The Stage is Set for the End Times By Britt Gillette As a student of…
Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs
By Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones: Doesn’t it seem like God has been showering signs all over the world to indicate that Jesus Christ is returning soon? And yet, it seems like so few people are listening to and heeding these signs. Maybe you are one of those people?
My friend, Pablo Frascini of the Serpents & Doves ministry, had his own eyes opened wide to the fact that all of these signs are pointing to Jesus’s soon return. We are now going to list some of those signs so that hopefully other eyes will also be opened wide as well.
Pablo, the signs that Jesus Christ foretold in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 and other biblical passages that would point to His soon return are occurring all over the world. Jesus wants us to know when He is coming back. Realization of the importance of these signs once helped awaken you to the dire situation the world is in, gave you a love of Bible prophecy, and helped you grow in your faith in God. Share with us some of the prophesied signs that helped you realize that Jesus Christ is returning soon.
The Sign of Society
Pablo Frascini: Let’s start with the sign of society. Take a good look at our society now and you will realize that we are in deep, deep trouble. I don’t want to say that the moral decline is relegated only to the United States. Rather, this moral slide into corruption and anarchy is a global issue.
Case in point, let me reference a Jerusalem Post article that reported that Israel’s annual gay pride parade is set to go forth after two years of it being canceled due to COVID. Many Christians tend to think that this immorality problem is just here in the U.S. Americans tend to be very compartmentalized in how we look at the world, but we really need to expand our news input and look at events going on across the global scale as well.
The end times sign of society foretells a time of widespread immorality and lawlessness. Go and turn on the news. It really doesn’t take a rocket scientist or even a big-name theologian to see societies across the globe are going morally bankrupt. This sign of society showed me that mankind has definitely entered into the season of the Lord’s return. There are so many smaller signs pointing to this truth that few can really ignore them. For those who study the Word of God, and the Word of God is in you, then you particularly should be noticing that as a society we’ve become no good and are in really bad shape.
Nathan Jones: Yes, 2020 in particular experienced almost a complete breakdown of society. This global move towards lawlessness is meant to usher in what the Bible calls the Man of Lawlessness, which is another name of the Antichrist. He is supposed to rise to power out of the growing chaos.
The Sign of Israel
Nathan Jones: Pablo, you briefly mentioned another sign that is vitally important to identify the era of Christ’s return, and that is the sign of Israel. Students of Bible prophecy call Israel and her rebirth “God’s prophetic time-clock.” Israel serves as the ultra-sign, only second to the convergence of all the end times signs happening all at once. Why is the sign of Israel so important to Bible prophecy?
Pablo Frascini: Prophecy expert Don Stewart likes to say that, “Israel is the hour hand, Jerusalem is the minute hand, and the Temple is the second hand.” If we look at the sign of Israel from that perspective, we know that there are so many prophetic events surrounding Israel. The Bible says that at some point in time Israel is going to stand all by herself. All of the nations of the world will turn their backs on Israel, and that includes the United States of America. It looks like the Biden administration has already turned its back on Israel by supplying her enemies Iran and Afghanistan with money and weaponry.
The Sign of War
Pablo Frascini: Also, in Matthew 24, Jesus prophesied that political conflicts and wars and rumors of wars would increase in frequency and intensity leading up to Jesus Christ’s return. The word “rumors” could also be considered as “threats” of wars. Look at Israel and the Middle East. That area is very volatile, with Israel always under threat of attack by Iran and other hostile neighbors. It’s going to be very interesting to see how miraculously the Lord continually protects that tiny nation. We should keep our eyes on Israel because their new government could swing far left, and if that’s the case, become very vulnerable to attack. That situation is very, very similar to what we now have here with such a weak presidency.
So, keep your eyes on Israel, for a lot prophetically is going to happen over the next few months and years. I believe that if the Church has still yet to be raptured in the next year or two, it will be very interesting indeed to see what is going to happen with Israel.
The Sign of Nature
Nathan Jones: One of the points that Jesus made concerning the signs of the end times is that these signs would increase in frequency and intensity the closer the countdown drew closer to His return. The signs that Pablo and I are listing have always happened throughout history, that is, except for Israel coming back as a nation again after 1,900 years in exile. What a God-incident! But, what makes these signs different today is that they will continue to increase in frequency and intensity, growing worse and worse.
Another of the signs we are seeing increase in frequency and intensity is the sign of nature.
Pablo Frascini: Yes, most definitely the sign of nature. Again, we’ve always had earthquakes, but they’ve been happening more and more frequently. And, major ones, 6.0 on the Richter Scale and up. Google it, and you’ll see graphs showing a big spike in the number of high-level earthquakes, especially within the last ten years.
Also, there’s been an increase in volcanic activity all around the globe as dormant volcanoes suddenly have become active. We have weather anomalies popping up that are just crazy. You Texans experienced an abnormal deep freeze last winter while the West Coast has been scorched. All over the world weather anomalies have been happening that people are agreeing are just not quite normal. Looking at these freak weather events happening on a global scale, and happening with greater and greater frequency and intensity, in the light of Scripture made me realize that our time on this earth is short.
The Sign of Church Apostasy
Nathan Jones: Another category of end times signs is the sign of apostasy. We are living in the age of the Church of Laodicea, just as the Bible prophesied in Revelation 3. The condition of the end time Church just before the Rapture would be defined by spiritual weakness and moral ambiguity. Pablo, what apostasies are you seeing churches falling into?
Pablo Frascini: We are seeing a big, big decline in spiritual discernment. When we have the Holy Spirit in us, then you gain discernment. The Holy Spirit provides believers with discernment. But, what is creeping into many churches today is the inviting of the world into our churches. Instead of evangelizing the world for Christ, we have allowed the world to infiltrate our churches.
As a result, we are seeing a lot of heresies being taught from the pulpits. We are seeing a growing acceptance of sexual immorality, such as homosexuality, within our churches. We are seeing sexual immorality being exposed in the lives of our very own church leaders and pastors. So much of the social justice nonsense being preached from the pulpits these days is just not biblical. Our churches have been strayed very, very far from biblical principles. The people watching are not catching these errors because they are ignorant of the Word of God, and that’s because the Bible is not being taught.
Nathan Jones: We can compare the world to a cloth. Pablo, you being in the fashion industry knows that eventually clothes wear out. They tear, they rip, and they get dirty so that they become useless and have to be thrown out. New clothes are needed. Likewise, as we approach the end of this age, everything appears to be wearing out. Everything is falling apart — the earth, the people, our societies — are all in an advanced state of decay.
What does this mean? It’s time for God to throw out the ruined garment and start fresh! That will happen when Jesus Christ returns and sets up His Millennial Kingdom. He will people it with a new generation that loves Him and desires to follow His perfect moral law. I believe we are witnessing that transition starting to happen. God has begun to throw off the old garment and put on the new.
In Matthew 16:3, Jesus accused the Pharisees, “You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” So that we don’t become blind like the Pharisees, Jesus is calling us to be discerning. How do we become discerning so that we can recognize the signs of the end times and the message the Lord wants us to know about His soon return?
Pablo Frascini: The most important thing a person needs to do is, first, surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. Call on Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit, and it is He who gives you discernment. And, second, very important, we need to know the Word of God. Get into the Bible and so let God’s Word get into you. Knowing God’s will through the Bible is vitally important and a crucial aspect of living a life aware of everything that has been happening all around us.
Nathan Jones: Jesus Christ is coming soon! The signs of the end times point to that fact. Are you ready? To get ready, have you surrendered your life to Jesus in faith and repentance? If you would like to know how Jesus can become your savior, then read What Must I Do to be Saved? or contact us here at Lamb & Lion Ministries. We would love to share the Gospel with you.