Three Signs of the End
By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Jesus’ disciples asked Him a classic question 2000 years ago: “What shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?”
That remains one of the most prominent questions to this day. The fact is that the signs of the times are all around us. Many are asking, “How long can it be until the end of history, the end of life as we know it?”
In our book Are We Living in the End Times? we list many of the signs of the times apparent in our generation. We believe that while no one knows the day or the hour when Christ will return, we have more reason to believe He could come in our lifetime than any generation before us.
Many leading politicians look to the potential of a world government as the panacea that would bring global peace. That is why the United Nations was formed, yet even with its 60-year incapability to bring about peace, it remains the dream of many world planners.
World government is only one leg of the prophesied three-legged stool of end times globalism. The other two are a one-world economy and a one-world religion. The worldwide interchange of goods and services today, along with the current economic chaos, seems a clear signal that the prophecies of Revelation 13 and 18 may be coming true.
The one-world religion is beginning to form but will really come together right after the Rapture when Christ calls His church to heaven to be with Him in His Father’s house (John 14:1-3). Even today Christianity is one main impediment to the forming of a global religion, which will (according to Revelation 17) be destroyed at the end of the Tribulation period.
God in His mercy may wait one more day, which in His economy of time is a thousand of our years. But we are instructed to watch and wait for Christ’s imminent return, as if it could be today. Because it could!
We believe every Christian and church should share the Gospel faithfully with as many as possible. Our driving passion is that we don’t want anyone to be left behind.
The Ultimate Sign of the End of Time
By Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
Of the thirty or more signs of the end of time as we know it, which will culminate with the return of Christ to set up His 1,000-year reign on earth, none is more specific and convincing than the re-gathering of over one third of the world’s Jews into the Land of Israel during the last century and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.
The very idea is a miracle itself. Never before in the history of the world has a nation been dispersed from its homeland for so many years without sinking beneath the sands of time. Many great nations, like the Hittites, were so lost after their dispersion that many scoffed at the Bible for even mentioning their existence. Yet archeologists finally dug up irrefutable evidence that they did indeed live and were a great people, just as the Bible said.
The lone exception to that rule of losing ethnic identity after such a dispersion is Israel. More than 1,700 years after being expelled from their homeland, the Jews were plentiful enough to send six million back to Israel, the land God deeded to them “forever.” Just as the Hebrew prophets had predicted, they would be drawn from all over the world “in the last days.”
Ezekiel 36-39 clearly calls the people “the whole House of Israel.” The prophet (inspired by God Himself, who alone can predict history) even provided the names of the enemies of Israel in the End Times – the very neighbors of Israel today who continually plot her destruction.
We can justifiably call the last sixty years of the nation of Israel a direct miracle that cries out for the recognition of God and the supernatural inspiration of the Bible. Wouldn’t the world’s skeptics have had a field day ridiculing the Bible had the Jews never returned to the land? But the skeptics are silent now. The Hebrew prophets predicted the ultimate possession of the land by the sons of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The prophecy also avers that the Son of David will someday rule the world from His throne in Jerusalem, in the land of Israel. His name will be Jesus Christ, “and He shall be called KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16).
Better to accept Him by faith now and bend your knee to Him than wait until you are forced to (Philippians 2:9-11). For then it will be too late.