Are we living in the last days? People have been saying that we are ever since Christ ascended into the clouds. The Apostle Paul even wrote a letter concerning this to try to calm believers of the day down about it. Here we are 2,000 years later and as it has been, the general consensus among believers is the end is nigh.
I personally believe that the end of the world as we know it is just over the horizon, and that the great tribulation is at hand. But just how close to the end could we be? We’ll be brushing through some scriptures that deal with this, but I do have a question for you.
Have you been feeling a sense that there’s something different, seemingly in the air, or just a sense that something’s wrong? Kind of like when you taste something different in your drinking water. I guess the correct words escape me. I’ve been sensing something just isn’t right, and have heard many others talking about the same thing. If you’ve been feeling the same way, please leave your comment below this article.
Because of that conditioning, people who do not believe in Christ have a perfect opportunity to scoff and mock anybody that is placed as a watchman on the wall and sounding the alarm. Looking from the scoffers point of view, I can’t say as I blame them. What’s humorous is, by scoffing, they themselves become prophetically significant whether they intended to be or not.
2 Peter 3:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
I often like to thank scoffers for fulfilling Biblical prophecy. Considering that there is a growing number of scoffers against God in any land across the planet, we could qualify this as one tell tale sign that we are living in the last days. Peter tells us in this verse that this is the first thing to know, that there will be scoffers in the last days. That’s why I’m starting with this aspect first, so we can check that off of the list, struggling with the question,’Are we living in the last days?’
Matthew 24 Breakdown
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Check! We’ve got that going on in several different places across the earth. Its been going on for quite awhile now, so much so that Wikipedia has dedicated a whole page worth of names of “would be” Christ’s. List of people claimed to be Jesus. Even still, I know of a few that isn’t mentioned in this list that are still out there today. One is in Russia at the moment and his name is Vissarion. Not only are these people out there declaring themselves Christ, but should we include how many people adhere to doctrine that not just declares themselves Christ, but teaches that they are their own God? This happens and has been true in many religions for quite awhile.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Check! Particularly since 9/11/2001, the wars have been obvious, but this text is talking about rumors of war and when you hear of them coming. He says not to be troubled and that’s interesting. Why shouldn’t we be troubled about these things? Because they haven’t happened yet, we’ve only heard about the possibility of them coming. When countries do tests and in one way or another flex their muscles, that’s not time to panic in the streets.
In fact, there is no good time to panic in the streets, is there? What does that ever change? I’d say that it changes nothing for the better. As Jesus said, the end is not yet. However he did think to mention it as a precursor to what’s coming next in the checkoff list.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. Check! It’s not difficult to figure out that nations are rising up against other nations. Neither is it difficult to determine that kingdom is waging war against kingdom. There are two kingdoms in particular that have been at war for several thousand years, and that is the Kingdom of Darkness against the Kingdom of God’s dear Son.
I believe that as the veil between this dimension and that which spiritual beings enjoy continues to get hammered on either through works of the blatant enemies of God or via science (unwitting enemies of God), that this war of the two kingdoms will become more evident as time progresses. The spiritual war has been raging for a long time, but there will be a period of time that I believe will be unprecedented since its beginning just shy of 6,000 years ago.
Now was Jesus referring to physical kingdoms or supernatural kingdoms? It could be both I’d suppose. I’m not sure of any nation left that consists of more than one kingdom, though I’m no expert by any means. But it makes more sense that it’s not a redundant statement that Jesus made, but was speaking about first the physical when he said ‘nations’, and spiritual when he said ‘kingdoms’. Just my personal take on that verse.
Concerning famines, pestilences and earthquakes, in diverse places, this isn’t just a proclamation of prophecy, but is also a prophetic technology statement. Nobody from the days of Christ walking the landscape, till (at least) the invent of the telegraph, would know what is going on out in the rest of the world in any immediate manner. In other words, it would be tough to know about anything going on in Africa if you’re in Canada around 1800 AD.
Increased Earthquake Activity
As you know, today we can gather data immediately over the radio, internet, specific instruments like satellites, the television, etc.. We have the ability to know about an earthquake as soon as someone is able to report it. Not several weeks after the fact as the news trickles from region to region. Without a doubt, naysayers are quick to point out that there’s always been earthquakes in diverse places and they’re right. But we’ll find that in recent years, quakes have been growing in severity and in frequency all over the world.
So just with earthquakes, there is an the immediate awareness of earthquakes in diverse places, and an uptick in frequency in the past several years. Since trying to find a chart that displayed what I wanted it to display was nowhere to be found anywhere online (recorded earthquakes starting from 6.0 and greater), I created this chart to show that the trend is ever rising. When looking at the chart, what’s most important overall is to notice the low points on the graph trends upwards.
I wanted to keep it at category 6 or above to cancel out any man made fracking quakes. From what I understand, fracking quakes register on the lower end of the scale. Please let me know if I’m wrong about that! Also keep in mind that as I’m typing this, 2015 isn’t over (but it’s close), This chart was created on 12/17/2015, so that last bar will likely change a bit. Changes or not, the increased frequency is what’s important as far as what Christ was telling his disciples.
Coincidentally, as I was working on this post and had already completed and uploaded this chart, there was an earthquake registering as a 6.6 in Mexico.
Jesus likened the events to come (or the events that could be here now) as birth pangs. Building in frequency over time until it’s done. That is why paying attention to the frequency and also the severity is important. As they grow in number, moving closer together, we move ever forward into the realm of end times.
When looking into famine trends and how the world is faring in that area, it actually appears to be trending in the right direction. However, there are a few items that can crucially impact the statistics. First being political climate (whether the country is at war or not), and also economics (food being available but not attainable because of price). In those circumstances, there are two great evils at play. Greed and war.
The following information was acquired from the International Food Policy Research Institute.
As you can see, with the information that they’ve included in this graph, the trends are beginning to tighten up, so for now, we won’t check famine off the list that Jesus gave. But what would it take for everything in that list to become more dire than it already is? Not too much at all. Economic collapse, wars, rumors of wars, weather, insects, etc., all can have a profound effect when it comes to famine.
The painful truth is, a vast part of the world would have an incredible hurdle to jump over if food was not made readily available in grocery stores or markets. Particularly for cities, where’s the food going to come from if the city was cut off by a military force, or from some kind of damage to the power grid? There are wealthy well fed men and women that are calling the shots as far as that goes.
Another thing about this chart, it covers developing parts of the world. It doesn’t give any information about well developed areas. It stands to reason that the developed areas are in more danger from unforeseen events than the underdeveloped areas may be. So with just a small amount of change in circumstances, famine can easily roll right off the charts with the right catastrophe or political event. Thankfully for now, the world is doing a somewhat better job feeding people since 1990.
As much as I hate to admit it, I can’t find any decent chart of any kind that would reflect a world wide gauge for the pestilence topic. It is nearly impossible to pin one down. I finally gave up after a couple of hours in search of one. Sure, there’s tons of different things to find about particular diseases all over the world. But I couldn’t find anything that was a year to year comparison that included everything that would be considered “Pestilence”.
That said, most of the different charts that I did stumble across in my efforts did indicate rising trends in things such as heart disease, kidney issues, deaths from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, Lyme disease, Ebola, autism, and HIV, to name a few. And it wasn’t any surprise that pharmaceutical sales world wide are ever growing. That begs the question why? Does nobody ever get better? I suppose there’s no real money in actually curing anyone fully. That’s what you’d call employment security. But due to lack of particular info that I was looking for which would have been a more general yearly summary, much like I had to make with the earthquakes, I may need to do the same for this category to see if the trends are better or worse. If I do that I’ll re-release this post with that information.
Still at it!
I’m going to do a follow up post to this one, to continue on through Matthew 24 and try to get better information (statistics) reflecting what’s going on vs. what the Lord had to say to the disciples. God bless all of you who’s been reading and keeping up with all of these posts! I pray that they are a blessing to all of you! If they have been, please help the Supernatural Truth in Christ site by sharing and commenting! Thanks again for reading, and I’d really like to hear your thoughts about the question, ‘Are we living in the last days?’