Before leaving this earth to return to his Father, Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) plainly stated that he would come back again.
||1: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.|
2: In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3: And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
When questioned by his disciples as to the ‘sign’ of his return and the end of
this age (Matthew 24: 3) the Saviour spoke of the signs (conditions) that would
prevail on earth just prior to his coming; conditions which we believe are now
here. This sermon is about those signs which lead us to the inescapable
conclusion, that the return of Jesus Christ is very near “even at the door”
as the Bible puts it.
Prophesied in literally scores of passages throughout the Scriptures, taught
and parabolically explained in the most vivid and varied of ways, the return of
Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) to this earth will be one of the most
breathtaking and glorious events ever to be witnessed by the sons and daughters
of men. Its awesome significance to believer and unbeliever alike completely
dwarfs all other considerations put together. And yet, strange as it may seem, the
vast majority of human beings are quite oblivious - some willingly - of this
fast approaching event.
Even genuine believers in the Messiah, who ought to be
tirelessly preparing for His appearance, are woefully ignorant of it. And so the
gushing torrent of unpleasant news that pours forth each day from the news media is
as much a mystery and terror to them as it is to a little child. No doubt many people
correctly sense that the international situation is worsening and is so explosive that
it could result in the annihilation of the human race. But why this is all
happening and how it will be stabilized remains a complete mystery to them.
As a result people everywhere are sickened with the barrage of bad news that is
broadcast each day and are going to great lengths to insulate themselves
against it. And so we have multitudes turning to cheap thrills and soul
destroying entertainment in a frantic effort to get the most out of life.
“Eat, drink and be merry,” they say, “for tomorrow
we may die.” The results of this sad trend are only too obvious.
These sermons have been designed to counteract that drift - for the Christian
believer at any rate. If they are acted upon, the net result will be to
spiritually orientate the student towards the reality of the coming King. This
sermon in particular will act as a kind of survey map of the difficult terrain
over which this generation is travelling. Using Bible prophecy alone, it will
highlight the Signs of the Times which all point to one climactic event in the
near future - the return of Yeshua the Messiah, the Saviour of the World!
Bad news as a consequence, though obviously unpleasant, is paradoxically
also a cause for hope; for as Christ so plainly said:
||28: “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
With that encouraging thought in mind, let us now examine what the Bible has to
say about world events just prior to the Master's return. If you are copying
out the texts referred to in these lessons, as advised at the
then you are about to have your eyes opened to the most amazing array
of prophetic facts that the Scriptures contain. For the Bible is the Word of
the Almighty God, written over 1900 years ago, telling of events that are
taking place in the world. today
The Messiah’s Promise to Return
To begin with there is the Master's own promise to come back. It is seconded by
angels and prophets alike.
(John 14: 1-3, Acts 1: 10-11, Revelation 22: 20, Titus 2:13)
The Great Warning
||4: “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.|
5: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”
Our Lord went on to warn his followers that there would arise “false prophets”
and “false Christs” who would possess miracle-working powers (verse 24);
powers which could easily be mistaken for the power of God Himself.
Surprisingly enough these bogus prophets were to correctly proclaim that Jesus
is the Christ, which is what he is. He is the Anointed One, the Messiah.
So in this respect they are proclaiming the truth.
Why then does the Saviour call them “false prophets?” The answer is simply
this. These wonder working preachers, though conscious of the fact that Jesus
is the Christ, are nevertheless workers of iniquity. That is the crux of their
falsehood. They are blatant sinners (commandment breakers) deliberate and
persistent opponents of the divine law that defines iniquity. Yeshua refers
to them in another passage in these words:
||21: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.|
22: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23: And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Yes, that is the arena of their deception. They are “workers of iniquity.”
They say Lord, Lord, but do not obey the commandments. Iniquity is in fact
blatant and persistent transgression of the commandments of God.
(1 John 3: 4)
And so to YOU comes the great warning, “Take heed that no man deceives; you”
for miracle-backed deception is the first sign of Christ's return to earth.
This warning is dramatically portrayed in the White Horse (the 1st Seal) of
Revelation 6: 2, Matthew 24: 4-5 & 24.
Signs in the Political World
“There shall be wars.” This prophecy does not, of course, refer to the
thousands of mini-squabbles and hand-to-hand battles of past ages, which we all
know have taken place since the dawn of human history. Instead it refers to the
earth-encompassing revolutions and wars of the 20th century; to world wars
involving hundreds of millions of people, wars which could annihilate "all
flesh" from this planet. Here, in fact, is the Red Horse (the 2nd Seal) of the
Revelation riding forth to take peace from the earth. Its rider wields a huge
sword which is the symbol of war.
Yes, world wars are a sign of the Saviour's return to earth.
(Matthew 24: 6-7, Joel 3: 9-17, Matthew 24: 21-22, Revelation 6: 4)
Signs In The Natural World
“There shall be famines.” The net result of all natural disasters, be they
earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, droughts, tidal waves or unusual weather
patterns, is the shortage of food. The shortage of food and the subsequent rise
in food prices, is already the number one problem facing many governments.
Famine - world famine - with food selling at unbelievably high prices is the
Black Horse (the 3rd Seal) of the Apocalypse.
(Matthew 24: 7, Luke 21: 25-26, Revelation 6: 5-6)
Signs in the Medical World
“There shall be pestilences.” This means disease epidemics in human beings,
domestic animals and fish; and even in the food producing plants that are grown
throughout the world. “Pestilence,” the Pale (sickly coloured) Horse of the
Revelation will strike unimaginable terror into the hearts of entire
populations and all the efforts of medical science will stand helpless before it.
Mankind has yet to learn that “Yahweh is not mocked,” that blatant sin
always brings disease and desolation in its wake; and that no sooner has one
virus been controlled when others, far more virulent and deadly, will take its
place. AIDS is merely one pestilence. Others will follow.
(Matthew 24: 7, Revelation 6: 7-8, Psalm 91)
Signs in the Social World
|2 Timothy 3:
||1: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.|
2: For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3: Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4: Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5: Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
A more accurate pen-picture of modern man can scarcely be found; and to think
that it was written over 1900 years ago. It is but another sign of our Lord's return.
(Matthew 24:12, 2 Peter 3:3-7. Also read Romans 1:18-32 where the
Apostle Paul describes how unbelief and antagonism against truth causes
Yahweh to hand society over to all kinds of confusion and sexual debauchery)
|1 Timothy 4:
||1: “Now the spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.”
Millions, the world over, are becoming strangely fascinated by the supernatural
powers of heathenism and its many occult outlets. Voodoo, witchcraft, magic,
fire-walking, necromancy, divination and astrology are all manifestations of
In a very subtle form Spiritism has even entered the Churches.
Indeed the Charismatic Movement’s peculiar aversion to God's Law and its
infatuation with a bogus glossolalia (speaking in tongues) proves that its
wonder-working powers originate more often than not from Satan rather than from
Yahweh the God of Israel.
This massive deception is exposed in Lesson 20.
(Matthew 24: 24, 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15, Revelation 16: 13-14)
Signs in the World of Knowledge
||4: “But thou 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.”
Here indeed is an unmistakable sign that we are living in the Time of the End;
for in almost every department of learning, especially in the understanding of
Bible prophecy, knowledge has increased considerably. It has been said that
over 90% of all the scientists and inventors that were ever born are alive
today. Just pause awhile and consider that amazing fact. It means that an
enormous increase in knowledge has taken place in our generation, proving yet
again that we are living in the “time of the end.”
Persecution of Yahweh’s True Followers
||8: “All these are the beginning of sorrows.|
9: Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10: And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”
Persecutions have existed ever since the day when Cain in a fit of jealous
anger killed his brother Abel. What is meant here, therefore, is not that
persecution will start - it had already started in the Saviour's day - but that
the intensity and range of persecution would increase to hitherto unknown
dimensions. It would be world wide! Such a persecution has already begun in
some countries. It is scheduled to spread over all the earth.
“You shall be hated of ALL nations” said the Master.
True believers should, therefore, not be unduly surprised when that kind of
persecution reaches this country - as it surely will. We are happy to report,
however, that Yahweh's Church has been promised divine help in that terrible
hour; help that will come in direct proportion to the measure of the trial to
be faced; help that will enable the believer to overcome the very worst that
Satan can do. We thank Yahweh for this. Matthew 24: 9-10. Rev. 6: 9-11, Rev.12: 14-17
Persecution is the 5th Seal of Revelation. It follows close after the Pale Horse. (the 4th Seal)
Signs in the Heavens
||29: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light and the stars (meteorites) shall fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.”
This is a sign the whole world is soon to witness. It is the sixth seal of Revelation.
It will be a celestial display beyond anything the world has ever seen. When it happens
it will appear as though our entire galaxy is disintegrating as millions of meteorites
hurl themselves in all directions. Peoples of all nations will react to this sign with
terrifying panic and every soul on earth will begin to realize that the end of this age is at hand.
(Luke 21: 25-26, Jeremiah 4: 23-28, Joel 2: 30-32, the 6th Seal in Revelation 6: 12-17)
Strange as it may seem, Jesus Christ will not return to this earth at the
6th Seal. The 7th Seal has still to be opened. At the 7th Seal the Antichrist
will make his appearance. The Antichrist is also called the Lawless One, the
Man of Sin, the Son of Hell. He is the visible manifestation of Satan the Devil. And so:
Using many dazzling miracles and awesome manifestations, the Antichrist, when
he appears will win the allegiance and adoration of nearly all the world. No
one except the commandment-keeping followers of the God of Israel will oppose
him. He is called the LAWLESS ONE
or the MAN OF SIN because the main thrust of
his hatred is directed against the Law of the Most High, the law which defines
Yahweh's will, the law which regulates the government of the mighty universe.
The Antichrist vainly imagines that he can change that law. He doesn't succeed
of course, but he completely deludes himself and others into thinking that he can.
- On the one hand we have the Christ, the Son of Righteousness,
the One who obeys Yahweh's Law, the personification of holiness
(obedience), the express image of Yahweh the Almighty God.
- And on the other we have the Antichrist, the Man of Sin,
the One who disobeys Yahweh's law, the personification of sin
(disobedience) and the express image of Satan the Devil.
||25: “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”
Did you notice that? He ‘thinks’ that he can change ‘times and laws.’ The
laws being referred to in this verse are Yahweh's Sabbath laws; for they are the
only ones that involve the element of time. The Antichrist will
imagine that he can change Yahweh's Sabbath law.
The Sabbath, as we have learned in the previous lesson,
is Yahweh’s Signature, the eternal memorial token or sign of the
perpetual covenant between Him and His people.
The Antichrist vainly imagines that he can change the Almighty’s Sabbath days!
So great is his popularity and power and so complete his deception that almost all the inhabitants of the
world believe his lie and begin to keep his bogus Sabbaths and festivals. These
bogus religious holidays then become Antichrist's symbol of authority, his own
signature - his MARK.
See our lesson on the
Mark of the Beast where this subtle deception is exposed.
The reign of the Antichrist is a short one, for he will meet his end at the
return of Jesus Christ. The following passages in Scripture describe his
meteoric rise and fall in the most striking way.
(2 Thessalonians 2: 1-12, Revelation 13, Revelation 19: 11-21)
The reader will have noticed that throughout this lesson Christ's description
of the events prior to his return have been matched at each step with one or
the other of the Seven Seals of the Revelation. The Revelation of Jesus Christ,
which he gave to the Apostle John for the benefit of the whole Church is, in
fact, a symbolic portrayal of the same events described in Matthew chapter 24
and Luke chapter 21.
The chart will
outline the Seven Seals of the Revelation. It will also help you to orientate yourself
in “time” and to know just what to expect in the near future. You are strongly advised
at this stage to begin reading the book of Revelation, the last book in the Bible.
In order that you may become more acquainted with that matchless prophecy an A Voice In The Wilderness
booklet, Understand The Revelation
is available online. Do not hesitate to read it.
In the Son’s Name For the Father’s Glory
Elder: Max W. Mader
A Voice In The Wilderness - Canada