Understanding the End Times Signs

Understanding The End Times Signs

and the Escalating Wickedness of the World

Dr. Mike Johnston

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come (2 Timothy 3:1). It is painfully obvious the world is in a woeful tailspin of wickedness. That being said, those of us immersed in the Word of God have much to rejoice over because we have seen this coming for many years. The mystery of iniquity predicted by Paul (2 Thess. 2:7) has now spawned a new breed of post-Christian hedonists raised in a culture where the Bible has been replaced by rights usurping righteousness. This is now evident on the three major arenas confronting all of us: the social front where wickedness is represented as a right; the political front that perpetrates societies’ godlessness through reprehensible legislative acts; and the religious front that is so spiritually anemic it no longer challenges the other two fronts.

We have, as a result, found ourselves ensnared by pernicious preachers (2 Pet. 2:2) winking at political perverts whose depraved lifestyles are not even in question so long as they promise to give them things. Sadly this once Christian nation which was unapologetically founded upon the unchanging truth contained in the Word of God (a monument reading expedition to Washington, DC will quickly convince you) has long since given way to the rogues of relativism who passed laws making evil good, and good evil (Isa. 5:20). What may be even more shocking, practices God deemed abominable in Leviticus 18 are today given the protected status of rights with special protection from slander from the cult of political correctness. For world travelers who even silently applaud attacks against righteousness, this signals the final gasp of godliness which breathes life into the very thing that brought God’s judgment against Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6). For Christians steeped in the Scriptures, there is a striking paradox we must not ignore: the gloom heralds the Groom! The Lord Jesus Christ can return any moment to snatch out His bride (the church) from the earth (John 14:2-3; 1 Thess. 4:13-18) thereafter ushering in the 7 year tribulation which is arguably the worst period in the history of the world (Isa. 24; Joel 2; Obad; Dan. 7-12; Rev. 6-19). God the Spirit has precisely documented all these end times events in the Bible as signs of His Second Coming aka the Revelation to set up His Millennial Kingdom in Jerusalem.

May I suggest that you develop a depth of understanding NT end times prophecies by studying the background for them in the Old Testament via the 4 Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel), and the 12 Minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi).

The following list provides a brief overview of several (not all) Last Day’s NT passages. These all describe the circumstances surrounding Christ’s return to Jerusalem after the tribulation to set up His Kingdom (Matt. 24-25). Bear in mind, the rapture occurs at least 7 years prior to the Revelation which these signs all herald. My comments added to Scripture are in [brackets].

Matthew 24 (33 AD) (See also Mark 13 and Luke 21)

4-5- deceivers and deception [political, social, and religious]

6-7- unrest, war, fear, [look to the Middle East with particular interest] famines, pestilences [epidemics], earthquakes

9-10- growing anti-Semiticism

11, 24- false prophets [not only in the world but in the end times church] 2

12- iniquity shall abound, love waxing cold [what is more cold hearted than a mother killing her unborn child- or a husband (Scott Pederson) killing his pregnant wife and baby?]

21- unprecedented tribulation (including terrorism)

24- Antichrist indoctrination thru appearance and acceptance of signs and wonders “ministries”

2 Thessalonians 2 (54 AD)

3- falling away [Bible and Christianity under attack; international apostasy]

4- deification of a man [this blasphemy maintained by New Age and Charismatic heretics today]

7- mystery of iniquity [unprecedented spread of legalized promiscuity and perversion]

9- signs and lying wonders [Charismatics and other occultists at the forefront. This deception ultimately to allegiance to Antichrist and the assemblage at Armageddon- Rev. 16:14]

10-12- deceivableness of unrighteousness [those who reject the truth will buy into the final lie and eternal damnation 

1 Tim 4 (65 AD)

1- many who depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils (rise in cult and occult interest,

2- lying hypocrites who have no morals, no feelings, and no conscience (elected and assisted by ruthless politicians in America and around the world)

3- Forbidding to marry (the Roman Catholic church led with this restrictive heresy around the 13th century AD), and commanding to abstain from meats (P.E.T.A.)2 You can order our booklet LAST DAYS False Prophets for a full discussion.

2 Timothy 3 (66 AD)

1- perilous times (terrorism) fills men’s hearts with fear today as does a falling stock market

2-5 men shall be lovers of their own selves (rise of pornography, homosexuality, hedonism, obesity) covetous,

boasters, proud, blasphemers (pay attention to many “ministries” today), disobedient to parents (family unit has all but disintegrated), without natural affection (abortion, sodomy), truce breakers, false accusers or malicious gossips (godless political liberals are well schooled in these tactics) incontinent or without self-control (alcohol and drug abuse, obesity), fierce or brutal (terrorism, husbands killing wives and children, “mercy” killings in nursing homes, etc), despisers of those that are good (the ACLU, the NY Times, LA Times, etc and the nightly news bear ample witness to this),  treacherous traitors (all those who legislate against America’s Christian heritage and love for Israel), high-minded or conceited, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (notice how many school sports events are now scheduled on Sunday), having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof

13- deceivers bringing deception will be worldwide 

2 Timothy 4 (66 AD)

3- ear tickling spiritual rebels who lust after things and those who promise they can have them (turn on “Christian” television and count the carnival barkers preaching “formula faith.” Prosperity and “the good life now” are topics of best selling subjects at most Christian book stores promoted by the followers of Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, and others)

4- And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (much of what is being taught on “Christian” television and radio today is religious ruse. The only way you can discern the fake is to know what is real. That comes from studying God’s Word every day of your life. Believe me, you won’t learn it sitting in front of the boob tube. You need to mine for these treasures! I have for years studied Clarence Larkin, CI Scofield, LS Chafer, John Walvoord, Harold Willmington, Noah Hutchings, Jack Van Impe, JR Church, Hal Lindsey, etc. These men are sound)

2 Peter 2-3 (66 AD)

1- false prophets/teachers and blasphemous Christ deniers run rampant in the church today (“Christian” television is filled with hucksters predicting things that don’t come true, yet are not held accountable [Deut. 18:20-22]. Order our booklet LAST DAYS False Prophets for a jaw-dropping expose on these deceivers)

2-3- way of truth is evil spoken of (by those on the outside who watch the godlessness, gluttony, and greed of so called Christian leaders flaunting their covetous lifestyles which they extract in the name of prosperity from those they have duped)

3:3- scoffers walking in their lusts (repeats much of what has been discussed previously here)

Jude (66 AD)

3- an urgent plea to contend for the faith by revisiting our Biblical roots (Much of what is happening in the name of Jesus these days has absolutely no connection to orthodoxy)

4- condemned men creep into churches proclaiming blasphemous and lascivious doctrines denigrating the Lord

Jesus Christ (one in particular is by Copeland who claims Christ, went to Hell in sin and had to be “born-again”)

7- resurgence of homosexuality

8-13- godless, filthy, brutishly deceptive men disguised as Christians

18-19- mockers living lustful lifestyles, devoid of the Spirit

Rev 11-19 (96 AD)

Rise and unprecedented spread of the Beast of Islam (carefully study Daniel 7-12)

In view of the above facts we are wise to heed the following exhortations from the Scriptures: But the end of all things is a hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer (1 Peter 4:7). He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20). Those who still do not know the Lord Jesus as their own personal Saviour need to realize that now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). Tomorrow may be too late.

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