MATTHEW 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.
Jesus said there’d be wars & rumours of wars, earthquakes, pestilence’s, plagues, famines & all of these things, & the End is not yet, these would be the beginning of sorrows. In the Greek language this, “beginning of sorrows” is referred to as “birth pangs”.
In other words the world would experience birth pangs before Jesus second coming. For example, a woman giving birth is having contractions or labor pains every ten minutes. Then let’s say the labor pains goes to five minutes. In others words every five minutes the woman is now having labor pains and the intensity of the labor pains has increased & it’s happening more frequently.
Then let’s say she is having labor pains every 2 minutes and now the woman is having stronger labor pains & it is happening a lot more frequently, then the woman will finally give birth to the child. In this case Jesus was referring to his 2nd coming as described in Matthew 24:29-31.
MAT.24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
MAT.24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
MAT.24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other
Jesus compared His 2nd Coming with a woman giving birth! Are we seeing an increase in the birth pangs in the world today?
It seems this is what where currently experiencing in the world today. We’re seeing more & stronger earthquakes & volcanoes striking worldwide, famine is spreading as the WHO reported that World hunger ‘hits one billion’ the figure was a record high. And the spread of Pestilences (diseases) are on the rise with a warning of a global pandemic.
Let’s focus on wars & rumors of wars & Nation against Nation.
Wars & rumors of wars:
Since WW2, Earth has had 248 armed conflicts. The US started 201 of them. These US-started armed attacks have killed 30 million and counting; 90% of these deaths are innocent children, the elderly and ordinary working civilian women and men.
Nation against Nation:>
The Greek word for “nation” originally used in this prophecy, “nation shall rise against nation,” is ethnos, which is more accurately translated “a race” or “a tribe.” In other words, Jesus was saying that ethnic groups would rise against each other.
The Global Terrorism Index 2014 report stated that the three main factors found globally to correlate with terrorism were.•
High social hostilities between different ethnic, religious and linguistic groups•
The presence of state-sponsored violence such as extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses•
High levels of overall violence, such as deaths from organised conflict or high levels of violent crime
Conflicts within states now make up more than 95% of all conflicts. Prominent among this type of conflict is the perennial Palestinian/Israeli conflict that has now gone on for over sixty years, resulting in thousands of deaths, many more casualties, and millions of refugees, some displaced now for generations.
There were nearly 10,000 terrorist attacks in 2013, a 44% increase from the previous year
2014 was a year with a high number of violent attacks committed not only by militant groups, but also by radicalized individuals in various regions of the world.
With the Islamic State militant group gaining ground in the Middle East, and old terrorist threats remaining, the outgoing year has seen a high number of violent attacks committed not only by militant groups, but also by radicalized individuals in various regions of the world.
Doctors now warn that the current resurgence of drug-resistant bacteria strains could prove to be more deadly than AIDS. There’s now a drug-resistant strain for Tuberculosis, Gonorrhea,
And a Vaccine-resistant polio strain was discovered, and Drug-Resistant Malaria Is a Disaster in the Making,’ Expert Warns! And other once treatable diseases are becoming drug-resistant. Doctors are now warning that they’re losing the battle against once treatable diseases. Doling out too many antibiotics ‘will make even scratches deadly’:
The medical community is now warning that not only are bacterial plagues on the rise, but viral killers like AIDS and Ebola are occurring more frequently than ever. But the threat from influenza might be the most dangerous of all.
The influenza virus has developed the ability to circumvent the human body’s main defense against the disease, raising the prospect of a deadly new global outbreak, scientists have discovered.
Professor Francois Nosten ran his finger over a map showing clusters of tiny dots — each marking a border village that make up ground zero for what experts fear will become the next global health emergency.
The World Health Organization has sent out a warning that the world must prepare for a flu pandemic similar to that of 1918 Spanish Flu, when approximately 50 million people died.”
The Latest Bird Flu Threat is the H7N9. The World Health Organization is saying this virus poses a serious threat and has the potential to become a pandemic and so far it has a fatality rate of 27%.
The 1918 Spanish flu killed had an overall fatality rate estimated at between 10 and 20%. The H7N9 bird flu has a higher fatality rate than the Spanish Flu.
High volumes of people can quickly travel worldwide, meaning an outbreak or epidemic in any part of the planet is only a few hours away from becoming an imminent threat somewhere else.
There is, of course, cancer, which is considered noninfectious. Scientists estimate that about 80 percent of cancers are caused by environmental factors, such as tobacco smoke (actively or passively inhaled) and the ingestion of harmful chemicals in our modern food and water supply. Over 200 different kinds of cancer now kill over 6 million people every year.
Jesus said that plagues and diseases would precede His return. Nevertheless, the Bible also tells us that God can protect and even heal those who trust in Him: “No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling” (Psalm 91:10). “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2).