The world that we live in has and continues to change constantly as each day passes. Day after day, year after year, and decade after decade, brings with it the ever closer coming of Jesus Christ. Some call it, “The End of the World.” While others use the phrase, “The End Times” or “The Last Days” to describe the intensity and the actual events that are associated with the 2nd coming of Christ. Jesus Christ came during what is known as “the first advent” which is the first coming. The first advent signified Christ being born, his death, burial, and resurrection.
According to Acts 1: 9-12, Jesus ascends to Heaven after He gives instructions to the 12 Disciples. However, in the entire chapter of Matthew 24, Jesus tells His Disciples of various signs of the end of time as we know it to be. The signs given will eventually lead to “the second advent” or the second coming of Jesus Christ. What are the signs of the times? How do they correlate to what is happening today? First, let’s look at key areas to determine just how critical today’s time has become:
1. The Increasing wickedness of humanity –
2 Timothy 3: 1-7 says the following:
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
If you read that entire passage, isn’t it startling at just how true much of that is today? Certainly, we have seen perilous times in the past, but the truth is that what we are seeing from today’s generation is far worse than in years and even centuries past. There are various examples of the moral decay that has taken root in not only America but around the world. Onlookers who watch the tragedies that take place in their own neighborhood, city, and state are attempting to answer the proverbial question, “Why is this happening?” The answer lies in the scripture above, which states that the last days shall bring perilous times.
Even in America, laws have become established which are now enforcing the blatant sin that was once thought to be detestable in the eyes of God. All around the world violence is increasing, because of how close we are to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ. Of course, the Bible makes it clear in Matthew 24 that no one knows the exact time period, but the intensity of the sinfulness is an indicator that points to just how close we are coming to the end of this age.
2. Natural disasters will grow in severity –
In the latter part of verse 7 in Matthew 24, it says, “There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” On April 25th, 2015 an Earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 7,000 individuals. The key number is, over 7,000. This was a tragedy that many scientists conclude that they saw coming – however, the fact that over 7,000 individuals would perish over a few days span says that we are seeing a major sign of the imminence of Jesus Christ’s return. Even as you read this, there has been recent tornado activity, flooding, and severe thunderstorms that have taken place in the state of Oklahoma. Daily there are examples of natural disasters which intensify each time it occurs. Some would argue that we have always had severe weather, but what is known is that as each year passes, the severity increases. Part of it is also due to the damage that humanity’s sinfulness has done to the Earth. God called humanity to have dominion or rule over the Earth, but to do so with honor and respect by being a good steward over the Earth’s resources.
3. Technology use and its influence –
In Daniel chapter 12, there is also a scriptural reference to the end times. Daniel 12 says,
“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
The key verse is verse 4 which says “Many will go here and there to increase knowledge”. This means that in the last days as it was prophesied unto Daniel, that humanity will increase in knowledge. Over decades, we have seen technological advances that were once thought impossible. Now, technology has inserted itself into just about every area of our lives. However, it is this very aspect of life, that will be used to create a global system. Mass surveillance, encrypting data, and tracking human whereabouts is a part of the plan to create a one-world order. This is what will spur a one world currency that will be put into place so that the anti-christ will have control. (See these scriptures about the anti-christ – Revelation 13:13, 2 Thessalonians 2: 3-4, Daniel 7:5) In the book of Revelation (Revelation 13: 16-17) the number 666 is given. In some way, technology will play a role in receiving the “mark of the beast” during what is known as the Tribulation period. However, the point is that technology, as it is being used today, plays a part in the signs of the end times.
As time continues onward, we will see these signs among others not listed which will intensify. However, the main thing to be aware of is that it isn’t too late to gain safety in Jesus Christ. Amidst all of the chaos, the growing control that world governments are seizing over its citizens, we who are in Christ have safety from the perilous times. Knowing that the Holy Spirit is still in the Earth, is an assurance in knowing that we can be protected from the evil times that we live in. Only in Christ, will you have ultimate victory and safety. Be prepared by having your spiritual life assured, and knowing that there isn’t a safer place to be than in the hands of God. For, the coming of Jesus Christ is nearing every single day.