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
2010 02/27 8.8 507 Offshore Maule, Chile 2010 01/12 7.0 316000 Haiti
2009 09/29 8.1 192 Samoa Islands region 2009 09/30 7.5 1117 Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
2008 05/12 7.9 87587 Eastern Sichuan, China 2008 05/12 7.9 87587 Eastern Sichuan, China
2007 09/12 8.5 25 Southern Sumatera, Indonesia 2007 08/15 8.0 514 Near the Coast of Central Peru
2006 11/15 8.3 0 Kuril Islands 2006 05/26 6.3 5749 Java, Indonesia
2005 03/28 8.6 1313 Northern Sumatra, Indonesia 2005 10/08 7.6 80361 Pakistan
2004 12/26 9.1 227898 Off West Coast of Northern Sumatra 2004 12/26 9.1 227898 Off West Coast of Northern Sumatra
[SLIDE Total dead from major earthquakes & resultant tsunamis 7 years 2004-2011 740,122]
Jesus said signs like earthquakes are “the beginnings of the birth pangs”-this implies they will grow in frequency and intensity as the day of birth approaches. Surely, the number of deaths from such disasters has risen markedly in our lifetime. We live in the Time of this Signs.
SIGN 2. MEN’S HEARTS FAIL THEM FOR THE SOUND OF THE WATERS LUKE 21:25-26
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
The Dec. 26 2004-the earthquake in Indonesia resulted in a tsunami, Japan 2011-mentioned above, were NOTHING compared to the destruction predicted to be headed our way.
Scientists the past few decades have been making predictions of a meteorite impact-that an impact of a heavenly body one to ten miles in diameter at some point in the future is certain. We discussed this in previous messages in the book of Revelation. A meteorite impact (asteroid or comet) is inevitable. It will happen at some point in the future. It is only a question of time. The meteor that lit the skies over Russia, and broke windows and shook homes and businesses only a few months ago was only a hint at the destructive power of these impacts and the speed at which they will overtake the world.