1)Apostasy- We already considered this doctrine in eschatology, part 6. Apostasy always precedes judgment. Several key scriptures were cited. One could read or peruse countless other scriptures, periodicals, books, and Christian talk shows for further information. Anyone who is steeped in the scriptures can easily discern that apostasy is present in today’s church. The two articles in this blog on the Emerging Church offer further evidence of false doctrine and a falling away from the faith. Here are a couple of scriptures from the Gospel accounts that reveal how great end times apostasy is and will be: First of all, consider this mind boggling rhetorical question from Jesus Christ. It is humbling and says it all- Luke 18:8B …..”when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” The following is another assertion of how wicked the times will become- Matthew 24:24 “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, IF IT WERE POSSIBLE, THEY SHALL DECEIVE THE VERY ELECT.” (capitals mine) Praise the Lord that He will NOT allow the elect to be deceived……….but everyone else will easily be deceived and led astray. These verses are powerful ones that highlight end times apostasy.
2)Increase In Speed And Knowledge- Daniel 12:4B ….”even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Yikes! Where does one start and end with this theme? A bit more than a century ago, the horse and buggy still ruled in many places, communication was slow, and typical folks spent their entire lives within a small radius of their homes. Now I can plan a short term mission trip on the other side of the globe at a moments’ notice. My parents purchased the Funk and Wagnals Encyclopedia for my sister and I, and an annual yearbook was added to keep us up to date with knowledge, back in the 50’s. Now knowledge doubles after only a brief period of time. Technology is exploding so fast that computers and other electronic gadgetry are outdated by the time they are on the market! The industrial age has given way to the computer/technological age, and it feels as if we are going the speed of mach 10 with no end in sight.
3)Israel becoming a nation- Nations from the past do not reinvent themselves. This is unprecedented, and an act of God that was prophecied and ordained by Him. During the nearly 2,000 years of the church age, Israel did not exist; this was a stumbling block to many Bible scholars and theologians. Ezekiel 36-37, Romans 11:13-36, and many other scriptures tell us about the restoration of Israel. Some theologians lacked a trust in the holy scriptures because Israel was not a nation for so long. Then came May 14, 1948 and the rest is history. Folks, this is a miracle of the highest order and Bible prophecy once again fulfilled before our very eyes. Now the Lord, according to His perfect timing, His will, and His predetermined counsel, can set His prophetic time clock into motion and finish the 70th week of Daniel, i.e. The Great Tribulation, through the nation of Israel. What an Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent God we serve.
4)The War of Gog and Magog- This war is prophecied in Ezekiel 38-39. Some theologians contend that it will happen during the Tribulation Period and is the same as the Battle of Armageddon. Others believe that it is imminent and could even take place even prior to the rapture of the church. Tim LaHaye/Jerry Jenkins in the Left Behind series believe in the later scenario. What is for sure is that the table is all set. Israel is surrounded by nations, mostly Muslim/Arabic, that truly hate her and want Israel totally annihilated. There are large terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the P.L.O. who solely exist in order to destroy Israel. Israel has long counted on the United States of America as an ally. Witness how our president ignored Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu during his last visit. As our church member Ervin Lee stated, “God is taking away all support from Israel so she has no one to look to except Him.” Israel will be attacked by the Russian-Islamic alliance. God Himself will one day intervene in the “nick of time” and rescue Israel from the dozens of nations and millions of troops and armaments who will conspire simultaneously to destroy her. You can count on it. Folks, the stage is all set for this great battle. Fasten your seat belts and keep an eye on the Middle East. Once again, prophecy is being fulfilled before our eyes. We serve a Mighty God, El Shaddai, who is in control of everything.
***More signs of the end of the age will follow in Eschatology, Part 8.***