26 Signs Of The Soon Coming Of Christ

05/28 at 2:22 am 1 comment

10-11-2000

NOTE: this message is a work in progress.I will update this with links and fix all typos and such in the near future. I thought it would be important to share it with you at this time since it is a very long message.

1. The Increase Of Knowledge Sign
Let us introduce ourselves to this fascinating and intensely important subject by turning in the Holy Bible to a prophecy in the book of Daniel. This prophecy spoken by an angel gives in one sentence an illuminating picture of the character of events at the end of the age, just before Christ returns. The prophecy indicates that at the end time there would be in an unprecedented increase in human knowledge. Second, there would be a startling increase in travel upon the earth. These developments, the angel would have us to understand, would be key signs in discerning the approach of the end of the age.

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4

It is common knowledge that during most of the history of the world, human knowledge has increased comparatively slowly. It was the invention of the printing press a few centuries ago that made the wide dissemination of knowledge possible. It is only now that most of the inventions that we enjoyed today have been perfected. Our grandfather’s, when they were boys, traveled about in carriages in much the same fashion as Pharaoh did 3,500 years ago. A man in his eighties today can remember when there was no automobile, no telephone, no electric light, no phonograph, no radio, no television. At that time the industrial revolution had just begun. It was at the turn of the century that we got the airplane, radio and television as well as many other electronic devices we now take for granted are also marvels of the twentieth century. By means of these two recent inventions, a speaker is potentially able to address an entire nation.

Climaxing the series of discoveries has been the recent revelations of man’s ability to harness the atom. This is astonishing development was made known to the world in the atomic cataclysm at Hiroshima. Because of world conditions being what they are, atomic power continues to be developed for purposes of mass destruction. Apparently, it is a discovery to end all discoveries. We shall not take time to further delineate this tremendous explosion of human knowledge, save to re-emphasize its prophetic significance the angel implied that the great increase in human knowledge would be a sign of the times of the end.

2. The Automobile Sign
“The chariot shall be with flaming torches in the day of His preparation… the chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall jostle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightning. Nahum 2:3,4

Here is one of the most remarkable prophecies of the Bible, this prophetic foreview of the automobile is so detailed it can hardly be misunderstood. These strange vehicles that Nahum saw in his vision were as flaming torches an allusion, obviously, to the brilliant lights of today’s motor car. The “raging” in the streets is an apt expression describing the traffic which roars down the arteries of our great cities, traffic which has increased in intensity until it has become a menace to life and limb. To keep the cities from strangling in their own traffic, municipal governments have been forced to build giant freeways and expressways.

Finally, the prophecy adds that “they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightning.” Most of the cars being manufactured today have had their power stepped up until they can make a hundred miles an hour, or over. Streaming down the highways at night at high speeds, they seemed in the vision to the prophet who was used to camel transportation, to be moving like the lightning. But the most significant part of the prophecy is the time element. The vision was to be fulfilled in the day of His preparing His return on the earth, these things should come to pass. The development of the automobile as we see it today is a fulfillment of Nahum’s vision’s and a certain sign of the coming of the Lord.

3. Radio And Television Sign
Not until about seventy years ago did man dream of the possibility of sending music and pictures by means of electromagnetic waves through space at the speed of light. Each are similar to those that come from a bolt of lightning, producing static in a radio set. God intimated to one of the prophets of old, Job, that he had such knowledge. [In] Job 38:35 the Lord said “canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?”. There is an interesting prophecy in this connection in Revelation 11. At the end time the Beast power, who is the antichrist, will overcome and kill the witnesses, whom God will send to warn the people against this evil ruler. Then the Beast power will permit their dead bodies to lie in the streets of Jerusalem. Note the significant statement that follows in Revelation 11:9 : “And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.” The implication is that people of many nations will be able to view the scene at Jerusalem. It is difficult to see how the literal fulfillment of this prophecy could take place except by means of television. It is interesting to note that as time goes on the prophecies which once were thought to be only figurative in meaning are being fulfilled literally. It is clear that the Beast power, who represents Satan, at the end time is to secure control over a considerable portion of the earth. Television is becoming a powerful means by which a personality may impress and dominate vast numbers of people. The fact that television is now becoming an important factor in the daily lives of great numbers of people, is one more indication that the time of the end is at hand.

4. The Atomic Bomb Sign
The impact on history that atomic energy has made was little anticipated even a few years ago. The great scientists Albert Einstein first predicted the possibility of the atom in 1905 when he worked out the mathematical formula which forecast its incredible power. By the time World War II broke in its fury, scientists had mastered the secrets of atomic chain reaction. Only when announcement came of the atomic destruction of Hiroshima, Japan, did the public learn anything about it. Atomic power was definitely anticipated in prophecy.

“The power of the heavens shall be shaken.” Notice that the word “heavens” is translated from the Greek word ouranos. If we leave the original Greek word in the sentence, we have “the powers of ouranos shall be shaken.” Uranium is the element which the atomic bomb is made! When the Beast power “maketh fire to come down from ouranos in the sight of man”, what prophetic fulfillment count this be if not making of “fire come down” out of uranium? Revelation 13:13

Jesus speaking of the signs of the end of the age said in Luke 21:26, “men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth for the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” There may be even a deeper meaning, but certainly the power of the atomic bomb involves as great, if not a greater potential power of destruction, than any that was anticipated by prophetic students in the fulfillment of Revelation 13:13.

The scriptures make is clear that the atomic destruction will not be permitted to proceed to the point where civilization will be wiped out. Great areas of the earth may be desolated, but God will restrain men from being completely destroyed. The millenium will come which will bring to the earth a thousand years of peace. After that Peter tells us that “the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.” 2 Peter 3:10-11

5. The Hydrogen Bomb Sign
During the discourse of Jesus when He told about events that were to take place just before He returns to earth. He mentioned one circumstance that seemed utterly unbelievable. Speaking of The Great Tribulation which is to come upon the world shortly He said “for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” Matthew 24:21-22. Until just a few years ago the fulfillment of such a prophecy seemed so remote as to make what Jesus said appear to be absurd. Even during World War II the population of the earth increased faster than the horrors of war could deplete it. What fantastic development could occur that would endanger the life of every person living in the face of the earth?

Then suddenly there came the news of the atomic bomb. More lives were lost in Hiroshima in that fateful fraction of a second than all the losses of many largest wars in history. Atomic power ushered in a new age, and it seemed that the powers of destruction had reached their absolute limit, but within a few years, the A-bomb of the type used at Hiroshima was out of date. Next came the announcement of the hydrogen bomb, with no limit to its potential power to destroy. One hydrogen bomb could utterly annihilate life in such great cities as Paris or New York. in creating this monster, men had discovered the secret of the power of the sun itself. Hydrogen bombs might be increased in power until they could tear through the crust of the earth! The horrible spectre of race suicide appears possible within the foreseeable future. The full truth of the Word of Jesus now stands revealed. If time should go on, except there should he be divine intervention. Every person living would die and the earth would be reduced to utter desolation, fortunately, however, God shall not permit this to happen. for Christ will come before this takes place. In fact these things are a sure sign of the extreme nearness of his coming.

6. [The] Earthquake Sign
“And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places” Luke 21:11

The general increase of destructive earthquakes has been one of the most notable phenomenon of the past five hundred years. Records for the past five hundred years show a steady increase of these terrestrial convolutions. While it is true that there are many more villages and towns to destroy with each new century and also more accurate records, there is no doubt that the destructive effects from earthquakes have been on the rise. Statistics of increase are as follows:

Fifteenth Century
Sixteenth Century
Seventeenth Century
Eighteenth Century
Nineteenth Century

In recent years the number and the severity of annihilative earthquakes have greatly increased within the lifetime of this present generation. The most disastrous earthquakes of history have taken place on April 18, 1906, an earthquake shook San Francisco, California that practically destroyed the city. Two years later in 1908, some 75,000 persons perished in the Messina, Italy quake. On Jan 13, 1920, over 180,000 lost their lives in Karsa[Gansu], China. In 1923 a terrible quake almost destroyed the city of Tokyo, with 143,000 persons dying in the great catastrophe. Since then earthquakes in India, Turkey, America, Greece and other countries have increased the toll taken by these powerful earth tremors. Nature itself seems to be withering under the pressure of invisible and sinister forces. Jesus said that there would be earthquakes in diverse places, the tremendous increase of this terrestrial phenomenon would indicate that the world is drowning near the vortex of a great dispensational crisis.

7. Sign Of The Sea And The Waves Roaring
“There shall be signs upon the earth distress of nations… the sea and the waves roaring;” Luke 21:25

The words of Jesus concerning the “roaring” of the seas obviously is an expression indicating that at the end time that the seas would cross over their bounds. This is what occurred in the recent disaster in Holland. All the accumulated knowledge of engineering had been put to use to create a series of great dikes which would prevent the ocean from breaking through, but all to no avail. Early in the year 1953 there appeared an unprecedented combination of the force of nature operating in the North Atlantic, winds of terrific velocity bore down upon the coast of England and the low countries, carrying with them waves of great size and violence. At the same the time Spring tides were at their greatest height. This combination of circumstances produced a wall of water that rushed over the protective dikes inundating one sixth of the nation. Thousands lost their lives, multitudes were left homeless, not to speak of the enormous loss of property. Never before had there been anything like it since the Middle Ages, in those day’s of course, the dikes were not nearly as strong.

Other events of this nature are yet to come. Revelation 8:8,9 speaks of a great mountain falling into the sea. According to the prophecy, one third of all ships the seas will be destroyed. Such a tidal wave resulting, no doubt would take a fearful toll on all harbors of the world. “The sea and waves roaring,” indicates that the time of Christ coming cannot be far off.

8. Signs In The Heavens, The Flying Saucers
The scientific world today is baffled by one of the most amazing mysteries of history. For several years now reports have poured in from many sources all over the world of strange objects appearing in the heavens, objects which apparently have power to move at incredible speeds and which in other ways distinguish themselves as being something distinctively different from any aircraft known by the inhabitants of the earth. For want of a better name, and also because the name roughly suggests their general appearance, these objects have been called “flying saucers” While some of the objects supposed to be saucers have been identified as known objects, yet a large number of the sightings which have been observed, according to admissions by those officially connected with military intelligence have never been explained.

Attempts have been made to solve the mystery of the flying saucers by saying that they are the result of mass suggestion or the product of over stimulated imaginations. In some cases, of course, people have mistaken skyhook balloons and other such objects for flying saucers. Yet allowing for such cases the Air Force admits that there are still many sightings that cannot be contributed to the above causes nor to natural phenomena such as mirages or atmospheric inversions.

The only answer to the mystery of the flying saucers is that they are of supernatural origin. Christ, when referring to the events of the end time said, “There shall be… fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven” Luke 21:11. There is no doubt that the flying saucers are of prophetic significance.

9. The Airplane Sign
Human flight is a comparatively recent innovation. Not until December 3, 1903, did the Wright Brothers turn the trick by their historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina [Dec. 17th officially]. Since that time tremendous strides have been made. Jet planes have increased the speed of commercial air travel to 500 miles per hour. Rocket flight has flown man at the speed of a cannon ball or at the rate of 1,600 miles per hour!

That man would some day fly was foreseen in the Scriptures, and the prophecy which speaks of it has a most remarkable setting, involving the defense of the city of Jerusalem. The passage reads; “As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.” Isaiah 31:5

In the year 1917 when the British under General Allenby came up from Egypt to contest the possession of the Holy Land, the Turks were determined to defend Jerusalem to the last man. Allenby, a devout christian, desired that Jerusalem would be spared the horrors of a siege. He did not wish this sacred and historic city to be damaged by shell fire. He knelt in his tent and prayed that God would make the battle unnecessary. The next day he sent up his scouting planes over the city. Many of the Turks had never seen a plane before. At any rate, the Turks quickly evacuated the city, leaving without firing a shot. Thus, in a literal way, apparently did the Lord defend Jerusalem as with birds flying by, the airplane. It is to be noticed in the book of Revelation that the last plague is to be poured out into the air, resulting in the fall of “the cities of the Nations” Revelation 16:17. What is this if not atomic destruction from the air? The invention and development of the airplane is one more sign of the nearness of the day when Jesus returns!

10. Sign Of The Fulfillment Of The Time Of The Gentiles
“And they the Jews shall fall by the edge of the sword and shall be led away captive into all nations, and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the time of the gentiles be fulfilled” Luke 21:24.
This statement made in 30 A.D. provide one of the greatest demonstrations of the authenticity of the claims of Christ Jesus declared Himself to be the Son of God John 10:36… to be continued 

This message is just a sample of the completed text currently being worked on. It is a very long insightful message and it may help to break it into smaller pieces  For now, this will be continued in a short while. check back later and we will provide the google link for the printable version.

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  • 1. Anonymous  |  05/28 at 7:06 pm

    Incredible. How Blessed to have The Sevant of the Lord in our lives :0) Love Penny Ojeda

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