5 Unmistakable Signs to come at the end of this present age.
Planet Earth is on a collision course with God! The rulership of the earth is changing hands. As God draws near, the earth will experience “unmistakable signs” that alert the whole world that the time is near. We live in those days even now.
“Both the Old and New Testament give clues concerning the last days and, as those times get nearer, the clues become plainer.” Alexander Fraser
The new Jerusalem – that Jesus is even now preparing for us – will come down out of heaven and descend over Israel and bring God the Father Himself back to the planet!
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them. (Rev 21:2-3)
Jesus spoke about unmistakable signs that will come about before this happens. He spoke clearly about how the whole of creation – which presently longs for redemption – will transition from “this present age” to “the age to come”, which will move us into the Second Coming and then into Eternity.
SIGN #1 Someone is Having a Baby!
Think “Birth Pangs” for a New Earth! Once started they won’t stop until there is a birth. These will come at the end of this present age. They are called birth pangs not “death pangs” because the emphasis is on what’s coming — the New Heaven and the New Earth and New Jerusalem. (Mtt 24/ Rev 21)
Here is a complete list of the “Birth Pangs” that Jesus spoke of in the Gospels. (Mtt 24; Mk 13; Lk 21)
1. wars and rumors of wars
2. nation will rise against nation / kingdom against kingdom
5. terrors (“fearful events” NIV)
6. great signs from heaven
8. they will deliver you to tribulation and will kill you
9. you will be hated by all nations because of My name
10. many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another
11. many false prophets will arise and will mislead many
12. lawlessness is increased
13. most people’s love will grow cold
14. gospel must first be preached to all the nations
SIGN #2 Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
Whatever dreadful things may happen on earth, they are all within God’s plan and under His sovereign control. God will only release pain and suffering upon His creation with Someone who has equally suffered – Jesus Christ, the Lamb Who was slain.
In Revelation 5, we see God the Father, seated on His throne in Heaven, and in His right hand is a scroll sealed with 7 seals. No one in heaven, on earth or even under the earth was found worthy to open the scroll. This sets John weeping greatly…. but then an elder announces that there is One worthy! Please note that it is the Lamb Who was slain, not the Lion of Judah, who is found worthy to open the scroll and to break the seals. As these seals are broken off the scroll, the hard labor birth pangs begin.
The scroll is the “Title Deed of Earth” and will transition this present age into the age to come. God is reclaiming His creation and will eventually restore the kingdom back to Israel. When the seals are broken off and the scroll opened the contents reveal another set of judgments: 7 trumpets and 7 bowels of wrath to be poured out on the earth.
SIGN #3 Prayers of all the Saints
Amazingly, the “prayers of all the saints” will assist in releasing the judgments that will come to earth. In many respects our prayers are like the engine that drive the judgments to completion.
This is documented in Rev 8:3-5.
Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. (Rev. 8:3-5)
Finally at judgment of the 7th bowl of wrath, the last of 21 consecutive judgments, a loud voice comes out of the temple from the throne in heaven as declares: “It is done!” (Rev 16:17) The earth is wiped clean of all evil and all that which are stumbling blocks and those who commit lawlessness are gathered out of the kingdom and thrown into the furnace of fire. (Mtt 13: 41)
SIGN #4 The Beast from the Sea
So much of the end times scenario is had for us to imagine in affluent and comfortable 21st Century America. We don’t really know what evil looks like or feels like. We can’t hardly imagine that a national / world leader who will come to power that the book of Revelation can only describe as a “beast”. He will make the whole world worship him at the cost of losing their lives.
And they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast ; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?” (Rev 13:4)
When Daniel described this same beast he spoke of him in the following terms:
The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it… He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law ; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time [42 months]. Daniel 7:23, 25
SIGN #5 The Jews had it Right (just the wrong timing)
One of the great tragedies of human history is that the people of Israel, the Jews, knew instinctively that the Messiah would set up His Kingdom on this earth, sitting on David’s Royal Throne in Jerusalem. Remember the 11 disciples on the Mt. of Olives, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, just (seconds) before Jesus ascended to His Father:
So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)
Even the thief on the cross, dying next to Jesus, also understood this:
And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come [again] in Your kingdom!” (Luke 23:42)
The same may be said of the two disciples along the road to Emmaus, who were unknowingly speaking with Jesus:
”But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. (Luke 24:21)
The Jews had such preconceived ideas of the Messiah’s reign that when Jesus did come the First Time they could not recognize Him. “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand”, so Jesus spoke to them in parables so that they might gradually open up to realize that their “messianic hopes” were false and misplaced.
But soon, and very soon, Jesus will come back and restore the Kingdom to Israel. He will come back riding on a white horse with His armies. He will “eat and drink” at His table in His Kingdom in Jerusalem with the Twelve, who will sit at His throne and judge the twelve tribes of Israel. (Luke 22:30)
Yours for the return of the King,