BIBLE READING: LUKE 21:7-28; 2TIMOTHY 3:1-7; 2THESSALONIANS 2:1-4; MATTHEW 24:1-15
“He answered and said to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. Matthew 16:2-3 (NKJV).
The End Times have been a major topic of discussion and controversy in Christianity. While interpretations might differ, the signs of the End Times as clearly stated in the Bible are obvious. Using Matthew 24 as our Major Scriptural Reference, we can see clearly the following Twelve Signs:
- Gross Deception (see verse 4, 11).
- Wars and Rumours of Wars (see verse 6).
- Nation rising against nation (see verse 7).
- Famines or Economic Recessions (see verse 7).
- Pestilences i.e., disease outbreaks (see verse 7).
- Earthquakes (see verse 7).
- Persecutions and hatred of God’s people globally (see verse 9).
- Moral degradation and increase in iniquity (see verse 10).
- The rise of false prophets (see verse 11).
- Great backsliding and falling away among Christians (see verse 12).
- Revival and Massive Harvest of souls globally (see verse 14).
- The appearance of the antichrist (see verse 15) and Signs in the Heavenlies (see Lk. 21:5).
All these Signs are being fulfilled in our day and time. We are seeing wars (like Syria and Afghanistan with extremism and terrorism in many nations), we see pestilences like Ebola and the current pandemic, yet the list goes on. In the midst of all these we are also going to see a Great Revival and Harvest of souls that the world has never seen before. This Season calls for sobriety and self-humbling so as to align with what God is doing and not be tainted by the moral looseness in the world.
Lord, we humble ourselves before You in repentance and total submission to Your Will for our lives in these Last Days. Deliver us from the evil one and the corruption in the world and make us shining lights to bring deliverance to those engulfed by the darkness of these End Times in Jesus’ Name. Amen.