[Acts 2:17] 17 ” ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
The first time that the Holy Spirit was sent to the saints, was the beginning of the End Times. It is as if the clock for the return of Jesus Christ started. That was almost 2000 years ago. The reason it seems to have taken that long was that Jesus has already appointed a generation to go through it. How about now? Are we that generation?
Below are the signs, found in Luke 21 about that which Jesus described that must take place before His return.
[Luke 21:9-11] 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” 10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
[Luke 21:25-26] 25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
[Luke 21:28] 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
All those things mentioned in Luke 21, above is already happening. The difference between now and the past is the intensity of it. In Matthew 24, Jesus said: ….
[Matthew 24:7-8] 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
Just like a mother who is with child and has contractions, the closer those contractions get, the closer the coming of the baby into the world is. Jesus is just like that. The contractions are natural disasters, wars, famine, viruses, and the baby represents Jesus.
The next event to look for is the third temple, in which the Antichrist will be, declaring to be God, and having his image or idol on the corner of the temple to be worshiped.
[2Thessalonians 2:4] 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
[Matthew 24:15-16, 21] 15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand– 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
[Matthew 24:21] 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again.
[Revelation 13:14-15] 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.
We are that close, my brothers and sisters in Christ.