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Signs of the Times
Why did Christ reprove the
Pharisees and the Sadducees?
Today it will be
stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.
You know how to interpret the appearance of the
sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the
What are several signs
given by the prophets which identified Christ, at
His first coming, as the Messiah?
Therefore the Lord
Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will
be with child and will give birth to a son, and
will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14.
For fulfillment see Mathew 1:22, 23. All
this took place to fulfill what the Lord has said
through the prophet: The virgin will be with
child and will give birth to a son, and they
will call him Immanuel which means,
God with us. But thou, Bethlehem
Ephrathah, though you are small among the
clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one
who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are
from old, from ancient times. Micah 5:2.
For fulfillment see Matthew 2:1. After
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the
time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to
Jerusalem and asked, Where is the one who
was to be born king of the Jews? We saw his star
in the east and have come to worship him.
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout,
Daughter of Jerusalem! See your king comes to
you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and
riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a
donkey. Zechariah 9:9. See fulfillment see
Matthew 21: 4, 5.
What did the disciples ask
about Christs second coming?
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?
What were to be the signs
on earth of Christs coming?
There will be signs
in the sun, moon and stars. On the
earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity
at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men
will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is
coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will
be shaken. Luke 21: 25,26.
Distress, Perplexity, Fear
What critical situation
was to characterize the nations?
Nations will be in
anguish and perplexity. Luke 21:25.
Note Stop for a few
moments of serious reflection. Look at the
nations of the world today in 2010. Nuclear war
is possible because many nations have nuclear
weapons of mass destruction. Currently North
Korea, Pakistan, India, Japan, Germany, Iran,
France, Britain, Russia, Israel and the United
States have a vast array of Nuclear weapons of
mass destruction. The Lord is currently keeping
vigil over the nations of the world and soon,
there will be an attempt by a rogue nation to use
nuclear warfare in an attempt to annihilate their
enemies. I personally believe that the Lord will
permit a possible nuclear exchange, so when
people cry out, peace and safety, sudden
destruction will soon follow and ten of millions
of people could be destroyed in this attack. That
is how close we are to the end of time we are
What attitude is manifested
among men today?
Men will faint from
terror. Verse 26.
What is it that men fear?
of what is coming on the world. Luke
What declaration of
Jeremiah concerning the plans and predictions of
many of the great men of his day aptly describes
the situation today?
The wise will be put
to shame; they will be dismayed and trapped.
Since they have rejected the word of the Lord,
what kind of wisdom do they have? Jeremiah
What does the Bible point to
be the cause of the worlds peril?
But mark this: There
will be terrible times in the last days. People
will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money,
boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their
parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love,
unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control,
brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous,
rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than
lovers of God having a form of godliness
but denying its power. Have nothing to do with
2 Timothy 3:1-5.
Note The trouble is
with man himself. It is not the weapon so
much as it is the human beings who may wish to
use it that constitutes the real danger. The
nuclear bomb is of such tremendous power in the
hands of evil men, they soon forget all the after
effects of an nuclear bomb explosion what it will
do to thousands of square miles of land that
cannot be used for thousands of years due to the
intensity of radiation fallout. One example
is the Chernobyl disaster on April 26, 1986 at
01:23 a.m. (UTC+3) reactor number four at the
Chernobyl plant, near Pripyat in the Ukrainian
Soviet Socialist Republic, exploded. Further
explosions and the resulting fire sent a plume of
highly radioactive fallout into the astrosphere
and over an extensive geographical area. Four
hundred times the amount of fallout was released
than had been the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The plume drifted over large
parts of the western Soviet Union, Eastern
Europe, Western Europe, and Northern Europe, with
some nuclear rain falling as far as Ireland.
Large areas in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia were
badly contaminated, resulting in the evaluation
and resettlement of over 336,000 people.
According to official post-Soviet data, about 60%
of the radioactive fallout landed in Belarus.
The accident raised concerns
about the safety of the Soviet nuclear power
industry as well as nuclear power in general,
showing its expansion for a number of years while
forcing the Soviet government to become less
secretive. There were 56 direct deaths, 800,000
(est.) suffered radiation exposure, which may
result in as many as 4,000 cancer deaths over the
lifetime of those exposed. In addition to the
approximately 100,000 fatal cancers to be
expected from all other causes in this population
you can see what a real nuclear explosion could
do if it were detonated close to a major city in
Of what is all this an
The nearness of a great
change the closeness of the Great
Tribulation and the end of time as we know it.
What prophetic passage
from Scripture, once ignored, now bursts into
prominence and is quoted by men of the world?
But the day of the
Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will
disappear with a roar; the elements will be
destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything
in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be
destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought
you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
as you look forward to the day of God and speed
its coming. That day will bring about the
destruction of the heavens by fire, and the
elements will melt in the heat. 2 Peter
3:10-12. (See also Isaiah 13: 6-11.)
What do all these admonitions
and warning mean to you and me?
To live holy and godly
lives as you look forward to the day God and
speed its coming.
2 Peter 3: 11.
What may we expect to follow
But in keeping with
this promise we are looking forward to a new
heaven and a new earth, the home of the
righteousness. So then dear friends, since
you are looking forward to this, make every
effort to be found spotless, blameless and at
peace with him.
2 Peter 3:13,14.
Note A new heaven and
a new earth, when all things that are have passed
away and old things will have been made new
these conditions are possible only after
the world ends. With the threat of nuclear war
man now has nuclear bombs that are 100 times
deadlier than the ones dropped on Hiroshima and
Nagasaki Japan during World War II. Man now has a
new weapon called the Electromagnetic pulse. The
term electromagnetic pulse (sometimes abbreviated
EMP) has the following meaning.
1. A burst of
electromagnetic radiation that results from an
explosion (especially a nuclear explosion) or a
suddenly fluctuating magnetic field. The
resulting electric and magnetic fields may couple
with electrical/electronic systems to produce
damaging current and voltage surges.
2. A broadband,
high-intensity, short-duration burst of
In military terminology, an
EMP bomb detonated hundreds of kilometers above
the earths surface is known as a high-attitude
electromagnetic pulse (HEMP) device.
Nuclear electromagnetic bombs have three distinct
time components that result from different
physical phenomena. Effects of an EMP device
depend on the altitude of the detonation, energy
field, interactions with the Earths
magnetic field, and shielding of targets.
As you can see from the
sophistication of this new weapon, the devil will
use evil men to further his agenda during the
final days of Earths history and possibly
get evil men to launch these missiles of
destruction at Jesus when He is approaching Earth
during the Second Coming of Christ.
To what are many Christians
looking forward in this nuclear age?
To the coming of Jesus
Christ in the clouds of glory and living with our
Savior, the Father, Holy Spirit, angels and the
redeemed of Earth forever and ever.
Note There is one
possibility that could cause all of Gods
saints to pray for the same thing at the same
time, namely, nuclear war. Here is a possible
scenario. One day, simmering hostilities could
erupt and quickly escalate into a nuclear
exchange. Ten of millions could die in this war.
This war could affect our struggling economy and
immediately affect the distribution of oil, food,
clothing, building materials, and commerce of all
kinds. If nations joined in, this war could
quickly become a fearful event for most everyone
on Earth. If such a war occurred and the
global consequences would be far reaching
the whole world would cry out (demand) peace
and safety. In other words, a nuclear
exchange could bring all of Gods people to
the point of praying for Gods intervention.
Paul wrote: While
people are [frantically] saying, Peace and
safety, destruction [from God] will come on
them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant
woman, and they will not escape. But you
brothers, are not in darkness so that this day
should surprise you like a thief. (1
Thessalonians 5:3,4, insertions mine)
There is no reason to be
surprised about sudden destruction coming from
God if we allow Revelation 8 to speak. We can be
sure of two things. First, its only a
matter of time until there is a nuclear exchange.
Second, if a nuclear exchange occurs, human
efforts will be made to stop the war for the sake
of global peace and safety.
The problem is that the speed of intercontinental
missiles is measured in seconds, but getting
nations to negotiate peace can take years.
Besides, once nuclear bombs threaten a nations
sovereignty and survival, what would be the point
of nay nation using restraint against such an
enemy? The maxim for nuclear was is simple:
Annihilate or be annihilated.
Suppose an angel rushes to the Altar of
Incense after a nuclear exchange, and together
with the petitions of all the saints, he
puts much incense on the coals of the altar and
the sweet fragrance ascends before Gods
throne. As Almighty God, Jesus answers the
prayers of His saints by stepping into the din of
war with overwhelming power and authority. Jesus
sends physical manifestations that are so
magnificent and awesome that the war actually
stops! He who calmed the storm of Galilee calms
this war. Then, the first trumpet sounds and a
hailstorm of burning meteors burn up a third of
Earth. The nations of Earth suddenly discover
that mans nuclear bombs are no match for
the wrath of the Lion from the tribe of
Judah. Sudden destruction from God will
miniaturize mans nuclear exchanges. The
destructive power of Jesus will dwarf mans
nuclear exchanges. The destructive power of Jesus
will dwarf anything that mankind has to offer.
Suddenly, mans biggest problem is not
nation against nation; it is a whole world facing
the wrath of one God!
The Atomic Age What Next?
The sands of time for this
sin-cursed world are fast running out.
The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation in Gods
Word are nearly all fulfilled.