WHAT DID JESUS REALLY SAY ABOUT WARS, FAMINES, PESTILENCES AND EARTHQUAKES?
WHAT DOES THE WORD OF GOD SAY ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS?
Recently (September 1999) the news has been reporting on things the Lord Jesus Christ spoke about over nineteen hundred and fifty years ago. Incredibly Jesus predicted events that are taking place in our world today.
Jesus was asked by His disciples, "What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" Matthew 24:3b. Jesus gave a lengthy answer which takes up almost fifty verses of Scripture. The first thing He said was, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Matthew 24:4. (Why not ask the Lord right now to keep you from being deceived; ask Him to open your eyes to the Word of God.)
He spoke about many coming and claiming to be Christ. "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many." Matthew 24:5. There are literally thousands of people on this planet who claim to be another Christ. Every priest of Rome and most new-agers claim this. We do not have to go back too far to find a couple of famous ones: Charles Manson and David Koresh. Notice Jesus did not say many would come saying, "I am Buddha" or "I am Caesar."
Jesus also spoke of "wars and rumours of wars." Matthew 24:6. No sooner has the crisis in Bosnia passed, than we are now forced into another conflict in East Timor. It is true that there have always been wars, but this past century has produced the bloodiest wars ever. Wars are happening more frequently and with greater intensity.
Jesus also spoke about "famines." Matthew 24:7. Who can forget the famines of Ethiopia and the Sudan? At a time when agricultural technology is so advanced it does not make sense logically that famines would persist in this century. We have irrigation systems, farm equipment, fertilizers and hardy plant material, but Jesus words have come to pass in spite of all this. Even the huge amounts of money and international donations of food did not seem to get to those in need.
Jesus warned of "pestilences" in the last days. Matthew 24:7. A pestilence is a disease or plague such as AIDS, Ebola, syphilis or the flesh-eating disease. It is estimated that there are thirty-three million adults and children in the world who are HIV-infected or have full-blown AIDS. (Toronto Star, Saturday, September 18, 1999) Think about that for a moment. That is more people than now live in Canada! Some authorities give figures three times that amount. AIDS gets a lot of attention, but there are still many more sexually transmitted diseases being spread. Many other diseases are making a comeback such as malaria and cholera. (The vaccines are proving ineffective and sometimes harmful.) Jesus really knew what He was talking about when He described the world we live in today.
Another amazing prediction from the mouth of Jesus was that in the last days there would be "earthquakes in divers places." Matthew 24:7. Recently we have had two devastating earthquakes in Turkey. There have been many other earthquakes as well that have not hit major population centres. Just this week (the week ending September 17, 1999) there have been quakes in Greece, Albania, Iran, China, Japan, Bolivia and Los Angeles. This week a massive quake hit Taiwan killing over twelve hundred people (and still counting). This is nothing short of pre-recorded history taking place as we speak. The words of Jesus Christ are as real as the front page of our daily newspaper.
Did Jesus predict the wild weather we have had recently along the eastern coast of Florida and the Carolinas? He most certainly did. Jesus spoke of "the sea and the waves roaring." Luke 21:25b. That pretty much describes Hurricane Floyd. There rose up another hurricane right after Floyd, and these storms are increasingly common.
Who can predict the future but God alone? The Lord Jesus Christ truly is the God of the Bible. He knows the end from the beginning.
Jesus wants us to be informed about the times in which we live. While religious leaders today talk about peace Jesus said, "From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence." Matthew 11:13. Christians today have had to pay with their lives for their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Recent shootings in Denver, Colorado and Forth Worth, Texas have claimed the lives of several Christians. Jesus was right again when He said, "...iniquity shall abound, (and) the love of many shall wax cold." Matthew 24:12. Many people today have no problem murdering unborn babies or allowing doctors to kill their terminally ill family members. It is a stone-cold heart indeed that wants to save the whales and the trees and butcher the babies.
The Holy Spirit likened the last days to "travail upon a woman with child." I Thessalonians 5:3. In other words, the last days would be like a woman giving birth to a baby. When a woman goes into labour the pains are dull and spaced far apart. The closer she gets to delivering her child the more intense and frequent her pains become. This is exactly the way all these "pains" of the last days have been. We have more false Christs today than ever before. Wars, famines, pestilences and earthquakes are all present with greater intensity and frequency.
Just for a moment, lets look specifically at earthquakes:
*From 1890 to 1899, there was only one "killer" quake 6.0 or greater recorded anywhere in the world.
*From 1900 to 1910, there were 3.
*From 1910 to 1920, there were 2.
*From 1920 to 1930, there were 2.
*From 1930 to 1940, there were 5.
*From 1940 to 1950, there were 4.
*From 1950 to 1960, there were 9.
*From 1960 to 1970, there were 13.
*From 1970 to 1979, there were 51.
*From 1980 to 1989, there were 86.
*From 1990 to 1994, there were more than 100.
(from Planet Earth-2000 A.D. by Hal Lindsey)
It is now 1999 and this decade has seen more earthquakes than the previous century! Birth pangs indeed!
If you are honest, you will admit that Jesus was one hundred percent accurate in His prophecies concerning the last days. Jesus was truthful concerning these things, and He is truthful when He speaks of salvation and eternal life.
You can have the gift of eternal life. First, realize that you are a sinner. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. "There is none that doeth good, no, not one." Romans 3:12b.
Second, realize there is a price for sin. "For the wages of sin is death." Romans 6:23a.
Third, realize that Jesus paid the price for sin for you. "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8. "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." I John 1:7b.
Fourth, realize that your salvation is a free gift and cannot be earned or worked for. "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23.
Finally, realize you must receive Jesus Christ into your heart by asking Him to come in. "But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God." John 1:12a. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13.
If you have repented of your sins and received Christ as your Saviour or have any further questions, please contact us at:
Toronto Baptist Church
702 Wilson Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M3K 1E1
Pastor Hugo SchØ nhaar
Preaching the King James Bible.