26 Signs of the Lord’s Soon Return – part 4

The sign I have listed as eleventh is probably the most important in regard to its impact on society.

how far we've come

A Good Marriage of 60 Years with Eight Children

Sign 11: The institution of marriage would be forsaken by many (1 Timothy 4:3). Many will think of the hot-button current issue of homosexual and lesbian marriage sweeping the land. However, the problem is much greater than this! Teacher friends tell me that the typical classroom is filled with 50%, or more, children living in broken homes or with unmarried parents. Some have no idea who their real father is or where he is!

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry,” – 1 Timothy 4:1-3

The concept of “No-Fault Divorce” is indeed a doctrine of demons and those who participate in it do indeed have their consciences seared with a hot iron. They are no longer sensitive to the harm they are causing to their children or to their relationship with God who looks on marriage as a covenant with Him!

All of society is based on the family. Without it there is no stability. King David understood this when he wrote, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3). The answer is NOT MUCH! The prophet Malachi states the purpose of marriage –

“Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.” – Malachi 2:14,15

God has given to humans the unique ability to reproduce children made in their own image and thus in the image of God – each marriage covenanted with God has a ‘residue’ of the Spirit with allows them to produce children destined for godliness. Marriage involves a covenant with God therefore broken marriage relations equals broken relationship with God. God’s purpose in marriage is to produce ‘godly seed’, in other words, well adjusted children that understand what life is all about. Is this failure the reason behind the rise in violent youth culture, such as gangs, crime raves, ‘knock out’ games, yes even our youth willing to become terrorists?

There is an answer to this problem, it is repentance. But, first the Church needs to preach the truth about divorce because the only who wins in a divorce is the devil!

These trends were predicted and are signs of the soon coming of the Lord. Have they happened before? Perhaps some of them, but not in the combination and severity of today’s culture. But, I don’t want to leave you on such a negative note. The same Bible that did not hide the problems that accompany the end times also encouraged us that when we see these things, “LOOK UP! FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWS NEAR!”

Sign 12: Jesus Himself warned there would be an increase in famines

“For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.” – Matt. 24:7

In an earlier sign, I covered how wars are causing famines. According to the World Food Programme, “hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria & tuberculosis combined.” Some 805 million people do not have enough food to lead healthy lives. Economic downturns and wars exacerbate this problem.

Sign13: Paul warned vegetarianism would increase

“and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” – 1 Timothy 4:3-5

Recent attempts by former First Lady Michelle Obama and others to restrict foods to what they consider good not only war against our freedom but often against God’s laws.

Sign 14: There would be an increase in those crying out for peace. However, peace is often interpreted to mean what is good for those clambering for it! If their marches do not bring the desired results, they often turn to violence themselves. The “hope and peace” offered by the world is a fantasy not based on the truth of God’s word. There will be no peace without the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

“For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:3

Jerusalem ComingSign 15: The possession of Jerusalem would be at the center of international turmoil. This is the constant theme in most major newspapers, TV news programs, and United Nations resolutions. Psalm 2 outlines the end time struggle for us clearly: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain (futile) thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” God claims Jerusalem as His city and the world, under the influence of Satan, can’t stand it. It is as Zechariah predicted:

“And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. – Zechariah 12:3

Ever since 2017 when President Trump declared that Jerusalem was the Capital of Israel and moved our embassy there the raging of the heathen has only increased. And the anger of American Democrats has also increased because Trump did it when they couldn’t! Now a Democrat President, who is an usurper, is about to declare Jerusalem belongs to the Palestinians! Biden is following in the footsteps of his mentor President Obama.

president betrays Israel The possession of Jerusalem is at the center of international turmoil. Israel has claimed it as their eternal capitol. Arabs claim it as the capitol of a new Palestinian state. The United Nations has censured Israel and favored Palestinian claims so many times that I’ve lost count. The United States has usually been the only nation with veto privilege in the UN Security Council to block these attempts. But President Barack Obama, a Muslim sympathizer, has signaled he may not veto this latest attempt to divide Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Palestinian terrorists continue bombing, shooting, and driving cars into civilian crowds trying to intimidate and blackmail Israel into concessions. While many Jews, in true pogrom mentality, try to appease the Muslims by giving into their demands, such as Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, who says Jews praying on their own Temple Mount will just lead to more violence. Fortunately their are still some Davids in the land who are resisting Arab terrorists. Sadly, they have to walk a tightrope between the freedom to exist and appeasing so-called allies, like the United States, who are constantly demanding Israel to yield to Islamic pressure or lose American support. American lawmakers and its President need to consider the consequence of these actions. God long ago foresaw this rebellion of the nations –

“And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it. – Zechariah 12:3

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” – Joel 3:2

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