Signs of the Times & Prophecy

MAT.24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

MAT.24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

MAT.24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

MAT.24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Birth Pangs)

LUK.21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

It’s quite amazing to read the above Biblical Prophecies and then look at recent worldwide current events. Many of my friends, who, are studying Bible prophecy & keep up with current events are all saying the signs of the times are increasing.

In the Greek language this, “beginning of sorrows” is referred to as “birth pangs”. In other words we’d see an increase of these various signs of the times & with more intensity. And it’s interesting to note how the scale, severity & frequency of all of these have increased in recent years:

It’s also interesting to note that Christians from around the world are getting visions & dreams about the endtime. Of course these visions & dreams don’t contradict or supersede the Bible, but sometimes the Lord uses dream, visions, & prophecy to fill in the gaps or give a warning that something big is about to happen.

For example, I was listening to an endtime radio show & a person was sharing that two men from California had separate dreams that California would soon experience a great earthquake, no date was given, but these two men both took heart to the warning dream & they took their families & left California. This was around spring 2015.

Now the dreams that these two men received didn’t contradict Bible Prophecy. What did the verse say,

LUK.21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

Within the frame work of this verse the dreams these 2 men had didn’t change the above verse, but both prophetic dreams stayed within the frame work of the verse. Also the Bible says in, 2Corintians 13:1. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. So it always beneficial, when receiving a prophetic dream, vision, or prophecy to share it with at least 2 or 3 people to get a confirmation. It should be shared with people who are familiar with Bible prophecy as it says in 2nd Timothy 2:15. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Now let’s take a look at what the Bible says about dreams & visions in the Last Days.

ACT.2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

ACT.2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

ACT.2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

ACT.2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

ACT.2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

ACT.2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Prophecy is also one of the gifts of the Spirit.

1 Corintians12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

1CO.12:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

1CO.12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

1CO.12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

The Apostle Paul felt that prophecy was important as one of the spiritual gifts.

1 Corintians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

Back in June 2001, somebody sent me a prophecy that I thought was very interesting. Looking back now to this 2001 time period the world current events almost seemed calm compared to what’s been happing in the last five years. The 9/11 event hadn’t even happened yet & of course that event had a major impact upon the world & especially the USA.

Here’s an excerpt from the June 2001 Prophecy:

“Wars are but a few of the plagues of humanity. Also during this time, due to the increased Satanic activity, the Earth will render up her foulest stenches, and volcanoes and earthquakes will terrorize this world as never before. “Earthquakes in diverse places” will be fulfilled in yet a greater way before your very eyes. Places that have been peaceful and have not felt the power of this Earth’s forces for ages will suddenly be confused and thrown into chaos.”

Hurricanes, tornado outbreaks, flooding, severe droughts, and earthquake born tsunamis, volcano seismic activities all have taken their toll. Extreme weather and natural disasters have always been with us but, like other signs of the times events these extreme birth pangs are increasing in intensity and frequency.

Here are some examples after June, 2001 prophecy:

  • Indian Ocean Tsunami- In 2004 an undersea earthquake (9.1 mag./3rd strongest on record) triggered a tsunami that struck Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and India. The earthquake triggered subsequent quakes as far away as Alaska and caused the earth to vibrate 0.4 inches during its 10 minute duration. The Indian Ocean tsunami killed approximately 230,000 people and & has been confirmed as the most devastating disaster in modern history.
  • In March 2011: The Japan Earthquake: A magnitude 9.0 undersea megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan. It was the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan, and the fifth most powerful earthquake in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900.
  • The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that reached heights of up to 40.5 metres (133 ft)
  • The earthquake moved Honshu (the main island of Japan) 2.4 m (8 ft) east and shifted the Earth on its axis by estimates of between 10 cm (4 in) and 25 cm (10 in).
  • The tsunami caused nuclear accidents, primarily the level 7 meltdowns at three reactors & these reactors are still gushing out radiation into the Pacific ocean wreaking havoc on living creatures in the pacific ocean.
  • 2010: A 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti’s capital, killing 314,000 people.
  • From 2012 to 2015, the Ring Of Fire Is Shaking Violently with a Massive Uptick In Earthquakes And Volcano Eruptions. The Earth ‘Is Becoming Increasingly Unstable according to Geologists.

Not only is there tremendous earthquake activity shaking the earth in many locations, but according to Volcano Discovery, 40 volcanoes around the globe are erupting big in June 2015, and 34 of them are along the Ring of Fire. To give context to what this means, they explain “there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century.

When you divide that number by 100 that gives you an average of about 35 volcanic eruptions per year. So the number of volcanoes that are erupting right now is well above the 20th century’s average for an entire calendar year.” We are also seeing eruptions at some volcanoes that have been dormant for decades.

This escalation of activity, specifically surrounding the Ring of Fire, which has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes spanning 25,000 miles in a horseshoe shape, leads some expert geologists to state “the Ring of Fire is shaking violently,” and Earth “is becoming increasingly unstable.”

If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, just imagine a giant ring that runs around the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur within this area, and the entire west coast of North America is considered to be part of the Ring of Fire. For so long, the west coast has been incredibly fortunate not to have experienced a major seismic event. But scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time. And right now, just about every other part of the Ring of Fire is shaking violently.

In April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal and 8,786 people were killed in Nepal, 130 in India, 27 in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, and 4 in Bangladesh.

While writing this article a warning was posted by a Geologists that there was a high probability that the New Madrid Seismic Zone could experience a great earthquake in the near future. Earthquakes that occur in the New Madrid Seismic Zone potentially threaten parts of seven American states

Illinois, Indiana, Missouri,Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi.

And could kill thousands of people.

Earthquake magnitudes estimated to be as large as 8.0, all occurring within a three-month period between December 1811 and February 1812.

The massive New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 were strong enough to make the Mississippi River run backward for three days.

Also Geologist are very concerened that there’s been an uptick of earthquakes in California & Geologists warn that California is over due for the “Big One”. In the new Movie, “San Andreas Quake”,Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti having watched the movie hopes the Movie Gets L.A. to prepare for the big one.

Also,earthquake scientists from Canada and the U.S. who monitor seismic activity along the Cascadia coast have concluded that the dangerous fault line is fully locked & not relieving built up pressure , which carries serious implications for an earthquake in the Pacific Northwest.

Cascadia’s Subduction Zone is a very long, very dangerous undersea fault that divides the Juan de Fuca oceanic and the North America continental plates. It runs from British Columbia down through Washington and Oregon and into northern California, as does a volcanic mountain range.

The fault has produced at least seven magnitude 9.0 or greater mega thrust earthquakes in the past 3,500 years, a frequency that indicates a return time of 300 to 600 years.

The massive earthquake on the night of January 26, 1700, was one of the world’s largest. The Cascadia fault ruptured along a 680-mile stretch, from the middle of Vancouver Island to northern California, producing tremendous shaking and a huge tsunami that swept across the Pacific.

The oral history of the Makah Tribe in Washington tells of a huge earthquake that happened in the middle of the night long ago. Those who had heeded their elder’s advice to run for high ground survived. After spending a cold night in the hills with animals that also had fled the rushing waters, the survivors found that their village, along with neighboring coastal villages, had completely washed away, leaving no survivors.

In 2008, the storm surge from the cyclone in Myanmar caused 138,000 fatalities.

In November 8th 2013, the most powerful storm ever to make landfall’ battered the Philippines. Bodies were seen floating in flooded streets with rescue workers saying the aftermath was similar to the 2004 Tsunami.

Although I have not covered every major event or disasters since June 2001, but it’s plain to see that LUKE 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. And also the June 2001 prophecy in my opinion has been & still is in the process of being fulfilled.

“Wars are but a few of the plagues of humanity. Also during this time, due to the increased Satanic activity, the Earth will render up her foulest stenches, and vol¬canoes and earthquakes will terrorize this world as never before. “Earthquakes in diverse places” will be fulfilled in yet a greater way before your very eyes. Places that have been peaceful and have not felt the power of this Earth’s forces for ages will suddenly be confused and thrown into chaos.”

Also another prophecy that was sent to me in March 2003,that was a warning for America. Here’s an excerpt of that prophecy.

For I (Jesus) will cause disease and violence and famine and hunger to sweep through America. I will remove My blessings upon her. There will be violent weather. There will be plagues…

Fires, floods, storms have send extremes across U.S. Rains that are almost biblical, heat waves that don’t end & record breaking snow & cold temperatures striking the Northeast both in 2014 & 2015, tornadoes that strike in savage swarms--there’s been a change in the weather lately. What’s going on?

In 2012, there were at least 3,527 monthly weather records for heat, rain and snow broken by extreme weather events that hit communities throughout the U.S. The 2012 tally exceeds the 3,251 records smashed in 2011 and catalogues these record-breaking extreme events in all 50 states.

Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. It was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States, causing the deaths of at least 1,836 people and leaving behind an estimated $81 billion in property damage.

Hurricane Sandy’s also dubbed “Frankenstorm,” storm surge height, 13.88 feet, broke the all-time record in New York Harbor, and ravaged communities across New Jersey and New York with floodwaters and winds. The cost of Sandy reached an estimated $79 billion with at least 131 deaths reported.

El Reno tornado, at 2.6 miles across, was widest on record The tornado that struck El Reno, Okla., is believed to be the widest on record in the United States & the world at 2.6 miles across (4 KM), the National Weather Service

Other Tornados:

On April 27, 2014...an outbreak of 84 separate tornados killed 35 people in Arkansas and Mississippi.

On March 2-3, 2012...an outbreak of 65 separate tornados killed 41 people in Indiana and Kentucky.

On May 21-26, 2011...an outbreak of 241 separate tornados killed 178 people. Joplin Missouri was hit especially hard.

On April 5-7, 2011...an outbreak of 355 separate tornados killed 324 people in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

California is having one of the biggest droughts on record & there’s no end in sight. Water rationing has been implemented & California was classified as the bread basket of America. In fact the extreme weather that has been ravaging the USA is hurting many crops in many states & it’s possible that the USA could experience food shortages & this could cause food riots? The U.S. has had an over abundance of food for nearly a century. Farms have produced so much of an abundance, America has shipped tons of food surplus overseas to help poor countries.

The evidence shows that food supplies are thinning as production is hampered by extreme weather, drought, and harsh economic conditions. There is a time approaching and it appears to be soon, when famine will be global, food prices will soar, and ultimately the world government may step in & control who eats and who doesn’t? Or at least have very tight controls?

Not only did the prophecy say “There will be violent weather. but there would be plagues & disease and violence.”

We’re running into a situation where diseases like Tuberculosis, Gonorrhea & other diseases are becoming drug resistant & doctors say they’re losing the war on fighting diseases because of the new drug resistant strains.

Bird flu epidemic is bad and getting worse & so far nearly 45 million birds at about 200 operations in 15 states have been killed or destroyed.

A Cambridge professor warns the bird flu virus could mutate & soon be passed from human to human? Some health experts believe that the U.S.A. will experience a major pandemic possibly in the near future?

Also in the USA violence is once again on the increase as we saw the recent riots in Baltimore. People are concerned that a race war could break out in the cities & that we’re to expect more violent situations like what happened in Baltimore.

Some economic experts warn of another coming economic crash & if this happens we could witness Stock market crashes, bank failures, riots & looting in the cities of the USA. On 29th September 2008, the Wall Street Stock Market had it biggest point crash at 777 points.

The collapse of Lehman Brothers, a sprawling global bank, almost brought down the world’s financial system. It took huge taxpayer-financed bail-outs to shore up the banking & housing industry. Now in 2015, some financial experts are saying this bail out just created a bigger financial bubble & it’s about to explode!

We are told to discern the signs of the times! These birth pangs are a reminder of what is to come on a global scale when drought and famine takes its deadly toll. The conditions in the world and the drought in California could be the start of a much larger problem.

But even if there’s a terrible storm and great destruction all around you, you won’t need to fear! The Lord says, “Fear thou not, for I am with thee, be not dismayed, I am thy God!--You shall be safe in the midst of storm, in the hollow of My hand, for underneath you are My Everlasting Arms.” (Isa.41:10; Deut.33:27)--He is always there, He’ll never ever leave you, for He promises, “I am with you always, even to the End of the World!” (Mt.28:20)

If you would like to have such peace and assurance and heavenly protection, all you need to do is receive and love God’s Son, Jesus! Then, no matter what difficulties or hardships arise in your life, He will help you to brave the storms and face the winds and not be swept away! No matter how dark the clouds become that may sometimes overshadow you, the Light of His Love will always come bursting through to encourage you and to give you hope and strength to pull through!

Simply pray: “Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God and that You died for me. Please forgive me for all my sins. I ask You, Jesus, to please come into my heart and give me Your free Gift of Eternal Life