We'll have a hard time watching for Christ's return if we don't know what signs to be looking for. So today I am going to be talking about seven signs that indicate that we're living during the Final Generation.
Of course, this is not a comprehensive list, but it does cover some important signs that point to the End Time.
Let's begin with #7…
Final Generation Sign #7
Increase In Knowledge, Travel, Planes, & Cars
New technology is rapidly being developed and regularly leaves us standing in awe. The benefits are numerous, the possibilities exciting, and the hope for the future of technology is high.
The Bible says that there will be a great increase in knowledge during the last days. Daniel 12:4 says:
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
This is certainly true for the day and age we are living. It's incredible when you consider the total accumulation of all the earths' knowledge now doubles every 18-22 months. The knowledge of the world is increasing dramatically and this is exactly what the Bible says will happen in the last days. The Bible even mentions travel, planes, and cars as end time signs. Wow!
Final Generation Sign #6
Terrorism, Violence, Evil, Falling Away From The Faith
What will it be like during the end of the age just before the return of Christ? Jesus told us what this time will be like:
"But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." (Matthew 24:37 NKJV)
So the last days will be similar to Noah's day just before the worldwide flood. So to understand better the last days we need to look at how people were living during that generation. The Bible says in Genesis 6:11-13 that:
“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
The whole world during this time was filled with violence. Today we live in a world with the constant threat of terrorism. No longer is terrorism limited to one region of the world, such as the Middle East, but now it reaches around the world, even here in the United States with the horrible tragedy of September 11th. Our world is filled with violence, just like in Noah's day.
The world in Noah's day was also full of corruption and evil. Today we live in a world that parallels these same conditions. Mankind's hearts are not full of love, but of greed, hate, and corruption of every kind. When we really look at our world and our society we cannot help but see this is a result of people turning away from God. But it is also a Final Generation Sign.
Final Generation Sign #5
Middle East Tension
The situation that exists today in the Middle East is another Final Generation Sign that indicates we are living in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ.
Tensions today in the Middle East hinge on various religious beliefs. The current crisis in Israel is boiling over because of the hatred of the Jews by the surrounding countries. Countries around this tiny nation want Israel and the Jews wiped off the face of the earth.
There is also a continuing struggle over Jerusalem. The Palestinians want Jerusalem as their capital as they push for a Palestinian state. The Jews do not want to give up Jerusalem or Israel, the location of their holy land. Both the Israeli's and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their holy city, yet only Israel has the backing of the Word of God which says that Jerusalem belongs to Israel alone.
In Zechariah 12:2-3 the Lord declares
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it."
Since the creation of this nation, Israel has never been at rest. Constant conflict, wars, and problems plague this little country. The truth is the Middle East and Israel will never have true peace until return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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Final Generation Sign #4
The Spread of Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear weapons have become a major issue in the world we live in today. Amazingly the Bible already predicted this reality ahead of time. The Bible seems to indicate that nuclear warfare will be seen during the Tribulation hour, so the fact that this is a major problem in our world shows that we're drawing near to Christ's return.
Nuclear proliferation is one of the single biggest threats the United States faces. Countries such Iran and North Korea are actively developing nuclear weapons and terrorist are actively seeking to get their hands on these weapons. It's a dangerous situation but it's also a Final Sign that we are living in the end times.
Final Generation Sign #3
The Revived Roman Empire
The Bible says in the end times there will be a Revived Roman Empire. It will be made up of a 10-nation confederacy and will seek to dominate and control the Middle East and the whole world. This will be the one-world government predicted by the prophet Daniel.
"God has provided us with signs that point to His imminent return."
With the Revived Roman Empire comes a new economic world order. The Revived Roman Empire will seek to control the economy of the world, securing its power globally.
Today we are in the generation that has lived to see the beginnings of the Revived Roman Empire. A sign so amazing, it is very hard for anyone to deny that these truly are the last days.
I will be talking more about this and how the Antichrist will play a very significant part in this one-world government in a future issue of Final Signs.
Final Generation Sign #2
Return of the Jews To Their Land
The Bible says that Jews would be dispersed throughout the entire world until this time when they will return to their own land.
We read about the return of the Jews to their homeland in many different places in the Bible including Ezekiel 36:24 which says:
“For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.”
This is stated again in Amos 9:15:
“And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.”
Since the re-establishment of Israel as a nation, Jews from all over the world have returned to their land. Every day more and more Jews are returning to their rightful home which is another amazing Final Sign predicted ahead of time by the Word of God.
Final Generation Sign #1
Israel As A Nation with Jerusalem As The Capital
So what does this generation have that no generation before could claim? If they knew their Bible prophecy they would know that Israel had to exist as a nation in the end times.
Israel is a requirement for so many other prophecies of the Bible. So if Israel didn't exist today with Jerusalem as the capital, we could reasonably assert that we're not living in the last days.
The very fact that Israel even exists today is absolutely miraculous!
Until 1948 there has been no Israel for 2500 years. The Bible says that Israel will be restored as a nation in the end times. So a generation at 1000 A.D. believing that Christ was coming back did not correctly understand their Bible prophecy.
No other nation or people have reestablished themselves after such a long absence. This is Bible prophecy, words from the mouth of God written thousands of years ago, becoming a reality in our lifetime.
This astonishing prophecy was fulfilled on May 14, 1948, just as Jesus said (additionally the Jews reclaimed Jerusalem as their rightful capital during the Six Day War of 1967). So Final Generation Sign #1 is The Re-establishment of Israel as a nation.
Israel's existence as a nation today is a huge sign that we're living in the Final Generation!
Everyone should study about just how significant this prophecy is; the relevance of this cannot be understated. No nation or people have ever revived themselves after such a long period of time. This prophecy is one of the most amazing fulfilled prophecies of our day.