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Are You Rapture Ready? (2 of 2)
Pastor Terry J. Hallock
Matthew 24:3, 32-35; Romans 13:8-14
January 9, 2000
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"... "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation (or "race") will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away" (Matthew 24:3,32-35).
Because Jesus didn't want His great and glorious Day to take His people by surprise He left us signs of the times -- distinguishing events and attitudes that will mark the preface to His return. Here briefly are nine of them.
1. The State of Israel will be restored. In 1947 the promise of God recorded in Isaiah 66:8 was fulfilled when the modern state of Israel was formed. In 1967 the Israeli army recaptured the city of Jerusalem, the exact event Jesus had predicted in Luke 21:24.
2. There will be "wars and rumors of wars" (Matthew 24:6-7a) You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom." The 20th century is considered to be the bloodiest in history. Presently 35 wars rage on this planet.
3. Famines, Pestilence, and Earthquakes will increase rapidly. (Matthew 24:7b). The developing world's population is expected to grow by two billion in the next few years. Those countries least able to produce food will need at least 75% more. Because of growing resistance to antibiotics common infections such as pneumonia are killing more people than ever. From 1890 to 1930, there were only eigh ...
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