7 weeks, and 62 weeks: the streets shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.  And after the 62 weeks shall the Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for 1 week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:24-27)

This is one of the most amazing prophecies in all the Bible.  Verses 24 to 26 have been fulfilled in minute detail.  Verse 27 has to do with the 7 year Tribulation, and is yet future.  The word “weeks” here does not mean weeks of days, but rather weeks of years.  It is similar to saying 70 dozen.  The question follows, 70 dozen of what? Daniel originally understood Jeremiah’s prophecy of 70 years, and then God gave him a prophecy of 70 weeks of years, each week being 7 years long (70 X 7 = 490 years).

The prophecy clearly concerns:

1.  Daniel’s people, the Jews.

2.  The holy city, Jerusalem.

3.  The Most Holy Messiah.  “Messiah” is a Hebrew word and “Christors” is Greek.  Both mean “an anointed one.” The Lord Jesus Christ, unlike other people, is sinless (I John 3:5; I Peter 2:22; II Corinthians 5:21).  Thus only He could “the Most Holy.”

4.  Reconciliation for iniquity by the cutting off or death of the Messiah.

5.  The fulfillment or sealing up of all Biblical prophecy.

6.  The Judgement of God

7.  The rebuilding of Jerusalem in 49 years (7 weeks x 7 years = 49 years).

8.  A final week or 7 years which concerns the Jews and their temple sacrifices, and a covenant that will be broken at the mid-point of the last week (31/2 years + 31/2 years = 7 years).

Daniel’s prophecy of 70 weks exactly predicts the Lord Jesus’ first coming as “Messiah the Prince.”  “[T]he commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem” (V.25) was made by the King Artaxerxes of Persia.  An inspired record of his decree is rdecordeded in Nehemiah 2:1-8.  We know from secular history that he took the throne n 465 B.C.12 and Nehemiah says that he issued the decree “in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of [his reign]” (Nehemiah 2:1).  That would bring us to 445 B.C. and the 1st of the Jewish month Nisan would make it March 14th according to our calenden today.  Using the Jewishcalendar of 360 days to the year, and counting forward 483 years brings us to the day April 6, 32 A.D. (The equation is:  62 weeks + 7 weeks = 69 weeks 7 years = 483 years x 360 days = 173,880 days)  That is the day the Lord made his triumphal entry into the holy city, Jerusalem (Luke 19:28-44) in direct fulfillment of Daniel 9:25 and Zechariah 9:9 which says:

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jersalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon as ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” (Zechariah 9:9)

The 7 weeks (49 years), the 62 weeks (434 years), and the 1 week (7 years) totaling 70 weeks (490 years) are specified because they indicate 1) the 49 year period of restoration “even in troublous times” (V. 25; cf. Nehemiah 6); 2) the end of 434 year period which came after the 49 year restoration (434 + 49 = 483 years) marked the triumphal entry of Christ into the city of Jersulam (v. 25); 3) the last week of years is the Tribulation Period which is soon to overtake this wicked world (v. 27; cf. Matthew 24:15, 21, 29; Revelation 7:14; Daniel 12:1; Jeremiah 30:7).

The Parable of the Fig Tree (Fulfillment of Matthew 24:32-36):  There has ben a gap of more than 1,960 years between the 69th and 70th weeks.  It is like god has called a divine time out.  But when the He says, “Play ball,” it will start the last 7 years of Daniel’s 70 weeks ticking again.  The Lord Jesus said:

“Now leam a parable of the fig tree; When his branch s yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the door.  Verily I say unto you, this generation shallnot pass, till all these things be fulfilled.  Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.  But of the day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.” (Matthew 24:32-36)

God often uses parables and symbols in teaching spiritual truth.  The meaning of these can always be found either in the immediate context or somewhere else in the Bible.  The “fig tree” here is symbolic for the nation of Israel.  We know this from many passages of Scripture (Jeremiah 24:1-10, 29:17; Joel 1:7, 12, 2:22).  For example God said:

“I found Israel like grapes in the wildemess; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig free at her first time…” (Hosea 9:10)

The meaning of the Lord’s “parable of the fig tree” is this:  When we see the Jewish people back in the land that God promised to Abraham and his seed then “know that [the end of the age] is near, even at the door” (v. 33).  Jesus is saying that the “generation” that sees Israel reestablished as a nation will be the “generatin” that will witness His second coming.  You see, the Lord’s parable here is part of His answer to the disciples question as to the end of the world as we know it.  Just before they asked Him this question He had pronounced a prophetic curse upon the Jewish nation:

“Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of Hell?  Wherefore, behold, I will send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them ye shall scourge in you r synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:  That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the Earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zecharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the Temple and the altar.  Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye say, Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.  And Jesus  went out, and departed from the Temple: and His disciples came to Him for to show Him the buildings of the Temple.  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things?  Verily I say unto you, There shall not be lift here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be?  And what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?”  (Matthew 23:33  24:3)

This discourse took place just a few days before the Lord was crucified “for the sins of the whole world” (I John 2:2) in April of 32 A.D.  He called the religious ruling classes “serpents” and “vipers” because they taught salvation by works, and they refused to received Jesus as their Messiah.  They had God’s Word that He had intrusted to them which contained many prophecies as to how to identify their Messiah  when He came, including His name, place of birth, and the exact date of his coming.  They were Bible scholars and teachers and had no excuse for not knowning that jesus was their true messiah (John 3:10  15).  But they stood to loose their prestige and power if they receive Jesus and His free gift of salvation.  However, a few of these Pharisees and scribes, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea,  did forsake their sinfuiness and pride, and did receive Jesus as their Saviour and Messiah.  (John 3:16-21)

The Lord Jesus promised to send the Jews true prophets, wise men, and scribes.  These were the writers and teachers of the New Testament.  Men like Peter, Matthew, John, Paul, Mark, James, Jude, and Luke, and the other apostles, prophets, and teachers of God’s holy Word.  God knows all things, including the future, and it happened just as Jesus said:  some of them they killed and crucified; and some of them they scourged in their synagogues, and persecute them from city to city.  (Matthew 23:34)  Therefore, the Lord said to them,  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee…Behole, your house is left unto you desolate.  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye way, Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord” (Matthew 23:37-39)  “Israel had experienced chastisement for unbelief in the past.  Because of their lack of faith ad unwillingness to enter the land to which Moses had led them, they had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years, pemitting an entire generation to die.  As a result of their disobedience and neglect of the commandments, they wee taken captive by the Assyrians and the Babylonians.  Now in the rejection of their Messiah they would secure their longest and most severe judgement.  Jerusalem would be destroyed, the Temple leveled, and the people scattered, killed, and made slaves.”13

In 66 A.D. the Jews revolted against Nero’s govemment because of heavy taxation, and massacred the garrison of Roman soldiers in Jerusalem.  This brought the wrath of the Roman Empire upon them.  History records that on the gth of the Jewish month of Av (August) in 70 A.D., about 38 years after the Lord uttered His prophecy of desolation, that the Roman General Titus took Jerusalem.  “Titus and his army…were ruthless.  [They] cut down all the trees in the area that were suitable for crucifixions and carried out hundreds of executions.  Josephus [a Jewish historiah of that time] says that 1,000,000 Jews were slain and thousands of others taken into captivity.”14  (Luke 19:41-44)

The Romans burned the Temple.  Afterwards they dismantled every stone of it looking for precious metals that had melted between them.  This exactly fulfilled the Lord’s words, “There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” (Matthew 24:2)

From that day in 70 A.D., for 1,878 years, Israel wandered among the nations of the Earth, a downcast, and persecuted people without a national homeland.  But remember the Lord Jesus said that the fig tree would put forth leaves again as a sign of the end of the age (Matthew 24:32).  There are also many Old Testament prophecies that clearly and repeatedly indicate the God would return Israel to their land in the last days (Isaiah 11:11-12, 14:1, 43:5-6; Jeremiah 3:18, 16:15, 23:8, 24:6, 29:14, 30:11, 31:10, 35-37; Psalm 106:46-47; Ezekiel 34:13, 36:24, 37:21-22, 38:3, 12).  For example God said:

“I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather You from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD:  and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.” (Jeremiah 29:14)

“I will bring again the captivity of My prople of Israel.  And they shall build the waste cities…And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall o more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.” (Amos 9:14-15)

After 1,878 years at 4:00 P.M. on May 14, 1948, the Jews declared:  “The land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people.  Here their spiritual, religious, and national identity was formed.  Here they acnieved independence and created a culture of national and universal significance.  Here they wrote and gave the bible to the world.  Exiled from Palestine.  The Jewish people remained faithful to it in all the countries of their dispersion, never ceasing to pray and hope for their return and restoration of their  nancnal freedom…In the year 1897 the First Zionist Congress…proclaimed the right o the Jewish people to national revival in their own country.  This right was acknowledged by the [British] Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917…On November 29, 1947,  the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a Resolution for the establishment of an independent Jewish State in Palestine…It is moreover, the self evident right of the Jewish people to be a nation, as all other nations, in its own sovereign State.  Accordingly, we the members of the National Council, representing the Jewish people in Palestine and the Zionist movement of the world.  Met together in solemn assembly today, the day of termination of the British Mandate for Palestine, by virtue of the national and historic right of the Jewish people and of the Resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations, hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish State in Palestine, to be called Israel ... The State of Israel will be open to the immigration of Jews from all countries of their dispersion ... [it] will be based on the precepts of liberty, justice, and peace taught by the Hebrew Prophets…With trust in Almighty God, we set our hand to this Declaration, at this Session of the Provisional State Council, in the city of Tel Aviv, on this Sabbath eve, the fifth of Iyar, 5708, the fourteenth of May, 1948.”  (The Jewish Declaration of independence, in part) From that day forward no nation has been or will ever be able to uproot Israel from their land again. 

The first nation to bless Israel after their Declaration of Independence was the United States by being the first country to recognize the new State of Israel.  President Harry Truman’s statement of recognition being issued at 6:10 P.M. Washington D.C. time which was 10 minutes after the midnight termination of the British Mandate for Palestine Israel time.  The first people to curse Israel after their Declaration was their brothers, the Arabs.  “On may 15, 1948, Israel was invaded by Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.  This pitted some 45,000,000 Arabs against 64,000 Jews.”15 

The land of Israel has blossomed since the return of the Jews.  For the most part it laid wast for over 1,000 years during Israel’s disbursia.  In the late 50]s it was still largely barren mountains and desert, but today the land of Israel has been made productive farm aldn in fulfillment of Bible prophecy (Isaiah 35:1, 41:19, 51:3, 55:13).  The ultimate fulfillment will come when the Lord Jesus returns.

The events that led up to the sprouting of the fig tree in 1948:  By the year 1517 the Turks controlled Jerusalem.  Over the centuries many Jews had attempted toreturn to Palestine to reestablish the Jewish nation, but it was not yet the time that God had appointed.  In 1897, “the father of modern Zionism,” Theodor Herzel, conducted the first world Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland.  Herzl later declaired,  “At Basel I founded the Jewish state!”  During World War I, on November 2, 1917, British foreign secretary Authur James Balfour issued this statement in favor of the establishment of a national homeland in Palestine for the Jewish people:  “His Majesty’s Government views with favor the establish ment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this objective, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” (The Balfore Declaration)  One month later, on December 9, 1917 Jerusalem was liberated from the Turks in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy:

As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also He will deliver it; and passing over He will preserve it.” (Isaiah 31:5)

“General Allenby of the British army captured the city of Jersalem in December of 1917 and took Megiddo by September of 1918, thereby carrying out Great Briton’s Balfour Declaration…[Allenby] surrounded the city of Jerusalem on December 9, 1917.  The night before his impending invasion, Allenby, being a Christian, prayed.  He asked the Lord to let him take the city without destroying the holy places.  The next morning he sent some British airplanes on reconnaissance flight over the city.  (Bear in mind that the Turkish occupiers had never seen an airplane before.  In 1917 British planes were odd looking contraptions!)  That morning, while buzzing the Eastern Gate over the Temple site, the British pilot dropped a note demanding surrender signed by General Allenby.  Now please understand that in the Arabic language Allah means God, and beh is the word for son.  A Turkish soldier picked up a strange note dropped from a frightful ‘bird’ demanding surrender, signed by Allah-beh, the son of God!  When he took the note to his superior, the white flag was hoisted, and the city surrendered without firing a single shot…”16

World War I prepared the land for the Jewish people, and World War II prepared the Jewish people for the land!  Hitler’s Holocaust reduced the number of Jews in Europe by 6,234,070, from 9,739,200 in 1939 to 3,505,130 in 1945.17   This Holocaust caused the Jews to say, “Never again!”  and made them strive even harder for a national homeland which could defend itself.

Wars and rumors of wars have been part of Israel’s national scene since her beginning in 1948.  She has basically been at a state of war ever since her reestablishment.  Tiny Israel has fought 4 major wars with the Arabs: 1) The War of Independence (from May 1948 to February 1949): 2) The Sinai War of 1956; 3) The Six-Day War of June, 1967; 4) The Yom Kippur War of October, 1973.  Then there were the 39 Iraqi Scud missiles that hit Israel during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. 

The War of Independence: On May 15, 1948, the day after Israel declared her independence, she was invaded.  “The Arab soldiers out numbered the Jews forty to one…Against [the] massive and well-armed invasion, Israel had but 10,000 rifles ... and 360 sub-machine guns.  The situation seemed hopeless for Israel.  But the difference in attitudes of the opposing armies ... determined the outcome.  To the Arabs the name of the game was expansion and revenge; to the desperate Jews it was sheer survival…On February 24, 1949, the War of Independence ended.  The tiny nation not only survived, but found itself strengthened.  However, a costly price was attached to the victory: the lives of 6,000 Jews, approximately 10% of the total population!...As a result of her War of Independence, Israel gained 23% more territory…”18 

The Sinai War (from October 29 to November 5, 1956):  The quick and forceful Israeli military took the Sinai in one week during the 1956 War.  They killed between 2,000 and 3000, took about 5,600 prisoners, and captured vast amounts of Russian built equipment.  Israeli losses were only 171 dead, 600 wounded, and 4 taken prisoner.19 

The Six-Day War: “On May 30, 1967, President Nasser of Egypt sail:  ‘The armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon are poised on the borders of Israel to face the challenge, while standing behind us are the armies of Iraq, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan, and the whole Arab nation.  This act will astound he world.  Today they will know that the Arabs are arranged for battle.  The critical hour has arrived.  We have reached the stage of serious action and not declarations. ‘…Nasser then closed the crucial Israeli port of Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba.  The war was on…[O]n June 5 Israeli jets struck a death blow to the Egyptian air force…Fierce battles took place in the Golan Heights and in Jerusalem.  Russia warned the world to keep hands off, expecting a quick Arab victory.  But the…Jews would not be destroyed…Within six days the Arab forces were in retreat.  Israeli soldiers had captured the Sinai [from Egypt] and the Golan Heights [from Syria], Russia was demanding peace in the Middle East.  It is significant that Israel had captured all of Jerusalem [from Jordan].  All of this ancient and beloved city was n Jewish hands for the first time since 70 A.D.”20  Israel…increased her territory from 8,000 square miles to 26,500.  This had cost her 679 killed and 2,563 wounded.”21 

The Yom Kippur War: It began on October 6, 1973 and ended [19 days later]…Israel was attacked simultaneously by Egypt in the south and Syria in the north.  Most of the Jews had been fasting…for [Yom Kippur] was the most sacred time of their entire year…[It was] the largest conventional war, in terms of armored forces, since the end of World War II in 1945.  Some 5,000 tanks [3,000 Arab versus 2,000 Israeli]…were employed…Over 1,000,000 men [fought], of which 838,000 were Arabs, pitted against 275,000 Jews…The Israeli forces experienced some initial setbacks from the Russian-equiped army of Egypt…However, in the north, Israel began to drive toward Damascus.  Soon Israeli troops were able to invade Egypt also.  When the United Nations finally was able to enforce a cease-fire, the Israeli troops were within 20 miles of Damascus [in Syria and]…occupied territory on the west bank of the Suez Canal [in Egypt].  On October 25, 1973, the fourth and by far biggest Middle East war came to and end.  Arab casualties exceeded 15,000.  Israeli losses were over 4.000.”22 

There are at least two more wars to be fought in Israel that are prophecied in the Word of God: 1) The war with Magog, and 2) Armageddon. 

The Magog War: The Bible tells us about this war in Ezekiel chapter 38.  Many bible scholars have clearly shown that “the land of Magog” is Russia, and that “meshech and Tubal” are ancient names for Moscow are Tubolsk in Russia (Ezekiel 38:2-3).  A leader from magag named God will lead his nation along with Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer (Eastern Europe), and Togarmah (Turkey).  The Bible says it this way:

“After many days [Gog] shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. [Gog] shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee…Thus saith the Lord GOD; when My people of Israel dwell safely, shall thou not know it?  And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee…And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel,. Saith the Lord GOD, that My fury shall come up in My face…And I will call for a sword against him…And I will send fire on magog…” (Ezekiel 38:8-9, 14-15, 21, 39:6)

This description of the Gog leading his Russian army, and all his confederates corresponds to the rider on the red horse to whom will be given power “to take peace from the Earth” (Revelation 6:4).  This will take place at the very beginning of the 70th week of Daniel, and will open the 7 year Tribulation Period.  The greatest war of all times will be the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16) which will end the Great Tribulation.  The Prophet Zechariah records God’s words concerning this War to end all wars:

The bible also says that the capitol of Syria, Damascus, shall one day be “taken away from being a city, and shall be a ruinous heap” (Isaiah 17:1).  The continual friction between Syria and Israel could escalate into a war in which Israel will be forcesed to use nuclear weapons, and this in turn could be used as an excuse by the Russian and her alliets for the invasion on Israel which will usher in “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” the Tribulation (Jeremiah 30:7).  Time will tell.

“This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.” (Matthew 24:34)  The fig tree has been planted, and it will not be plucked up again!  For 1,878 years Israel ceased being a nation, from 70 A.D. till 1948.  There has never been anything like that in all history, Many generations of suffering among many oppressors.  But now, their being back in their land is one of the greatest signs of the last days.  The generation that sees the “fig tree [put] forth leaves” (Matthew 24:32) will be the generation that will see Christ’s return!  In the Bible the word generation has 3 meanings: 1) It is a race or nation of people; 20 it is a certain kind of people; 3) it is the period of one’s life span.  The Hebrew people will certainly “not pass, till all…be fulfilled,” and neither will the kind of wicked people that the Lord came to save “pass, till all…be fulfilled.” These are valid interpretations of Matthew 24:34, but the primary interpretation is the one that concerns one’s life span.  The disciples question that the Lord was answering was, “When shall these things be, and what shall be the sign of Thy coming and the end of the World?” (Matthew 24:3)  Jesus is giving us a sign as to when He will return without giving the exact time (Matthew 24:36; Acts 1:7; I Thessalonians 5:1-2).  How long is a generation?  It is between 70 and 120 years (Psalm 90:10; Genesis 6:3, 15:16; Exodus 12:40).  So the Lord will most likely be back some time between now and the year 2068.  He may come to judge the world today, tomorrow, next month, next year, or a few years form now.  The important thing is to be ready when He comes.  You see, the Lord Jesus Christ came the first time to save the world (John 3:16-19), but when He returns it will be to judge the world (Revelation 19:11-15).  We are the generation that will see “[His] coming and the end of the world” (Matthew 24:3).

An Earthly seed and a Heavenly seed (Fulfillment of Genesis 13:16, 15:5, 22:17-18):  The Lord promised Abraham that He would “make [his] seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be be numbered, “and He also promised him that “in bleslsing [He would] bless [him], and in multiplying [He would] multiply [his] seed as the stars to the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shord; and thy seed shall posess the gate of his enemies.” The seed as the dust and sand corresponds to God’s chosen earthly people; while the “seed as the stars of heaven” corresponds to all saved people, especially those saved during the Church Age.  The nation of Israel, be they saved or not, are Abraham’s physical seed.  Saved people, be they Hebrew or Gentile, are Abraham’s spiritual seed.

Abraham’s physical seed, the Hebrew nation, has God’s promise of eternal perpetuation.  The Bible indicates that God will “create new heavens a new Earth,” and Abraham’s physical seed shall inherit the New Earth (Isaiah 65:17; cf. II Peter 3:9-14):

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulders, and his Name shall be called Wonderful…Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be on end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with Judgement from henceforth even for ever.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this… For as the new heavens and the New Earth,  which I will make, shall remain before Me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.” (Isaiah 9:6-7, 66:22)

Abraham’s spiritual seed consists of those who believe and receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour (Romans 10:9-10; I Corinthians 15:1-3).  These are those who are “born again” with God’s seed abiding in them (John 1:12-13, 3:3-8; Titus 3:5 I John 3:9; I peter 1:22-23, 2:2; James 1:17-18).  “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him in spirit and in Truth.” (John 4:24) According to the Word of God, until one receives Christ he is dead spiritually already (Ephesians 2:1-5; Genesis 2:17, 3:4-6), an d cannot receive or discern the things of God (I Corinthians 2:14), so God convicts him and gives him an opportunity to ask for God’s mercy, and salvation through  Christ’s shed blood (John 16:7-11; Romans 3:24-26; Luke 11:13).  Those who do this instantly receive a new standing before God, from that of being God’s enemy (Romans 5:1, 10) to that of being God’s child (I John 3:1-3; Hebrews 11:5-11), and we receive everlasting life (John 3:16).  Of these the Prophet Daniel said:

“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3)




The Increase In Famines, Diseases, Earthquakes, Wars, Religious Deception, And Wickedness

“And as [Jesus] sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be?  And what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that on man deceive you.  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 their shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows…But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.  But as the days of [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day [Noah] entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the son of man be.  Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left.  Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:3-8, 36-42)

After the Lord Jesus had told His disciples of the impendending desolation of Jerusalem and of the destruction of the Temple, they came to him again on the Mount of Olives asking Him “when shall these things be?  And what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?  Today many of us have same questions that the early disciples had.

The key to the Passage: The key to the Lord’s answer to His disciples question is found in verse 8.  Jesus named 4 common terrors of his day and ours: 1) wars, 2) famines, 3) pestilences, 4) earthquakes, and He added a 5th terror, that of antichrists.  All these have been around throughout history, especially the first 4. Why would the Lord give these things as sings of “[His] coming, and of the end of the world?” We have always had these things.  The answer is found in verse 8: “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” In I Thessalonians 5:3 the same Greek word, which is translated, “sorrows,” in Matthew 24:3, is translated: “travail,” and is connected to the words, “upon a woman with child.”  In the Greek language, which the New Testament was originally written, this phrase means:  “All these are the beginnings of birth pains.”  Just before tie for a woman to deliver her child she begins to have birth pains which become more and more frequent and intense until the ultimate pain at the time of delivery.  This then is the sign: just as the intervals of time between a woman’s travail in pain become more frequent, and the pain intensifies as the time of birth draws near, so also shall “all” 5 of the terrors increase and intensify as the second coming of Christ and the end of this age draw near.  If only 3 of 4 of the terrors were becoming more severe and intense, it would not be a fulfillment of the Lord’s prophecy here, because it says: “All [5 of] these things are the beginning of sorrows.” A re all 5 of “these things” increasing in our day?

THE FIRST BIRTH PAIN SIGN: ANITCHRISTS:

While setting upon Mount Olivet the Lord Jesus Christ said, “many shall come in My Name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many…And many false prophets shall arise, and deceive many.” (Matthew 24:5,11)  There have been more people claiming to be Christ in this century than ever before.  “Since the year 1900, over 1,100 false christs have appeared on the scene.  [False christs like Father Divine, Prophet Jones,  Maharaj Ji, Sun Myung Moon, and] scores of lesser known, self proclaimed messiahs.”1  And the lie of the New Age Movement is the same old lie that Satan told Eve way back in the Garden of Eden, namely, “Ye Shall not surely die…[Y]e shall be as gods..” (Genesis 3:4-5).  The main teaching of the new Age Movement is that the Christ spirit is within all of us, all we have to do is access it.  In other words, we are all christs.  The Apostle John Warned us about this lie:

“Beloved, “believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God: because many False prophets are gone out into the world.  Hereby Know ye the Spirint of God:  Every Spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of god:  and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (I John 4:1-3)

Here we see that “the spirit of antichrist” denies that the one and only Saviour Messiah (the meaning of Jesus Christ’s Name) is come in the flesh.  Instead the antichrists teach that there are other christs also or that all of us are Christ. The Word of God emphatically declares that Jesus is “THE CHRIST,” not just a Christ.  It says that He has “a Name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:9; cf. Ephesians 1:21).  The Word says: 

“Neither is there salvation in any other.  For there in none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

God says, “there is none other name under heaven…whereby we must be saved,”  but the New Agers and other antichrist cults tell us that we can be saved by self effort or by someone other than the Lord Jesus Christ.  Ultimately the final Antichrist will come on the scene, and during the Great Tribulation the Beast will proclaim himself to be God.  The Bible puts it like this:

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except…that man of sin be revealed, the son of predition; who opposeth and exalteht himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the Temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”  (II Thessalonians 2:3-4)

The Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles have told us before hand that false christs, false religion, and unbelief would increase, and prosper in the days just prior to His second coming (I Timothy 4:1; II Timothy 3:1-5; II Peter 3:3-7; II Corinthians 4:3-4; Matthew 24:4-5, 11, 23-25).  They are increasing at a great rate in our time!

THE SECOND BIRTH PAIN SIGN: WARS:

The Lord Jesus Christ further taught His disciples saying, “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…” (Matthew 24:6-7).  Have the frequency and intensity of wars increased in recent years?  They surely have!  “It has been calculated by a former president of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, aided by historians from England, Egypt, Germany, and India, that since 3600 B.C., over 14,531 wars have been waged in which 3,640,000,000 people have been killed…[However, since] World War II there have been at least 12 limited wars in the world…74 rebellions for independence, and 162 social revolutions.”2  It has been estimated that during the 7 years of World War II (1930 to 1945)  that 54,800,000 people, both military and civilian, died as a result of war world wide.  From these figures it is easy to see that wars and revolts have greatly increased.  For example, by using some simple math, we can see that over the past 5,596 years since 3600 B.C. an average of about 650,465 people die as a result of war per year.  Whereas, during World War II alone an average of 7,828,571 people died per year.  That is an increase of 7,178,106 deaths per year from war!  As far as numbers of wars over the past 5,596 years the average per year is: 2:59 per year, and the average for the past 50 years is 4.96 per year.  There have been great increases in the frequency and intensity of war, but “see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”

Recently there have been wars in the Russian stage of Georgia, Iraq, Bosnia, Lebanon.  The Karean Tribe in Burma, and the Kurd Tribe in Iraq and Iran are at war for their own independent states.  In 1989 there were great riots in Peking.  There have long been religious wars in Sri Lanka, Ireland, India, and the in Middle East.  North Korea, China, and the Islamic Arabs are a constant threat to peace.

Today there are at least 35 nations with nuclear weapons.  The United States and Russia alone having a total of 12,000 strategic nuclear warheads and about 48,000 smaller tactical nuclear weapons.  The combined total of both superpowers nuclear power equaling a total of about 1,350,000 Hiroshima size bombs!  Many people are worried that nuculear warheads can reach any part of the Globe within 30 minutes, and that the superpowers have stock-piled enough nuclear explosives to equal 300 pounds of TNT for every man, woman, and child on Earth.  This world will be destroyed by fire “in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the Earth also and the works therein shall be bumed up.”  (II Peter 3:10; cf. 3:11-14)  However, this fire will not be the weak fire of man-made weapons; it will be the fire of God’s judgement.

One day, however, true peace will come.  But only when Christ comes back and brings it.  Then and only then will there be true peace.  Mankind has consistently proven himself incapable of bringing peace to this world.  But when “the Prince of peace” comes back again “there shall be no end [to His peace]” (Isaiah 9:6-7), “and they shall beat their swords into plow-shares and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Micah 4:3)

THE THIRD BIRTH PAIN SIGN: FAMINE:

The Lord added another birth pain sign when He told His disciples that “there shall be famines” (Matthew 24:7).  “Presently, 2,000,000,000 of the worldsinhabitants go to bed hungry each night.  Thousands are dying painful deaths, while scores of others are too numb with hunger to realize what is happening…[A] billion [people] are mainourished.”3 About 350 years ago there were only about 500,000,000 people on the Earth; today that many are starving to death.  “The world] reached 1,000,000,000 people around 1850…It took only 80 years for that to doubl[e]…”4  In 1985 the population was 4,000,000,000 and now there are around 5,000,000,000 people alive on the Earth!  Along with the population explosion comes the increase in famine!

There are at least five reasons for famine: 1) the population explosion, 2) a natural after effect of war is famine, 3) big business and government takinging the farm land out of the hands of the farmer, and regulation farm production, 4) insects that destrory about six billion dollars in crops each year, 5) God’s curse on the Earth restricting growth (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 8:20-22).  God will lift this curse, and take care of all the other causes of famine after He judges the world for its sins.

During the Tribulation it will take a days wages just to buy a few pints of grain.  “A Greek measure for dry things [is]…considered to be equal to a pint.”5  The Roman denarius or penny of the Bible “was a silver coin…[and it was] considered liberal pay for a days work of 12 hours.”6 What the Apostle John writes in book of Revelatin seems to indicate that famine and malnatritian will be rampant during the Tribulation.  He says:

“I heard a voice…say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.” (Revelation 6:6)

THE FOURTH BIRTH PAIN SIGN: PESTILENECE:

Christ gave us a forth birth pain sign when He said, ”there shall be…pestilences...in divers places” (Matthew 24:7).  “Until the twentieth century epidemics did not exact their tolls upon the entire planet at one time.  The black plague may have devastated Europe in the Middle Ages, but not China, South America, and Africa.  Only in this century did a disease affect every nation on the globe at the same time.  Immediately after World War I, in the winter of 1918 -19, a flu epidemic spread worldwide, killing 20,000,000 people…[This] was the first time in history such a plague covered the entire world.  That may have marked the first of an ever-increasing series of diseases…[foretold] by Jesus.”7

Diseases that were thaught to be defeated are coming back.  Cholera, tuberculosis, diphtheria, bubonic (black) plague, schistosomiasis, malaria, and other diseases which had been pushed back and some even thought to have been eradicated are on the rebound.

Some of the top killers are heart disease, cancer, stroke, and cirrhosis of the liver.  However, there is a new killer now: the AIDS virus.  This disease now eclipses all all others.  In only about 22 years AIDS became the #1 killer disease.  It was first introduced into humans around 19708 and then it became the #1 killer in 1992.9   It the most dangerous disease ever, to this point in history.  There is no cure, it is 100% lethal.  AIDS is not an epidemic, but a pandemic.  Here are some liberal estimates from the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), but in reality the cases are much higher than these: world wide there are 14,000,000 infected and awaiting death (9 million in Africa, 2 million in Asia, 1.5 million in South America, 1 million in North America, and 5 million elsewhere in the World).10  These figures do not include the millions who have already died with AIDS.  “W.H.O. estimate[s]…[a]rise to 30 million  40 million by the year 2000.”11  Victims are mostly homosexuals, drug abusers, or those who engage in sex outside of the marriage bond.  This plague is the righteous judgement of a holy God on sinners.  The number “innocent” victims is small, but sin always affects the innocent also.  If those people with AIDS and others would only listen to God:

“Why should ye be stricken any more?  Ye will revolt more and more:  the whole head is sick, and the wholde heart faint.  From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment…Come now, and let us reason  together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be ass white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:5, 6, 18)

Then the Prophet Isaiah adds these words concerning himself, all who will receive the Lord, and about Christ:

“He we wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

When the Lord Jesus Christ returns He will heal all His children, and punish all His enemies with eternal Hell.

The book of Revelation says that during the not too distant Tribulation one quarter of the Earth’s population will die from the three plagues of 1) wars, 2) famines, and 3) pestilences of deadly diseases includanimals those carried by animals.  The Apostle John writes:

“I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.  And power was given unto them over the forth part of the Earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the Earth.” (Revelation 6:8)

THE FIFTH BIRTH PAIN SIGN: EARTHQUAKES:

The last birth pain sign in the inspired recorded of Matthew says, “there shall be…earthquakes, in divers places” (Matthew 24:7).  Earthquakes are definitely on the increase.  Between the years 526 A.D. and 1896 there were only 31 known major earthquakes worldwide.  Approximately 2,693,000 people died in that 1,370 year period from those 31 earthquakes.  During this century, however, there have been 56 major quakes in which well over 2,000,000 people have died.  One might say that the detection and reporting of earthquakes has improved in this century over those centuries of the past.  Granted, this may be true, so let us look at the quakes from the beginning of 1890 to the end of 1999 that measured over 6 on the Richter scale to see if they have increased.  From 1890 to 1900 there was 1 quake.  From 1900 to 1910 there were 3. From 1910 to 1920 there were 2. From 1920 to 1930 there were 2. From 1930 to 1940 there were 5. From 1940 to 1950 there were 51.  From 1950 to 1960 there were 475.  From 1960 to 1970 there were 1,056.  From 1970 to 1980 there were 1,184. From 1980 to 1990 there were 1,085. From 1990 to 1999 there were 1,525 earthquakes over 6 on the Richter scale.  There is clear acceleration in seismic activity.12

The five birth pain sings are increasing in our day proving that the Lord Jesus will soon return.  If only one of the five was increasing it would not be a true sign, or if even four of the five were increasing it could not be considered a fulfillment of the sing, but today we can see all five increasing: 1) With the false prophets of the New Age Movement teaching that we are all Christ there are more little false christs than ever before running around out there.  2) With the technological advances in weaponry and because of the manipulation of the One Worlders (New World Order) wars have definitely increased in recent years.  3) We see that famines have increased because of several reasons that we have already discussed, especially the population explosion. 4) The AIDS pandemic alone is proof of the increase in recent years.  3) We see that famines have increased because of several reasons that we have already discussed, especially the population explosion.  4) The AIDS pandemic alone id proof of the increase in pestilences, let alone the other killers like cancer, heart disease, and a number of other epidemics.  5) Likewise, the number of earthquakes are increasing as seen from detailed records kept during the past decades.  But there is more proof: To these 5 Mark adds number 6) “troubles” (mark 13:8) which means “agitation.” There has never been as much trouble in the world as today with riots, terrorism, economic problems, and the like.  And Luke add two more signs: 7) “fearful sights,” and 8) “great signs…from heaven” (Luke 21:11).  These also have clearly increased.  The fearful sights on the TV news and in movies, in nature, and in every city have greatly increased.  As for the great signs from heaven, We have the great technological advances that have put men on the moon and sent satellites past Jupiter and Saturn, and then there is the U.F.O. phenomenon.  “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:8, cf. 24:33) Luke writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit had this to say about the subject:

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption dreaweth nigh. (Luke 21:28)

AS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH:

The Lord Jesus Christ’s Olivet Discourse gives us much prophecy.  In it he gives: 1) the birth pain signs (Matthew 24:3-8; Mark 13:3-8; Luke 21:7-11), 2) the prophecies of the persecution of Christians, the lack of love and the increase of iniquity, and the spread of the gospel to all the world (Matthew 24:9-14; Mark 13:9-13; Luke 21:12-19), 3) the prophecy of he abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet and the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:15-31; Mark 13:14-27), 4) the parable of the fig tree (Matthew 24:32-35; Mark 13:28-31; Luke 21:29-33), 5) the prophecy of the sign of Noah (Matthew 24:36-39).

What did the Lord mean when he said: “But as in the days of Noe were, so shall the days of the Son of man be”? What were the days of Noah like?  To find the answer we must look in two places: 1) the immediate context of the passage in Matthew, and 2) Genesis chapter six:

“And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the Earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of all they chose…There were giants in the Earth in those days…when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and bare children to them, the same were the mighty men which were of old, men of renown, And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…And God looked upon the Earth, and, behold it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted His way upon the Earth.  And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the Earth is filled with violence through them; and behold I will destroy them with the Earth.” (Genesis 6:1-2, 4-5, 12-13)

This is what it was like in the days of Noah.  There was great wickedness, evil imaginations, corruption, and a lot of violence.  That is the way it is today, isn’t it? Millions of babies have been murdered by abortion.  The thoughts of man’s heart are on sex, drugs, money, false religious experiences, self gratification, and the like.  The crime rate is out of sight.  The jails have to let offenders back out on the streets, because they don’t have room for them.  We even have a corrupt, wicked, and violent President who is pro-abortion, involved with drug trafficking, and even murder.  These days are much like the days of Noah!  The Apostle Paul wanted us to know about the wickedness of the last days so he tells us this:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For man shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parants, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (II Timothy 3:1-5)

The U.F.O. phenomenon, believe it or not, is another thing that we have today in common with the days of Noah.  Today many people tell very similar stories of how they were abducted by supposed aliens from outer space. Their descriptions of the “aliens” are all similar, and they all tell a similar story of having experiments conducted on them by these aliens.  Who are these aliens.  One man told them, You have no right.” The “alien” simply replied, “We do have the right.” Who are these “alians,” and what do they want?  They are really fallen angels or demons, and they come to deceive and destroy.

You see, in the Bible a son of God is a direct creation of God.  I’m not talking about the Son of God, mind you, but a son of God.  Christ, the Son of God, is eternal and has no beginning or ending (Revelation 1:8; I Timothy 6:16; Colossians 1:17; John 1:1-2; Hebrews 7:3;), but angels are direct creations of God (Psalm 148:2-5).  When a person receives Christ as his Lord and Saviour he becomes a son of God, because he is “born again” (John 1:12-13, 3:6-8) and his spirit is recreated or “regenerated” (Titus 3:5).  When we are saved we become “a new creation” (II Corinthians 5:17). Likewise, Adam was created directly by the hand of God and is called a son of God (Luke 3:38; Genesis 2:7).  Similarly, God also created all the angels and so they are sons of God.  The book of Job calls the “the sons of God” (Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7) and they are called “sons of the Mighty” in Psalm 89:6.  The “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2 and 4 are wicked fallen angels.  The Lord’s half brother, and the Apostle Peter made this clear when they wrote:

“[T]he angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, [God] hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgement of the great day.  Even as Sodom and Gomorrah…going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example…” (Jude 6-7)

“…God spared not the angels that sinned, but casted them down to Hell, and delivered them into chaines of darkness, to be reserved unto judgement; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness,  bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.” (II Peter 2:4-5)

From Peter and Jude’s description we can understand that these wicked angels “sinned” and kept not their first estate,” which means they rebelled against God.  Angels are asexual and do not naturally procreate themselves(Mark 12:25).  But some of the evil angels sinned “even as the Sodom” by their unnatural sexual acts.  Christian scholars believe that these fallen angels wanted to so corrupt the human blood line as to prevent the birth of Christ.  This is the reason that Jesus, after He died on the cross, “went and preached to the spirits in prison” (I Peter 3:19).  He may have told them their plan did not work.  This kind of sin required strong and quick judgement.

Today it seems that the occupants of these U.F.O.’s may be up to the same lod tricks.  At any rate, there are many U.F.O. cults in contact with these demons.  Their message is occultic, and the same as Hinduism, the New Age Movement. Paul wrote:

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in latter times some shall depart from the Faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (I Timothy 4:1)

Normal ungodly, selfish everyday living is indicated in the context of the Lord’s statement (Matthew 24:38-39) as a typical attitude in the days just before His return.  In the days of Noah the people were living their every day sinful lives as usual.   “[T]hey were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage” as normal without any consideration for God what so ever.  Their minds are on that new car, or sex, or the next drink, or a million other sins.  Many just will not believe that judgement is coming! They are fulfilling Peter’s prophecy by being the scoffers of the last days.  He wrote:

“[T]here shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after 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 the creation.  For this they are willingly ignorant of, that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the Earth standing out of water: whereby the world that then was perished: but the heavens and the Earth, which are now, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgement and predition of ungodly men.” (II Peter 3:3-7)




The Increase In Technological
And Scientific Knowledge

About 2,530 years ago a prophet of God by the name of Daniel wrote the book of the Bible bearing his name.  Near the end of the book of Daniel God said:

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the Book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)

This verse of holy Screpture indicates that at “the time of the end” travel and knowledge shall be increased.  Never before in recorded history has there been such a boon in technology, and science.  Sir issac Newton, after reading this verse about 316 years ago said: “…[T]hese words refer to the end of the times.  Men will travel from country to country in an unprecedented manner.  There may be some investions which will enable people to travel much more quickly than the do now.”  He went on to speculate that people might travel at speeds exceeding 50 mph.  Around 80 years afterwards Voltaire, the French atheist, said:  “See what a fool Christianity has made of an otherwise brilliant man!  Here a scientist like Newton actually writes that men may travel at the rate of 30 or 40 mph.  Has he forgotten that if man would travel at this rate he would suffocate?  His heart would stand still!”  Really!?

Just within the past 100 years, and especially withing the past 50 years, technology has taken off like a rocket.  We reached the half way point of all human knowledge only about 90 or so years ago.  That means half of all the accumulated knowledge in the world today has been discovered within the life time of our pareant or grandparants.  About 90% of all the scientists who have ever lived are alive now.  There are more colleges and universities than ever before in  history, and they issue more degrees that ever before.  The advances of recent years stage the mind.  Knowledge is increasing!

IGNORANCE OF THE PAST

One thousand years ago it was believed that the Earth was flat; but today we know that it is round, and a verse of the Bible written about 2,700 years ago has said so all along (Isaiah 41:22).  It was this verse of Scripture that helped Cristopher Columbus understand that the Earth was round, and led to his discovery of America.  Some 500 years ago people thought that the Earth was the center of the Universe.  They believed that the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars revolved around the Erath.  We now know that this is not true.  Around 200 years ago it was commonly believed that bleeding a sick person would assist in their recovery.  President George Washington died because he was bled too much.  Today we know that blood is vital to our good health.  It distributes food, water, and oxygen to all parts of the body, and transports waster and poisons out of our body.  The Bible was right some 3,400 years ago when it recorded that “the life of the flesh is in the blood..” (Leviticus 17:11, 14).  About  100 years ago it was believed that men would never fly, but Willbur and Orville Wright proved this idea wrong.  Only about 50 years ago Sir Harold Spencer Jones, the Director of the Greenwich Observatory, thought that man would never set foot on the Moon.  “IN 1861, the French Academy of Science published a brochure of 51 ‘scientific facts’ which supposedly contradicted the Bible.  These were used by atheists of that day in ridiculing Christians.  Today all 51 of those ‘facts’ are unacceptable by modern scientists.”1 

EARLY TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES

Knowledge really began to increase only about 180 years ago with the development of the steam engine, and with advances in electromagnetism (which is the foundation stone of the telegraph, telephone, radio, television, and of the electric motor, generator and turbine).

Electricity:

There was very little was known about electricity before the 1800’s.  The Leyden Jar was first used in 1746.  It was a simple device that stored an electric charge.  It was an early type of capacitor.  The voltaic Pile provided the first source of steady electric current.  It was the first battery, invested in the late 1790’s.2 With advances in the 1820’s and 30’s in Electromagnetics, the branch of physics that studies the relationship between electricity and magnetism, communications and power production technology began to boom.  In 1820, it was discovered that electric current has a magnetic effect.  Later that same year, it was discovered that the two parallel currents effect each other.  Such currents attract each other if they move in the same direction, and repel each other if their directions are opposite.  This discovery led to the invention of the electromagnet, which is used I the telegraph.  The English scientist Michael Faraday, and the American physicist Joseph Henry discovered electromagnetic induction independently about 1831.  Electromagnetic induction is the basis of the electric generator, and an electric motor reverses the process.  In 1864, James C. Maxwell, an English physicist used earlier experiments to predict that electric and magnetic fields act together to preduce rediant energy in the form of electromagnetic waves.  In 1887, the German physicist Heinrich R. Hertz verified Maxwell’s prediction. Hertz’s discovery led to the development of the radio, and television.3  Electric Power and Light was made accessable in 1879 by Thomas A. Edison, who perfected the incandescent light bulb, and by the Calaforina Electric Light Company becoming the worlds first central power plant that sold electricity to private customers in the same year.  In 1882,  Edison opened a steam electric power plant in New York City.  In 1895, huge hydroelectric generators at Niagara Falls began providing industries in the area with electric power.4  In 1895, Charles G. Curtis, an American inventor pantented a multistage steam turbine.  This turbine started a revolution in power production, because it was extremely efficient.5

Communications Technology

The telegraph revolutionized communication.  The increase in knowledge of electricity made it possible.  Before 1836 the fastest means of communication was by horseback or by signal lights.  Three men invented successful telegraphs.  These were the physicists William cooke and Charles Wheatstone working together in England, and the American inventor Samual Morse.  Cooke and Wheatstone patented their telegraph in 1837, and it was used in Britain until 1870.  Morse completed his first telegraph device in 1836.  Then he learned about an improved electromagnet developed by American physicist Joseph Henry.  With it Morse sent signals over 1700 feet (518 meters) on September 2, 1837.  In 1843 Congress approved $30,000.00 to build a test line between Washington D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland.  On May 24, 1844, Morse sent the Biblical phrase, “What hath God wrought!”  (Numbers 23:23), from the Capitol Building which was received by his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore.  By 1846, New York was linked with Washington D.C.  A few years later, lines connected many other cities.  By 1851, over 50 telegraph companies were operating.  Then 12 of them merged in 1856 to form the Westem Union Telegraph company.  On October 24, 1861 the Chief Justice of California, Steven Fields, sent the first transcontintial message to President Abraham Lincoln.  The Western Union’s transcontinental telegraph ended the business of the Pony Express.  The next big development came in 18667 when the first underwater cable was laid linking America and Europe.  The development of the telegraph revolutionized long distance communications.6

The Telephone was invented by Alexender Graham Bell, a Scotsman, who came to America in 1871.  Bell was experimenting with a harmonic telegraph, a divice for sending  several telalgraph messages at once over a wire.  On June 2, 1975, one of the metal reeds of the harmonic telegraph stuck.  Bell’s assistant, Thomas Watson, snapped the reed to loosen it.  Bell, who was in another room, heard the sound of the snap in his receiver.  He realized that the vibrations of the reed had caused vibrations of electric current.  In turn, the current caused vibrations in the receiver he was using.  Nine months later. On March 10, 1876, Bell finally succeded in speaking words over a telephone which Watson heard.  In August 1876, Bell received the first one way long distance call from over 8 miles (13 kilometers) away.  In October 1876, Bell and Watson held the first two way long distance conversation.  They spoke between Boston and Cambridge, a distance of 2 miles (3 kilometers).  The first commercial telephone line was installed between a bank in Boston and the bankers home in somerville, a distance o 3 miles (5 kilometers).  Bell, Watson, and two others formed the Bell Telephone Company in 1877.  In 1878 the company had only 21 costomers in new Haven, but soon many other exchanges were opened throughout the United States, and Canada.  The first long distance telephone line stretched 45 miles (72 kilometers) connecting the cites of boston and Providence.  In 1884, a 292 mile (470 kilometer) line connected Boston and New York.  Trascontinental telephone service began between New York and San Fransisco in 1915, and transatlantic radio-telephone service between London and New York began in 1927.  Underseas telephone cables linked the United States with Europe in 1956, and with Japan in 1964.7

The Radio was invented when an ltalian inventor, Guglielmo Marconi, combined the earlier ideas with his own.  He sent the first coded radio signals 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) through the air in 1895, and in 1901 he sent coded signals across the Atlantic Ocean from England to Newfoundland.  During the early 1900’s electrical engineers developed various kinds of vaccume tubes that could be used to detect and amplify Radio signals. Such tubes led to the development of radio equipment for sending and receiving speech and other sounds through the air. Speech was first broadcasted over the air around 1906. By 1909 ships at sea were using radios; by the 1920’s commericail radio stations were beginning to operate; and by the 1930’s airplane pilots, and police and military personal were using radios for quick communications.8

Radios and other machines are neutral and neither good nor evil.  It all depends on how they are used, but most everything that is invented is eventually used for evil.  This is true of radio and TV especially.  The Word of God declares that for now Satan is “the prince of the power of the air, [and he is] the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2).

Television was developed in the 1920’s, and the first practical television system was demonstrated in 1929.  About 10 years later NBC made the first regular broadcasts in the United States.  In 1946 a television boom began that resulted in making TV part of most American homes by 1960.9

Transportation Technology:

The Steam Engine was developed in the 1600’s.  In 1698, Thomas Savery, an Englishman, patented the first practical steam engine.  It was a pump used to drain water from mines.  His pump had no moving parts other than a valves operated by hand to let steam enter a sealed vessel.  When cold water was poured on the vessel it chilled steam and condensed it.  Then the valve was opened so the vacuum in the vessel could suck the water up a pipe.  In 1712, Thomas Newcomen, an English blacksmith invented another pump for mines which had a seesaw type beam attached to piston which was fitted into a cylinder.  When the steam was let into the cylinder it forced the piston up, and when cold water was sprayed into the cylinder it caused a vacuum which sucked the piston down again.  When James Watt began experimenting in 1763, the Newcomen engine was the best know, but it used enormous amounts of fuel.  Watt invented a new engine which three fourths of the fuel cost.  He patented his first engine in 1769, and contihued to make improvements on his engines.  Richard Trevithich of England inveted the steam locomotive in 1804.  In 1825, Colonel John Stevens built the first steam locomotive in the United States.  In 1829, George Stephenson, another Englishman developed the first really successful locomotive.  Also in 1829, a Pennsylvania canal company tested the first full-sized locomotive to be operated in the United States.  This locomotive, the Stourbridge Lion, was built in England.  The first steam locomotive to be placed into regular passenger, and freight service in the United States made its first run on Christmas Day in 1830 for the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company.  After that railway transportanton developed rapidly.10 

Electric Trains and Cars:  Electric trains were invented in the 1830’s.  Electric cars appeared n Europe in the 1830’s, and soon became popular in the America.  Americans then drove more “electrics” than gasoline cars, but their production ended in the late 1920’s.  However, electric rail cars of various types are still in use today.11

The Automobile: The first road vehicle was called Cognot’s Steamer.  It was a 3 wheeled steampowered vehicle built in 1769 by a French army captain, Nicolas Joseph Cugnot, to haul a cannon.  It could travel about 3 miles (5 kilometers) per hour, but had to stop every 10 or 15 minutes to build up steam.  Steam-powered vehicles were developed in England.  In 1801, Richard Trevithick built a 4 wheeled steam wagon.  In the 1830’s, Sir Goldsworthy Gurney built a 6 wheeled steam carriage that reached 15 miles (kilometers) an hour when being tested.  By the mid-1830’s, English steam carrages were providing regular passenger service. Some of these carriages carried as many as 22 persons.  One of America’s pioneer electric cars was built by William Morrison about 1890.  Because few electric cars could travel over 20 miles (32 kilometers) per hour, and because their batteries had to be recharged around every 50 miles (80 kilometers) or so the electric car lost its popularity after the gasoline-powered car was developed.  In  1860, Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir, a French inventor, built a one-cylinder internal-combustion engine.  It used the same kind of gas as was burned in street lights in those days.  In about 1863 Lenoir installed his engine in a clumsy vehicle that traveled 6 miles (10 kilometers) in about two hours.  The type engine most used in automobiles today was first built in Germany in 1885.  That year, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz, experimenting separately, developed successful gasoline engines.  Daimler powered a two-wheeled motorcycle with his engine.  Benz installed his engine in a three-wheeled carriage.  The general design of present-day automobiles was developed in France in the 1890’s.12

The Airplane:  The first manned glider flights were made in the early 1890’s by Otto Lilienthal of Germany, but his gliders were hard to control.  In 1890, Clement Ader, a French engineer, took off in a steam-powered plane, but he could not control it or keep it in the air.  About the same time a British citizen and inventor by the name of Hiram Maxim built a huge steam-powered flying machine with two wings, two engines, and two propellers.  Maxim tested it in 1894.  It lifted off the ground briefly, but did not actually fly.  The Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville, Americans, also became interested in flying in the 1890’s.  They built their first glider in 1899, and by 1902 they had glider a that they could control in the air.  In 1903, the Wright brothers built their first airplane, named the Flyer.  It was a biplane with a 12 horsepower gasoline engine.  On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright became the first person to successfully fly an engine-driven heavier-than-air machine.  The plane flew 120 feet (37 meters) at about 30 mph (48 kph), and the flight lasted about 12 seconds.  They made three more flights that day.  Wilbur made the longest one of 852 feet (260 meters) in 59 seconds.  By the beginning of World War One, the years later, airplanes could fly 70 mph (110 kph), and by the end of that war in 1918 many could go 130 mph (209 kph).  In 1919, John Alcock and Whitten Brown of Great Britain set a nonstop distance record without refueling of 1,950 miles (3,138 kilometers).  By 1933, Wiley Post had flown solo around the world.  It took only 30 years to advance from a 30 mph flight to flights of over 300mph.13

Nuclear Theory: 

Democritus’ Atomism: Atomism, the belief that everything is made up of a few simple parts (the word atom means uncuttable), dates at least as far back as the 400’s BC.  The Greek philosopher Leucippus founded the idea, but his student, Democritus, named the atom, and he developed the hypothesis more.  The Greek philosopher Aristotle rejected Atomism, so the theory was not very popular.  The idea did survive, however.  During the 1500’s and 1600’s such founders of modern science as Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, and Galileo believed in the theory of Atomism.  In 1750, Rudjer Boscovich, an eastern Europian scientist, suggested that Democritus might have been wrong in believing that atoms are “uncuttable.” Boscovich believed that atoms contained smaller parts, which in turn contained still smaller parts, and so on down to the fundamental building blocks of matter.  He felt that these building blocks must be geometric points with no size at all.  Now most atomic physicists accept a modern form of this idea.14

The Development of Atomic Theory:  With the advancement of chemistry to an exact science in the late 1700’s atomic theory advanced greatly.  It was discovered that compounds could be formed only by combining elements in certain fixed proportions according to their mass.  In 1803, British chemist John Dalton proposed that each element consists of a particular kind of atom and that the varying properties of the element result from differences in their atoms.  Dalton further suggested that that all atoms of a given element are identical in size, shape, and mass.  In 1897, a British physicist named John Thompson discovered that atoms are “cuttable.”  Thompson determined, after studying rays traveling between charged metal plates in a vacuum tube, that the rays consisted of light weight, negatively charged particles.  He thus discovered electrons.  In 1911, another British physicist, Emest Rutherford, a student of Thompson, after experiments of bombarding thin sheets of gold with alpha particles, declaired that nearly all the mass of an atom is concentrated in a tiny nucleus.  Rutherford also stated that the nucleus is surrounded by electrons traveling at tremendous speeds through the atom’s outer regions.  Most of the alpha particles passed through the sheets, showing that gold atoms must consist of empty apace.  Rutherford’s theory did not explain the arrangement of the electrons in the atom.  However, in 1913, Niels Bohr, a Danish physicist who had worked with Rutherford, did explain that electrons could travel only in a certain set of orbits around the nucleus.  In 1924, the French physicist Louis de Broglie proposed that electrons have some properties of waves.  In 1914, Rutherford determined that protons, which had been discovered in the late 1800’s, must make up part of the nucleus.  In 1932, another British physicist, James Chadwick, discovered that the nucleus also contained uncharged particles, or neutrons.  Also during the 1930’s scientists developed particle accelerators capable of producing energies high enough to study the nucleus.  In 1938, scientists discovered that bombarding the nucleus of a uranium atom with a neutron caused the nucleus to split into two parts and release energy.  They called the process nuclear fussion which led to the discovery of the atomic bome.15

MODERN ADVANCES IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:

Today knowledge abounds on every side.  We have fast cars, instant communications, satellites, lasers, computers, nuclear power, jet aircraft, and a million other technological marvels.  In electronics we have come from the vacuum tubes of the early 1900’s to the transistors of the late 1940’s to silicon and biochips of today.  “It is estimated that 75% of the machines in use today were developed after World War II.”16  The advances in medical science and technology are amazing.  Heart, and brain surgery are now every day.  They have x-ray machines to look at our bones and other iternal organs, CAT scan machines to examine our brains, EKG machines to check our heart rates, electron microscopes to look at the smallest parts of our cells down to our DNA.  Genetic engeneering has made cloning possible.  We have put men on the moon.  Scientish have created super men who can “traveled faster than a speeding bullet.”  Seriously, men have traveled 12 times faster than a twenty-two-caliber rifle bullet in space craft, and have strolled outside their space craft at 17,500 m.p.h.  There are cameras that take photos of dime from miles up.  There are nuclear weapons that can destroy whole cities.  The Russians have particle beam weapons, and weapons that can create earthquakes.  Man has split the atom and sent satellites out of our solar system.

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Technological advances required for the fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy in the last days:

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Satellite TV:  The Apostle John writing under the inspiration of God in about 90 A.D. indicated that we would have the capability of worldwide telecasts in the last days.  The bible indicates that two prophets will be killed in Jerusalem during the Great Tribulation.  The Bible continues:

“And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves…And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into lthem, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.” (Revelation 11:9, 11)

Modern Military Vehicles: The Old Testament prophet Nahum speaks of war “chariots” in an unusual way.  He sys that they will 1) have “flaming torches,” or weapons that seem to spit fire, 2) they will shake “the fir trees,” 3) they will run fast, “like the lightnings.” Nahum says it like this:

[T]he chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of His proparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.  The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broad ways:  they shall seem like torches, they shall run like lightnings.” (Nahum 2:3-4)

Aircraft:  We have already seen how General Alenby freed Jerusalem rom the Turks in 1917 without firing a shot with airplanes in fulfillment of Isaiah 31:5.  It also appears that in the future, aircraft will be used to rescue Jewish believers and fly them to a safe haven for the last half of the Tribulation (Revelation 12:14).

Star Wars Type Weaponry:  The Bible seems to indicate that the right hand man of the Antichrist will fire either a lasar or partical  beam weapon mounted on a satellite platform in space to demonstrate his power.  The Bible says:

“[H]e maketh fire come down from heaven on the Earth n the sight of men.” (Revelation 13:13)

Nuclear Weapons:  God sometimes seems to personally send nuclear destruction in His judgements upon sin (Genesis 19:24-25, 28; Zechariah 14:12; II Peter 3:10, 12), but it appears that He also uses man made nuclear weapons in His judgements (Ezekiel 29:8-12, 38:22, 39:6; Isaiah 17:1).

Computers:  We will see in the next chapter the importance of computers in end time prophecy.




The New World Order

“And they worshipped the Dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the Beast, saying, Who is like unto the Beast; who is able to make war with him?  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.  And he o pened his mouth in blasphemy against Gid, to blaspheme His Name, and his Tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven.  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them:  and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongue, and nations.  And all that dwell upon the Earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world…And he deceived them that dwell on the Earth…saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an image to the Beast…And he had power to give life unto the image of the Beast, that the image of the Beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the Beast should be killed.  And he causeth all, both smalland great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their forehead:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the Beast, or the number of his name.  Here is wisdom.  Let him that hath understanding count the number of the Beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666.” (Revelation 13:4-8, 14-18)

The world is on line technologaclly.  The world is also coming on line politically.  Communist or socialistic nations seem to be becoming more democratic, and free nations seem to be becoming more socialistic.  They should reach a happy medium soon. The world seems to be reaching a happy medium religiously also.  Many people in the Western nations are accepting Eastern Religions.  America can no longer be considered as a Christian nation.  The world sings songs about unity, and is seeking a leader for this New Age.  The world is looking for peace and safety.  Many people are worried that nuclear warheads can reach any part of the world within just a few minutes, and that the superpowers have stock-piled enough nuclear explosives to destroy every person on Earth.  The people that dwell on Earth are looking for a man who can solve the World’s economic, political, and religious problems.  They will soon discover a man who will seem to be able to lead the World out of the mess it is in.

The Bible calls this supposed wonder worker “the Beast.” He may be alive already.  One thing is for sure, the Beast’s Global governmental, economic and religious systems are in their final stages of preparation, and are about ready for him to take control.  Let us here briefly examine the history, the modern development and the future of these Global control systems.

THE COMING ONE WORLD GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEM

History Of The Concept

The dream of a unified government is not a new one.  Lucifer is the originator of the concept.  It began with his rebellion against God Almighty, but he will be defeated in the end (Isaiah 14:12-21).  God is letting him run his wicked course to let him demonstrate his evil character.  Now Lucifer is known by the name Satan (meaning: archenemy).  Satan has raised up many “antichrists” or “mighty hunter[s] before the LORD” in attempts to create a One World Government under his control.  We have many historical records concern both the ancient and more recent history of Satan’s planned One World Government.

Many Antichrists: Nimrod was the first recorded would be World Ruler or Antichrist, and after him there have come many others:

1.  The Mighty Nimrod:  it is recorded that approximately 4,300 years ago that Nimrod, the great grandson of Noah, first tried to unite the world under his leadership.  Nimrod was the original Antichrist.  He bribed, deceived, and forced the people into forming a One World Government under his leadership.  His gathering of the people was in direct violation of God command to Adam and Noah to replenish the Earth (Genesis 1:27-28, 9:1; Acts 17:26).  Nimrod was against God, and sought a dictatorial rulership over men.  The Bible says:

“[Nimrod] began to be a mighty one in the Earth.  He was a mighy hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.  And the beginning of his kingdom was Bable…And the whole Earth was of one language…And they said.  Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole Earth…So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the Earth: and they left off to build the city.  Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth…” (Genisis 10:8-10, 11:1, 4, 8, 9)

2.  King Nebucadnezar of Babylon (606  561 BC).

3.  Alexander the Great of Greece (336  323 BC).

4.  Antiochus Epiphanes of Syria (175  163 BC).

5.  The caesars of the Roman Empire (27 BC  395 AD).

6.  The Roman Catholic popes of the Dark Ages (426  1530), and since. 

7.  Napoleon Bonaparte of France (1804  1815).

8.  The Communist leaders of the Soviet Union (1914  1989).

9.  Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany (1933  1945).

10.  And many others.

The Illuminati:  “Dr.Adam Weishaupt founded the Illuminati on May 1st, 1776.  He earlier had produced the plan for the French Revolution…Adam Weighaupt converted to Catholicism, then turned to witchcraft.  The Illuminati is a Luciferian movement to preserve and promote the ancient Black Arts of Babylonian and Druid witchcraft.  Its goals are to destroy Christianity and all world governments, and then unite mankind under a one world government whose ruler is Lucifer.”1  “Though the organization, under the leadership of Adam Weishaupt, existed for only a short time,  the parent organization had existed for centuries, and continues until this very day.  Historians have traced its existence to 1200 BC in Italy, France, and Greece…It is a well-known fact that Weishaupt wanted a theistic republic of global dimensions.”2 “It was from the Secret Order of the Illuminati that Communism was developed…[They] are just another pawn for a much larger circle of hidden instigators that want to provoke revolutions, riots, race wars  and anarchy.  The world is to be thrown into riot and revolution by these conspirators, as a way to frighten people into accepting a one world government.  Seventy years before Karl Marx came on the scene, Weishaupt told his disciples that to achieve this One World Government, his conspirators would have to infiltrate every agency of government in all nations.”3

Modern Developments

The deterioration of America through liberalism, immorality, economic manipulation, the teaching of Humanism and evolution, brainwashing through music, TV, movies and radio, and the general abandoning of God and the Bible have set the U.S.A. up for collapse.  Other worldwide developments are also setting the world up for the Anitchrist.  Here let us look at some of these:

Communism:

The Iron Curtain: “For seventy years [until 1989, the free world] lived in fear [of] Communist totalitarianism…[But now] that Communism has collapsed in Eastern Europe…we are seeing the unbelievable formation of a new European community stretching from the Atlantic to the soviet Union’s easternmost shores on the Pacific…As if by supernatural command, Eastern Europe’s seemingly invulnerable Communist dictatorships fell in rapid succession…The collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe, beginning in the fall of 1989, has set in motion a process which promises to unite all nations.”4  The Bamboo Curtain:  “China has suppressed those seeking…reforms [like those in Eastern Europe].  Yet even she must eventually succumb to world opinion or suffer increasingly costly isolation fro an emerging and growing international community which has become remarkably united and outspoken… Chinese authorities had already begun to imprison and even execute Christian leaders long before the student uprising and massacre at Tianamen Square in early 1989…[But, e]ven the Bamboo Curtain around China must yield…to worldwide pressure.  It is only a matter of time.”5

The Islamic Block:

Many Islamic nations have long been aligned with Communist Russia against Israel.  A large percentage of the followers of Islam are very fanatical, and it is well known that most Islamic nations back terrorism directly or indirectly.  The most notorious being Iraqu, Iran, Lybia, and Syria.  Islam confronts the world with the threat of their so called “Holy War,” in the name of Allah, against all the rest of mankind, especially Israel.

The European Economic Community:

“The European ideal for world government was first formed back in 1949, when the Council of Europe was establisned…A few years later, in 1951, the European Coal and Steel Community was organized in order to unify the coal, iron, and steel industries of the various countries of Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and West Germany.  These six nations…[then] establish[ed] the European Economic Community…in 1957…to begin removing barriers to the movement of goods, workers capital, and services among its members.  Also in 1957, the same six nations agreed to establish the European Atomic Energy Community…[They] adopted the name European Common Market in 1967…The six original nations forming the European Common Market were…[joined by three additional nations, Denmark, Ireland, and Great Britain] or January 1, 1973,…[and by] Greece in 1981, along with Spain and Portugal in 1982  1983.”6  And now Austria has joined the European Common Market as the 13th member nation.  The Bible prophesies the revival of the roman Empire.  It is intereting to note the “the treaty which was signed in 1957  organizing the European Common Market was called the Treaty of Rome…[Also very interesting is that the Club of Rome proposed that]…a consortium of nations [a]long side the European union…to establish ten political [and] economic regions throughout the world.  Perhaps this proposal, made in 1973, in a report published by the Club of Rome, will finally bring about the formation of the ten member world government [predicted in the Bible (Daniel 2:37-43, 7:7, 19-26)].”7

The Illuminati:

The Council of Foreign Relations (CFR):  The CFR was organized on July 29, 1921, in New York City.  It is the major sponsor of one world government policy.  It represents the political side of the Illuminati.  “The CFR’s Study No. 7, published November 1959, openly proposes:  ‘…building a New International Order [which] must be responsive to world aspirations for peace [and] for social and economic change…[A]n international order…including states label themselves as Socialists.”’8 

The Trilateral Commission:  This organization is the economic side of the Illuminaiti.  “[It] is an international organization founded by David Rockefeller.  He was also no the governing board of the [CFR].  The Trilateral Commission is believed to be an Illumianti attempt to unite Europe’s Common Market, Japan, Canada, and the United States, into an economic and political confederacy.”9   


The United Nations:

“[The elder President] George Bush declared the U.N. to be a ‘world parliament in a speech before the [U.N.] General Assembly in 1992.  Since then, [America’s] military has effectively turned over to U.N. control…[It was Bush who] popularized the term ‘New World Order’ [and he is a member of the CFR.  The Persian Gulf War was a test of the emerging U.N. Police Force]. ... The [U.N.] released a report on June 1, 1994, Setting an agenda for…conferences designed to establish world government in the near future.  The United Nations Human Development Program (UNDP)... [had] two meetings.   The first was…in Cairo, Egypt, during September, 1994.  The second [in]... Copenhagen, Denmark, during March, 1995.  The topics at the two meetings called for the creation of.

        * A World Court with powers to subpoena nations.

        * A World Police with the militaries of all developing countries to be disarmed.

        * A World Central Bank which would give the International Monetary Fund sole power to enforce austerity on nations.

        * A World Treasury.

        * A World Economic Security Council with a mandate to intervene in those states that do not comply with U.N. protocols for genocide or ‘free trade’ liberalization…

        * A World Trade and Production Organization [to]…dictate quotas and pentalties for nations.

        * A Global Taxation to include…an income tax on nations whose people average an income above $10,000.00 per year.”10

Documentation

The Illuminati’s plan for a totalitarian World Government is not without documentation:

The Protocols of The Meetings Of The Learned Elders of Zion:

“[This] document, first published in 1903…became one of the most infamous documents of the twentieth century.  The Protocols were alleged to be the secret minutes of the World Congress of Jewry held in Switzerland in 1897 ... After being distributed to White Russian troops inn1919, some sixty thousand Jews were massacred, blamed for the 1917 Bolshevic Revolution Hitler also used the forged Protocols to inflame German hatred against the Jews.”11  “It should be obvious to anyone who reads the Protocols ...,  that the book discusses Weishaupt’s six points of subversive revolution plus 18 additional principals…The Protocols are a vicious, and insidious forgery.  Nevertheless, they are still being circulated to support the view that the Jewish people are behind the movement to establish a One World government.”12   The Protocols do reveal the plans for a One World government, but it is not a Jewish plan; It is rather an Illuminati plan.  The Protocols has 24 chapters.  They are:

        * The Basic Doctrine:  Right Lies in Might. 

        * Economic War and Disorganization Lead to International Government.

        * Methods of Conquest [Anarchy, Hunger, Deception, Communism, etc.]

        * The Destruction of Religion by Materialism.

        * Despotism and Modern Progress.

        * The Acquisition of Land and the Encouragement of Speculation.

        * A Prophecy of a World-wide War.

        * The Transitional Government.

        * The All-embracing Propaganda.

        * Abolition of the Constitution; Rise of Autocracy.

        * The Constitution of Autocracy and Universal Rule.

        * The Kingdom of the Press and its Control.

        * Turning Public Thought from Essentials to Non-Essentials.

        * The Distruction of Religion as a Prelude to the Rise [of Lucifer].

        * The Utilization of Masonry; Heartless Suppression of Enemies.

        * The Nullification of Education.

        * The Fate of Lawyers and the Clergy.

        * The Organization of Disorder.

        * Mutual Understanding Between Rulers and People.

        * The Financial Program of Destruction and Construction.

        * Domestic Loans and Government Credit.

        * The Beneficence of [Luciferian] Rule.

        * The Inculcation of Obedience.

        * The [Luciferian] Ruler.13

The Humanist Manifesto II:

“Globalism has been a growing trend since 1973, when many famous and influential people signed the Humanist Manifesto II, which reads: ‘We deplore the division of humankind on nationalistic grounds.  We have reached a turning point on human history where the best option is to transcend the limits of national sovereignty to move toward the builing of a world community…a system of world law and world order based on transnational federal government.”’14

State Department Publication 7277:

“A United States government document published in 1961, entitled Freedom From War  State Department Publication 7277, is apparently a blue print for the transfer of America’s military forces to the control of a world government.  It proposes the gradual surrender of all American forces to a world police force in a three-phase program:  ‘The first stage would significicantly reduce the capabilities of nations to wage war by reducing the armed forces of the nations; the nuclear capabilities would be reduced by treaties; and U.N. peace keeping powers would be strengthened.  The second stage would provide further substantial reductions in armed forces, and the establishment of a permanent international peace force within the [U.N.].  The third stage would have the nations retain only those forces required for maintaining internal order, but the United States would provide manpower for the United Nations Peace Force.’ The Secretary General of The United Nations would become a sort of Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces of the United States  a blatant violation of the Constitution of the United States.”15

The Future World Government

The end time One World Government prophesied in the Bible is quickly taking shape, and is almost ready for full implementation.  The people of lthe world are ready to blindly accept the rule of a universal government that will turn out, not to be the utopian society that they want, but a tyrannical beast that will control every area of peoples lives.  The coming World Government will eventually try its best to control everyones family, personal life, job, and money.  It will have the power of life and death over its citizens.  It will be ruled by a European of royal blood line. The coming World Government will have its capitol in the United Nations Building in New York city.  It will divided the Globe into 10 governmental sectors.  The coming World Government will be religious in nature.  Its false god is Lucifer or Satan.  It will be anti-Christian, and anti-Hebrew.  The coming World Government will be short lived.  The Lord Jesus Christ will destroy it only 7 years after its implemtation.

THE COMING ONE WORLD ECONOMIC SYSTEM

“World government and world economy go hand in hand.  It is impossible to have jone without the other…There is a conspiracy in this world determined to set up a one-world political and economic system through which every citizen on planet Earth will eventually become a slave.  It is a real conspiracy, and [Lucifer] is behind it…”16   The Word of God in the Book of Revelation said:

“And he deceived them that dwell on the Earth…; saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an image to the Beast…And he had power to give life unto the image of the Beast, tat the image of the Beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the Beast should be killed.  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their forehead:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the Beast, or the number of his name.  Here  is wisdom.  Let him that hath understanding count the number of the Beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666.” (Revelation 13:14-18)

A Computerized Economic System

The One World economic system will use computers to control people.  There will be no need for cash in the new economy.  It will use electronic transfers of funds from one account to another.  The technological systems of this computerized economic system are almost ready for implementation.  The lazer scanners that read bar codes are ready.  The transponder chips that can be implanted in your hand are ready.  The lazer scanners that read bar codes are ready.  The transponder chips that can be implanted in you hand are ready.  The satilites and fiber optic cable are ready to hook up to the biggest supercomputer ever.  It will control your money and your life, that is if you are not saved.

The Computer Biochip: 

During the Tribulation the False Prophet will deceive the  lost people of Earth and have them “make an image to the [Antichrist] Beast…And he…[will] give live unto the image of the Beast…” (Revelation 13:15)  The False Prophet will have a Supercomputer built using biochips made of living protein.  It can be done! “[The] microchip will be rendered obsolete by a biochip made out of living protein.  It will be infinitely smaller and have the capacity to carry much more information while displaying an absolutely spectacular array of functions.”17

Universal Product Code (U.P.C.): 

You see these codes on everything you buy.  They are commonly called barcodes!  If you will, please get a can or box of almost any product that you have purchased at any store.  Look for an area on the product with a lot of straight black lines of varying widths.  The area is a little larger than a postage stamp.  Combinations of those lines represent numbers.  The lazer eye of the computer in your supermarket or department store can read those marks.  The lines contain the description, and price of the product in code form.  Now look at the first, middle, and last of those code marks.  Each of those three marks mean 6, and these three 6’s are in the U.P.C. of all products.

Smart Cards and Ulticards: 

“[These cards are prototypes for] the eventual replacement for credit cards and cash…[They] can carry a remarkable amount of data [20,000 pages of information can be impregnated into a smart card].  It [is] a stepping stone to the new cashless society [and eventually the mark of the Beast]…[The Ultracard] in effect will allow the holders to carry their banks in t heir pockets.  It can keep track of two separate accounts: one for charges and one for debts.  And with enhanced memory, you will carry an encrypted version of your signature, fingerprint, and even your picture.  [It] will allow merchants to verify that your account can cover the a particular purchase.  It then interfaces with your bank, records the transaction and deducts it from the balance [in your account]…Smart cards can also serve as keys to restricted areas [and as] passports.  [They can]…hold prepaid electronic credits for phone calls, parking meters, and even gas pumps!”18  The mark of the Beast in the right hand or in the forehead is not far off!

A Mark In The Right Hand or In The Forehead:

The Bible says:  “[The false Prophet will] cause that as many as would not worship the image of the Beast should be killed.  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their forehead: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the Beast, or the number of his name.” (Revela-tion 13:15-17)  “[C]itizens of the New World Order will be implanted with a biochip…transponder in order to enable those in control to keep track of tem by satellite…There will be no kidnapping.  And there will be virtually no privacy…[Similar transponders have already been used to track pets.  They are] small enough to [be] injuct[ed] under the skin…[E]ach transponder [is] imprinted with a unique identification number…[Each] transponder [has] a passive radio frequency [as an] identification tag.  It is believed that it will be implanted surgically in the side of the handtoward the back.”19  there will be many good reasons for using this system.  The medical history and special medical requirements of people will be readly avalible to assist medical personal, and crime will be greatly reduced.  “Consider a powerful biochip…that once implanted in the brain could make it possible to program or ‘upload’ an unlimited amount of information into the mind without ever having to crack open a book.”20 However, the ultimate use of The Mark will be to control people.  And the best way to control people is to control their pocket book.  “[N]o man [will be able to] buy or sell, save he that hath the mark, or the name of the Beast, or the number of his name.”  Only people with these transponder implants will be allowed to buy and sell in the New World Order’s economy.  It will be easy to trace, track, and control people with such transponder implants.

Count The Number of The Beast

The Greek word “count” in Revelation 13:18 means to “calculate” or “compute.” It comes from another word that was used of small pebbles that were used by the Greeks in their calculations.

“Here is wisdom.  Let him that hath understanding count the number of the Beast:  for it is the number of a man; and his number is c x j." (Revelation 13:18)

666 (c x j):

Further proof as to the fact that the One World Economic system will be controlled with the use of computers is the a system of numerics that was hidden for over 1800 years till it was recently discovered.  In many ancient languages, including Hebrew and Koine Greek which were used to write the Bible, the letters of the alphabets were used as numbers also.  Gematria is used to calculate the numerical value of a words. Gematria is alpha/numeric systems used for calculating the numerical equivalence of letters, words, and phrases. It can be used to gain insight into interrelation of different concepts and exploring the interrelationship between words and ideas. Gematria can be used as an evidence to back up established Biblical doctrine, and to gain insight into Bible interpretations by looking for words and phrases with the same values. Take the Hebrew and Greek language for example:

GREEK HEBREW

8 8 8 (w p h):

Using the Greek formula above we can see that the Greek spelling of the Lord’s name, “Jesus” (ihsous) totals 888 (i = 10, h = 8, s = 200, o = 70, u = 400, s = 200). The Biblical meanings of the number 8 are:  1) salvation (I Peter 3:20; II Peter 2:5), 2) resurrection (the names of 8 resurrected individuals are recorded in the Bible, not counting the Lord), 3) the Lord Jesus rose from the dead on the 8th day (Sunday is the day after the 7th day of the week), 4) regeneration (Genesis 17:12; Colossians 2:11).  “Jesus” means salvation or Saviour (Acts 4:12).  In the Hebrew language the word “eight” means “one who abounds in strength” and “super abundant.”21  The number 8 laid on its side is the symbol for infinity.  There is a Word in the center position of the 7 Hebrew words that make up Genesis 1:1 that is pronounced in Hebrew, “eight.” This Word consists of the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, Aleph and Tahv (a t), and is translated into English along with "Elohim" as God.  It is the eternal title, Alpha and Omega (A W), of the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:8, 11, 22:13).  The Apostle John refers to the eternal Word, at, in the first chapter of the book that bares his name:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.  In Him was life; and the life was the light of men…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His  glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-4, 14)

It is this eternal Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will put a total and absolute end to the tyranntical economic system of Satan, his False Prophet and the Antichrist (Revelation 19:11-13, 20)!

There have been many antichrist forerunners (from the Roman popes to Hitler) whose names and / or titles have added up 666.  In the Hebrew language, for example, “[t]he title and name of Caesar Nero adds up to 666.  He  was the Roman emperor who had the Apostle Paul executed.  His name in Hebrew was pronounced Kaisar Neron…Nero [was] not…the final antichrist, but we must admit that he was an anti-christ.  Jesus said there would be many.”22

The Roman Numbering System:

“It is remarkable that the Romans did not use all the letters of their alphabet, as the Hewbrews and Greeks.  They used only six letters, D, C, L, X, V, and I.  and it is still more remarkable, and perhaps significant, that the sum of these amounts to 666.”23 The Ancient Roman Numbering System:

        1.  D =  500 24
        2.  C =  100
        3.  L =   50
        4.  X =   10
        5.  V =    5
        6.  I =     1
             +  --------
                  666

The Ancient Sumerian Numbering System:

Brother J. R. Church, founder and director of the Prophecy in the News Ministry, in studying the number 666 developed a gematria system for the English alphabet based on the ancient Sumerian civilization's method of calculating. The Sumerian system was based on a root of six as opposed to ten. It is believed that the Sumerian civilization is the most ancient and their system of counting the very first. The Sumerian system can still be seen in our use of the foot (12 inches = 2 x 6) and yard (36 inches = 6 x 6) and in our sexagesimal measurement of time (60 seconds, 60 minuets, 24 hours = 4 x 6). By applying the Sumerian numbering system to the English alphabet Brother Church developed an English gematria system by adding 6 to each letter of our alphabet. Here is system that he came up with:

A = 6                E = 30             I = 54              M = 78              Q = 102              U = 126              Y = 150
B = 12              F = 36             J = 60              N = 84               R = 108              V = 132              Z = 156
C = 18              G = 42             K = 66             O = 90               S  = 114             W = 138
D = 24              H = 48             L = 72              P = 96              T = 120              X = 144

By using this formula, and adding the values of the letters for certain words or combinations of words with prophetic significance we arrive at the sum of 666.  We can clearly see that there is a special numerical design to it.  Take the words “MARK OF BEAST,” “COMPUTER,” “CALCULATION,” “TERMINALS,” “BIO IMPLANT,” “FALSE MARKET,” “MONETARY” and "S. S. NUMBER" for example:

M= 78 C= 18
C= 18
T=120
B= 12
F= 36
M=78
S=114
A=    6
O= 90
A=  6
E = 30
I= 54
A=   6
O=90
R= 108
M= 78
L= 72 R=108
O= 90 L= 72 N=84 S=114
K=   66
P= 96
C= 18 M= 78
S=114 E=30

U= 66 U= 66 I = 54 I=  54 E= 30 T=120 N= 84
O=  90 T=120 L= 72 N= 84
M= 78
A=   6 U= 66
F=  36
E= 30 A=   6 A =   6
P= 96 M= 78 R=108 M= 78

R=108 T=120 L= 72 L= 72 A=   6
Y=150 B= 12
B=  12

I= 54 S=114
A=   6
R=108
E= 30
E=  30
O= 90
N= 84
K= 66
R=108
A=    6

N= 84
T=120 E = 30

S=114




T=120

T=120







6 6 6
6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6


This is not coincidence!  The last book of the Bible says that the Antichrist's sidekick, the False Prophet, will deceive "... them that dwell on the earth ... saying to them ..., that they should make an image to the beast .... And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name .... and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." (Revelation 13:14-18)   God has sent encoded information by way of this gematria to the last generation to verify that technology will be used to control the people of the Tribulation. Not just any word or combination of words will add up to 666. All of these examples have strong prophetic singnificance if light of this prophetic text.  It has never before been possible to control people all the people of Earth, but with the advent of computer, satellite and bio chip technologies it is now possible.

The name of well known city that is the center of the world's economy also adds up to 6 6 6. NEW YORK is not only the hub of the world's economy, but also world government. The United Nations headquarters is in NEW YORK.

We will examine the significance of this English gematria to Antichrist's religious system later on.

Roman (VI), Greek (j), English (A):

Now notice a tri-language combination that adds up to 666.  A prototype of “the mark of the beast” can be see in our everyday VISA Card.  Do you remember your Roman numerals?  If you do you will remember that “VI” is 6.  Refer back up to the Greek numerical chart, and you will see that the Greek “j” (stigma) is equal to 6. Lastly, in our English numerical formula “A” is eqial to 6.  So there it is : VIjA or 666.

Prototypes Of The Antichrist’s Economic Numbering System:

In America we have gone to a 9 digit zip code for mail.  Now take those 9 digits and add them to your 9 digit Social Security Account Number and you have 18 digits (18 divided by 3 is 6).  In Thailand they still have a 5 digit zip code, but they have a 13 digit Citizenship Card Number.  Here again we come up with an 18 digit number.  We have already been assigned numbers which have our personal identity number, plus our location which consists of three sixes (6 + 6 + 6 = 18).

Big Brother Is Watching

“In 1985, National Security Derective #145 gave the National Security Agency (N.S.A.) exclusive control and use of all federal computers, and databanks.  These databanks will, by computer, bring all government activity and all nations ultimately under the control of one man, the false Christ, the Antichrist!... There are major federal agencies which [have] collect[ed over 3,000,000,000 overlapping files on American citizens].  These are 1) the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 2) the Department of Commerce, 3) the Department of Defence, 4) the Social Security Administration, and 5) the Internal Revenue Service…You are in their files…[T]he N.A.S. [has] access to all government computerized files, with no provision for the right to privacy…[The world is] going to become increasingly regimentd by reason of the electronic computer, the orbiting surveillance satellites, and all the databanks that are at government, business, and banking fingertips…In the private sector, the largest databanks are those belonging to nearly 2,000 credit bureaus…The…largest include corporations like Transunion of Chicago, and TRW of California.  These two systems alone possess over 450,000,000 files.  One estimate states that 80% of Americans over the age of 18 are in a corporate computer somewhere.  These files contain entries under such headings as ‘lifestyle,’ which includes much information ranging from personal income and shopping habits to political affiliation and religious persuasion.”25  When the Antichrist Beast comes on th scene, in the not to distant future, he will use this information to control the lives and the pocket books of the people that dwell on the Earth.

THE COMING ONE WORLD RELIGIOUS SYSTEM:

“And they worshipped the Dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the Beast, saying, Who is like unto the Beast; who is able to make war with him?  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His Name, and His Name, and His Tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven.  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongue, and nations.  And all that dwell upon the Earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the World…And he deceived them that dwell on the Earth…; saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an image to the Beast…and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the Beast should be killed.” (Revelation 13:4-8, 14-15)

Religions Are Uniting

There is a world wide push to unite all religions into one going on today.  It uses any and everything it can to accomplish its purpose of religious unification.  It uses the Charismatic Movement, it uses Liberal Christianity, it uses the New Age Movement, it uses Humanism, and it uses Catholicism.  The world wide push of r unification has just one rule: believe anything you want, but just don’t receive the Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.

Protestants are uniting with Protestants:

“In 1968 the United Methodist Church was formed in Dallas by the union of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.  In 1961 the United Church of Christ came into being by the union of the Evangelical and Reformed church and the Congregational Christian Church.  Many other successful united efforts could be mentioned among Lutherans, Presbyterians, and other Protestant groups.”26



Protestants are uniting with Roman Catholics:

“On June 10, 1969, in Switzerland, a historic photo was taken which showed Pope Paul VI, and Eugene Carson Blake, Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, both bowed in prayer in the Geneva Ecumenical Center”27 In 1984 Pope John Paul II reiterated the Catholic position on ecumenical unification.  “In Geneva, Switzerland, addressing the World Council of Churches (representing 400,000,000 Protestants worldwide), John Paull ll declared: ‘from the beginning of my ministry as bishop of Rome, I have insisted that the engagement of the Catholic Church in the ecumenical movement is irreversible.’ Indeed, the ‘engagement of the Catholic Church in the ecumenical movement’s was sighificant even before [that]…This fact seems to be in conflice with its claims of being the only true and infallible church.  However, while damning ex-Catholics and Protestants, Catholicism allows for those outside its fold to be saved if ignorant of its claims and sacraments, and if they are sincere in their own faith.”28   However, the Word of God clearly proclaims that there is only one plan of salvation.  It says:

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy ghost.” (Titus 3:5; cf. Ephesians 2:8-9)

“there is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12, 16:25; cf. Matthew 7:13-14)

“Jesus saith…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comeh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6; cf. Acts 4:12)
Charismatic Protestants are uniting with Catholicism:

“Cardinal Bea, who was Pope Pius XII’s personal confessor and a close advisor to several other popes, saw the blossoming Charismatic movement as a vehicle for Roman Catholicism’s ecumenical goals.  The Cardinal sought out David DuPlessis (known as ‘Mr. Pentecost’s), whom he invited to the second Vatican Council.  DuPlessis and other leading Pentecostals and Charismatics accepted gladly and became Rome’s unwitting pawns.  Thus began a growing acceptance of Catholicism by Protestant Charismatics.  Today’s Charismatic movement is a major bridge to Rome.”29 However, not all of Rome’s Charismatic pawas are unwitting:  “[One Charismatic] who heads the world’s largest Christian TV network…while interviewing three Catholic leaders…declaired [concerning Transubstantiation]…’Well, we [protestants] believe the same thing…We were really meaning the same thing but just saying it a little differently…I’m not protesting anything…[it’s] time for Catholics and non-Catholics to come together as one in the Spirit and one in the Lord.”’30   Such statements do not reflect the thinking of Bible believing Christians!  Transubstantiation is just one of the many antichrist doctrines of Rome.  It says that Jesus Christ actually enters the bread and wine of the Catholic communion.  Their communion, they teach, is required to maintain salvation.  Millions of Bible believing Christians gave up their lives to the Catholic sword and rack rather that accepting such false doctrines.  Catholic Transubstantiation crucifies the Lord Jesus afresh every day, but the Word of God Says:

“For Christ also hath once suffered for our sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” (I Peter 3:18; cf. Hebrews 9:28)

Protestants and Catholics are uniting with Heathen Religions:

“The World Council of Churches is uniting with various heathen religions…In 1955, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the United Nations, a special ‘Festival of Faith’ was held in San Francisco….The National [Council of Churches reported]:  ‘Today, in the United Nations manking finds new hope for the advancement of Peace.  This hope was given dramatic expression last June 19 when some 16,000 persons of every rac, creed, and color assembled in San Francisco…to pray for peace and pledge their support to the United Nations…There were Christians and Jews, Buddhists and Confucianists, Hingus and Moslems…They called God by different names…[and] in different tongues, but the dream for peace int heir hearts was the same…[Their prayers] echoed the prayers of people around the world ….[T]he Festival of Faith was a symbol for all men of the oneness of their aspirations…[The] high poing of the prayer meeting was the recitation together of Responsive Reagings composed of Sentences from the sacred books the of six faiths represented: Christian, Jewish, Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, and Confucian.”’31   Catholicism is also working to bring the religions of the world together.  “The Pope John Paul II must go much of the credit for the fact that the huge ecumenical movement is now exploding…[He] was able in1986 togather the leading figures of 12 world religions together in Assisi, Italy, to pray to what ever ‘God’ each believed in, beseeching these deities to bring peace to the world.  To justify honoring the prayers of even witch doctors and fire worshipers, John Paul ll told participants that ‘the challenge of peace…transcends religious differences”’32 Notice how the theme of Peace is used by the National Council of Churches in and by the Pope in an effort to unite all of the worlds religions, and then notice what the Word of God says about their Peace movement:

        “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden distruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (I Thessalonians 5:2-3; cf. Jeremiah 6:13-14, 8:11-12; Ezekiel 13:10, 38:8,11)

The United Nations is seeking a One World Religion:

“Robert muller, recently retired Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, has stated: ‘I have come to believe firmly today that our future peace, justice and fulfillment, happiness and harmony on this planet will nt depend on world government but on divine or cosmic government…[M]y great personal dream is to get a trementdoud alliance between all major religions and the UN…[Muller is on record as calling] for the Pope ‘to come to the United Nations [to] speak for all the religions and spiritualities on the planet…”’33  “aving served the United Nations for 33 years, [Muller] has preformed diplomatic missions allover the world…

Certainly one of the best-informed men in the world, Muller is convinced that…we are headed for a ‘new age. A new world…a new Genesis, a true global, God-abiding political, moral, and spiritual renaissance to make the planet at long last what it was always meant to be: the Planet of  God.’ Though he claims to be a ‘good Catholic,’ his ‘God’ is definitely not the personal God of the Bible, but an impersonal ‘basic cosmic force’ residing within everyone and everything, ‘that impels us to respond to our evolutionary duties and…further ascent…[Muller] believes that Eve made the right choice for all of us.  He says:  ‘…in the story of the Tree of Knowledge…we have become masters in deciding between good and bad…Muller believes that we are about to experience a New Genesis…the ‘transformation to global consciousness’ that [he] and other New Age leaders sincerely believe in and promote.”34

Religious Significance of the Mark of the Beast

By referring back to the alpha / numeric chart of the English alphabet (see page 33) to “count” the religious significance of words listed below, we will see that the mark of the Beast (666) is very significant.  All of the combinations of words listed below yield the sum of 666:

1.  All people are born with the number of antichrist, because all are sinners  Add up the words:  “PEOPLE SIN” (Romans 3:10-18, 23).

2.  The Devil or Lucifer will surely go Hell (also called sheol [Hebrew] and Hades [Greek]):  Add “DEVIL SHEOL” or “LUCIFER HELL” or “LUCIFER HADES” (Isaiah 14:12-15).  Each of these combinations add up to 666.

3.  Ask the question:  “What group is antichrist?”  Then add these 2 words” “BUDDHIST ARE.” Buddhism is a religion that teaches that there is no loving personal God, nor Saviour, but that each person must rely on his own good works for salvation.  This is an antichrist doctrine!.

4.  The New Age Movement consists mostly of Hindu coctrines, like reincarnation, salvation by works, pantheism, etc.  Now, add up this combination: “   HINDU SATAN.”   

5.  The dragon is a symbol of the Devil.  Notice these 2 combinations:  “DEVIL DRAGON,” and “DRAGON POPE” (Revelation 12:3, 4, 7, 9, 13).

6.  There are many U.F.O. and E.T. cults within the New Age Movement.  E.T.’s are actually demons!  Check out this combination:  “E.T. WORKS.”

7.  The occult is forbidden in Scripture. It is an unauthorized way of obtaining spiritual information. Note these words that total 666: WITCHCRAFT (Deut 18:10-12; Gal 5:20), SORCERIES (Rev 9:21, 18:23), CHANNELLERS (Deut 18:10-12), NECROMANCY (Deut 18:10-12). 8.  The total for the word “REINCARNATION” minus the total of the word “FACT” comes out to be 666.  This indicates that reincarnation is not a fact.  Also note the total for the word “TRANSMIGRATION” minus the total of the word “SOUL.” This shows that the soul does not transmigrate form body to body after death, again showing that reincarnation is an antichrist doctrine.

9.  Here we will as the question:  Who is the Antichrist?  The Bible seems to indicate that it will be Judas Iscariot.  Jesus called Iscariot “the son of perdition” (John 17:12, cf. 6:70), and the Apostle Paul identifies “the son of perdition” as the Antichrist (II Thessalonians 2:3-4), and John indicates that the Antichrist “was, and is not; and shall sacend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition.  “(Revelation 17:8, cf. 11).  By adding his name, “JUDAS ISCARIOT,”  we get the sum of 894.  Then if we add the word “DEATH” we get a total of 228.  Now subtract “death” (228) from Judas Iscariot’s genetic materal will one day clone him up (cf. Jude 9).  It seems that Satan and his other fallen angel friends have been in the gone manipulation business for quite some time now (Genesis 6:1-4), and they have come up with some very dangerous monstrosities (Revelation 9:1-11).  Now add these 3 words: 1) “DEVIL,”  2) “GENE,”  3) “MAN.” There is the number of the Beast again, 666! Judas Iscariot or at least his clone is Satan’s son.

10. Also note these words that total 666: TREACHERIES = 666 (Isa 33:1; Jer 9:2-3; Hos 6:6-7; Zep 3:1-4), CORRUPT = 666 (Gen 6:11-12), A PERDITION = 666 (2 Thess 2:10-12), SLAUGHTER = 666 (Rev 19:17-21), LUSTFUL = 666 (1 John 2:16-17), STUBBORN = 666 (1 Sam 15:23), ILLUSION = 666 (2 Thess 2:8-12), INSANITY = 666 (2 Thess 2:8-12), SON OF SIN = 666.

Lucifer And The Antichrist (666):

"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Isaiah 14:12-15)

"And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Revelation 13:4-8)

P=96 L=  72 D= 24 L= 72 D= 24 S=114 W=138 S=114 C= 18 N= 84
E=30 U=126 E= 30 U=126 R=108 A =  6 I=  54 O= 90 H= 48 E= 30
O=90 C=  18 V=132 C= 18 A =  6 T=120 T=120 R=108 A = 6 C= 18
P=96 I=  54 I= 54 I= 54 G= 42 A =  6 C= 18 C= 18 N= 84 R=108
L=72 F=  36 L= 72 F= 36 O= 90 N= 84 H= 48 E= 30 N= 84 O= 90
E=30 E=  30
E= 30 N= 84
C= 18 R=108 E= 30 M= 78

R=108 S=114 R=108
H= 48 R=108 I=  54 L= 72 A =  6
S=114
H= 48
P=96 I = 54 A =  6 E= 30 L= 72 N= 84
I=  54 H=48 E= 30 H= 48 O=90 N= 84 F= 36 S=114 E= 30 C= 18
N= 84 E=30
O= 90 A = 6 P=96 D= 24 T=120
R=108 Y=150

L=72 L= 72 D= 24 E=30 U=126

S=114

L=72
E= 30








S=114





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("Sheol" is Hebrew for Hell and "Hades" is Greek for Hell.)
Judan Is The Antichrist:

Judas Iscariot is called "the son of perdition" (John 17:12) as is the Antichrist (2 Thess 2:3). The Bible says, "... Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place" (Acts 1:25).

"The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is." (Rev 17:8)


G= 42 D= 24 J=60 D= 24
E= 30 E= 30 U=126 E= 30
N= 84 V=132 D=24 A =  6 DEATH
E= 30 I= 54 A=6 T=120 TAKEN
T=120 L= 72 S=114 H= 48 AWAY
I= 54


FROM
C= 18 G=42 I=  54
JUDAS
I= 54 E=30 S=114
IS 666
S=114 N=84 C=  18

T=120 E=30 A =  6



R=108


M=78 I=  54


A = 6 O=  90
   894

N=84 T=120
- 228
6    6    6
6    6    6
8    9    4
2    2    8
6    6    6


Satan’s Religions:

The Dragon or Satan is the Master of religion.  He has inspired thousands of them.  Today, however, he is working primarily through the new Age Movement and through Roman Catholicism.  The New Age Movement is a conglomeration of many eastern and occlt religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism.  The Bible refers to the “two horns like a lamb” of the False Prophet (Revelation 13:11, cf. 16:13, 19:20, 20:10).  Horns in the Bible symbolize power, and the False Prophet’s two horns of power are Catholicism which is dominated by worship of the Queen of Heaven, and the New age Movement which is dominated by the Hindu belief in reincarnation.  The Phrases “HINDU SATAN,” and “DRAGON POPE” both of which add up to 666 help to show us that these o false religious systems are the end time religions of the False Prophet.  These will be the religions of the first half of the Tribulation. 

A Counterfeit Religious System With A Counterfeit God

It must be noted that Biblical Christianity is not first of all a religion as Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism, Buddhism and all other religions and cults.  Our English word, “religion” comes from an ancient Latin word, “religo” which means a “bond between man and the gods.”35  “This [Latin] word seems originally to have signified an oath or vow to the goods, or the obligation of such an oath or vow, which was held sacred by the Romans.”36 From the meaning of the word it is easy to see that religion has to do wigh human works.  All religions try to appease their deities (be they spirit beings or the impersonal karma of ones own self) through ritual, and good works.  Biblical Christianity has to do with the works of the One True God.  Religion says, work for your salvation; God says, do good works because I have saved you.  Religions teach that manshould sek the gods and salvation; God’s Word, on the other hand, teaches that man is cut off from holy God, because of his exceeding wickedness, and he is incapable of seeking Him (Romans 3:10-11; Psalm 14:2-3; Jeremiah 13:23, 17:9; Genesis 6:5).  Therefore, because of God’s great love, He seeks man to give him an opportunity to be saved (I John 4:10, 19; Romans 5:8; II Peter 3:9; John 3:16; I Timothy 2:3-6).  Satan through religion has cleverly changed God’s Truth into a lie to deceive men (John 8:44; II Theasslonians 2:10-12; I John 5:9-12).  Man loves religion because it makes him feel good or powerful or important.  One may prefer a religion that is wrapped in the garb of Christianity or he may love a pagan religion like Buddhism or Druidism (witchcraft) or it may the atheistic Humanism that turns him on.  No wonder God says, “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rage” (Isaiah 64:6).  Satan does not care, what your religion is, just as long as you don’t believe the truth of God’s Word.  It is said that Hinduism reconciles itself with and absorbs all other religions.  This may be true with the one exception of  Biblical Christianity.  Light and darkness just do not mix!  Truth and error are opposites that cannot be reconciled.  Religion can only counterfeit Biblical Christianity.  It would be too obvious to most people if a religion taught people to lie, steal, murder, and the like, so religions must mix truth with error to make their systems believable.  The One world Religion will come in two phases: 1) reconcile and unite all religions, 2) change the united religion to the worship of Satan and his son, the Antichrist.  Phase one is well under way and seems to be in the final stages of completion.

The Counterfeit God:

The One true God is a holy Trinity:

“For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (I John 5:7; cf. Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19)

Just as born again people who “dwell in Heaven” worship the Father (Colossians 3:1-4; Ephesians 2:5-6; I Peter 2:9-11), so also the lost who “dwell upon the Earth” worship Satan, the Dragon (Revelation 13:4).

Satan’s unholy trinity is a counterfeit.  Satan attempts to replace the Father, his son, the first Beast or Antichrist replaces Christ, the Word; and the second beast who is the False Prophet replaces the Holy Spirit.  Just as the Father gives honor and glory to His Son, so also Satan gives power to his Antichrist.  And as Holy Spirit points people to the Lord Jesus Christ, so also the False Prophet will point people the Antichrist.

“And they worshipped the Dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the Beast…And all that dwell upon the Earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of Life of the Lamab slain from the foundation of the World…And [John] beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  He exerciseth all the power of the first Beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first Beast…” (Revelation 13:4, 8, 11, 12)

The Counterfeit Spirit:

The Holy Spirit gave us the Word of God through the prophets (II Peter 1:21), and performed signs and miracles to verify the message that He gave to them (mark 16:20; II Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:3-4).   Similarly the coming False Prophet will “speak as a dragon,” and do “great wonders” to try to prove his his authority to prophesy.  Anyone today claiming to speak as a prophet of God is either deluded or demon possessed.  The giving of new revelation is one of the most dangerous things of our time!  Even saved people today fall for this satanic trick.  God has recorded that in His Word that special revelation has ceased (I Corinthians 13:8-10; Jude 3; Revelation 22:18), and there will be no more until the 2 prophets of the Tribulation speak (Revelation 11:3-13).  The False Prophet will come with another gospel and he will speak by another spirit (I John 4:1-3; II Corinthians 11:3-4).  The Apostle Paul speaking by the Holy Spirit put it very strongly that new revelations or religious teachings that contradict the Biblical message of the free pardon of sin and eternal life by faith n the Lord Jesus Christ are not to be tolerated:

“[T]hough we, or an angel from Heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:9)

The Counterfeit Christ:

Just as Christ died and rose again, so also Satan will in some way counterfeit a resurrection for his Antichrist.
“And [John] saw one of [the Revived Roman Empire’s] heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the Beast… And [John] beheld another beast coming up out of the earth…He exerciseth all the power of the first Beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell there in to worship the first Beast, whose deadly wound was healed…saying to them that dwell on the Earth, that they should make an image to the Beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. (Revelation 13:3, 11, 12, 14; cf.Zechariah 11:15-17)

Characteristics Of  The Antichrist: 

From the book of Daniel we can deduce several things about the Antichrist who will soon step onto the world scene.  The book of Daniel in chapter eleven says this concerning the Antichrist:

“[There] shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honor of the kingdom:  but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries…[And he] shall become strong with a small people…And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.  And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries:  but the people that know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.  And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days…and the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods…Neither shall he…regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.  But in his estate shall he honor the god of forces…Thus shall he do in the most strongholds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory…[y]et he shall come to his end.  And none shall help him.” (Daniel 11:21, 23, 31-32, 36-39, 45, cf. 7:7-8, 11, 19-26)

1.  The Antichrist will be “a vile person.” A vile person is one who is wretched, depraved, loathsome,37     worthless, despicable, morally base and impure.38

2.  He will be a smooth talking liar who will worm his way in by speaking of peace (II Peter 2:1-3; Jude 4).

3.  He will become a strong ally of “a small people,” the natin of Israel, by confirming the Old Testament covenant with them, but will eventually betray them by causing “the sacrifice and the oblation to cease” (Daniel 9:27), and by declaring himself to be the God of Israel and of the World (II Thessalonians 2:4).

4.  He will persecute and murder the people who get saved during the Tribulation.

5.  He will acknowledge, honor, and glorify “a strange god.”  This is the impersonal “god of forces” of  Hinduism, who in reality is Satan.

6.  The Antichrist “shall come to his end” (Daniel 7:11, 26; Revelation 19:20).




Conclusion

“[Jesus] answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.  And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering.  O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” (Matthew 16:2-3)

The Accelerating Rate Of The fulfillment of Prophecy:

We have examined some of the events predicted in the Bible for the last days.  We have seen how many of these events have taken place in just the last 50 years.  Much Biblical prophecied has been fulfilled within my life time and prophecy seems to continue to be fulfilled today at an accelerated rate.  Irrefutable signs such as the Israel’s regathering, the increases in natural and man made disasters, the increase in travel and knowledge, and the establishment of a New World Order.  All these clearly point to the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ.  These are some of the signs of our times, and they are rapidly coming to pass in our time!

The Sign Of The Fig Tree (Matthew 24:32): 

The reestablishment of the nation of Israel, after 1,878 years of being “scattered” throughout the world (James 1:1; I Peter 1:1), is an irrefutable sign that we are in the last days.  From 70 A.D. until 1948, Israel wandered among the nations of the Earth, a downcast, and persecuted people without, a national homeland.  But the Lord Jesus said that the fig tree would put forth leaves again as a sign of the end of the age (Matthew 24;32).  Today, “Jerusalem [is] a burdensome stone for all people…gathered together against it” (Zecheriah 12:3).  There is talk in Jerusalem of building a new Jewish Temple and preparations to furnish it and reestablish the Levitical priesthood for its service.  Such talk and preparation is not pleasing to the sons of Ishmael, the Islamic Arabs.  There is often talk of “Peace and safety” in Israel (I Thessalonians 5:3), but the Arabs will not be satisfied until Israel is no more (Ezekiel 13:10).  There will be no Peace until the Lord Jesus comes back and brings it.

The Birth Pain Signs (Matthew 24:8):

The AIDS epidemic, the great increase in earthquakes, the constant threat of war, the continual vileness and violence on TV and in the streets, the starvation of multitudes, the great apostasy from Biblical truth and God in America and Europe: all these are signs of the impending judgement of God.

The Sign Of Increased Knowledge And Travel (Daniel 12:4):

The increase in knowledge is another clear sign of Christ’s soon return.  People lived very primitive lives for almost 6,000 years, from Adam till just 60 or so years ago.  Before that there was no TV, no airlines, few automobiles, very little electricity, no ATM machines, very few telephones, no washing machines, no dishwashers, and no computers.  All the knowledge that man attained from Adam to the year 1750 doubled over the next 150 years ~ from 1750 to 1900.  Knowledge doubled again from 1900 to 1950 ~ 50 years!  According to scientists, knowledge is now doubling every two years.  Over the past century, man has advanced from the horse and buggy to the rocket ship.  The enormous increase in knowledge and travel is truly amazing!

The Sign of the New World Political, Economic and Religious Order (Revelation 13):

The New World order is quickly taking shape with the United Nations, headquartered in New York City (New YORK = 666), as its political head, and all the computer (COMPUTER = 666) equipment and links just about hooked up and ready to take care of the economic buying and selling.  And the New Age Movement (SATAN HINDU = 666),and the Roman Catholic Church (DRAGON POPE = 666) are getting everything read on the religious side of things.

What Does It All Mean?

What we need to understand from these signs is that we must be ready when the Lord Jesus Christ comes for His children just before the Tribulation begins in the not to distant future.  If you are not saved, you must stop wasting time and begin to think about your eternal destiny.  There are only two possibilities:  1) Heaven, or 2) Hell.  Which of these two places you spend eternity in depends on what you do with Jesus Christ in this life.  Time is running out, and the time will come when time will be up!  If you are not sure that you would go to Heaven if you died right now this is what you should do:

1.  Get a copy of the Word of God and look up these Scriptures:

* Read Matthew 22:35-40, and Romans 3:10-18.  Now, right where you are setting just honestly confess to God that you are a sinner guilty of breaking the greatest commandments of God.

* Now, turn to Romans 6:23, and Revelation 20:14-15 to find out what the punishment for your sins against God, and man are.  You deserve the death penalty and Hell, don’t you?

* Now, look at Romans 5:8, I John 4:9-10, and John 3:16!  God loves you and has paid the penalty for your crimes against Him!

* Look at Romans 10:9-10.  This is what you need to get way down in your mind and heart, because if it is in our heart it can’t help but come out of our mouth.  Look at it again:  Do you believe in the Lord Jesus?  That means that Jesus is Creator and Owner of the Universe and all that is there in. Do you believe that?  And do you believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead?

* Now, look at Romans 3:21-26, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Titus 3:5, I Timothy 2:5-6, and Ephesians 2:8-9  These verses teach that works cannot help our salvation in any way, but only faith in the Lord Jesus Christ can save us.  There is only one way to be saved.  It is what hew did for us, not what we do!  Believing is the only thing one can do without doing anything.  Do you have faith in Christ’s shed blood, and His power to raise you from the dead?

* Turn to John 1:12, and Romans 6:23.  You should see from these verses that salvation is a free gift  that must be received.  Do you want to receive God’s Gift? (John 3:16)

2.  If you understand from the above Scriptuers that 1) you have sinned before the holy and just God of the all Creation, 2) that you deserve Hell for your sins, and 3) you are incapable of helping yourself in the matter of your salvation, but 4) understand that God loves you and wants to save you, and 5) that if you will turn from your sins (repent) and trust in Christ (believe), and His power to save you then you should pray to receive Him as your Lord and Saviour.  If you understand please pray this prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I know that I am a sinner and deserve to go to Hell.  I am sorry for my sins, because they caused your only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to have to be tortured to death of the cross.  Father, forgive me.  Cleanse me from my sins by the blood of Christ.  I trust in Him alone for my salvation.  I believe Jesus Christ is Lord of all Creation, and that death holds no power over Him. I give my life to Christ right now.  Come into my heart Lord Jesus.  Help me to live my life for you.  In Jesus Christ’s precious and holy Name, I pray.  Amen.

If you are already saved then you should live like it: Go to Church, be baptized; tell others about your Lord and Savior, support your church with your tithe, and help send missionaries out to Spread the good news of Jesus Christ.  Use your talents and your spiritual gifts to serve God now, and when Christ comes, He will reward you (I Corinthians 3:11-15; II Corinthians 5:7-11).  Be ready for Him when He comes (Titus 2:13-14)

“…[S]anctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” (I Peter 3:15)


“Amen.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
(Revelation 22:21)