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Discover the Book - August 10

  • 2012 Aug 10
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Our World Is Changing Fast

"There will be signs in the sun, . . . moon, and . . . stars; and . . . distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring." -Luke 21:25, emphasis added

Today I will share the last four signs of Christ’s return.

7. The Sign of Global Tracking and Positioning: The Bible says there will be technology capable of tracking the world's population and commerce: He causes all . . . to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except One who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (Revelation 13:16-17).

Consider this interesting excerpt from a recent article:

As an example of sophisticated tracking that has already existed for years, being recognized has never been easier for VIP patrons of the Baja Beach Club in Barcelona, Spain. Like a scene out of a science-fiction movie, all it takes is a syringe-injected microchip implant for the beautiful men and women of the nightclub scene to breeze past a ‘reader' that recognizes their identity, credit balance, and even automatically opens doors to exclusive areas of the club for them. Conrad K. Chase, director of the Club, explains, "By simply passing by our reader, the Baja Beach Club will know who you are and what your credit balance is. From the moment of their implantation they will also have free entry and access to the VIP area.

8. The Sign of Weapons of Mass Destruction: The term "weapons of mass destruction" is commonly used these days, but often without the somberness that it warrants. God has warned us that at the end of the world mankind would be capable of destroying all life: "There will be great tribulation, . . . And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved" (Matthew 24:21-22). When Jesus made this prediction, the armaments of His day were swords and spears. However, with our generation's nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, it is not only possible to wipe out all flesh on planet Earth, but it is also plausible!

9. The Sign of the Return of the Wandering Jews to the Promised Land: Over twenty-six centuries ago, God promised that at the end of the world, Jews would gather together once again in Israel: " ‘Thus says the Lord God: "Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, . . . and will . . . bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation . . . ; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again" ‘ " (Ezekiel 37:21-22; see also Ezekiel 38:8 and Jeremiah 31:7-10). Since 1948 the world has witnessed the call of God deep within the hearts of 5.4 million Jews who have done everything they could to emigrate to the Promised Land. More arrive each day!

10. The Sign of Israel Building a Security Wall: God told Ezekiel 150 years, after Israel had been captured, its cities destroyed, and the population exiled to Assyria by Sargon, that Israel would build walls for security-even though there had been no "Israel" for 150 years! For 2,520 years after the Assyrian conquest, there was no sovereign nation called Israel until 1948. Israel was an occupied land, captured and recaptured by various conquerors for twenty-five centuries. Listen to what Ezekiel was told to say: There would be a people gathered from across the world to Israel (38:12); they would be called Israel (38:18); they would dwell in a land where the walls have been taken down (38:11). Amazing!

Until 2002, this has always been spoken of as an allusion to defensive preparations. However, for several years now, in an effort to slow the flow of suicide bombers, Israel has been building the most notorious wall in the world. And that wall will be totally completed, because Ezekiel saw it taken down when Israel accepts the European Peace Treaty through the Antichrist's rule during the Tribulation, and thus trusts in a false peace (Daniel 9:27)!

Multitudes are already trusting in a false peace, and don't even know it. So God warns: There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (Proverbs 14:12). There is only ONE way to escape "the way of death," and that is to trust in Jesus who declared, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). In what or whom are you placing your trust today?

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