Are We In The End Times? Series: Part 1
A Sermon By: Pastor Henry T. Anderson
Windsor Avenue Bible Church, Oceanside, NY
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.
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.
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?
For the next couple of weeks Church we’re gonna look at The End Times and how they relate to us Christians.
We’re gonna look at The Signs of The End Times,
We’re also gonna look at Antichrist and who he is,
We’re gonna look at The Rapture and The Tribulation,
And we’ll finish up with The 1000 Year Reign of Jesus, The Judgments and our Rewards and Heaven!
So let’s jump right in!
In verse 3 The Disciples ask Jesus a question: “Tell us, when shall these things be?”
And the First question is: Are we living in The End Times? The Answer is Yes or No or We don’t know? The Answer is Yes!
We all have been living in “the last days” ever since Jesus was born.
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
The Crucifixion of Jesus was in “the last days”.
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
The Holy Ghost came at Pentecost in “the last days”.
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And The Church age runs its course in “the last days”. Paul writing to The New Testament Church in:
1 Corinthians 10:11
11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
The Period of time from The Birth of Jesus till His Second Coming is The Last Days or End Times!
And The Disciples also asked Jesus in verse 3: What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Now by definition a Sign is some visible transaction, event or appearance intended as proof or evidence of something else; hence; proof; evidence by sight.
The Disciples and us Christians are a curious bunch. We want to know and see some Signs that the World is coming to an end and that Jesus is coming!
And Jesus answers them, look at verse 4:
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
These are your Cults and Kooks, Sun Myung Moon- The Moonies, Jim Jones, David Koresh, Puerto Rican preacher José Luis De Jesús Miranda referrers to himself as Jesucristo Hombre, which translates to "The Man Christ Jesus".
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.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
There are currently around 40 Conflicts and Wars in the World.
In the past 10 years, the world has witnessed a decline in global cooperation and security. This downturn is manifest through multiple internationalized wars and massive humanitarian crises, rising nationalism from global powers, transnational terror organizations using sophisticated recruitment techniques, cyber-attacks orchestrated by marginalized states, sustained levels of violence in nominally ‘post-conflict’ countries, and a drastic rise in the number of non-state violent agents.
there shall be famines… What is famine?
Famine represents the most serious food insecurity situation in terms of both scale and severity.
It occurs when a substantial number of people are dying due to a lack of food or because of a combination of lack of food and disease. According to OXFAM International: Today, the world stands on the brink of unprecedented famines. About 30 million people are experiencing alarming hunger, severe levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in north-eastern Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Other Countries millions of people do not have enough food to feed their families.
Pestilences: a fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague. Hello Coronavirus…
earthquakes… earthquake activity has increased in recent years…
Continuing verse 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
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.
It’s not popular being a Christian today!
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
Hello America 2020. Everyone’s Offended at everything… Welcome To The Thin-Skinned Generation, Where Everything is A Problem.
Thoughtful debate has become limited.
We are drilled to stick to the line of political correctness…
We’re teaching kids that even the slightest thing should be taken as inappropriate or offensive.
People today have been trained to seek out a reason to be offended.
Society in general, are formulating systems that promote sensitivity instead of resilience, grit and self reliance.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Again as Verse 5…
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
We don’t love like we should, our hearts have turned cold…
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
There are many more passages in The Bible that speak of The End Times; I’d like to read three of them to you.
First Daniel wrote in Daniel 12:4
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Second Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
And Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3:2-4
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
And these Mockers and Scoffers make fun of and tease us Christians about The End Times.
Our current Economic crisis in this Country is one of the many “Signs of the End Times” that Jesus spoke about.
-This crisis will never be solved.
-It’s not gonna be the same way it used to be, -It’s almost over…
Now Jesus also said in:
19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Verse 21 says:
21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
-Wherever your Heart, your Money, your time, your energy have gone, it is where your Heart is.
-You cannot separate the two.
-Your treasure is what you deem valuable and that’s where your Heart is.
----If it’s in this World or in the Kingdom of God, wherever you find things you love and work for them, you’ll find your Heart right there.
And the Economy, it’s not just an American thing, it’s a Global Economy.
-Church, it’s never gonna be the same, what we want to do is go back to the 90’s, -earn 20 percent on our investments.
-We want to spend money we don’t have like a bunch of drunken Sailors, our home equity, and get in debt, hoping our home values increases and if we die, so what we’ll just pass the debt onto our kids, someone else, or the next generation. And,
-The Gov’t isn’t gonna bail us out; we are the Gov’t, its: - “We the People” ding, ding, ding… They have our money!
-We have some fantasy that someone up there in Gov’t will fix everything. -Print some more money…
-I’m sorry, but can’t always blame the Gov’t; we did this to ourselves to an extent.
-Here’s the problem, I’m not an Economist, but it’s Deflation, not Inflation. Again, I’m not an Economist but,
Deflation happens when goods pile up, the prices drop low because there’s no buyer’s and prices continue to drop.
-People aren’t buying; businesses have no incentives to hire employees.
-People, Bankers, Investors aren’t investing….
-Things are worth less… Unemployment abounds…
That’s different from inflation. Inflation is about high prices.
Remember the 70’s and 80’s?
Remember 18 % mortgage rates? Remember when gas went from 25 cents to 59 and 89 cents? I remember when beef went up, people were mad.
Another difference between Deflation and Inflation, is that Inflation can kinda be controlled my manipulating interests rates, but not Deflation, it can’t be controlled and leading economists think that’s where were heading.
In a recent Wall Street article, “A Wall Street Journal survey found that by a two-to-one margin Wall Street economists see deflation as a bigger threat to the U.S. economy over the next three years than inflation.”
“Falling prices aren’t the same as sale prices.”
Economists are more worried about Deflation, it’s like a computer virus, you didn’t know where it came from, you can’t fix, and it could destroy you.
This is what’s happening globally, and it’s gonna get worse, and we’re getting more and more in debt. According to the US Debt Clock:
The Outstanding Public Debt as of Today:
26 Trillion Dollars
The estimated population of the United States is 317,875,248 so each citizen's share of this debt is $79,787
Were in trouble folks, “Trillions”, “Trillions….” The other day I heard the word “Gazillion”. I don’t even know if it’s a real word or even a number!
-Do you know how long it would take to spend a Trillion dollars?
If you spend a million dollars a day since Jesus died on the Cross at Calvary, fast forward to today, and then add 700 more years, that’s 2700 years, a million dollars a day for 2700 years equals 1 Trillion dollars!
-I don’t think our leaders know what to do, and as we’re sitting here in Church we’re getting more and more into debt.
-Here’s where we stand:
History teaches us that evil leaders rise to power during great economic calamity. They gather allegiance & authority, a loyal following that spreads to its land. Hitler, Stalin & Pol Pot are just a few examples of this.
It’s safe to say that it always starts good, and ends in utter failure, in ruins.-These economic times are preparing the world for another evil, sinister powerful leader that will rise up and destroy Human kind as we know it. Welcome The Antichrist!
Do you know what History also teaches us?
Answer- That in times of trouble, people want a strong leader to solve their problems.
-They’ll even surrender their rights ala Venezuela. We’re doing that here in America in many ways…
-People will let the Gov’t take more of what they have; all because they want to go back to the way it was, the good ole days. That’s what people are looking for.
The Time is near for Antichrist…
Which brings us to Revelation chapter 13. Let’s turn to Revelation chapter 13.
The Anti Christ, the authority figure, this wicked man, is the man who will arise in the world to make one final attempt to destroy Christ’s work and people before Jesus returns from Heaven (Revelation 13). Antichrist will be Satan incarnate in some mysterious way, and yet he will also remain an independent personality.
Other Bible Names for the Antichrist:
(1) Little horn (Daniel 7:8; 8:9).
(2) King of fierce countenance (Daniel 8:23).
(3) Prince that shall come (Daniel 9:26-27).
(4) Man of sin (2 Thes. 2:3).
(5) Son of perdition (2 Thes. 2:3).
(6) That wicked (2 Thes. 2:8).
(7) Antichrist (1 John 2:18).
Now people have been speculating since Bible times who The Antichrist is, from Nero to Hitler to President Reagan, now there is some debate within The Church who Antichrist is.
I believe that Antichrist is Judas Iscariot. There are two people in the Bible who are called the “Son of Perdition,” Judas John 17:12 and The Antichrist in 2 Thessalonians 2:3!