Day 3. Signs of the Times

Matthew 24:4-8, 29; Mark 13:7, 32, 23; Luke 21:25

False Christs, wars, and famines—these are the signs that characterize our fallen world (Matthew 24:4-8). We shouldn't assume the end of the world is near when false messiahs, wars, and famines appear. In fact, the end may still be far off (Mark 13:7). However, these terrifying events serve as reminders to us that we cannot save ourselves. Only Christ can defeat the evil that is rampant in this world.

God's coming judgment will also be preceded by falling stars, eclipses, earthquakes, and other catastrophes (Matthew 24:29; Luke 21:25). These natural catastrophes will constitute God's final call to repentance. National leaders will be confused. People will faint in horror.

Scripture doesn't give us these signs so we can calculate the year and date when the world will end. Jesus told his disciples no one knows the date or hour (Mark 13:32). Instead, he simply warned them, "Be on your guard!" (Mark 13:23 CEV).

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Signs of the Times
Sign Reference
• People living as if God didn't exist Genesis 6:5; Luke 17:26-27
• Explosion of knowledge and freedom of travel Daniel 12:4
• Wars and rumors of wars Mark 13:7
• Widespread acceptance of immoral behavior Luke 17:26; 2 Peter 2:5-8
• Vacuum in world leadership Psalm 2:1-3; Revelation 13:4-9
• Increased demonic activity 1 Timothy 4:1
• Widespread abandonment of the Christian faith 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 4:3-4
• Evidence of breakdown in families 2 Timothy 3:1-3
• Spirit of selfishness and materialism 2 Timothy 3:1-2
• General disrespect for others 2 Timothy 3:2-4
• Human leader declares himself to be god 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
• People ridiculing God's Word 2 Peter 3:2-4; Jude 17-18
• Significant shifts in political power and influence Revelation 13:3-7