If you woke up tomorrow and your world was totally different than it is today and all that you know is brought into question, where would you turn? I would hope that you would turn to the eternal truth of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Father who sits on his thrown in heaven and sent him. God talks through his prophets, Jesus Christ himself, and the apostles throughout his living word about “the end of days”. First and this is very important:
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[f] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. (Matthew Chapter 24 verse 36-41 NIV)
Let me be clear that NO MAN, NO MAN, NO MAN knows when Jesus Christ is going to return, NO MAN knows when the end of days spoken about throughout the Bible is going to occur, HOWEVER we are not told not to be getting prepared! Prepared in spirit, in our relationship with Jesus Christ, with our family, with the fact that we are ensuring we are only serving the Lord! The reason for this post today is simple, in my heart of hearts I believe that the things the Lord is preparing me for is the things to come. I want to talk about what Jesus Christ said to expect before his return, and then a few things to expect right before the domino begin to fall!
First what does the Bible say about the second coming of Jesus Christ? 1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 verse 1-3 NIV) The Lord is coming, and his return to earth wont be in a drawn out ceremony, it wont take his Word hundreds of years to come true once all is right to begin, once the domino that have been put in place since the crucifixion of Jesus start to fall, they are going to fall quickly, and destruction will come on them suddenly!
That’s a scary thought! How scary to know that the things that have been put into place since the dawn of creation by our Father in heaven have been for this glorious day and all the events that lead up to it! So now we know that Jesus Christ is going to return, we know that his coming is going to be quick, we know that before his coming it is going to be scary, only second to actually seeing him descending on earth! What does Jesus Christ say we can expect to see before his second coming?
5 Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 6 Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. (Mark Chapter 13 verse 5-8 NIV)
So before his second coming Jesus told the disciples to expect false prophets, wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, and he clearly says “These are the beginning of birth pains” meaning these are only the start of things to come! Without a doubt we are entering into a new age where we can all see the devastation the world is begging to feel, massive earthquakes in just recent memory: Japan, Haiti, Chile. How many wars are currently on-going? Iraq, Afghanistan, the Mexican drug war, riots taking place still in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Russia. Rumors of war with Iran, North Korea, China and the United States, the list goes on and on and on. “But Daniel this kind of stuff has been going on since the begging of time” you know what? You may be right. I will not argue that wars, earth quakes, protest, uprisings, famines, and all the like have not happened before, but all together? Like a master puppeteer the world is marching singing “we don’t need God, we don’t need God” right off the cliff!
There is no denying that wars have spread throughout the world, that the exploding population is ripe for a terrible plague, that millions are starving everyday, that the “Arab Spring” has come to pass after dozens of years under the same ruler, do you truly think a few million Arabs hopped out of bed one morning and said “Today I think will over throw our ruler of 40 years”. You may not believe His true, living word but there is no denying the word of Jesus Christ and God the Father read as a script for the current world events!
So what else does the Bible say about the end of days? 7 “After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. (Daniel Chapter 7 verse 7 NIV) The old testament has just as much to say about the end of days, this old testament scripture comes from the book of Daniel and talks about a “terrifying and frightening” beast. Many that argue theology say that this verse refers to the last kingdom of earth or the “one world government” which will take root and become the tool of the anti-Christ to punish the world. For decades it has been believed that this last kingdom is the revived Holy Roman Empire, the only problem? For the last century where the Holy Roman Empire use to stand is now Europe! So many different countries and ruling systems, different currencies, different militaries, so many different things! That was until the year 2000 when the European Union was formed as a lose conglomerate of countries with one common currency and one common goal, to strengthen Europe on the global stage. The European Union has now grown to 27 countries and is currently in “chaos” because of its failing common currency the “Euro”. People are so willing to sacrifice their liberty for stability! Even know the rulers of Europe are meeting to discuss was to strengthen the “Euro zone” to ensure the Euro and the union stand. The leaders’ plan seeks to enshrine tougher budget oversight in the existing EU treaty or alternatively, by creating a new one for the 17 euro zone nations that others could opt in to. It proposes automatic sanctions for breaking rules and a requirement to balance national budgets. (From a report from CBS news – http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500395_162-57339145/eu-leaders-seek-consensus-s-p-ups-pressure/).
The bottom line is that to save the Euro drastic measures must be taken to stabilize the zone and in order to do that the European Union must have more control over member countries! The most interesting thing about the European Union is “Recommendation 666” that was proposed and passed in the year 2000 by the former Western European Union, in the “recommendation 666” we have much to see. Remember – 18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.[e] That number is 666. (Revelation Chapter 13 verse 18 NIV). Now some of you out there are still saying “conspiracy theory” can’t you Christian’s just give it a rest? I want to tell you just to stop reading, but just as you can’t stop reading, I can’t deny you the truth that God has foretold in the Bible! Recommendation 666 gives power to a “figurehead” with-in the European Union government at times of war, this figurehead is given “emergency” powers over the military of the European Union, so in effect that person would then be the most powerful person on earth…I know, who am I to believe? (http://www.assembly-weu.org/en/documents/sessions_ordinaires/txt/2000/jun00_txts_adopted.php)
The terrible truth is this, this is going to happen, the Lord’s word is true, unchanging, eternal, and his return is more ripe than it has ever been. It grows more ripe each day! The Lord will not give us forever to get prepared! Stop ignoring his calls to fill that void that you have! Call on the name of Jesus Christ and be saved! Remember 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John Chapter 3 verse 16-17 NIV). God loves you! He wants a relationship with you! He has provided a way for anyone to be forgiven! Repent! Call on the name of your most high king! Get on your knees and pray for understanding and forgiveness! The kingdom of God is at hand, and this time it wont only come near!