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THE  LAST  MAN

The signs of the times

The signs of the times are many.  If you need proof of this, just read a newspaper or watch some television.  It is written, "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse," and it is written that "They shall make the ephah (ounce) small and the shekel (dollar) great."  [meaning down with size up with price]  It seems the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.  We all know, if you feel you are getting poorer, your life is miserable.     (2 Timothy 3:13;  Amos 8:5) 

It is written, "As the days of Noah were, so also will it be when Jesus comes.  Men will be eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage."  Are these things bad?  No!  But people will be so involved with them, they will miss more important things.  Most people will be too busy with the affairs of daily life for Christ's return.  For many, Jesus' return will be unexpected, and unlooked for. They will be surprised by His appearance.    (Matthew 24:37-39 paraphrase;                Matthew 24:42) 

The world before the flood was filled with violence. Violence is an everyday occurrence in many parts of this globe.  More and more violence is becoming acceptable to both those who would do right and those who would do wrong.  The governmental alliances and the religious alliances will join hands. This is not good.  The 'powers that be' will think again to change God's "times and laws."  As in Noah's day, he who is strongest will enforce his rule.
 
 (Ephesians 6:12; Daniel 7:25) 

The warning

"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth."  A warning must be sent.  God says a warning will be sent.  If God surely is going to destroy the world, and make it again, surely He would let man know.  A warning will be sent.         (Revelation 14:6-10, 18:1-5; Ezekiel 3:16-19;    Proverbs 29:18; Amos 3:7-8) 

God's reason for giving a warning is simple.  Jesus will appear the second time, for those who are looking for Him, and want to see Him.  He will appear without sin, and with salvation in His hand.  Those who do not expect and hope for His return will be surprised, and cry for the rocks to fall on them so they can hide from Him.    (Hebrews 9:28;  Revelation 6:15-17) 

God's people will be hidden from harm.  Any harm that may befall them will not change them.   (Psalm 27:1-14) 

Some men will be alive on that day.  Some men, both good and bad, will survive the "time of trouble, such as never was."  Having gone through the troubles that will multiply in the last days, having gone through the seven last plagues, men will still live, both righteous and unrighteous.     (Daniel 12:1-3; Matthew 13:24-30;
      Matthew 13:36-43) 

When Jesus comes, THAT WILL CHANGE. When the harvest of this world happens, God will separate the good from the bad.  The good, those who have put their trust in Him, will be given priceless things.  Gifts will be given that we cannot now imagine or comprehend.  Gifts will be given to God's people which are glorious beyond comparison to anything we know or can dream.  The bad will be bound.       
     
(Matthew 13:24-30,36-43; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Corinthians 2:9) 

After the religious powers rule the civil powers, governments will ask the people to accept some laws.  Then the government will enforce those laws.  God does not want to compel the conscience of man.  It is wrong for a man to force his will on another man, but to demand obedience, opposite to God's will, is open rebellion.
   
(2 Thessalonians 2:1-5) 

When the time comes for God to complete His purpose for Earth and Man, He will not be slow or unclear.  (2 Peter 3:9; 2 Peter 3:3-13; Isaiah 28:21)

In the days just before Jesus returns, there will be a sharp increase in 'false prophets,' 'false teachers,' and 'false doctrine.'  Many of these new spiritual leaders will say things even the average person knows is 'off the wall' and false.  This will cause many people to question what they have been taught about God all their lives.  And God will have his ministers among the sons of men. 

Some people will learn, things they have been taught about God, all their lives, are falsehoods and lies.  Both old doctrines, and new doctrines, will be shown false.  And worse yet, people will argue about what the truth is, and what the falsehoods are, and will miss the more important
"God of truth."    (Dueteronomy 32:4)

The Bible itself will expose the lies being taught.  Because of the confusion in the religious world, some will say terrible things about the real truth and all true doctrine.  Many will have "their backs toward the temple."  Some will preach just as a way to make a 'quick buck.'  Unfortunately, many people will not hear the truth.  They will believe the lies.  Some will want their spiritual leaders to tell them falsehoods, because the truth is unacceptable to them.    (Matthew 24:23-28; 2 Peter 1:20-21;     
  2 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-13; 1 John 4:1; Ezekiel 8:16; Isaiah 30:9-13) 

It is written Satan will appear as an angel of light, and deceive many people.  That devil may even claim to be Jesus himself, or say Jesus will appear soon in a certain place.  Who knows exactly how this could occur?

Satan could be preceded by UFOs, giving witness to Satan's deception.  God may have, other beings, on other worlds, but they don't come here.  This world is sick and under quarantine. God has confined the sickness to this world.  But Satan and the other fallen angels were cast to this earth.  That devil is known as the
"prince of the power of the air."   These other fallen angels could pretend to be spirits, or aliens, and say Satan's lies are true.  This might add credibility to incredible events.   (Revelation 12:7-12;       Job 1:6-7; Ephesians 2:2)

Satan himself may appear as a 'spirit,' a literal "angel of light."  Satan may himself, perform "signs and wonders" so wondrous, if it were possible, he would even deceive God's own "elect" people.  The Bible says someone will.    (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Matthew 24:21-27)

There will be a "famine in the land" for the truth.  People will finally look for truth, and not find it.  It is too late.    (Amos 8:9-12) 

God will have His signs and wonders, in the sky and on the earth.  There will be a great earthquake, the sky will be darkened, the moon shall appear as blood, the stars will fall from heaven, then the sky will roll away.  Some of this has already happened, in the 1700's-1800's.  (See newspaper accounts and the recorded history of: November 1, 1755; May 19, 1780; November 13, 1833)  God has sometimes repeated the signs He gives. 

The Bible says,
". . . your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:"  All men will be given enough information to make a personal choice between Jesus and Satan.  And God will make His choices among the men who are living.    (Joel 2:28-32; Revelation 6:12-17;     
      Matthew 25:31-46) 

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The last destruction

God will seal His people and mark them for salvation.  From that time on, the righteous will stay righteous, the unrighteous will stay unrighteous. Every man's destiny will be decided.  Jesus' return is then just around the corner.  Then He will withdraw His calming influence from the earth.  Without the restraint of God, anarchy will reign.  Many people will go wild for want of food and fear of violence.  The righteous will hide, and be hidden, in the Lord.      (Revelation 7:1-3;  Revelation 22:10-14;   
    Genesis 6:3; Daniel 12:1; Proverbs 28:12-13;  Psalm 27:5) 

God has chosen His people and protected them.  As men grow worse, God begins to pour out the seven last plagues upon man.  When the last plague is given, Jesus begins His return.  When the sky rolls back, and Jesus appears, all unrighteous people are killed by the "brightness of His coming."
(Revelation 15:1-8; Revelation 16:1-21; Revelation 8:1; Revelation 6:14;     Matthew 24:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-13) 

When Jesus appears, all God's people will be changed.  Their sin will disappear.  Their bodies will be changed.  They will rise from the earth to meet Jesus in the sky.  (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) 

After meeting Jesus in the sky, the redeemed will go with Jesus to Heaven.  There they will judge both men and angels.  Things hidden to them will be made plain, and we will "know even as we are known."
       (1 Corinthians 6:2-3, 4:5, 13:9-13) 

After the plague of hail, the earthquake, and the second coming of Christ, the earth will be physically torn up. All men are either dead, or with Christ in Heaven.  Satan and the rest of the fallen angels are still confined to the earth. With no one to tempt, these demons are "chained" for a thousand years.  During this time, the saints in Heaven learn the secret things.     (Revelation 20:1-3; Matthew 13:35; Luke 8:17; Romans 2:13-17; 1 Corinthians 4:5, 6:2-3) 

A thousand years after the second coming, Jesus and the saints will return, with the city, the New Jerusalem.  The New Jerusalem is the city of very precious stone which, once delivered by God from Heaven to Earth, becomes the capital of the New Earth.  This city will become God's new home.    (Revelation 21:1-27) 

Then God resurrects the unrighteous.  They have not changed.  Satan is "loosed out of his prison" and the righteous watch from the city.  The unrighteous will try to take the city by force.  When they have surrounded the Holy City, fire will come down from God out of heaven and consume all impurities.    (Revelation 20:7-15) 

This is the second death.  The fire will burn all that is unclean and impure, from Satan down to the very stones.  When the ashes cool, God will make a "new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."  God will not torment during this strange act, but He will make a short work of the clean up job.  When the fuel is exhausted, and Satan smolders out, God will create a New Earth.  All sin and sinners will be gone, consumed, destroyed.  God will "wipe away all tears," "the former 'things' shall not be remembered nor come into mind."  He says, "Behold, I make all things new."     (Revelation 20:14; 2 Peter 3:12-13; Romans 9:28; 
       Isaiah 28:21;  Revelation 21:4-5; Isaiah 65:17-25) 

"And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."     (Revelation 22:12-14)

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