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Discover the Book - Dec. 13, 2007

  • 2007 Dec 13

Can You See These Signs of Christ’s Return?

“All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

—Matthew 24:8, emphasis added


·        The Sign of Global Weather Gone Wild: Jesus predicted a time when weather would be so bad that the whole world would be troubled and fearful as many thousands are killed by the prevalent chaotic weather. Jesus foresaw “the sea and the waves roaring” (Luke 21:25) in the last days, like the 2004 Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.


·        The Sign of Global Telecommunication and Television: God’s Word explicitly specified that the whole world would simultaneously be able to see and hear globally: The … nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and … will rejoice over them, … because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth (Revelation 11:9-10). In the apostle John’s day, news traveled at “the speed of horseback.” But for the first time ever news can travel the world at the speed of light.

·        The Sign of Global Evangelism: Jesus has told us that before the end of days, the gospel would be preached to all nations. We can now preach the gospel anywhere on earth through technology. The Christian gospel is now being “preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). Portions of God’s Word or the entire Bible have been translated into over 2,300 languages and dialects, covering more than 90 percent of the world’s population.

·        The Sign of Global Pestilences: Despite an increase in scientific knowledge, the Bible predicted that deadly diseases would still be prevalent in the end days: “… There will be famines, pestilences [deadly diseases], and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7). Emerging diseases such as AIDS, Ebola virus, Hantavirus, West Nile, SARS, Avian Flu, and so forth, underscore this fact.

For some, becoming more aware of the details of the coming judgments can be frightening. If you find yourself struggling with fear, be like David and cry out to God, When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:2). For God promises to keep you in perfect peace if your mind is trustingly focused on Him (Isaiah 26:3)!



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