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NOTE: This blog post and podcast were first published on June 22, 2020. I believe that they warrant a review in light of what is happening in our world today. The message is titled “7 Signs That the Tribulation is at Hand.”
Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Novelist and Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, June 22, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #25 in Series 2020 and is titled “7 Signs That the Tribulation Is at Hand.”
Are you trying to make sense of what is going on in the world? If so, you are not alone. Sound-minded people everywhere are asking, “What is happening to my country? To the world?” As always, the answer to those questions is found in the Bible.
Yes, the Bible. Now before you get all bent out of shape, do yourself a favor and hear me out.
Two-thirds of the Bible tells about what is happening in our world today. Do you find that surprising? Well, when you get to know God, you won’t find that surprising at all. You see, God wants us to know what is going on as a warning to us to prepare for the return of Jesus Christ.
But more on that later. Right now, I want to give you seven signs straight from the Bible that prove we are in the last days before Jesus Christ will return to remove His Church from the earth. That event is called the Rapture, and it will occur before the Tribulation.
Sadly, most pastors in America are not teaching their flocks about this event. But you don’t need a pastor to teach you. You can learn it for yourself in the Bible. Read the following books: Daniel, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Zechariah in the Old Testament, and Matthew, 1Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Revelation in the New Testament.
Now, on to the seven signs that the Tribulation is at hand:
Sign #1: Lawlessness and Violence (Matthew 24: 12; 2 Thessalonians 2: 3; Revelation 9: 21). In Matthew 24: 12 and 2 Thessalonians 2: 3, the Bible warns that in the last days, a spirit of lawlessness will take over the earth. This means that people will no longer respect civil authority and will take authority into their own hands. In other words, they will rebel.
We are seeing this happening before our very eyes in Washington state, where rioters have taken over a portion of a city and declared it a separate country. A year ago, this would have been unthinkable. Yet, it is happening now as I write.
To further lawlessness, protesters are demanding that our police be defunded. This is insanity of the highest degree. Imagine a society with no deterrent to crime. That is the kind of world we will live in if we don’t do something to stop it.
Along with lawlessness, violence will increase. We read this in Revelation 9: 21: “Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” In major cities, statues are being overturned by violent protesters. Murders and looting are increasing in major cities like Chicago and Los Angeles. Violence against specific groups is also increasing, including violence against Christians and Jews. Which brings us to—
Sign #2. Anti-Semitism (Matthew 24: 15-20). Anti-Semitism is on the rise. Synagogues are being damaged and destroyed. Many Jews, particularly in some of the Northeastern states of the United States, are returning to Israel to live.
Sign #3: Surrender of Rights (Revelation 13: 7-17). As a result of the Corona virus panic, people have given up their Constitutional rights in exchange for “peace and security.” We have become like sheep going to the slaughter, and most Americans don’t seem to care. The Globalists have us right where they want us. Their experiment, via the Corona virus, has gotten them the results they expected. They are dealing with weak people who care more about their own skin than about their liberty. Where are the Patrick Henrys of today who will declare, “Give me liberty or give me death!” I know of very few. How about you?
Sign #4: Inflation (Revelation 6: 6). Already we are seeing signs of inflation in our economy. One such sign is the price of housing. Houses that only a year or two ago sold for $250,000 are now selling for $400,000-$500,000. According to the Bible, there will be an economic collapse during the Tribulation. In Revelation 6: 6, we read these words of John the Revelator: “Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” Prices for food will skyrocket, as they already have, and bare essentials will require a day’s pay to purchase.
Sign #5: The Rise of the New World Order (Daniel 7; Revelation 13). Have you seen the United Nation’s website called the “UN New World Order”? Check it out at UNNWO.org. You will be shocked! Its tagline is “Let’s Take Our Planet Back.” When you explore their initiatives, however, under the headings of Sustainability, Climate Change, and other nice-sounding terms that are a disguise for the true agenda of the United Nations, things like Agenda 2020, Agenda 2030, and a host of other deceptive initiatives designed to promote the New World Order, you will see what the UN is really about. Remember this: Jesus said, “DO NOT BE DECEIVED.” (Matthew 24: 4). As the old saying goes, “All that glitters is not gold.”
Sign #6: Apostasy (1 Timothy 4: 1) . Apostasy is the act of straying from the Truth. Today we are seeing countless churches abandoning the truth of God’s Word and promoting heretical teachings that are diametrically opposed to what God says in His Word. As Scripture prophesied, these apostate churches are calling good evil, and evil good (Isaiah 5: 20). Unless they repent, the people who embrace the false teachings of apostate churches will perish and spend eternity in hell, as will the pastors of such churches.
Sign #7: Famine and pestilence (Matthew 24: 7). We don’t have to go far to witness extensive famine and pestilence throughout the earth. For the past several months, we have all personally experienced the effects on our lives of the global Corona virus pandemic. Moreover, unusual and adverse weather patterns have caused drought or heavy rains in areas not accustomed to such erratic weather. These events, plus the plagues of locusts and other insects, have wreaked havoc on the world’s food supply, resulting in famine in many areas.
So, there you have it, my friend. Seven signs that the Tribulation is at hand. But the question is, what are you going to do about it?
Well, there is nothing we can do to stop the arrival of the Tribulation because God prophesied it would happen. If God prophesied it, then nothing can stop it.
But, there is one critically important thing we can do to prepare for the Lord’s return. We can be ready!
You may be wondering, “How can I be ready?” There is only one way. Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, and you will then escape the horrific period called the Tribulation.
You see, Jesus will return shortly before the Tribulation to remove from the earth all of us who are born again and follow Him. Those who are not born again and who do not follow Him will be left behind to go through the horrific tyranny of the AntiChrist who will rule the world during the Tribulation. The AntiChrist will be the physical embodiment of Satan himself. So you can only imagine how evil his reign of terror will be.
So, I urge you–I implore you, even–to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord if you have not already done so.
Just pray this simple prayer with me now:
Lord Jesus, I come to You, just as I am. I do not want to be here during the Tribulation period. I want to go with You when You remove Your followers from the earth. So I ask You now to save me from the wrath to come. I invite You into my life. I receive You as my Savior and my Lord. Make of me what You created me to be. In Your Name I pray. Amen.
If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He instructs you how to live.
Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.
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