by John Barnett

Global Signs of
Christ's Coming
John Barnett
Matthew 24:3

As believers, God gives us an insider's knowledge. There is an eventual major upheaval in the worldwide social and economic situation. All the currency of the world: its money, possessions, fashions, and whims, will be worthless at our death or Christ's return, either of which could be very soon. This insight should utterly change our investment strategy.

Jesus explained to us in Matthew 24, verses 8 and 33-34--that these events would begin at the same time, run concurrently, and crescendo like the pains of a woman giving birth--the closer we get to His Second coming.

Matthew 24:8, 33-34 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near--at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

The fifth trend that starts small and builds in strength and intensity is the sign of global commerce: with digitalized money and global tracking.

#5: The Sign of
Global Commerce: Digitalized Money, Global Tracking and Positioning

God's Word describes a future time when money is tied to a number, and only with that number can anything be bought or sold. There would be technology capable of tracking the world's population and commerce.

Revelation 13:16-17 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

How close are we getting to that scenario? The last week of August when we moved here I was at Home Depot getting a lawn mower to take a stab at the grass that was growing too high. I checked out, handed my credit card, the clerk paused, sent me over to the service desk to stand, soon the phone rang--it was Omaha, Nebraska where the VISA fraud department saw a large purchase on a ...

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