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Proof We Are In The End Times

(A third revision of “Proof Jesus Is Coming Soon” found on this site also)
By Adam Bartlett

It has been said and believed throughout the years and even in the first century that Jesus' return was soon to take place. In fact in Paul's day, a church that he had founded in Thessalonica was led to believe that they had missed it altogether. In 2Thessalonians 2:2 we see that apparently someone had come into the church and persuaded them that Jesus had already returned and they were left behind.

Paul identifies these trouble makers in 2Timothy 2:17-18 and goes on to explain in the rest of 2Thess. 2:3-17 that he had already explained what would have to take place before Jesus would return. The proof of Jesus' return being very soon is very evident in the events happening on almost a daily basis. Scriptures give many prophecies and accounts of what will take place up to the very moment He returns. We will look at many of those scriptures and compare them with the events occurring around us today.

This is one of the most important reasons why it can be said that it is most assuredly close now, and even though others throughout history felt the same way, the fulfillments of these prophecies are more evident today than at any other time in history combined. There are two things that make this possible today that could not have been possible in the past. The Jewish people had to return to their homeland and they did in 1948, and they had to reclaim Jerusalem and they did that too in 1967. We will be looking at many things beyond these two important items that will further prove how close we really are. First let's look at some of the specific things that Jesus said would happen at this time. You can find parallel scriptures of this account in Matthew 24, and Mark 13, and Luke 21; I will be using the text from Matthew.

Matthew 24
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.

Now let us take a closer look at these scriptures and how they are being fulfilled around us today. In verses 4&5 the first warning Jesus gives is "not to be deceived", by those appearing to be godly. Isn't it interesting that the two fastest growing religions are Muslims and Jehovah's Witness; Jehovah's Witnesses started in 1879 with only a small following and are growing at an alarming rate? In 1940 there were only 95,000 J.W.'s worldwide and in 1993 the number was over 4.2 million, and over 6 million in 1997.

One point of interest in the Jehovah's Witness growth is that over 90% of their growth has come from people who at one time were in a mainline denominational church. Muslims are the fastest growing over the past 5 years with an increase of over 500% since mid- 1995. It is growing especially rapid among the black population in America today. These are the major growers of today, but there are many other areas of concern in the world; Satanism is increasing dramatically along with the following, Mormonism, New Age, Hare Krishna, Unitarian, Church of Science, Hinduism, Buddhism, Spiritism, and many forms of Witchcraft. While at the same time the major Protestant denominations are showing minimal increases and in most cases declines. The only increase among traditional Protestantism is in the Pentecostal realms, and that brings up a whole new area of concern such as prosperity teaching and "name it claim it" philosophy.

There have also been many who have claimed to be "Christ" over the years, such as Jim Jones, Rev. Moon, David Koresh, and others in the years past. In fact many of the Unitarian and New Age teachings claim that you can become God yourself. You can see why it is so important to study the Bible yourself as 2 Timothy 2:15 exhorts us to do. By individual study you will be able to see if someone is getting off base with their teaching. Why do you think that so many have been seduced into the Jehovah’s Witness, Mormons, Muslims, New Age, and many others that prey on spiritually weak individuals?

Most so-called Christians of any denomination, seldom or never pick up their Bible except when at church. It is no one else’s responsibility but yours to spiritually arm yourself, and Jesus showed us the example in Matthew 4:4, 7, 10 the importance and power of the Word. The two most important areas for a Christian to grow are Prayer and the Word. If you want to prove it, just commit to take more time to do both of these everyday and see how much of a battle you have keeping your commitment. The devil knows how important these two things are in your life, I challenge you to prove it to yourself.

When we refuse the truth, there is nothing left to believe but the lie! This is why much of the world today is wide open for deceivers and false prophets. It was estimated that in the 1990's by a Syracuse University professor who researched the contemporary religious situation in America that there are over 2,000 practicing gurus calling themselves Christ. Not only are many people falling for Satan's deceptions, increasing numbers are following Satanism.

Rick Hatfield, director of Beryline Hospital's adult and adolescent inpatient chemical dependency treatment facility near Buffalo New York, warns, “Satanism is one of the greatest and most prevalent threats facing kids today." Youth involvement in the occult and witchcraft has been attributed to lack of spirituality in the churches. The Manchester (England) Guardian Weekly reported in the late 1990's that there are an estimated 80,000 witches in England. The growth has been called a "renaissance in witchcraft", and there are now open schools in witchcraft that teach “psychic self-defense” and the history of witchcraft. “Pagan Power " is similarly on the increase in the US. There are about 2 million Americans who adhere to some form of paganism.

Just look at the explosion of Harry Potter and how America and the world for that matter have spent hundreds of millions on it. It is allowable in public school libraries to have Harry Potter and any other witchcraft material but they will not allow any Biblical material. In fact they put Potter and other witchcraft material on “recommended reading lists.” This is what our kids are being saturated with and at the same time the majority if mainline churches are being diluted so that they can appease the crowds.

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.

Wars and nation against nation

Jesus says that there will be "wars and rumors of wars between countries and nations". True, there have been battles and wars throughout history, but in the last 100 years there have been more wars than all of history combined. There have been two world wars which have involved many "nations against nations", but the Gulf War set a startling precedent, that involved many "nations" united against ONE nation. This set the stage for the United Nations to step up as a governing force made up of various nations to control the peace of the world; something that has never happened from the beginning of time until now.

We will discuss later how this is prophesied concerning a "World Government" and a leader, the "Antichrist". There are presently hundreds of civil wars and battles in third world countries. There has been strife with Israel and that land since the Jewish people took back their land in 1948, and will continue to be until the end. There is a sense of unity among Communist nations and the Arab states to wipeout the Jewish people.

Since WW II, which was supposed to be "the war to end all wars", there have been over 150 major wars as well as hundreds of smaller conflicts, armed rebellions and revolutions. The death toll in armed conflicts since the end of World War II topped more than 23 million people before the end of the 20th century. At least 100,000 people have died in armed conflict in 1999.

The Greek word for "nation" originally used in this prophecy, is ethnos, which is more accurately translated "a race" or "a tribe." Jesus was saying that ethnic groups would rise against each other; a prophecy dreadfully fulfilled in former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and other trouble spots around the world.

Famines and pestilences

In the second half of verse 7, Jesus states that there will be "famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in various places". There have been severe famines in India, Africa, Haiti, South America, and other third world countries such as Indonesia. Never before has there ever been a "World Council on Population", that are looking at ways to decrease and control the population because of the lack of food to supply the world.

The WHO (World Health Organization) estimates that about 4 million people a year die of starvation or about 30 people every minute. Some 40,000 hunger-related deaths occur every day, mostly in rural regions, according to World Bank vice president Ismail Serageldin. It is estimated that one third of the world is well-fed, one third is under-fed, and one third is starving. More than 800 million people are chronically undernourished. Water shortages in parts of the world in the next 25 years will pose the single greatest threat to food production and human health. 1.3 billion people worldwide have no access to clean water. The terrible irony is that the world can produce enough food to feed its expanding population. While some famines are caused by drought or other natural disasters, most starvation in the world today could be avoided were it not for man's selfishness and inhumanity. War, embargoes, government corruption and economic oppression are all symptoms of the real problem. While innocent children starve, some rich nations destroy millions of tons of food in order to keep prices artificially high.

Pestilences are simply "plagues, or infectious diseases", think about the increase of the Aids virus over the past ten years. There are also several strains of sexually transmitted diseases that have no cure and are increasing extremely rapidly. Cancer is definitely considered a plague, with all its various forms. Now we face the outbreak of the Bird Flu as well as many other new viruses in the past decade. We have a flesh eating bacteria that antibiotics are not effective on. We have outbreaks of Malaria, Typhoid Fever, and other diseases thought to be for the most part extinct. We have the Mad Cow disease and so many more.

At least 30 previously unknown diseases have appeared globally since 1973, including HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis-C, Ebola hemorrhagic fever and others. There have been at least twenty well-known infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, and cholera have reemerged or spread since 1973, some appearing in "deadlier, drug-resistant forms." Less than 20 years ago the medical profession claimed victory over a wide array of bacterial and viral killers. But instead of fading, the cases of infectious diseases have skyrocketed throughout the 90's.

Doctors now warn that the current resurgence of drug-resistant bacteria strains could prove to be more deadly than AIDS. Drug-resistant strains of microbes are having a deadly impact on the fight against tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia which together kill more than 10 million people worldwide each year. AIDS is the fourth leading global cause of death, according to UNAIDS. At the end of 1999, 34.3 million adults and children worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS. More than five million people are newly infected each year. There are now 16 countries in which more than one tenth of the adult population aged 15-49 is infected with HIV.

In Africa, AIDS now kills 2 million people a year. At least one of every two 15-year old boys in Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana is on track to die of AIDS. Half of all babies in Africa are born infected with HIV. In 1993 AIDS became the leading cause of death of US males between the ages of 20 and 45. Aside from the above-mentioned plagues, there is, of course, cancer which is considered non-infectious. Over 100 different kinds of cancer now kill over 6 million people every year.


Then there are the earthquakes and other natural disasters, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, volcanoes, and tsunamis. Earthquakes have increased at a dramatic rate, for example in this article out of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct. 11, 1995; on the increase of earthquakes they gave the following statistics: Keep in mind that these are earthquakes rating at 6.0 or higher at Richter-Scale magnitudes. The following is alarming; in the 40's there were 51, 50's - 475, 60's - 1,056, 70's - 1184, 80's - 1085, and 90's there were 1,540 up to Oct.95.
Below are two charts that will give you an indication of just how many earthquakes are occurring yearly since 1990.

16th Century - 253 Earthquakes with 2 major quakes
17th Century - 378 Earthquakes with 2 major quakes
18th Century - 640 Earthquakes with 5 major quakes

Number of Earthquakes Worldwide for 1990 - 1999
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Total for 1990 – 1999  =  196,782




Number of Earthquakes Worldwide for 2000 - 2007
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Total from 2000 to January 14, 2007  = 194,102

8: All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Jesus states that these signs listed so far and their fulfillment, is "the beginning of sorrows ", why? Because the future after these events starts being fulfilled is the beginning of the "Tribulation", which will be far worse than anything the world has seen to this time. We know that all these things have happened from the beginning of time but it is when they start on an escalating course in frequency and severity that we know it is getting close.

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.

This century is known as 'The Martyr's Century' because more people have lost their lives for being a Christian than in all the previous centuries combined. Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world. During the twentieth century more Christians died because they refused to deny the name of Christ than in all the preceding years combined since the birth of Christ. All over the world there are about 200 million followers of Christ suffering today, and it's surprising that neither the Christian community nor most especially the media report about it. The average number of Christian martyrs per year worldwide is 163,000.

There is a web site called “The Voice of the Martyrs” which track and report all the persecution of Christians worldwide. They give statistics and even list country by country where Christians are being killed daily for the name of Jesus. It is already very evident that the world is very intolerant of the name of Jesus and those that follow Him will pay the price.

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.

Jesus goes on to say that "because iniquity (lawlessness) shall abound (increase), the love of many shall wax (grow) cold.” There is no doubt that this is being fulfilled at a sky-rocketing rate daily, just pick up a paper, or watch the news and listen to the stories of senseless acts of violence, increase of crime, disregard for human life, or for that matter the well being of anybody except "self".

America has become a modern day "Sodom & Gomorrah"; actually this country has surpassed the ungodly level of this biblical example. Look at the following statistics, Since prayer was taken out of school in 1962, there have been dramatic increases in the following categories; Divorce 117%, adultery 200%, sexually transmitted disease ages 15-20, 226%, teen suicide 253%, unwed mother ages 10-14, 553%, unmarried couples living together 536%, violent crime 794%, sexual abuse to children (only reported) 2000%.

These are only 8 of 40 categories which have been recorded, not to mention that America is the #1 producer of pornography (including child porn), #1, in teen suicide, #1 in teen pregnancy, drug use, divorce, and violent crime. Then add in the fact that over 1,000 babies a day are aborted, and wonder why teen mothers are throwing babies in the trash bins like they are garbage. Hollywood has done little to help in any of these areas, for example, by the time the average child graduates high school they will have seen more than 70,000 murders on television.

Society and government agencies have taken away the rights of schools to discipline the children and therefore they have no control over them. Drug use is a major problem in most schools, but was not even mentioned prior to 1962. God is systematically being taken out of society and the result is the statistics above. Is it any wonder that some of the youth in our society today have little or no regard for human life? The homosexual movement has become militant and they are intent on forcing their lifestyle on people and if you don’t accept it then you are labeled as a bigot. Hollywood is promoting and endorsing the homosexual lifestyle and flooding the televisions with it. America today will have to raise its standards dramatically to reach the level of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Jesus says that "the gospel shall be preached in the entire world, and then shall the end come.” It was reported by the "World Missionary Report", in 1994 that "there are only extremely remote areas in which there have not been missionary activity, and we believe that within the next year, or two at the most, all of these areas should be reached with the Gospel." I have not heard any updates on this, but I would like to share some insight with you. In Revelation 11 there are two witnesses that will be proclaiming the gospel, and in chapter 14 it is said that the gospel is preached also. The point is that, according to the verse in Matt.24:14, that after the gospel is preached in all the world then the "END" will come: The end of time as we know it will be when Jesus comes back at the battle of Armageddon which is described in Zechariah 14, and destroy all the armies of the world (antichrist) and sets up His Millennial Reign, which is described in Rev. 20. My point is that we always assume that it means that the Gospel has to be literally preached to the whole world before the tribulation can start. That is not what is actually being said, it says that it will be preached to the whole world before the “END” comes.

The internet has also changed this dramatically because now because of the millions of Christian sites and online Bibles and sermons available it can reach the world instantaneously. The internet has literally allowed the Gospel to reach the entire world with the availability of the World Wide Web. I believe that the Gospel has already reached the entire world, but even if it hasn’t it does not mean that the Tribulation can not start. I believe it will start and this article proves it is at the door.

Jesus then tells of specific things concerning the tribulation period and then says the following:

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.
34: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Jesus made a statement here that created a distinction between all prophecies made regarding the end of time. He confined it to a specific time period and to a specific event.
Jesus said "that when you see this happen you know that summer is nigh so to when you see the budding of the fig tree know this that My coming is nigh even at the very door. The generation that sees the budding of the fig tree shall not pass away till all these things be fulfilled." That is until the Lord returns.

The generation that witnessed the fig tree come back to life would be the one at the end of time. So who is the “fig tree” and when did it come back to life?

Scripture indicates by the prophets in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 24, Hosea 9:24) and others, identifies the "Fig Tree" for us as the "Nation Israel."
The Fig Tree is the Biblical Emblem or symbol of the nation Israel. Jesus also used this example in Luke 13: 6-9 when He cursed the fig tree because it had no fruit. He made this comment even more direct when He said, “I came looking for fruit for three years and there has been none.” He was speaking about the Jewish people and the fact that during His three years of ministry they continually rejected Him.

As a result of their continual rejection they were cursed until the End of Time and then they would start to bud again and when that happened we would know it was the last generation. That clock started again when Israel became a nation in 1948. Until that time all the way back to A.D. 70 they were dispersed from the land of Israel and never would return until the time of the End. Think about it, 40 years after the death of Jesus on the cross the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish people were dispersed all over the world until 1948. Then in 1967 they took back Jerusalem also which would give them back the place where God promised His name would reside forever. We are told that when we see these things to know it is “AT THE DOOR.” I believe with all my heart that we are at that point now and it is just a matter of when that “DOOR” is going burst open with the sound of the trumpet.

2 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,

Many people will claim that all these traits listed in these verses have been around forever and they are right. The difference is that in the last ten to twenty years these traits have become 100 times worse than at any point in history and are continuing to grow worse each day.

We are in a society that encourages selfishness and that we please ourselves at any cost. Hollywood creates this “love your self” mentality which has led to the most self-centered group of young people this world has ever seen. Boasting is not seen as prideful anymore but is expected and promoted. Every major prime time television show encourages coveting and it is seen as a joke and never as a bad trait. In fact they encourage that if you see something you want do whatever it takes to get it.

Never before has there been so much blatant blasphemy allowed on our major airwaves. There are shows that make open mockery of Jesus and those that are considered conservative Bible believers. Television shows portray those that follow conservative values as crazy and weird. Public schools have taken every opportunity to take away anything remotely connected to God or moral values. They are allowed to have Harry Potter and witchcraft on recommended reading lists for our children but there are no books involving Christianity allowed in the libraries. It is not allowed in these schools to even use the name of Jesus and most especially talk to someone else about Him. Yet in some schools they are forcing the children to learn about Islam and forms of witchcraft.

Never before in history has there been a time when there were more obvious disobedient children in the world. This started back in 1962 when they took prayer out of school. Then in the late 70’s and early 80’s they started taking corporal punishment out of schools. Now there is absolutely no corporal punishment of any kind in schools and we are seeing the results. Kids have no fear because there are no consequences; there is no physical punishment for their actions. This attitude carries over into the homes also and thus we have the most disobedient generation of kids ever in history.

This is also the generation of unthankful and unholy people. Keep in mind with all of these traits and scriptures we are speaking of, that of course they did happen in the past also. The difference is that in this generation they are escalating and become worse each day. It is not like there is a period of bad and then things calm down for a while. It is bad and it keeps getting worse that is how this progressive downward spiraling of morality proves we are getting close, even at the door. When I was a kid we were taught to respect our elders and to thank someone for anything we got. Today’s kids do not thank anyone for anything, in fact they “expect” everything and it is never enough or never fast enough.

There is no reverence for “holy” things anymore by this generation. What is bad is that there is no reverence or “fear” of God and that is why all the garbage is surfacing in churches today. Many churches today are like soap operas with all the worldly things that are happening in them. There is little “holiness” in churches today; there are few that are hungry and seeking after God with genuine spirituality. Most churches today are nothing more than social clubs and the result is a generation of “unholy” people.

3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (without self control), fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4. Traitors, heady, high-minded (literally, to be drunk with pride), lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Natural affection is rarely seen in today’s society. Obviously the homosexual movement is the biggest distortion of this and they are gaining momentum with the help of a morally bankrupt society and Hollywood. Every major prime time television show and most all movies deal with this subject and it is always in favor of this lifestyle. Name another time in history when a movie specifically about homosexual activity like that of Brokeback Mountain can receive 5 academy awards. It is to the point in this society that if you don’t accept homosexuality you are a bigot and hater. They have effectively convinced the majority of the world that it is something they are born into. That in itself is calling God a liar and His Word.

Natural affection also applies to the fact that people insist on “living together” instead of getting married. There is no lasting commitment that way and they are free to ditch the relationship at the first sign of hardship. The same can be said of the divorce situation and how that now over 2/3 of all marriages will end up in divorce. True love and commitment have been thrown out the window for convenience.

No one keeps their word anymore (trucebreakers) and it is acceptable in this society. Proverbs 22:1 says that a “good name is better than great riches” yet in this generation if you don’t keep your word it is acceptable because there is probably a good excuse, because excuses come much easier than doing what is right. People daily falsely accuse others to make themselves look better or to deflect the blame away from them. There is no self-control among people, they live by the phrase “if it feels good do it.”

Those that do good things these days are looked at as weird or trying to con you out of something. It is easier to look down on them than to face the truth that we should all strive to be at that level. By despising them it is easier than self reflection or self accountability. The truth is that they are despised by those that know they should be like them but they are not.

We are living in a time when people do not want to acknowledge God in any way shape or form. They are consumed with living this life and having the most fun possible and doing whatever pleases them. They do not want any rules, restrictions and most certainly no one telling them what God thinks about it. They want to have their fun and no one better ruin it for them. They try to push God out of every area of life to pursue their pleasures because He only restricts them and gets in their way. This attitude is monumental in our society today.

5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
7. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

These verses describe very accurately the Catholic church, and many various cults. There are many groups that fit this description like Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims, and many others. They all sound good until you get to the subject of Jesus. They all have their own ways to heaven and goodness but they deny Jesus and who He really is. This is what separates the “Truth” of Christianity and all other beliefs. We are not being bigots or discriminate but we are only saying what Jesus said Himself. He said that, “I am the way the truth and the life NO man comes to the Father but by ME.” He doesn’t want any of them to die in their sins that is why He died on the cross for everyone. He will not force anyone to follow Him though and that is why there are so many different religions.

2 Peter 3
3. Knowing this 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 are willingly ignorant...
8. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness: but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

There are a lot of people today, including many Christians that have truly lost heart that Jesus is coming soon, and some if the truth be known don't believe it at all. The intense desire in the Church today is to say the least, lacking. To read the book of Acts and see the example of the first Church and look at it as a model and then compare it to the church today, shows how far we are today from what God intended. The society we live in today has been a major factor in the lack of desire among God’s people. With modernization comes a price, with convenience in the world it also crept into the church.

The bottom line is that the Church today is full of lazy Christians that are not going to be prepared to meet the challenge of trials that are fast approaching. Christians will not stand when persecution arises, and it is coming soon. God will allow this persecution to sift out the true and professing ones. We have been blessed in America to have a freedom that others do not have, but I believe God is in the process of taking it from us and judging this country. This country has abused our freedom and become a perverted society. God will not go without judging this nation and I believe it has started.

God makes it clear in His word that He never purposed for anyone to go to hell, in fact hell was not even created for man, Matt. 25:41, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:" But because of man's continual rebellion and rejection of God, and the great salvation He offers, He has no choice but to grant their wishes and send them to the place THEY have chosen. In God's presence is no time, therefore it is impossible for us with the limited knowledge we possess to comprehend why it appears to be taking so long for Jesus to return.

This scripture makes it clear that God in His great love for His creation desires that all come to the place He has prepared for each of us if we just accept the simple terms of the agreement. The apparent delay in Jesus’ return is nothing less than the great mercy of God on His creation, desiring that all come to repent and accept His offer of eternal life. There were also certain prophecies that had to be fulfilled and they are now all fulfilled and the only thing left to happen is the revealing of the anti-christ and the starting of the Tribulation Period.

2 Thessalonians 2
1 Now we beseech you, brethern, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto Him,
2. That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
5. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6. And now you know what with-holdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

As was mentioned at the first of this writing, someone had come into the church and tried to persuade the followers that they had already missed Jesus' second coming, and apparently many believed them and were extremely distraught. It is very apparent according to this scripture that even in this day that there was a strong teaching and belief that Jesus' second coming could happen at any moment, even in their lifetime. Paul makes it clear that they did not miss it, and then goes on to briefly explain what he had apparently told them before; that there would be a falling away first, then what ever was holding back the "Anti-christ" would be taken "out of the way", and then this anti-christ would set himself up in the temple as God, to be worshipped as such.

First, let us go back and look at some of the conditions mentioned and see if they are evident in our time. The first thing mentioned is a "falling away", which I believe has been, and is taking place right now, and has been for some time now. First, remember that you cannot fall away from something that you are not a part of; so this falling away, I believe, is already in progress. As mentioned earlier in the section on Matt.24, about the dramatic increase in cults and the decline in mainline denominations shows that this is happening today.

I also want to add that I do not believe that this only represents those leaving the faith completely, but I believe it also represents the lack of intensity we see today. I do not want to belabor the point but there is an obvious absence of true desire for the things of God in the church today. There is a lot of activity in the church, but very little genuine desire and concern for the lost. The church has plenty to keep people busy, but how much focus is placed on prayer, fasting, and reaching the lost? How many churches do you know that have regular fasting and prayer meetings? How many churches do you know that have a weekly day to go out and witness to the lost? What has happened to the focus?

As the persecution increases and the liberals continue their assault on the Christian faith, you can only expect this falling away to increase. According to Paul, the next thing to happen is for the with-holding force to be taken out of the way, and the anti-christ to be revealed. That with-holding force is the Spirit of God working through His church throughout the world today; so when this force is "taken out of the way", it is referring to the time that the church of Jesus becomes as that of Laodicea in Revelation 3:14. This will open the door for the anti-christ to reap havoc on the earth in what is referred to as the "tribulation period". Let me explain further: The church today is the active force that is keeping evil from running rampant on earth now. I must clarify this statement by saying that it is the remnant of those with true desires that are holding back the forces of evil. The lukewarm Christians that are the majority are not holding back anything and they will be the ones to fall under the persecution.

According to Job 1:6-7, & 2:1-2, and Ephesians 6:12, Satan is allowed access to the heavenly realms and roams between the earth and these realms, but according to Revelation 12:10-12, there will be a time when Satan is cast down and restricted to the earth, and when that happens he will unleash his fury on the inhabitants of the earth. I believe that this is the time period spoken of in 2 Thess. 2:6-7, that at this time Satan is being cast out of the heavenly realms and this will start the "tribulation period". The "Anti-christ" will then be revealed and Satan will work through him from this point on.

That's why it's so important to be ready to meet Christ at any moment, if you are not "born again" you will not have the strength to face the wrath of Satan through the tribulation. In verse four it is said that this anti-christ will set himself up in the temple and proclaim himself to be God. Obviously there is no temple in Jerusalem at this time so one might think that there is a problem here; not so, there is currently and has been for several years now a group called the "Temple Mount Faithful", who have made it their mission to erect the corner stone for the temple, and have been pursuing the avenues to do this despite the political barriers.

There are also many artifacts being discovered concerning the temple services and if the Ark of the Covenant is found you can be sure that there is no stopping the rebuilding of the temple. There is also a group called the Temple Institute that have been preparing for years now the articles needed for Temple worship. For those that do not know some of the history of what I am saying, let me explain a little further. The temple was destroyed by the Roman army in A.D. 70, just as Jesus had prophesied that it would be in Matt. 24:2. They took every stone and threw it over the hill of the Temple Mount and there was not one stone left on another just as Jesus had said some 40 years earlier.

The Jews were then dispersed throughout all the land, and the country of Israel was inhabited by the Arabs (Muslims), and other factions of them. In 1948, the Jews fought and took back the country of Israel, and in 1967, they fought and took back Jerusalem, which was still controlled by Arabs, and in which on the Temple Mount they had built a shrine to Muhammad. The Jews were stopped before taking back the Temple Mount and allowed the Arabs to remain in a portion of Jerusalem and control most of the Temple Mount.

Now because of the "Dome of the Mosque" their shrine to Muhammad is on the temple mount, most Jews believe it is on the spot in which the temple was. As you can see this has caused a tremendous amount of conflict between the Jews and Arabs for control of the mount. An interesting thing happened when Benjamin Netanyahu became the new Prime Minister of Israel and started announcing that he would no longer barter land for peace, and in fact said that they were going to reclaim all the land back that was rightfully theirs. Every thing is in place and prophecy is being fulfilled almost daily and now this current Prime Minister is demanding peace without negotiation of land also.

President Bush and the entire world are trying their best to allow the Palestinians to have their own state within Israel. This will never work and will only cause more blood shed in that country. Israel is being bullied by the UN and the world to give up what is rightfully theirs. What if the American Indians started coming out and saying that we should give them back the U.S. or Mexico came out and said they should get Texas back. What if the UN and rest of the world were pressuring our government everyday without cease to give that land back to them? It is the same scenario yet we are doing it daily to Israel.

Daniel 9:
24. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people(the Jews) and upon thy holy city (Jerusalem), to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins ( note: this along with the rest of this verse is a prophecy concerning Christ; it was His death that puts an end to sin, in our lives, as long as we confess them to Him), and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks (69 weeks): the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

God gave Daniel a time frame for all His dealings with Israel. Verse twenty-four is the key to understanding this prophecy. It speaks of Daniel's people and the holy city (Jerusalem). The atonement for iniquity would be made for all sin at Calvary; it applies to individuals, not to the nation of Israel (see Zechariah 12:10 - 13:1; 14; 4-9). They still reject Jesus, and are lost because of that, but they will be purged (Ezekiel 20:34-44). The "most holy place" does not at this time exist (the Temple), but it will be reestablished (Ezekiel chapters 40-48).

The beginning of the time is the decree to rebuild Jerusalem. The "seventy weeks" can only refer to years; the sixty-nine weeks began with the decree that was issued to Nehemiah in approx. 445-444 B.C. and ended 483 years later (based on 360-day years) on Palm Sunday. Then there is a gap in Daniel's prophecy; this occurs because over thirty years elapsed between the crucifixion of Christ ("shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself,"vs.26) and the destruction of Jerusalem (destroy the city and the sanctuary,"vs.26). All of this follows the first sixty-nine weeks: I believe that once the "times of the Gentiles" (Luke 21:24) are complete, the clock of God's judgment will count off the last remaining week within that generation.

We know that the last “week” of this will be what we know as the Tribulation period and we know that it is very near, at the door.

Revelation 13
15: And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
16: And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18: Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

We are told in these verses that the antichrist is going to cause all people on earth to take “his” mark in order to buy or sell anything. In other words, in order to survive you will have to take this mark and those that refuse will be killed. There are many different thoughts as to what this “mark” actually will be. I believe the mark is already in existence and is tied to computers. The devil is not able to be everywhere as God is so he must rely on modern technology to imitate God in this. With GPS tracking and the modern satellite technology he will basically have access to the whole world at one time.

I believe this mark could very well be what is already available for pets and is being used in test situations with humans already. These chips will be just what people want with all the Identity theft that now occurs. With all the child abductions and kidnappings and missing children this will be hailed as a way to prevent it. These chips are about the size of a grain of rice and can be read by any scanner that all stores use today.

The following article shows that the FDA has already approved the use of these chips for that reason.
FDA Approves Implantable Chip Sales In Humans
By Julia Scheeres
AP News 10-24-2006
A surprise decision by the Food and Drug Administration permits the use of implantable ID chips in humans, despite an FDA investigator's recent public reservations about the devices. The FDA sent chip manufacturer Applied Digital Solutions a letter stating that the agency would not regulate the VeriChip if it was used for "security, financial and personal identification or safety applications," ADS said Tuesday. But the FDA has not determined whether the controversial chip can be used for medical purposes, including linking to medical databases, the company added. In the United States, ADS has principally marketed VeriChip as a life-saving tool, saying, for example, that unconscious patients brought to emergency rooms could be scanned to determine their medical histories.
These chips could very well be what are being spoken of in Revelation 13. With all the worries of terrorism and illegal aliens and the above mentioned reasons this will gain favor with the public. Then when the antichrist says it is mandatory those that refuse will seem to be going against the whole world and be labeled as haters and bigots. The only ones refusing this mark will be those that know what it means to accept it and therefore will have their heads cut off instead of dooming themselves to hell.

Revelation 20
4: And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

What a price to pay and it is hard to imagine what kind of strength it will take to follow through with this decision. How many Christians today have what it takes to give their life for their faith? In the first church they were getting killed for their faith on almost a daily basis and many being fed to lions and used in the coliseums for the Roman’s amusement. Can you imagine the churches today with all the luxury and comfort they have standing against any kind of persecution, let alone death?

In Matthew 24, Jesus devotes the whole chapter to telling the things that will occur at the end of time, and then in vs.34 says that "This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled ". I believe Jesus is saying that the generation that witnesses the signs of this end time being fulfilled will be the very ones to see His coming. When Israel became a nation in 1948, I believe that the "times of the Gentiles" began. Gentile nations had controlled the land from A.D.70, when Rome conquered Israel, until 1948. The generation Jesus referred to in Matt.24:34, I believe started in 1948, (when the Jews took back the Promised Land) and the final seven years of this generation will occur when the anti-christ is revealed and the seven-year tribulation period begins.

It will end with Christ's return at the end of that period, and Christ will set up His reign on earth for 1,000 years. There is something else I would like to share with you. I went to Israel in Nov. of 97 and seen something with my own eyes that is a direct fulfillment of scriptures. First was the Dead Sea, if you look in your Bible in the maps, you will notice that the Dead Sea is one complete body of water. There is a peninsula at the southern tip of the sea which reaches about ¾ of the way across. This peninsula has completely crossed and now there are two separate bodies of water with about a mile of land in-between.

       In Bible Times                            What it looks like now

Above are pictures I took on my trip from Massada which show this dry land mass between the two bodies of water that now exists.

The reason that this is so significant is that it is fulfilling prophecy concerning the Millennial Period. We will look at Ezekiel 47:1-12 and you will see this prophecy, especially verses 8-11 were it describes the Dead Sea coming back to life. In case you are not aware, the Dead Sea is exactly that, "Dead", because of the high salt content nothing can live in the water. Now that the Sea is already divided it will be easy to see how that the waters can be healed and the marsh land to remain marsh as described. This part of the prophecy is already fulfilled and waiting the healing waters to be issued out of the Temple. It was fascinating to see this with my own eyes and now you can see it with the pictures.

Ezekiel 47
1: Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house(the temple); and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.
2: Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.
3: And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
4: Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
5: Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.
6: And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.
7: Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
8: Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
9: And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.
10: And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.
11: But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.
12: And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

Many things about this prophecy are unique and interesting. I have attached pictures to show you what I am talking about. Some of the pictures are from my visit back in 1997 and will give you a visual of what I am saying. First to get a proper picture you need to understand that while standing on the Temple Mount facing the Mount of Olives you are looking east. According to the prophecy there is a river that is going to proceed out from under the Temple and go directly eastward to the Dead Sea. At this time that is impossible because the Mount of Olives is directly east of the Temple Mount and there is a huge valley that runs North and South between the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives. This valley is called the Kidron Valley and it is what separates the two mounts. Below are some pictures of this area so you can envision what I am saying.

In the picture above you can see how the Mount of Olives is directly East of the Temple Mount where this river is going to proceed from.

The pictures above are from my trip and are looking at the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. You can see the Kidron Valley in-between.

The picture above is still from the Mount of Olives but a more distant view. The next obvious question would be then, “How is this water going to get to the Dead Sea?” That is also covered in another prophecy regarding the return of Jesus.

Zechariah 14
1: Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
2: For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3: Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4: And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
8: And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem

When Jesus sets foot on the Mount of Olives it is going to split in two and create an opening which will allow this water to go directly eastward to the Dead Sea. This is how we know it is so close because all the things it says about the Dead Sea are already in place. You see, it says that the “hinder” parts will remain marsh as I discussed earlier with the maps of the Dead Sea. Now that has happened already and it is two distinct bodies of water. I want to show you some pictures of this area that I took when I was there that shows that the preparation is already in place.

The scripture above in Ezekiel 47 talks about the trees and all the land coming to life. I have pictures of that land already doing just that, with trees and farm land that was never there before the past 10 years. We were told by our guide who has lived in Israel since it became a nation in 1948 that there was never ever anything that would grow along the Dead Sea forever. For some reason the past 10 – 15 years the land has started producing.

We know what it is, it is the Lord preparing this prophecy to come true and it is a sign for us to know that His return is extremely near.

You can see how that this vegetation is right next to the water and even the farm land with the workers in the fields. This was never possible from the history of the world until the last 10-15 years. God is preparing for the end time prophecy to be fulfilled and we can witness it right now.

While in Israel I witnessed something else that I feel was part of God fulfilling prophecy for the end time. While overlooking the Valley of Megiddo which is Armageddon I noticed something amazing, there is an underground Air Base in the middle of this valley. It is said that it is Israel’s Air Force, and I saw the runways and while we were there a plane landed and then it disappeared into the ground. It would make sense why all of the armies of the world would gather in this valley if this is true. The Air Force is their main fighting force and is the first thing that an enemy would want to destroy.

The first picture is looking south and you can see Megiddo at the bottom right of the picture. The second picture is looking north and you can see the landing strip directly above the second little body of water. We actually seen a plane land on this strip and then it disappeared.

I also noticed something else while looking over this tremendous valley. With all of the problems and fighting in the Jerusalem and surrounding areas over building houses it was amazing that there was thousands of acres of flat land without a single building on it. It makes sense that God is preserving this land for this battle at the end of time and they do not even know why they are not building on this land. It would be perfect land for development and would be enough for a good size city, yet they are not building on it. There are no obstructions for these armies to gather, coincidence? I think not.

We are in a unique period of time and I truly believe that we will see the return of Jesus very, very soon. Please read Matthew 25 and know that you will not have a second chance to make His return. Once He comes you must be ready then or you will not go and you cannot get there by someone else’s efforts. It requires a personal relationship and you must belong to Jesus. Time is so short, don’t be LATE!

In Christ, Adam

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