Signs of the times – by Dr Jack Van Impe
In Matthew 24:3, Christ’s disciples asked, What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?
The Saviour then proceeded to describe those world events which would both indicate His return an culminate in the Day of the Lord.
He added in Luke 21:28, And when these things begin to come to pass (or begin to occur simultaneously), then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
These signs of Christ’s Second Coming are in evidence worldwide, and increasing both in frequency and intensity.
The actual Second Coming of Christ to the earth is the secong phase, the Revelation, or the revealing of Christ.
Since He came to earth at His First Advent, He must come to earth at His Second Advent.
The Rapture is not Christ’s appearance upon earth, but a meeting in the heavenlies (1 Thessalonians 4:17)-Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.————————————————————————————————————–
and intermediarty evacuation of believers from earth before the storm (Tribulation).
Seven years later, Christ does come to earth, touching down on the Mount of Olives
(Zechariah 14:4)- And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
———————— The prophetical signs point to Christ’s return to earth there were not a sign yet in existence, believers could be called home imminently because each of the signs could occur during the seven-year period following the believers’ departure.
God has two elect groups upon earth- Isreal (Romans 11:28) and the Church (1 Peter 1:2).
The signs of Matthew 24 are presented to elect Israel.
We know this to be true because of the regard for the Sabbath Day (vs.20), synagogues (Luke 21:12),and because the setting is Jerusalem (vs. 20).
These signs are for Isreal who is looking for the return of her King in Revelation 19.
They are not signposts for the Rapture.
The gospel mentioned in Matthew 24:24 is the gospel of the kingdom that the King is about to return (Revelation 19:16).——————————————————————————-
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Although the signs are completely fulfilled after the Christians are gone, we already see the beginnings of every one of these prophecies (Luke 21:28).——————————————————————
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Matthew 24 is spoken to Isreal rather than the Church. The signs are not Pre-Rapture signals but post-Rapture signposts for Isreal. They point to the coming of Christ to this earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:11-16).————————————————————————-
The Rider on the White Horse
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Old Testament Signs of the endtimes:
Horseless carriages or automobiles (Nahum 2:3,4
Airplanes (Isaiah 31:5)
Desert blossoming as a rose (Isaiah 35:1)
Alignment of a ten nation western confedeacy (Daniel 2,7)
Knowledge explosion (Daniel 12:4)
Great increases in Travel (Daniel 12:4)
New Testament Signs of the endtimes:
False Christs and False Prophets (Matthew 24:5,24; 2 Peter 2:1)
Wars and romors of wars (Mark 13:7; Matthew 24:6)
Famines, earthquakes in divers places, pestilences (Luke 21:11)
Iniquity abounding (Matthew 24:12)
Gospel of the kingdom preached to all the world Matthew 24:14)
Signs in the sun,moon, and stars, sea and wavws roaring (Luke 17:26-30; 21:25-27)
Introduction of evil spirits which control cults and false religions (1 Timothy 4:1,2)
The 19 signs of 2 Timothy 3:1-5, signs within man:
Lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blaphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent (drunkenness, gluttony, deviate sex, drugs), fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power therof.
Hoarding of gold and silver, and it’s final demise(James 5:1-3)
Scoffers mocking the Second Coming of Chjrist (2 Peter 3:3,4)
Invention of the atom bomb (2 Peter 3:10)
Jerusalem under Jewish control (Luke 21:24)
As it was in the days of Lot (Luke 17:28,30)
Fiery Judgement (Ezekiel 20:47; Zephaniah 1:18; Malachi 4:1; Revelation 8:7, 9:18)
As it was in the days of Noah (Gluttony, drunkenness, illicit sex, corruption, viplence) (Matthew 24:37; Genesis 6:11)
Distress of nations (Luke 21:25)
Hearts failing for fear (Luke 21:26)
Note from Jack—Most judgements described in the book of Revelation, Chapters 6-18, are identical tot he signs found in Matthew 24 and Luke chapters 17 and 21.
The whole write is all Dr, Jack Van impe’s work..God Bless him!
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