There is only one person whose prophecies have proven remarkably accurate and that is none other than Jesus Christ. Jesus assured His disciples that He would come back to our world a second time. This rose a question by the disciples in Matthew 24:3. “Tell us, they said, when will this happen, and what will be THE SIGN OF YOUR COMING and of the end of the age?’” Jesus answered clearly and positively. In chapter 24 of Matthew and chapter 21 of Luke, He personally gave several signs or evidences, by which we can know when His coming is near.
Here are the 10 Signs of the end times from the bible.
Sign 1: World Calamities
“Luke 21:11, 31. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven…. When you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.” Think about famines and earthquakes for a moment. Images of starving kids with distended bellies persist on the news. Massive destruction and loss of life caused by earthquakes shows the Kingdom of God is near.
Sign 2: Moral Decay
The moral fiber of society seem to be shredding! “2 Timothy 3:1-5, 13. But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power…. Evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
Could anyone think of a more accurate description of our world? Point a camera in any direction these days and you’ll catch a picture of arrogant materialism. You’ll capture a shocking epidemic of child abuse and molestation. You’ll get countless scenes of youth out of control, kids in their early teens killing and maiming at random. All these things form a gallery of pictures loudly proclaiming that Jesus’ coming is very near.
Sign 3: Civil Unrest
Discontent and unrest among employees has risen so dramatically. “James 5:4, 8. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries on the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord almighty. Be patient and stand firm, because the Lords coming is near.”
After predicting an unparalleled piling up of wealth in our day, James foresaw civil unrest arising from discontented workers. The tension between the “haves” and the “have nots” continues to increase. Another sign that the Lord’s coming is near.
Sign 4: Accumulating Wealth
What is the meaning of wealth slipping into the hands of fewer and fewer while more and more fall into poverty?
Despite all our economic insights, the rich keep getting richer and the poor poorer. The multi-million dollar fortunes are another sign that show us the Lords coming is near. James 5:3, 8. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.
Sign 5: Anguish! Terror! Perplexity!
“There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Luke 21:25-28”
What if some terrorist gets a nuclear warhead? Jesus gives us a basis for hope in a calamitous age. The current crisis of global “anguish and perplexity” only reinforces the truth that Christ’s coming really is drawing near.
Sign 6: Spread of the Occult
“For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect – if that were possible. Matthew 24:24.” These passages predict that the time of the end will feature all kinds of miracles and signs, a counterfeit manifestation of the supernatural.
Sign 7: An Awakened World
There is great awakening to the world consciousness of Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the nations of the far East. “Joel 3:12-14. Let the nations be roused; swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe…. So great is their wickedness! Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”
Today in Asia and Africa, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Middle Eastern countries, we are witnessing perhaps the most widespread awakening of individual nations in all of recorded history for the day of the Lord is near.
Sign 8: Peace Plans and War reparations
We live in a strange world. Everyone agrees that we should give peace a chance. We talk peace; yet pent up hostilities, some centuries old flare into open conflict. The prophets Micah and Joel predicted that at the very time the nations talk about their desire for peace (Micah 4:1-3), distrust for their neighbors compels them to prepare for war (Joel 3:9-13).
Long ago the Bible pictured our present peace-war dilemma, and declared that permanent peace will reign on earth only when Jesus comes.
Sign 9: Modern Progress
“Until the time of the end, many will go here and there to increase knowledge. Daniel 12:4.” Daniel here indicates that knowledge of his prophecies would increase in or until the time of the end. But this prediction also seems to point straight to our computerized information age. Knowledge of all kinds has increased at lighting speed these past few years. There have been more changes in the past fifty years than in the previous two thousand.
Many will go here and there to increase knowledge. Before 1850, people moved around by horse and buggy, pretty much as they had from the beginning of time. Now we break the sound barrier and span the globe in everything from Concorde airplanes to space shuttles. Increased travel and the recent flood of inventions give further evidence that we’re living in the time of the end.
Sign 10: Gospel to all the world
Jesus predicted that just before His coming the gospel would reach the whole world: “And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14”
Today the gospel is truly going to the whole world as never before. By satellite the Christian message is simultaneously being broadcast to almost every nation. We are living in the very day Jesus spoke of when he declared: “This gospel will be preached in the whole world” and “then the end will come.”