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Graceful Perseverance: Are we right now in end times?

Posted November 5th, 2017 @ 07:11am

Welcome back to this week's blog. I want to continue the subject of last week's blog "God at Work" and the book of Daniel. Today's topic points directly to the question many of us have been seeking - Are we now in end times?

This is a repetitive theme, but God is in control. Some would call me an extremist, but I do believe in end times, last book of the bible - the Book of Revelation. Are all of the natural disasters a message from God that the day of the Lord is near? Is this God's coming of judgement and destruction and we the people are unprepared? Is this God's warning for us to surrender our lives to Him now before it's too late? Luke 17:26-30. Is the world seeing the last warning message from God? Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. - Joel 3:14).

If this is the final warning, the call of mercy, what must we do to be saved? What does it really mean to "surrender" our lives to the Lord if we want to be "saved?" If you aren't convinced that God's word, the living, Holy Bible, is not the authority over all of mankind and over Heaven and earth, read Daniel 2:31-45. It talks about the future kingdom of this world leading up to the end of time.

We are living right at the end of time! You don't have to take my word for it, but I would pay close attention to the word of the Lord, which is His truth was written centuries ago.

Below are a handful of Biblical Truths (end of time signs) I looked up and studied in scripture that answer the worldly question: Are we right now in end times?

Daniel 2:31-45 - Historical evidence

"Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue - an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.

This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of Heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory, in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Whenever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are the head of gold.

After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron - for iron breaks and smashes everything - and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.

In the time of those kings, the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands - a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.

"The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy."

Daniel 12:4 - Increase of knowledge

But you, Daniel roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.

Revelation 13:17 - Ability to enforce the mark

So that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 - Man of sin revealed

Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.

Matthew 24:37 - Violence and Sexual Immortality

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Luke 17:28-30 - Violence and Sexual Immortality

It was the same as the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

1 Timothy 4:1 - Rise in Spiritualism

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

Hosea 4:3 - Mass animal deaths

Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away.

Luke 21:25-26 - Natural Disasters

There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

Matthew 24:7 - Earthquakes

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Daniel 12:4 - Unsealed Prophecy

But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end.

Matthew 24:4-5, 11 - False Christ and Prophets

Jesus answered, "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Messiah,' and will deceive many....and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 - World pushing for peace

While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

Matthew 24:6 - War

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. 

Matthew 24:7 - Famine

Nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

Matthew 24:9-10 - Christians being killed

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.

Matthew 24:12 - Increase in sin

Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. 

2 Timothy 4:3-4 - Christians turn away from the truth

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Revelation 11:18 - God destroys those who destroy the earth

The nations were angry, and your wrath has come.

Matthew 24:14 - Gospel preached to the world

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and the end will come.

Now I will leave you pondering on this worldly question - "Are we right now in end times?" I'd also encourage you to turn this question inward and personalize this with your God. Reach out to Him in prayer for answers, for His gospel for centuries has provided all of mankind with interpretation that is trustworthy.

Centuries ago Jesus preached His commands to His disciples so that they would pass down their tablets and scrolls to future generations that are now available to us today through the living bible. They call it the "living" bible because the stories told then are very much applicable to our life stories today. Absorb our ancestors' knowledge, the wisdom and the discernment that the living bible offers generations today. It is there to guide us down a straight path. Every parable, psalm and proverb, as well as each book in the old and new testaments describes to us an account of how we are to live while we are here on this earth.

We should all expect to be witnesses to this truth in these end times. He has shown us multiple signs of end times in scripture - natural disasters, earthquakes, flooding of the seas, increase in sin, false god's appearing to deceive us, Christians being killed, people leaving their faith, sexual immortality. Destruction is all around us, which is why we must keep our faith strong. Be watchful and stay in prayer. God warns us multiple times in scripture what to watch for (end of times signs) and to avoid deceitfulness and false gods at all costs.

He desires us to live out the gospel right up to the end of times so that we may be lifted up and taken back to our eternal home in heaven while the earth's destruction and disappearance are unfolding. His word proclaims who will be taken up with Him and have eternal life in Heaven with our Heavenly Father and who will not. As I said in last week's blog message, I do believe God is in control of Heaven and earth and everything in it. This is biblical truth that has been passed down for centuries. He is the Master of the Universe, our Creator.

Blessings until next week,

Debra Pauli

Unstoppable Believer

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