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What is a sign?
Signs, obviously, point to something
We are all familiar with signs. They come in all sizes and shapes. They all have their own message and are intended to indicate something particular. By paying attention to these signs we avoid accidents, know where to park, can find a friend’s house, etc.
It is the same with the Signs of the Times, a biblical term Jesus used (Matthew 6:13) to refer to His return or second coming to the earth. God has laid them out very clearly in His Word and it is His intent that we should see them and pay attention because they were given to us that we might understand and prepare.We have the choice to ignore them, avoid them, and never learn from them, but they are still there and their purpose stays the same.
Many believers are unfamiliar with these signs, but that does not reflect on their importance or accessibility.
I can be unaware of what a “stop” sign means, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is telling me to stop!
What Do We Mean By the Term “Signs of the Times”?
When we talk about the “Signs of the Times”, we are referring to prophecies related to the return of Christ, from knowing the last generation to Christ ruling and reigning.
The End-Times has a few time periods and every time period of the End-Times is full of signs that are to be recognized and interpreted, but most people just want to know “how can I be sure that we are living in the last days?”
What do Signs of the Times point to?
Some point to the last generation before Christ’s return so they know that they are indeed the “last generation.”
Some signs tell the last generation that the 7 years of Tribulation is getting near, being just years or decades away.
Some signs tell us that the last 7 years have begun.
Several signs serve as markers counting down to the end of the Great Tribulation.
Other signs indicate that the Millennial Reign of Christ has begun.
Signs of the Times Disclaimers
As we look at many Signs of the Times laid out in the Bible, we will be visiting several texts, some multiple times.
It is hard to clearly classify all seasons, so we end up with some overlap.
Some signs carry over from one season to the next, while some signs have a clear starting and ending point and can be used to classify events, seasons or trends.
It’s doubtful God listed all the signs and all that He plans to do. But we can gain clarity by studying the signs and understand events and trends.
Importance of Simultaneous Fulfillment
Signs are being fulfilled for the first time and at the same time (in 1 generation).
Importance of Global Fulfillment
It’s not a sign of the end of the age if only a small amount of people see it.
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A Look at the Signs of the Times
Now that we have a clear framework, in the next post we will begin to look at the Bible verses and teachings of Jesus on the Signs of the Times.
I want to thank my good friend Brad Stroup, Director of the Prayer Room DFW, for teaching this information to me and many others! Brad has studied the Signs of the Times for several years now, teaching on it most weekends at the Prayer Room DFW and has a clarity on this subject that surpasses my understanding.
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