10 Common Signs That Are NOT Signs of the End

2021-09-07 The Parable of 5 Wise and 5 Foolish Bridesmaids“There were ten young women, the equivalent of bridesmaids in our time, who were waiting for a bridegroom to show up outside the bride’s house.  In their culture, the groom would host a big ‘bachelor party’ for his friends while the bride waited in her home.  Sometimes, in his anxiety to join his bride, that party would be minimal and over quickly. 

“However, other times the party with the guys could go on a looooong time.  No one had a wristwatch to keep track, so it was up to the groom to decide.  When he finally showed up with his entourage, the bridesmaids would join the procession of groomsmen into the wedding feast and marriage ceremony.

“Five of these young women knew the groom might be a long time and planned ahead.  They had lamps to illuminate the wedding feast, and being wise, they brought extra fuel for their lamps.  Five were not so diligent and only brought the fuel in their lamps.

“As the day wore on into evening, the less attentive girls asked the wise ones for some of their fuel.  Prudently, the wise ones simply responded they could not give their fuel away or they might not have what they needed.  This was not greedy, but simply the way it was.  So the five “foolish” ones went into town before the shops would close in order to buy fuel.  But by the time they got back, the groom had arrived, the feast had begun and the lights were blazing inside the walls of the bride’s home.

“The foolish young women begged to be let in, but the Master of the wedding told them, “Truly, I do not know you.”  And so they were left outside, out of the party and uninvolved in the wedding.”  (paraphrased; Matthew 25:1-13)

Sound harsh?  This is the story Jesus told His disciples after He had just answered their tri-part question: “When will [the destruction of the Temple] be, and what will be the sign of your coming, and [what will be the sign] of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3)  This also was not a pretty picture, so for those who think of Jesus as a gentle, mild-mannered, sweet-guy teacher, all roses and lovey-dovey, Matthew 24 and 25 can be eye-openers!

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour,” (Matthew 25:13) and He was not going to tell them.  In fact, His loving Father, the “I Am” who revealed Himself to Moses, is the only one who knows.  Even Jesus is out of the loop for His return date (Matthew 24:34).

All New Testament references to Jesus’ return to rapture the Church out of the world emphasize that there are no markers we can lay down and say, “Okay, Jesus will come in three and a half years,” or “Jesus will return in seven years.”  These views are referred to as mid-Tribulation and post-Tribulation rapture.  If Jesus’ return to “catch away His bride” was on this schedule, we could pretty much count the days: precisely 1,260 days, or 2,550 from whatever event begins the first half of the Tribulation.  (See Revelation 11:3, 12:14, Daniel 7:25, 12:7)

Furthermore, before He returns He noted that life would be pretty “normal,” at least as normal as they can be with all kinds of alarms going off and false prophets spouting “wisdom” in WordPress blogs about how to be happy, how to have a fulfilling life, how to make lots of money, etc.; “as it was in the days of Noah.” (Matthew 24:37-42, 2 Timothy 3:1-7)

Jesus specifically said these are NOT signs of the end of this age:

  1. People claim to be a Savior or to have all the answers to the world’s problems.
  2. Wars and rumors of wars.
  3. Famines.
  4. Earthquakes.
  5. Persecution of Christ-followers to death.
  6. Many leave faith in Christ and betray and hate other Christ-followers.
  7. False “prophets” who claim to have special knowledge.
  8. Deception: calling “good” evil and calling “evil” good.
  9. Lawlessness.
  10. Lovelessness; exaltation of self-love; love of pleasure.

Then WHAT IS the sign of the end? “This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”  (Matthew 24:14)

With over 7000 languages in the world, most now have some of the Bible in their “heart language” and Bible translations societies are closing in on the most obscure of these.  However, we do not know what God considers a language or “nation” in the Great Commission.  In any case, there is no reason to suspect that this Gospel will not reach every nation of the world within the immediate future!

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Therefure, Christ followers must not only Be Ready, but help everyone we can to Get Ready to meet Jesus!

 

 

19 thoughts on “10 Common Signs That Are NOT Signs of the End

  1. Now is a very powerful time Capost, for all to spread the gospel. Time is passing fast, and the internet is far reaching and quick with messages. The gospel is a serious commission.

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    1. “What matters is not that we have some belief, but that what we believe is founded on the truth.” (Noel Horton)
      What is true is true whether anyone believes it or not and what is false is false even if the whole world believes it.’
      “The strength of your faith is not the issue. Put strong faith in a weak bridge, and you might fall. Weak faith in a strong bridge will get you across a chasm. Jesus is strong enough to carry us, even when our faith is weak.” (Robert Hill)
      Thanx for visiting and considering the claims of Jesus. your friend, c.a.

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  2. Have you ever seen the movie called Before the Wrath? It’s a beautiful picture of Christ coming for His bride, I really think you would like it. I’ll leave a link to the trailer so you can watch. I also wanted to ask you what is your opinion on Matthew 24:29-31 (the beginning of verse 29 in particular)?

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    1. Hmm, watched the trailer and afraid I am not impressed. How can anyone “prove” such-and-such is going to happen? If the producers believe they have found such proof, why are they not all over the place with the evidence?
      A dear friend of mine, a medical doctor, spoke to our “life group” once asking us for proof that the Bible is true. I suggested such proof is not even available for the Bible, because if one will not believe, “neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.” Luke 16:31
      And then Jesus came back from the dead to “prove” this statement; and still they do not believe.
      Proving Jesus would return presupposes He rose from the dead.

      When Jesus was about to go to the cross,he told his apostles, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” (John 14:21-22)
      There is no proof to the hearts that refuse to believe. For them, there will be “A Final Mercy,” a blog in two weeks.
      ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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      1. I just thought you might like the movie since it is designed to give hope to those who do believe, using Old Testament scripture combined with ancient Jewish betrothal and marriage traditions to (not prove but) support pre-tribulation rapture. I’m personally a post-tribber, but loved the sweetness in the analogy and learned a lot from the insight they shared. No biggie if you don’t want to watch it 😊

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    1. When I read Revelation 7 my confidence is raised that He WILL! 🙂. Look at those who come to Him DURING the tribulation! Perhaps the greatest harvest as ever in such a short time.
      The question He asked was in the context of people persisting in prayer and sometimes thinking themselves TOO worthy. Even in the parable when He asked this, He preceded the question with: “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?”
      Hallelujah, may He find US faithful. ☺️

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      1. Yes, He warned us in advance, so that we would not become discouraged.
        Because of the humanity He assumed, Jesus has a clear understanding of what we need to stay encouraged and focused on Him. 🌼🌷

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      2. Number #6 reminds me of Hebrews 6. Apostasy. Also, 1 John is an excellent treatment that those who are called will indeed persevere till the end. If “they” leave, then, “they were not really of us” but appeared to be of us. May God, as the blessed hymn goes, “Hold us Fast” in Christ Jesus.

        Love you, fellow iron mates!

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