Signs of the End-Time!
January 28, 2018
Loren C. Due, D.Min., Ph.D.
Excerpts from DISPENSATIONAL TRUTH by Teacher Clarence Larkin
We are living very close to the end of our time on the earth as followers of Jesus who are waiting on the rapture. I am referring to those who are expecting to be caught away when Jesus comes to catch His people away according to – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (KJV) 16 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: 17 Then we which 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! 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
We know many do not believe in the concept of caught away or the term rapture, but that makes no difference because if you believe the Word of God you know that Jesus will keep His word by coming at the time assigned by God the Father. The signs of the times as pointed out some hundred years ago in the “Dispensational Truth” by Clarence Larkin are evident by much Christian behavior around the world today.
The Lord gave the Prophet Daniel to know about the end time and instructed him to do the following: :Daniel 12:4 (KJV) 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. After God had showed Prophet Daniel what he wanted, Daniel to write about he told him to shut up the words, which means no more talking, and he told him to seal or close the book. In God’s instruction was information about the end- time that we see today of how man is smarter than ever and how technology promotes significant increase in knowledge worldwide.
Then the Lord further instructed the prophet these words: Daniel 12:9-10 (KJV) 9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed until 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. God admonishes Daniel to go his way because the book is closed until the end-time and that the wicked or sinners would continue in there sinful ways and not understand the sealed word. However, the wise or saved would understand the word. I believe the key reason for the wise to understand the word is because of the Spirit of Truth that comes from receiving Holy Spirit.
The key end-time signs are embolden and numbered one through 10 with basic descriptions:
- SCOFFERS = someone who jeers or mocks or treats something with contempt or calls out in derision = the use of ridicule or scorn to show contempt.
The word of the Lord by the Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 3:3-4 (KJV) 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since, the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. These verses clearly describe the advent of scoffers who walk or transport themselves in their own lust. Today’s society consumed with the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eye. To validate the statement all you need to do is turn on any source of entertainment and you can see how society is consumed with itself in lust. There are commercials that have sexy females in ads that make no sense with what they are trying to sell; the sexy object is there only to attract attention and hope the person buys the product or service.
Not only scoffers consumed today with themselves, but also some have the audacity to question the return of the Lord just as Apostle Peter said they would.
- APOSTASY =a total desertion of or departure from one’s religion, principles, party, cause, etc.
The Apostle Paul gave warning in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV) 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. We live among an apostate generation that has no appearance of returning to the Lord as a great number. What I believe this apostate generation is preparing to accentuate the falling away. When you have become apostate, you are easily deceived and lead away into false doctrine and teaching. You must guard your heart against deceptive words that sound good but are not sound doctrine. I believe we must continually study Gods word until Jesus comes in order to know the truth. In addition, you should always be willing to hear the Holy Spirit guide you in to truth.
- FALSE TEACHERS
False Teachers seem as if they are everywhere today in our society which was spoken by the Apostle Peter. The scripture says 2 Peter 2:1-2 (KJV)
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. This scripture clearly tells what the false prophets/teachers would be doing in the end-time. Today we can see throughout the church society many false teachers doing exactly what the Apostle Peter said they would do.
- SPIRITUALISM = a system of belief or religious practice based on supposed communication with the spirits of the dead, especially through mediums and/or the doctrine that the spirit exists as distinct from matter, or that spirit is the only reality.
Spiritualism is a word that sounds romantic but it is not. Spiritualism happens when a person seeks enlighten from a higher source. For those of us that follow Jesus Christ we find deep spiritual comfort and guidance in the Holy Bible. We also cherish our close relationship with the Holy Spirit by meditation, fasting and prayer.
People who rebel against the Holy Spirit described in the following scripture by allowing themselves to depart from the faith, listening to seducing spirits and following devil doctrines. The scripture says this:
1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV) 1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; In order to be sure you have not been taken over by these perverse spirits you must be certain you know your Holy Bible and try the spirits by the Word. Throughout the Holy bible, we are warned not to come into league with the occult, witches, wizards, warlock, divination and other works of darkness. We must keep ourselves clean from evil forces.
- PERILOUS TIMES
Perilous Times is certainly the period of time we are in right now, mothers killing their children then killing themselves, fathers raping their own daughters and brothers and sisters marrying each other is a slight glimpse of what is happening now in the world. If you want a better glimpse at what is happening all over the planet you simply turn on nightly news or go to one of the alternative news stations and discover related news. We have a very detail description of Perilous Times in the following scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV) 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, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
- HEAPED TREASURE
The following scripture succinctly written by Jesus Brother describes the fate of the one with heaped treasure: James 5:1-6 (NLT) 1 Look here, you rich people: Weep and groan with anguish because of all the terrible troubles ahead of you.2 Your wealth is rotting away, and your fine clothes are moth-eaten rags. 3 Your gold and silver have become worthless. The very wealth you were counting on will eat away your flesh like fire. This treasure you have accumulated will stand as evidence against you on the day of judgment. 4 For listen! Hear the cries of the field workers whom you have cheated of their pay. The wages you held back cry out against you. The cries of those who harvest your fields have reached the ears of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.5 You have spent your years on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire. You have fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and killed innocent people, who do not resist you.
The above scripture makes me wonder about those who follow the Prosperity Gospel and other doctrines like that; do you think people involved in those doctrines and behaviors described in the above article.
- THE LAODICEAN CHURCH
The Laodicea church is a model in scripture that characterizes a church that Jesus would not be a part of other than a reference. The amazing thing is that many congregations today appear to be like the church describe in Revelation 3. You have to wonder how this is so when the Testimony of Jesus Christ given to the Apostle John so long ago and churches continually reflect its character today. The major missing component of those churches following the Laodicea model is lack of power (Dunamis) to fulfill Mark 16:15 -18 and Luke 10:19. The world sees a church without the power of God at work in it as inept and powerless.
This scripture needs no further explanation: Revelation 3:14-18 (KJV) 14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.
- FIG TREE SIGN
There is controversy about who the real Jewish people are; some say they are the men and women who inhabit the Holy Land who call themselves Orthodox Jews. Others say the lost tribes of the Israel are black slaves brought to America from parts of Africa. Whoever all the real children of Israel are will be revealed during the Tribulation period when Israel goes through Jacobs’ trouble as described in the Book of Daniel. Therefore, for the purposes of this article, the budding of the Fig Tree Sign refers to the date when the Jewish nation of Israel was established in May 14, 1948. This is the parable by Jesus about the budding of the Fig Tree found in Matthew 24:32-33 (KJV) 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.
- DISTRESS OF NATIONS = extreme anxiety, sorrow, or pain.
As we observe the behavior of many nations today via the news true and fake, we see stories from around the world of turmoil and distress of internal strife and nation against nation. As with all of these 10 signs, the difference of the sign by itself is the fact that by itself, it is disturbing but when joined by the other 9 signs and it is happening simultaneously it is what Jesus prophesied and that what’s happening to us now in 2018.
Jesus prophesied this: Luke 21:25-26 (KJV) 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.
- TIME OF NOAH & LOT
The most obvious of the individual signs taking place is that of the events experienced in the time of Noah and Lot. When you read Genesis 6:1 – 8 you discover a world gone wrong which caused God to decide to destroy it. Then thirteen chapters later, we observe the behavior of the peoples in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in chapter 19. When these events are, by themselves, they are outrageous but happening simultaneous it is the epidemic of gross perversion just as we see today around the world.
This scripture describes the situation: Luke 17:26-28 (KJV) 26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
In summary the ten signs highlighted above embolden give us a very solid indication that we are actually living in the last of the last days. We know scripture makes it clear that God the Father is the only one that knows when Jesus will return to catch the church away.
Are you ready to be caught away?