Are We Living at the End of Time

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Jesus began to open these seals after He was resurrected and “set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” The first five seals correspond precisely with Matthew 24:4-9.

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2

This passage agrees with Matthew 24:4-5, which states,

And Jesus answered and said unto them. Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

The rider of the white horse is false Christianity and the conquering is the deception of many.

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. Revelation 6:3-4

Compare this to Matthew 24:6-7,

And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:…

The comparison between these two is obvious.Revelation 6:5-6 says,

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

The measuring of food in the balances represents famine.Matthew 24:7 agrees,

…: and there shall be famines and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

The oil and the wine represents opulence and abundance. By adding, “see thou hurt not the oil and the wine,” this verse shows that while part of the world goes hungry, others have plenty.

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Revelation 6:7-8

“The beasts of the earth” are despotic governments, as is the beast of Revelation 13. The pale horse rider is death, caused by the wars, famines, diseases, and natural disasters of Matthew 24:6-7.

All these are the beginning of sorrows. Matthew 24:8

The four horsemen of the Apocalypse have been riding for nearly two thousand years. It is simply the state of the world that we live in. The fifth seal is also loosed. It had a former fulfillment with all of the Christians who were martyred in the past. It also has a future fulfillment.

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the alter the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, 0 Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were. should be fulfilled. Revelation 6:9-11
 

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my nameís sake. Matthew 24:9

These circumstances have been occurring all of our lifetimes. We have simply failed to equate them with these prophecies. “Be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet…these are the beginnings of sorrows.”

This is how the day of the Lord can come upon you like a thief in the night. Our personal problems command our full attention. We are lulled into complacency by the drudgery of every day living. We become callous from being bombarded day after day with bad news from around the world.

The world we live in is plagued with immorality, violence, crime, pollution, deforestation, species extinction, human overpopulation, starvation, disease, natural disasters, extreme weather conditions, unpredictable seasons, terrorism, and war with the possible use of nuclear, chemical, or germ warfare. The list is endless.

We are being conditioned to accept as normal: abortion, euthanasia, teenage sexuality, homosexuality, and casual sexuality. Nearly every television documentary or school textbook, no matter what the subject, has a reference to evolution, as if we should take it for granted as truth. The world has changed more in our lifetimes than in all of the years since the flood. How is it that we had not noticed?

And take heed to yourselves, lest at anytime your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting [seeking satisfaction through overindulgence], and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Luke 21:34-35

At this time, there is not a specific sign to show us where we are in relation to the coming of our Lord. However, there are plenty of indications of its nearness.

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Matthew 24:32-33
 

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 24:42-51
 

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. Joel 2:31-32
 

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. I Thessalonians 5:4-11

The end of time is really not the end of the world. It is simply the end of time; the end of Satanís time and the end of manís time. Because in eternity time is irrelevant!

And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Revelation 10:5-7

Time is up!

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