Signs Of The Times
By Matthew Ficarelli
Signs are given to us as a gift from God. These are meant to clue us in on what is going to happen in the near future. Signs are given as means of telling us to get our life in order. Not just our physical life but also our spiritual life.
The first set of signs, and perhaps the most important are focused on God's prophetic time clock, Israel. Israel was reborn in 1948. The Jews recaptured Jerusalem in 1967. During both of these years there each was a blood moon lunar tetrad cycle happening. To read more see Israel, Jerusalem, and Blood Moon.
The extremely rapid acceleration of technology within the past 50 years is a sign within itself. The prophet Daniel was told to seal the words of his vision so that they won't be opened until the time of the end.
Daniel 12:4. 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 12:10. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
He was told that many should run to and fro. Knowledge shall be increased and the wise shall understand. We have seen over the past 100 years, the rise in air and space travel. Today you can go to the airport and get on a plane that will take anywhere in the world. We have just put men on the moon no more then 40 years ago. We have sent satellites and unmanned spacecrafts to the far ends of the galaxy. The invention of the automobile is only 100 years old.
Knowledge has increased tremendously within the past 40-50 years. Television brings live footage right into people's living rooms. With the invention of the computer and the internet, anybody can go online and look up any piece of information they desire. A hundred years ago, people were lucky to come across a book. Now computers becomes obsolete every couple of months.
Daniel was also told "the wise shall understand." Countless Biblical prophecies have only until recently, just been understood because of the increase of technology. Now we have the ability to decipher almost any code or prophecy that given to us.
It is said that earthquakes and natural disasters shall be increased as a sign that the end is near -
Matthew 24:7. …. and earthquakes, in divers places.
Luke 21:25. 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.
Natural disasters have been increasing at an alarming rate. Reports by the EMDAT show a steady increase over the past 100 years -
Natural Disasters have been on the rise even more within the past 50 years -
"No nation on earth is immune from natural disasters. What’s more, statistics indicate that the number of such calamities continues to steadily rise. Between 1973 and 1982, about 1,500 natural disasters occurred, while from 1993 to 2002 they increased to as many as 6,000."
- The Washington Profile
Wars and rumors of wars is another sign given to us -
Matthew 24:6. 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.
Matthew 24:7. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
All one has to do is turn on the TV and you will see that this is true. Since the U.S. war with Iraq, the Middle East has been the center of attention. All of the war and poverty in Africa has brought it to the spotlight. Tribes going to war over territory and genocide are just part of everyday life.
Disease and food shortages are said to be at an all time high during the final days -
Matthew 24:7. ...and there shall be famines, and pestilences,
We have many diseases today that don't have cures that are taking the lives of so many people. Cancer, AIDS, Cholera, Malaria, and many more kill thousands of people a day. We even have the threat of world wide epidemics such as the Bird Flu and SARS.
Food shortage is becoming an increasing threat. We might not feel the effects as much as other countries, but that doesn't mean it isn't happening. The UN reports that it can continue till at least 2010 -
"United Nations World Food Program (WFP) head Josette Sheeran warns that the agency is already taking precautionary measures by rationing food aid to address worldwide food shortage and the increasing commodity prices which is expected to continue up to 2010. She said that millions of the world's poorest people will buy less food, less nutritious food or be forced to depend on aid if no concrete action is taken."
For thousands of years, the world on a social level has basically stayed the same. But when the 1960's came around, it changed everything. It introduced many freedoms that people can enjoy, but it also unleashed a wave of world wide social dysfunction that was not seen since the beginning of time. This of course is no accident, it has been all predicted 2,000 years ago -
Matthew 24:12. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Matthew 24:37. 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,
II Timothy 3:1. 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, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than 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.
II Timothy 3:13. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
Jude 16. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
Jude 18. How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
II Peter 2:10. But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
Kids act out against their parents more then ever before. They can actually get a "divorce" from their parents! Due to constant commercialism, the love of material possessions is at an all time high. Everybody has to the first one in line to buy stuff they don't need. What about common decency? Whatever happened to trust a man just by his word? Everybody is always trying to get ahead without caring who they hurt. Look at the amount of legal battles that are fought every year. Most of them are over something so miniscule. Matters can't be settled man to man anymore, they have to be settled by suing the pants off of your neighbor. Teen pregnancies and STD's are at all time high. The age of kids having sex has been getting younger each year. Drug use is one of the biggest problems we face as a society. Not only the death rate from the usage it self, but it also breeds drug dealers, and gangs. Gang activity has spread rapidly over the past 20 years. It has consumed countless lives, and destroyed many cities and neighborhoods. All of this has only happened within the past 40-50 years. Sadly, these severe problems are just part of the social norm.
Faith has been hit the hardest over recent years. Religion has adapted many silly traditions that don't apply to life today. So many people are being led astray due to what "religion" has done to the word of God.
Matthew 24:4. 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.
Matthew 24:11. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Matthew 24:14. 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.
Matthew 24:23. 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 shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Luke 18:8. I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Colossians 3:4. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6. For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
We are seeing many people turn away from their faith to "other" doctrines.
I Timothy 4:1. 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; 2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3. Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
II Timothy 4:3. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Since "religion" has pushed away so many, people now believe that they have the power to be like gods -
II Timothy 3:5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Humanism and the New Age movement are becoming the most popular beliefs. See New Age.
Atheism is now sweeping America by storm. This once great nation that was founded by Christians is now be torn of its core beliefs. This article from WorldNetDaily.com couldn't put it any better -
"The signs are everywhere. Many of America's top-selling books right now are angry, in-your-face, atheist manifestos. Judges try to outdo each other in banning references to God like the Ten Commandments and the "Under God" phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance. And nearly half of Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll, would be willing to vote for an atheist for president of the United States of America –a nation founded by devout Christians.
No question about it. America was founded by Christians. Its very purpose for being was the furtherance of biblical Christianity, according to the Pilgrims and succeeding generations. The nation's school system was created for the express purpose of propagating the Christian faith. Almost all of the Founding Fathers who drafted and signed the Constitution were Christian believers. Even U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Josiah Brewer, in the high court's 1892 "Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States" decision, proclaimed what was then considered obvious to just about everyone: "This is a Christian nation."
Today, however, many Americans are infatuated with outright, full-bore atheism. In fact, Dawkins, the Oxford scientist who wrote "The God Delusion," is even selling young people "Scarlet Letter" tee-shirts with a giant "A" – for "atheist" – on his website (and bumper stickers too). Somehow, atheism – just like homosexuality, which used to be considered shameful and something to hide – is now becoming hip, sophisticated, enlightened, even a badge of honor."
Since so many people are turned away from the Bible, nobody is going to believe that Jesus is coming back -
II Peter 3:3. Knowing the first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4. And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6. Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
How many people do you know who have faith? How many people do you know that are Christians? How many people do you know that are active Christians? Even though this is a big problem, this all must come to pass.
Matthew 24:33. So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
When all hell breaks loose and all those people are cursing God because of what's going on, you can't say he didn't tell us it was going to happen. You just have to look for the clues yourself.
All Scripture Taken Form King James Version