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Good morning. It is Wednesday, August 25, 2021


Have you heard any of the following?...“These are crazy times we live in.”


“What on earth is going on?”


“What is wrong with people?”


“We are living in the end times!”


Not only have I heard them, but chances are I have repeated them.


The faith I grew up in has long talked about prophesy, Daniel and Revelation and what the end times might look like. But I have never heard other faiths talking about end times until recently.


It does not matter what Christian radio I listen to or tv channel I watch, the topic often is end times.


Are we living in end times? If we are, are you ready to meet God? How can we know we are living in end times?


The Bible tells us in Matthew 24:36 that no one except the Father knows what day and hour Jesus will return, not even the angels.


But we are told in verse 33 "when you see all these things, you know that He is near, at the very gates."


What “things” is that verse referring to?


If you study the book of Daniel, you know we are in the ‘time of the end.’ All evidence points to such. The signs are clear if you know what to look for. But let us look at a few signs.


Revelation 13:17 “so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.”


Now, I am not here to debate what the mark of the beast is, but to point out that soon, unless we have that mark, we will not be able to buy or sell.


You think “That is impossible!” “That will never happen!” and yet look how close we are to a cashless society. Never has the world been more dependent on their bank card or credit card. You cannot rent a car with cash. You cannot stay in a motel with cash. You cannot order anything on-line with cash. It is even hard to build your credit score without a credit card. During Covid last year there was a local coffee kiosk that would not accept cash. And I recently heard an argument about how ‘dirty’ cash money is. We are very close to a cashless society.


Look at these headlines:

Sweden close to being a Cashless Society Cash is Dead, are Credit Cards Next? Nigeria Deploying Biometric Technology Throughout the Banking System Mastercard Tracking Global Economies Heading for Cashless Societies Israel Leaders Pushing for a Cashless Society UN World Food Program Pushing Smart Cards and Digital Payment Cashless Society Drive Gaining Momentum in Rwanda Source: signs-of-end-times.com


How easy would it be for any government to freeze your money with the click of a button? Extremely easy.


Daniel 12:4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”


Would you say knowledge has been increased in the past 20 years? 50 years? Even 100 years? YES! Would say we can now travel to and fro? YES!


Matthew 24:37 ESV “For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

How was it in the days of Noah?


Genesis 6:5 tells us “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” – ESV


We indeed live in a very wicked world. It has always been wicked, but crime is increasing by leaps and bounds.


In 2019, the homicide rate in Mexico established a record, rising by 1% to over 35,000 cases, media reported citing the Mexican Ministry of Public Security. According to earlier data, 32,600 homicides were recorded all over the country from January-November 2019. The previous record had been set in 2018, with more than 33,000 registered murder cases. Crime rates have surged in Mexico in recent years. The spike in violence has been associated with drug production and the confrontation between drug cartels over control of drug transit to the United States. – Source sputniknews.com


Mass shootings in the US: there have been 1,624 in 1,870 days. No other developed nation comes close to the rate of US gun violence. Americans own an estimated 265m guns, more than one gun for every adult. Data from the Gun Violence Archive reveals there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – nine out of every 10 days on average. – Source the guardian.com


From 2016. The number of murders in 29 of the nation’s largest cities rose during the first six months of the year, according to the results of a survey released by the Major Cities Chiefs Association on Monday. Overall, homicides jumped 15% in the 51 large cities that submitted crime data, compared with the same year-ago period. But over half that increase was driven by spikes in two cities: Chicago, which has struggled with rising gang violence, and Orlando. – Source wsj.com


This year alone, by May 31, Houston had 190 murders, up 28% Last year in Detroit there were 327 murders, up 19% As of June 1, this year Philadelphia has had 219 murders, up 34% As of May 18, this year, Chicago has had 227 murders, up 18.8% As of June 1, this year, New York has had 173 murders, up 17.7%


Child abuse. Domestic Violence. Rape. Violent crime. Drugs. Addiction. Fraud and burglary...everything is going up.


Luke 17:28-30 “Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all—so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”


Jude 1:7 “just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.” – ESV


Have you looked at your tv guide recently? There is no shortage of shows on paranormal activities. Ghost hunters. People who speak to the dead. And it’s all right there for us to watch at our leisure. Yes, they are real, but they are demonic. People are not communicating with dead loved ones, they are communicating with evil angels.


1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,” – ESV


Leviticus 19:31 “Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”


Revelation 21:8 ESV “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”


Deuteronomy 18:10 ESV “There shall not be found among you anyone…who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer.”


Isaiah 8:19-20 ESV “And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.”


The Bible is very clear on what types of people will not be saved.


Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”


Luke 21:25-26 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” – ESV


The federal government issued 86 disaster declarations as of September 30, breaking the previous annual U.S. record total of 81, which was set just last year,” said Dr. Robert Hartwig, an economist and president of the I.I.I. “The number of U.S. disaster declarations has been trending sharply upward, particularly over the past 15 years. – Source insurancejournal.com


Tropical Storm Harvey dumped almost 50 inches of rain in some areas in just over four days, with more set to come. That is a record for a tropical system in mainland America. – Source: economist.com


May 2019, America was been hit with 500 tornadoes in 30 days, breaking a 40-year record by marking the 12th day in a row with at least eight tornado reports, according to US forecasters. – Source news.sky.com


From 2014. If you think there have been more earthquakes than usual this year, you're right. A new study finds there were more than twice as many big earthquakes in the first quarter of 2014 as compared with the average since 1979. "We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest rates of great earthquakes ever recorded," said lead study author Tom Parsons, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Menlo Park, California. – source cbsnews.com


A series of massive quakes within 2 days in 2012 prompted an earthquake expert to suggest that the earth is "cracking up" – Source croatiantimes.com


Just look at this graph.


Matthew 24:4,5 Jesus said that many will come claiming to be Christ and will lead many astray. Do not believe it!


Matthew 24:26 So if anyone tells you, 'There he is, out in the wilderness,' do not go out; or, 'Here he is, in the inner rooms,' do not believe it.”


Jesus will come in the sky, visible to all eyes.


Acts 1:10-11 tells us exactly how Jesus is coming back. “And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”


He will come back in the same way that he ascended to heaven. In the sky, visible.


1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.”


Jesus is coming soon. The signs are all around us. Are you ready to meet Him? Have you accepted Him as your personal savior? If not, what are you waiting for?


Probation is soon to close and just like the doors of the ark, it will then be too late to be saved. Do not delay asking Jesus to save you.


Dear Father, I believe that Jesus Christ is Your only begotten Son. I believe that He came to earth in the flesh. I believe He was tortured and died on the cross to take away my sins and the sins of this world. I believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the first day of the week,

conquering the grave to give me eternal life. I believe He my only hope of having salvation. I confess to You all the wrong and sinful things that I have done in my life. I ask for your forgiveness. Jesus, thank you for personally shedding your blood for me on the cross. I am now ready to accept You as my personal Lord and Savior. I now ask that You come into my life and live with me for all of eternity. Save me and take me home to heaven when you come, I pray. Amen


John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ESV

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