From Dennis: What would you say to a pastor who says he believes we are living in the last days and has shown some interest in learning more about the prophecies but then he turns around and says in a sermon that we are to be looking for Jesus and not looking for signs. Thanks, and here is a great idea: “KEEP LOOKING UP”
As a matter of fact, that’s what I’ve been saying for years, at the urging of Jesus, Himself: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Lk 21:28).
Here, of course, He is speaking not to us, but to those who will be alive during the Tribulation. And how would you know that certain things were coming to pass, if you weren’t watching for signs? I believe He was addressing the future Tribulation saints and the issue of the righteous dead at the end of that seven-year period.
And in Luke , Chapter 12, He severely criticized the Pharisees and Sadducees for not discerning the signs of the times, clearly given in the ninth Chapter of Daniel and other Old Testament prophecies, that He was coming to Israel:
“54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?” (Lk. 12:54-56).
In Matthew 24, Jesus gave us the great sign of Israel’s end-time regathering: “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places” (Matt. 24:7).
We have seen the signs in two great World Wars, famines and diseases in which millions have died, Israel’s initial regathering. Furthermore, we are now in the midst of unprecedented “earthquake swarms” all over the world. These are signs.
“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh” (Matt. 24:32).
What is this “fig tree?” It is Israel, back in the Land once again. What is this “summer?” It is the time of harvest, which Jesus tells us, marks the end of the current age … the dispensation of grace. The signs are everywhere. We can’t name a date, but we know we’ve reached the long-awaited season.
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