Many that reject the Bible’s authority have a strange affinity to people that make predictions at a woeful 20% accuracy rate, and salute these prognosticators as though they are the best thing since sliced bread. It is a rather strange recognition that 80% failure is heralded as an amazing feat of predictions.
When one takes inventory of all the signs Jesus gave regarding His return, there is not one prediction that misses the mark from Matthew and Luke. Walking through the accuracy and current day applications reads with chilling inventory of authentic predictions. Is even one off the mark?
“Taking heed nobody deceives you ”: There is an abundance of treachery taking place inside and outside the church today. There are a plethora of ways deception is flourishing in our time.
“Many false Christs arising”: Jim Jones, David Koresh, and Rev. Moon are a small sample of those claiming to be the returning Christ. There are many spiritual leaders claiming to be Christ incarnate.
“Wars and rumors of wars”: There are so many wars being fought today and wars threatening to break out that one could easily say the whole world is involved in war right now.
“Nation rising against nation; kingdom against kingdom”: Armed conflict is raging in over 50 nations while religious conflicts have taken center stage for the majority of motives for warfare.
“Famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places”: The shifting global climate is creating areas being devastated by drought, some areas afflicted with the worst on record. Diseases as ebola, flesh eating bacteria, and deadly viruses resistant to antibiotics are being discovered. Earthquakes are hitting areas little known for seismic activity, let alone the increase of quakes 7.0 and above.
“All of these are the beginning of sorrows”: All of the aforementioned are a precursor to events that will soon follow as a woman having birthing pains before the final event.http://www.jackhayford.org/teaching/articles/the-beginning-of-sorrows/
“Delivering you up to be afflicted, being killed, being hated by all nations for My sake”: It has been increasingly unpopular to be an American due to America being recognized as a Christian nation. Americans are being targeted and even killed by Islamic extremist who go out of their way to murder Americans. Terrorists will slaughter hundreds just to kill a handful of Americans.http://www.christianpost.com/news/worst-christian-persecution-in-over-20-years-marks-last-year-isis-islamic-extremism-mostly-to-blame-finds-open-doors-report-132241/
“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and hate one another.” The intolerance being leveled in America against Judeo-Christian standards has proliferated. Many are offended by the Bible and the cause of Christ and hate the very display of Christian standards or the people quoting the Bible or even praying in Jesus’ Name.
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Many claiming to speak the word of God are claiming damnable heresies regarding what God declares to be sin. False teachers are claiming the word of God is not relevant for our time and the teachings in the Bible need to be updated and changed.
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Morally corrupt practices where hedonistic pursuits will drive people to be lovers of themselves while having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. As in the days of Noah, it will govern much human action.
“But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.” Those that forsake rampant temptation and compromising God’s word will be set apart from judgment and the wrath of God that will be poured out.
“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.” This ominous stipulation and warning declares that the gospel will be preached in all the Earth as a testimony to God’s grace and mercy, and then the end will come.
There really is not one prediction that fails to qualify for the return of Christ. Jesus attached some other requirements as outlined in Matthew 24 and Luke 21, however there is not one precondition that has failed to manifest itself in our time. Other signs would reflect in the Earth, moon, and stars and there have been sufficient displays in the cosmos that converge with the events articulated by Christ in the aforementioned books of Matthew and Luke.
Jesus plainly declared that His return should not catch people unaware because all of the manifested signs should prompt people to His return. When one takes inventory of all the warnings Jesus gave, one cannot say the return of Christ is a shock or surprise. Nobody knows the day or the hour, but the season should be known or Jesus would not have bothered to give all of the warnings.
There are scoffers, doubters, and skeptics? All these folks are doing is fulfilling Bible prophecy.