What are the signs of the last days?
The Bible provides a list of geopolitical, spiritual, and environmental signs that will be visible in the last days.
Our Lord started His Olivet discourse (Matthew 24:9-14) by answering his Disciples questions “What will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of age?
When will these things happen, and what will be the sign of the “end of age”? (Matthew 24:3) Jesus when asked could have given a very political answer, like “No comment. Next question.” Instead, he answered their questions. But rather than giving them just one sign of the last of the days, he described numerous signs.
Matthew24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 give us three vantage points on Christ’s teaching about the signs of the last days. When one carefully studies all three accounts of the Olivet discourse , along with the other passages in the Old and New Testaments that refer to the last days, a fascinating and sobering list emerges.
Here are twenty signs Bible Prophecy tells us we will see in the last days:
- Wars and rumors of wars
- Uprisings and revolutions and kingdoms being shaken
- Pestilences and plaques
- Terrors and growing fears
- Great signs in the heavens and bloodred moons
- The roaring of the sea and waves
- Persecution of the church
- Autopsy of the church
- Apostasy of the church
- False prophets and false teachers
- False messiahs
- Increase in knowledge and travel
- The State of Israel being reborn and increasingly becoming the epicenter of International attention
- The gospel being preached to every nation
- A spiritual awakening in Israel and among the Jewish people
- A spiritual awakening in Iran
- An increase in mockery of Bible Prophecy
These signs are just the beginning Matthew 24:8 (see also Mark 13:8). In other words, the Bible teaches that while all of these signs will be visible in the last days, these events will radically accelerate and intensify.
What does the Bible mean by its many expressions for the last days? At first glance there are several terms that seem interchangeable, but in reality they may not always be so, used. Confusion results if you do not examine the context carefully to verify that the term really means what you think it means.
Some terms for the “end times” include “the latter days”, “the last times”, “the latter years, or Daniel the prophets favorite term “the end of the end
The end time of the present world will come in the near future, and it will last for 7 years, which is what the Bible calls the Tribulation.
This a period of time when evil will be abound and God’s divine judgments will be poured upon earth as prophesied in the Bible. Both evils and divine judgments will cause chaos and disasters in a scale so gigantic that the earth will be changed by the events forever.
Where in the Bible does it say that the Tribulation will last for 7 years?
24“Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.
25“So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.
26“Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.
27“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
According to the above passage, God has declared “seventy weeks” for the Jews. This period is given to “finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.”
Does this tell us all why the importance of unity with our eastern regions are of utmost importance? I think so, no doubt.
Matthew (5:13) “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.