Signs and the end. What is the connection?
November 15th & 16th, 2009
is no danger that Titanic will sink. The boat is unsinkable and nothing but
inconvenience will be suffered by the passengers." Philip
Franklin, White Star Line vice- President. Just months later Titanic sunk. " Frank Knox, U.S. Secretary of the
Navy, said these words on December 4, 1941: "Whatever
Jesus moves from an innocent questions about buildings, to a discussion on the end times. The disciplies want to write it down in their calendar, nice to plan for something like that. Rather then give them exact times, Jesus lays out the kind of challenges they will face. The first sign will be one of deception. The deception gets at the core of our faith. Who is Jesus? Might there be others who “do a better” job than the Savior who atoned for the sins of the world on the cross of calvary? Whenever I hear about some human being claiming to be the Messiah , I think who would do something like that? “ Yet, they do by the thousands and millions. In our generation there have been individuals who literally claimed to be the Messiah’s in David Koresh of the Branch Dividian Fame. Sun Yung Moon, the leader of the Unification Church, and even Marshal Apple white of the heaven’s gate cult. I have a book titled, the kingdom of the cults where millions of people worldwide have followed various false Messiah’s other then the crucified and risen one for the sins of the world. Many of these members are deeply sincere, incredibly their “religion”, but in the end they are simply deceived. Jesus says John 14:6 in I am the way the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through me. 1 Timothy 1:5 “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men t, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.
There are also political signs. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Civil wars, nation ward, terrorist conflicts. According to global Security.org there are presently 44 conflicts of some sort going on throughout the world at this time. Generations are rarely immune from such conflict, and when conflict between nations does not exist there is always one bubbling up. Trust in the political process, like trusting in the great temple buildings will prove futile in the end. Yet, don’t be alarmed,for these signs are but birth pangs. Then end is not there.
We move from religious deceptions, national conflicts, and now to the earth itself in disarray. We learn from the book of Romans that not only is humanity waiting for its redemption but so is creation (Romans 8:22). Famines, earthquakes, floods, immense forest fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, all in disarray, and yet Jesus says “don’t be alarmed”. These realities are merely the birth pangs of things to come.
The signs, and conflicts move from
the general and big to the personal. He
speaks of persecutions of various sorts.
I have a book here titled “The Voices of the
Martyrs. In it he describes present day
life and death struggles of faith. In an
eighth month period in 2004 1500
Christians and eight pastors lost their lives in
The story is told of pioneers who
were making their way across one of the central states to a distant place that
had been opened up for homesteading.
They traveled in covered wagons drawn by oxen, and progress was necessarily
slow. One day they were horrified to
note a long line of smoke in the west, stretching for miles across the prairie,
and soon it was evident that the dried grass was burning fiercely and coming
toward them rapidly. They had crossed a
river the day before but it would be impossible to go back before the flames
would be upon them. One man only seemed
to have understanding as to what could be done.
He gave the command to set fire to the grass behind them. Then when a space was burned over, the whole
company moved back upon it. As the
flames roared on toward them from the west, a little girl cried out in terror,
“Are you sure we shall not all be burned up?”
The leader replied, “My child, the flames cannot reach us there, for we
are standing where the fire has been!”
WE can endure, because Jesus has already endured all the judgment on