The number one sign of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the convergence of all the signs He told us to look for.
Jesus said, “When you see all these things take place, look up! Your salvation draws near” (Luke 21:28).
What are the things Jesus and the prophets said to look for?
Israel back in the land (Jeremiah 23:7-8) (Fulfilled in 1948.)
The Jewish people back in control of Jerusalem (Luke 21:24) (Fulfilled in 1967.)
The Gospel being preached to the whole world (Matthew 24:14) (Fulfilled with the advent of the Internet.)
Because we see these signs today, we can be confident we live in the season of His return.
But Jesus cited other signs too. So did the prophets. Those signs are perfectly apparent as well. As 2019 now dawns before us, what are the most important prophetic trends we see? Below is a list of what are likely the top five.
Iran has been belligerent toward Israel for decades. Now, Russia and Turkey are too. Russia blames Israel for a September 17 incident that led to Syrian forces downing a Russian spy plane. In May, Turkey told Israeli ambassador Eitan Naeh to leave the country. Since then, more Israeli officials have left Turkey, and the Turkish consul general has been expelled from Israel. Israeli relations with all three countries are suffering a clear downtrend.
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: The Gog-Magog War against Israel described in Ezekiel ch. 38 and 39 requires that five nations participate in coming against Israel. Three of the five are now on Israel’s northern border, in the country of Syria.
Just think of the power AI gives the Chinese government. As Dragonfly connects to every camera in China, no one will be able to hide. While this is good for catching criminals, not every person sought by the Chinese government is a criminal. Chinese dissidents, political activists, ethnic minorities, Christians, and other “enemies of the state” will have nowhere to hide. And it’s quite unlikely China will be the only state to take advantage of this technology. In one form or another, every nation on earth is already making use of AI.
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: Always remember, however, that Artificial Intelligence will never be a match for plain old carefully developed stupidity.
3) An Increase in High Magnitude Earthquakes
Jesus said several signs will increase like birth pains before He returns (Matthew 24:8). This means those signs will increase in frequency and intensity before the Second Coming. One of the signs Jesus cited is earthquakes (Matthew 24:7). We’ve seen a marked increase in the frequency of high intensity earthquakes over the past two decades.
From 1900 to 1950, the world only registered six 8.0 magnitude earthquakes. Since 2010, we’ve had ten. Earlier this year, more than 70 earthquakes hit the Pacific Ring of Fire in a 48-hour period. The earth is preparing for the King’s return!
4) Continued European Union Volatility
In a June 23, 2016 referendum, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU). The media labeled this British exit from the EU “Brexit.” Many predicted an immediate collapse of the EU. They said further exits would likely follow. Yet 2 1/2 years later, the EU is still together and the UK hasn’t left. This should come as no surprise.
These include arguments over a single currency (the United Kingdom and Denmark opted out), disagreements over how to handle debt crises (the Greek bailouts), and disputes over open borders (the Syrian refugee crisis). Each step along the way, the EU struggled to survive. Yet it HAS survived. If the EU is the forerunner to the empire the prophet Daniel described, then it will continue to survive. And its power will grow until it envelops the whole world.
5) The Love of Many Grows Cold
The Bible says that in the end times “the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). “People will be lovers of themselves and their money. They’ll be “boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They’ll consider nothing sacred. They’ll be unloving and unforgiving — slanderers with no self-control. They’ll be cruel and hate what is good. They’ll betray their friends, be reckless, prideful, and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. They’ll act religious, but reject the power that could make them godly” (2 Timothy 3:2-5).
These are just a few news stories from the past year. Unfortunately, they are not isolated incidents. Stories of aberrant and criminal behavior have become so commonplace that most of them aren’t reported in the media anymore. Instead, we hear statistics about the number of rapes, murders, and assaults year to date, and whether or not this year is worse than the last. The world today is saturated with violence — just as in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37).
What to Look for in 2019