Seven Signs of the End.

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Here is a interesting description of some the end time signs from Steve Wohlberg :

"... here are seven true biblical signs worth listing:
  1. Global Environmental Crisis: The Bible reveals that when God finally drops the curtain on human history, He will finally "destroy them that destroy the earth" (Revelation 11:18). In other words, before the end, mankind will be destroying the very planet we live on. This implies a global environmental crisis resulting from the growth of mega-cities, deforestation, a disappearing ozone layer, and earth-damaging man made pollutants.
  2. Out-of-control Violence: Jesus Christ said, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be before the coming of the Son of Man" (Matthew 24:37). What was it like in Noah's day before the flood? Here's the answer: "The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence" (Genesis 6:11). "And God said to Noah, the end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth" (Genesis 6:13). Thus "violence" was rampant in Noah's day, just like today.
  3. Out-of-control Sex: Again, Jesus Christ said, "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot…Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed" (Luke 17:28, 30). What was it like in Lot's day before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah? Here's the answer: "Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire" (Jude 7). Thus "fornication" (sex outside of marriage), and "going after strange flesh" (homosexuality), were the primary sins of those ancient cities. It's a no-brainer that through television, Playboy, Internet inappropriate contentography, etc., our world is experiencing an unprecedented deluge of sexual perversion.
  4. Increasing Stress, Confusion, Heart Disease: Jesus also declared, "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things that are coming upon the earth" (Luke 21:25, 26). People are stressed-out everywhere, confusion reigns, and the Number 1 cause of death is heart disease. Jesus Christ saw it coming, that's why He predicted global "distress," "perplexity" and "men's hearts failing them for fear." Fear also raises blood cholesterol.
  5. Increasing Knowledge: The prophetic book of Daniel declares, "But you, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased" (Daniel 12:4). This passage reveals planet Earth will enter its "time of the end." Then, "knowledge shall be increased." In our modern era - more than any time in recorded history - knowledge has increased beyond previous generations.
  6. False Teaching and Global Religious Confusion: Paul predicted "the time will come" when the majority "shall turn their ears away from the truth and shall turn to fables" (2 Timothy 4:4). God's final book - the Revelation - predicts the rise of a global, multi-layered, conglomerate religious system called "Babylon," which literally means, "confusion." Heaven's end-time message proclaims, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication" (Revelation 14:8). This mysterious, highly symbolic prophecy reveals that "all nations" will become drunk with "Babylon's wine" - meaning the worldwide false teachings of deceptive religions which lead away from the simplicity of the pure gospel of Jesus Christ.
  7. The Global Preaching of the Gospel: "And this gospel [the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ] shall be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations, and then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14). With the aid of radio, television and satellite networks, God's message of salvation through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is now spreading around planet Earth. Thus, in the midst of Bad News, there's Good News! We have a Savior who loves us, gave His life for us, rose from the dead for us, and will someday return to take us home.
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When you see all of these signs it is so easy to see that we are living in the last days of this earth. Thank you for sharing this red.

I did have one question. In #3 you put in parantheses "strange flesh" as being homosexuality. Was that your interpretation of it or did it say that somewhere else? At a glance, I would also think it could mean inappropriate behavior with animals. A minor note, but I was just curious. :p
 
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When you see all of these signs it is so easy to see that we are living in the last days of this earth. Thank you for sharing this red.

I did have one question. In #3 you put in parantheses "strange flesh" as being homosexuality. Was that your interpretation of it or did it say that somewhere else? At a glance, I would also think it could mean inappropriate behavior with animals. A minor note, but I was just curious. :p


Yes, and there are movies and magazines extolling the 'pleasures of inappropriate behavior with animals', so it is coming back to the level of Sodom and Gomorrah and then some with the internet now.....
 
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Based on how the verse from Jude 1 (#3) is tranlated in some of the other versions of the Bible I'm not certain we can limit the type of perversion that will be occuring in these last days. Frankly, I don't even want to think about the multitude of lasivious behavior that is occuring now and that which is to come.

Jude 1:7 just as Sodom and Gomor'rah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (RSV)

Jude 1:7
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. (NIV)

Jude 1:7 And don't forget the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with sexual immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and are a warning of the eternal fire that will punish all who are evil. (NLT)

Jude 1:7
just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (ESV)
 
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Based on how the verse from Jude 1 (#3) is tranlated in some of the other versions of the Bible I'm not certain we can limit the type of perversion that will be occuring in these last days. Frankly, I don't even want to think about the multitude of lasivious behavior that is occuring now and that which is to come.

Jude 1:7 just as Sodom and Gomor'rah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (RSV)

Jude 1:7
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire. (NIV)

Jude 1:7 And don't forget the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring towns, which were filled with sexual immorality and every kind of sexual perversion. Those cities were destroyed by fire and are a warning of the eternal fire that will punish all who are evil. (NLT)

Jude 1:7
just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. (ESV)

I think sexual sins, jealousy and pride are the most prevalent, and probably the hardest sins to let go of, and thus show up the most when evil come a calling......
 
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Well looking at what we are seeing in the news today, its pretty spot on. Lets hope we are close to finishing the 'Global Preaching of the Gospel'.
I don't think that is what Jesus is waiting for.

Revelation 7: 1 AND after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

Jesus is waiting for us to prepare the way for His coming by surrendering ourselves fully to Him so He can seal us. It is only then that the latter rain can be poured out.

The church will never as a whole receive the latter rain unless they shall put away all envy, evil surmising, and evil speaking. Those who have cherished hatred of heart until it has strengthened and become a part of their character, must have a different experience if they would share in the latter rain. Many are not awake to the fact that the Lord is testing and proving them to make it manifest whether or not they really love Jesus. The spirit and attitude manifested to their brethren <reveals> their spirit and attitude toward God. Great dishonor is done to Jesus Christ by those who claim to be His disciples. Those who are not branches of the divine root, who are not partakers of the divine nature will not, and cannot, love those for whom Christ has given His life. Letter 84 1894 para. 12

The latter rain is coming on those that are pure—all then will receive it as formerly. MS 1 1852 para. 5

So it may be now. Instead of man's speculations, let the word of God be preached. Let Christians put away their dissensions, and give themselves to God for the saving of the lost. Let them in faith ask for the blessing, and it will come. The outpouring of the Spirit in apostolic days was the “former rain,” and glorious was the result. But the “latter rain” will be more abundant. Joel 2:23. DA page 827.2
 
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Jesus is waiting for us to prepare the way for His coming by surrendering ourselves fully to Him so He can seal us. It is only then that the latter rain can be poured out.
Help me out here, Brother

I'm clearly missing something

Isn't the sealing a final judgement thing?

After the sealing, what is the latter rain for?
 
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Help me out here, Brother

I'm clearly missing something

Isn't the sealing a final judgement thing?

After the sealing, what is the latter rain for?
Yes. God doesn't want to lose any one. We can't be sealed until after the latter rain is poured out, but unless we are preparing for that now we will never receive the latter rain. The time for preparation is now. To wait for the latter rain to prepare is to ensure we are lost.

Basically, I see the latter rain and the sealing as one event because whose who receive it are the ones who will be sealed. There is no other living class of people giving the third angels message at the very end. Now is the rime to make sure we are right with God and that He can trust us with the incredible power of the HS.
 
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Thank you, Brother

God doesn't want to lose any one. We can't be sealed until after the latter rain is poured out
I see what you're saying now

Now is the rime to make sure we are right with God and that He can trust us with the incredible power of the HS.
Amen
 
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