Are We Approaching The End Times?

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Are We Approaching The End Times?
By Grant Phillips

From 1956 to 2010 a popular soap opera was viewed on television (not by me though) called As The World Turns. Personally, I could never understand why people would watch that stuff unfold day after day on TV. Yet, this show thrived for 54 years, and that was just one out of several others.

Today, as I and many other Christians behold current events, I’m made dizzy as our world turns around us in the 21st century. Many Christians wonder, “Are we living on borrowed time?” Several prophecy teachers have actually stated that very question, and I would have to agree with them. We are living on borrowed time.

Before God destroyed the world with a flood in Noah’s day, He warned everyone that His judgment was coming. Noah preached God’s message of warning for 120 years and no one listened except those in his family. When the time was up, it started to rain, but not before He removed Enoch from the earth and secured Noah and his family safely in the ark.

Before God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, they were warned. Then fire came down from heaven, but not before God removed Lot and his family.

Before God destroyed Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, they were warned by Jonah in about the 9th century B.C. They repented at that time and were saved, but eventually were destroyed three centuries later because they went back to their old ways of corruption.

God warned Israel, the northern kingdom, until they were finally taken into captivity by Assyria around 721 B.C.

God warned Judah also until they too were taken into captivity by the Babylonians around 586 B.C.

God has always provided warnings before He administered His judgment, and He is warning our world today, not just by prophets but also through many signs that His judgment is coming. This coming judgment is called several names, some of which are:

The time of Jacob’s trouble (Daniel 9:24-27)

Daniel’s 70th week (Daniel 9:24-27)

A time of trouble or distress (Daniel 12:1)

The great day of His wrath (Revelation 6:17)

The hour of trial which shall try the whole earth (Revelation 3:10)

The indignation (Isaiah 26:20)

Tribulation and the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21, 29; Mark 13:19, 24; Revelation 7:14)

The Day of the Lord (Joel 1:15; 2:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:2)

This coming judgment upon the world is commonly known to us today as the Tribulation. Jesus told us the Church will suffer many tribulations while in the world, but these tribulations brought on by mankind are not “the” Tribulation. When “the” Tribulation comes upon the world, it will be God’s direct judgment upon mankind. This day is coming just as surely as judgment fell upon the whole world in Noah’s day, and on Sodom and Gomorrah in Lot’s day, and upon Nineveh, Israel, Judah and other peoples.

The purpose of the Tribulation concerning the Jewish people is found in Daniel 9:24.

“Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.”


The purpose of the Tribulation concerning all Gentiles is to judge the world’s rebellion against God, but even through His judgment many will come to Him and be saved. It is always His desire, even in judgment, that many be saved.

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, “because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)

“For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” (Isaiah 26:9)

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)


The Day of the Lord begins with the Tribulation and continues through the Millennium. Many signs or warnings are provided by God to announce the coming Tribulation, but before it begins Jesus will remove His bride, the Church, from the earth just as He removed Enoch from the coming world-wide flood of Noah’s day and took him to Heaven.

The fact that we are seeing so many signs today of the coming Tribulation is an urgent warning that we are living on borrowed time, the Church age is quickly coming to an end. There are no signs for the removal of the Church (Rapture). It will be without warning and then the Tribulation will commence thereafter.

The signs we are seeing today are like signs we receive when a storm is about to arrive. As you know, even before the storm arrives the clouds start moving in, the temperature drops, there is a different smell in the air, the wind starts blowing and it starts getting darker. That is where we are today concerning the Tribulation. The tribulation hasn’t yet arrived, but the clouds are moving in, the world is getting colder, there is a different smell in the air, the winds of rebellion are picking up, and the world is getting darker. How far away is the storm? God is telling us that is His business, but time is running out.

When I was young there weren’t even close to the number of signs we are witnessing today, although when I was one year old, perhaps the greatest sign occurred and that was Israel becoming a nation. Israel becoming a nation on May 14, 1948 is the foundation for everything else. Then on June 7, 1967 Jerusalem came under Israeli control in the Six-Day War. Since then, the signs have gotten exponentially more numerous and severe, until today, they are actually hard to keep up with.

David Reagan, a prophecy teacher and founder of Christ In Prophecy, put the signs in categories to make them easier to follow. He listed his categories as follows:

The Signs of Nature
The Signs of Society
The Spiritual Signs
The Signs of Technology
The Signs of World Politics
The Signs of Israel

In the book of Daniel we find that he, Daniel, was confused by the information that God had provided him concerning the time of the end. God told him:

“But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” (Daniel 12:4)

It wasn’t meant for Daniel to understand, so God told him to seal the book and when the time was right those living at the time of the end would understand. That time is now. God has unsealed the book and today has opened the minds of His own to understand.

The sand in the hour glass of time is nearly depleted. The time is now for all who will to recognize that we can almost see the finish line. Jesus is coming soon, which is a joyous thought for all who know Him as Savior and Lord. It can be a joyous time for anyone who will come to Jesus and be saved. Sure, judgment is coming and it is going to be beyond terrible, but all who belong to Jesus will not experience His judgment, only His salvation.

Jesus’ words to Jerusalem can apply to anyone today who will come to Him and be saved.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37)

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MikeD

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As I drive around this country I encounter so many totally afraid as to what's going on. I give it my best to explain to them that all this is exactly what God said in His Word would come! Most don't want to hear it but,
thankfully, some do and respond accordingly. But over all things are getting darker no doubt. But our soon to come of joining Jesus in the air is so very soon to come! Sometimes hard to wait for that day!!
 

heisable2

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Oh my y'all. All of you have sounded off exactly the way my spirit is feeling now. When I was praying this morning my spirit inside quickened with anticipation of what's going to be happening soon. This isn't the only time I have felt this way. It happens all the time. It's like we're 99.99% there. It's sort of like running a race and you can see that finish line right out there in front of you and you're just about to tap the wall so that you can win and you're not quite there because God hasn't said it's time.

I remember as a child I'd be reading a good book in bed and my mother would say "Nancy, it's time to turn off the light" cuz it was time to go to sleep. And I'd say oh Mom just one more minute? I'm at a good part now and I don't want to close the book because it's the last page and I want to read what it says.

Father God hear your children now. Here their heart, soul and mind crying out to you. Come quickly Lord. The anticipation is killing us. When's it going to happen? What's it going to be like? Please let me be doing something for you when you say come hither.
 

bigmoose

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I feel a restlessness lately. It’s really hard to describe, but it’s like being anxious for something to come but not knowing what. When don’t know what, it’s hard to define and prepare in some way.
I pray the Lord calls us up soon.
Myself and many believing friends are experiencing the same restlessness. As we see here also His children are yearning for Him to snatch us up. Part of the process may be of breaking our bonds to earth and strengthening our bonds to Him before He appears in the clouds!
 

heisable2

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Myself and many believing friends are experiencing the same restlessness. As we see here also His children are yearning for Him to snatch us up. Part of the process may be of breaking our bonds to earth and strengthening our bonds to Him before He appears in the clouds!
Beautifully said!
Breaking our bonds to Earth is something each of us has to examine in our hearts, minds and souls. To be honest with everyone I never thought of being bound to the Earth cuz this is where I live. When I pray I feel bound to God and I feel a special closeness within my spirit and it quickens when I pray.

So how do we break our bonds to the Earth? I guess I have to understand what it means first.
 
His coming feels so close that I worry now when I have to cook! I turn that knob on the stovetop and wonder if I will cause the house to burn down when I disappear. Not that the house matters, of course. I won't need the house! But I worry about my poor pets! I hate the idea of them burning up, all because I have to fry this egg real quick. And I do it as quick as possible and can't wait to turn that stove off.
I didn't feel this way until recently.
 

heisable2

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His coming feels so close that I worry now when I have to cook! I turn that knob on the stovetop and wonder if I will cause the house to burn down when I disappear. Not that the house matters, of course. I won't need the house! But I worry about my poor pets! I hate the idea of them burning up, all because I have to fry this egg real quick. And I do it as quick as possible and can't wait to turn that stove off.
I didn't feel this way until recently.
I'm with you on this your sister. When I turn off the light at night when I go to bed is that going to be the last time but I'll see my pets? When I have to go to the store or doctor, I think of my pets alone inside my house

There have been several posts about pets in the rapture. I've even written a few myself. But from what I've read there are many of us who are concerned about her pets because we love them so much.
Several of us have lost pets and they wonder if they're going to be in heaven.

All we can do is pray, stay calm and have faith to know that God has our future in His hand. It sounds almost like a cliche saying that God has it in control. You really think about that and not just say it. How strong are we bound to God and his promises?
 

GHoe

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Maybe I'm a bit strange but sometimes when I feel like the rapture could happen in that moment (and I'm alone lol) I'll close my eyes, kind of flex my legs and and say ZOOP ! (my imaginary verb for being raptured). I open my eyes and I'm still here, which is ok. But the rapture does feel very imminent at times.

With that said, I try to concentrate on "the fullness of the gentiles" and try to appreciate that we haven't been raptured yet because the asleep are still waking and the lost are being found again. It's God's will and I know I'd want my ride to wait for me if I was running late and so we wait faithfully. --- ZOOP!
 

bigmoose

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...So how do we break our bonds to the Earth? I guess I have to understand what it means first.
I spent most of my career in aerospace, so this little poem has been with me for many years!

High Flight​

John Gillespie Magee, Jr​

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
 

Rocky Rivera

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I feel a restlessness lately. It’s really hard to describe, but it’s like being anxious for something to come but not knowing what. When don’t know what, it’s hard to define and prepare in some way.
I pray the Lord calls us up soon.
I feel like an overworked student in elementary school, constantly looking at the clock on the wall, waiting for the school bell to ring and summer vacation to start!
 
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