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Signs of the ‘Last Days’

By David J. Smith
December 1, 2012

Jesus, the Messiah, discussed with His disciples the signs of the last days. He did so in Matthew 24 and other corresponding books. As Jesus and His close disciples left the temple, Jesus told them that all the stones would be thrown down.

They went to the mount of Olives where the disciples asked Jesus when would the temple be cast down, and what would be the sign of His coming, and the END of the world [or age]?

Jesus said don’t be deceived because many would come in His name [claiming to be sent by Jesus], and deceive many that thought they were Christians. They would mislead the people into falsehoods.

Jesus went on to reveal that we would hear of wars and rumors of wars. He told them [and us] not to be troubled by these rumors and wars. They will happen because of human nature, but the end is not yet.

He warned of world wars, resulting in famines. No one would be farming, rather fighting wars. We have seen two world wars and many wars of liberation by the Communist. These wars of liberation, famines, pestilences or disease epidemics, and earthquakes will happen in random places.

Jesus said: “All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

Persecution will begin in earnest. Three items were listed by Jesus: 1) We would be afflicted; 2) The persecutors will kill some Christians; 3) and we would be hated of all nations because we believe in Jesus!!!

Of course, other scriptures reveal many Christians will be protected – Rev. 7:1-4; Rev. 12:13-16!

Because lawlessness will be everywhere, the love for the truth will wax [turn] cold. Jesus said clearly that the individual that endures unto the end would be saved.

Jesus said the ‘gospel’ of the kingdom shall be preached [mainly by Britain and the U.S. – Joseph’s two sons] into all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Jesus did not say “convert” all nations, rather be a witness unto all nations that the Kingdom of God would come.

Jesus said the Middle East would not be a safe place to be. Get out!!!

Then Jesus spoke of something no one would like to hear about – TRIBULATION!!! He went so far as to say that nothing like this has ever happened since the world began until the time it occurs. He said it would be so bad that if it weren’t stopped no flesh would be saved [alive – Moffatt Translation].

Jeremiah 30:4-7 tells us who this was written to – Israel and Judah! The Bible is Israel’s book along with Judah. Both the Ten Lost Tribes and Judah compose the entirety of Israel. This set of scriptures is practically identical to Matthew 24. It should be; they were inspired to be written by the same Person – Jesus, Who was the God of the Old Testament.

Jeremiah wrote of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. The event he described would turn faces into paleness. In v. 7, it says: “Alas! For that day is great, SO THAT NONE IS LIKE IT: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.”

This sounds just like Matthew 24 and the Book of Revelation. Notice Revelation 1:1; 10: “The Revelation [revealing] of Jesus Christ …” “I [John] was in the Spirit on [in, on, at, or by] the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.” The preposition “on” could have been translated any one of four prepositions according to the context in which it is used. Since the Book of Revelation is for the end of the age – the last days, it should have been translated IN the Lord’s day’! The entire Book of Revelation is composed of events leading up to and including the coming of the Kingdom of God. Christ and His saints will rule for 1,000 years. Salvation will be offered to the dead that have been resurrected to be taught God’s truth.

After those that will be saved are finished, the disobedient will be cast into the Lake of Fire along with the Devil and his angels.

Chapter 21 and 22 sees New Jerusalem coming down to earth with God the Father to be with His people. This will be a triumphant day of rejoicing.

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