Monday, December 2, 2013

Is The World Really Ending Soon?

Is The World Really Ending Soon?
You have heard many preachers think they can help God out by frightening you about the coming of the Lord. In 1908, The Jehovah witnesses predicted the end of the world to be 1914.  Pastor Hold Camping took the world by storm when he prophesied that Jesus was coming on May 21, 2011. Many sold their properties and donated the money to him. Unfortunately for them, Jesus was a NO Show! Permit that I rightfully separate the coming of Jesus (the end of the world) into two parts: when you die and when Jesus comes back. If you die today, the end of the world for you has come. If you do not die before Jesus comes, then the end of the world will take place. There is a time when nothing shall remain on earth; the old shall give way for the new; the dead saints in Christ shall rise first, and we who are alive shall be changed in a twinkle of an eye immediately upon hearing the trumpet of God. It does not matter how a building is built; it shall go down.I will show you the signs that must first take place before Jesus comes back. However, Jesus will not come back in the next 10 years!

Symbol and purpose of the trumpet.
 We saw the first use of the trumpet during the Jubilee Year (Lev 23:23-25) on the Mount. The symbolism of the mountain is enormous because it was on the mount of Sinai that God revealed the Ten Commandments to Moses to give the Israelites. It was on the mount that Jesus gave the beatitudes. Therefore, the mountain becomes a symbol of covenant. On Mount Sinai, God gave the old covenant of the law. It should be noted that from Malachi to the birth of Jesus, there was no other prophet. John the Baptist and Jesus were born almost the same time. On a mountain Jesus introduced the New Covenant. Therefore, here are the signs of End Times. 
Sign #1: False Jesus and false prophets.
One of the signs that will happen before the coming of Jesus is the appearance of false Christs. Boy, don’t we have many? In 2012, John Miller of Kingaroy in Central Queens, Australia--- claimed that he is Jesus Christ and actually had followers. In June, 2013, in Moses Hlongwane of Eshowe, South Africa, claimed that he was Jesus, and he even claimed immortality. They have deceived many to follow them. So this sign has already fulfilled. These false Christs will show signs and wonders. They will do miracles. 
Sign # 2: Manmade and Natural disasters.
We have seen the first and second world war. We saw the cold war which was rumors of wars, and we have seen countries actually fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have seen the western powers kill Saddam Hussein for Iraqi oil, they killed Gaddafi for Libyan oil; France with UN’s help invaded Ivory Coast to rob her natural resources. The Middle East is always threatening an explosion, and the Syrians are currently embroiled in a civil war. 100,000 people have died already in the Syrian war, and we have seen China and Russia warming up and overhauling their weapons of wars raising the rumors that Syria will lead to a third world war.  As of July, there are 56 armed conflicts going on around the world. As of today, there have been 888 earthquakes around the world, killing 331 people, yet that is not the end of the world nor does it mean that Jesus is coming the next day. 
Sign #3: Persecution.
Can we truly say that we are persecuted in the US? Can we say that we are beaten and locked up for preaching the gospel? If not, then this sign has not yet been fulfilled. God will fortify you to withstand it. Persecution will be tough. It is called tribulation. During this time, many false christs and false prophets will come with false hope. Jesus tells you not to pay heed to them.  
Sign #4: The Gospel will be preached in the whole world.
The Joshua project which keeps statistics on the great commission claims that there are 2.9 billion people who have not been reached by the gospel especially in the 10/40 window of Asia and North Africa. Therefore this sign has not yet been fulfilled. Looking at the pace, we may need at least 10 years to accomplish that.
Sign #5 Abomination of Desolation.
What is it? This was twofold prophecy from Daniel 9:27. It got fulfilled the first time when Antiochus Epiphanes after defeating the Jews and conquering Jerusalem, erected the statue of Zeus in the temple, and sacrificed a pig on the altar. The Jews rather than sit and wait for the desolation, decided to revolt and in the Maccabees rebellion where they defeated Antiochus and retook back Jerusalem for the first time in 164 BC. However, the second time where there will be an abomination of desolation will be “the man of sin, the son of perdition” will appear to sit in the temple and be asked to be worshiped as God (2 Thessalonians 2:3).  When such an abomination starts, it is not more time to run back into the world. 
Sign #6: The Skies Will Become Dark.
The skies will darken so that all eyes would see him.  The trumpet was to be used to gather the people and if there was an alarm added to it, then danger was on the way (Num 10:1-7). Now the same thing tells you of the coming of the Lord. When the trumpet of God and the voice of the archangel (alarm) will sound, then the Son of Man will appear in the skies. The dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive, the mortal shall give way to the immortal and the corruptible shall make way for the incorruptible. The remnant shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (I these 4:14-17.).
The gathering will be done by angels who will gather the people like harvesters reap their crops. While we may know the period summer comes, but we do not know the exact date it starts. When you see these things then you can know that it is near; the coming of the Lord Jesus. Jesus' prophecy in verse 30 is twofold. The first was fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem, and the second will happen with this present earth-general. It refers to the world we have now.
People will mock you like they mocked Peter about the delay of the coming of the Lord. They will say, “Our fathers have died and gone, yet he has not come.” A thousand years to man is like a day to God. One thing you should know is that no one will know the exact day. We may know these signs.  Notwithstanding, there is one thing I had earlier said. If you died today, you will wait for resurrection to damnation or unto redemption. What good then would it be for you to know the exact date but you are not ready? Stay in prayer, and watch for the son of Man will come as a thief. The expression as a thief denotes an element of surprise. It is not that he will sneak into the earth and take the elects without anyone knowing. That is not true! When the moon and sun will not give, then the trump of God and the voice of an archangel sounds, all eyes will see him. It will be a monumental event when the whole world will be at a standstill to watch as the elects are plucked off the earth. Are you ready when the Lord shall come?
Let us sing this song? Are you ready, are you ready, and are you ready when the Lord shall come?

Until then, Jesus is coming back!
St Arrey of Ntenako.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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