Is the world coming to an Apocalyptic end?
Yes. We are not sure when. Some believe the world is winding down.
But those in the secular side of life have convinced themselves otherwise.
Secularization has convinced secular people that Jesus is merely an idea or historical figure they can ignore if they wish. Even Christians can fall for this deception, turning a personal relationship with their personal Lord into a religion about him they can observe on their terms.
Are we in the last days? Another day is never promised. Some of us may not wake up tomorrow. Tomorrow is not a new day. When we wake up tomorrow, it’s today.
Today is all we have. The Bible calls life a vapor (James 4:14, NKJV). We are here today and gone tomorrow. The Bible is questioned by many, but the scripture has the insight to our current struggles.
The scriptures are inspirational, prophetic, and intuitive.
The scriptures use words like last days, latter days, and last times to describe the final chapters of life as we know it. The scripture reveals “signs of the times.”
The Bible gives hints, messages, and descriptions of what the last days resemble.
New Testament signs of the last days:
- Rapid moral decline (2 Timothy 3:1–5)
- Supernatural wonders (Acts 2:16–21)
- Emerging apostasy from church (1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Thessalonians 2:3)
- Growing skepticism among people (2 Peter 3:3–4; Jude 1:18)
- Anti-Christian sentiment (1 John 2:18)
Another sign is false teachers, who speak nothing but lies and teach demonic doctrines. Wow! Are you confused? Many are. Confusion is here because we live in times where fake news is very real.
We have examples of preachers that lie, cheat, have affairs, and keep on preaching. I have no stones to throw. I am far from perfect. But seeing this in real-time makes us wonder.
We have never seen times like this.
2020 has been a tough year. This year resembles projected thoughts about a coming tribulation. We expected a phenomenal year. Did not happen! The economy soared to all-time highs, and unemployment set a record low in the fall of 2019. All the signs pointed to success and growth.
Until — the virus showed up in America.
COVID-19 covered the earth, wrecked nations, destroyed economies, and took hundreds of thousands of lives. Sounds familiar.
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Matthew 24:6–8, NKJV)
Signs of the end times:
- rumors of war
- pestilence (plaques)
As we know, pestilence can be interrupted as plaques. There is no doubt that COVID-19 is a plaque of death. We have not seen the end of the deaths our nation will experience.
If you have lived a few years, you have seen wars, heard of famines and earthquakes, and pestilence. These signs are not uncommon.
Follow the prophetic track
There are more profound signs that reveal another picture. My concern has been for the heart of men and women. And the condition of our hearts. This writing is far from politically correct. But the Bible is not a political resource. The scripture is written for our admonition, not for our comfort.
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and all nations will hate you for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will arise and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24: 9–12, NKJV) This passage is far more alarming than the others. A sure sign of the last days is the regard the unbeliever will have for the believer.
We are far past the days of tolerance. Jesus is hated and despised all around the world and rejected by all other religions. The hate is real. The real question is, what should Christians do when hated? The scripture is clear. Believers are to love their enemies. The church is missing the bullseye to loving their neighbor. This is yet another possible sign that we are walking in final days.
Are Christians hearts growing cold?
Offense is off the chain
We have created an offend-able generation. We have failed to discipline our children properly, and we reward failure. Offense makes us a victim, and victims gain attention. Offense leads to betrayal, and betrayal leads to hatred. Offending someone gives them the right to betray you. Offense and betrayal are on full display on our social media platforms. Social media is an open the door to vent anger and hatred.
We see this every day. Hate is a mark of this generation. Political division is the primer of hatred and abuse. Politics divides the church as well. Christians should not allow a political view to divide us. But it happens. Believers should not allow any opposing view to steal their love for others and especially those who do not believe in Christ.
Christians should love their country, the LGBT community, people of all colors, immigrants, murderers, and all people. Disagreement is no longer civil. Conflict has evolved into the complete disapproval of you as a person.
This is identity erosion at then highest level.
Offense was once the genesis to a conversation. It is now the start of a protest or a social media lashing.
Lawlessness will abound
Lawlessness is the most significant indication that we are living in the final days. Protests and riots are a substantial sign of how people are processing life. Lawlessness reigns in specific cities across America. Anger, offense, and hate are signs are culture is showing signs of the coming apocalypse.
Let’s notice the outcome.
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12, NKJV)
Watching endless protests, riots, and murder on our streets is not psychologically healthy. Lawlessness creates a wave of emotions. Flight or fight is standard. Anxiety and anger are part of the equation. People are taking sides. Many of the protests are politicized. Christian hearts are hardening. Christians are losing their love for life and others. This is the most significant sign that we are living in the last days.
Today may be the last day. Or, the Lord may delay His coming for a thousand years (1 Peter 3:9). ‘Last days’ signs are only to warn us. The signs are an alert. The signs point toward a season. But do not think this world will last forever, because it won’t. There is a final day, and we must be ready.
But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:23–24, NKJV)
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