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JesusReignsForever
Nov 2nd 2008, 08:31 PM
Luke 21:28 "But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

In Matthew24:3 Jesus was asked, "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?" Jesus told his apostles to look for the following signs prior to his second coming and the end of the age.



1. FALSE PROPHETS AND CHRISTS

Matthew 24:5 "For many will come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and will mislead many."
Matthew 24:11 "And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many."

In the last several years many have claimed to be the Messiah. Jim Jones and David Koresh are examples of these false christs as well as countless others who are not as newsworthy. These false prophets are a prelude to the ultimate false christ, the antichrist. Many New Age groups, some even NGO's working for the United Nations, are anxiously awaiting the antichrist, preparing the way for his acceptance as the head of the hierarchy of gods and the one who will usher in world peace.
2. WARS

Matthew 24:6 "And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end."

Rumors of wars in all areas of the world now occur frequently thanks to instant media coverage and the availability of a multitude of 24-hour news sources.

Matthew 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes."


More people have been killed in warfare in this century than at any other time in history. As the death toll rises in the Middle East, more and more countries work feverishly to develop devastating weapons of mass destruction. Add to that the expanding threat of terrorism and unpredictable dictators such as Saddam Hussein, and the potential for the outbreak of war exists in nations, kingdoms and places across the globe.

3. FAMINES

Matthew 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes."


As white, Christian farmers are driven out of Zimbabwe in increasing numbers, and foreigners move in to replace life-sustaining crops with poppies that now supply 25% of the worlds drugs, famine spreads across the African continent. The undernourished are not limited to Africa, however. A large portion of the worlds 5 billion people suffers from a shortage of food.

4. EARTHQUAKES

Matthew 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes."


The number and intensity of earthquakes this century is at a level higher than any other time in history. A staggering number of seismic events occur around the world daily. The earthquake seismic monitor IRIS (http://www.iris.edu/seismon/) shows all major earthquakes for the last year. Indicated by yellow and red circles, the seismic events of the last 15 days provides strong evidence of the fulfillment of Matthew 24:7 in our day. By contrast, in the years from 1890 to 1900 there was only one major earthquake in the world.

5. TRIBULATIONS

Matthew 24:8-9 "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of my name."


Christians are under attack throughout the world today. In the United States Christians still enjoy freedom to worship God without suffering much more than ridicule, hatred, or discrimination at work and school. However in many other countries such as China, Sudan, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Russia, and many Muslim nations, Christian suffer much greater persecution and often times death for their faith. During the tribulation this suffering will be worldwide and will continue even to the point of martyrdom. These first 5 signs will increase in intensity and severity as the tribulation approaches, much like the birth pangs or contractions of a pregnant woman worsen as the delivery time approaches.

6. THE GOSPEL WILL BE PREACHED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come."


This prophecy has already been fulfilled through television, radio, missionaries, the translation of the Bible into many languages, and the internet. People all over the world now hear the message of Christ from missionaries who have the means to travel the globe, and via technology that allows us to communicate with people on the other side of the world right from our own homes, churches and offices.



1. GODLESSNESS IN THE LAST DAYS

II Timothy 3:1-5,7 "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of god; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."


For anyone who has watched television, read a newspaper, lost a retirement to corporate greed and corruption, or just walked outside their front door, it is obvious this prophecy has been fulfilled by our generation. Our leaders are often corrupt; our cities are filled with crime, brutality, and neon signs proclaiming our sinful, godless nature. The New Age Movement brings in increasing numbers of mystics who claim to be the enlightened ones. They are some of the most educated and influential people in our societies, and yet the most lacking in real truth.

2. APOSTASY (FALLING AWAY FROM THE FAITH)

I Timothy 4:1-3 "But the spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. By means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth."


Churches today are becoming more and more ecumenical, embracing the New Age interfaith agenda, and denying Christ as the only way to salvation. Giving in to the politically correct media and a corrupt society, they have embrace homosexuality as an acceptable alternate lifestyle and preach tolerance and compromise in place of God's truth for the salvation of the world. The environmentalist movement within the New Age movement lures them into a worship of mother earth, belief in past lives, reincarnation, and Karma while demonizing all those who would eat the meat God gave us as nourishment for our bodies




Copy and pasted from http://contenderministries.org/prophecy/endtimes.php


Hold fast to you faith brothers and sisters Jesus is sooo SOON to come!

Kudo Shinichi
Nov 3rd 2008, 01:41 PM
Signs of the End of the Age

5Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6"As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down." 7"Teacher," they asked, "when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?"
8He replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them. 9When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away."
10Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
12"But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13This will result in your being witnesses to them. 14But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17All men will hate you because of me. 18But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By standing firm you will gain life.
20"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
29He told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
32"I tell you the truth, this generation[b (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2021&version=31#fen-NIV-25850b)] will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."
37Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, 38and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.

JesusReignsForever
Nov 4th 2008, 05:47 PM
Amen. I am not worry at all about the things that are going on in this world, its nothing knew Jesus already told us these things were going to happen. I have put my total trust in the Lord that he will provide ALL of my needs.

sopranette
Nov 4th 2008, 06:10 PM
Very good OP, thank you!

love,

Sopranette

John146
Nov 4th 2008, 09:32 PM
Amen. I am not worry at all about the things that are going on in this world, its nothing knew Jesus already told us these things were going to happen. I have put my total trust in the Lord that he will provide ALL of my needs.That's the bottom line. Men's hearts fail them for fear of those things happening on the earth but we have nothing to fear. They fear because they do not have the peace of Christ in their hearts.

It's interesting that Jesus said that when we are seeing those things happening then our redemption is drawing near. I believe He is speaking of the redemption of our bodies. Is that how you see it?

Romans 8
20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

JesusReignsForever
Nov 4th 2008, 09:57 PM
I believe He is speaking of the redemption of our bodies. Is that how you see it?

Romans 8
20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Do you know I have never thought of it like that! lol but now that you said that it makes so much sense! Once I heard my old pastor say that when Jesus comes back to get us his children when we are caught up we will see jesus and when he looks at us he will see himself. Because we all all striving to be just like Jesus, I thought it was an odd statement but now I get it.

Question: "What is the meaning of Christian redemption?"

Answer: Everyone is in need of redemption. Our natural condition was characterized by guilt: “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Christ’s redemption has freed us from guilt: “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:23-24 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Romans%203.23-24)).

The benefits of redemption include eternal life (Revelation 5:9-10 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Revelation%205.9-10)), forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Ephesians%201.7)), righteousness (Romans 5:17 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Romans%205.17)), freedom from the law’s curse (Galatians 3:13 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Galatians%203.13)), adoption into God’s family (Galatians 4:5 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Galatians%204.5)), deliverance from sin’s bondage (Titus 2:14 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Titus%202.14); 1 Peter 1:14-18 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/1%20Peter%201.14-18)), peace with God (Colossians 1:18-20 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Colossians%201.18-20)), and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/1%20Corinthians%206.19-20)). To be redeemed, then, is to be forgiven, holy, justified, blessed, free, adopted, and reconciled. See also Psalm 130:7-8 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Psalm%20130.7-8); Luke 2:38 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Luke%202.38); and Acts 20:28 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Acts%2020.28).

The word redeem means “to buy out.” The term was used specifically in reference to the purchase of a slave’s freedom. The application of this term to Christ’s death on the cross is quite telling. If we are “redeemed,” then our prior condition was one of slavery. God has purchased our freedom, and we are no longer in bondage to sin or to the Old Testament law. This metaphorical use of redemption is the teaching of Galatians 3:13 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Galatians%203.13) and 4:5 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Galatians%204.5).

Related to the Christian concept of redemption is the word ransom. Jesus paid the price for our release from sin (Matthew 20:28 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Matthew%2020.28); 1 Timothy 2:6 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/1%20Timothy%202.6)). His death was in exchange for our life. In fact, scripture is quite clear that redemption is only possible “through His blood” (that is, by His death), Colossians 1:14 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Colossians%201.14).

The streets of heaven will be filled with former captives who, through no merit of their own, find themselves forgiven and free. The slaves to sin are become saints. No wonder they sing a new song—a song of praise to the Redeemer who was slain (Revelation 5:9 (http://bible.logos.com/passage/niv/Revelation%205.9)). We were slaves to sin, condemned to eternal separation from God. Jesus paid the price to redeem us, resulting in our freedom from slavery to sin, and our rescue from the eternal consequences of that sin.

http://www.gotquestions.org/redemption.html

I learned something new today Praise God!:pp

jeffweeder
Nov 4th 2008, 10:54 PM
It's interesting that Jesus said that when we are seeing those things happening then our redemption is drawing near. I believe He is speaking of the redemption of our bodies. Is that how you see it?

Absolutely....and the Lord will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise and we shall all be changed..in the twinkling of an eye.

"and i will raise him the last day"

God Bless