‘Business as usual’ … people will be ‘ eating, drinking, marrying…’ indifferent to the warnings of the prophets ‘As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man’ (Matthew 24:36)
‘As in the Days of Noah’ Promise of the Rainbow ( Genesis 9:13) God will never again completely destroy the world.
The disciples asked Jesus ‘What will be the signs of your coming and the end of the age?’ Jesus replied: ‘Watch out that no-one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘ I am the Christ’ and deceive many’ (Matthew 24:4)
Signs of the END TIMES Matthew 24, Luke 21 terrible times 2 Timothy 3:1 Leviticus 26:16 Isaiah 17:14 increase of wickedness or lawlessness Matthew 24:12 ‘ as in the days of Noah ’ Matthew 24: 37 wars and rumours of war Matthew 24: 6 famines & earthquakes Matthew 24: 7 Signs of the END TIMES Matthew 24, Luke 21 terrible times 2 Timothy 3:1 Leviticus 26:16 Isaiah 17:14 increase of wickedness or lawlessness Matthew 24:12 ‘ as in the days of Noah ’ Matthew 24: 37 wars and rumours of war Matthew 24: 6 famines & earthquakes Matthew 24: 7
‘See to it that you are not alarmed’ Jesus said ‘ You will hear of wars and rumours of war… famines, earthquakes… the beginning of the birth pangs.’ (Matthew 24:6-8)
Signs of the End Times ‘No-one knows about the that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the son, but only the Father. (Matthew 24:36) BUT We should be WATCHFUL We should be like the Sons of Issachar ‘who understood the times’ (1 Chronicles 12:32) We should to be DOING THE FATHER’S BUSINESS Parables : The Wedding Feast (Matthew 22) The Wise Servant (Matthew 24:42-51) The Ten Virgins ‘Keep watch because you do not know the day or the hour.’ (Matthew 25:1-13) BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
Signs of the End Times Deception and Defilement in the Church Israel Disasters- the birth pangs are accelerating
Signs of a Terminal Generation - Increase in Knowledge (Daniel 12:4)- satellites, fibre optics, internet, TV Nuclear threat (Zechariah 14:12)-results of fallout flesh dissolving Re-birth of Israel -1948 Sign of the Fig Tree ‘Can a nation be born in a day?’ ( Isaiah 66:8) 1967 Jerusalem reunited. Sign of the Scoffer : ‘In the Last days scoffers will come following their own evil desires.’ (2 Peter 3:3) Re-gathering of the Jewish people (Aliyah) especially from the fSU.
Signs of a Terminal Generation Deception- secular humanism -no absolute right or wrong-abortion, rape murder, pornography, social injustice etc –not paradise on earth! Famines, earthquakes, pestilence(diseases which cannot be cured) e.g. HIV/Aids. Imminent build up to Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38) Attack by Russia, Syria and Iran on Israel. No one knows the exact time, but the signs are there, prophecy is being fulfilled. Watch and pray (Luke 21:36)
Signs of the End Times In the church: turning away from faith (apostasy) Matthew 24:10 false messiahs Matthew 24: 4 false prophets Matthew 24:11 Persecution Matthew 24:9 wise and foolish virgins Matthew 25:1-13 Signs of the End Times In the church: turning away from faith (apostasy) Matthew 24:10 false messiahs Matthew 24: 4 false prophets Matthew 24:11 Persecution Matthew 24:9 wise and foolish virgins Matthew 25:1-13
Deception in the Catholic Church Jesus’ position has been usurped by Mary, really the Queen of Heaven. Mariology: praying through Mary instead of Jesus The Pope is given authority to forgive sins – only Jesus can do this!
DECEPTION within the Church Catholic ‘Mary Mother of God’ Queen of Heaven
Scriptures about The Queen of Heaven Isaiah 47: parallel with the fall of Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12-15 ‘Go down, sit in the dust, Virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, Daughter of the Babylonians..(v.1) Sit in silence, go into darkness, daughter of the Babylonians; no more will you be called queen of kingdoms…(v.5) You said ‘I will continue forever the eternal queen!’..(v.7) In spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells. – witchcraft. You have trusted in your wickedness and you have said no-one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me,’(v.10) ‘Let your astrologers come forward those star gazers who make predictions month by month…’ (v.13b) - fortune telling, horoscopes Scriptures about The Queen of Heaven Isaiah 47: parallel with the fall of Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12-15 ‘Go down, sit in the dust, Virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, Daughter of the Babylonians..(v.1) Sit in silence, go into darkness, daughter of the Babylonians; no more will you be called queen of kingdoms…(v.5) You said ‘I will continue forever the eternal queen!’..(v.7) In spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells. – witchcraft. You have trusted in your wickedness and you have said no-one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me,’(v.10) ‘Let your astrologers come forward those star gazers who make predictions month by month…’ (v.13b) - fortune telling, horoscopes
Alice Bayley Occultist 1911 : ‘The Plan’ to rid Europe of Christianity Remove Christian teaching from schools. ‘Liberate children from bondage’ and give them independence. Destroy the family. Give children their rights. Remove restrictions on sex. Legalise abortion. Emancipate women. Allow divorce and homosexuality. Diffuse Christian radicalism and promote multi-faith. Use the media to promote propaganda and distort the truth. Corrupt and debase art. Get the church to endorse all of these! This was achieved in one generation! (1950-2000) We must free our minds from the deception that this has caused and ‘stand in the gap’.
The European Union: symbols of rebellion against God The EU Parliament building in Strasburg in the shape of the Tower of Babel ‘Europa ‘- Woman riding the Beast outside the EU Parliament Building Strasburg
The Woman on the Beast (The False Church) Revelation 17:1-5 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into the desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATION OF TH EARTH
The European Union has embraced humanism and left God out its constitution. The false Church has allowed homosexuality, the pride of man, lack of holiness and apathy to distort the word of God and blunt its message and purpose.
New Age, Paganism and Satanism People have rejected Christianity and turned to occult activities in their search for meaning, healing and fulfilment.
Scriptures relating to Witchcraft Leviticus 19:27 ‘Do not practise divination or sorcery.’ 28: ‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. ‘I am the Lord.’ 31: ‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.’ 20: 6: ‘I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people.’
Scriptures relating to Witchcraft Deuteronomy: 18:9-14 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no-one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practises divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft or casts spells, or is medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord...’
‘Be always on the watch and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen and that you may be able to stand before the Son of man.’ (Luke 21:36) Watch and Pray
Signs of the END TIMES Signs in Israel sign of the fig tree Matthew 24:32 (State of Israel established 1948) re-gathering of Jewish people (Aliyah) Isaiah 11:12, Isaiah 43:5-6,Nehemiah 1:8-9, Jeremiah 31:10
Aliyah- the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel Jewish people have been making aliyah in increasing numbers in the last 20 years especially from the former Soviet Union
Signs of the End Times (Matthew 24/Luke 21) Positive: hunger for prophetic word Amos 8:11-12 increase in knowledge Daniel 12:4 gospel preached to all nations Matthew 24: 14 earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord (Habakkuk 2:14)
The Church is gaining revelation from the Hebrew scriptures and Messianic Jews God is pouring out His Spirit and people all over the world are having visions and revelation of JESUS (Joel 2:28-29)
The gospel must be preached to all the nations ‘The fields are ripe for harvest’ We should be making disciples, warning of judgement (Ezekiel 3:17-21)
The Saints Movement- mobilising the body of Christ Be rightly aligned in leadership Operating under the right authority: i.e. 5-fold ministry APOSTLES AND PROPHETS give direction. People released into their gifts and ministries Teamwork Be rightly aligned with Israel Challenge replacement theology and anti- Semitism
What should I be doing? draw close to God/intimacy: listen and obey be led by the Holy Spirit ‘ Be Holy’ (1 Peter 1:16) Be set apart ‘of the world but not of it’ ( 1 John 2:15) ‘Seek first the kingdom of God’ (Matthew 6:33) Travel light. Don’t be burdened. Be available. Watch and pray Make disciples and warn the wicked man of judgement ( Ezekiel 3:17-21)
The Lord is preparing to return for His Bride, the Church (Jew and Gentile) as the ‘ONE NEW MAN’ Jesus will come again to judge the earth.