The number 7 in the Bible represents completion. The earth was created in six "days" and God rested on the seventh "day". A week is 7 days, there are 7 continents, 7 seas, there were 5 loaves and 2 fish = 7, etc..Many scholars believe Adam was first put on Earth around 4,000 BC. (http://www.abiblestudy.com/part1.html) Because it is 2009, it's been approximately 6,000 years from Adam and the 1,000 years of Jesus' rule and reign is right around the corner.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8
Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Hosea 6:2
The Lord was here 2 days ago, or 2,000 years ago--we can expect him to return any time now.
And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. Mark 9:1,2
This is a type of the rapture showing that after six days (6,000 years), the Lord took 3 of the 12 disciples (Firstfruits) "up" to a high mountain and was transfigured, similar to our corrupt bodies putting on incorruption in the twinkling of an eye. Any day now.
After 6 Days, On The 7th Day: Marching Around Jericho
And ye shall compass the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him. Joshua 6:3-5
Again, another type of and reference to the rapture after six days or six thousand years.
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Daniel 12:4
According to this passage, "the time of the end" will be marked by travel and increased knowledge. There has never been a greater change in both categories than our generation. People literally went from walking to flying in a matter of a few years compared to the previous 6,000 and technology is exponentially increasing.
Jesus Christ foretold the rebirth of Israel in his famous prophecy of the "fig tree" budding that was recorded in Matthew's Gospel:
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 all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:32-35
No other ancient nation ever ceased to exist for a period of centuries and then returned to take its place on the stage of world history. Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children Isaiah 66:8
Israel was reborn in May 1948 and Jerusalem was recaptured in the Six Day war of 1967. The generation that began in 1948 will see all scripture fulfilled.
Mark Biltz, pastor of El Shaddai Ministries in Bonney Lake, Washington, says that a rare string of eclipses in the year 2015 could signal the return of Jesus to the Earth. He cites the prediction of four consecutive total lunar eclipses on Nasa's website. He relates it to Jesus's teaching on the Mt. of Olives. The eclipses falling on the exact days of the Jewish feasts in 2015 is another big sign. Given all the other signs, these eclipses should play a major role in the end times scenario.
The king had a dream and Daniel was called in to explain it. Interpretation, You are the head of gold. After you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things; and like iron which crushes, it shall break and crush all these. And as you saw the feet and toes partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.
History has proven Daniel's interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream to be accurate. As Daniel prophesied, the empire which supplanted the king's head of gold was the Medo-Persian kingdom which was the breastplate of silver in the vision. The Babylonians were taken over by Alexander the Great of Greece, the loins of brass. Alexander's empire then fell to the Roman Empire, which eventually crumbled from within and divided into eastern and western empires, the two legs of the image. The image was a representation of this age as well, and we are down to the base of the image meaning the end.
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Daniel 9:20
The 70 "weeks" or 490 years started from the decree by Artixerxes Longimanus to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. It was stalled after 483 years when Messiah was "cut off" or crucified around 33 AD. There are only 7 years left to fulfill the above scripture. The final 7 years is known as "The Time of Jacob's Trouble" and should begin soon after the rapture. It also coincides with the bridal week of the church after the rapture.
The 7 major feasts of the Jewish people are important with regard to God's plan for humanity. Jesus has fulfilled the spring feasts with his birth, death, and resurrection. The others will be fulfilled soon with the rapture, Second Coming, and establishment of Jesus' kingdom on earth.
The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announces the completion of the Tzitz, the High Priest's headplate - now ready for use in the Holy Temple. The tzitz is made of pure gold, was fashioned over the course of a more than a year by the craftsmen of the Temple Institute, and is ready to be worn by the High Priest in the rebuilt Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Additionally, the cornerstone is ready to be laid, vessels have been made, curtains stitched, and all other specifications set forth in the Old Testament are ready. After the rapture, the Jews will institute the daily sacrifice not understanding that Jesus was the final sacrifice needed to pay for man's sins.
For three and a half days, the bodies of the 2 witnesses will be seen by people in all countries around the world - an easy matter with modern television, and now the Internet. We now have the technology for this to be possible--before our generation, the whole world would not be able to see the witnesses in the street.
The momentum toward a cashless society is undeniable. Transactions are becoming faster and more efficient at an amazing pace. The Bible says that the Beast or Antichrist will fool the elect of many religions that he is God by doing miracles and promising peace. He will break his peace agreement and totally rule the world. He will force everyone to worship him and accept a satanic mark on their right hand or forehead in order to buy or sell (Rev 13). This will probably be an embedded computer chip. GPS systems are also readily available and would be important for tracking people who have the mark.
The Jews have been persecuted throughout history and one of the reasons is "the mystery of lawlessness" described in the Bible. The source isn't flesh and blood, but spiritual forces behind the flesh and blood--the curse of demonic possession and influence. God says he will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who come against it. Satan knows God has chosen the Jewish people and he does everything he can to kill, steal from, and destroy them. The focus on Israel and Jerusalem in the news is a constant sign--why would the Muslims spend so much time and energy on their "3rd Holiest Site" the Al Aqsa Mosque instead of Mecca? Looking at a map of the middle east is baffling--relatively small Israel is supposedly behind the repression of Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, etc.? The situation is a tinder box waiting for a spark to explode.
A report from the U.S. State Department details "an upsurge" across the world of Anti-Semitism -- hostility and discrimination toward Jewish people."Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, Anti-Semitism is not just a fact of history, it is a current event," the report says. (http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/03/14/anti-semitism/index.html). Many Jews who lived through the Holocaust are describing similarities of incidents between then and now.
The Left Behind series was the best selling book series ever. There are numerous movies bringing attention to end-times related prophecies from the Bible. Movies such as Armageddon, End of Days, Left Behind, Taken, Knowing, Devil's Advocate, Sixth Sense, The Day The Earth Stood Still all have spiritual and apocalyptic themes that plant seeds in the heads of the people who see them. I'm not saying these movies are not demonic or that they are accurate, I am saying the timing of the release of these movies may help some people come to the realization that Armageddon is Biblical and will happen as written.
Every weapon that has ever been invented has been used. It is just a matter of time before nuclear weapons are used against us. Biological and chemical warfare will sadly certainly be used as well. There have been 2 world wars in less than a hundred years and a 3rd would be devastating. Einstein said, "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
The Bible is a major sign itself. 66 books written by many different authors by the inspiration of God over a long period of time, and not one mistake can be found. The more people try to discredit it, the more it is proved to be accurate. We can be sure the information and warnings are valid. Additionally, as a generation, we have countless examples of prophets warning the people, and then fulfillments of prophecy over time.
There have been millions of near death accounts where the injured or dead "came out of their body" in spirit form and heard the doctors talking or saw things they couldn't have possibly known. This is very similar to when Jesus "gave up the ghost" and backs up the whole idea of a spirit in a body. The Bible says that all things that were created, "whether visible or invisible"....The spirit realm is real--angels and demons surround us all.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Acts 2:17
There have been many dreams and visions through the church these days--Another sign Jesus is coming very soon.
22. Pharmakia The Bible says people will be hooked on pharmaceutical drugs in the last days. The Greek word for pharmacy is pharmakia which means sorceries. The Bible says, "..and they repented not of their sorceries." Our society definitely fits that description. Dependent on pills for well-being.
Can anyone deny witnessing true evil in the attempted genocide of the Jews by Adolf Hitler? The persecution of the Jewish people has been happening throughout history because Satan does everything he can to kill God's chosen people and the evil people he and his demons work through have no idea that they are pawns.
Thanks to the research of many, the chance that life began and the world was formed by a "big bang" randomly has been debunked. God's quote in the book of Job should be an eye-opener as well:
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me." Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements--surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:1-7
Jesus fulfilled over 300 prophecies regarding the Messiah. The chance that any one person can fulfill just 8 of those prophecies is over a billion to one. The fact that he fulfilled 300 should leave no doubt. Because of it, we can believe that all scripture is from God.
With the ability to analyze scripture with computers for the first time using ELS, it is a mystery how the Bible Codes have not made a bigger impact. There were 14 terms about World War II encoded in the Bible! The encoding of many other events, names, and places have been discovered since then as well--a definite sign.