One of the most unique qualities about the end times (the time between the first visitation of Jesus Christ and His return) and the last days (that time immediately before the return of Jesus Christ to earth) is that they are SELF-VERIFYING; that is, the events which mark the end times are fairly easy to confirm.
OF COURSE, end time events are fairly easy to confirm for BELIEVERS, who WATCH for such happenings.
“And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
UNBELIEVERS are a completely different matter, as there are FEW events which the unbeliever will attribute to the end times.
IF the unbeliever could recognize end times events as such, wouldn’t he be a believer?
Whereas the believer sees the various pieces on the world stage moving into place for their end times’ roles, the unbeliever sees the same happenings as no big deal: as normal.
Whereas the believer see the various GREAT CHANGES in the way man conducts his business NOW as compared to how man has ALWAYS conducted his business, the unbeliever only sees ‘the usual’: man doing whatever he is doing, motivated primarily by a LOVE OF MONEY.
Whereas believers are watching for the last days, UNBELIEVERS are in quite the hurry to explain away such things which clearly mark the time before Jesus Christ returns to earth.
UNBELIEVERS will point to the doings of counterfeit Christians AS IF they were Christians.
This is a BIG reason so many fakes make so many obviously-ridiculous claims about the “end of the world.” UNBELIEVERS use these fake proclamations AS IF they were genuine.
BUT the events of the end times ARE self-verifiable.
God’s Word refers to ‘mockers’ and ‘scoffers’ being prevalent in the time before Jesus returns.
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
–2 Peter 3:3-4
“How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.”
UNBELIEVERS do not realize that they are VERIFYING these Words of God whenever they mock and scoff.
God’s Word refers to a one-world government which will control (for a short while) all of the resources of the world.
“…and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
UNBELIEVERS dismiss all such talk as ‘conspiracy theories’ and the crazed imaginings of puny minds. It matters not what has happened and what is happening at the present time.
God’s Word is VERY clear: NO ONE knows the day or hour of the return of Jesus–except for God.
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”
However, believers do know that Jesus will NOT return until two very clear conditions have been met.
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition”
1- The falling away.
The Bible uses the word “apostasia” which means ‘rebellion’. This is NO ‘church attendance’ problem: this is a clear rebellion against God and ALL things God, including His Son, Jesus Christ.
2- The man of sin revealed.
BELIEVERS will know the man of sin is the man of sin.
UNBELIEVERS will NOT.
And that is just one more SELF-VERYIFYING end times event written in God’s Word.
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
DOES the reader believe that he can not only SURVIVE, but THRIVE by adopting a ‘wait and see‘ attitude?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: January 25, 2022.]
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