"And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed." (Romans 13:11)
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The Bible end times are here! And we are living just before the second coming of Christ Jesus, when He will burst upon this world in glory with all His holy angels, and I hope and pray that you have come here today looking for the truth about end times Bible prophecy.
Today we are living in a time like no other! The scoffers can mock all they like about earthquakes, wars and famine being with us for hundreds of years. But the fact of the matter is, if you take into account ALL the signs, you will see we are living in a time like no other before us! Are you ready?
"The apostle Paul, referring to this same time, says: "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. And they shall not escape" (
1 Thessalonians 5:2-3
The first seal (
) represents widespread deception by a false Christianity that began in the days of the apostles (
- 5). The second seal (
) refers to the increasing devastation caused by war as the end approaches (
). The third seal (
) represents increasing hunger and famines (
). Other consequences of war and famine are represented by the fourth seal (
)—such things as disease, plagues and civil unrest that kill many people (
All of the events in the first four seals have been occurring, with varying frequency and intensity, from Christ's time to our day. But they have greatly intensified over the last century and will grow even worse in the suffering mankind will have to endure nearer the end.
The fifth seal (
) brings us directly to the time of the end. It acknowledges the past persecution and martyrdom of God's servants and announces they will have to wait "a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed," before God avenges their deaths.
In Matthew 24:9
Jesus tells His followers this will be a time when "they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake." He also describes it as a time of "great tribulation" unlike anything the world has ever experienced (verse 21).
The sixth seal
The next seal describes how "powers of the heavens will be shaken" (
) after the end-time tribulation and martyrdom of the saints has begun but before God's wrath is unleashed in "the day of the Lord" (
). These heavenly signs announce the beginning of the Day of the Lord.
Terrifying heavenly signs announce Jesus Christ's direct intervention in world events to save mankind from itself. This shows that, while God has permitted the previous end-time disasters, Satan has been their driving force. Now God begins to demolish Satan's kingdom, pouring out His wrath on a rebellious and insolent world.
"I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
"And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, 'Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?'" (
Jesus described this sixth sign in His Olivet
: "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption [rescue] draws near" (
Consequently, in the latter part of the 3 1⁄2 years of Satan's wrath, God will intervene, first with signs and wonders in the heavens, then by orchestrating His final punishments before Jesus Christ's return.
The seventh and final seal
Finally the seventh seal is opened (Revelation 8). It describes seven other aspects of end-time events, each announced with a trumpet blast. In the first four of these plagues God strikes the earth and mankind's environmental support systems. The fifth trumpet's plague inflicts great pain on those refusing to serve God. In the sixth trumpet plague, God permits an unimaginably destructive and all-out worldwide war to begin (Revelation 8-9).
With the sounding of the seventh trumpet, the Bible reveals that "the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets" (Revelation 10:7This mystery of the end time was briefly alluded to in the Garden of Eden and its meaning glimpsed by the patriarchs and prophets. John writes: "Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!'"
The time we waste on petty and vain things; while the faith of our souls is in the balance.