THE END OF THE WORLD
ARE THESE REALLY THE LAST DAYS?
There have been over 200 different end time "prophets." One of them wrote "88 Reasons Why the Rapture will be in 1988." Not shockingly, after the 1988 date passed, the same author came out with another booklet called "89 Reasons why the Rapture will be in 1989." It is said this one didn't sell nearly as well!
We've all seen movies that show a bum carrying a placard that says, "The end is near!" I know it is a common theme seen in a lot of apocalyptic movies. Another movie and documentary theme showcases our fascination with the Mayan calendar and the date December 21, 2012. They say it is a harbinger of the end of the world as we know it. What do I think? I don't know. It may be---or not.
Is there a time limit for this world? Matthew 8:29 says, "And, behold, they (demons as they were being cast out) cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?" So apparently they may indeed have a limited number of days that they are allowed to do their evil work unimpeded. From this we see, that yes, there could be a "times up" coming soon for the henchmen of Satan and of all evil on this earth.
The Bible does refer to a time called "the last days," also called, "the time of the end," "the end of days", "the latter days" etc... but, is it speaking of a literal end or of something different? It is speaking of the end of "an age." Satan and the demons have been given an age to do their thing without much interference from God, but apparently, that may soon be up.
Do I believe these end of the age prophesies are real? Yes, I do. But the thing is, none of us know the timeline. One thing we do know is that right before the end, there will be a 3.5 year long period of time called the Tribulation, a time of war, pestilence, starvation, and death. In one place in Revelation, it says a fourth part of men died, in another place, it says a third of men on earth died. Those numbers are astronomical.
Before the end, there is a time called the Tribulation. It will last for times, time and half a time which is 3.5 years. But, the last year of it will be the Day of the Lord, a year long period of retribution and war not only against evil men, but against all Satanic power and evil forces in the world. At the very end of the Day of the Lord, there will be no green grass on earth, not a living tree, no food. If Christ did not come back at that point, all would perish. The Old Testament and the New Testament speak of a healing river of water that will trickle and begin to flow from under the throne and it will grow into a great river and wherever it goes, it will heal the toxic damage done to the earth and it will heal the waters of the earth, and fish will team.
SIGNS IN THE SUN AND MOON AND STARS...SEA AND WAVES CRASHING...POWERS OF HEAVEN SHAKEN...
But, it is possible that we truly could be wrapping things up soon. For example, there have been many earthquakes recently, and Christ said there would be great earthquakes in various places. Luke 21:11. What are some of the other things that will happen right at the end? There will be specific things we can see. I know one time I heard a preacher say that we were in the tribulation right now. Was hard to see that, the economy was good at the time, everyone's bellies were full, nothing much different was going on in the world. BUT...at the actual end time, some BIG things are going to be going on. You will know it. In vs 25-28, Christ continues to say,
"And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; (tsunamis?) men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
THE END IS OF SATAN'S SYSTEM IS NEAR
Satan will soon lose control of the earth.
The end time spoken of in the Bible is not the end of all things, it is about the end of Satan's system. At the Garden of Eden, men made their choice...they chose Satan over the member of the God family who became "Christ." He was then and now, the Tree of Life (eternal life) and they rejected Him and chose the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which is Satan and his system of "figure it out for yourself." Men preferred that, but look what we have. A rape every 6 seconds, murder, wars and general mayhem.
It is through a man named Jacob and through his descendants, that God will begin to repair the breach between Him and mankind. He will restore His relationship with Israel...all 12 tribes and later with all men of willing hearts. God will remove Satan as the present ruler of the earth and will set up a permanent Kingdom of God on the earth, ruling from Jerusalem.
A JEWISH MESSIAH WILL SAVE THE WORLD
Those who hate the Jews are in a bad place. At His return, Christ's feet will land on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Why? Because Jerusalem is where He is going to rule the earth from. He will not come to do away with the law, He is coming to magnify it! The same God and law that Adam and Eve and their children rejected, will finally bring peace and the utopia the world has looked for.
The Bible says that men will grab the coat of a Jew and say, "We hear that God is with you!." Zechariah 8:23 says, "Thus says the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you."
The coming messiah could have come as anything he wanted but he chose to come as a Jew, and that is the thing. Satan hates all things Jewish, and the world has followed his cue on this, but no matter....the great Kingdom of God is coming which will be "the end" for Satan and his failed system.