Essay about Discerning the Signs of Times
Many people erroneously think that no signs have to happen before the Rapture occurs. This is a myth that unfortunately, exists in many Christian circles and is taught in Seminary, but nothing could be further from the truth. Therefore, it is believed that, because the Apostle Paul and others from the New Testament/
First Century believed the Rapture was imminent and would happen in their lifetime, that our position as Evangelical
Christians now should be that there are no signs to watch for in the End Times and therefore the Rapture could happen now or a thousand years from now. I believe this is an incorrect …show more content…
2500 years in exile. (Matt. 24:32, 33) This was a sure prophecy that surely had to be fulfilled! Since then, there have been many more "signs" or prophecies that have been fulfilled, that are being fulfilled now, and that still need to be fulfilled. Matthew Chapter
24, Mark 13, Luke 21, Daniel 12, 2 Tim. 3, 2 Pet. 3, 1 Cor. 15, 1
Thess. 5, Joel 3, Obadiah 15-18, Zeph. 2, Zech. 12, etc., all point to the times we are living in right now or will be shortly. These are milestones that are bringing us closer and closer to that appointed day when the Rapture takes place. And by all means, we really are close to it at this time!
The times we are now living in, known as the End Times, can be broken down into several areas.
1. Spiritual and Moral Bankruptcy (2 Tim. 3:1-5)
2 Tim. 3:2-5 declares, "For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
These verses certainly describe the characteristics of our present day very