Signs of the End Times
13 Signs We Are In The End Times
Sweeping moral decay, biblical disconnectedness, global Islamic violence, the boiling pot of the Middle East and the isolation of Israel are just a few of the prophetic markers foretold thousands of years ago broadcasting the return of Jesus.
Can Christian leaders be so sure that the biblical end times are here? Jesus Himself foretold of His future Second Coming. The problem? Christ also proclaimed in Matthew 24:36 that “no one knows” the day or the hour of His return. While the Bible proclaims that humanity cannot know the “when,” Jesus revealed the signs. Based on the signs from Jesus along with the signs foretold by the Old Testament prophets and the book of Revelation, the signs are:
- Birth of the Modern State of Israel
- Dividing the Land of Israel and Jerusalem
- Israel Under Siege and Surrounded by Islamic Enemy Nations
- The Earth Is Blanketed With Violence
- God Whistles and the Jewish People Return
- The Rise of the Fanatical and Blasphemous Religion of Islam
- The Return of the Islamic Caliphate and the Rise of the 10 Kings
- The Rise of Turkey… Head of the Islamic Beast
- The Rise of Christian Persecution
- Increasing Immorality and Lawlessness
- The Rise of Iran, Israel’s Arch Enemy
- The Decline and Fall of Europe to Islam
- The Arab Spring – Preparing the Middle East for the Return of the Ottoman Empire
1. 1948 – The Birth of the modern State of Israel and the regathering of the Jewish People
(Isa. 11:11-13; 43:4-7; Jer. 7:7-8; 16:14-15; Ezek. 37:21; Amos 9:14-15)
From the fulfillment of this single prophecy, most other end time’s prophecies have cascaded forth, thrusting the world into the end times.
- The regathering of the Jewish people
- The re-establishment of the Jewish state
- The reclamation of the beauty and land of Israel
- The revival of the Hebrew language
- The renewal of the Sabbath day observance
- The resurgence of a dominant Israeli military
- The unification of the city of Jerusalem
- Israel… The centerpiece of world hatred
2. Dividing the land of Israel and Jerusalem
Israel will be divided – Joel 3:2 & Jerusalem will be divided – Zech. 14:1
Jesus and the 2-State Plan in Prophecy
The longest sermon Jesus ever preached was his end-time’s message on the Mount of Olives. It is a lengthy and powerful prophecy given by our Lord just before his capture and crucifixion. The sermon is commonly referred to as the “Olivet Discourse” and appears in Mt. 24-25, Luke 21 and Mark 13. As Jesus taught, he laid out signs for the end times and gave specific events Israel would face during the Tribulation prior to his Second Coming.
What Jesus said corresponds very closely to what we see developing today between Israel and the nations regarding the proposed 2-State Plan. Jesus prophesied that Israel would face life threatening events in the two “trouble-zones” of East Jerusalem (Mt. 24:15 – “holy place”) and the West Bank (Mt. 24:16 – “Judea”). As prophesied, the world is now demanding Israel divide Jerusalem and give East Jerusalem to the Palestinian State for their Capitol. In addition, as part of the 2-State Plan, Israel is being asked to forfeit the heartland of their nation by giving up the “West Bank” to create the State of Palestine.
The prophets describe that Israel finds itself in a major tug of war over their land in the last days (Ezek. 36:1-7). The world is bringing enormous pressure to divide Israel and tear Jerusalem in half – Joel 3:2; Zech. 12:2-3; 14:2
According to Daniel’s prophecy (Dan. 9:27) Israel won’t be willing to surrender the West Bank or East Jerusalem until they sign the 7-Year Treaty with Antichrist that marks the beginning of the Tribulation… but that agreement won’t last very long. Antichrist, with the support of the world behind him and the strength of the Caliphate around him will break the international treaty with Israel at the mid-point of the Tribulation and take both East Jerusalem and the West Bank by force.
As a result, the 2-State Plan will collapse and Israel will find itself thrust into a war for their survival. In that future battle, when Antichrist invades, he captures Israel’s temple on the Temple Mount in East Jerusalem where he establishes the seat of his government. In the bloody takeover, he’s determined to massacre the Jews living in the West Bank (Rev. 12:6, 13-17) as they try to flee his invading forces. However, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob intervenes and supernaturally protects the West Bank Jewish remnant for 3½ years in the wilderness just as he did for them in the past (Mt. 24:15-21; Rev. 12:13-17).
At Christ’s Second Coming, all the land promised to Israel will be fully restored to them just as God spoke to Abraham,
“From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates” (Gen. 15:18).
When he returns, Jesus will, “sit on the throne of David and rule over the house of Israel forever and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Lk. 1:32-33).
3. Israel Surrounded by Enemy Nations
Prophecy reveals that Israel will be
positioned in such a way as to be
overwhelmingly surrounded by enemy
nations just before the Second Coming.
When the Lord returns He will judge the
Nations based on their treatment of
Israel. Jesus called it the judgment of the
“Sheep and Goats” (Mt. 25:31-46).
A look at the Middle East map
reveals the modern equivalent of “David
vs. Goliath” in reference to the size of
Israel against its Islamic neighbors.
Israel is surrounded by 22 Islamic neighbors that are 640 times the size of
Israel. 10 of these countries will soon form into the 10-King Islamic Caliphate.
The surrounding Muslim countries total a population 60 times bigger then
the population of the State of Israel. Satan is stacking the deck against Israel.
Ezek. 28:24-26; 36:1-7, 36; Joel 3:11-12; Zech. 12:2-3, 6; 14:14;
4. The earth is blanketed with Violence
What really lies behind the rising tide of violence?
Why did God bring about the great flood? Genesis 6 points to hostility and violent behavior in the days leading up to the flood as the reason God destroyed the pre-flood world. Violence filled the earth “In the Days of Noah” prior to the flood (Gen. 6:11, 13; Mt. 25:37). Jesus said those days would return before his Second Coming. The daily outbreak of radical Islamic brutality, cruelty and terror incidents around the world has reached the fulfillment of our Lord’s prophecy.
What is the root cause of the escalating violence in our world? The media seems to only blame ISIS. However, the problem goes much deeper and is even more sinister than ISIS. The blame falls squarely on the Quran… or should I say Allah… or should I say Satan (“they worshipped the dragon” – Rev. 13:4)? The enemy is the “father of the lie” and a “murderer from the beginning” (Jn. 8:44; 10:10). His teaching of hatred and murder is defined throughout the Quran. We also see it in the teaching (“wine”) of the harlot’s religious system (“Mystery Babylon” aka Islam) where the poisonous drink of hatred and wrath is spewed out with ferocity on the nations. The “wine of the harlot” depicts Jihad which preaches wrath and hatred culminating in beheading infidels for Allah.
Why do Muslims terrorize unbelievers and behead people?
Both are rooted in the Quran… “When your Lord revealed to the angels: I am with you; therefore make firm those who believe. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” (Quran 8:12)
The nations are drinking the wine of Satan’s wrath
Radical Islamic terrorism is not going away! Several times, we are warned in the book of Revelation that… “the nations have drunk the wine of her (Harlot/Islam) wrath”…
“Babylon is fallen, is fallen… because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” (Rev. 14:8)
“All the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Rev. 18:3)
Revelation portrays Satan’s wrath as wide spread among the nations in the end times… we’re seeing this today. Islamic bloodshed, carnage and violence are foreboding indicators of the soon arrival of Satan’s final Beast Empire.
5. God Whistles and the Jewish People Return
The Jewish people are hearing God’s prophetic whistle to come home.
“I will whistle for them to gather them together, for I have redeemed them;
and they will be as numerous as they were before. (Zech. 10:8)
The Relevant Prophecies
There are many prophecies concerning the regathering of the Jewish people. In fact, their regathering is one of the most prolific prophecy topics in the Old Testament Scriptures. Let’s look at three of those prophecies:
Israel’s Return Will Eclipse the Exodus
“Therefore behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ Jeremiah 16:14-15
but, ‘As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.’ For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers.”
The one event that all Jews consider to be the greatest miracle in their history is the deliverance of their ancestors from Egyptian captivity under the leadership of Moses.
But this scripture passage asserts that a time will come when the Jews will look back on their history and proclaim that their regathering from the four corners of the earth — the event that began in the 1890s and continues to this day — was a greater miracle than their deliverance from Egyptian slavery.
This means that you and I are privileged to witness one of the greatest miracles of history. And yet, the average Christian has no appreciation for what is happening because he is ignorant of Bible prophecy and he has been taught that God is finished with the Jews. Therefore, the current regathering is simply viewed as an accident of history.
Israel’s Return is God’s Marquee Sign to the Nations
The second prophecy I want to bring to your attention is found in Isaiah 11:10-12:
Then in that day the nations will resort to the root of Jesse, who will stand as a signal for the peoples…
Then it will happen on that day that the Lord will again recover the second time with His hand the remnant of His people, who will remain, from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, Cush, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
And He will lift up a standard for the nations and assemble the banished ones of Israel, and will gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Some have tried to debunk any modern application of this prophecy by claiming that it was fulfilled 500 years before the time of Jesus by the return of the Jews from Babylonian captivity. But that cannot be. The passage refers to a “second” regathering (the return from Babylon being the first). Further, it states this will be a regathering “from the islands of the sea,” which is a Hebrew colloquialism for the whole world, as is made clear in verse 12 where it states that the regathering will be “from the four corners of the earth.” Also, verse 12 says that “the banished ones” of both Israel and Judah will be regathered. The return from Babylon only included the Jews who had lived in Judah.
Israel Returns After the Holocaust
The third prophecy is found in Ezekiel 37. This is the famous prophecy of the Valley of the Dry Bones. The prophet was placed in a valley full of bones reminiscent of the massive grave sites uncovered after the holocaust. The prophet was told to preach to the bones. As he did so, the bones began to come together, flesh grew back upon them and they came to life, becoming “an exceedingly great army” (Ezekiel 37:1-10). At that point, the Lord explained to Ezekiel what he was witnessing:
11- Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’
12- “Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel.’”
This is a symbolic prophecy. The dry bones represent the Jewish people after the holocaust and still in their end time dispersion, with no hope of ever existing again as a nation. The resurrection from their graves represents their regathering from the nations where they had been dispersed.
We can be assured of this interpretation because it is the one that God Himself provides later in the chapter:
21) “Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and I will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;
22) and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel;
and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms.”
Again, those who are determined to argue that God has no purpose left for the Jewish people, attempt to invalidate these verses as an end time prophecy by arguing that they were fulfilled when the Jews returned from Babylonian captivity. But that simply cannot be.
The entire chapter has an end time context. It speaks of a regathering from “the nations,” and not just from Babylon (verse 21). It says this regathering will result in a union of Jews from both Israel and Judah (verse 19). And it says that following this regathering, the Jewish people will turn their hearts to God and will become “My people” (verse 23).
At verse 24, the chapter moves into the Millennial Reign of Christ and speaks of David (Prophetic name for Jesus) becoming the king of the Jewish people. Further, it states that at that time, “the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel…” (verse 28) referring to the redemption of Israel at the time of Christ’s Second Coming. Lastly, it refers to the Millennium Temple when Jesus reigns over the world from Jerusalem after his return… “my sanctuary is in their midst.”
A Banner Time for the Returning Jewish People
Jews from around the world are hearing God’s call and are fleeing their Gentile nations for the State of Israel. 2015 celebrated one of the biggest years for the Jewish people since WW2. Every week an average of 3 airplanes arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel filled with Jewish pilgrims making Aliyah. The greatest miracle in our day is that the Jewish people continue to hear God’s call to return to the promised land. In 2015, Israel surpassed America and now holds the largest Jewish population in the world.
God’s sovereign blessing on Israel’s growth has created a housing shortage. The lack of housing has resulted in many new Israeli’s building houses in the West Bank and drawing more hatred from Israel’s enemies. Jer. 7:7-8; Ezek. 37:15-28; Amos 9:15.
6. The Rise of the fanatical and blasphemous religion of Islam
In Rev. 13:1, the Apostle John saw a “beast rising”. So can we! A beast in prophecy is a depiction of an empire (Dan. 7:4-6). Since 9/11 the sleeping giant of Islam has woken out of it’s 90 year stupor since it was decapitated in 1923 after WWI. Islam is now the fastest growing religion on earth and building mosques around the world as fast as they can.
The Islamic ideology of Jihad is exploding causing death and mayhem every day. According to Pew Research, terror related incidents have risen 800% in the last 5 years. Satan uniquely designed the “religion” of Islam as anti-Bible, anti-Christian, anti-Israel and anti-Christ. He is using Islam in every way possible in his effort to defeat Christ from establishing His reign in Jerusalem. Muslims have been deceived into believing that Allah wants them to kill all the world’s “infidels” especially Christians and the Jewish people.
Islam is the religion of Antichrist (1 John. 2:22-23; 2 Jn. 7) and is called the Mother of Harlots (Rev. 17) for its filthy nature that emanates from the spiritual darkness of Satan. Islam is extremely dangerous because of its apocalyptic, death-cult philosophy that promotes martyrdom for Allah. It’s also dangerous because it believes it can hasten the return of their messiah by committing political genocide on the nations that oppose Allah’s will.
When the tyrant Antichrist gets his hands on nuclear weapons, the Caliphate will destroy much of the world. Until then, Satan will continue to push his Islamic agenda toward the 10-King Caliphate. Once the Caliphate arrives, Antichrist (Islam’s messiah: Mahdi – See chart – back page) will make his move to gain control. He will launch the 4th Reich and destroy most of mankind in the process.
7. The return of the Islamic Caliphate and the rise of the 10 Kings
In Daniel 7, the Prophet Daniel has a nagging desire to know the meaning of a ‘little horn’ (Antichrist) who emerges out of a group of 10 horns (Dan. 7:19-20). The ten horns are explained to Daniel as being ten kings (Dan. 7:24), which the little horn would arise out of and ultimately rule over. This ‘little-horn’, is identified as Antichrist who comes on the world scene from “among the 10 kings.”
Before Antichrist appears, a new empire will emerge. This means that long before the Rapture and long before the 7-year Tribulation, we will see the rise of a fanatical, blasphemous, Middle East empire. In both Daniel and Revelation we are told the empire will be made up of 10 countries and will be led by 10 kings. When considering the signs of the end times, this is often overlooked. However, it’s one the most important signs to appear in the end times – an empire must emerge consisting of 10 modern countries.
The 7 year Tribulation begins when Antichrist and Israel sign a covenant for 7 years (Dan. 9:27). But wait… Antichrist can’t appear until the 10 nation empire appears (Dan. 7:24-25). Therefore, well before the Tribulation arrives, a 10-King Empire must form into existence. The Arab spring is helping this to become a reality.
Scripture has a lot to say about these 10 kings and they play a prominent role in the end times right up to the time of Christ’s Second Coming. At least five separate visions give details about the 10 kings: Daniel 2:41-42 (in the form of ten toes); Daniel 7:20, 24; and Revelation 12:3; 13:1; 17:3, 12, 16.
The 10 kings are portrayed as 10 toes, 10 horns and 10 kings. We are told the 10 toes represent 10 kings (Dan. 2:42-44). We are also told the 10 horns represent 10 kings (Dan. 7:24). Next we are told the 10 kings become a kingdom (Re. 17:12). Finally we see that the 10 kings unconditionally confer their national identity to the beast (Caliphate) and become one unified empire to “wage war (Jihad) with the Lamb” (Rev. 17:13-14).
For students of prophecy, the formation of the 10-King Caliphate is a significant sign to be looking for in the last days. It’s significant because the Bible expressly indicates that the 10 kings must appear before Antichrist is revealed (Daniel 7:24).
8. The Rise of Turkey… Head of the Islamic Beast
End-Time Geopolitics revolve around Turkey
Military advances, new partnership with Russia and Israel are raising eyebrows…
If he could have his way, there would probably be an Islamic mosque for every street on earth in no more than a few short years. Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Erdogan seeks to create the image of an Islamic empire on the rise once again.
The Turks are making an astonishing comeback today. The transformation of our NATO ally Turkey into a radical Islamic state is amazing to watch for end time observers.
For 500 years Turkey lead the Ottoman Empire as the head Caliphate over Islam.
The Ottoman Empire was the last Islamic rule in a series of Caliphates since Muhammad. After 500 years, the empire was defeated, banned and abolished in WWI. The Islamic Empire is depicted in the image of nations in Daniel 2 and also as the forth Beast in Daniel 7. Some 6 times, Revelation indicates that one of Satan’s former empires (“heads”) will revive and return in the last days (Rev. 11:7; 13:3,12,14; 17:8,11). Once revived, the final empire will be taken over by Antichrist which he will use to bring death and devastation across earth for 7 years. Today, the wounded head of Turkey is healing and its Islamic aspirations are beginning to rise.
Turkey’s remarkable Islamic revolution, its failed coup in 2016 and its quest to revive the Ottoman Empire will pave the way for the coming 10-King Caliphate. This is illustrated in the prophecy of Gog and Magog and the future invasion of Israel. Ezekiel shows Turkey leading the Caliphate as his armies march into Armageddon.
Gog is Antichrist who rises from the Turkey led Caliphate
1 And the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him 3 and say, Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal… and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords; 5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them… 6 Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah… with all its troops—many peoples with you. (Ezekiel 38:1-6)
Ezekiel lists an end time’s military coalition (above map) all of whom are today aligned with Islam. This includes Iran (“Persia”) second in line in prominence on the list, then Sudan and northern Ethiopia (“Cush”), Libya (“Put”), and Turkey who leads the charge. To portray Turkey’s leading role as “chief” of the invading force, four different names are used for Turkey (“Meshech,” “Tubal,” “Gomer,” and “Beth Togarmah”). The military alliance marches into Israel and attacks with the intent to destroy the nation of Israel (cf. Ezekiel 38:2–3, 5–6). The attack is describing the battle of Armageddon, led by Antichrist (Ezek. 38:17) and reveals how the invading armies are destroyed by Jesus at His Second Coming (Ezek. 38:23). This battle is a clear depiction of Turkey’s role leading the Caliphate into Israel just before the return of the Lord.
As such, we can anticipate Turkey to continue its present course of picking up the mantle of the former Ottoman Empire which ultimately will lead to her prophetic destiny as leader of the coming 10-King Caliphate.
9. The Rise of Christian Persecution
Why do attacks on gays, Muslims, Jews, and other minority groups generate a vast examination of conscience, while acts of hatred or contempt
directed at Christians generally provoke basic silence?
It was given to him to make war with the saints and overcome them (Rev. 13:7)
We always knew that this was coming. For years, the horrifying persecution of Christians in the Middle East has made headlines all over the globe, but now we are seeing very disturbing examples of government-sanctioned persecution literally all over the planet.
In 2016, Russia banned virtually all types of evangelism outside of a church or religious site. China has been tearing down thousands of crosses and has been demolishing churches in their crackdown on the growth of Christianity.
Overall, there are 53 countries that now have laws that restrict the Christian faith.
As we approach the 7 year Tribulation, Christians will be targeted more and more by the enemies of God. According to Pew Research Center, Christians are the most persecuted of any religious group around the world, facing harassment in 108 countries.
A study by Pew Research found that harassment of Christians in 2014 increased from 102 countries in 2013. With 2.3 billion Christians worldwide, it is estimated 8,000 (apart from ISIS) are martyred each year. This is equivalent to one person dying in the name of the faith each hour of every day!
False religion has killed millions of believers over the centuries but the final false religious system of Islam will be far more deadly than any that preceded it. In Revelation 17 Islam is described as the harlot woman who is guilty of murdering God’s children,
6 And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus (Rev. 17:6).
Nothing can compare to the persecution of believers that will take place in the 7 year Tribulation. In God’s sovereign plan, Antichrist will be allowed to massacre millions of Christians during this time (Rev. 6:9-11; 11:7; 12:17; Dan. 7:23-25; 8:25; 9:27; 11:38; 12:10; Mt. 24:16-22). As Islam rises, and we move closer to the Tribulation, persecution will rise.
Today, Christian persecution has erupted in the Middle East from the genocide of ISIS. Persecution of believers occurs in every Middle Eastern Muslim nation.
Syrian Christian Refugees Turned Away in Favor of Muslims
The humanitarian crisis caused by the Syrian conflict has led to a flood of refugees fleeing the violence of ISIS, but very few of those who have been granted asylum are among the most persecuted group in the region: Christians.
Christians continue to be slaughtered daily across Africa as Islam has now conquered the northern third of the continent of Africa. As Islam conquers and captures more territory, Christianity is wiped out in its path, believers are killed and only Islam is allowed to remain. The Satanic, Antichrist spirit of hatred for God’s children is raging across the globe and will continue to grow as we approach the Tribulation…
So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. (Rev. 12:17)
10. Increasing Immorality and lawlessness
Today Western civilization is undergoing a dramatic cultural shift. In just a few short years our society has fundamentally altered the meaning of marriage, embraced the notion that men can become women, and is now promoting the idea that grown men should be welcome to share a bathroom with women and young girls. Not unexpectedly, we’re also seeing movement toward the normalization of polygamy, pedophilia, and incest.
Scripture speaks clearly of humankind’s propensity to sin and God’s holy intolerance of it. A number of prophecies foretell that man’s moral character will fall prior to the return of Jesus and we should expect a notable increase in immorality in the last days:
“Realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money… unholy, unloving… without self-control… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Tim. 3:1-5).
Mankind’s moral decline was forecasted in the gospels by Jesus when He said, “as it was in the Days of Noah” (Lk. 17:26) and “as it was in the days of Lot” (Lk. 17:28), ”so will it be in the coming of the Son of Man” (Lk. 17:30).
The wickedness of Sodom is now an accepted norm, as is the out-of-control wave of evil thoughts described in Gen. 6:5 just prior to the flood:
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
There are many recent developments of godlessness and immorality.
To name a few:
The Supreme Court of Italy (9/2016) ruled that public masturbation is legal (except in front of minors).
The New York City Council voted in May, 2016 that public urination is not a criminal act.
The San Francisco City Council decided, by just one vote, to continue the city’s ban on public nudity — not, of course, on the grounds of “decency” but on the grounds of public health. Since that can easily be resolved by use of a towel on public benches and chairs, it is only a matter of time before people will be permitted to walk around naked in San Francisco.
In 2016, teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina, were instructed not to refer to their elementary school students as “boys and girls” but as “students” and “scholars.” The reasoning is presumably for inclusivity — there may be a student who has no gender identity — and adults should not impose a gender identity on young people.
In a New York Times op-ed column, a professor of philosophy noted his shock at learning that most young Americans do not believe that moral truths exist. They are incapable of asserting that anything, including killing for fun, is wrong beyond personal opinion.
Transgender mania, LGBT, Gay pride and pornography are sign markers of the end times. With the advent of the internet and cell phone technology, these addicting evils are available with the touch of a button 24/7. The bombardment of sexual enticements reflect the downward spiral of evil that has engulfed the world described in Rom. 1:24-32.
Ours is an age of decadence, self-delusion, and depravity of every variety—and each time we think things can’t possibly get worse, they do.
The shameful acts of yesterday are the celebrated triumphs of today. Perversions are normalized, purity is labeled puritanical, and the only act that cannot be tolerated is dissent from this brave new world where pleasure is king.
Scripture tells us that the road that leads to life is narrow, while the path that leads to destruction is wide. A glance around our culture today and one would be forgiven for thinking that the words found in Matthew’s Gospel are an understatement. Not only are many people walking down that wide path, they are holding a parade for themselves as they do, celebrating their sins as they march blissfully toward a judgment they don’t believe is coming. In the other direction, the narrow way seems overgrown with weeds from disuse.
11. The Rise of Iran, Israel’s Arch Enemy
Iran has been thrust into super-power status thanks to the worlds 6 leading nations led by the Obama administration. The nuclear agreement signed by the nations clears the path for Iran to achieve its goal of making Nuclear weapons. From Israel’s perspective, Iran is Israel’s #1 threat and the nuclear agreement was a slap in the face to the Jewish State.
According to Hussein Salami, deputy commander of the IRGC, “the opportunity to destroy Israel is now better than ever.” Another Iranian military official said recently, “We have 100,000 missiles in Lebanon ready to hit Israel.”
In, Ezek. 38:5 an international force of Islamic countries decide its time to destroy Israel once and for all. The future war shows Iran second in line as part of the Turkey led Caliphate marching toward Armageddon. In his recent book called “Palestine,” Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khomeini forecasts that Israel will not exist in 25 years.
12. The Decline and Fall of Europe to Islam
“The harlot sits on seven mountain empires” (Rev. 17:9)
A careful interpretation of Rev. 17:9-14 spells trouble for Europe. Antichrist will not rise from Europe. Europe will fall to Islam… and its happening before our eyes.
55 million Muslims now live in Europe. Foolishly and apparently unaware of the danger, EU governments are allowing Muslim “No-Go” Zones to develop now under Shariah Law across Europe. “No-Go” Zones are under Islamic law only and have become harvest grounds for ISIS sympathizers and terrorists.
13. The Arab Spring – Preparing the Middle East for the return of the Ottoman Empire
The Arab Spring produced the double edged sword of preparing the Middle East for the coming Caliphate and fast tracking the spread of Islamic terror. The collapse of Syria created a springboard for the spread of jihad by forcing out millions of Islamic refugees into non-Muslim countries around the world.
Like dominos, most of the countries mentioned in scripture in connection with the end times have imploded since the 2011 US pullout of Iraq. The Arab Spring has caused a seismic shift in the landscape of the Middle East. Satan orchestrated sweeping change to the governments of the nations of Bible prophecy to better position them for their role against Israel in the Day of the Lord. The Islamic nations surrounding Israel are now better positioned for the return of the Ottoman Empire and the arrival of Antichrist. Since 1948, no event has caused such a massive shift in aligning the world for the end times and the coming Caliphate.
Some of the results include the collapse of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen and Syria. The Syrian War opened the door for the arrival of ISIS which then sparked the worst refugee crises in modern history. Millions of Syrian Muslims, many prepared to spread radical Islamic ideology, have fled to places like Europe and America.
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