As is predicted in the bible, the end times prophecy concerning the Lord’s second coming are very obvious. From these prophecies, we know the Lord is near.
What are the end times prophecy concerning the world?
End times prophecy concerning the world:
1. Evil fills and corrupts human hearts: the Lord referred to the days near His coming in comparison to the era of flood when men’s hearts are corrupt and full of violence. “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 and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power.” (2 Tim 3:1-5) The Bible has described twenty evils which corrupt the human heart. The description fits the world well today.
2. Selfish and greedy for money: “You have hoarded wealth in the last days.” (Jas 5:3-4) This indicates that capitalists hoard wealth for themselves, exploit the poor and engage in conflict between capitalists and workers. Such phenomena are typical of the twenty first century. The Bible clearly warns the rich and unmerciful that trouble and distress will come on them because their cries have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty (Jas 5:4).
3. Human knowledge increases rapidly: “”Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”” (Dan 12:4) The hallmark of development in the twenty first century are increase of knowledge and development of communication. In the past hundred years, man’s intellect has greatly increased and scientific inventions have emerged endlessly which have accorded people much enjoyment. These are gratifying phenomena. Meanwhile, mankind exploit knowledge to add to disasters. Gain does not offset the loss. Now the knowledgeable are striving to produce nuclear weapons. Technology changes rapidly. We have progressed from the atomic age to space age. The threat increases against human existence. “”Men will faint with terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world.”” (Lk 21:26) These are signs of Christ’s coming.”
4. Wars: “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.” (Mt 24:6-7) “In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil.” (2 Chr 15:5-6) “Then another horse, a fiery red one came out. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and make men slay each other.” (Rev 6:4) This horse refers to war. “Red” means bloodshed. It is also a sign of gaining power. Although mankind loves peace and hope for peace, it is extremely difficult to maintain peace.
5. Calamities and famines: “There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilence in various places.” (Lk 21:11) The repercussion of war is the increase in the number of homeless victims and unable to engage in peaceful production nor enjoy what they produce. The result is famines and diseases. Flood, drought, wind storms and earthquakes happen everywhere. There have been more than 2100 earthquakes in the twentieth century. The reason why earthquakes occur is: “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.” (Isa 24:20) The intensity of earthquakes will increase and cause disasters …so will it be with other calamities.
6. Israel was restored: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can set for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.” (Lk 21:29-31) “You know that it is near, right at the door.” (Mt 24:32; Mk 13:28-29) Jesus cursed a fig tree and it withered. This was a prediction of the desolation of the Jewish nation. “All the trees” refer to the other exiled kingdoms which will become independent. “Budding and growing leaves” refer to the era when Israel would be restored. Since the Jewish nation was subjugated by the Roman empire, the Jews have been exiled to many nations, where now and then unpleasant events have befallen the Jews. It seemed extremely difficult for the Jewish nation to be restored. Yet the Biblical prophecy had to be fulfilled: “In that day the Lord will reach out His hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of His people. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; we will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.” (Isa 11:11-12). On May 14, 1948, Israel was restored in Palestine. This was no sheer coincidence. It convinces us of the inerrancy of the Bible (Jer 24:5-6; 31:35-36). This is another sign of the Lord’s coming.
7. Changes in celestial phenomena: “Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” (Mt 24:29-30; Acts 2:19-20) “…before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” (Joel 2:31) In the past, changes in astronomical phenomena have occurred. For example, the sun and the moon did not give their light as usual on the night of May 19, 1780 in America and Canada. On the night of November 13, 1833, in America, people saw stars falling which numbered tens of thousands. This unprecedented incident was recorded in history. We may trust the record. These were local happenings. When we get closer to the day of the Lord’s coming, there will be greater changes and all the heavenly bodies will be shaken. “At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Lk 21:26)
The end times prophecy is about the signs of the Lord’s second coming. In the next post we will share with you more on the signs of His coming in other aspects.
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