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    3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to
    him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what
    will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

    “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and
    all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of
    Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory
    . 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will
    gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to
    the other.

    32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get
    tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it[d]is near, right at the door. 34 I tell you the truth, this generation[e] will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35
    Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
    Matthew



    Jesus promised His disciples and those who believe in Him that though He had to leave for a time (so subsequent generations could be saved), that He would return. He told us to watch for signs, so that we wouldn't be caught unprepared. All throughout the OT and NT, warnings of what the last days would be like are given. And because He wanted everyone to be prepared, He gave the Apostle John a stunning revelation of the end times in 95 A.D., as he was being held prisoner on the island of Patmos.

    In the quote given above, some atheists (and even "Christians!) make the mistake of thinking Jesus was referring to the generation alive when He gave the warnings. But He did not say 'your' generation, He said 'this', and only the generation that saw ALL of the signs!

    In the most revealing part of His warning, He gave a parable of a fig
    tree. When it begins to bloom, you know that it is spring, and will
    soon be summer. Likewise, when the signs begin to come at a faster and faster pace, we can all know that our Lord's imminent return is soon.

    But the fig tree parable, like everything God Incarnate said, had a double meaning. All throughout the Bible, Israel is referred to as a 'fig tree'. The Lord, who had already foretold Jerusalem's
    destruction, foretold that when Israel became a nation again after
    being dispersed, the generation that saw this would not die before He
    returned.

    In 1948, Israel became a nation after nearly two millenia of being a
    scattered people. In another stunning fulfillment of prophecy, it
    became a nation in one day, as the prophet Ezekiel foretold.In more fulfillment of prophecy, Jews poured in from every continent on
    Earth (except Antarctica), coming from as far West as North America, as far East as China and Japan, as far South as South Africa, and as far North as Siberia. Today, over 5,000,000 Jews live in Israel, compared to a few thousand in the late 1800's.

    Here's is a layout of how we can know we are in the end times:

    1.
    False Bible teachers would be money hungry.
    They would be smooth talkers, have many followers,
    and slur the Christian faith

    1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as

    there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce

    destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought

    them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow

    their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3

    In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have

    made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their

    destruction has not been sleeping.
    2nd Peter 1-3

    2.
    Mankind would be capable of destroying all life. Consider that when
    Jesus made this prediction the armaments of His day were swords and
    spears. But today, with nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, it
    is possible to wipe out all flesh on planet earth.

    21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the
    beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again. 22 If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.
    Matthew 24:21-22

    3.
    The use of nuclear weapons anticipated.
    The neutron bomb melts (dissolves) its victims -
    just as Zechariah predicted 2500 years ago.

    12 This is the plague with which the LORD will strike all the
    nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they
    are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets,
    and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
    Zechariah 14:12

    4.
    There would be a global cry for peace.

    3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will
    come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
    1st Thessalonians 5:3

    5.
    The Antichrist would use (false) peace to destroy many. With all the
    problems facing mankind, multitudes are looking for a "savior" to usher
    in peace and prosperity without moral accountability. The Antichrist
    will promise the world such a peace if they follow him - but his
    intentions will be sinister.

    23 "In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become
    completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will
    arise. 24 He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will
    cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. 25 He will cause
    deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they
    feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.


    Daniel 8:23-25

    6.
    Damascus would be destroyed. Damascus, Syria is increasingly in the
    news and is extremely anti-Semitic. Many terrorist organizations have
    their bases in Damascus. God declares that they will become a ruinous heap because they have violently taken what was not theirs.

    1 An oracle concerning Damascus:


    "See, Damascus will no longer be a city

    but will become a heap of ruins."
    Isaiah 17:1


    23 Concerning Damascus:


    "Hamath and Arpad are dismayed,

    for they have heard bad news.

    They are disheartened,

    troubled like the restless sea.

    24 Damascus has become feeble,

    she has turned to flee

    and panic has gripped her;

    anguish and pain have seized her,

    pain like that of a woman in labor.

    25 Why has the city of renown not been abandoned,

    the town in which I delight?

    26 Surely, her young men will fall in the streets;

    all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,"

    declares the LORD Almighty.

    27 "I will set fire to the walls of Damascus;

    it will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad."
    Jeremiah

    49:23-27

    3 This is what the LORD says:


    "For three sins of Damascus,

    even for four, I will not turn back my wrath .

    Because she threshed Gilead

    with sledges having iron teeth,

    4 I will send fire upon the house of Hazael

    that will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad.

    5 I will break down the gate of Damascus;

    I will destroy the king who is in the Valley of Aven

    and the one who holds the scepter in Beth Eden.

    The people of Aram will go into exile to Kir,"

    says the LORD .
    Amost 1:3-5

    7.
    Chaotic weather would be prevalent. Jesus foresaw "the seas and the
    waves roaring" in the last days. He also likened these signs to birth
    pangs. The Greek word odin, often translated as sorrows in
    Matthew 24:8, literally means birth pangs.

    25“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
    . 26 Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is
    coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
    Luke

    21:25-26

    8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. Matthew 24
    Furthermore, the apostle Paul reminded us that the creation itself will
    be delivered from the curse at the end of the age. And that the "the
    whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs".

    21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to
    decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
    22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
    Romans 8:21-22

    As delivery draws near, birth pangs always increase in both intensity
    and frequency. Therefore, the creation itself would travail as the time
    of delivery draws near. Of course chaotic weather has always existed,
    but there are indications that we are witnessing an increase in strange
    weather.

    8.
    Global communications foreseen. The Bible predicts that the entire
    world will "see" certain events unfold. The invention of the television
    and the deployment of global satellite networks during the 20th century allow news to travel the world at the speed of light for the first time ever. Remember that in the apostle John's day, news traveled at the speed of horseback.

    9 For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. Revelation 11:9-10

    [b]8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up

    out of the Abyss and
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    8.
    Global communications foreseen. The Bible predicts that the entire
    world will "see" certain events unfold. The invention of the television
    and the deployment of global satellite networks during the 20th century allow news to travel the world at the speed of light for the first time ever. Remember that in the apostle John's day, news traveled at the speed of horseback.
    9 For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. Revelation 11:9-10

    8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the
    earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the
    creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast,
    because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.
    Revelation
    17:8

    9.
    The Christian gospel would be preached as a warning to all nations.
    Today, portions or all of the Bible have been translated into over
    2,300 languages and dialects covering over 90% of the world's
    population.

    14 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

    10 And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. Mark
    13:10

    10.
    There would be a move toward a global government. The former Roman Empire - which encompassed present-day Europe - would revive and eventually dominate the world.
    The European Union has steadily moved forward in its attempt to unite Europe politically and economically. It has succeeded in creating a European parliament, a court, and a common currency.

    40 Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron-for iron
    breaks and smashes everything-and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41 Just as you saw that the
    feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this
    will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of
    iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42 As the toes were
    partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and
    partly brittle. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay,
    so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more
    than iron mixes with clay. 44 "In the time of those kings, the God of
    heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it
    be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring
    them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.
    Daniel 2:40-44

    23 "He gave me this explanation: 'The fourth beast is a fourth
    kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the
    other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and
    crushing it.'"
    Daniel 7:23

    7 He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. Revelation

    13:7-8

    http://www.khouse.org/strategic_trends/europe
    http://www.euro.gov.uk/home.asp?f=1
    http://www.eubusiness.com/afp/031002015917.rxmfs6nr

    11.
    Literal Babylon (formerly called Babel) would reemerge in the land of
    Shinar - known today as Iraq. Saddam Hussein spent over 20 years and many hundreds of millions of dollars rebuilding the city of Babylon.

    11 He replied, "To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it.
    When it is ready, the basket will be set there in its place."

    Zechariah 5:11

    1 An oracle concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:


    2 Raise a banner on a bare hilltop,

    shout to them;

    beckon to them

    to enter the gates of the nobles.
    Isaiah 13 (whole chapter
    about Babylon)

    http://washingtontimes.com/world/20031210-123023-6201r.htm
    http://www.usmc.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/main5/6403DDC31D93E21885256D

    9E00467274?opendocument

    12.
    The possesion of Jerusalem would be at the center of international
    turmoil. Almost daily the world news reports on the conflict over
    Jerusalem.

    3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered
    against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the
    nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.
    Zechariah
    12:3

    14.
    Increased interest in vegetarianism anticipated. The New Age Movement has swept the globe during the past 40 years popularizing this.

    3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from
    certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by
    those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with
    thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and
    prayer.
    1 Timothy 4:3-4

    15.
    Many wars would erupt. According to Project Ploughshares, there are
    about 40 armed conflicts in the world today.

    7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 8 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:7-8

    http://www.ploughshares.ca/CONTENT/ACR/ACR00/ACR00.html

    16.
    The earth would be filled with violence. In the United States alone,
    violent crime has increased nearly 500% since 1960.

    26“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the
    days of the Son of Man.
    Luke 17:26

    11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of
    violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the
    people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with
    violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
    Genesis 6:11-13

    http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm
    http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel03/12month2002.htm

    Fifty years ago abortion (the violent murder of an unborn child) was
    illegal in most countries. Today abortion is legal in most countries
    and 50 million children are aborted each year.

    Jesus also predicted that there would be fearful sights. The Greek word translated fearful is phobetron, which can also be translated terror. According to the U.S. State Department, between 1981 and 2000, there were 9,179 international terrorist attacks.

    http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/pgtrpt/2001/html/10266.htm

    17.
    Knowledge would increase. Specifically, this is referring to an
    understanding of Bible prophecy, but also an increase in scientific
    knowledge is implied.

    4 But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until
    the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase
    knowledge."
    Daniel 12:4

    18.
    Despite an increase in scientific knowledge, deadly diseases (which the Bible calls "pestilences) would be prevalent. Emerging diseases such as AIDS, Ebola, Hanta virus, Dengue, West Nile, SARS, etc., underscore this fact. Ironically, just a few decades ago, some scientists were forecasting that advances in medicine might soon eradicate deadly diseases.

    7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
    There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
    Matthew
    24:7

    http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/

    19.
    There would be technology capable of tracking the world's population
    and commerce.

    16 He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. Revelation 13:16-17

    http://www.adsx.com/content/index.htm
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38038
    http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&

    u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=3&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PG01&s1=v

    erichip&OS=verichip&RS=verichip

    20.
    Despite technological advancements, famines would be common.

    here will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various
    places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
    Luke 21:11

    5When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!”


    7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.


    Revelation 6:5-8

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/europe/10/16/food.hunger/index.html

    21.
    The ancient city of Petra (Sela - the rock city) in Jordan would exist

    and become t
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    21.
    The ancient city of Petra (Sela - the rock city) in Jordan would exist
    and become the refuge for the fleeing Jews during the Tribulation.
    In 1994, Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty making Petra a
    potential refuge for fleeing Jews.

    1 Send lambs as tribute
    to the ruler of the land,

    from Sela, across the desert,

    to the mount of the Daughter of Zion.

    2 Like fluttering birds

    pushed from the nest,

    so are the women of Moab

    at the fords of the Arnon.



    3 "Give us counsel,

    render a decision.

    Make your shadow like night-

    at high noon.

    Hide the fugitives,

    do not betray the refugees.

    4 Let the Moabite fugitives stay with you;

    be their shelter from the destroyer."



    The oppressor will come to an end,

    and destruction will cease;

    the aggressor will vanish from the land.
    Isaiah 16:1-4

    6 The woman [Israel] fled into the desert to a place prepared for
    her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.


    14 The woman [Israel] was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's [Antichrist] reach. Revelation 12:6, 14

    http://www.kinghussein.gov.jo/peacetreaty.html

    22.
    Russia (Magog) would rise as a military power and lead a surprise
    attack on Israel just prior to the final seven years of this age.
    Today, most of the southern states of the former Soviet Union are both military powerhouses and Muslim.

    1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, set your face
    against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and
    Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army-your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops-the many nations with you.
    7 " 'Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about
    you, and take command of them. 8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. 9 You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.

    10 " 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On that day thoughts
    will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. 11 You
    will say, "I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a
    peaceful and unsuspecting people-all of them living without walls and
    without gates and bars. 12 I will plunder and loot and turn my hand
    against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations,
    rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land." 13
    Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, "Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?" '

    14 "Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: 'This is what
    the Sovereign LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? 15 You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. 16 You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.

    17 " 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Are you not the one I
    spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel? At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. 18 This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign LORD . 19 In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. 20 The fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. 21 I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign LORD . Every man's sword will be against his brother. 22 I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. 23 And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD .'
    Ezekiel 38

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=21268

    23.
    Turkey (Meshech) would also turn on Israel in the same surprise attack (Ezekiel 38). In November of 2002, Turkey elected a pro-Islamic party to govern the country.

    24.
    Iran (Persia), Sudan (Cush), and Libya (Put) would also partake in the surprise attack on Israel (Ezekiel 38).
    Anti-Semitism in the Arab world is rampant. According to the Koran and Hadith, all Muslims are commanded to kill Jews, Christians, and
    non-believers in Jihad (holy war) unless they convert to Islam (Surahs
    9:5 and 47:4; Volume 1, book 2, numbers 24 and 35).

    http://www.adl.org/main_Arab_World/default.htm

    25.
    Ironically, Egypt and Jordan would not participate in this surprise attack (Ezekiel 38). Astoundingly, they are the only two Arab nations
    that have signed a peace treaty with Israel. Jordan signed a peace
    treaty with Israel in 1994 and Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel
    in 1979.

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Peace/egypt-israel_treaty.h

    tml

    26.
    Birds of prey would eat the dead flesh of the enemy armies that fall in
    battle against Israel. It is a little known fact that Israel is the
    bird migration capital of the world. In fact, 500 million to 1.5
    billion birds fly over Israel each spring. During the fall migration an
    estimated 1 to 4 billion birds traverse Israel. Many of these migratory
    birds are raptors - carrion (dead flesh) eating birds of prey. In fact,
    34 species of raptors migrate over Israel.

    4 On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops
    and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of
    carrion birds and to the wild animals.
    Ezekiel 39:4

    17And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to
    all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great
    supper of God, 18so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”

    19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh. Revelation 19:17-21

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Environment/birds1.html

    27.
    Great signs from heaven predicted. Both natural and supernatural
    phenomena in the earth and sky appear to be increasing.

    11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in
    various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

    Luke 21:11

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3394461.stm
    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/space/2335356
    http://space.com/scienceastronomy/chicken_little_031001.html

    28.
    The sun would scorch the inhabitants of the earth. Though this prophecy is clearly a divine judgment on unrepentant mankind, it is interesting that a compromise in the earth's atmosphere due to nuclear war or other ecological disaster could facilitate this judgment.

    8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. 9 They were seared by the
    intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over
    these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.

    Revelation 16:8-9

    29.
    The nation Israel would be born in one day. On May 14, 1948 Israel
    became a nation.

    8 Who has ever heard of such a thing?

    Who has ever seen such things?

    Can a country be born in a day

    or a nation be brought forth in a moment?

    Yet no sooner is Zion in labor

    than she gives birth to her children.
    Isaiah 66:8

    The movement to regain Israel was called 'Zionism'.

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    30.
    The Jews would begin to regather in Israel. 5.4 million and counting!

    7 This is what the LORD says:


    "Sing with joy for Jacob;

    shout for the foremost of the nations.

    Make your praises heard, and say,

    'O LORD , save your people,

    the remnant of Israel.'

    8 See, I will bring them from the land of the north

    and gather them from the ends of the earth.

    Among them will be the blind and the lame,

    expectant mothers and women in labor;

    a great throng will return.

    9 They will come with weeping;

    they will pray as I bring them back.

    I will lead them beside streams of water

    on a level path where they will not stumble,

    because I am Israel's father,

    and Ephraim is my firstborn son.



    10 "Hear the word of the LORD , O nations;

    proclaim it in distant coastlands:

    'He who scattered Israel will gather them

    and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'
    Jeremiah
    31:7-10

    21 and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will
    take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will
    gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.
    Ezekiel 37:21-22

    8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you
    will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were
    gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.
    Ezekiel 38:8

    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=304449&contrassID

    =2&subContrassID=1&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y

    31.
    The Jews would regain control of biblical Jerusalem. This happened in
    1967!

    6 "On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a
    woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.
    Zecheriah 12:6

    http://israelnationalnews.com/article.php3?id=2335

    32.
    The Eastern Gate would remain closed until the Messiah returns. At
    Christ's Second Coming, He will enter Jerusalem through the now sealed Eastern Gate. Today, as predicted, the Eastern Gate remains sealed.

    1 Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it was shut. 2 The LORD said to me, "This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the LORD , the God of Israel, has entered through it. 3 The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the presence of the LORD . He is to enter by way of the portico of the gateway and go out the same way." Ezekiel 44:1-3

    http://www.levitt.com/slideshow/s02p02.html

    33.
    The nation of Israel, which had been divided into two kingdoms since
    the time of Solomon (950 B.C.) - Israel in the north and Judah in the
    south - would be one united nation in the last days. At present, as
    predicted, Israel is one nation.

    15 The word of the LORD came to me: 16 "Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, 'Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.' Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, 'Ephraim's stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.' 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. Ezekiel 37:15-17

    22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never
    again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.
    Ezekiel 37:22

    34.
    The returning Jews would have no king in the last days. Amazingly, not only is Israel no longer a theocracy, but today the Jewish state is
    governed by a democracy comprised of some 30 political parties.

    3 Then I told her, "You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will live with you." 4 For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince,
    without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or idol.
    Hosea

    3:4-5

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Politics/knesset.html

    35.
    During the diaspora (the dispersion of the Jews to the four corners of
    the globe), Israel would become a wasteland. During the past 1900 years Israel became a nearly uninhabited, desolate wasteland.

    23 The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur-nothing
    planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. It will be
    like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which the LORD overthrew in fierce anger. 24 All the nations will ask: "Why has the LORD done this to this land? Why this fierce, burning anger?"

    25 And the answer will be: "It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the LORD , the God of their fathers, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt. 26 They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them. 27 Therefore the LORD's anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book. 28 In furious anger and in great wrath the LORD uprooted them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now."

    Deuteronomy 29:23-28

    8 " 'But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and
    fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. 9 I am
    concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed
    and sown, 10 and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even
    the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins
    rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the LORD .
    Ezekiel 36:8-11

    33 " 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be
    rebuilt. 34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying
    desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. 35 They will say,
    "This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now
    fortified and inhabited." 36 Then the nations around you that remain
    will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have
    replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.'
    Ezekiel 36:33-36

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Diaspora.html
    http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/section/Jews_Diaspora.asp
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/

    36.
    Israel, once a desolate desert, would blossom in the last days and
    export produce to the world. Israel's increased rainfall and
    world-renowned irrigation technology have caused the land to blossom. Incredibly, as predicted, they currently export 800 million dollars worth of fresh produce each year.

    6 In days to come Jacob will take root,

    Israel will bud and blossom

    and fill all the world with fruit.
    Isaiah 27:6

    1 The desert and the parched land will be glad;
    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.

    Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;

    it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.

    The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,

    the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;

    they will see the glory of the LORD ,

    the splendor of our God.
    Isaiah 35:1-2

    34 The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in
    the sight of all who pass through it. 35 They will say, "This land that
    was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and
    inhabited." 36 Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the LORD have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.'
    Ezekiel

    36:34-36

    http://www.israel.org/MFA/MFAArchive/1990_1999/1999/10/Israel-s%20Expor

    ts%20Underpin%20Economic%20Growth

    http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/is.html

    37.
    Israel would once again plant vineyards on the mountains of Israel.
    Today, sweet wine flows from the Golan Heights and many other vineyards on the mountains of Israel.

    17 "Then you will know that I, the LORD your God,
    dwell in Zion, my holy hill.

    Jerusalem will be holy;

    never again will foreigners invade her.



    18 "In that day the mountains will drip new wine,

    and the hills will flow with milk;

    all the ravines of Judah will run with water.
    Joel 3:17-18

    13 "The days are coming," declares the LORD ,



    "when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman

    and the planter by the one treading grapes.

    New wine will drip from the mountains

    and flow from all the hills.
    Amos 9:13

    http://www.gemsinisrael.com/index000007593.htm

    38.
    The last days Jews would plant forests of trees. The Bible even
    specifies the variety of trees - cedar, acacia, myrtle, oil, cypress,
    pine, and box.
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    38.
    The last days Jews would plant forests of trees. The Bible even
    specifies the variety of trees - cedar, acacia, myrtle, oil, cypress,
    pine, and box. This has happened in our day.

    18 I will make rivers flow on barren heights,

    and springs within the valleys.

    I will turn the desert into pools of water,

    and the parched ground into springs.
    19 I will put in the desert

    the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.

    I will set pines in the wasteland,

    the fir and the cypress together,

    20 so that people may see and know,

    may consider and understand,

    that the hand of the LORD has done this,

    that the Holy One of Israel has created it.
    Isaiah 41:18-20

    http://www.treesfortheholyland.com/

    39.
    Though Israel would be the focus of many fulfilled prophecies, most
    Jews would remain blind to the fact that Jesus is their Messiah until
    the very end.

    41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you.” Luke 19:41-44

    34“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone
    those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children
    together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 35Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you
    will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the
    name of the Lord.’”
    Luke 13:34-35

    25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so
    that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in
    part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all
    Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from
    Zion;
    he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 And this is my
    covenant with them
    when I take away their sins.”
    Romans 11:25-26

    http://www.aish.com/rabbi/ATR_browse.asp?s=Messiah&f=tqak&offset=1

    40.
    The Euphrates River would be dried up. Today, the massive Ataturk Dam in Turkey, completed in 1990, can hold back the Euphrates to a trickle.

    12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river
    Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings
    from the East.
    Revelation 16:12

    http://www.adiyamanli.org/ataturk_dam.htm

    41.
    Asia (the kings from the east) would be capable of deploying a
    200-million-man army during earth's final days. Bear in mind, in Jesus' day there were only an estimated 170 to 400 million people on the entire planet. In 2002, the CIA announced that China had 208,000,000 men fit for the military.

    14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the
    four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the
    four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and
    month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.
    Revelation 9:14-16

    12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river
    Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings
    from the East.
    Revelation 16:12

    http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/worldhis.html
    http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ch.html#Military

    42.
    Population explosion predicted. The apostle John, who wrote the Book of Revelation, was told the number of an army in the last days - two
    hundred million. This was the approximate population of the world at
    that time. That John also beholds "a great multitude which no one could number" coming out of the Great Tribulation at the end of the age. indicates an enormous number of people on planet earth in the last days.

    9 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. Revelation 7:9

    http://www.sptimes.com/2003/09/21/Worldandnation/Weapon_of_mass_popula.shtml

    43.
    The nations would bud. In Scripture, the tree is often used
    figuratively of a nation. During the past century we have seen the end
    of the colonial era and the rapid growth in the number of newly formed independent nations.

    29He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the
    trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32“I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
    Luke 21:29-33

    3 Consider Assyria, once a cedar in Lebanon,

    with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest;

    it towered on high,

    its top above the thick foliage.

    4 The waters nourished it,

    deep springs made it grow tall;

    their streams flowed

    all around its base

    and sent their channels

    to all the trees of the field.

    5 So it towered higher

    than all the trees of the field;

    its boughs increased

    and its branches grew long,

    spreading because of abundant waters.

    6 All the birds of the air

    nested in its boughs,

    all the beasts of the field

    gave birth under its branches;

    all the great nations

    lived in its shade.
    Ezekiel 31:3-6

    http://www.un.org/Depts/dpi/decolonization/main.htm

    44.
    Egypt, one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations, would exist
    in the last days - but only as a lowly third world nation. Today, as
    predicted, Egypt remains an impoverished nation. To show how amazing this prophecy is, compare modern Egypt with the tiny nation of Austria. Egypt has ten times more land area, and a population eight times greater then Austria. Yet, Epypt's Gross Domestic Product is only one-fifth of Austria's GDP.

    14 I will bring them back from captivity and return them to Upper
    Egypt, the land of their ancestry. There they will be a lowly kingdom
    15 It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt
    itself above the other nations. I will make it so weak that it will
    never again rule over the nations. 16 Egypt will no longer be a source
    of confidence for the people of Israel but will be a reminder of their
    sin in turning to her for help. Then they will know that I am the
    Sovereign LORD .' "
    Ezekiel 29:14-16

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3170696.stm

    45.
    Earthquakes occurring in diverse places predicted.

    7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. Matthew 24:7

    http://www.iris.edu/seismon/

    46.
    Marriage would be forbidden by many. The Bible states that marriage is honorable among all. Despite this, the Catholic Church forbids their 400,000 priests 800,000 nuns, and numerous bishops, cardinals, nuns, and monks from marrying. The Orthodox Church, as well as Hindus, Buddhists, and other religious groups also impose mandatory celibacy for certain orders.

    3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 1 Timothy 4:3

    4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Hebrews 13:4

    http://www.cbs58.com/cbsdata.cgi?_dhweb=form&_lt23r=home&kv=headlinenews.headlinenew_id=4246

    48.
    Youth would become increasingly rebellious.

    2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3w ithout love, unforgiving, slanderous, without selfcontrol, brutal, not lovers of the good, 2 Timothy 3:2-3

    12 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. Mark 13:12

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=36599
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/gayrights/story/0,12592,1115656,00.html
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=36035
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=13441955&method=full&siteid=50143

    49.
    There would be many involved in travel. Prior to the industrial revolution, few individuals traveled beyond their community. Until recently, horse, foot, and boat were the only modes of transportation. Yet, in our day millions travel to and fro great distances every year.

    12:4 But thou, O 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. Daniel 12:4

    http://www.tia.org/Travel/default.asp

    50.
    The rise of anti-Semitism worldwide anticipated. In the 1940s, Hitler tried to exterminate every Jew. And in the final 3 ½ years of the Tribulation, Antichrist will turn on the Jews and attempt the same.

    [b]2 I will gather all nations

    and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

    There I will enter into judgmen
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    50.
    The rise of anti-Semitism worldwide anticipated. In the 1940s, Hitler tried to exterminate every Jew. And in the final 3 ½ years of the Tribulation, Antichrist will turn on the Jews and attempt the same.

    2 I will gather all nations

    and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

    There I will enter into judgment against them

    concerning my inheritance, my people Israel,

    for they scattered my people among the nations

    and divided up my land.
    Joel 3:2

    2 "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. Zechariah 12:2-3

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/antisem.html

    51.
    Humanity would become increasingly materialistic and lovers of pleasure.

    1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without selfcontrol, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,96659,00.html

    52.
    Homosexuality would be flaunted at the end of the age. Ask your grandparents if there were such things as Gay Pride parades in their day.

    28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

    30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
    Luke 17:28-30

    3 But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. 4 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom-both young and old-surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."

    6 Lot went outside to meet them and shut the door behind him 7 and said, "No, my friends. Don't do this wicked thing. 8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don't do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof."

    9 "Get out of our way," they replied. And they said, "This fellow came here as an alien, and now he wants to play the judge! We'll treat you worse than them." They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.
    Genesis 19

    http://www.cnsnews.com//ViewCulture.asp?Page=\Culture\archive\200402\CUL20040209a.html

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=36658

    53.
    The Hebrew language would be restored. Remarkable, but today Hebrew is once again the official language of Israel.
    Ultimately, when Christ returns to set up His kingdom, all people will share one speech. Not only will one language be restored, as it was before Babel, but all people will call on the Lord with one accord.

    9 "Then will I purify the lips of the peoples,

    that all of them may call on the name of the LORD

    and serve him shoulder to shoulder.
    Zephaniah 3:9

    54.
    The Ethiopian Jews would return to Israel. At least 60,000 Ethiopian Jews have returned during the past 20 years.

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/ejhist.html

    55.
    Substantial wealth and luxuries foreseen. It is interesting that 40 years ago some authorities forecasted that the growing mass of humanity was so quickly depleting the world's resources, that many resources would be exhausted in a few decades. Yet today, vast material wealth and luxuries are in abundant supply - just as the Bible indicated 2000 years ago.

    1 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. James 5:1-3

    17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. Revelation 3:17

    55.
    Despite increases in wealth, disparity between the wealthy and poor would continue to increase. In Scripture, oil and wine often denote luxurious abundance. Therefore this prophecy indicates that the wealthy will continue to flourish while the poor can scarcely afford bread. Thirty years ago, the world's richest 20% had 30 times the income of the poorest quintile. Today the ratio is 60 to 1. That means that the top 20% account for 85% of the world income, while the bottom billion's share is only 1.4%.

    6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” Revelation 6:6

    17 He who loves pleasure will become poor;

    whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
    Proverbs 21:17

    24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;

    the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.
    Joel 2:24

    13 cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and bodies and souls of men. Revelation 18:13

    http://www.darron.net/family/think/nytarticle/index.html

    56.
    Religious cults would mushroom. Numerous cults have emerged in these last days.

    5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. Matthew 24:5

    11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Matthew 24:11

    1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. 2 Peter 2:1-3

    http://cultfaq.org/coming-out-of-the-cults.html
    http://www.carm.org/mormon.htm
    http://www.carm.org/witnesses.htm

    57.
    The returning Jews would once again use the ancient shekel for commerce. Amazingly, the shekel is now Israel's official currency.

    12 The shekel is to consist of twenty gerahs. Twenty shekels plus twenty-five shekels plus fifteen shekels equal one mina. Ezekiel 45:12

    5 saying,



    "When will the New Moon be over

    that we may sell grain,

    and the Sabbath be ended

    that we may market wheat?"-

    skimping the measure,

    boosting the price

    and cheating with dishonest scales,
    Amos 8:5

    http://www.amerisrael.com/shekel.html

    57.
    Plans to rebuild the temple in Israel anticipated. Preparations by the Temple Institute are nearly complete.

    1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. 2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. Revelations 11:1-2

    1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for (that day will not come) until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4

    http://www.templeinstitute.org/main.htm

    58.
    A red heifer without blemish must be born and sacrificed to purify the temple in Israel. A kosher red heifer was born in 2002 and remains without blemish!

    : 2 "This is a requirement of the law that the LORD has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke.

    3 Give it to Eleazar the priest; it is to be taken outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence.

    . 5 While he watches, the heifer is to be burned-its hide, flesh, blood and offal.

    9 "A man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They shall be kept by the Israelite community for use in the water of cleansing; it is for purification from sin. Numbers 19:2,3,5,9

    59.
    In the last days, Israel would be surrounded by enemy Nations.

    [b]4 "Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation,

    that the name of Israel be remembered no more."



    5 With one mind they plot together;

    they form an alliance against you-

    6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,

    of Moab and the Hagrites,

    7 Gebal, Ammon and Amalek,

    Philistia, with the people of Tyre.

    8 Even Assyria has joined them

    to lend strength to the descen
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    59.
    In the last days, Israel would be surrounded by enemy Nations.

    4 "Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation,

    that the name of Israel be remembered no more."



    5 With one mind they plot together;

    they form an alliance against you-

    6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,

    of Moab and the Hagrites,

    7 Gebal, Ammon and Amalek,

    Philistia, with the people of Tyre.

    8 Even Assyria has joined them

    to lend strength to the descendants of Lot.

    Selah
    Psalm 83:4-8

    60.
    Israel would remain invincible except during the Great Tribulation. Even during those last 3 ½ years, when it looks like Israel will be destroyed, the Lord shall deliver Israel from the hands of her enemies. Since 1948, Israel has been attacked in three major wars and six lesser wars, yet despite being vastly outnumbered, they have destroyed all attacking foes.

    6 "On that day I will make the leaders of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume right and left all the surrounding peoples, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.

    7 "The LORD will save the dwellings of Judah first, so that the honor of the house of David and of Jerusalem's inhabitants may not be greater than that of Judah. 8 On that day the LORD will shield those who live in Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of the LORD going before them. 9 On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.
    Zechariah 12:6-9

    3 The days are coming,' declares the LORD , 'when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their forefathers to possess,' says the LORD ."
    4 These are the words the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah: 5 "This is what the LORD says:



    " 'Cries of fear are heard-

    terror, not peace.

    6 Ask and see:

    Can a man bear children?

    Then why do I see every strong man

    with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor,

    every face turned deathly pale?

    7 How awful that day will be!

    None will be like it.

    It will be a time of trouble for Jacob,

    but he will be saved out of it.
    Jeremiah 30:3-7

    http://www.adl.org/ISRAEL/Record/48war.asp
    http://www.adl.org/ISRAEL/Record/67War.asp
    http://www.adl.org/ISRAEL/Record/yomkippur.asp

    61.
    The majority of those in the last days church would be lukewarm, wealthy, complacent and would be vomited into tribulation. Polls reveal that a high percentage of professing Christians deny that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Many even deny that Jesus is God.

    14"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
    These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
    Revelation 3:14-16

    http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/6/252003a.asp

    62.
    There would be a move towards a one-world religion.

    8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.

    12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.

    Revelation 13:8, 12

    http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=42971
    http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=36318
    http://www.patriarchate.org/SPEECHES/1994/NOV_4-World_Assembly.html

    63.
    A woman, who is an impostor, would call herself "queen" and head the global counterfeit church in the last days.

    1 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. 2 With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”
    3 Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 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. 5 This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

    When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. 7 Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.

    9 “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

    12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

    15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God's words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
    Revelation 17

    http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=43789

    *Note: The colors of Catholic robes are purple and scarlet.

    64.
    The woman would also embody a great city set on seven hills (Revelation 17:9, 18). The Queen of Heaven is considered the Mother of the Roman Catholic Church which has its headquarters (the Vatican) situated on seven hills. As the Catholic Encyclopedia states, "It is within the city of Rome, called the city of seven hills, that the entire area of Vatican State proper is now confined."

    http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=43707

    65.
    This female impostor would come in Christ's name seducing His followers to commit idolatry. The apparition of Mary encourages millions to bow down to her statues and visit her shrines. Worldwide, she also stresses the importance of worshiping the Eucharist.

    20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. Revelation 2:20-22

    4 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. 5 This title was written on her forehead: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Revelation 17:4-5

    http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=40131

    66.
    Epidemic drug use predicted. The Greek word translated sorceries is pharmakeia which refers to drug use, both illegal drugs and mind-altering drugs.

    9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Revelation

    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/druguse.htm

    67.
    Atomic fission anticipated. The Greek word translated elements is stoicheion which refers to the Greek letters: alpha, beta, gamma, etc. These are fundamental particles and rays of the atomic nuclei which are emitted from a molecule during radioactive decay. Peter predicted these elements would "melt with fervent heat" when the earth and the heavens are "dissolved" by fire. Today we understand that if the elements of the atom are loosed, there would be an enormous release of heat and energy (radiation).

    10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.

    11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.
    2 Peter 3:10-12

    68.
    Blasphemy would be common. Consider how often people use their Creator's name (God or Jesus Christ) as a curse word. What they have done is liken the One w
  8. Standard memberDarfius
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    68.
    Blasphemy would be common. Consider how often people use their Creator's name (God or Jesus Christ) as a curse word. What they have done is liken the One who is the source of every blessing (eyesight, sunsets, food, family, friends, etc.) to a four-letter curse word.

    Fifty years ago, Hollywood seldom used God's name in vain.
    Today, nearly every movie includes blasphemy.

    3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,unholy, 2 Timothy

    69.
    Sexual immorality would be rampant. Keep in mind, Jesus said whoever looks to lust has already committed adultery in his heart (Matthew 5:28). Therefore, God equates Internet porn, lustful movies, TV shows, and magazines to fornication.

    18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. Jude

    70.
    Men would sear their conscience so they could continue in sin.
    The conscience is where God reveals right and wrong.
    Con means with and science means knowledge.

    Therefore we sin "with knowledge" when we ignore God's moral law and violate our own conscience.

    2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 1st Timothy 4:2

    71.
    Men would mock the warning signs of the end of the age saying,
    "These signs have always been around". The Bible even reveals their motivation, they love lust.

    3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
    2 Peter 3:3-4




    Seeing all of this happening before our eyes, we need to make sure we are right with Jesus. He (God Himself) loved YOU so much that He came to suffer as a human being and died on that cross so that his sinless blood could redeem us from death. Ask Him to lead your life and you'll see He's been waiting for you.


    The Tribulation will not officially begin until the Antichrist confirms a peace covenant between Israel and many nations. And the Rapture (taking away) of Christians will occur before it begins, since (just like in the days of Noah) God will save the righteous from judgement.

    For those of you who are left behind during the Tribulation, DON'T TAKE THE MARK. It will be a chip, likely, in the right hand or forehead. If you take it, you're damned to hell. As long as you breathe and don't take the mark, you can come to Jesus. But I recommend you go to Him now, before the most terrible 7 years in human history begin.


    Grace be upon you all from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
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  10. Standard membertelerion
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    I love number 71!

    Men would mock the warning signs of the end of the age saying,
    "These signs have always been around".


    Yeah, because a lot of them have, but I guess I just love lust.
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    Darfius, does this lengthy exposition you have posted have anything to do with all the positive attention and publicity around the Pope's death?
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    I like this one:

    35.
    During the diaspora (the dispersion of the Jews to the four corners of
    the globe), Israel would become a wasteland. During the past 1900 years Israel became a nearly uninhabited, desolate wasteland.


    Wow! I did not know that! If Israel was nearly uninhabited for the past 1900 years, I wonder who those crusaders were killing back in the 11th and 12th centuries? Did the Mamluk and Ottoman empires rule Jerusalem from afar? How is it that a land bordering the Meditteranean and crossed by the river Jordan could be a "desolate wasteland"? Perhaps when folk refer to the 'extremely fertile' maritime basin of Israel, they actually mean 'desolate'.

    Thanks for the geography lesson, Darfius!
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    Matthew 24:34: "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things shall be fulfilled."

    Since the Second Coming has not happened, does Darfius believe there are some people who are 2,000 years old who have not yet died? [Expected answer: "You cannot take that literally, see, you have to put it into context and..."]
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    Originally posted by bbarr
    I like this one:

    [b]35.
    During the diaspora (the dispersion of the Jews to the four corners of
    the globe), Israel would become a wasteland. During the past 1900 years Israel became a nearly uninhabited, desolate wasteland.


    Wow! I did not know that! If Israel was nearly uninhabited for the past 1900 years, I wonder who those crusaders were kill ...[text shortened]... basin of Israel, they actually mean 'desolate'.

    Thanks for the geography lesson, Darfius![/b]
    I think he meant the endtimes of that waste of time reading it junk.
  15. Standard memberColetti
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    Originally posted by Darfius
    68.
    Blasphemy would be common. Consider how often people use their Creator's name (God or Jesus Christ) as a curse word. What they have done is liken the One who is the source of every blessing (eyesight, sunsets, food, family, friends, etc.) to a four-letter curse word.

    Fifty years ago, Hollywood seldom used God's name in vain.
    Today, nearly every ...[text shortened]... le 7 years in human history begin.


    Grace be upon you all from the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Dude 🙁 You like went way past the 20 minute attention span. These people need small bites. Most of 'em are still eating baby food.
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