WE ARE EDGING CLOSER TO THE END-TIMES

My Bible says: “Someday all will recognize and admit that God is in charge.”  Something gigantic must happen to change the minds of a lot of non-believers.  I believe that time is coming and the church will not be prepared to handle the crowds.  However, that does not mean there will still be those who will continue to reject Him as Satan and one-third of the angels in heaven rejected HIm.

They asked Jesus when the end-times would come.  Matthew 24:36 – 39 – “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself.  Only the Father knows.  “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.  In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat.  People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.”  NLT

Genesis 6:5 – 7 – “The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.  So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.  And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.”

We know that when Christ returns no one will know and many will be unprepared spiritually.  There will be no opportunity to repent and be saved at that time.  The choice that we have made will determine where we will spend eternity.

Psalm 83 talks about the assembling of nations and other Scripture informs of the alliances in the end times.  The Bible tells us that Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya and others will be allies.  Another tells us that Germany, Turkey and the Middle-East oil nations, such as Saudi Arabia will form a coalition.   There will be wars and rumors of wars.

In Deuteronomy 17:15, it tells us that God chose the kings for Israel.  I believe He chooses leaders today.  America’s power in the Middle-East and Europe is decreasing and I believe we will see Germany (Assyria) replacing the U.S. as a leader in the Middle-East.  During World War II it was Germany that slayed six-million Jews in the Holocaust.  It is possible they will continue to be anti-Israel.

Revelation 6:6 – “And I heard a voice from among the four living beings say, “A loaf of wheat bread or three loaves of barley will cost a day’s pay. And don’t waste the olive oil and wine.” (NLT)

The media hasn’t really told us why some of these countries have been over-turned in North Africa.  The riots in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and Algeria have in a large part been over the price of food.   Part of it was caused by the drought in Russia and later Argentina.  Torrential rains in Australia and Canada have not allowed farmers to plant millions of acres of wheat.  Using corn for ethanol may help solve the oil demand but not the food draught.  According to the Chicago Board of Trade wheat was up 74% in 2010 and corn rose by 87% during the same time.  Italy’s Food Organization says food prices hit record levels.  When prices rise like they have, it generally promotes hoarding wide-spread.  People start buying so they won’t have to pay higher prices later on.  If China has food problems we could have a world-wide food shortage.  Food Products in St. Louis says there is not one crop that doesn’t have supply problems. It almost sounds like the end times when a loaf of bread will cost a day’s wages.   Could a loaf of bread ever reach $89.99?   Is the world’s population at the point we may have a problem feeding ourselves?

The 6th chapter of Revelation predicts there will come a time when the world will be faced with starvation, famine, sickness and economic disaster.  There will be sickness that antibiotics and drugs will not prevent.  Bacteria can infect people with hundreds of diseases and there are chemical agents that could destroy the entire population. There was a time in history that typhus killed over 200 million people over a period of time.  Yet we continue to live as they did in the days of Noah.

There will come a time when we will witness global disasters.  Volcanoes will erupt and the earth will shake.  Isaiah wrote in 24:19 – “The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is violently shaken.” (NIT) On December 28, 2004 the U. S. geological Survey reported that the island of Sumatra shifted to the southwest 120 feet as a result of a 9.0 earthquake.  Yahoo news reported the December 28 earthquake made the earth wobble on its axis and permanently altered the regional map.   That earthquake was equal to 23,000 atomic bombs the size dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.   December 16, 1811 islands in the Mississippi actually sank.  Theologians predict that the earthquake Revelation describes is far greater than the 9.0.  Some wonder if these gigantic earthquakes predicted could shake the earth back on its axis to where it was before the flood when people lived almost 1000 years.

Then comes panic!  People lose all hope and can find no place to hide.  Lawlessness is evident in every country on earth.  Those who thought they were safe could find no place to hide.  It will be amazing that after all of these events there will be a number of people who still will not fear God.  Like the Egyptians in Moses times they will have hearts as hard as shoe leather and not penetrable by the Holy Spirit.

A worldwide anti-God movement will continue to exist even though they begin to realize there is a God.  This will include the teachings of situation ethics (no absolute rules), moral freedom and self-sufficiency (man is not accountable to anyone), sexual permissiveness (everything is acceptable, same sex-marriages and homosexuality included), and death education (there is no life after death).   This is what prophesized will happen during the one-world government and the one-world religion.  Hasn’t it already started?  Isn’t our administration promoting this permissiveness?

What precautions can we take?  What if the worse were to happen?  How much food and water do you have on hand?  What if you went to the store and they were out of everything you need?  How long could you exist?  Is it time yet to start planning for what could eventually happen according to Scripture?  As a child I remember my mother canning every summer enough canned goods to last us for at least a year.  We had all kinds of fruits and vegetables stored in the pantry.  We even had bathroom tissue that would last for months in case we ran out of the Montgomery Ward catalog in the outhouse.   What would happen if the most prosperous nation that ever existed went into bankruptcy and money became worthless?  Or, we had a world-wide food shortage.  Have we planned adequately?  “A word to the wise should be sufficient!”

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