Seven Major Prophetic Signs Of The Second Coming
8th Annual Update January 2009
There are seven major prophetic signs of the Second Coming,
and for the first time in history all seven are in some stage of fulfillment. As
in years past, I’ll list the seven with their primary biblical references and
offer commentary from current events.
1. Israel Will Be In
The Land… Ezekiel 36:24, 37:21
For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you
from all the countries and bring you back into your own land .
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the
Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all
around and bring them back into their own land.
In 1948, when Israel took its place among the nations of
the world again for the first time in nearly 2000 years, students of prophecy
recognized the fulfillment of the primary sign that the end of the age was upon
us. Both Isaiah 11:11-12 and Amos
9:14-15 had also clearly foretold this.
Jesus said that some from the generation being born when this happened
would still be alive when He returned (Matt. 24:34).
The fulfillment of this prophecy caused another reaction as
well. Satan reads prophecy too, and began exerting his influence on world
leaders in his continuing effort to thwart the plan of God. As a result, Israel
has fought six major wars in the last 60 years, each of them an attempt to erase
the Jewish Homeland from the face of the Earth. And it’s clear that this effort
will continue, with the biggest battle of all looming on the horizon, foretold
by Ezekiel in chapters 38-39. Israel’s enemies, both physical and spiritual,
won’t let up until they’ve either succeeded (their view) or been destroyed
For try as these nations might to destroy Israel, God sees
a different outcome.
In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time
to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower
Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and
from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather
the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the
four quarters of the earth. (Isaiah 11:11-12)
“I will bring back my exiled people Israel; they will
rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink
their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant Israel in
their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,”
says the LORD your God. (Amos 9:14-15)
2. Jerusalem Will Be
In Jewish Hands… Luke 21:24
They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners
to all the nations. Jerusalem
will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are
The Lord prophesied that the reunification of Jerusalem as
a Jewish City would be a sign that foreign (gentile) influence over His land,
and indeed the world, was about to end. Fulfillment of this prophecy began in
1967, and prophecy experts saw it as another major sign that the End of the Age
had begun. The almost world wide
effort to take the city apart again is in essence a battle of wills; the Will of
God vs. the will of man. Until recently every Israeli politician has stood
firmly on a pledge to keep Jerusalem united forever as Israel’s capital.
But then former Prime Minister Sharon said that if
re-elected he’d consider abandoning parts of the suburbs to achieve peace. A
stroke-induced coma from which he has never recovered ended his political
career, but his hand picked successor, Ehud Olmert, hinted at following through
on Sharon’s proposals. Olmert’s poor performance in the war against Hezbollah in
2006 and the corruption charges against him have driven him from office and
robbed him of the political strength to follow through.
I’ve come to believe that Jerusalem won’t really be free of
Gentile “trampling” until the Lord returns.
Daniel’s prophecy that Gentile Dominion would not end until the Lord
establishes His kingdom (Daniel 2:36-45), Zechariahs’ prophecy of the city being
captured just before the Lord’s return (Zech. 14:2), and John’s observations in
Rev. 11:1-2 of the gentiles trampling the outer court of the Temple during the
Great Tribulation all confirm this.
The ongoing fulfillment of these major prophecies
concerning Israel has caused confusion in the minds of some commentators. It
centers around an incorrect interpretation of Matt. 24:34, that all end times
prophecies would be fulfilled within a generation, nominally 40 years, of
Israel’s re-gathering in 1948. That error made 1988 seem like the likely time
for the End. But when 1988 came and went scholars focused on the Jerusalem date,
1967, and began adding 40 years to that, advancing their predictions to 2007.
The rationale for this is that the timing of the First Coming prophecies in
Daniel 9:24-27 keyed off the rebuilt city, not off the return to the Land. but
that date proved wrong as well.
Problem is, the Lord didn’t promise that all end times
prophecies would be fulfilled within a generation of their beginning, only that
the generation being born at the time of the first of the signs would still be
alive to see their completion. According to Psalm 90:10 an average Biblical life
span is 70 years, so predicting the approximate time of the End requires the
addition of 70 years to 1948, not 40.
As it draws nearer, the approximate timing of the 2nd
Coming will become more and more obvious. Those people around when a treaty is
enforced permitting the Jews to build their Temple in Israel will know that it’s
about seven years away. (Daniel 9:27) Those who witness the anti Christ standing
in that Temple proclaiming himself to be God will know there are only 1260 days
left until the end of the Great Tribulation, and the 2nd Coming happens shortly
after that. (Matt. 24:15,21 & 2 Thes. 2:4)
But even so, the Lord did state quite clearly that those alive on Earth
at the end of the Great Tribulation would not know the exact day or hour of His
coming until He actually appeared.
(Matt. 24:42 & 44, 25:13)
3. A Moslem
Coalition Armed And Led By Russia Will Attack The Holy Land… Ezek. 38:2-6
“Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and
Tubal; prophesy against him. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against
you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks
in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army–your horses, your horsemen
fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them
brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with
shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the
far north with all its troops–the many nations with you.”
(For a more detailed explanation of the modern equivalents
to these biblical names, read “An In Depth Look At The Modern Equivalent To
Biblical Names in Ezek.38)
Over 130 historical references make it plain that Magog
stands for modern Russia, and the other countries named here form a coalition
based on their common religion, Islam. (Today Russia is 30% Moslem and growing.)
Among them are Iran, several North African countries, Eastern European
countries along the Danube, and the Turkic nations of Asia Minor.
A quick look at a world map will reveal that these areas are home to some
of the most radical Islamic groups.
The Russians are already a major supplier of arms for the
Moslem coalition, just as Ezekiel prophesied, and will be drawn into joining in
this battle by God Himself. Russia’s barely disguised policy of becoming the
major outside force in the Middle East is playing right into the Lord’s hands.
Iran and Russia are well into the implementation of a $50 billion deal to
provide Iran with nuclear power. The 10 reactors called for in the deal are
supposedly for electrical power generation, but most western leaders suspect
they’ll be used to build bombs, too. Some experts claim that Iran will become a
nuclear power this year, but others think a bomb is still a ways off.
Israel has again vowed to prevent that ever happening, but don’t be
surprised if the US continues to back away from its similar promise.
Russia has also formed commercial and military alliances
with Turkey and Syria, and has become Turkey’s 2nd largest trading partner after
Germany. Russia has also sold Damascus
a state of the art anti-air defense system along with their latest generation
missiles and anti-tank rockets and plan to construct a major military seaport in
northern Syria, moving
components of their Black Sea fleet there.
In Lebanon, Russian Military Intelligence has just about taken over the
town of Sidon, spying on Israel for Iran and Syria.
Iran has taken delivery of a Russian air defense system too, to protect
its Bushier reactor site, first it the series Russia has promised to build.
Iran seems to be preparing its people for war with Israel,
making the most outlandish claims in an effort to whip their people into a
frenzy not seen since the days of the US embassy kidnapping of the 70’s. This
inflammatory ranting has included a Holocaust denial seminar attended by 30
countries, and a promise to wipe Israel off the face of the map. Former and
likely future Israeli PM Netanyahu has said that for the Jews it’s like 1938 all
The major obstacle to an early fulfillment of this prophecy
is the reference to its occurrence at a time when Israel is “a peaceful and
unsuspecting people” (Ezekiel 38:11).
This certainly is not the case today, but In Psalm 83 there’s a
yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecy that appears to involve all of Israel’s next
door neighbors in another unsuccessful attempt to wipe the Jewish nation off the
map. The psalmist pleads with the Lord to intervene and defeat Israel’s
attackers. If this happens, it explains why none of them are named in Ezekiel’s
list of antagonists, and how Israel could be living in a perceived state of
safety as Ezekiel 38:11 requires.
Many of us have been watching to see if the recent Gaza incursion would escalate
into a fulfillment of that prophecy, and though it hasn’t yet, it still could.
Two other pre-requisites for Ezekiel’s battle are also in
the process of fulfillment. The Gaza
war may have strained Israel’s relationship with Turkey to the breaking point,
and as I’ve shown Turkey will be on the Moslem side in Ezekiel’s battle.
Public support in Turkey for membership in the EU is also declining,
another sign that attitudes toward the West are changing.
It won’t take much more for Turkey to switch sides.
And Israel’s recent natural gas discovery, said to be
of “historic” proportions, could
create the wealth necessary to make Israel
an attractive target for Russian conquest, fulfilling the prophecy of
Ezekiel 38:13 that Israel’s enemies will have attacked
partly for plunder. Till now Israel
really hasn’t had any substantial wealth, but the natural gas discovery is worth
I believe that the removal of the US as Israel’s powerful
ally is also necessary to pave the way for Ezekiel’s battle, because I don’t
think the Moslem coalition will attack until they’re sure the US won’t
retaliate. Any one of several
scenarios currently being played out could accomplish this.
Our national policy could change.
A deepening recession could force us to turn inward and render us
unwilling to keep our promise to support Israel.
Likewise, the threat or actual occurrence of a major terrorist attack
could cause us to stand down.
And the Rapture of the Church could deprive the US of both the leadership and
manpower to respond. It’s no where
near as difficult to see the US
abandoning its commitment to
as it was just a few years ago.
When the time is right, having recently taken His church to
Heaven, the Lord will use this battle to orchestrate His reconciliation with
Israel, and on its heels the anti Christ will emerge with a peace plan that
includes a Jewish Temple. So once this battle takes place, end times prophecy
will go on fast forward.
4. The Ancient Roman
Empire Will Re-Emerge As A Political Force… Rev 17:9-10
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are
seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have
fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must
remain for a little while.” (This one is a little obscure if you don’t know your
history. When John was writing this, about 95AD, there had been five great world
powers; Egypt, Assyria,
All were conquered and absorbed. The current power was Rome, which was never
really conquered and will re-emerge at the end of the age, according to Daniel
Daniel 2:36-45 describes Gentile Dominion from Daniel’s
time forward (Egypt and Assyria had already fallen) in the form of a giant
statue representing the four remaining Kingdoms, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and
the two appearances of Rome. Read it carefully and you’ll find some interesting
things in the description of the two feet upon which the statue stands.
They’re made of iron mixed with clay.
In the first place the two don’t mix. We can imagine sticky clay serving
as glue sticking pieces of iron together, but the language describes a clay
that’s made of dust and already baked … hard and brittle like shards of pottery.
You can’t make random pieces of iron and pottery adhere.
These two feet describe the two divisions of the Roman
Empire, Western and Eastern. Today the territory of the Western division is
occupied by Europe, while the Eastern territoty holds the Islamic countries of
the Middle East. Some experts
insist that the combined defeats spoken of in Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 will
render the Eastern leg, or Moslem world, incapable of becoming part of the World
Empire of the End Times, but Daniel had both feet in view in chapter 2 so both
divisions of the Roman Empire have to be present at the End of the Age.
His use of iron and pottery in their makeup speaks to the difficulty the
Western and Eastern cultures will have in remaining united.
And the fact that Daniel only identified four empires means the last one
can only be some form of ancient Rome.
5. The World Will
Embrace A Single Religion… Rev 13:8
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all
whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that
was slain from the creation of the world.
Make no mistake about it. Islam is the major religious
force in the world today and their goal is nothing less than world domination,
by any means necessary. It’s the world’s fastest growing religion and is second
only to Christianity in number of adherents. Already nearly one out of every
five inhabitants of the world is Moslem, and like most Christians and Jews they
don’t really know what they believe or why.
I’m no prophet, but as I look into the future, it’s much easier for me to
see Islam riding its current wave of momentum to fill the void left by the
departure of the Church than it is to imagine some watered
down mix of Christianity and New Age Mysticism doing so.
Much has been written recently about al Mahdi, a figure out
of Moslem prophecies that are strikingly similar to Christian prophecies of the
anti-Christ. Both show a leader coming on the scene during a time of great
turmoil on Earth. Both depict him as
man of peace who will have a seven year reign, head up a one world religion and
one world government, and claim supernatural origins.
Both prophecies culminate in a battle between good and evil that brings
about Earth’s final judgment. It’s
as they’re pointing to the same person. The difference is that in Islam he’s a
good guy, but the Bible calls him evil.
Take this charismatic political and religious leader with
his supernatural power, add the widely held but incorrect belief that God and
Allah are the same, and that Islam is a religion of peace, and then subtract the
spirit of discernment found in the Church and you can see how he could be the
straw that a world on the brink of disaster grasps for survival.
6. The World Will
Accept A Single Government… Rev 13:3
The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.
Recent events in the US have shown how quickly a fearful
and disillusioned people will get behind someone who promises to change things.
When you look at the shape of the world it doesn’t take much to imagine
circumstances getting to a point where the whole world will agree to follow a
leader who will promise to bring order out of chaos.
With all the things that already threaten world stability getting worse
by the day, how much more frantic will people be after millions of their
neighbors suddenly disappear without warning or explanation, and there’s been a
nuclear exchange that brings destruction from Europe through the Middle East and
7. Babylon Will
Re-Emerge As A Prominent City In World Affairs… Rev 18:2-3
With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon
the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a
haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. For all the nations have drunk the
maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with
her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”
Babylon is still a ways away from accepting its destiny as
a city of power in the end times. It’s just a ceremonial city right now, but 20
years ago nobody even knew it existed at all. One of the shocks of Gulf War 1
was the discovery of Babylon standing there on the banks of the Euphrates again.
You may think that being little more than a giant museum is
a far cry from being a center of world power, but not too long ago, some of
Iraq’s new political leaders were calling for their nation’s capital to be moved
to Babylon. The logic behind this is that Baghdad was Saddam’s capital, and the
new Iraq needs a new capital, more consistent with its heritage. Babylon fills
the bill, and becoming the capital of Iraq would be a giant first step toward
achieving its transformation into a center of power.
Onenewsnow.com recently reported that the US has pledged $700K to help
rebuild the ancient city.
Because of Babylon’s current lack of importance in the
world, some students of prophecy search for an allegorical fulfillment of its
destruction in Rev. 18, and of course many see the USA or some city therein as a
But remember, even though in Revelation 17:9 John describes
“mystery Babylon” as seated on seven hills (meaning Rome), a prophecy in
Zechariah 5:5-11 shows it being moved “to the plains of Shinar” a reference to
ancient Mesopotamia called Iraq today. We can’t switch from literal to
allegorical interpretations of Scripture without clear direction, and where
Babylon is concerned no such direction exists. In fact the opposite is true.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it
that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be
famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth
“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to
death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many
will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many
false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of
wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end
will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole
world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matt. 24:6-14)
Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and
pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
“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. At that time they will see the
Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin
to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is
drawing near.” (Luke 21:25-28)
WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS … According to intelligence reports
that include all our wars as well as conflicts where a cease fire exists but are
still unresolved, 41 wars are currently being fought around the world, with a
substantial number of additional disputes threatening to erupt into war at any
THE INCREASE OF NATURAL DISASTERS … More frequent and more
severe hurricanes, more frequent and more intense earthquakes. Killer storms and
quakes continue to dot the news.
SIGNS IN THE SUN, MOON, AND STARS … The Magnetic Polar
Reversal, predicted by computer model for 2012 is gaining more attention since
its likelihood was first announced.
While the effects of a Magnetic Polar Reversal have never been observed by
mankind, it has apparently happened in the distant past.
What’s unique this time is that the Sun is due for a polar reversal at
the same time. What this means is that while the Sun will be experiencing its
most intense radioactive storms, Earth’s magnetic field (that protect us from
these Sun storms) will be at its weakest and may even be non-existent in some
parts of the world. I’ve
speculated that the effects of the polar reversal could fulfill the 6th Seal
judgment of Revelation 6 and if the projected time of 2012 is correct, it fits
into the early stages of Daniel’s 70th Week that I believe will begin sometime
PESTILENCE… Not only new diseases like HIV and SARS, but
also the return of old ones like Whooping cough. But the big news is still the
likely spread of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu). A few cases among humans have lead
to fears that the virus has mutated to thrive in a human host. Dire predictions
are placing possible deaths from this pandemic in the millions
THE LOVE OF MOST WILL GROW COLD … 3500 people die every day
in defense of the Christian faith. Run away crime, children being abused and
murdered by their parents, children killing children. Murder trials as public
entertainment soon to be followed by televised executions. Ethnic cleansing,
rape and forced pregnancy, pedophilia, random shootings, the incidence of
disrespect is enough to make you sick.
THIS GOSPEL WILL BE PREACHED IN ALL NATIONS … Looking at
the state of the world, it’s hard to be encouraged. But as world news gets worse
and worse, more people are turning to the Lord for solace. According to some
reports as many as 175,000 new believers are born again every day, mostly in
Africa, China, and India. Reports of these conversions are accompanied by
accounts of miracles, people receiving supernatural healings and even being
raised from the dead. Just as He did at the beginning of the church Age the Holy
Spirit is moving mightily at its End. I believe the Lord is issuing a giant
“last call” before He suddenly takes the church out of here to begin the End
The above are given as indicators in the Olivet Discourse
(Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) and we’ll continue to bring you periodic information
on these as well.
As you know most of the signs in the Olivet Discourse are
progressive and all are described as happening well before the end. Their main
interest to us is found in the phrase “beginning of birth pangs.” Natural
disasters, the tendency toward war as a tool of diplomacy, famine amidst plenty
(35,000 children die each day of starvation and related diseases) and pestilence
are described as being common to the era but increasing in frequency and
intensity as the end approaches.
It’s true that for over 100 years folks have been saying,
“how much worse can it get?” Sadly, the answer now as it was then is, “Much!” It
seems man’s depravity knows no limits. But take heart. Though we are in the
world, we are not of the world. We don’t belong here, being citizens of heaven.
And one day soon our long awaited King will return to take us there. Maranatha!