It may sound crazy to some, but to Christians it is a day that will come before you know it. Some may call it the Apocalypse, the rapture, end times, to put it bluntly…the coming of Christ. There are many events taking place as you read, that many religions believe may be ‘the’ end times, from wars, and false prophets, to natural disasters, and famine. Nearly every prophecy has been fulfilled, or is being fulfilled. It may be scary to some, but for those who know the truth, this is a time we have been waiting for.
Evidence of the end times is drawn from events you see on the news, and hear on the radio. In 2009 alone, there were 59 documentable earthquakes from Costa Rica, Alaska, L.A., and Italy, to Taiwan, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Philippines, Venezuela, and China, just to name a few. With a surprising almost exact, 58 earthquakes in 2010, the number of deaths in 2009 was 1,787, in 2010 the death toll is currently…226,623. In 2007 the death count due to earthquakes was only 712. For the United States alone, the frequency of earthquakes is rising quickly:
Year/Earthquakes *(as of November 2, 2010)
As for natural disasters it’s easy to see we are on the rise for something big. I think we all know about the horrible string of hurricanes in the last few years, but to put it in perspective, the National Hurricane Center decides the names of hurricanes starting with A until they reach W, excluding Q and U. As of November 2010, we are on T (Tomas), that’s two letters left. Hurricane Ike is on the list of the top 3 most destructive hurricane’s to ever hit with $24 billion (2008 USD) in the United States, $7.3 billion in Cuba, $200 million in the Bahamas, and $500 million in the Turks and Caicos, amounting to a total of $32 billion in damages. One thing that makes me curious is the giant craters/holes appearing around the world, taking place in Guatemala, and more recently in Schmalkalden, Germany.
Even in the media we hear talks of end times, like the recent video entitled, “23 Minutes In Hell,” of a preacher who tells a story in which he depicts his 23 minute journey in hell, as well as the audio released of a drilling mission to the center of the earth, which sounds like thousands of people screaming called, “Drilling into Hell.” People are becoming aware of their surroundings, and what is really going on. It can only be predicted that things will get worse, but looking at the facts only reassures the thoughts of an ‘end time’ drawing near.
As for war, well, we as American’s may not see it everyday, but millions of people all over the world are subject to violent terrorist attacks, civilian casualties, and engaging in a war they had nothing to do with. It is truly sad to watch the news in this day of age. All you see is people being tortured, murdered, held hostage, and it is only getting worse. More people have been killed in warfare in this century than at any other time in history. As the death rate rises, more and more countries work feverishly to develop devastating weapons of mass destruction. Add to that the expanding threat of terrorism and unpredictable dictators such as Saddam Hussein, and Adolf Hitler, the potential for the outbreak of war exists in nations, kingdoms and places across the world. As a 21 year old United States citizen, I am scared to know that men twenty to twenty-four years of age in America are most likely to die than anyone else. *(Chart from 2007 Census Bureau)
“In the last several years many have claimed to be the Messiah. Jim Jones and David Koresh are examples of these false christs as well as countless others who are not as newsworthy. These false prophets are a prelude to the ultimate false christ, the antichrist. Many New Age groups, some even NGO’s working for the United Nations, are anxiously awaiting the antichrist, preparing the way for his acceptance as the head of the hierarchy of gods and the one who will usher in world peace.” -Jennifer Rast Contender Ministries
Some of the most distinguishable proofs of the end times taken from the bible include, “the chip” as described in the popular Left Behind series’ written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Also known as the “mark of the beast” has not only been invented, but is already being given to willing co-operatives. Revelation 19:20 states “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone”. In translation, those who receive this chip will be sent to hell after life on earth. Other verses that refer to this microchip are listed below:
Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.
Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (666)
Article by Gary Goza II, 2010