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Thursday, January 25 2018

Do You Know The Signs Of The Times?

"And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?"

The English-language word "time" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, tima, that referred to the duration of something. It was used to refer to various periods, including hours, days, weeks, months, seasons, years or eras. By definition, any "time" has signs, or significance, that marked when it begins, when it is happening, and when it has or will end.

The Mount Of Olives

The Messiah's famous Olivet Prophecy, named from the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem, lists many of the signs that will mark the duration of the "end time." It will last 42 months - as specified by another time-sign prophecy (see the Fact Finder question below).

"24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple [see also What Temple Did Ezekiel See? and When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?].

24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. [see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?]

Jerusalem 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? [see Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives]

24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. [see How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ? and Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?] 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. [see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?]

24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) [see The Abominations Of Desolations By The Kings Of The North And South] 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 24:23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Clouds

24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. [see Trumpets: The Prophecy Of The Return Of Jesus Christ]

24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 24:41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. [see The Raptures]

24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 24:47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 24:50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 24:51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 24:1-51 KJV)

Fact Finder: How do we know how long the "end time" will last? How do we know when it will begin? How do we know when it will end?
See The Doomsday Clock


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This Day In History, January 25

41: The Roman Senate (see The Politics Of Rome and The Founding Of Rome: The Curious Tale Of Romulus and Remus) accepted Claudius (see The Roman Emperors: Claudius) as the new Roman Emperor (see The Messiah And The Caesars and Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome).

Claudius

1327: Edward III became king of England after a coup that removed his father Edward II from the throne.

1533: In defiance of the Pope's "authority" over English kings, England's King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn, his second wife.

Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn

1554: When Queen Mary announced her intention to marry the Roman Catholic Philip II of Spain (during his lifetime Philip colonized what later became the southern U.S.A.; the Philippines are named after him), a rebellion was led by Thomas Wyatt (who was later hanged for treason).

1579: The Union of Utrecht (Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Friesland, Groningen and Overyssel) formed the Dutch Republic as an independent nation from Spain.

1755: Moscow University was founded.

1791: A Royal proclamation created Upper and Lower Canada. "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms based simply on the flow of the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; "Upper Canada" was present-day southern Ontario, "Lower Canada" was southern Quebec.

Upper Canada

1802: Napoleon Bonaparte became President of the Italian (Cisalpine) Republic.

1831: In Poland, the Diet (the name for the legislative assembly in some countries) declared independence, thereby removing Tsar Nicholas from the throne.

1846: The Corn Laws were repealed by the British Parliament. They taxed imported "corn" (the English term for grain, particularly oats, wheat and barley; see also The Corn Field Lessons).

1858: German composer Felix Mendelssohn's famous "Wedding March" became a popular choice at weddings after it was played during the marriage ceremony of Queen Victoria's daughter to the crown prince of Prussia.

1878: A Russian boat became the first vessel to sink another with a torpedo after it sunk a Turkish steamer.

1904: A mine explosion in Pennsylvania entombed 200 coal miners.

1918: Russia declared a republic of Soviets (soviet means council in Russian). Hence the origin of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, an empire that lasted 70 years before collapsing due to bankruptcy.

Soviet Union

1919: A year after the end of the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the League of Nations (the fore-runner of the United Nations) was founded in Geneva. The United States refused to become a member. The League of Nations was made defunct by the Second World War (1939-1945).

1947: Al Capone, the infamous Chicago murderer and gangster, died of syphilis at age 48. One of Capone's errand boys in the 1930s was Jacob Rubenstein, who himself later became infamous as "Jack Ruby," the murderer of Lee Harvey Oswald.

1949: The newly-created (modern-day) state of "Israel" (which is actually a restoration of the Kingdom of Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah; also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Return Of Judah, Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism) held its first general election. Number of seats by party: Labor 57, Center-Right 31, Religious 16.

1949: For her broadcast of Nazi propaganda to U.S. troops in Europe during the Second World War, "Axis Sally" (Mildred Gillars, born Mildred Sisk in Portland, Maine in 1900) was tried as a war criminal in the U.S. She was sentenced to a 10-30 year prison term. Upon her release in 1959, she entered a convent and became a teacher at Catholic schools in Ohio.

1950: During the hysteria of the McCarthy-era communist "witch hunts" in the U.S., Alger Hiss, a State Department official, was convicted of perjury for denying his membership in the communist party. Formerly powerful Senator Joseph McCarthy was later censured by the U.S. Senate for misconduct. McCarthy's ruthless "Red Scare" persecutions destroyed the lives and careers of thousands of innocent people after they were "blacklisted" by McCarthy's delusional hunt for communists. McCarthy died in 1957, at the age of 48, of liver failure caused by his severe alcoholism.

McCarthy

1959: Church of Rome Pope John XXIII proclaimed the coming Second Vatican Council.

1963: Wilson Kettle, the son of an English immigrant, died in Canada at age 102. At the time of his death, the Newfoundland man had 582 living descendants - a real-life "Pa Kettle."

1971: A coup made Idi Amin became president of Uganda.

1971: Charles Manson and 3 women followers were found guilty of the murders of actress Sharon Tate (the pregnant wife of film-maker Roman Polanski) and 6 other people, including the Folger coffee company heiress Abigail Folger.

1981: During China's "Cultural Revolution," Jiang Quing (the widow of Chinese communist founder Moa Tse-tung) and other "Gang of Four" members were convicted of "counter-revolutionary" activities.

1990: Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan gave birth to a girl, the first-ever head of government to give birth while still in office. Bhutto was assassinated in 2007.

1996: Billy Bailey became the last person in the U.S. to be executed by hanging. He was the first to be executed by hanging in Delaware in 50 years.





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