It is my insight, from the Holy
Spirit, that we are entering a period of imminent economic, environmental and
social collapse here on earth within the next 18 months. But in order to verify that the insight is
from God, I have verified in the Bible that the words are there. Here is some of my research. Starting at Mark 13.
Jesus replied, “Don’t let anyone
mislead you, 6because many will come in my name, claiming to be the
will lead many astray. 7And wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic. Yes,
these things must come, but the end won’t follow immediately. 8Nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other,
and there will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, and famines. But all
this will be only the beginning of the horrors to come. 9
_ But when these things begin to
happen, watch out! You will be handed over to the courts and beaten in the
synagogues. You will be accused before governors and kings of being my
followers. This will be your opportunity to tell them about me.£ 10And the Good
News must first be preached to every nation. 11
_ But when you are arrested and
stand trial, don’t worry about what to say in your defense. Just say what God
tells you to. Then it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
12“Brother will betray brother to death,
fathers will betray their own children, and children will rise against their
parents and cause them to be killed. 13
_ And everyone will hate you
because of your allegiance to me. But those who endure to the end will be
_ “The time will come when you
will see the sacrilegious object that causes desecration£ standing where it should not be”—reader, pay attention! “Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. 15A
person outside the house£ must
not go back into the house to pack. 16A person in the field must not return even to get a coat.
17How terrible it will be for pregnant women
and for mothers nursing their babies in those days. 18And pray that your flight will not be in winter. 19For those will be days of greater horror than at any time
since God created the world. And it will never happen again. 20
_ In fact, unless the Lord
shortens that time of calamity, the entire human race will be destroyed. But
for the sake of his chosen ones he has shortened those days.
then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or, ‘there he is,’ don’t
pay any attention.
_ For false messiahs and false
prophets will rise up and perform miraculous signs and wonders so as to
deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. 23Watch out! I have warned you!
Mark 13:9, 10
As the early church began to grow,
most of the disciples experienced the kind of persecution Jesus was talking
about. Since the time of Christ, Christians have been persecuted in their own
lands and on foreign mission fields. Though you may be safe from persecution
now, your vision of God’s Kingdom must not be limited by what happens only to
you. A glance at a newspaper will reveal that many Christians in other parts of
the world daily face hardships and persecution. Persecutions are an opportunity
for Christians to witness for Christ to those opposed to him. God’s desire is
that the Good News be proclaimed to everyone in spite of persecution.
To believe in Jesus and “endure to the
end” will take perseverance because our faith will be challenged and opposed.
Severe trials will sift true Christians from fair-weather believers. Enduring
to the end does not earn salvation for us but marks us as already saved. The
assurance of our salvation will keep us strong in times of persecution.
Mark 13:22, 23
Is it possible for Christians to be
deceived? Yes. So convincing will be the arguments and proofs from deceivers in
the end times that it will be difficult not to fall away from Christ. If
we are prepared, Jesus says, we can remain faithful. But if we are not
prepared, we will turn away. To penetrate the disguises of false teachers we
can ask: (1) Have their predictions come true, or do they have to revise them
to fit what’s already happened? (2) Does any teaching utilize a small section
of the Bible to the neglect of the whole? (3) Does the teaching contradict what
the Bible says about God? (4) Are the practices meant to glorify the teacher or
Christ? (5) Do the teachings promote hostility toward other Christians?
_ Heaven and earth will
disappear, but my words will remain forever.
Tells about Remaining Watchful (
_ “However, no one knows the day
or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son
himself. Only the Father knows. 33
_ And since you don’t know when
they will happen, stay alert and keep watch.£
coming of the Son of Man can be compared with that of a man who left home to go
on a trip. He gave each of his employees instructions about the work they were
to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. 35
_ So keep a sharp lookout! For
you do not know when the homeowner will return—at evening, midnight, early
dawn, or late daybreak. 36Don’t let
him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. 37What I say to you I say to everyone: Watch for his return!”
In Jesus’ day the world seemed
concrete, dependable, and permanent. These days many people fear its
destruction by economic collapse. Jesus tells us, however, that even if the
earth passes away, the truth of his words will never be changed or abolished.
God and his Word provide the only stability in our unstable world. How ego
centered people are who spend all their time and energy learning about this
temporary world and accumulating its possessions, while neglecting the Bible
and its eternal truths!
When Jesus said that even he did not
know the time of the end, he was affirming his humanity. Of course God the
Father knows the time, and Jesus and the Father are one. But when Jesus became
a man, he voluntarily gave up the unlimited use of his divine attributes.
The emphasis of this verse is not on
Jesus’ lack of knowledge, but rather on the fact that no one knows. It is God
the Father’s secret to be revealed when he wills. No one can predict by
Scripture or science the exact day of Jesus’ return/economic collapse. Jesus is
teaching that preparation, not calculation, is needed.
Mark 13:33, 34
Months of planning go into a wedding,
the birth of a baby, a career change, a speaking engagement, the purchase of a
home. Do you place the same importance
on preparing for Christ’s return/economic collapse, the most important event in
your life? Its results will last for eternity. You dare not postpone your
preparations because you do not know when his return/collapse will occur. The
way to prepare is to study God’s Word and live by its instructions each day.
Only then will you be ready.
entire thirteenth chapter of Mark tells us how to live while we wait for
Christ’s return/economic collapse: (1) We are not to be misled by confusing
claims or speculative interpretations of what will happen (13:5, 6). (2) We
should not be afraid to tell people about Christ, despite what they might say
or do to us (13:9-11). (3) We must stand firm by faith and not be surprised by
persecution (13:13). (4) We must be morally alert, obedient to the commands for
living found in God’s Word. This chapter was not given to promote discussions on prophetic timetables but to stimulate
right living for God in a world where he is largely ignored.
2 Thessalonians 3
_ Don’t be fooled by what they say.
that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of
lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction.£ 4He
will exalt himself and defy every god there is and tear down every object of
adoration and worship. He will position himself in the temple of God, claiming
that he himself is God. 5Don’t you remember that I told you this
when I was with you? 6
_ And you know what is holding him back, for he can be
revealed only when his time comes.
_ For this
lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the
one who is holding it back steps out of the way
2 Thessalonians 2:3
Throughout history there have been
individuals who epitomized evil and who were hostile to everything Christ
stands for (see 1 John 2:18; 4:3; 2 John 1:7). These antichrists have lived in
every generation and will continue to work their evil. Then just before
Christ’s second coming, “the man of lawlessness … the one who brings
destruction,” a completely evil man, will arise. He will be Satan’s tool,
equipped with Satan’s power (2:9). This lawless man will be the
It is dangerous, however, to label any
person as the Antichrist and to try to predict Christ’s coming based on that
assumption. Paul mentions the Antichrist, not so we might identify him
specifically, but so we might be ready for anything that threatens our faith.
If our faith is strong, we don’t need to be afraid of what lies ahead, because
we know that this lawless man has already been defeated by God, no matter how
powerful he becomes or how terrible our situation seems. God is in control, and
he will be victorious over the Antichrist. Our task is to be prepared for
Christ’s return and to spread the Good News so that even more people will also
When Paul first wrote to the
Thessalonians, they were in danger of losing hope in the Second Coming. Then
they shifted to the opposite extreme—some of them thought that Jesus would be
coming at any minute. Paul tried to restore the balance by describing certain
events that would happen before Christ’s return.
2 Thessalonians 2:6, 7
What holds back the lawless one? We do
not know for certain. Three possibilities have been suggested: (1) government
and law, which help to curb evil; (2) the ministry and activity of the church
and the effects of the Good News; or (3) the Holy Spirit. The Bible is not clear on who this
restrainer is, only that he will not restrain forever. But we should not fear
this time when the restraint is removed—God is far stronger than the man of
lawlessness, and God will save his people.
2 Thessalonians 2:7
“This lawlessness is already at work
secretly” means that the work that this Antichrist will do is already going on.
Secretly means something no one can discover but something God will
reveal. Lawlessness/ego is the hidden, subtle, underlying force from
which all sin springs. Civilization still has a veneer of decency through law enforcement,
education, science, and reason. Although we are horrified by criminal acts, we
have yet to see the real horror of complete lawlessness. This will happen when “the one who is holding it back [possibly the
Holy Spirit] steps out of the way.” Why will God allow this to happen? To show people and nations their own
sinfulness, and to show them by bitter experience the true alternative to the
lordship of Christ. People totally without God can act no better than vicious
animals. Lawlessness, to a certain extent, is already going on, but the man
of lawlessness has not yet been revealed.
_ Now the Holy
Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what we
believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2These
teachers are hypocrites and liars. They pretend to be religious, but their consciences
It is not enough that a teacher
appears to know what he is talking about, is disciplined and moral, or says
that he is speaking for God. If his words contradict the Bible, his teaching is
false. Like Timothy, we must guard against any teaching that causes believers
to dilute or reject any aspect of their faith. Such false teaching can be very
direct or extremely subtle.
- What the Bible has to say about the end times? (georgehachmyblog.wordpress.com)
- Persecution (georgehach.wordpress.com)
- End Times (georgehach.wordpress.com)
- Mark 13 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
- What About The Rapture? Will There Be A Rapture To Avoid Persecution? (gospelbondservant.com)