Continuation of Subtle things happening in world today. Number 11 will be posted on granpswhatshappeningman.blogspot.com Saturday Jan 30
Jesus began his dissertation of the signs of the times by giving us a warning: ‘See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in my name, saying, “I am the Christ (he Messiah) and will lead many. You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end” (Matt. 24:4-6).
Hey Gang: I want to start this epistle with a very important point that I neglected to get to in the last blog. As you know or would know, if you brought up the last blog on What’s Happening Man, my lead in Scripture was Daniel 9:24-27. It is my sincere opinion that Daniel gives us the most complete overall prophetic picture; many of the other writers zero in on specific things to come.
It is also my opinion, and the opinion of such writers as Dwight Pentecost, John Walvoord and H.A. Ironside, who dedicated large portions of their lives to studying the prophetic word, that Daniel 9:24-27 is the most concise, complete and condensed overall picture of what has been, what is, and what is to come. If you want a comprehensive overview picture of what is to come, you need to get this Scripture firmly planted in your mind and heart-but be careful, for there are many interpretations of what God is saying through Daniel, but- much of it is of questionable credibility.
In the beginning of this series, I told of a meeting of twenty-two prophecy gurus who were asked what was the most profound single fulfillment of prophecy since the birth of Christ. It was a given that the answer would be “the reestablishment of the nation of Israel. But, attached to that question was “what is number two?” They listed several things, but all agreed that “Convergence” was, without much doubt, second. Jesus also talked about convergence when He said, “When all of these things come into view”, your name best be recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life and be prepared to fly, “for your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).
Now, all of that intro to prepare you for my seventh prophetic sign. I will warn you ahead of time, placing this sign in a separate category is not possible, for where you have war you have pestilence and famine. First we need to understand
Understanding Jesus’ statement about “wars and rumors of wars” to mean that warfare is a sign of the end times is the exact opposite of what He intended. Jesus was instructing us not to allow wars or rumors of wars to alarm or concern us, because “the end is not yet.” Similarly, Jesus spoke of false Christs (Matthew 24:5), famines and earthquakes (24:7), persecution (24:9), apostasy (24:10), and false prophets (24:11), warning that “all these are the beginning of the birth pains” (24:8).