Summary: Five Indicators we are in the Time of the Signs-the Last Days
Revelation 13 16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666.
Today I would like to look at evidence that we are living in the Time of the Signs.
5 Signs being fulfilled in our Time:
For the first three signs we look to Matthew 24:7
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
SIGN 5. NATION MAKES WAR AGAINST NATION-THE HOOK IN THE BEAR’S MOUTH
Matthew 24/Ezek. 38:4 . . . 7-8
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Has anyone been a bit mystified at the behavior of Russia in the politics of chemical weapons in Syria the past few weeks? Why does Russia care so deeply about what happens in Syria?
They have a vested interest there.
[SLIDE-RUSSIA HAS 30,000 CITIZENS IN SYRIA]
Russia Has Its Primary Naval Port For The Middle East In Tartus
Look again at the map of Syria-the port of Tartus is within 100 miles of Israel.
Famine due to Drought
Satellite data show that in California's Central Valley, the most productive agricultural region in the United States, water levels in the aquifers have fallen by more than 20 millimetres a year between 2003 and 2012. The total volume of water lost in that period was about 30 billion cubic metres — almost the same as the capacity of the largest reservoir in the United States, Lake Mead in Nevada. The river basins that feed the aquifers are themselves shrinking, owing to a reduction in snowmelt from the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains.
“California is facing a water crisis of epic proportions,” warns James Famiglietti, director of the University of California Center for Hydrologic Modeling in Irvine. If present trends continue, he says, the Central Valley will run dry in 60 to 100 years.
[SLIDE IMAGE OF WATER DEPLETION IN MIDDLE EAST, CALIFORNIA & N. INDIA]
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE/NASA/JPL-CALTECH
[Califorina] is far from unique . . . in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana, 109 billion cubic metres of water were lost from 2002 to 2008 (ref. 1), and in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins, shared by Turkey, Syria, Iraq and western Iran, 144 billion cubic metres of water were lost from 2003 to 2009 (ref. 2).
(published online September 25, 2013)
Roughly 70% of the fresh water human beings use to water crops. If we don’t see major changes in water use or population in the world immediately, we will run out of arable water to grow our crops in one generation, resulting in famine on a scale not seen in human history.
SIGN 3-EARTHQUAKES IN DIVERSE PLACES
2011 03/11 9.0 20896 Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan 2011 03/11 9.0 20896 Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan