Background:

Read Matthew 24:1-9, 14-15, 29, 31, 37-42

The focus of Matthew 24 is upon events befalling Israel just before and during the Tribulation Period.  The first 8 verses are signs leading up to the Rapture, but also include the beginning of the Tribulation period.

They asked Jesus 3 things:

  1. (1) When would the temple be destroyed?
  2. (2) What would be the sign of His coming?
  3. (3) What would be the sign of the end of the world?

On a Jewish website it gives two reasons why they say Jesus was not the Messiah:

  1. He didn’t rebuild the temple.
  2. He didn’t bring world peace.

They are setting themselves up to be deceived by the Anti-Christ, who will rebuild the temple, although possibly not on the correct location.  He will also promise to bring world peace, but at what cost?

7 Signs Given by Jesus To Indicate The End of The Age:

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matt. 7:15


Some examples:

The Unification Church – Moonies

Members believe that Jesus bows down to Sun Myung Moon and that Moon is King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the Lamb of God.


Branch Davidian compound in Waco and David Koresh

From a TIME magazine article: “Flames engulf the Branch Davidian compound in Waco that ended the stand-off in April 1993.  Eighty-one Davidians, including leader David Koresh, died as federal agents tried to drive them out of the compound.


The followers of Jim Jones committed mass suicide.


Puerto Rican preacher José Luis De Jesús

Miranda believes he and Jesus Christ are One.


Maitreya: Ascended Master, or False Messiah?

He is said to be the Messiah that the Jews have been waiting to come.

 

Ex-Traffic Cop Says He’s Jesus

Sergei Torop was a traffic cop in the small Russian town of Minusinsk until 1989, when he announced that he was the son of God.  Now he commands a following of thousands and rules over a large swath of the Siberian mountains.


The International Raëlian Movement

It has been described as "the largest UFO religion in the world."  Claude Vorilhon, their leader, now known as RAEL, was born on September 30, 1946 in Vichy, France.  He claims he had a visitor from another planet on December 13, 1973.  “For example, in the Biblical account of the creation in Genesis, the word Elohim has been mistranslated as the singular word God.  It is actually a plural word meaning ‘those who came from the sky.’” 


Message from the “Elohim”: “We asked that an Embassy be built to welcome us near Jerusalem, and the authorities of the stiff necked people have refused several times to grant the necessary authorizations and extra-territorial status.”  “I am addressing myself respectfully to you in behalf of Rael the … Messenger of our Creators, the Elohim, to request officially a piece of land on Israeli soil where we can establish an embassy, the Embassy of the Elohim, also known as the Third Temple.”  “The Elohim wish to be received on Israeli soil by their descendants, the sons and daughters of Israel, who are the descendants of the sons of the Elohim and the daughters of Man.”


“The time has come, people of Israel, to build the New Jerusalem as it was foreseen.  Claude Rael is the one who was foretold.  Reread your writings and open your eyes.”


“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” Genesis 6:4  (The “sons of God” were fallen angels.)

Headlines:

June 19, 2009 - North Korea May Fire Missile Toward Hawaii

September 28, 2009 - Iran Test-Fires Long-Range Missile – Puts Israel Within Reach

November 3, 2009 - Russia Simulates Nuclear Attack on Poland

July 14, 2010 - The President Of Russia Says That Iran Is Getting Close To Being Able To Build A Nuclear Weapon

July 21, 2011 - Report: China building electromagnetic pulse weapons for use against U.S. carriers.

Nov. 7, 2011 - Russia warns Israel an attack on Iran would be considered an attack on Moscow.

July 5, 2011 - Turkey to Double Size of its Army.

December 2, 2013 - Tensions in East China Sea Threaten To Create Regional Conflict  

Mar 13, 2015 - NORAD Chief Warns Of Russian Military Threat

The Global Dilemma: Food or Fuel?  There have been many major famines since 1940 in different parts of the world.

Emerging Infections in the World and US since 1973

1973 – Rotavirus

1977 – Legionella

1980 – HIV-AIDS

1988 – Hepatitis E

1989 – Hepatitis C

1994 - Sabia Virus

1995 - Hepatitis G

1995 - Herpesvirus-8

1997 – Avian Flu

1999 – West Nile Virus

2001 – Bacillus Anthracis

2003 – SARS-CoV


Sept. 19, 2010 - Drug-resistant Superbugs Hit 35 States, Spread Worldwide

USA Today reports that bacteria that are able to survive every modern antibiotic are cropping up in many U.S. hospitals and are spreading outside the USA, public health officials say.

The number and intensity of earthquakes this century are at a level higher than any other time in history.  By contrast in the years 1890-1900 there was only one major earthquake in the world.

Headlines:

Aug. 11, 2009 - Two Earthquakes Strike Indian Ocean Region, Japan

Aug. 30, 2009 – Earthquakes Reported in Central Oklahoma

October 3, 2009 - 7.6 magnitude earthquake that shook Indonesia 24 hours ago.

November 3, 2009 - Tsunami Strikes American Samoa After 8.3-Magnitude Quake

Jan. 13, 2010 - Magnitude-7.0 quake in Haiti

March 11, 2011 - Magnitude-8.9 Quake, Tsunami Strike Japan – 18,000 dead or missing

SEPT. 24, 2013: 825 DEAD IN PAKISTAN

AUG. 3, 2014: 700 DEAD IN CHINA

APRIL 25, 2015: MORE THAN 8,000 DEAD IN NEPAL

At this time the Church is under attack throughout the world.  How bad will it eventually get in America before the Rapture? 

Headlines:

“America Now Jailing Christians for Religious Convictions” Sept. 4, 2015

“Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge David L. Bunning threw Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in jail for defying a federal order to issue gay marriage licenses.”  “Today, for the first time in history, an American citizen has been incarcerated for having the belief of conscience that marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” said Davis’ lawyer, Roger Gannam, after the hearing.

During the Tribulation the persecution of Christians will intensify even to the point of martyrdom.

This has been accomplished by TV, radio, computers, missionaries, and bible offerings and translations in most languages of the world.  These 7 signs, like “birth pangs,” will increase in intensity and severity as the tribulation approaches.