This came from an old article that I had received from Liberty and Thomas Road Baptist Church, Pastor Jonathan Falwell. I am quoting it word for word, as I think this is so important, and many, who call themselves Christians, do not understand the dangerous times we are living in. It is important to recognize the “signs”.
“The New Testament leaves us with the anticipation that Jesus could come at any time.”
“Those are the words of Dr. Ed Hindson, spoken at a stiffing “Global Warming Prophecy Conference” hosted by Thomas Road Baptist Church last week. The conference also included Drs. Tim LaHaye and Gary Frazier.
In Luke 21.25, we read that there will be signs all around us prior to the return of Christ. Stating that we must discern the signs of Jesus’ second coming. Dr. Hindson noted six modern developments indicating that the stage is being set for the return of Christ.
1. Israel returned to the Promised Land (1948).
2. Increase of Islamic opposition.
3. Extremists threatening the world. (now with Islam wanting all of Western Civilization)
4. The political unification of Europe (EU)
5. Failure of peace attempts in the Middle East.
6. The worldwide threat of nuclear weapons. (Iran, No Korea, China, Russia)
To some, these signs may prove alarming. But, as Dr. Hindson noted in the conference, “Biblical prophecy is not designed to scare us, but to prepare us.” The rapture of the saints at the return of Christ is a message of comfort. As Titus 2:13 tells us, we must be “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
The most important thing to remember in terms of these last days prior to the impending return of Christ is this: God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).
This means that Christians are on earth by design, with a specific purpose to communicate the Gospel of Christ to the nations. As I’ve noted in past columns, this is not a popular objective in our modern society that rejects the absolute truths of God’s Word in favor of a collective of “truths.” But we –those who have placed their faith in the Christ of the Bible –are nevertheless compelled to reach out in love to all with the Gospel.
I want to answer two prominent questions regarding Christianity.
1.) Why do Christians believe that Jesus will come again? Because the promise of Jesus’ first coming was wondrously fulfilled when He was born of a virgin in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. There is evidence and verification of His life, His death and His resurrection. The early disciples were eye witnesses to the fact of the resurrection. We do not follow Christ in blind faith, nor are we following a pipedream. Not only did Jesus literally conquer the tomb, He promised to return again.
2.) Why is it important that Christians evangelize? Because after Jesus Christ calls believers (the church) to Himself when He returns, this earth will subsequently go through a period of lawlessness and chaos, the likes of which we have never seen. This tribulation period will see the antichrist rise to power, promising peace bug bringing about only corruption and death. War, “eclipsing the holocaust,” as Dr. Hindson described it in our conference, will break out across the world. We, as Christians, do not want anyone to have to live through such an awful period. Further, we do not wish fo any soul to perish and face an eternity apart from God.
I believe the promised return of Christ is as sure as the daily sunrise. And I long to see Him!
If you know Christ as your Savior, join me in looking for that glorious appearing every day. However, if you do not know Christ as your Savior, I urge you to visit our church’s website http://www.trbc.org and click on “Who is Christ?” to learn how you can know Jesus Christ as your Savior.
NOTE: Christians wishing to investigate these last days are encouraged to pick up a copy of Drs. Hindson and LaHaye’s ‘Global Warning: Are We on the Verge of World War III?’ This book is an excellent survey of the final signs that will serve as God’s global warning to the people regarding His return. ” End..
On this site too, is a blog on Biblical and scriptural signs taken from teaching by Pastor John Hagee. It covers scriptures in Ezekiel, Daniel, and Revelations. The signs have been fulfilled.
And this writer believes that Jesus could come at any time.
Who, and what is the Antichrist? The “doctrine” of the Antichrist is not understood by many, even the world’s religious leaders. Excerpts on this come from Roderick C. Meredith, Living Church of God, booklet; which is 35 pages long, whereby, I will do my best to condense and answer the question. II Thessalonians 2:3 opens the door to the Antichrist coming upon the scene, but, after the Rapture but, before the 2nd Coming. 2:4, We see also that the Temple will be rebuilt, and the Antichrist will take it over, making it his religious headquarters. This leaves the door open too, for discussion, will it be where it was originally? For the Dome of the Rock is sitting right where Solomon’s Temple once stood, the wailing wall right there. So things need to happen in this world beforehand. But, think of it..Arab’s against Jews for the biggest climax and war that is yet to come.
Jude warned of false teachers using the idea of “grace” as a vehicle for licentiousness”..the license to disobey the very laws of God. God in other words does require us to obey the 10 Commandments. Why does this matter? Because not to obey, is the very heart of the doctrine of the Antichrist. It creates a lawless society…a society cut off from God, since the 10 Commandments actually portray His character. That mystery of lawlessness is already at work, and is the beginning of His coming. (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 7-8.
Jesus Himself warned us; “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name saying, “I am the Christ.” Matthew 24:4-7. The word Antichrist is first introduced in 1John 2:18; “Little children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.” Paul too, wrote about the the “false Prophet” in Revelation. Yet some mistakenly identify the Antichrist as the coming world dictator and political system called the “Beast” in Bible prophecy. They forget that the real “power behind the throne” is the mysterious “harlot” of Revelation 17, and that this fallen woman “rides” or controls the Beast of Revelation. Whowever she is, she is very powerful. She has caused the death of untold millions in the past, and millions more will die at her hand in the future. This harlot sits astride a system encompassing many nations and peoples. For she has ent3red into adulterous alliances with the leaders and kings of the world.
The 10 horns, 7 heads represents 7 empires that persecuted the Jews and Israel in the PAST,
and one last yet in the future. They are Egypt, Assyria (Syria), Babylon (Southern Iraq near
Kuwait), Medio -Persia (Iran) Greece and Rome. We now believe these to be of the Old Roman Empire in which the 10th shall rise (The Anti-Christ). The Roman Empire, the 6th head was the last that persecuted Israel before her destruction in 70 AD..out of which came the Catholic religion and the age of the “Christian Empire” and conversion of Constantine in 312AD. Gregory was later proclaimed the first pope in 590 AD, the start of the Catholics. The were however, a bloodthirsty group throughout early history and into the Crusades. And just
remember, Jesus was a JEW, a Rabbi in Matthew, who never intended to start a new religion. We, as gentiles, only come to the Father, through the blood shed at the Cross at Calvary. We owe our whole of Christianity to the JEWS! As the sign on the Cross bore, Jesus King of the Jews! But, those that have persecuted the Jews and Israel, in the past, and yet to come, will all bear the wrath of God, in the final war!
We are now already an “apostate church”. (Another blog here). Apostate means a turning away from. In contrast to the commandment-keeping Church of God, this great apostate church and her daughter churches reject the need to keep the 10 Commandments as a way of life. Jesus said otherwise in Matthew 19:17. Historically we read about a great church that did persecute millions of peoples during the Middle ages, which was the Roman Catholic church. Innocent III murdered far more Christians in one afternoon, than any Roman emperor did in his entire reign. Will Durant wrote, “Compared with the persecution of heresy in Europe from 1227 to 1492, the persecution of Christians by Romans in the first three centuries after Christ was a mild and humane procedure. ..revealing a ferocity unknown in any beast.” So, when John in his vision, saw this woman or apostate church drunk with the blood of the Saints, he was certainly not exaggerating.
Few realize that the so-called “Holy Roman (Old0 Empire has been revived right under our noses, with the EU. A detailed and revealing book “The Principality and Power of Europe” by British author Adrian Hilton, explains in detail…”Thus, this revived Holy Roman Empire, the EU, does show there is power behind the throne. Revelation 13 “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. ” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 John too, was also inspired to write that “even now, many Antichrists have come” I John 2:18.
It is time for all who believe in God to go back and prove whether their religious beliefs and practices actually came out of the Bible, or out of Babylon. “And I heard another voice from heaven saying , ‘come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.’ ” Revelation 18:3-4
Soon, the ultimate personification of the Antichrist will appear on the world scene. Appearing at first as a kind and gentle “peacemaker” he will gradually assert more and more authority. His authority will be enhanced by the false miracles Satan performs through him (Revelation 13:13) . Then the adoring masses will scream with excitement when they see him , and the doctrine of the Antichrist will permeate nearly all of professing Christianity….All except the “little flock” (Luke 12:32) described in Revelation 12:13-17. We that are saved are to obey Jesus instruction: “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).
Are you ready? Are you saved? For Jesus said, “No man cometh to the Father except by me” and “Unless a man be born again, he will not enter the Kingdom of God.” There is ONLY ONE way to Heaven…That is through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is not by Allah..it is not through cults, and twisting gospel, it is not through Scientology, It is ONLY through Jesus Christ. And it is not through saints in the Catholic church and there is no such thing as purgatory. You can’t get “prayed” into Heaven with last rites. It has to be YOUR decision while you are alive and accountable. I leave you scriptures here to look up on Salvation
Luke 19:30, John 1:12, John 3:3, John 3:16 , John 8:32, John 10:9-10, John 14:6, Acts 16:11,
Romans 3:23-24, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9-10, Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 2:3,Hebrews 12:2, IJohn 1:9, IJohn 5:11-12, Revelations 3:20.
On this site too, is a prayer for salvation. If you truly seek our Lord Jesus Christ, you need to repent of your sins, and pray this prayer. God Bless you…Are you ready? Jesus is coming in the “twinkling of an eye”!!!