50 Signs Of The End Times

I knew that we were getting close to the end of the age even before I committed myself to Jesus. Indeed, the sheer volume of signs of trouble were already evident to me as a staunch atheist but it was the biblical scriptures that gave me the context to what I was observing in the earth.

Where I anticipated doom and the end of humanity, God revealed the great and blessed hope!

Thankfully, God led me to himself through these signs among other means.

Ceratinly, there is no denying that we live in a unique generation among all the generations of history. In spite of this, many would comfort themselves by wishing away the reality that in the scheme of things, it’s not too long now until Jesus returns to rule as the rightful king of the nations. 

The following article by Dr. David R. Reagan takes a sound look at the telling signs of the times and I encourage you to consider these prayerfully:

50 Reasons Why we are living in the end times

The Bible says we cannot know the time of the Lord’s return (Matthew 25:13). But the Scriptures make it equally clear that we can know the season of the Lord’s return (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6):

“You yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night… But you brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night or darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.”

This passage asserts that Jesus is coming like “a thief in the night.” But then it proceeds to make it clear that this will be true only for the pagan world and not for believers. His return should be no surprise to those who know Him and His Word, for they have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to give them understanding of the nature of the times.

Furthermore, the Scriptures give us signs to watch for — signs that will signal that Jesus is ready to return. The writer of the Hebrew letter referred to these signs when he proclaimed that believers should encourage one another when they see the day of judgment drawing near (Hebrews 10:25-27). Jesus also referred to the end time signs in His Olivet Discourse, given during the last week of His life (Matthew 24 and Luke 21). Speaking of a whole series of signs which He had given to His disciples, He said, “When you see all these things, recognize that He [the Son of Man — that is, Jesus] is near, right at the door” (Matthew 24:33).

A Personal Experience

Every time I think of “Signs of the Times,” I am reminded of a great man of God named Elbert Peak. I had the privilege of participating with him in a Bible prophecy conference held in Orlando, Florida in the early 1990’s. Mr. Peak was about 80 years old at the time.

He had been assigned the topic, “The Signs of the Times.” He began his presentation by observing, “Sixty years ago when I first started preaching, you had to scratch around like a chicken to find one sign of the Lord’s soon return.”

He paused for a moment, and then added, “But today there are so many signs I’m no longer looking for them. Instead, I’m listening for a sound — the sound of a trumpet!”

The First Sign

One hundred years ago in 1907 there was not one single, tangible, measurable sign that indicated we were living in the season of the Lord’s return. The first to appear was the Balfour Declaration which was issued by the British government on November 2, 1917.

This Declaration was prompted by the fact that during World War I the Turks sided with the Germans. Thus, when Germany lost the war, so did the Turks, and the victorious Allies decided to divide up both the German and Turkish empires.

The Turkish territories, called the Ottoman Empire, contained the ancient homeland of the Jewish people — an area the Romans had named Palestine after the last Jewish revolt in 132-135 AD.

In 1917 Palestine included all of modern day Israel and Jordan. In the scheme the Allies concocted for dividing up the German and Turkish territories, Britain was allotted Palestine, and this is what prompted the Balfour Declaration. In that document, Lord Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary, declared that it was the intention of the British government to establish in Palestine “a national home for the Jewish people.”

The leading Evangelical in England at the time was F. B. Meyer. He immediately recognized the prophetic significance of the Declaration, for he was well aware that the Scriptures prophesy that the Jewish people will be regathered to their homeland in unbelief right before the return of the Messiah (Isaiah 11:11-12).

Meyer sent out a letter to the Evangelical leaders of England asking them to gather in London in December to discuss the prophetic implications of the Balfour Declaration. In that letter, he stated, “The signs of the times point toward the close of the time of the Gentiles… and the return of Jesus can be expected any moment.”

Before Meyer’s meeting could be convened, another momentous event occurred. On December 11, 1917 General Edmund Allenby liberated the city of Jerusalem from 400 years of Turkish rule.

There is no doubt that these events in 1917 marked the beginning of the end times because they led to the worldwide regathering of the Jewish people to their homeland and the reestablishment of their state.

Since 1917

Since the time of the Balfour Declaration, we have witnessed throughout the 20th Century the appearance of sign after sign pointing to the Lord’s soon return. There are so many of these signs today, in fact, that one would have to be either biblically illiterate or spiritually blind not to realize that we are living on borrowed time.

I have personally been searching the Bible for years in an effort to identify all the signs, and it has not been an easy task to get a hold on them. That’s because there are so many of them, both in the Old and New Testaments.

I have found that the best way to deal with them is to put them in categories, and in doing that, I have come up with six categories of end time signs.

1) The Signs of Nature

“…and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” (Luke 21:11)

This category of signs has always been the least respected, even among believers. The mere mention of it usually evokes a sneer accompanied by the words, “Come on, what else is new? There have always been earthquakes and tornadoes and hurricanes.” But those who have this attitude forget that Jesus said the signs would be like “birth pangs” (Matthew 24:8). That means they will increase in frequency and intensity the closer we get to the Lord’s return. In other words, there will be more frequent natural disasters and more intense ones.

And that is exactly what has been happening. For example, between October of 1991 and November of 2004 — a period of 13 years — the United States experienced:

9 of the 10 largest insurance natural disasters in history.

9 of the 10 greatest disasters as ranked by FEMA relief costs.

5 of its costliest hurricanes in history.

3 of its 4 largest tornado swarms in history.

And keep in mind that these statistics were complied before the Hurricane Katrina disaster in August of 2005!

2) The Signs of Society

“Realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

This passage sounds like a typical evening newscast today! Notice the three things it says people will love in the end times: self, money, and pleasure.

The love of self is Humanism — the belief that Man can accomplish anything on his own. The love of money is Materialism. When Humanism is your religion, your god will always be money. The love of pleasure is the third love that is mentioned. This is Hedonism, the lifestyle that is always produced by Humanism and Materialism.

But God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7). He therefore sees to it that when people chose Humanism, Materialism, and Hedonism, the payoff is always Nihilism — which is a fancy philosophical word for despair.

Need I emphasize that our world is wallowing in despair today? We live in a society plagued by abortion, homosexuality, domestic violence, child molestation, blasphemy, pornography, alcoholism, drug abuse and gambling.

Like the days of the Judges in the Old Testament, people are doing what is right in their own eyes, and the result is that people are calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).

3) The Spiritual Signs

There are more signs in this category than any other. Many are evil in nature, but there are also some very positive ones. Concerning the negative signs, a typical passage is the following one found in 2 Timothy 4:3-4:

“The time will come when they [professing Christians] will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.”

Some of the negative spiritual signs that are specifically prophesied include the following: false christs, cultic groups, heresies, apostasy, skepticism, deception, occultism, and persecution.

The one that Jesus mentioned most frequently was false christs and their cultic groups (Matthew 24:5, 11, 24). And in fulfillment of these prophecies, we have experienced an explosion of cults since 1850.

But, praise God, we are told that there will be some very positive spiritual signs in the end times. The most important one that is prophesied in many places is a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2:28-29).

This outpouring began at the dawn of the 20th Century, and proved to be one of the greatest spiritual surprises — and blessings — of the century. You see, when that century began, the prevailing viewpoint among both Catholics and Protestants regarding the Holy Spirit was Cessationism. This view held that the gifts of the Spirit ceased when the last Apostle died. In effect, it was a belief that the Holy Spirit had retired in the First Century.

The 20th Century had hardly gotten started when a Holy Spirit revival broke out at a small Bible college in Topeka, Kansas in 1901. Three years later, a similar Holy Spirit revival swept Wales and began to spread worldwide. Then, in 1906, the Spirit fell with great power on a humble Black preacher in Los Angeles named William J. Seymour. The Azuza Street Revival, as it came to be called, continued for four years and gave birth to the Pentecostal Movement.

The Bible prophesies two great outpourings of the Spirit and symbolically pictures them as the “early and latter rains” (Joel 2:23), based on the two rainy seasons of Israel. The early rain occurred at Pentecost in the First Century when the Church was established. The latter rain was prophesied to occur after the Jewish people had been re-established in their homeland (Joel 2:18-26).

The latter rain began with the Pentecostal Movement, just as God began to regather the Jews to their homeland under the visionary leadership of Theodore Herzl. But the rain did not become a downpour until after the re-establishment of the state of Israel in May of 1948, just as prophesied by Joel.

First came the anointing of Billy Graham’s ministry in 1949, followed by the Charismatic Movement of the 1960’s. Today, most of Christianity, whether Pentecostal, Charismatic, or Traditional, fully recognizes that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is alive and well in Spirit-led worship, the continuing validity of spiritual gifts, the reality of spiritual warfare, and the importance of a Spirit-filled life in winning that warfare.

In addition to the rediscovery of the Holy Spirit, there are other positive spiritual prophecies being fulfilled today — like the preaching of the Gospel worldwide (Matthew 24:14), the revival of Davidic praise worship (Amos 9:11) and the emergence of Messianic Judaism (Romans 9:27).

Another remarkable positive sign is the understanding of Bible prophecy. You see, the Hebrew prophets often did not understand the end time prophecies that the Lord gave to them. A good example can be found in Daniel 12:8-9 where the prophet complains to the Lord that he does not understand the prophecies that have been entrusted to him. The Lord’s response was, “Don’t worry about it. Just write the prophecies. They have been sealed up until the end times.”

In other words, the Bible teaches that many of the end time prophecies will not be understood until the time comes for them to be fulfilled. And that is exactly what has been happening in the past 100 years. Historical developments and scientific inventions are now making it possible for us to understand end time prophecies that have never been understood before.

Take Israel for example. All of end time prophecy revolves around the nation of Israel. But how could those prophecies be understood as long as Israel did not exist and there was no prospect that the nation would ever exist again?

This is the reason that Hal Lindsey’s book, The Late Great Planet Earth, became such a phenomenal bestseller in the 1970’s. For the first time it explained the events prophesied in the book of Revelation in natural terms that people could easily understand.

4) The Signs of World Politics

“You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars… for nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…” (Matthew 24:6-7)

I taught international politics for 20 years before I entered the ministry full time, so this is an area that is particularly fascinating to me.

The Bible prophesies a very specific end time configuration of world politics. Israel is pictured as being re-established (Ezekiel 37:21-22) and surrounded by hostile Arab neighbors intent on its destruction (Ezekiel 35:1 – 36:7). This, of course has been the situation in the Middle East since the Israeli Declaration of Independence in May of 1948.

Daniel prophesied that the Roman Empire would be revived (Daniel 2:36-41), something many men — like Charlemagne, Napoleon, and Hitler — tried to do through force. But the prophecy had to await God’s timing for its fulfillment, and that came after World War II, with the formation of the European Common Market that has since morphed into the superpower called the European Union.

The Bible pictures a great power located in the land of Magog in the “remote parts of the north.” This nation will menace Israel in the end times and will ultimately lead an invasion of Israel together with specified allies, all of which are modern day Muslim states (Ezekiel 38:1 – 39:16). Russia with all its Muslim republics and its Muslim allies fits this description precisely.

All the nations of the world are prophesied to come together against Israel in the end times over the issue of the control of Jerusalem (Zech. 12:2-3) — a prophecy being fulfilled today.

The magnitude of warfare in the 20th Century is another fulfillment of end time prophecy related to world politics. The 20th Century was one of unparalleled war. Like birth pangs, the frequency and intensity of war increased exponentially. It is now estimated that more people died in wars during the 20th Century than in all the previous wars throughout all of recorded human history.

5) The Signs of Technology

“Men will faint from fear over the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:26)

The development of nuclear weapons seems to be foreshadowed by this prophecy in Luke 21 that speaks of people “fainting from fear” due to the “powers of the heavens being shaken.” The incredible carnage of the Seal and Trumpet Judgments portrayed in chapters 6 and 8 in the book of Revelation indicates that the Antichrist will conquer the world through the use of nuclear weapons. We are told that one-third of the earth will be burned and that one-half of humanity will be killed. Further evidence that this is a nuclear holocaust is found in Revelation 16 where we are told that at the end of the Tribulation the survivors will be covered with sores that will not heal (Revelation 16:11).

As I pointed out earlier, there are many end time prophecies that simply cannot be understood apart from modern technological developments. Consider the prophecy in Revelation 11 about the two witnesses who will call the world to repentance during the first half of the Tribulation. When they are killed by the Antichrist, we are told that their bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half days, and the whole world will look upon them (Revelation 11:9). How could anyone understand such a prophecy before the development of satellite television in the 1960’s?

Likewise, how could the Antichrist control all buying and selling worldwide (Revelation 13) without the aid of computer technology? How could the False Prophet create the illusion of giving life to a statue (Revelation 13) without the technology of holograms, virtual reality, and robotics? How could an army of 200 million come out of the Far East (Revelation 9) before the population explosion that was produced by modern medical technology? How could the Gospel be proclaimed to all the world (Matthew 24) before the invention of motion pictures, radio, television, and the Internet? The list goes on and on.

6) The Signs of Israel

“And it shall come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.” (Zechariah 12:3)

The signs that relate to Israel are the most important of all because the Jews are God’s prophetic time clock. What I mean by this is that the Scriptures will often tie a prophesied future event with something that will happen to the Jews. We are told to watch the Jews, and when the prophesied event concerning them occurs, we can be sure that the other prophesied event will also occur.

An example can be found in Luke 21:24 where Jesus prophesied that the Jews would be dispersed from Jerusalem and be led captive among the nations. But then He added that one day they would return to re-occupy Jerusalem, and when this happens, the end time events will occur that will lead to His return.

There are many prophecies concerning the Jews in the end times, many of which began to be fulfilled in the 20th Century, but there are four key ones. The first is their worldwide regathering in unbelief (Isaiah 11:11-12). In 1900 there were only 40,000 Jews in Palestine. By the end of World War II that number had risen to 800,000. Today, there are more than 5.7 million who have come from all over the world. Very soon there will be as many Jews in Israel as died in the Holocaust. The prophet Jeremiah says twice that when history is completed, the Jewish people will look back and conclude that their worldwide regathering was a greater miracle than their deliverance from Egyptian captivity (Jeremiah 16:14-15 and 23:7-8). We are truly living in momentous times!

The second key prophecy concerning the Jews is a natural consequence of their regathering. It is the re-establishment of their state which occurred on May 14, 1948 (Isaiah 66:7-8). The third key prophecy is the re-occupation of Jerusalem which occurred on June 7, 1967 during the miraculous Six Day War (Zechariah 8:4-8).

The fourth key prophecy is the one whose fulfillment we are witnessing today — the re-focusing of world politics upon the nation of Israel (Zechariah 12:2-3). All the nations of the world, including the United States, are coming against Israel over the issue of the control of the nation’s capital — the city of Jerusalem. The Vatican wants the city put under its control. The United Nations wants it to be internationalized. The European Union is demanding it be divided between the Arabs and the Jews. The Arabs want all of it.

Summary

And so you have it — six different categories of signs, each category containing many prophecies concerning the end times, all of which are being fulfilled before our very eyes. Let me conclude by specifically listing 50 of those prophecies.

1) Increasing instability of nature.

(Matthew 24:7 & Luke 21:11)

2) Increasing lawlessness and violence.

(Matthew 24:12)

3) Increasing immorality.

(Matthew 24:37)

4) Increasing materialism.

(2 Timothy 3:2)

5) Increasing Hedonism.

(2 Timothy 3:4)

6) Increasing influence of Humanism.

(2 Timothy 3:2)

7) Depraved entertainment.

(2 Timothy 3:4)

8) Calling evil good and good evil.

(2 Timothy 3:3 & Isaiah 5:20)

9) Increasing use of drugs.

(2 Timothy 3:3)

10) Increasing blasphemy.

(2 Timothy 3:2)

11) Increasing paganism.

(2 Timothy 3:1-4)

12) Increasing despair.

(2 Timothy 3:1)

13) Signs in the heavens.

(Luke 21:11,25)

14) Increasing knowledge.

(Daniel 12:4)

15) Increasing travel.

(Daniel 12:4)

16) The explosion of cults.

(Matthew 24:11)

17) The proliferation of false christs.

(Matthew 24:5)

18) Increasing apostasy in the Church.

(2 Timothy 4:3-5)

19) Increasing attacks on Jesus.

(Romans 1:18-19)

20) Increasing attacks on the Bible.

(Romans 1:18-19)

21) Increasing persecution of Christians.

(Matthew 24:9)

22) Increasing occultism.

(1 Timothy 4:1)

23) Wars and rumors of wars.

(Matthew 24:6)

24) Weapons of mass destruction.

(Luke 21:26)

25) Increasing famine.

(Luke 21:11)

26) Increasing pestilence.

(Luke 21:11)

27) Computer technology.

(Revelation 13:7)

28) Television.

(Revelation 11:8-9)

29) Satellite technology.

(Revelation 11:8-9)

30) Virtual reality.

(Revelation 13:14-15)

31) Unification of Europe.

(Daniel 2 & 7)

32) Far Eastern military powers.

(Revelation 9:16 & 16:12)

33) Movement toward world government.

(Daniel 7:23-26)

34) Regathering of the Jews.

(Isaiah 11:10-12)

35) Re-establishment of Israel.

(Isaiah 66:7-8)

36) Reclamation of the land of Israel.

(Ezekiel 36:34-35)

37) Revival of Biblical Hebrew.

(Zephaniah 3:9; Jeremiah 31:23)

38) Re-occupation of Jerusalem.

(Luke 21:24)

39) Resurgence of the Israeli military.

(Zechariah 12:6)

40) Re-focusing of world politics on Israel.

(Zechariah 12:3)

41) Russian threat to Israel.

(Ezekiel 38 and 39)

42) Arab threat to Israel.

(Ezekiel 35 and 36)

43) Denial of the Second Coming.

(2 Peter 3:3-4)

44) Denial of creation by God.

(Romans 1:18-22)

45) Outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

(Joel 2:28-29)

46) Translation of the Bible into many languages.

(Matthew 24:14)

47) Preaching of the Gospel worldwide.

(Matthew 24:14)

48) The revival of Messianic Judaism.

(Romans 9:27)

49) The revival of Davidic praise worship.

(Amos 9:11)

50) The understanding of Bible prophecy.

(Daniel 12:8-9)

This list could be greatly expanded, but the 50 examples above should be sufficient to show that we are living in the season of the Lord’s return.

The Bible clearly teaches that God never pours out His wrath without warning for He is a just and loving God who does not wish that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9). That’s why He has provided so many signs to alert us to the fact that we are living on the threshold of the Tribulation.

The Message

The bottom line message of the signs is that we are living on borrowed time. And the crucial question for every human being is “Are you ready?” Are you ready for the return of Jesus? Will He come as your Blessed Hope or your Holy Terror?

It will be one or the other, for God is determined to deal with sin, and He does so with either grace or wrath (John 3:36). If you have put your faith in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, then you are under God’s grace. Your sins have been forgiven and forgotten, and you can look forward with confidence to that glorious day when Jesus will appear in the heavens.

But if you have never received Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you are under the wrath of God, and you have nothing to look forward to except the terror of His wrath.

The choice is yours. I personally cannot understand why anyone would turn their back on God’s free gift of grace through faith in His Son. I have placed my faith in Jesus, and I therefore am able to look forward to His soon return with great anticipation and expectation. All that is within me cries out, “Maranatha! Come quickly Lord Jesus” (1 Corinthians 16:22).

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September 23, 2015: Sir Isaac Newton, The Shemitah, The Pope, CERN, Blood Moon Tetrads, And The Signs Of The Times

So the evidence towards a significant September 2015 is continuing to build. To what exactly, I am not making any specific predictions.

However, scripture is clear that God uses the heavenly bodies as signs and that events on the earth also happen in specific seasons. We can see that the weather will change or that the season is shifting because of clear, observable signs and that allows us to prepare accordingly.

Something is happening in the entire earth at this time – some kind of significant shift – and this is occurring across the many facets of society from the economic, to the social, to the geopolitical.

Many people will be surprised and caught out by what does take place but Christians are warned to keep watch and pray, knowing that God orchestrates shifts that are sometimes catastrophic for those whose hope is only in this life. 

The Christian hope, however is built on the unmovable redemption in Christ Jesus and troubled times are often the most powerful opportunities to declare our confident hope to those who are yet to meet Jesus.

With that said, I present the following article for your consideration. I am not suggesting anyone blindly accept what is says nor that everything is says is accurate and certain. My hope and exhortation is to prayer and continued watchfulness with an understanding of these matters so that if some of these predictions prove fruitful, you will be prepared to boldly reassure people within your sphere of influence rather than be shaken and in need to reassurance yourself. 

As world events appear to be spinning out of control, there is something else spinning at record-breaking speed at a laboratory in Switzerland that has biblical prophecy watchers taking note.

CERN, also called the European Organization for Nuclear Research, at its complex near Geneva, restarted its Large Hadron Collider in June for the first time in 27 months and is scheduled to perform a controversial experiment in September, around the same time of the end of the biblical Shemitah on Sept. 13 and the start of Yom Kippur on Sept. 23.

CERN was founded in 1954 and has played a role in plenty of groundbreaking experiments, including the early research that led to the creation of the Internet. CERN scientists have said their latest work involves trying to open up a black hole, or “hidden extra dimensions,” which some see as a potential portal to the underworld.

“Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it,” said Sergio Bertolucci, the director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN, at a press briefing in November 2009.

The date Sept. 23 has become ubiquitous among the writings of many prophecy watchers. They don’t know what, if anything, will happen on that date but they question why it keeps popping up everywhere: in movies and concerts, on the pope’s appointment calendar, in the statements of politicians and the calculations of a famous mathematician from the 18th century.

Sir Isaac Newton, the English scientist and devout Christian, had a burning desire to study end-times prophecies of Christ’s return. He had a particular interest in Daniel’s prophecies, and he put together calculations that point to Sept. 23, 2015, as a key date.

Mark Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” said he’s been aware of Newton’s formula, based on Daniel 9:25, since 2008 and believes it has merit worth studying.

You take 49 prophetic years or 17,640 days from the time when the Jewish people are restored to Jerusalem, which occurred on June 7, 1967, and you arrive at Sept. 23, 2015.

“The Isaac Newton days going from 1967 to Yom Kippur 2015 which leads us into 2016 came from my original teachings back in 2008 that everyone is talking about,” Biltz said. “This lines up with the end of the biblical Shemitah and possible proclaiming of the year of Jubilee.”

Factor in the strange embedding of “Sept. 23, 2015,” into dozens of Hollywood movies and music videos dating back to the 1980s, and you have the recipe for a fast-growing Internet conspiracy theory with questions frequently asked about possible Illuminati influence.

Here comes the pope, but will ‘chaos’ follow?

Then you have the scheduled arrival of Pope Francis at the White House on Sept. 23 and a first-ever address to a joint session of Congress the next day. Francis is the 266th pope who will be meeting with President Obama on the 266th day of the year, leading one Internet preacher to wonder if “something is being birthed” on that day, since 266 days is the typical human gestation period from conception to birth.

Back on May 21, 2014, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius issued a cryptic statement while standing beside U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington. He said, “We have 500 days to avoid climate chaos.” Going 500 days out from May 21, 2014, brings you to Sept. 23, 2015.

Watch 40-second clip of French foreign minister’s statement on “climate chaos”

The Jade Helm military exercises taking place through mid-September also have given rise to conspiracy theories. Is the government preparing for some major future event that will bring chaos to America?

All of this activity will be topped off by more signs in the heavens, with the fourth and last in a rare tetrad of “blood moons” set to occur Sept. 28 on the biblical Feast of Tabernacles. The Shemitah year comes to a climax on the Hebrew calendar date of Elul 29, which is Sept. 13 on the Gregorian calendar.

Counting off ‘sevens’ and the road to war

Jonathan Cahn, author of “The Mystery of the Shemitah,” addresses Isaac Newton’s calculations in the last chapter of his best-selling book.

He calls it the “mystery of the Seventh Shemitah” or the “Super Shemitah.”

“Every seven years was the Shemitah or Sabbath year. Every seventh Shemitah ushered in a super Shemitah we call the Jubilee. The hallmark of the Jubilee was restoration,” Cahn told WND.

During the Jubilee, God commanded every Israelite to return to their ancestral home. If you had lost your father’s land, in the year of Jubilee it would be restored.

“End-time prophecy is based on the return of the Jewish people to the land of Israel, their restoration to their long lost ancestral home – that’s a prophetic Jubilee,” Cahn said. “So could this ancient mystery actually reveal when end-time events are to happen?”

Cahn thinks so.

While records for the Jubilee don’t exist, it is known that the Jubilee year must follow the year of the Shemitah. Cahn notes that 1917-18 was a Shemitah year.

“It was in that time that the Ottoman Empire collapsed in the Middle East, and the land of Israel fell into the hands of the British Empire,” Cahn said. “The Empire issued the Balfour Declaration which declared that the land of Israel would be a Jewish homeland. For the first time in 2,000 years the land of Israel was given back to the Jewish people. They were restored. Their ancestral land was given back to them – a prophetic end-time Jubilee – and it actually took place in the exact time parameters ordained by the mystery of the Shemitah.”

Going forward in time from the restoration of the land in 1917 to the next Seventh Shemitah brings you to the Shemitah of 1965-66. Thus the year after the Seventh Shemitah, the Jubilee, would be September 1966 to September 1967.

That was a big year on the prophetic calendar as it brought the Six Day War.

“On June 7, 1967, Israeli soldiers enter the gates of Jerusalem and the Holy City is restored to the Jewish people – they return to their ancestral possession. And it happens again in the year following the Shemitah and seven Shemitahs after the restoration of the land.”

Counting seven Shemitahs from 1967 leads to the Shemitah of 2015. The period of the Jubilee would thus begin in September 2015 and run through September 2016.

“Does anything have to happen during this time? No,” Cahn said. “The pattern could stop after the restoration of Jerusalem. But if it did continue, what might we expect? In each of the last two cycles, it has meant a critical war, a war in the Middle East, a war in the land of Israel, and a war that results in a prophetic end-time restoration.”

Cahn says he also finds it fascinating that Isaac Newton’s interpretation of Daniel 9 would end up having us count 7 x 7 years from June 7, 1967, into the future.

“June 7, 1967, represented the last prophetic restoration and Jubilee. Seven times seven is the equation used to bring one to the next Jubilee,” he said.

Counting prophetic years of 360 days, it brings you to Sept. 23, 2015, which is Yom Kippur, the day when the Jubilee begins.

“So Newton’s ‘riddle’ brings us from one Jubilee to the next – and not just to the year but to the exact day, to a once in 50 years day, that could usher in the next prophetic Jubilee,” Cahn said.

Mankind returning to Tower of Babel

Paul McGuire, a Bible prophecy expert, speaker and author of eight books including “Mass Awakening” and a new release “The Babylon Code,” due out in September, believes the key to cracking the code of end-times prophecy is found in Genesis 10-11 with Nimrod building the Tower of Babel. He believes this same “man can be god” philosophy was handed down by the ruling elites from one civilization to another, making its way to Egypt, Greece, Rome and America and Europe today.

Those who doubt these secretive elite groups had any influence over America need only look at the dollar bill, McGuire said.

“The Tower was built in Ziggurat form, so the tower was really a pyramid structure,” McGuire told WND.

“That unfinished pyramid at the top of the dollar bill, that capstone with the eye of the god Horus, this is Freemasonry symbolism. ‘Novus Ordo Seclorum’ is the New World Order,” he said. “So what our book exposes is there has been in existence, since the beginning of the flood, a group of people that have had access to supernatural powers.”

He said the pyramid is also an organizational hierarchy for earthly power: the elite would be at the top with knowledge of what’s really going on in the world, while the presidents, generals and CEOs are considered managerial elite.

“So going back to CERN, these scientists have been indoctrinated in humanism, scientific materialism and they don’t believe in a supernatural world, but the ones at the very top, they know what the real purpose of the CERN collider is for and they are trying to open a star gate just like Babel in a sense,” McGuire said. “Sir Arthur Clarke said ‘science is magic’ and he wasn’t trying to be cute. He said, at the highest level of science, the really illumined scientists are fully aware that magic and science are one in the same.”

Movie Director Stanley Kubrick, who created “Eyes Wide Shut” and “2001 Space Odyssey,” was trying to communicate these messages to the masses, McGuire said.

“He was a good Mason. And there appears to be within these secret societies a conflict, some have a more noble aim and others are evil. But Kubrick believed mankind did not go through a long slow evolving but that man encountered an interface at critical junctures and man’s progress is rapid and accelerating and we take quantum leaps versus the slow and deliberate process.

“But at the end of his project he’s trying to depict in ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ the evil nature of those at the top, the scientific elites.”

The idea that a scientific elite should rule the world was also planted in Plato’s “Republic,” in which 10 god kings ruled mythical Atlantis.

The German Nazis were also steeped in the occult and used mind-control to deceive the masses. Nazi scientists such as Werner Von Braun were said to have been in contact with the spirit world, from which they received secrets on rocket technology that was decades ahead of anything seen in the industrialized world. He was brought to America under “Operation Paperclip” to help start NASA after World War II.

The mascot for CERN today is a statue of the Hindu god Shiva, a cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy the universe so it can be recreated by the god Brahma. Shiva was called Apollyon in Greece.

This statue of Shiva, the destroyer, sits in front of CERN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

“Occult magic, science and technology are used to rule the world, and this was the thesis of Aldus Huxley’s ‘Brave New World,’ as well,” McGuire told WND.

The conclusion of McGuire’s new book, “Babylon Code: Solving the Bible’s Greatest End Times Mystery,” co-authored with Troy Anderson, is that God’s people can’t fight the New World Order with mere human weapons. The regular conservative politics of the day will be rendered futile against demonic powers in high places, he said, which the Apostle Paul warned of in Ephesians 6.

“So you have a human Christian population trying to fight Luciferian power with human power. As long as they’re looking to humans to fight for them they’re going to lose,” McGuire said. “Donald Trump isn’t going to save us.”

McGuire sees the founding of America as having a dual purpose. Some meant it for good, others for evil, and there’s been a cosmic battle for the nation’s soul ever since.

“It’s a strange beginning, you have a very odd combination, both forces are at play in this,” McGuire said. “You do have Illuminati involved in the forming of America. But you also have Jonathan Edwards and the first great awakening. Edwards was not only spiritual but also intellectual. Edwards preached the sermon ‘Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God’ that ignited the first Great Awakening and it released such power that it embedded itself in the Bill of Rights, these biblical principles of inalienable rights, that your rights come from God and not man, the abuse of power, etc. We need a biblical third great awakening.”

‘No man knows the day or the hour’

Carl Gallups, author of “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” has also studied the claims of Sir Isaac Newton and the various modern interpretations of his end-time prophecies.

Gallups said it’s crucial to remember that Jesus gave a stern warning that “no man knows the day or the hour” concerning His return.

“I have taken that admonishment seriously for the entire 30-plus years of my ministry. I do not ‘set dates,’ nor have I ever claimed to have infallible insight into eschatological matters,” he said.

But just as important, he says, is another admonishment given by Jesus concerning prophetic calculations.

“He clearly chastised the religious elite of His day for not knowing, at least, the signs of the prophetic ‘times’ in which they were living,” Gallups said. “Because of their shortcoming in this matter, they actually missed the foretold coming of Messiah. Accordingly, I believe it is supremely important that God’s people keep a sober eye upon contextual prophetic interpretations and the current world events that may well correspond to them.”

Like Cahn and others, Gallups sees more than just coincidence in the array of convergences leading up to the current Shemitah year and next year’s possible Jubilee.

This junction, in the mind of many Bible scholars, kicked off with the return of Israel and the subsequent recapturing of Jerusalem.

“These events were amazingly foretold by Newton as well, some 300 years before they happened,” Gallups said. “His predictions included statements about a ‘friendly kingdom’ that would arise in those days that would help these things to occur.”

Many, of course, see the United States, which did not emerge until after Newton’s death, as Newton’s “friendly kingdom.”

It has now been 67 years since Israel re-emerged on the world scene, and only 48 years since the recapturing of Jerusalem.

“We are certainly living in a very ‘young,’ but powerful age of prophetic convergence,” Gallups said. “Yet, since those two 2,500-year-old biblical predictions have come to pass, even more last days’ prophecies have continued to come like a flood.”

Among those predictions Gallups sees are the rise of Islam, the current boiling-point turmoil in the Middle East, terrorism and threats of terrorism sweeping the planet, fears of multiple nuclear holocausts, the growing rejection of Israel by the nations – which increasingly seems to include the United States, “and a Sodom and Gomorrah spirit spreading through the nations – now ardently proliferated by the largest ‘Christian’ nation the world has ever known.”

“Add to these things the fact that we now have an important Shemitah cycle and Super Shemitah cycle approaching this September, as well as the variously calculated predictions of Sir Isaac Newton that also seem to point to September of 2015 as an ominous ‘beginning’ to even more unfolding of last days’ prophetic occurances,” he said.

Gallups points to Cahn’s research as bringing many of these convergences to the public spotlight, as well as that of Joel Richardson, who wrote years ago of what is now actually happening in the Middle East, and especially the dramatic rise and threat of ISIS. In the midst of all this, Pastor Mark Blitz has shared with the world his original discoveries concerning the, perhaps prophetic, convergence of the blood moon phenomenon – also reaching a peak with the ending of this year and the beginning of 2016.

“These dramatically aligning factors alone, in my estimation, point to the soberness with which we must approach our mission of Kingdom work in the days in which we currently live,” Gallups said. “We must be mindful of the ‘signs of the times’ in which we are living.

Many will scoff at the claims of the unfolding of end-times prophecy as the Day of the Lord approaches. “But even their last days ridiculing was specifically predicted over 2,000 years ago,” Gallups notes. Most, who malign the word of God in such a manner, do not even realize that they (through their mocking spirit and words) are specifically mentioned in the very scriptures they malign! If there ever was a time to be right with our Creator through a biblically born-again relationship with Jesus Christ – it is now.”

Prophecy should not bring fear to Christians

Joel Richardson, a Bible teacher, documentary filmmaker and author of the New York Times-bestseller “The Islamic Antichrist,” along with “Mideast Beast” and “When A Jew Rules the World,” has his own unique perspective on the countdown to the Day of the Lord.

He takes a more cautious view.

“There are certainly some interesting convergences of seemingly significant dates, events and signs. Many are pointing to the completion of this seven-year cycle, known as the Shemitah, as it coincides with the completion of the final four of the lunar eclipses, which coincided with four biblical appointed holidays,” Richardson said. “But despite these convergences, I think we need to express caution. Even if we agree that this is pointing to something, what might it be? This is what no one can answer. And the danger is inspiring people to fear, to panic, to anxiety. This would certainly be a wrong application. If it inspires people to repent of sins in their lives, and to get right with God, then wonderful. But I am concerned with the level of fear that it is inspiring in a lot of people, including many Christians. But the Lord has not given us a spirit of fear.”

Richardson said he believes Cahn’s suggestion that America could be looking at the next phase of its divine chastisement is the most likely outcome of the Shemitah.

“Af it was seven years to the day from September 11 that the great economic collapse of 2008 occurred. And now we are about to hit thenext seven-year point,” he said. “So perhaps this is the next installment of God’s trumpet blast to this nation calling on us to repent. Perhaps.”

But he throws cold water on the theory that the Shemitah or even the Super Shemitah of 2016 could ring in the period the Bible calls the Great Tribulation.

“There are simply some things that must take place first. I fear that many who are declaring that we are there will do damage to the proclamation of Jesus’ return in the days ahead,” he said. “Peter the apostle said that in the last days, many scoffers would come, mocking the notion that Jesus’ return is close. Mockers will mock. But we as responsible Christians should not give legitimacy to the mockers by jumping the gun and wrongly declaring that ‘this is that,’ that we have entered the final seven-year period. If we do so, we will only be repeating the errors of the 1980s and the infamous book ’88 Reasons Why the Rapture will take place in 1988.’ The result is decades of cynicism and a rejection of any discussion of the return of Jesus. Yet His return is our hope!”

Before the final seven years can begin, the Antichrist must first arise, beginning as a leader of small significance, and growing in power until he uproots three other leaders, Richardson says. These things are detailed in Daniel Chapters 7, 8 and 11. After he does arise, and grows to the point of establishing a measure of political capital, he will enter into a covenant, or treaty of some kind with the leaders of Israel, Richardson believes, citing Daniel 9:27 as well as Isaiah 28:14-18; 10:20.

“Neither of these two critical signs – the rise of the Antichrist, or the covenant ‘with death’ can be said to be fulfilled or within months of being fulfilled. They could be just a few years off, but not months,” he said. “Despite all of the abiding sense of fear and anxiety, despite the words of many ‘prophets,’ if the signs on the ground do not line up with the words of the biblical prophets, then all of this expectation means little. I firmly believe that the final seven years before Jesus’ return is drawing close, but we are not there yet.”

Richardson always offers excellent, biblically sound advice and so I echo his encouragements.

In summary: Read it, research it, and prepare your hearts in prayer.

“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:14-18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and to test him they asked him to show them a sign from heaven. He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” So he left them and departed.” Matthew‬ ‭16:1-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

““From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew‬ ‭24:32-51‬ ‭ESV‬‬


http://www.wnd.com/2015/08/did-isaac-newton-predict-major-turn-in-bible-prophecy/?cat_orig=faith

There Are No Contradictions In The Bible, Lots Of Context Though

Cherry-picking the bible is a natural talent that all humanity can exercise by default. 

I used to do this before I knew Jesus, throwing individual verses and passages in the face of Christians and smugly sitting back as I refused to listen to their responses. 

These days, people do it to me and because I love the truth, I persist in telling them the answers that they refuse to listen to. Depending on my audience, I will do this again and again because declaring about who God is and what he is doing encourages me as much as listening to a rousing sermon, even if I am being totally ignored by the questioner.

It is amazing though how blind we can be as human beings when it comes to God and his story. Again and again, people refuse to understand the underlying premise of scripture: that God alone is good and humanity are criminals for breaking his law.

So questions like “how can God murder people” are demonstrated to be redundant strawmen from the outset because the premise of God’s story is that he doesn’t murder, he executes just judgment on deservingly criminal humanity.

The bible is the only account of history that God himself testifies to but like any story, it must be read in context and as a whole to be completely understood.

The following article from Don Landis explores the basics of biblical hermeneutics and it answers a lot of basic but important questions:

The Whole Counsel of God

“Answer a fool . . . don’t answer a fool.” The Bible is full of claims that are often hard to understand and reconcile. Enemies of God’s Word say these are contradictions. Lovers of God’s Word know the truth—consider “the whole counsel of God.”

Unbelievers often claim the Bible is confusing or even contradictory. Sometimes their questions are sincere, giving us the opportunity to offer a gospel-centered response. At other times they are simply trying to discredit Scripture from a heart of unbelief. Of course, believers may have honest questions, too. How do we clear up the confusion for those who simply want to know the truth?

Studying the overall purpose of God and the larger picture of the whole Bible is essential to understanding the specifics. Let’s review a few principles of hermeneutics—Bible interpretation—regarding the larger context of each passage. These principles will help us rightly understand confusing passages.

First, we should allow Scripture to interpret Scripture—the clear texts of God’s Word help us understand the unclear texts.

For example, in Deuteronomy 24 God seems to condone divorce, yet in Luke 16:18 Christ associates divorce with adultery. Reading Matthew 19:3–12 gives the explanation: divorce was not God’s intent from the beginning, and divorce and remarriage for any reason other than sexual immorality is adultery.

Second, we should consider the literary genre. The Bible contains poetry, narrative, prophecy, and parables, to name a few. Each genre is different and must be interpreted accordingly.

For example, Proverbs is wisdom literature. Proverbs 10:27 tells us, “The fear of the Lord prolongs days, but the years of the wicked will be shortened.” When a faithful Christian dies young or a blasphemer prospers into his nineties, does that prove that this verse is false? No, wisdom literature teaches principles of wisdom, not necessarily absolute laws.

Third, we should recognize literary devices. For example, sometimes Jesus used hyperbole—exaggeration—to make a point.1 Luke 14:26 does not teach us to hate our parents. The fact is, our love for Jesus should be so strong that it overshadows our love for everything else.

Fourth, we should be aware that, although the whole Bible is true, not everything stated in the Bible is a truth for us to follow! For example, the Bible records matter-of-factly that David married multiple wives, but it doesn’t seem to condemn his actions, even though he was in direct violation of God’s command in Deuteronomy 17:17.

The Bible tells us truly what sin is and gives many illustrations, even from the lives of godly people, but not to encourage us to imitate their sinful actions. God intended for us to use the rest of Scripture to evaluate the rightness and wrongness of people’s decisions. David clearly violated the Law, and we see the fruit of his sin in later adultery with Bathsheba and the despicable wife-collecting of his son Solomon. So, when interpreting Scripture, we must discern between historical records of actions and truths God commands us to follow.

Fifth, it is vital to look at the larger context of a whole book to determine the basic interpretation of any text within that book and its proper application.

What is the theme of Jonah? Is it simply a story of a prophet swallowed by a massive fish? No, Jonah tells us of the Lord’s compassion and sovereignty. God can extend His grace to whomever He desires. He even granted repentance to godless, pagan Ninevites, and He wanted Jonah to show them compassion, as well.

WE NEED TO SEE WHAT HE IS SAYING THROUGH THE LENS OF THE WHOLE BIBLE, FOR IT BUILDS UPON ITSELF.

Finally, discernment comes as the fruit of studying all of Scripture. God gave us the truth through progressive revelation, that is, He gives truth on page one and continues to add to it to the last page. So we need to see what He is saying through the lens of the whole Bible, for it builds upon itself.

Ultimately, the context of the Old Testament is necessary to understand Jesus’s coming to earth as a man (the second Adam), and His teaching in the Gospels. Jesus laid the foundation for the New Testament and fulfills the Old Testament. His life on earth is recorded succinctly in four short Gospels—just a skeleton of all that He did and taught during His earthly ministry. The Holy Spirit, through continued revelation to the later writers of the New Testament, added flesh to the body of truth, as Jesus promised (John 16:13). And without reading the Old Testament, we would not know all the details of the Law that Jesus fulfilled so completely and richly (Matthew 5:17–20).

Read through the entire Bible. Allow such an intake of God’s whole Word to show you the larger perspective.

The particulars of God’s Word are of utmost importance, even the very words (2 Timothy 2:15), but we must study to understand the words in their context and in light of the whole counsel of God: “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God” (Acts 20:27).

https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/the-whole-counsel-of-god/