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The Other Signs of the End Times

Updated: Feb 3

October 9, 2022—Throughout the month of October 2022, I am focusing on the signs of the end times. Last week, I wrote about the signs for the beginning of sorrows. According to the gospels of Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, Jesus Christ discussed these signs when His disciples asked Jesus Christ of Nazareth about this. However, considering the several signs within these books of the Holy Bible, and the research needed to determine if these signs have occurred, I have broken these down in the following sections. This way, we can review them together.

2. Other signs

3. The Great Tribulation

4. The Coming of the Son of Man


There were signs that Jesus Christ discussed between the “beginning of sorrows,” and before the Great Tribulation. Today, I will discuss these other signs.


Other Signs:

The books of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are consistent for many signs of the end of times. These three gospels discuss persecution, lawlessness, and that the gospel will be preached around the world. I have assigned subsections to these signs as follows:


A. Persecution

B. People will be offended

C. Lawlessness

D. Worldwide Gospel Preaching


These signs are further discussed in subsections below.


A. Persecution

Before the beginnings of sorrows, Luke 21:12 states that persecution will occur, and that Christians will be brought to rulers and kings for Jesus Christ’s name’s sake. Jesus tells us not to worry because “it will turn out for you as occasion for testimony.” Similarly, Mark 13 confers with this in verse 8, “But watch out for yourselves, for they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten in the synagogues. You will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.” Furthermore, verse 11 in Mark states, “But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”


From the book of Acts, we know persecutions occurred shortly after Jesus died. Two disciples of Jesus, Peter and John were arrested in Jerusalem after Jesus Christ ascended into heaven (Acts 1, and 4). Yet, after confessing the things they witnessed among Jesus Christ, those that arrested them found no charge to hold them and they let Peter and John go (Acts 4:13-22).


In addition, we learn of Saul who persecuted Christians (see Acts 8-9) but was eventually converted to Christianity by Jesus Christ through Ananias (Acts 9). Shortly after he converted, Saul’s name was changed to Paul. Paul would preach to many different regions and is the author (or narrator- letters were written by scribes and narrated by someone else back then) of 14 books of the New Testament of the Holy Bible.


Beloved, these passages that I referenced from the book of Acts are the examples that Jesus promised. As a reminder, Jesus Christ stated that you will be persecuted for His name’s sake but that the Holy Spirit would fill you. I know of someone who was wrongly held in prison, but he preached within that prison and brought some to Jesus. Then he was let go from the prison. This is the beautiful grace and mercy of our God. Hallelujah!


However, be aware that persecutions are still occurring today on all man-inhabited continents. According to Open Doors, a global network supporting persecuted Christians, “More than 30 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith.” Open doors website states that 1 in 7 Christians are persecuted, and 312 million Christians live in countries of very high or extreme levels of persecution.


Some Christians are attacked or discriminated against. In parts of the world, some are kidnapped for ransom. In November 2021, a Nigerian pastor was kidnapped at his farm by a man who demanded a ransom. The ransom was partially paid, but the man killed the pastor in December when more money was not found. Churches and church goers have been attacked even in America. In recent years, gunmen have opened fire on churches in the states of Texas, Alabama, Iowa, and South Carolina.


Beloved, take heart, for Jesus Christ said, “But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” (Matthew 24:13 and Mark 13:13). And salvation is promised to those that believe in Jesus Christ as their savior (John 3:16).



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Is our time running out? If so, will we be saved if we endure to the end? According to Matthew and Mark we will be. Photo Credit: Wix Media.


B. People Will be Offended

While the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke speaks to persecutions, the book of Matthew also discusses offense. Matthew 24:10 states, “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.” Interestingly enough, this verse is not repeated in Mark or Luke. However, from the Gospel of John, we know that many of Jesus’s disciples turned away when He told them this:


Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is [k]food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

John 6:53-58


Jesus’s disciples turned away because they were offended by this saying (John 6:1).


Now, let me ask you this; How often are we hearing of people being offended these days? If a Christian posted a flag representing their faith on their property or on a public property would people demand that it be removed? I tell you yes, they would. People are offended when we bring up God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit. Some are okay with God, though few are okay with Jesus Christ.


Yet, Jesus said, “blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” (Matthew 11:6, Luke 7:23).


C. Lawlessness

The Holy Bible tells us that “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12). Laws exist for our protection. When the law is broken, you are punished. When you pay the fine, or serve time, you have paid the price for your crimes. Yet, The Holy Bible is our moral law, teaching us not only about sin, but salvation as well.


Here is an inevitable fact for you: All of us will eventually die. Did you ever consider why this is? According to Paul, death is our wages for sin (Romans 6:23), but Jesus Christ paid your sin (the crime) with His life (paid the price) fulfilling the law (the Holy Bible). Not only did He pay your sin price but his Father, our God, gave you a gift as the “eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).



D. Worldwide Gospel Preaching

When Jesus was with His disciples on the Mount of Olives, He had told them that one sign of the end of the times is that the Gospel must first be preached to all nations (Mark 13:10). However, the Book of Matthew says that the end will come after the gospel is preached to all nations (Matthew 24:14). Meanwhile, the Book of Luke is silent on this matter.


Regardless of timing, look at what Jesus commanded His disciples to do, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15). In addition, the disciples were instructed tomake disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19). These were instructed by Jesus Christ right before He ascended into heaven after His resurrection.


In modern times, with technology available at our fingertips, the gospel can truly be preached throughout the world. Missionaries have been sent to secluded parts of the world and to some of the strictest countries of the world. Perform a Google search on missionaries and you will find books and documentaries on their experiences. In addition, persecutions (as mentioned earlier) have occurred throughout the world (World Watch List 2022). These things combined confirms that the gospel has been preached throughout the entire world.


Conclusion

My brothers and sisters in Christ, it is not for me to tell you if we are in the end of times. Rather, it is for you to determine if we are within the end of the times by praying to God and reading the Holy Bible. When you pray, Jesus stated to “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the son of Man,” (Luke 21:36). Beloved, note that only God can give you the answer, but please be informed that according to Matthew 24:36 no one will know when Jesus Christ will be coming back, not even Himself, but only God.


Accepting Jesus

In the name of Jesus, I pray that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit and be led to pray and read the Holy Bible. That you will receive the spiritual gifts of wisdom and understanding. And if you have not accepted Jesus Christ in your life as your savior, then I pray that you accept Him as your Savior now by praying this:



God, I confess that Jesus came in the flesh and blood, paid the price for my sins, died on the cross, rose on the third day, ascended to the heavens, and sent the Holy Spirit to help me understand Your ways. For that, I accept Jesus Christ as my savior and Lord, and I welcome the Holy Spirit in my life. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen!


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