THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND ABOUT THE END TIMES PART TWO by Jeff Wingo

The Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey by Thomas Cole, 1841.

The Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey by Thomas Cole, 1841.

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Matthew 24:1-3

 

When the apostles asked Jesus for signs of the end times, and specifically His return to our planet at the end of the age, He pointed out many things that must come to pass.

  • Rampant deception (this includes natural human deception and  supernatural deception administered through false prophets and false christs. Also, the supernatural deception of Satan and the Fallen Hosts and the UFO and alien illusion).
  • Wars and rumors of war between ethnic groups and nations.
  • Increase of famine and horrible diseases in many different places on the planet (plagues).

Interestingly, Jesus said these things are “the beginning of sorrows (Matt. 24: 8). Of course we have always had war and disease, these are the dogs which have plagued humanity sin the fall.

But I believe what Jesus meant is that we will see a severe increase of all these things at once. At this point I think of Paris, France.  Muslims following the ideology of death, which is Radical Islam, particularly the brand espoused by ISIS, attacked the city of Paris from multiple fronts causing the death of 129 people and wounding 352 others. That is nation rising against nation, driven to act by sin, and powerful, deceptive, fallen angels and demons.

The word nation is the Greek word ethnos, which refers to “a multitude of individuals of the same nature or genus” (Thayer).  Islam of course is a religious ideology held by people of many different tribes, or people groups. But the one thing that binds many of them together these days, especially the more radical of the groups, is a fixation on domination and death to “infidels” or “unbelievers.” We see this everyday in the Middle East as Christians and others are brutally tortured, mutilated, and murdered.

That is ethnos against ethnos driven by religious ideology. In the end all of this will lead to national and international wars until the entire world is aflame with war–which leads to famine and pestilence.

As Jesus continued He said, “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” (Matt.24:9). We see the fulfillment of this as Radical Islam crucifies and beheads Christians day in and day out in Syria, Iraq, and in other places around the world, even in the United States, where a Radical Muslim terrorist beheaded a woman in Oklahoma. 

Because of the rapid increase of wickedness and iniquity many people will be offended and love will grow cold.

But there is still one sign Jesus said is greater than all of these put together.

Matthew 24:15:

“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand).”

 

While we will see the rapid increase of false prophets and false christs, war, and pestilence, etc., the Abomination of Desolation is the only sign that Jesus said when you see it, run for your life, flee to the mountains.

When you see the Abomination of Desolation don’t even think of anything else except run. Don’t pack your clothes, just grab your children and flee. And, as Jesus said, hope that when it happens it’s not winter, because your going to flee to the wilderness.

Have you given that aspect of Bible prophecy any thought? I realize that most Christians believe they will be raptured out of here before all this takes place, but I am not one of them. I came to understand, after I studied the issue in the Bible, that there will be no secret Pre-Tribulation rapture. Oh, there will be a rapture, but not till the end of the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:29-31). (Please don’t send me hate mail about the rapture, regarding how wrong I am, I get weary of it).

This is why Jesus warned the church about deception. Because those who believe they will be rescued by a secret rapture will not be ready to face the onslaught of evil that will come during the Great Tribulation.

The Abomination of Desolation is the one sign that will definitely indicate the start of the Great Tribulation. Because the next verse says “For then shall be Great Tribulation…”

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Matthew 24:21

Indeed, the Great Tribulation will be so severe that unless it’s cut short “there should no flesh be saved.” But for the sake of Christians the Lord will return and cut it short.

These are the biblical signs of the End Times. I am concerned that in popular Christian culture we get so caught up in the wrong signs and date setting. That’s not good, and it can damage the faith of so many people when “popular” prophecy signs don’t pan out.

The Abomination of Desolation is the one key sign that will indicate the beginning of the Great Tribulation.

It is a clear sign, and will not be easy to mistake. It’s a religious sign, and is deeply related to the alien issue. In my next post, part three, I will discuss the Abomination of Desolation and its relation to UFOs and aliens, and the Antichrist Beast of Revelation chapter 13.

Until then, pray for the families that lost love ones in Paris, France. Pray also that our leaders will name the evil for what it is, and go after it. I find it absolutely appalling that President Obama and his administration will not use the words Radical Islam, or terrorists, when talking about events such as the massacre in Paris the other night.

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Jeff Wingo

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IS EBOLA A BIBLICAL PLAGUE? by Jeff Wingo

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Preaching of Christ on the Mount of Olives about the second coming by Alexander Ivanov, 1840.
 
¶  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be?  and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be  famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Matthew 24:3-8
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
Matthew 24:32-33
According to the Bible there will be many signs that the time of the end is near. Now I don’t want to sound like a caricature that we are all familiar with–you know,  the man wearing a sandwich board that says, “Repent!  For the end is near!”  I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, nor do I wish
repent imageto be portrayed as some crazy end of the world cultish fear monger of the type that we have all heard about.
And yet there is something alarming I find about events in the news lately. Now, I am sure that those alive during the late 1930’s felt the same way, with the type of news that was flowing out of Europe regarding Hitler and the rise of Nazi fascism.
 Yet look where we are: The  increasing threat of war in the Middle East; terrorism and terrible pestilence in various countries of Africa; the spread of Ebola from Africa, to Europe, and on to the United States. The increasing U.S. military presence in Africa (and the presence of Chinese interests in Africa as well), and the destabilizing saber rattling coming from the Ukraine, the Crimea and other places.  In addition, both China and the United States are expanding their presence in the Asian Pacific region. It almost seems that an international nightmare is developing.
THE FEAR OF DEVASTATING PLAGUES AND PESTILENCE
Ebola and other dread plagues even seem to be increasing and growing more virulent, and most people find that rather disconcerting, and rightfully so. Obviously no one wants to become ill and possibly die, including myself. But we do live in a fallen world and pestilence like Ebola are part of it (although I have been reading lately that the current plague referred to as Ebola may in fact be something else, possibly a bio-weapon of some type).
Nevertheless, these things will be a part of the end-time experience before the return of Christ. Jesus said we would see an increase in plagues and famines, and that all of these things are the beginning of sorrows. I don’t like to hear words like that either, but He did say that is what will happen.
What if what we are seeing with Ebola turns out to be a biblical end-time plague? What if it continues to spread around the world like a devastating spider web? What if, in about a year, millions have been affected by Ebola. The consequences of that would rearrange the geopolitical landscape wouldn’t it?  That would bring war and the rumors of war that Jesus also spoke about.
Consider just for a moment the United States. Now, don’t get me wrong here, I love my country, and I do love living here. The U.S. is a beautiful place with many millions of good, hard-working people just trying to live life and raise their families. But what if the plague of Ebola spread throughout the population, thus weakening the nation, what do you think would happen? The U.S. would become completely vulnerable and the grab for worldwide influence and power among the nations would be unfathomable. I am sure that Russia, China, Iran, and others would move to rearrange the chessboard and gain the advantage, that is human nature in this fallen world.
I am certainly not expert on international politics or other international affairs. Nor am I a prophet. But I believe that a devastating worldwide plague could possibly initiate other events like war that would spin out of control very quickly, possibly leading to the Gog-Magog war that the Prophet Ezekiel wrote about (Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39). Without the United States Israel would be completely isolated and that would more than likely open the way for war with Radical Islamic elements and countries like Iran and others.
Only time will tell if Ebola is an end-time plague, but presently lets all hope and pray that God will have mercy and allow the medical authorities to slow its deadly progression. I do not look forward to the consequences if they should fail.
But ultimately our hope is in Christ; we have the hope of eternal life, and we know that the suffering of this present world is only for a moment when considered in light of eternity. Place your hope in Jesus Christ; He will rescue this world at the right time. One day He will step forth from eternity into our time and space and will renew this world and make things right.
Psalm 91:1-16
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.  A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
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