Biohax, a Swedish company, has invented a revolutionary new technology. A chip inserted under your skin can act as a key, credit card, and health monitor—basically the ultimate ID.
This is a sign of the end times, for the Antichrist will utilize this technology for the Mark of the Beast
North Korea has reportedly completed the hardest part in the creation of an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile: making a bomb light enough to fit on a missile without weighing it down too much. This new development has produced a standoff between North Korea and the US and its allies of Japan and South Korea setting up a modern-day Cold War.
This is also a sign of the end times, for Jesus Christ said that in the end there would be wars and rumors of wars.
There are more and more nominal Christians leaving the church. According to new research from PRRI, about 25% of Americans (about 80 million people) claim no religious affiliation.
This, too, is a sign of the end times, for “many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matt. 24:11-12)
And there are even more end times prophecies that tie into current events. The rise in frequency of earthquakes, the increase in persecution of Christians, and even the breakdown of the family. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that most Christians believe we are living in the end times.
I’ve even seen this on a personal level. Many older Christian leaders I look up to sincerely believe Jesus Christ will come before they die. People I’ve met, both Christian and non-Christian, anticipate a very bleak future. I see words such as “doomsday,” “apocalyptic”, and “end times” even more now.
Whatever the cause, it’s a certainty that most people believe we are living in the end times.
And they are right. More right than they think. Let me explain.
The Beginning of the End
We see parallels between current events and biblical prophecy, but that doesn’t erase an overlooked question: when did the end times begin?
The phrase “last days” occurs only five times in the New Testament with four of them referencing the end times in Acts 2, II Timothy 3, Hebrews 1, and II Peter 3. When you read these passages, you are quickly faced with the fact that the early Christians believed they were in the last days.
In Acts 2, Peter says God will pour out His Spirit on all flesh in the last days. He then preaches his sermon which gives a history of Jesus Christ. At the end of his sermon, he gives an invitation to repent which results in the “gift of the Holy Ghost.” Obviously, Peter believes he is in the last days.
This belief is also seen in Peter’s second letter. He says, “there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.” It’s important to note that just before this statement, Peter warned them to remember the apostles’ instructions. The statement about the last days, therefore, is Peter’s reasoning behind his warning. Peter believed he lived in the last days.
II Timothy 3 draws a picture of the end times with a long list of adjectives describing evil people. But as the passage goes on, you realize that Paul isn’t describing just people in the future. He’s describing people in that day. Even Paul believed he lived in the end times.
The writer of Hebrews doesn’t get any more explicit: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)
Since the Bible is true, then we must be faced with this fact: based on these passages, the end times began when Jesus rose again.
So What Do I Do?
Honestly, I dislike modern Christianity’s predilection with the end times. I see so many Christians convinced they are living in the end times that they miss the point of biblical prophecy.
Matthew 24-25 contains a trilogy of parables concerning Christ’s Second Coming: the parable of the two servants, the parable of the ten virgins, and the parable of the talents. This set of parables teaches a singular truth. The need to be ready because of the imminence and unexpectedness of Christ’s return. The fact that Christ used three parables to teach the same lesson stresses the importance of this truth.
Jesus Christ is coming soon. His arrival will be unexpected. So ready yourself. Rather than getting caught up in a “doomsday frenzy,” evaluate yourself, honestly asking, “Am I ready for Christ’s return?
“Am I truly saved? Have I truly trusted in Jesus Christ alone to be my hope for salvation? And if I have, am I ready to present my works before my Savior?
“Have I done all that I can for the advancement of His kingdom? Have I done all that I can to glorify God?”
II Peter 3:11-14 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.