Zealots have long anticipated that the End Times are near, but we’re still waiting. However, recent events seem to point more strongly towards the second coming of Christ than ever before. While Floridians evacuate, Hurricane Irma is now the least of our worries, as chilling biblical prophecy has surfaced.
For starters, the world is currently on fire. According to HuffPost, at the moment, more than 26,000 firefighters are battling blazes across the West. Some 172 fires are burning across the region, 78 of which the National Interagency Fire Center considers “large” incidents of greater than 100 forested acres or 300 grassland acres. So far this year, more than 8 million acres have burned, scarring and scorching western Montana and the Pacific Northwest, and smothering cities as far away as Denver in thick smoke. That’s nearly twice the 10-year average of 5.5 million acres.
And, this past Monday, we had a blood/harvest moon.
“I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” – Joel 2:30-31
On August 21, we witnessed a solar eclipse as darkness descended on the land, the moon erasing the sun. Four days later, on August 25, Hurricane Harvey hit. On the 26th, flood waters began to rise to unprecedented levels in Southeast Texas, displacing more than one million people from their homes. Now, let’s take a look at Luke 21:25-26.
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” – Luke 21:25-26
Around the world, the situation doesn’t look much better.
Relations with North Korea are seemingly more tense than ever before as dictator Kim Jong-un continues to test nuclear weapons and make increasingly aggressive threats towards the United States. Indeed, it appears as though World War III looms on the not-so-distant horizon.
According to NPR, the United Nations has announced that the world is up against its “largest humanitarian crisis” in a generation as more than 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria face starvation and famine. “We stand at a critical point in our history. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death,” said UN humanitarian coordinator Stephen O’Brien. “The situation is worse than it has ever been.”
On Friday, Mexico was hit with a deadly 8.2 magnitude earthquake, the strongest in over 100 years, according to Anonymous. Additionally, in June, Yellowstone National Park was hit with more than 900 earthquakes in the time span of just two weeks, reported Good4Utah.com.
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” – Matthew 24:6-7
This is not to mention the plethora of social issues we face as our society turns further away from God with each passing day…
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” – 2 Timothy 3:1-4
Dr. Richard Hecht, a professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, said it’s easy to see why this chaotic summer has led the devout to believe the End Times are near.
“It’s one thing to believe the ministers’ or preachers’ calculations of the end of days. But now you have objective truths: Charlottesville, the solar eclipse, Hurricane Harvey, the earthquake in Mexico, Hurricane Irma,” said Hecht, according to The New York Times. “These are events no one can dispute. It’s not the same order of a preacher saying that on September 8, at 10 o’clock, the world will end.”
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'” – John 14:6
Jesus is coming, my friends. Be prepared.