==== ====The Truth About The Last Days, Antichrist, The Rapture, More.http://www.teachingfaith.com/content.cfm?id=304==== ====What does Christmas celebrations have to do with end times signs? It all has to do with what wecelebrate at Christmas. What do we celebrate? The birth of a special babe in a manger? The birthof a Savior? The gift-giving holiday season of the year?Well, Christmas is all of that, but so much more. It is the beginning of a awesome 2-part event. It isthe first part of that 2-part event. The first part being the babe in the manger. Not any ordinarybabe, but one who is the very Incarnation of the God."Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,and shall call his name Immanuel."( Isaiah 7:14, prophesied c. 735 B.C.) Immanuel means Godwith us. "Therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."(Luke 5:35). (All scriptures are from the Old King James version).We were also told where it would happen: "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you be littleamong the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler inIsrael; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." ( Micah 5:2, c. 700 B.C.)His birth is now history. "This babe in the manger" happens to be the Almighty God, the Creator ofthe universe, the heaven and the earth and you and me. This is the God who visited the earth,"What is man that you are mindful of him, And the son of man that you visited him?" (Psalm 8:4).That was the first visit - the first part of the 2-part event. The plan was that God would first comeas a human to speak to His own (His created children), to conquer their wanton hearts. But, onlysome believed on Him."In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The samewas in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thingmade that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shined indarkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1: 1-5)"He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came untohis own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power tobecome the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood,nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, anddwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full ofgrace and truth." (John 1: 10-14)As I said, this is only the beginning of Gods plan of salvation for mankind. Part 2 is when hereturns to earth the second time to reign over it for good.
This Almighty God, the Creator of the universe, will return one day in power and might as theMessiah, whos name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlastingFather, The Prince of Peace, and whos shoulder the government of the world shall be upon(Isaiah 9:6)."And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was calledFaithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame offire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but hehimself. And he was clothed with a robe dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, whiteand clean. And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: andhe shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath ofAlmighty God. And he hath on his robe and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, ANDLORD OF LORDS." (Revelation 19:11-16)But before He does, there will be a time of great calamities and tribulation on this planet of ours."And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sightsand great signs shall there be from heaven." (Luke 21:11)"But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:37)What were the days of Noah? These are the saddest words spoken in the history of mankind."And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination ofthe thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had mademan on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom Ihave created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and thefowls of the air; for it repents me that I have made them. (Genesis 6:5-7)"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was ajust man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons,Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled withviolence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corruptedhis way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for theearth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth." (Genesis6:8-13)And one day, as Jesus sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, and askedHim the question:"Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end ofthe world?"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shallcome in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars andrumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is
not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall befamines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall killyou: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my names sake. And then shall many be offended,and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, andshall deceive many."And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure untothe end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all theworld for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matthew 24:3-14)Now, no-one knows the hour when the end of this age will come at His second coming. However,Jesus told us that we would know the season. "And when these things begin to come to pass,then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh." (Luke 21:28)What will be the signs of the season?There are many. For one thing, there are signs in nature, such as the increase in frequency andintensity (like "birth pangs" Jesus called it) of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, famine,extreme weather changes, etc.Then there are signs within society - mans increasing rejection of God; the worship of the creationand material instead of the Creator; the increase of crime and murder; the turning of good into eviland evil into good; the increase of greed, envy, deceit, hatred, arrogance and malice; the increaseof unrighteousness, slander, rebellion, violence; removing the Christian moral values andstandards.There are spiritual signs, such as the appearance of false Christs and cultic groups, the apostasyof the traditional Church, the persecution of faithful Christians and the outbreak of godlessreligions, etc.There are signs of technology such as the explosion of knowledge and information and sciencewhich turned into the technical discoveries and awesome applications we see today. It was onlyless than 150 years ago that this new age began. Before that, for thousands of years, there wasnone of it.Many of the signs from the book of Revelation could not be understood prior to 1957. The firstsatellite was sent to the heavens to begin a new era of transmissions that will make possible theviewing of the things taking place in Israel by the nations which is spoken of in Revelation chapter11.How could all the people of the world be given the mark of the anti-Christ as spoken of inRevelation 13 if there was no computer and other such technology. How could the false prophetmake an image of the anti-Christ for all to see as spoken of also in Revelation 13, before televisionand internet and the such?How could men be fainting from fear from seeing the things that are coming upon the earth, which
will leave the powers of heaven shaken, as spoken of in Luke 21, without the atomic and nuclearage that we are in now?There are the signs of world politics. The nations and kingdoms rising against one another(Matthew 24). The nations becoming a new world order. The new revived Roman empire spokenof in the Books of Daniel and Revelation.There are the signs of Israel becoming a nation in 1948 after being conquered by many nationsand trampled by gentiles for thousands of years. Jesus said that the generation who saw thishappen would be the last generation.How long will it be? No-one knows exactly. But there are many signs all around us and Jesus saidthese are warnings of the end being near. Noah preached for some 120 years of the impendingend of his age. How long have we been preaching this one?One thing is for sure, every new Christmas we celebrate, we get closer to the promised day of theLord. He will come again, this time as the conqueror of nations, making His entrance through theEastern Gate and into the temple mount:"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was calledFaithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame offire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but hehimself. And he was clothed with a robe dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, whiteand clean. And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: andhe shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath ofAlmighty God. And he hath on his robe and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, ANDLORD OF LORDS." (Revelation 19:11-16)"And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet,where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the houseof Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their idolatry, nor by the carcasses of theirkings in their high places. (Ezekiel 43:7)"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on theeast, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward thewest, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward thenorth, and half of it toward the south." (Zechariah 14:4)Therefore, celebrate every Christmas in a new dimension of meaning and joy, looking upon thebabe in the manger as the Mighty God coming back in Power and Victory who will bring thepromised glad tidings, good will and peace on earth for ever and ever, ending mans rebellionagainst God for good./dmhDr. Diane M. Hoffmann is director of the Link School of Ministries, a Christian Internet Bible Schooland Theological Reading Room that can be seen at http://www.linkschool21.com. She is the
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