the end of Jesus¡¯ ministry, while looking over the temple from
Mount of Olives, He predicted
destruction and the
destruction of the Jewish nation.
Shocked, His disciples got Him alone and asked, ¡°Tell us, when will these
things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the
(Matthew 24:1-3 KJV (1.
And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him
for to show 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?))
The apostles then asked
1 When will these things happen?
What will be the sign of Christ¡¯s Second Coming?
3 What will be the sign of the end of
This refers to the time of Gentile rule over the world ending and the
establishment of the "promised" World Kingdom to Israel over which the Messiah
Jesus, as the Son of David, will rule.
Jesus answers questions #2 and #3 in Matthew¡¯s account.
answers question #1 in Luke¡¯s account in chapter 21:12-24
gives a complete scenario of the signs of the end, that would all begin to happen
in one time frame – in concert with each other.
The key that would make the ¡®signs¡¯ unique is that they would all begin to
occur together in the same era.
other key that would make these ¡®signs¡¯ unique and recognizable is that they
would develop like ¡°birth
After Jesus enumerates the signs, He says of them, ¡°But
all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.¡±
Now here are the signs he called 'birth pangs':
No. 1 -
* The Church would depart from the truth and false christs and false prophets
He warned that MANY in the Church would be deceived. This has already
happened -- big time.
* Most mainline Churches do not hold to Divine verbal inspiration of the Bible.
Many have ¡®air conditioned hell¡¯ and redefined sin to be ¡®politically
For instance, the clear Biblical teaching against homosexuality is now being
In defiance of God¡¯s teaching in 1 & 2 Timothy, women are
now being ordained as Pastors and Priests.
Jesus is no longer the only one who
can bring us forgiveness of sin through His death in our place.
He is now a 'great teacher' among many other religious leaders who can show
us how to work our way to heaven.
Various suicide cults of this generation, from the People¡¯s Temple to the
Branch Davidians to the Hale-Bopp cult, shared the same characteristic. They all
had a false christ, or false messiah figure.
But the worst is yet to come.
No. 2 -
Jesus warned of wars and rumors of wars, but He said, ¡°See
that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not
yet the end.¡±
The 20th century was marked by three significant events that shaped its course.
WW1, WW2 and the Cold
Both World Wars involved virtually every nation on earth in an orgy of
destruction that killed tens of millions.
The Cold War endured for forty years, without either side firing a shot in
The ultimate rumor of war!
Historians have already named the 20th Century, the "century of war".
But the end, as Jesus predicted, was not yet.
No. 3 -
Along with war, Jesus warned that ¡°nation
will rise against nation ¡¦¡±
The word ¡®nation¡¯ is translated from the Greek word 'ethnos' which literally
means ethnic groups or tribes.
Ethnic unrest and tribal warfare has killed uncounted millions in this
There are ethnic wars within the same nations.
One of the most shocking examples of ethnic hatred is the case of the
Kurds. They are Muslim, yet they are scattered along the borders of the fellow
Muslim nations of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran – and hated by all.
No. 4 -
Jesus predicted that ¡°kingdom
will rise against kingdom ¡¦¡±
The word ¡®kingdom¡¯ comes from the Greek word 'basliea', which means a
literal nation in our modern understanding of the word.
There has been such warfare between nations, that mankind is trying to do
The Antichrist will seize upon this yearning as an opportunity to establish a
one-world government over which he will rule.
But it won't bring peace; it will bring total destruction.
No. 5 -
Jesus predicted ¡°in
various places there will be famine ¡¦¡±
According to the world experts, the Age of Famines began in 1975. There are
famines raging someplace in the world at all times now.
No. 6 -
Jesus predicted in Luke¡¯s account, ¡°There
will be great earthquakes ¡¦¡±
AP News reported on October 9th that there were only 10 major
earthquakes from the decades of 1920 through 1980 – a period of 70
But there have been 13
major earthquakes in the last 15 years. These
refer only to the monster quakes that have caused great destruction and
loss of life.
More will be said in a moment on this.
No. 7 -
Jesus predicted, ¡°there
will be ¡¦ plagues ¡¦¡±
Diseases once believed eradicated from the earth by antibiotics have now
developed immunity to virtually every drug we have. Now we have super-strains of
bacteria and viruses. Because of the rapid mobility of travel, a dangerous
infectious disease any place on earth can become a pandemic over night –
New strains of viruses that have trans-mutated from the animal kingdom to man
now make pandemics of unimaginable horror possible.
The latest is a bird flu in Viet Nam named H5N1 that the World Health
Organization says could kill 150 million people worldwide.
No. 8 -
Super Storms from celestial influence on the earth¡¯s climate.
last ¡°birth pang¡± Jesus predicted is, ¡°There
will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among
nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting
from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for
the powers of the heavens will be shaken.¡±
I commented on these verses a couple of weeks ago.
NASA has verified that the sun is getting brighter and hotter.
This is having a dramatic effect on the rise of overall temperature on the
earth. And that is causing the ocean belt around the equator to
particularly heat up and cause more frequent and powerful storms – as we
have definitely seen this hurricane/typhoon season.
Again, of all these things, the Lord said, ¡°But
all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.¡±
Taken together and read in context, the Lord outlined, in advance, an exact
history of the world as it has progressed since Israel took its place among the
modern nations of the world in 1948.
This generation has witnessed more than the beginning of the birth pangs.
They've gone past the beginning.
To quote Winston Churchill, "this may not be the end, or the beginning of
the end. But it is certainly the end of the beginning."
Author: Hal Lindsey