It was in May 2012 that I last wrote about Natural Disasters affecting the world (see HERE) and perhaps being a sign that Christ could soon return, so lets take a look at what has been happening around the world since last May.
It is in Matthew 24 that we see the disciples asking Jesus:
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
To which Jesus replied:
Christ’s first statement is, “Watch out that no one deceives you”. Interesting. Is deception on the rise in the church? … for Jesus said many would come in HIS name and deceive many. If you take a look through my category titled “Charismatic Doctrines: Are They Biblical?” you can see just a couple topics that are currently being preached in Charismatic circles which have no Scriptures as backing. And this is just one denomination of Christianity.
There are also Christian Leaders who preach that homosexuals can look forward to heaven such as “Alan Chambers President of Exodus International” (see HERE)
And have you heard that Wycliffe seems to be sanitizing the Bible from the Word “Son” when describing Jesus Christ? Wycliffe (and other translators perhaps?) are also changing the name of the Father to Allah as well in Muslim countries … or countries where there are a large number of Muslims … to appease Muslim populations, as seen in this translation of Matthew 28:19 — ‘Cleanse them by water in the name of Allah, his Messiah and his Holy
Spirit.’ Do you think it is okay to change the Names of the God of the Bible in order to appease Muslims? Do you think the Apostles would have done such?
So, deception … the first sign that Christ said would show that He is Soon To Return … is already here. And increasing I believe, in the name of “love”, “tolerance”, and “acceptance”.
Next Matthew 24 states:
It is said that the Greek word for NATION is ETHNOS, so that the above verse could read “ethnos will rise against ethnos“, or in other words, ethnicity against ethnicity.
Such is taking place all over the world:
“…local groups documented 3,500 civilian dead as of November 15 (2011) in the Syria uprising (see HERE)
July 1, 2012 Reuters reports: “Iran announced missile tests on Sunday and threatened to wipe Israel “off the face of
the earth” if the Jewish state attacked it” … (HERE)
On August 13th, the UK’s Telegraph reports: “A surge of violence in Egypt’s Sinai desert this week is heightening Israeli
concerns about what officials and analysts describe as the growing presence
of al-Qaeda-linked jihadis along the Jewish state’s borders.” (HERE)
And Christians are still being persecuted in Nigeria as reported HERE: “Hundreds of Christians have begun fleeing northern Nigeria after dozens were killed in a series of attacks by Islamist militants who issued an ultimatum to Christians to leave the mainly Muslim region or be killed”
A quick google search on the latest uprisings in Nations all over the world will show in detail how hatred and mass killings currently cover the Globe.
Matthew 24 goes on to read:
There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
22 Feb 2012: “In July 2011 the UN formally declared famine in two regions of Somalia.” (see HERE)
There is a USAID page which shows the following chart:
Burkina Faso: Perspective de Juillet à DecembreChad: Conditions s?améliorent dans le nord Guera Liberia: Lean season progresses normally, and average harvests expected in August/September. Food secu…
Senegal: Poor households will likely meet minimum food needs with minor livelihood protection gaps unt…
Sierra Leone: Normal lean season currently underway or closing with normal food security conditions ex…
Burundi: The season B harvest is almost completed. Production is expected to be below average to avera…Djibouti: Améliorations limitées sont à attendre Ethiopia: Early cessation of Kiremt may reduce yields.
Tanzania: Despite adequate supplies in markets from the ongoing harvests, staple prices did not declin…
El Salvador: Vulnerable households affected by 12E in Pacific coastal areas are receiving assistance a…Guatemala: Disminución en los rendimientos en el orienteHonduras: Food reserves are depleted in livelihood zone 5. During the next three months, below normal …
Nicaragua: Below normal rainfall is expected over the next three months in the west and pacific coast …
12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold …
At least we are not yet seeing what has been predicted in Lamentations 4:
10 With their own hands compassionate womenhave cooked their own children,who became their foodwhen my people were destroyed.11 The Lord has given full vent to his wrath; he has poured out his fierce anger.
32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it (the day of the Christ’s Return) is near, right at the door.
34 I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel…
5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things?
6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.
7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now
holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
I also see in other Scriptures that the Body of Christ must be taken “out of the way” in order for the Wrath of God to be allowed to be loosed on the Earth, for Christians have been saved from wrath:
Please do yourself the greatest favor and think about where you will spend eternity? Search the Scriptures and see that you must walk in holiness in order to be with the Lord, for I truly desire that you will be in Heaven for all eternity!
Hebrews 12: 4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
5 And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,6 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.
9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them
for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and
10Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God
disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.
11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however,
it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been
trained by it.12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.
13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
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