Over the years, various people have made some pretty bad predictions of the future.Â Some of history’s all-time prophetic goof records that King George II said in 1773 that the American colonies had little stomach for revolution.Â In 1939 The New York Times said the problem of TV was that people had to glue their eyes to a screen, and that the average American wouldn’t have time for it.Â These folks were inherently wrong.Â Can a person tell the future?Â Well, through the words and prophecy of the Scriptures we can get an idea of future events and even a time line of when the battle of Armageddon may occur.
The 24th Chapter of Matthew provides many insights into the end of days.Â “Take heed that no man deceive you.Â Â For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.Â 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.Â For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.Â All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.Â Â And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.Â And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.Â And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.Â But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved,” Matthew 24:4-13.Â Notice that the Messiah doesn’t mention a ‘rapture” but insists that “he that endures until the end shall be saved.”
In this same chapter the Savior compared the wickedness of the last generation to the days of Noah.Â “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man,” Matthew 2:37.Â Here, the Savior was giving mankind a hint regarding the timing of His return.Â To understand this prophecy we must look to the original Hebrew used in the account of Noah in Genesis 6.
“The wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every imagination of the thoughts of man’s hear was only evil continually,” Genesis 6:5.
“The earth was corrupt and filled with violence,” Genesis 6:12
“The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and I will destroy them,” Genesis 6:13.
The increase of wickedness prompted the great flood cleansing.Â In these verses, the Hebrew word translated as “violence” and “wickedness” is a message from beyond.Â The actual word in the Hebrew is “hamas.”Â The world was destroyed because sin/violence/hamas increased.Â The Savior was speaking of the growth of “hamas” when He said, “as it was in the days of Noah so it will be when the Son of Man returns.”
Today, “Hamas” is the name of the Islamic terrorist organization that uses negative propaganda and military might to wage war against Israel.Â The Savior prophesied the exact name of the group that would oppose Israel and bring forth the time of Jacob’s trouble.Â Perhaps, we indeed are living in the time that will see the violence/hamas increase until the return of Messiah
Submitted by Donna as written by Daniel Rendelman
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