The End Times - Biblical & Contemporary

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TOPICAL:  SIGNS OF THE  TIMES.                                                          

The on-going worldwide financial crisis,  ISIS slaughter, riots on city streets, explosions, the increase of tornados & other unusual weather, political instability and revolutions in the Middle East, Japan's earthquakes & nuclear scare, the Australian & many other floods, Israel's sweeping forest fires, drastic snowfalls, the Chilean mining disaster, the Pakistan floods, the Haiti earthquake, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the dust cloud over Britain...we can go on and on.  What is going on......and WHY?

Ahead we face a continuing worldwide financial crisis, great conflict between nations, continuing natural disasters, food shortages, catastrophe!    Here is my interpretation of these events:

Firstly, the words of Jesus: (The Bible. Matthew 24 verses 6-8): ‘You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth-pains.’

What is coming upon the world? The world is in crisis. The Middle East nations are in turmoil, with the Western alliances drawn into the conflict. Increasing natural phenomena and disasters have caused many to realise how frail man is, and how dependent upon God's faithful provision in so many aspects of living.  From God's point of view, the 'weight' of sin is even affecting the earth! Read from the Bible Isaiah chapter 24 - the whole of it !   Here is an extract:

(verse 20): 'The earth reels like a drunkard,  it sways like a hut in the wind;  so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls—never to rise again.'  Also:  Jeremiah chapter 10v10. 'But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath.'

 The Bible: The Book of Haggai the Prophet: chapter 2 verse 6-7:  "This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the Lord Almighty.

These things above He allows in order to shake us - and our governments - out of our comfort and spiritual lethargy, and to begin to recognise our need to depend on Him, the Sovereign Lord of the universe, the Giver of all life, and Ruler of all nations. Humanity has to humble itself before Him and ask His help.

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In February 2015, a friend of mine, a Dr of sociology and theologian, gave a short account of world events. I have adapted this and summarised here:

 

In Paris, Islamic militant terrorists committed their atrocities. The French people stood together in great solidarity as they and a number of world leaders marched through the city, numbering 2-3 millions, demonstrating their resistance to such events and the people behind them. Is this the beginning of a clash of cultures of the Western nations and Islamist nations? Could it lead to open warfare? Is God speaking to us despite such awful events, if we have ears to hear?

 

30 years ago, many people with biblical ‘prophetic’ ministries from all over the world gathered in Israel to seek the Lord, in order to gain perspective on world events. The message received included the fact that God was now beginning to ‘shake the nations’ (see the Book of Haggai in the Bible). The heavens and the earth would be shaken, the world of nature, and the nations of the earth. A few weeks after this gathering, the Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred, which marked the beginning of the downfall of the Soviet empire. Four years later, the Berlin Wall came down. 

 

Since then, accelerating natural calamities have been charted such as earthquakes, Tsunamis, severe storms and volcanic eruptions on a scale unprecedented.

 

The economic and banking systems of the world have been reaping the fruit of what they have sown, which has led to unemployment and poverty for so many, even in the richer West. Greed and corruption have been exposed in banks and finance houses but no change of attitude has been seen for those in positions of power and authority in these sectors. There has been no real repentance and change of behaviour. 

The rich nations have not heeded the warnings, either, with no significant change of attitude and policy towards the poorer nations in terms of sharing their resources and riches with them. These poorer nations still lack food, health care, education, etc.

 

The warning signs are clear. This corrupt economic system will collapse. It is inevitable, because justice is in the nature of God. Will Greece be the first to default on its debt? Will the Eurozone experience a domino effect? Will the economic Tsunami go worldwide?

 

Islamic State’s demonically controlled leaders continue to train Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq. The world is under threat from this. However, God is in control. He reigns! The Moslem harvest has begun, as many are disillusioned with the character of Islam and are seeking the reality of God. Many are hearing the Gospel and having their ears opened to its truth, and becoming Christians. God is on the move, and giving opportunity for both Islamic nations and other nations and religions to discover the weaknesses and folly of their religions. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour, is reaching out to the whole earth, including the Jews.

 

The signs are that the return of Jesus is not far away. The Church will first be raptured – carried away to heaven – and then the end will come. Are you ready to face God, who is ‘the Judge of all the earth’? Only those who have put their faith in Jesus will be saved from the coming wrath.

 

1 Thessalonians 1:9-10:  ‘….you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and  wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.’

 

Matthew 24:6-8 & 14: (The words of Jesus Christ) ‘You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth-pains.’ v14: ‘And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.’

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As an example of interpreting natural events , a video on the Iceland ash cloud and comments are below: (to be updated)

 

   One answer to the dust cloud suspended over Britain (and suspending air traffic over Western Europe) is this

   'YOU HAVE BEEN GROUNDED.'     'HOW LONG DO YOU THINK YOU CAN COME AND GO AS YOU PLEASE?'

This is the situation from God's point of view:

Isaiah 40:6-8 (The Bible) "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass.The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands for ever."

Isaiah 40:12-15   'Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?  Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed him as his counsellor? Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge or showed him the path of understanding? Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; He weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.'

PRAY:That first the Church, then the governments and people of the nations begin to appreciate who God is, His power to give and take life, His absolute authority, and our need to acknowledge and honour  Him. 

 

FOR FURTHER READING:      Psalm 2: 1-12 The Bible    v1  ' Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.  3 "Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters." 4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5 Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 "I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill."  7.  I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will rule them with an iron sceptre; you will dash them to pieces like pottery." 10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.'

Article from a 'Hatikvah' teaching pamphlet: 

 

 

Disasters and End Times Events

 

Jesus spoke of the End Times being characterised by natural disasters:

Luke 21v7-11:   7 "Teacher," they asked, "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?" 8 He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and 'The time is near.' Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away." 10 Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

 

From the following passages, we know that God brings disasters upon the earth in some way…these passages speak of God creating disaster, bringing disaster, planning disaster, etc. But what does this mean?

 

It is interesting that in the New Testament, the Testament of Grace, the word ’disaster’ does not appear. Let’s look at some OT passages first.

 

Isaiah 45v6-7:  I am the Lord, and there is no other. 7 I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.

 

Jeremiah 4v5-6 :   "Announce in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem and say: 'Sound the trumpet throughout the land!' Cry aloud and say: 'Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities!' 6 Raise the signal to go to Zion! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, even terrible destruction."

 

Micah 1v12: Those who live in Maroth writhe in pain, waiting for relief, because disaster has come from the Lord, even to the gate of Jerusalem.

 

Micah 2v1-3:   Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning's light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it. 2 They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud a man of his home, a fellow-man of his inheritance. 3 Therefore, the Lord says:   "I am planning disaster against this people, from which you cannot save yourselves. You will no longer walk proudly, for it will be a time of calamity.

 

We know that the revelation of who God is had been progressive throughout the OT, culminating in and embodied in the person of Christ in the NT. Perhaps all the references to disaster sent from God are just an imperfect revelation of who God is to that point? However, perhaps there is another truth. God is Judge of all the earth. We know from the book of Revelation that God’s judgments will be severe in the End Times:

 

 

Rev 9:1-6:  The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. 2 When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. 3 And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man.6 During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

 

Rev 9:18-21:   A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulphur that came out of their mouths.

19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury. 20 The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

   

The God of the OT and the God of the NT are not different. No, but we see Jesus heralding a period of grace, to give mankind time to repent and turn to God for salvation. For those who do not heed the warnings, they bring upon themselves terrible divine judgment. That then, is one reason for disaster…what people bring on themselves because they refuse to repent of evil ways. Another can be found in the book of Job, where God allows the enemy to work, in order that God’s purposes be fulfilled, working character and allowing lessons about who God is and His own character to be learned.

  

Job 1v6-12:   (Job's First Test)

One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the Lord, "From roaming through the earth and going to and fro in it." 8 Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no-one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." 9 "Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. 10 "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household  and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." 12 The Lord said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

 

The fact is that God reveals Himself as full of grace, love and kindness, yet also the Judge of all the earth. There are many facets to His character. So, does this mean God sent the 9/11, the Haiti Tsunami, Pakistan’s floods? The answer could well be ’yes’, and ’no’. ‘Yes’, in that He is allowing mankind to reap the folly of its own sin and rebellion. Look at this verse:

 

Isaiah 24:18-20:  The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake. 19 The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is thoroughly shaken.

20 The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind;

so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls—never to rise again.

 

‘Yes’ that He may be allowing the enemy a hand in the affairs of the earth for a purpose. ’No’ in that He is not vindictive, but only allows what can be used in His overall design in bringing people to Himself, and rescuing them from themselves and from Satan’s kingdom into the salvation found in Christ. This is God’s mercy! Many people found Christ in Haiti. Many Christians were inexplicably prevented from going to the twin towers on 9/11. Many Christian organisations are bearing the witness to Christ in their humanitarian rescue and provision work in Pakistan, as well as witnessing to Christ. God watches over His own.  

Man’s sin and Satan’s rebellion are the real causes of disaster. The Garden of Eden was perfect until Satan tempted, and man rebelled. Satan is the real evil one! He desires to destroy all mankind and take them to hell with him and his demons, where he knows he is ultimately bound.  Praise God that He sometimes, in His mercy and providence, allows things to happen which shakes mankind up, and causes mankind to seek Him. Praise God that He is the ultimate ‘Judge of all the earth‘, and in His righteousness and justice will deal with sin and rebellion, unless man accepts His way of salvation and of dealing with sin that He has provided through Christ, by changing us from the inside out.

These are thorny issues, and no-one has all the answers, but it is worth tussling with the tougher issues from time to time. I wish you all well as you read and pray.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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