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Summary: This is the third in a series on The End-times looking at : 1) The Signs of Nature 2) The Signs of Society 3) The Spiritual Signs 4) The Signs of World Politics 5) The Signs of Technology 6) The Signs of Israel

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Signs of The Times

Sunday, April 3, 2011

End-Times Series : Sermon Three

TEXT: 2 Peter 3:3-4

[VIDEO]

INTRODUCTION

For those who may not have been with us the past couple of weeks,

we've already preached Two Messages in this Series on "The End-times"!

Week 1 - "What On Earth Is Going On?"

In light of recent events around the world, there is obviously

a renewed interest in Bible Prophecy...

a) The disaster in Japan

b) The un-rest and turmoil in the Middle East, including the

over-turning of various governments...

In Week 1, we looked extensively at the signs that Jesus

spoke about in Matthew 24 and Luke 21...conditions that He said we would see on this earth in the End-times!

Last week,

Week 2 - "The Rapture"

In that Message, we looked deeper into the next big event

on God's Prophetic Time-table, "The Rapture" of the church...

We looked at "The Parable of the Ten Virgins" in Matthew 25,

and saw a picture of The Church in Jewish Wedding Customs!

[EXPOUND]

Today, I want us to look deeper into "The Signs of the End-times"...

Let me preface everything else we will look at this morning with this:

THE COUNTDOWN TO ARMEGEDDON began on MAY 14, 1948...

Jesus, in "The Parable of the Fig Tree", in Matthew 24:34, said this:

"Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass

away till all these things take place"

[EXPOUND]

"The Signs of The End-Times", can be basically broken down into Six Categories :

1) The Signs of Nature

2) The Signs of Society

3) The Spiritual Signs

4) The Signs of World Politics

5) The Signs of Technology

6) The Signs of Israel

While Matthew 24:36, lets us know that no one can know the day or the hour of the Lord's Return...

We can certainly know the season...

HOW? Once again, the words of Jesus in Luke 21:28,

"Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your

heads, because your redemption draws near"

[EXPOUND]

1) THE SIGNS OF NATURE

Luke 21:11, "...and there will be great earthquakes in various places, and

famines and pestilences, and there will be fearful sights and great

signs from heaven"

Luke 21:25, "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars...the sea and the waves roaring..."

This category is probably the least respected, because there have always been earthquakes, floods, and so forth...

But listen to what Jesus says in Matthew 24:8 - "All these are the beginning of sorrows..."

Here's another interesting reference...

1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, "For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, peace and safety, then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman..."

Labor Pains, over time, increase in Frequency and Intensity!

[EXPOUND]

That is happening now concerning "signs of nature"...

Increased Frequency and Intensity!

You'll remember the statistics I gave on Earthquakes in the first message...

[EXPOUND]

Here's some other statistics that support what we're saying...

-Between October of 1991 and November 2004, the United States experienced:

* 9 of the 10 largest insurance disasters in history


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