The signs continue because Jesus does not want us to be ignorant of them. Have you ever wondered what were the conditions that led God to destroy the then known word with a flood? Here they are in God’s own words –
“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” – Gen. 6:5-7
“the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” was the condition of man. Scripture says the condition of man will once again be this way when the Lord returns in judgement. God placed His Church on the earth as a restrainer to this kind of evil but, what happens if the Church succumbs to the same evils? That is the subject of this next sign –
Sign 7: There would be a cold religious system, in denying God’s power. Men will have a “form of godliness but deny its power. From such people turn away! (2 Timothy 3:5). They will claim they are Christian but will try to solve mankind’s problems with logic and science. They have succumbed to the philosophy of Humanism. They deny the true power of godliness. The say the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was only for Biblical days thus denying the truth that we are living in Biblical days!
The power of godliness can make the economic system work for all, it can mend families making them whole, it can end the racial conflict between races, it can replace brutality with justice and mercy, and it can restore society to a stable foundation. The true power behind godliness is the Holy Spirit not religion.
Sign 8: Men will substitute fantasy in place of Christian truth
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” – 2 Tim. 4:3-4
This is so evident at Christmas when the birth of the Savior is lost behind the myth of Santa Claus or the Easter bunny instead of the Lord’s resurrection. These used to be minor distractions while Christmas and Easter pageants celebrating the Savior, Jesus Christ dominated homes, schools, and society. Today, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny dominate and schools and businesses dare not mention the birth of Jesus for fear of law suits!
But the same could be said of the Church which has substituted infant baptism for a real born again experience. Or I could also mention the doctrine going around in many churches that the God of the Bible is the same god as Allah of the Muslims, known as Chrislam. Much of the church has substituted a liturgy for the great truths of the Bible. Thus they shift truth which should be experienced now to a memory of some past event!
What goes on in the Church eventually bleeds out into the society! As Isaiah prophesied “And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” (Isaiah 59:14). Men of economics and business were willing to sacrifice truth for the sake of a buck. The people accepted the changes for the sake of entertainment and leaders of the Church accepted it because pleasing the people was more important than pleasing God. What no one realized was any weakening of God’s truth also diminishes justice.
Sign 9: Deadly diseases would be prevalent
“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences (literally, the disease, or figuratively, a pest), and earthquakes in various places.” – Matt. 24:7
The worldwide increase in AIDS deaths is almost inestimable. Over 160,000 Americans die of cancer each year. Everyone is now aware of the danger of Ebola that is sweeping through many parts of Africa, and may spread to other parts of the world as well. New deadly viruses seem to appear yearly, such as the mysterious fever that is now paralyzing and killing American children. And who can forget the deadly Covid19 virus currently spreading. Then there is the threat of Monkey Pox which is affecting those engaged in illicit sex.
Sign 10: The fact that God once flooded the earth (the Noahic flood) will be denied
“For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” – 2 Pet. 3:5-7
While there is a mass of fossil evidence to prove this fact of a world-wide flood, yet it is flatly ignored by the scientific world because of its uncanny implication. If they accept this, they would have to admit the God of the Bible exists, evolution is wrong, and mankind’s sin is a reality! This willingness of men to ignore truth they cannot explain with their intellect has now led to the acceptance of such theories as Global Warming, which is a clear hoax used to bilk billions of dollars with no scientific proof.
“O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge (science)—by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.” – 1 Tim. 6:20-21
The false doctrine of evolution, as it is now taught, has been used by the devil to subvert the faith of many in the Church.
I will continue with the Signs the Bible gives in the next article.