Introduction to the Signs of the Times
Signs Def: 1.) Indication of a coming event, 2.) a marker that precedes an event, 3.) something that is an outward manifestation of something to come.".

"And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times,..."
(Isaiah 33:6)

The fact that we are living in the time of the end, is evidently brought forth by the times around us. The scripture here let's us know, in order for men to have stability in their times. We must have wisdom and knowledge from God. By having a clear understanding of the times we can better prepare oursleves and have peace in the mist of a world filled with chaos. The Signs of the Times is truly that wisdom and knowledge from God, that brings security and a present hope in God, to know that He is still in control.

What is a Sign?

Signs Def: 1.) Indication of a coming event, 2.) a marker that precedes an event, 3.) something that is an outward manifestation of something come.

"And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples cames unto Him privately, saying, tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the World?" (Matthew 24:3,)

The question is asked today, are we living in the last days? The answer to this question I believe is a most definitely yes. This answer comes with strong certaninity, based on careful study of God's word, and the events of our times and generation. God has through his prophetic word, forecasted the times in which we live. To the child of God the Times and Seasons shouldn't come as any shock, but rather as an indicator of the soon return of our Lord. But this my friend is not the case, many today sad to say even in christian circles stand in fear and awk wondering what is going on. This is a direct result of not being taught prophecy or a fear of studing God's Prophetic word. This problem in the church is not a new one, our Lord dealt with it in His own generation.

The Indictment against the Church

"The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting, desired Him that He would show them a sign from Heaven."

"He answered and said unto them, when it is evening, ye say, it will be fair weather; for the sky is red."

"And in the morning, it will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, Ye can disern the face of the sky; but can not discern the Signs of the Times?"

(Matthews 16:1-3)

Here Jesus rebuked sharp, the Pharisees and the Sadducees, because they could discern the sky and weather, and prepared their lives according to that days forecast. But they couldn't spiritually discern the Signs of the Times. Today many in the church and world prepare their lives everyday on the words of their weather man's forecast, but never discerning the Spiritual climate in which they live. This is an indictment against the church and it's Leaders. As the church spend time in God's Prophetic word, it will awake out of it's cold state, and discern the hour and prepare it's self to meet a Holy God. The Signs of the Times are indicators of Christ's soon return, and the end of the world. Every child of God should know what God has predicted for the last days. Many are giving up the faith, because they don't have any understanding of the times.

"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

(Luke 21:28)

Even though the Signs of the Times reveals, some terrible things, and even the beginnings of sorrows, there is still an underline hope that is the stablity and strength for every christian in these times.

The Signs of The Times Revealed in the Gospel

Here we will exmaine the signs given by our Lord, His Prophets, and His Apostles. We will allow the word of God to reveal the Signs and through documented evidence, give you confirming facts that we are living in the last days.

First we will look at the Signs revealed by our Lord. These are found in the Gospels starting with the book of Matthew.

(Matthew 24:3-39)

3.) " And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?"

4.) " And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you."

5.) " For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."

6.) " And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet."

7.) "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."

8.) "All these are the beginning of sorrows."

9.) " Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake."

10.) " And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another."

11.) " And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many."

12.) " And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."

13.) " But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."

14.) " And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."

23.) " Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not."

24.) " For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."

25.) " Behold, I have told you before."

26.) " Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not."

32.) " Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:"

33.) " So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors..."

37.) " But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

38.) " For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,"

39.) " And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

(Mark 13:4-37)

4.) " Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?"

5.) " And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you:"

6.) " For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."

7.) " And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet."

8.) "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows."

9.) " But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them."

10.) " And the gospel must first be published among all nations."

11. " But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost."

12.) " Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death."

13.) " And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved...."

21.) " And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:"

22.) " For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect."

23.) " But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things...."

28.) "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:"

29.) "So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors."

(Luke 21:7-31)

7.) " And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?"

8.) " And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them."

9.) " But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by."

10.) " Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:"

11.) " And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

25.) " And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26.) "Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken."

27.) " And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."

28.) " And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

29.) " And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;"

30.) " When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand."

31.) " So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."

Perilour Times

The Apostle Paul received from God a revelation, concerning the last days. He spoke of the last days as a time of peril, or perilous times. This can be found in 2 Timothy 3:1-7,

2 Timothy 3:1-7

1.) "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."

2.) "For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3.) "Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good."

4.) "Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more that lovers of God;

5.) "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

6.) "For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,"

7.) "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

False Doctrines

1 Timothy 4:1-3,

1.) "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Israel

One of the greatest signs of our day, occured on May 14, 1948, when the nation of Israel was reestablished after nearly 2,000 years of desolation. The Word of God prophesies the future for this nation in the latter days. Israel's birth in 1948 was by divine appointment. Our generation is the only generation since the time of Christ that has seen God's chosen people in possession of their promised homeland.

In the study of this sign we will examine:

A.) The Restoration of Israel - Amos 9:13,14,15, Ezekiel 36:8-11

B.) The Regathering to the Jews to their homeland - Ezekiel 11:17, 20:34,41, 28:25,26 34:13-16, 36:8-12,24,28, 38:8

C.) The Blooming and Budding of the Land of Israel - Isaiah 27:6, Ezekiel 36:8-11, Amos 9:13-15, Ezekiel 36:30,34-36

D.) The Rebuilding of the waste cities - Amos 9:14, Isaiah 61:4, Ezekiel 36:10,33-36,

We will also look at prophecies regarding:

1.) The Dead Sea Scroll
2.) The restoration of the Levitical Priesthood worship
3.) The restoration of the Animal Sacrifice
4.) The Dead Sea Wealth
5.) The restoration of the shekel
6.) The restoration of the Hebrew Language

The Restoration of latter-day Bablylon

The Word of God prophesies the latter-day restoration of Babylon. The Scriptures teaches that Babylon will one day come back into the mind of God, and he will bring swift destruction upon that city. The account of this is found in the book of Revelation 18:1-24. The city of Babylon was destroyed centuries years ago by the Persian kingdom, and this prophecy has been the topic of much controversy. Until our present day there has been no literal city of Bablylon in existence, but God's Word prophesied that it would one day return! Is the present day restoration of Babylon by King Hussin a latter-day fulfillment of Bible Prophecy? You be the judge as you look at the documentation covered in subjection of the signs.

Final Words,

In this Introduction to the Signs of the Times, we have given just a small amount of scriptures that point to the Signs of the Times as indicators for the last days. As you journey on in this study we will give you document evidence from current event around us, but put into a Biblical perspective. Your news watching will not be the same, you will view the news with a prophetic eye. Enjoy your time of study.


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