Bible Prophecies about the End Times
Written thousands of years ago, are they coming true now and only now?
General Biblical Prophecies:
1. Deception in the world concerning the rise of false Christs.
Christ means Messiah, the promised One from the Old Testament. It wasn’t the last name of Jesus. It was the title for Jesus. (i.e.- the Passion of THE Christ)
Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.
2. Wars and rumors of wars.
Regarding His return to earth, Jesus Christ said
"And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,
Violence is epidemic, and a study of wars since 500 BC shows a recent, dramatic increase of 82 world conflicts since just 1990.
And there have been more wars in the last 100 years than there were in the first 1900 years since the times of Christ.
3. Famines & Earthquakes increase
Christ warned that there would be famines that would be widespread and devastating, leading up to the final conflict of Armageddon. (Mat 24:7)
"For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
One of six people on earth today suffer from hunger.
A recent study shows a dramatic increase in worldwide earthquakes, just since the decade of Israel's rebirth as a nation.
Like increasing birth pangs, in the 1940's there were 51 earthquakes (6.0 and above on the Richter scale); the 1950's, 475; the 1980's, 1,085; the 1990's there were about 1,540, and from 2001-2010 there were 1602 such earthquakes recorded. (see USGS.gov/earthquakes)
4. Pestilences (Disease and Plagues)
Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. And authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
This is a reference to the many strands of bacterias and viruses that have caused horrible diseases on the earth, such as the HIV virus.
5. The Gospel of the Kingdom preached in all the world.
Jesus predicted in Matt 24:14
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.
The sharing of the Gospel in the whole world has been made much more encompassing and rapid by the increase in travel and technology.
Despite decades of dedicated missionary efforts, largely by England and the United States, by 1900 only 3 percent of Africans had become followers of Jesus Christ.
However by 2000, over 45% of the five hundred million people living in Africa have accepted Christ.
Mat 24:9 "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name. 10 "And at that time many will fall away and will deliver up one another and hate one another. 11 "And many false prophets will arise, and will mislead many. 12 "And because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. 13 "But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved. 14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.
Now as this is a description of the Tribulation period. While Church age believers will not be on earth, we can still discern the signs of the times.
And the Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Him asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 But He answered and said to them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' 3 "And in the morning, 'There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?
And He was also saying to the multitudes, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming,' and so it turns out. 55 "And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, 'It will be a hot day,' and it turns out that way. 56 "You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance ofthe earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time?
6. The Apostle Paul’s warning signs of the last days.
2 Tim 3:1-5
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these.
Specific Biblical Prophecies:
History reveals that none of the following predictions were ever fulfilled in any previous generation of the last 2000 years.
The unusual nature of these prophecies also suggests that it is almost impossible that they could be fulfilled again in a following generation.
Jesus encouraged His believers with these words:
"But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
1. The rebirth of the nation Israel in 1948.
Throughout the entire Old Testament, the Jewish Bible, God repeatedly prophesied that the land of Israel, the ancient land of Canaan, was the Promised Land that the Jews would be able to enjoy forever.
It seemed like this prophecy in Eze 37:11-14 was no longer possible, because in 70 AD Jerusalem was destroyed and the Jews were all scattered to other nations. There was no more nation of Israel.
But then in the year 1948, over 600,000 Jews returned to the new Jewish state, despite the opposition of the surrounding Arab nations.
2. The revived Roman empire.
Dan 7:3-7,Rev 17:12-18
It is interesting today that there are two unions of nations forming in Europe: the European Union and the Western European Union.
The same nations and geographic areas of the Roman Empire are now being brought together again in the European Union.
A different name, but the same unification of lands and peoples.
3. Preparations for the Battle of Armageddon predicted.
a. 200 million man army from the King of the East.
The apostle John foretold the final Battle of Armageddon in Rev 16:16, written almost 2000 years ago.
Today China, considered by most the king of the east, almost has an army of 200 million soldiers!
This was impossible when this was written 2000 years ago.
b. A Highway for the Kings of the East.
The apostle John, who was also a prophet in the book of Revelation, wrote about the preparation of a “way” for this huge military force to march across the vast expanse of Asia towards this final battle of Armageddon in northern Israel.
Rev 16:12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.
The Chinese government has already started building a super highway, spending millions of dollars and expending hundreds of thousands of construction workers lives. This super highway is extending from China through the mountains of Asia and towards the nation of Israel.
c. The Drying up of the Euphrates River.
In the same passage in Rev 16:12, we read that the great river Euphrates, of which we are now quite familiar with from the war in Iraq, will at one point dry up, allowing this massive army to cross it.
Throughout history the Euphrates has stopped armies from progressing.
But guess what happened in the war in Iraq?
Only with today’s military technology, allied forces were able to use a mechanical bridge attached to a military vehicle.
This bridge unfolded and crossed the width of the Euphrates River, allowing US troops to cross the river without much problem.
Never before in human history was this so simple.
Also not until recently did the Euphrates river have an intricate series of 22 dams, which were built in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
The Euphrates can become bone dry by the closing of these dams, and armies could march across on dry ground.
4. Babylon rises again.
Babylon is in the country of Iraq, and the city was being rebuilt by Saddam Hussein. There is still evidence of this city today.
5. Plans for Global Government
The prophets Daniel and John predicted thousands of years ago that in the end times, a global government would exist, allowing one man, the AntiChrist, to rule the whole world.
Dan 7:14, Rev 13:7-8
Never before has this been more possible with organizations like the United Nations, that are taking away nationalism and freedom.
6. Technology and the Mark of the Beast
John prophesied through God the Holy Spirit that there would be a cashless society during the last 3 ½ years of the 7 year rule of the Anti-Christ.
Now what are the chances of that? A cashless society?
Well did you know that today more than 90% of purchases in the USA are done without cash?
And here is what is coming soon on this earth….
He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, 17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.
Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
What could this mark be? How can everyone buy and sell with this mark??
(Read Verichip RFID description, from Verichipcorp.com)
7. Instantaneous Global Viewing. Rev 11:9
Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.
Only possible with today’s technology. And forget TV, everyone will probably view this live through a computer on their cell phones! And everyone will have cell phones!!! (third world countries do)
8. Travel and Knowledge shall be increased.
Twenty five centuries ago, Daniel predicted that there would be an explosion of knowledge in the last days before the return of Christ, along with a huge increase in travel.
"But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."
Two key conditions described about 2,500 years ago for the Second Coming of Christ are that "travel and education shall be vastly increased."
In all of history, the vast increase in travel has come just since mid-century with the explosion of both ground and air transportation; in education, with the advance of science and computers.
9. An earthquake shall pass directly through the Mount of Olives. Zec 14:4-5
Professor Bailey Willis of Leland Stanford University was an expert on earthquake activity. During a speech to the British Assoc. of Science for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Willis discussed the recent geological research that revealed a significant earthquake fault line passed directly through the Holy City of Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives.
Just coincidence? Or is everything lining up with the Bible as part of God’s Plan?
10. The Generation that sees these things will see the Lord’s return. Mat 24:34
In Mat 24:34, Jesus predicted: "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.
It is this same God that helped all these prophets write all these predictions that also tells us He loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place.
By the way, if you’ve never believed in Jesus Christ, ask yourself a question:
What is your Truth? What proof do you have? What specific evidence do you have that proves a supernatural Source?
It is this same supernatural book, the Bible, that predicted all these events that are happening now, that also records the facts that Jesus Christ was God in heaven and voluntarily came down to earth to be a sacrifice for our sins, as a member of the human race.
It’s the same book that predicted 1000 years before Jesus was even born that the Messiah would have His hands and feet pierced.
For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.
What greater love is there than when someone is willing to suffer and die in your place?
This is the God of the universe, and the same Bible that predicts all these events we listed is the same Bible that says in Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved.”
You are a sinner, as we all are, and sinners cannot please a holy and righteous God.
The Bible says you need to repent of your sinfulness. Turn from your own solutions. You cannot save yourself.
If you humble yourself before Him, He will give you the faith to trust in His Son for eternal salvation.
As we have seen, we are very possibly living in the end times, before Christ's return.
Accept Him NOW for eternal salvation.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.