“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Today’s post is Part 3 of my three-part series titled “15 Signs That We Are in the End Times,” based on a recent video by Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries. Today, we look at the last five signs of the end times:
SIGN #11: A World without Borders. Steps are afoot, particularly in Europe, to remove borders between countries. The goal is to allow people to travel from one country to another without a passport. Considerable progress has already been made toward this goal that is a prelude to the one-world government ruled by the AntiChrist. Numbers 20:14-21 clearly addresses God’s view regarding borders.
SIGN #12: The Apostate Church. The Apostate Church is the false Church that will arise to form the one-world religion. This Apostate Church preaches a counterfeit Christianity that sounds good but is straight from the pit of hell. This Church will call evil good (consider homosexuality, transgenderism, abortion) and will preach a “feel-good” Gospel that will “tickle the ears” of congregants. Scripture warns against this in 2 Timothy 4: 3-4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”
SIGN #13: Escalating Birth Pains. Just as a woman’s contractions increase the closer she gets to giving birth, so will the earth’s contractions increase the closer we get to the birth of the Kingdom of God. The Bible says this: “For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:2,3). The earth’s birth pains are revealed in increasingly devastating earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. Scientists are predicting an upsurge in earthquakes in 2018.
SIGN #14: Persecution of Christians. It is estimated that there have been more Christians persecuted for their faith in the 20th and 21st centuries than in all of prior history. And Christian persecution is on the rise. The Bible prophesies this in Matthew 24: 9: “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” We must stand fast in the faith, trusting in God’s grace to sustain us as persecution against Christians increases.
SIGN #15: Convergence. Perhaps you’ve heard people say that there have always been earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions, and throughout history, those who have chosen to follow Christ have been persecuted. So, what makes our times any different? The answer is convergence. Convergence is the occurrence of all these things at the same time and in increasing intensity and frequency. Yes, the world has always had catastrophes, but they have occurred at intervals. Today, we see one thing after another, coming in rapid succession and with greater intensity, leaving massive destruction in its wake.
In closing, I encourage you to visit Jan Markell’s website at http://www.olivetreeviews.org for more details on the above information. I also encourage you to watch the message below that she presented to the congregation of Calvary Chapel, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Credit is given to Ms. Markell for listing the 15 signs discussed in this blog post.
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