What are the signs of the end times?

One of the most intriguing aspects about God is His choice to occasionally reveal to His followers what will happen in the future. He has very specific reasons for doing so: one is to give encouragement to those who are going through the trials (Daniel 12:12), and another is to exhort us to continue in His work (Matthew 25:29-30). The prophecies of the end times give an account of what will happen at the end of history on Earth. They include the Rapture of the church, wherein all believers are removed from the earth, the Tribulation, a seven-year period of anguish as God judges the sin of humanity, and the Millennial Kingdom, where Christ will reign as King. The Millennial Kingdom begins shortly after the end of the Tribulation. But the Bible also gives guidance as to the timing of the Rapture and the Tribulation.

The prophecies regarding the Rapture do not tell us when it will happen, nor do they give us any sign to watch for. In fact, inMatthew 24:36, Jesus says, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Although signs of the coming Tribulation may occur before the Rapture (like the re-establishment of Israel), there is nothing that must occur before the Rapture. All applicable references show the early church eagerly awaiting Christ’s return (Matthew 24:33;1 Corinthians 1:7;Philippians 3:20-21), not eagerly awaiting the signs of Christ’s return. Still, the promise of the Rapture does fill God’s purposes. It first exhorts believers to do the work before them (1 Peter 4:7). James said to be patient and strengthen our hearts because “the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:8). The prophecies also encourage us because they say believers will not suffer through the Tribulation (1 Thessalonians 1:10).

The prophecies regarding the Tribulation are designed to both exhort (Matthew 25:1-30) and encourage (Matthew 24:22), but they also give specific signs to look for.Matthew 24:5-7records a few: “For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” But the section concludes with the warning that these signs are merely the “beginning of the birth pains” (Matthew 24:8). Although these are signs, we do not know exactly when the Tribulation will occur.1 Thessalonians 5:1-11explains that the day of the Lord will come “like a thief in the night. … as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman.”

“Wars and rumors of wars” have occurred for millennia. Earthquakes, volcanoes, and hurricanes have repeatedly struck our world since long before we had the technology to record them. It is not possible to say if any particular natural disaster is a specific sign of the coming end times. There are political indications we can look for, however. The re-establishment of Israel is a powerful sign and one that few before the 1940s could not have imagined. It is a major first step in fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham (Genesis 17:8) and the prophecy that in the end times, the temple will be rebuilt (Daniel 12:11). If a national leader from the West were to rise to power and take over three other countries, it could possibly be the “little horn” ofDaniel 7:8which is believed to be the antichrist. The Bible also gives spiritual signs to look for. Paul explained in2 Timothy 3:1-9and2 Thessalonians 2:3that the last days will be difficult because of the evil that people will cling to. And1 Timothy 4:1says, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.”

The signs of the end times are to encourage us that God has a plan and His plan is ultimately to glorify Himself. The signs will be fulfilled, and His planwillcome to pass exactly as He has foreordained it for His perfect purpose and according to His good pleasure. “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please’” (Isaiah 46:10 NIV).

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The Bible Says:

  • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6)
  • And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. (Acts 2:17)
  • And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)
  • Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also (John 14:1-3)
  • For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16)
  • But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33)
  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
  • Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29)
  • Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12)
  • Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. (1 John 4:15)
  • And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:11-12)
  • For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.(2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT)
  • Pray This Prayer if You Would Like to Receive Jesus

    "Dear God, Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die for me. Thank You, Jesus, that because You suffered and died in my Place. I can be completely forgiven of all my sins and have eternal life with you forever. Forgive me for everything I have done that is not Your will and Your way for my life. Cleanse me with Your forgiveness so that I can be free of all guilt, shame, and any sense of failure. I believe that after You were crucified, You rose from the dead and now live in the hearts of all who receive You. I believe “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). I receive Your love and Your life – . You to live in me today by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Help live in a way that is always pleasing in Your sight so that I can all You created me to be. All glory be to Your name and “let the God of my salvation be exalted” (Psalm 18:46). “Lord, I thank You for Your love and Your mercy, thank You, Lord, for the word that has reached my heart today. I ask for Your forgiveness. Forgive me. Wash me with Your precious blood. Write my name in the Book of Life. Accept me as Your child, Lord. Right now, I forgive anyone that I had not been able to forgive. I renounce to my lack of forgiveness. I renounce all things that have hindered Your flow, and I ask You to transform me and to fill me with Your presence every day. Thank You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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