Foreshadow Now, ‘Season of the End Times’:
Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.
Future Seven (7) Year Tribulation and Great Tribulation:
Revelation 6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Will the trumpet sound this week or even within the next month? At this time that’s not something we can say with certainty, but we know this: the LORD will appear at any moment and when we shall see Him, we shall be like Him (1 Jn. 3:2). All who trust in Christ will be delivered (Jn. 14:1–6; Acts 4:12). Those who trust in themselves or some other religious figure will not be (Jn. 3:14–18). Legalists are in as much danger as the lawless, because they are both resting in something other than Christ, but there is equal hope for all. If Coronavirus and recent developments in Israel have shown us one thing, it’s that the door to the Ark is closing fast.
This has been a multi-year journey for all of us, in a way reminiscent of that undertaken by the magi over 2,000 years ago, but the journey is nearing its end. The trumpet will sound. The dead in Christ will rise. Those who are alive and remain will be snatched up to meet the LORD in the air. These are not suggestions or mere religious interpretations, but unbreakable promises from the God who created the world itself (1 Thess. 4:16–5:3). His promises are true (Rm. 11:29; 15:8; 2 Cor. 1:20; Rev. 3:14). That means you can rest in them and trust in them. God loves His children and His children are those who believe in the Son.
Christians are not promised escape from tribulation. In fact, we’re promised tribulation (Jn. 16:33). Every generation of disciples has greatly suffered as they labored to bring the good news into the world. Yet though we are promised tribulation, we are also promised a special escape: escape from the coming wrath (1 Thess. 1:10) and deliverance from the time of trial coming on the whole world (Rev. 3:10). The wrath and trial to come is often called the Tribulation, the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, or Daniel’s 70th Week. It is a period of seven years marked out by God to redeem the Jewish people (Acts 15:14–18; Rm. 11:25–27; Zech. 12:1–13), judge the nations for their division of God’s sacred land (Jl. 3:2), and bring all rule in subjection to the Messiah. It is not a time for the Church, an entity already spiritually redeemed, pictured seated in Heaven (Rev. 4–5) before the first judgments of Daniel’s 70th Week commence (Rev. 6).
God has recently given me an open door to share the living hope that I have with several journalists, some of which have already published stories (see here and here), and another which is forthcoming. For the most part I was accurately reported, and I am grateful for the opportunity. Of the five persons interviewed in the Washington Post article, four of them appeared to concur that Coronavirus is not all that peculiar, or, at least, not a portent of the end times. I stood against the grain pointing out that while there have been other pandemics in world history, Coronavirus coincides with signs in the heavens and the general convergence of signs leading us to this unique point in history.
While the world will not end (Ps. 104:5; Eccl. 1:4)—at least not for 1,000 years (Rev. 20–21), and even then only briefly—the world will most certainly change. In these interviews I was careful to point to this important biblical fact. The world will not persist in this rebellious state much longer. We’re living on borrowed time, and Coronavirus, in conjunction with the imminent division of the land of Israel and signs in the heavens and signs on the earth, is a powerful portent of the imminent appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ and the sudden onset of the Day of the LORD (1 Thess. 5:2–3).
It’s easy for those who don’t share our hope to think of us as crazy, but we’re standing on the solid ground of Scripture and common sense evidence. Those who seem crazy are now those walking around oblivious to the fact that the world they knew is collapsing around them. Global quarantine has never happened before. Markets are collapsing à la 1929. The virus is now confirmed in 167 countries, and based on the data currently available, the mortality rate stands at 4.27%. Governments around the world are suddenly usurping what few rights we have left in unprecedented fashion. This is a once-in-history type of event and it just so happens to coincide with the convergence of biblical signs, especially as they relate to Israel. You can’t ignore this any longer.
For closing in on three years now, we’ve speculated what might it mean for the fallen cherub to universally threaten the Church (Rev. 12:3–5). I think now we know. Yes indeed. I think we may have our answer. While Christians have frequently been persecuted and oppressed, never before has the global Church faced an imminent threat like this. There is the contagion itself, but there is also massive economic fallout, as well as the political and religious consequences of a worldwide lockdown. On top of this, Christians are now largely unable to meet corporately. Hebrews 10:25 sure stands out now more than ever. Let us be sober-minded like never before, ready to give a defense for the hope that we have, and quick to share the only saving message available for our family, friends, and neighbors: Christ died for our sins and rose again. If you believe in Him you will be saved, so believe in Him! There’s no point in refusing God’s gracious gift of reconciliation any longer. For these few short days, weeks, and months left, we must continue to watch as servants ready to meet their master, so that when He finally shows, we will be greeted as precious sons and daughters (Lk. 15:17–22; Rm. 8:14–19; 2 Cor. 6:18)
Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:
The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)
A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.
. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).
B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.
. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.
. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).
. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).
. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).
. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).
. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).
. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).
. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).
. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).
. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).
. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).
. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).
. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).
True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:
Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”
Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Jeremiah 30:7. 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.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.