The Last Days

 

Last Days / Signs of the Times:  

We believe that we are living in the very last days and that the Rapture could happen at any moment. Nobody knows the exact day and hour of His coming, except the Father in heaven. We believe that there will be signs which will occur in advance and will indicate that the time is near. 

 

Matthew 24: 

  

1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.  

2 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.  

3 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?  

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 

5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  

6 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. 

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 

9 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. 

10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  

11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  

12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  

13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 

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:) 

16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:  

17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:  

18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.  

19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!  

20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:  

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

22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 

23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 

24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 

25 Behold, I have told you before. 

26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.  

27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  

28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.  

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 

33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.  

35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.  

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  

37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  

38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 

39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 

40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 

41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.  

42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 

43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.  

44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 

45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 

46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 

47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.  

48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;  

49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;  

50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 

51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 

  

2 Timothy 3: 

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,  

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  

8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.  

9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. 

10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, 

11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 

12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;  

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 

  

Luke 21:7-38:  

7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?  

8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.  

9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.  

10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:  

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.  

12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.  

13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony. 

14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: 

15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.  

16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.  

17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.  

18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.  

19 In your patience possess ye your souls. 

20 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 

21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 

22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.  

23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.  

24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.  

25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;  

26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  

27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  

28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.  

29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;  

30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.  

31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 

32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.  

33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 

34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 

35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.  

37 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives.  

38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him. 

  

Joel 2: 

1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;  

2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.  

3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 

4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.  

5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. 

6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.  

7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:  

8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.  

9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.  

10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 

11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? 

12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 

13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 

14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?  

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:  

16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.  

17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? 

18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.  

19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:  

20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.  

21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.  

22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the t 

23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.  

24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. 

25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.  

26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.  

27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. 

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 

29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.  

30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 

31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 

32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. 

  

Ezekiel 38:  

1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,  

2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:  

4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: 

5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: 

6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. 

7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. 

8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.  

9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. 

10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: 

11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 

12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. 

 13. carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? 

14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?  

15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:  

16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.  

17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? 

18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.  

19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 

20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.  

21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. 

22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.  

23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD. 

  

Daniel 12:  

1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.  

2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  

3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.  

4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.  

5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.  

6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? 

7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.  

8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?  

9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 

10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.  

11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.  

12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.  

13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of days. 

  

 TRIBULATION: 

John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 

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

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What To Do If You’re Left Behind 

“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede them who are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 

These are amazing words from the Word of God – the Bible. But what do they mean? This passage foretells an amazing event we have come to call the Rapture of the Church. It is the time when God will take all living, believing Christians out of the Earth instantaneously: 

“Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we all shall be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye…” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52a 

When will this amazing event take place? It will take place at the onset of a terrible seven-year period of time the Bible calls the Tribulation. During those gruesome days, over half the population of the world will die amidst wars, natural catastrophes, plagues, as the result of economic manipulation, and especially at the nefarious hand of an evil world ruler known in the Bible as the Antichrist. 

Are we close to that event even now? The Bible is full of signs that indicate the approach of the Tribulation. Globalism, a united Europe, interlaced economies and mounting technology all point to the nearness of that time. 

There is hope! Now, before the Rapture, you can believe on Jesus and become a Child of God.

Pray without ceasing & look up, for your Redemption draweth nigh!

Deborah Taylor