Nation will rise against nation and
kingdom against kingdom.
There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilence
in various places and fearful events and great signs from
Heaven. (Luke 21:10-11)
Wow! Do things seem to be heating up or
and a tsunami causing nuclear meltdown in Japan, a new war in
Libya, (where the US curiously finds itself edging toward
fighting on the same side with al Qaeda and Hezbollah) serious
civil disorder throughout the Moslem Middle East, the
Palestinians preparing to unilaterally declare statehood in
September with growing European and UN support, and Israel
threatening to take some unspecified unilateral action of their
own if that happens.
The rockets and missiles are flying into
again, and there's talk in Israel
of another Gaza
invasion, perhaps as early as this spring.
A video recently released from Iran showed officials there
announcing that this is just what's supposed to happen right
before al Mahdi arrives.
According to Islamic prophecies, this so-called Islamic
anti-Christ will return to Earth during a time of great chaos to
restore peace and reorganize the world under an Islamic
Caliphate. 7 years
later the world will be judged.
US, the congress is heading for
an economic showdown that could result in temporarily shutting
off revenue to the government.
Food and fuel prices are rising aggressively, and
Walmart's CEO has
confirmed that the price of clothing and other essentials is
sure to follow.
Housing sales are at the lowest levels ever recorded and 2011
promises to set a new record for foreclosures.
Personal wealth is down almost 25% from 3 years ago, most
Americans are living week to week, and record numbers of capable
people are unable to find full time employment consistent with
their skills. One
out of seven Americans is already enrolled in the food stamp
program due to their inability to purchase sufficient food
without help and experts say the trend of increasing prices and
actual shortages will continue for years.
The 50 states, which by law have to balance
their budgets every year, are finding it more and more difficult
to do so. It is now
believed that many of them knowingly agreed to wage and benefits
packages for employee unions that they'd eventually be unable to
pay, and that situations like the one in Wisconsin will soon
become more numerous.
Other states are finding it impossible to continue
extending benefits to illegal aliens that were designed to help
The policies of the man we elected by a
wide majority just two years ago seem to be designed to
confiscate the wealth of most Americans and put an end to
America's super power status by eliminating what little value
our currency still has.
More and more experts are warning us to be prepared for
the hyper-inflation that's sure to come when the rest of the
world decides to stop lending us the money we need to fund our
70% of it is coming out of thin air, courtesy of the Federal
The claim that the protestors in the
Middle East are only seeking western style democracy
is pure fiction.
They're protesting against the same economic conditions
that will soon prevail in the
The result here will be the same as there, and it's not
far off. According
to competent observers, protests against food
shortages and rising unemployment will begin to erupt in
the US by this time
next year, if not sooner.
What's most amazing to me is the fact that
so many people from all over the political and religious
spectrum are looking for this year or next to bring events that
will change things forever. Whether it's the Islamic Caliphate,
a New World Order, the Age of Aquarius, the rapture of the
Church, or whatever,
these viewpoints all foresee rough times in the months ahead but
promise a happy ending for
What Does The Bible Say?
Of course, the Bible tells us that only the
Church has a right to be excited about the future. That's
because the worse things get in the world, the closer we are to
being relocated to our permanent home.
On this issue we have the promise of One
who cannot lie and has a 6,000 year track record of predicting
and fulfilling prophecy without a single miss. This is a claim
no other so called deity can make.
God is not a man, that he should lie,
nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak
and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.(Isaiah 46:10)
This is one of God's signature statements
in the Bible and He's backed it up with His own performance.
I foretold the former things long ago,
my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I
acted, and they came to pass. (Isaiah 48:3)
He did this to prove to Israel and to us that He is who He
claims to be. But
some will say, “That's all in the past.
What about the future?”
His response is in Isaiah 48:6.
“You have heard all these things; look at them all.
Will you not admit them? From now on I will tell you of
new things, of hidden things unknown to you.”
If He staked His reputation on accuracy and
honesty in the Old Testament, would He do any different in the
New? Hebrews 13:8
says He's the same, yesterday, today and forever.
And what has He promised us about the signs that the End
of the Age is upon us?
Speaking of the conditions I described at
the beginning of this article our Lord said, “When these
things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads,
because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28)
The end times signs are warnings to the
unbelieving world that God's patience is at an end and judgment
is coming. But for
us they're signals that we're about to begin a new life filled
with joy and excitement we can't begin to imagine. It will
surely be a little rocky in the process, but we have to remember
that even though birth pangs make both mother and baby
uncomfortable, they end in the joyful beginning of
a new life.
It wasn't by accident the the Lord referred to the signs of the
times in that way.
Since our new life is not on Earth, that means the beginning of
the End Times signs He mentioned indicates we'll be leaving
In my Father’s house are many rooms; if
it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to
prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also
may be where I am (John 14:2-3).
The most reliable indicator that Jesus is
coming back for us is that He left. And notice He didn't say He
was coming here to be with us where we are, as would be the case
if He had the Second Coming in mind.
He said He was coming to take us there to be with Him
where He is. He was
referring to the rapture.
I know that you have little strength,
yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Since you
have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you
from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole
world to test those who live on the earth. (Rev. 3:8,10)
The Greek word translated from literally
means “out of” or “away from”.
It includes time, place and cause.
He's going to remove us from the time and place of the
hour of trial because we're not the cause of it.
This same Greek word is used in
Revelation 7:14 where an elder tells John that the multitude
he has seen before the Throne of God in Heaven is made up of
people who have come out of the Great Tribulation. Since the
Great Tribulation doesn't begin until Rev. 13, some have
been confused by this. Understanding that the Greek word
translated out of means to be removed from both the time and
place of the event being referenced eliminates the confusion.
In effect the elder is saying they've come
to heaven before the Great Tribulation begins. They missed the
rapture, which will have happened a few chapters earlier, so
they're not part of the Church.
They are post-church believers who will have lost their
lives during the seal judgments (Rev. 6:8)
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you
have, so that no one will take your crown (Rev. 3:11).
I think the crown He's referring to here is
the crown of righteousness that will be awarded to those who
long for His appearing (2 Tim. 4:8). He's saying, “Don't
lose heart. I
promised I'd come for you and I will.”
There are lots of other Biblical proofs of
the Pre-Trib rapture and I've written about them many times in
the past. My goal
here was just to highlight some of the promises Jesus made to us
Himself and to re-enforce our belief that based on past
performance, our faith in these promises is justified beyond any
Therefore, we have no reason to fear the
difficult days ahead and there's no justification for
uncertainty about the future, because our destiny is guaranteed
by God Himself. It
is He who makes us stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in
our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
(2 Cor. 1:21-22).
We have His promise on that.
You can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.