In the Scriptures Jesus has given us many signs to be able to determine when His second coming is near. He said:
“And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:29-36
Iniquity abounding (Mt. 24:12; Is. 5:20)
Natural love disappearing (Mt. 24:12)
Signs, wonders, & miracles by Satan, through those doing his bidding (vs. 24)
Men and demons claiming to be Christ (Luke 21:8)
Accumulation of wealth (James 5:3)
Labor Troubles (James 5:1-5)
War preparations (Joel 3:14, 9-12)
Bloody Crimes (Ezek. 7:23)
Increase in knowledge of Christ’s ministry in Heaven in the Sanctuary (Dan 12:4)
Divorce Rate (Mat 24:37-39)
Scoffers saying we have always had these things, they don’t mean anything (2 Pet 3:3-10)
Turning to spiritualism (1 Tim 4:1, 2)
Religious skepticism (Luke 18:8)
Intemperance, physical decay (Luke 17:27-30; Ezek 16:49, 50)
Plethora of wars and armed conflicts (Luke 21:10)
Rapid Transit (Nahum 2:3-5)
Destructive Earthquakes (Luke 21:11)
Famines & Pestilences (vs. 11)
Fearful & great signs in the heavens (vs. 11, 25)
Terrible Hurricanes and Cyclones (vs. 25)
Awakening of heathen countries (Joel 3:12)
Distress of Nations, upheaval, men’s hearts failing them for fear (Luke 21:25-27)
Unsuccessful peace talks (Ezek. 7:25)
False Pastors & Churches saying 10 commandments nailed to the cross/done away with (Ezek. 7:26; Is. 20:8-11; 5:20-24; Lam. 2:9)
Craze for pleasure (2 Tim 3:4)
Deceptive Miracles (Rev. 16:14; 2 Cor. 11:13-15)
Rise of many false churches (2 Pet. 2:1, 2)
Rise of atheism (Is. 51:13)
Giving of special message to all the world to prepare for Christ’s coming
(Mt. 24:12-14; Rev. 14:6-20; 18:1-4)
Celibate Catholic priests & nuns (1 Tim. 4:1-3)
Fish Friday (vs. 1-3)
Moral degeneracy and abandonment of spirituality (2 Tim 3:1-5)
Psychology, self-esteem, self-love (vs. 2)
Out of control youth (vs. 2)
Open homosexuality (vs. 3; Rom. 1:26-32)
Many churches, no godliness (vs. 5)
Scoffers declare that this is no proof at all for we have always had these conditions at various times in earth’s history. They go on to say that at times we have had worse pestilences than now or more people killed in storms. Such excuses to them signify that we can ignore what is happening now as the natural round of nature, that all things go on as they ever have, and we should just hope it doesn’t happen to us. The folly of these scoffers is evident when one has faith in Christ and His word. What they are neglecting is that these things are all happening at the same time, with increasing rapidity and intensity. And, all of this after the fulfillment of the signs marking the beginning of the period of history the Scripture calls “the time of the end.” These events happening in the past are no herald, until after the beginning of the time of the end.
In addition to the signs marking the beginning of the time of the end and the signs heralding the soon return of Jesus, all of these conditions now exist at a time when Christianity has never sunken lower, immorality rages at unprecedented levels, and the majority think that they are increased with goods and in need of nothing. Jesus declares that He is going to vomit them out of His mouth, to reject them, to deny them before the Father and declare to these hypocrites, “I never knew you, depart from me.” The whore stalks the land, wielding her sorceries and casting unwary souls onto the brink of eternal ruin. Truly her feet lead to death; her steps go down to hell. (Pr. 5:5)
Who is this harlot, this apostate church? Who is this persecutor of God’s people, this blasphemer? The Scripture declares:
1 “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus:”
Prophetically, Women = Churches
The Lord compares His people to a woman, a virgin, a bride. However, when they forsake Him and become corrupt He compares them to a whore. Thus in Bible prophecy a woman represents a church; a pure woman represents the true and faithful, and an impure woman represents corrupt churches. Notice these verses:
“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” 2 Cor. 11:2
“I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman.” Jer. 6:2
“And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.” Is. 51:16
Pure Can Become Corrupt
“How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.” Is. 1:21
“but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.” Jer. 3:1
“And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.” Jer. 3:8
“Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.” 1 Cor. 6:15
This apostate church, which has spawned so many corrupt daughters that still retain one part or another of her damnable heresies, is described as having committed fornication with the kings of the earth. That is, she has an unlawful (by God’s standards) relationship or connection with governmental powers. So it is not just a church, but an amalgamation, a religio-political power. This power is responsible for the spiritual drunkenness, or spiritual inebriation of the world, that has impaired their ability to discern between right and wrong, God and Satan. Through her false teachings, errors, and heretical doctrines, she has enslaved the masses to sin and unrighteousness. Those that have resisted have been cruelly cut down by her insatiable fury, till she has become “drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”
She lives amidst extravagance and lavish display, all an elaborate façade designed to obscure the hideous and corrupt inner moral degeneracy. Yet despite the outward rouse, she is not satisfied. She must compound the deception by adding another layer of blasphemous imposture. She is “full of names of blasphemy.” She claims that all she is doing is in the name of the Lord. She asserts that her murders are in the service of Christ. Yea more, the man of sin that heads this apostate religio-political system claims to be the Vicar of Christ. In fact, he goes further and declares that he “is not only the representative of Christ, but he is Jesus Christ, hidden under a veil of flesh.” That he “hold(s) upon this earth the place of God Almighty.”  He allows it to be said of him; “Thou art the shepherd, thou are the physician, thou are the director, thou art the husbandman; finally, thou art another god on earth.” This blasphemous BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (Rev. 17:5) is an amalgamation of the preceding world powers that ruled the world before her ascendancy.
Rev. 13:1-10 adds:
1 “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”
In Ch. 17 her religious nature is distinguished along with her connection to the state. In Ch. 13 her temporal power is highlighted along with her blasphemies and religious pretensions. She is a world power that has incorporated characteristics of the preceding world powers, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and pagan Rome. This can be seen from the description of the beast that bears characteristics from the beasts of Daniel Ch. 7. She is responsible for making war with the saints and the murder of millions of Christ’s true followers. But it is revealed that “he that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.” It is inflicted with a deadly wound, which is healed, causing the deception of the world to be solidified. Before the wound and resurgence of this beast, she is to rule for forty two prophetic months. Daniel brings out more details of this system under the symbol of the little horn.
7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Dan. 7:7-14
As the pagan Roman Empire was imploding, it was torn apart piece meal by surrounding tribes. With the final fall of Rome in 476 AD, ten tribes emerged as the new power structure in the former Roman Empire. Three of these tribes were destroyed at the instigation of the Bishop of Rome, the Heruli, the Vandals, and the Ostrogoths. By 538 AD all significant opposition to the rule of the Bishop of Rome in the temporal as well as the spiritual realm was effectively removed and the Bishop of Rome became the Roman Pontiff and held universal sway. This dominion was to continue, (at the expense and sorrow of true Christians), until the time prophecies found in Dan. 7:25; Rev. 11:2-3; 12:6, 14; 13:5, were completed. In Bible prophecy a day = a year (Num. 14:34; Ezek. 4:6, etc.). Thus the 42 months, the time, times, and half a time, and the 1260 days are all the same time period of 1260 years. Precisely at the close of this time the Pope was taken prisoner in 1798 by General Berthier, acting in the service of Napoleon, and died in captivity. The Papal system thus suffered a wound from which it has not yet fully recovered, but is about to.
In the progression of Dan. 7 it is clearly revealed that this time period must be completed before the beginning of the next great event revealed, namely the Judgment! The close of the reign of the papal power is revealed in Dan. 7:25 and 11:33, 35 and is identified as “the time of the end.” This is not the close of the world, for there are events that transpire after this time. Rather, this time signals the soon commencement of the judgment and the following return of Christ. Dan. 8:17, 26; 12:4, 9.
God Marks the Time
God was not going to let this time approach without giving signal manifestations of a supernatural character that would herald the time. He prophesied:
“The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?” Joel 2:10-11
In comparing the above with the language respecting the sixth seal, there is seen a striking similarity both as to the events introduced and as to the question raised.
“And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.” Rev. 6:12, 13
Here are signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and then as the voice of God shakes the heavens and the earth, and rocks are flying in every direction, men call to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Rev. 6:16, 17
When and How Were These Prophetic Signs Fulfilled?
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:” Mt. 24:29
Christ said that the great tribulation of papal persecution would be “shortened.” Mt. 24:22. Thus He predicted that the terrible persecution would end before the period of their rule would cease. By 1773 the papal persecution had mostly stopped. The reformation had in a large degree halted the persecution, thus fulfilling the words of Christ. As a harbinger of this there occurred a massive earthquake referred to as the quake of Lisbon in 1755 that Protestants generally saw as a fulfillment of the first sign given in Joel. The effects and timing of the quake were significant.
This quake of 1755 is the most terrible earthquake that has ever been recorded, its extent being greater than the recent quake in Indonesia, although more lives were lost around the Indian Ocean. “Though commonly known as the earthquake of Lisbon, it extended to the greater part of Europe, Africa, and America. It was felt in Greenland, in the West Indies, in the island of Madeira, in Norway and Sweden, Great Britain and Ireland. It pervaded an extent of not less than four million square miles. In Africa the shock was almost as severe as in Europe. A great part of Algiers was destroyed; and a short distance from Morocco, a village containing eight or ten thousand inhabitants was swallowed up. A vast tsunami swept over the coast of Spain and Africa engulfing cities and causing great destruction.
It was in Spain and Portugal that the shock manifested its extreme violence. At Cadiz the inflowing wave was said to be sixty feet high.” Mountains, “some of the largest in Portugal, were impetuously shaken, as it were, from their very foundations, and some of them opened at their summits, which were split and rent in a wonderful manner, huge masses of them being thrown down into the adjacent valleys. Flames are related to have issued from these mountains.”
At Lisbon “a sound of thunder has heard underground, and immediately afterwards a violent shock threw down the greater part of the city. In the course of about six minutes sixty thousand persons perished. The sea first retired, and laid the bar dry; it then rolled in, rising fifty feet or more above its ordinary level.” “Among other extraordinary events related to have occurred at Lisbon during the catastrophe, was the subsidence of a new quay, built entirely of marble, at an immense expense. A great concourse of people had collected there for safety, as a spot where they might be beyond the reach of falling ruins; but suddenly the quay sank down with all the people on it, and not one of the dead bodies ever floated to the surface.”
“The shock” of the earthquake “was instantly followed by the fall of every church and convent, almost all the large public buildings, and more than one fourth of the houses. In about two hours after the shock, fires broke out in different quarters, and raged with such violence for the space of nearly three days, that the city was completely desolated. The earthquake happened on a holyday, when the churches and convents were full of people, very few of whom escaped.” “The terror of the people was beyond description. Nobody wept; it was beyond tears. They ran hither and thither, delirious with horror and astonishment, beating their faces and breasts, crying, ‘Misericordia! the world’s at an end!’ Mothers forgot their children, and ran about loaded with crucifixed images. Unfortunately, many ran to the churches for protection; but in vain was the sacrament exposed; in vain did the poor creatures embrace the altars; images, priests, and people were buried in one common ruin.” It has been estimated by some that within hours of the quake, at least ninety thousand persons lost their lives and hundreds of thousands in the following weeks by pestilence. In Constantinople alone, “more than 150,000 people” died by pestilence that came as a result of the damage by the quake.
The Next Sign Follows
Following this twenty five years later the next signs were given to mark the close of persecution and the nearness of the time of the end and the beginning of the judgment.
On May 19, 1780 there was a wonderful and mysterious dark day. “It extended throughout all New England, and on the Atlantic Coast, from the South to unknown regions in the North.” (God always sends signs to where the majority of His people are, especially those who are searching His word.) “It brought great alarm and distress to many people, who thought the day of judgment had come.”  It also brought “dismay to the brute creation, the fowls fleeing bewildered to their roosts, and the birds to their nests, and the cattle to their stalls.”
“Indeed, thousands of the good people of that day became fully convinced that the end of all things terrestrial had come; many gave up, for the time, their secular pursuits, and betook themselves to religious devotions; while many others regarded the darkness as not only a token of God’s indignation against the various iniquities and abominations of the age, but also as an omen of some future destruction that might overwhelm the land unless speedy repentance and reformation took place.” 
“Almost, if not altogether alone, as the most mysterious and as yet unexplained phenomenon of its kind, …stands the dark day of May 19, 1780, – a most unaccountable darkening of the whole visible heavens and atmosphere in New England.”
An eyewitness living in Massachusetts describes the event as follows: “In the morning the sun rose clear, but was soon overcast. The clouds became lowery, and from them, black and ominous, as they soon appeared, lightning flashed, thunder rolled, and a little rain fell. Toward nine o’clock, the clouds became thinner, and assumed a brassy or coppery appearance, and earth, rocks, trees, buildings, water, and persons were changed by this strange, unearthly light. A few minutes later, a heavy black cloud spread over the entire sky except a narrow rim at the horizon, and it was dark as it usually is at nine o’clock on a summer evening. …
“Fear, anxiety, and awe gradually filled the minds of the people. Women stood at the door, looking out upon the dark landscape; men returned from their labor in the fields; the carpenter left his tools, the blacksmith his forge, the tradesman his counter. Schools were dismissed, and tremblingly the children fled homeward. Travelers put up at the nearest farmhouse. ‘What is coming?’ queried every lip and heart. It seemed as if a hurricane was about to dash across the land, or as if it was the day of the consummation of all things.
“Candles were used; and hearth fires shone as brightly as on a moonless evening in autumn….Fowls retired to their roosts and went to sleep, cattle gathered at the pasture bars and lowed, frogs peeped, birds sang their evening songs, and bats flew about. But the human knew that night had not come.”
“The extent of this darkness was extraordinary. It was observed as far east as Falmouth. To the westward it reached to the farthest part of Connecticut, and to Albany. To the southward, it was observed along the seacoasts; and to the north as far as the American settlements
extend.”  The legislature of Connecticut was in session that day and in the “Journal of the Connecticut House of Representatives,” Friday, May 19, 1780, we learn that that body did adjourn from eleven o’clock till two in the afternoon, because many believed that the day of judgment had come.
The intense darkness of the day was succeeded, an hour or two before evening, by a partially clear sky, and the sun appeared, though it was still obscured by the black, heavy mist. “After sundown, the clouds came again overhead, and it grew dark very fast.” “Nor was the darkness of the night less uncommon and terrifying than that of the day; notwithstanding there was almost a full moon, no object was discernible but by the help of some artificial light, which, when seen from the neighboring houses and other places at a distance, appeared through a kind of Egyptian darkness which seemed almost impervious to the rays.”  Said an eyewitness of the scene: “I could not help conceiving at the time, that if every luminous body in the universe had been shrouded in impenetrable shades, or struck out of existence, the darkness could not have been more complete.”
“And the moon shall not give her light.”
The first half of the night following this dark day was remarkable for the density of its darkness. “At eight in the evening, the darkness was so impenetrably thick as to render traveling positively impracticable; and, although the moon rose nearly full about nine o’clock, yet it did not give light enough to enable a person to distinguish between the heavens and the earth.” After midnight the darkness disappeared, and the moon, when first visible, had the appearance of blood.
The renowned astronomer Herschel, speaking of the unexplainable nature of this day, says: “The dark day in North America was one of those wonderful phenomena of nature which will always be read with interest, but which philosophy is at a loss to explain.” Noah Webster said of it: “The true cause of this remarkable phenomenon is not known.” May 19, 1780, stands in history as “The Dark Day.” “Since the time of Moses no period of darkness of equal density, extent, and duration, has ever been recorded. The description of this event, as given by eyewitnesses, is but an echo of the words of the Lord, recorded by the prophet Joel, twenty-five hundred years previous to their fulfillment:” “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.” Joel 2:31
Why These Fulfillments?
Some have wondered how these signs that happened so long ago can still have relevance or be the proper fulfillment of these prophesies. Remember, they were given to mark a specific turning point, the beginning of the time of the end. Matthew wrote “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light.” Mark, speaking of the same event, said: “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light.” Mark 13:24 Thus the Lord pinpointed the time of these events, they must happen during the 1260 year prophecy, but after the persecution had mostly ceased. Thus, seven years after the end of that tribulation and eighteen years before the end of the prophetic time period the dark day occurred, in exact fulfillment.
Then Christ said, “And the stars shall fall from heaven.” Mt. 24:29
The next sign foretold by our Lord is that of the falling stars. This was literally fulfilled in the great meteoric shower which occurred November 13, 1833. This wonderful exhibition of celestial fireworks began between two and four o’clock in the morning, and continued until daylight. It extended over North America, and as far south as Mexico and the island of Jamaica.” One witness said that the “scene was truly awful, for never did rain fall much thicker than the meteors fell toward the earth; east, west, north, and south, it was the same. In a word, the whole heavens seemed in motion.”
Arago estimates that “not less than two hundred and forty thousand meteors were at the same time visible above the horizon of Boston.” An observer who was staying at Niagara at the time, says: “No spectacle so terribly grand and sublime was ever before beheld by man as that of the firmament descending in fiery torrents over the dark and roaring cataract.”
The way these stars fell is remarkably foretold by the prophet: “And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig-tree casteth her untimely (unripe) figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.” Rev. 6:13
Professor Olmstead, of Yale College, said: “The meteors did not fly at random over all parts of the sky, but appeared to emanate from a point in the constellation Leo, near a star called Gamma Leonis, in the bend of the sickle.”
“Henry Dana Ward speaks of the literal fulfillment of the above text as follows:
‘Here is the exactness of the prophet. The falling stars did not come as if from several trees shaken, but from one. Those which appeared in the east fell toward the east; those which appeared in the north fell toward the north; those which appeared in the west fell toward the west; and those which appeared in the south (for I went out of my residence into the park) fell toward the south.
And they fell not as ripe fruit falls; far from it; but they flew, they were cast, like the unripe fig, which at first refuses to leave the branch, and when, under a violent pressure, it does break its hold, flies swiftly, straight off, descending; and in the multitude falling, some cross the track of others, as they are thrown with more or less force, but each one fell on its own side of the tree.’”
Valid Still Today
These signs stand as memorials of the truth of God’s word, the truth of proper prophetic interpretation, and the point in time that we are now living. But why the delay? Why has it been so long since those monumental events until now? Praise God that it is so and count the long-suffering of God as your salvation. You have had the opportunity to be born, but more than that, you have now, because of the delay, an opportunity to come into a right relation to God. You have the opportunity to accept the offer of pardon. You can still choose salvation if you will, do not delay, the signs tell us that this extension of mercy is about to close and the door will close forever. Following the signs marking the beginning of the time of the end, the other signs enumerated at the beginning of this article have all occurred, but importantly, are all occurring at the same time, with increasing intensity and rapidity, and with a startling indifference by the religious establishments and society at large. Oh, they are afraid of what is coming, but they are indifferent to the reality or even the possibility that they have a work of repentance to do. It is no wonder that Satan is exultant at this spiritual apathy.
A Strategizing Serpent
Satan has not been in a hurry to wind things up. He knows that the final events will end in his destruction, so he has been pursuing a course of attack against the church that is truly fiendish. He has propagated a long, drawn-out assault upon the faithful, seeking to overthrow their faith. He has been all too successful. His plan is to so degenerate the church that Christ will have nothing to return for. It appears as if the church is going to fall, it appears as if even those who have seen through the deception of the corporate churches will yet succumb completely to the divisive spirit of Satan and every wind of doctrine that he has been blowing in the air, yet the church will not completely fall, their will be a faithful remnant that is going through. They have separated from all sin, both outwardly, in their associations and memberships, and inwardly in the thoughts, motives, and secret recesses of their hearts. They recognize that Inspiration tells us that Christ has departed, His Spirit has been quenched in the churches and they have “become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” Rev 18:2 And God’s people are called upon to “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Rev. 18:4 If we stay in the communion of these churches, even if we are only called by their name, (Is. 4:1) then we will, by beholding (2 Cor. 3:18), become as destitute of true godliness as they are, though we may maintain a “form of godliness.” 2 Tim 3:5. So, they have responded and withdrawn from these corrupt corporations that are masquerading as churches. They also recognize that Inspiration declares that “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Mt. 5:8. “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Rev. 21:27
We find in Scripture that here at the end of time, we have very few who are still represented by a pure woman, they are called a remnant, a small group that remains. Rev. 12:17 The rest of the professing Christian world is described as a harlot or one of her daughters that is of the same character as her. Rev. 17:1-5 One of the deeds that transforms a pure woman/church into a harlot/false church is an unlawful relationship/connection with the kings/governments of earth. The Bible describes this as committing fornication with the kings of the earth. Rev. 17:2
This cannot be accomplished overnight. This is a process; it is coming about as a series of steps.
Before the church can openly rule the government, or ride upon it, the people have to be conditioned to receive it. One method of doing this is to create dependency upon both the church and the government.
Dependency on a church is created by exalting the church to a position that God never intended for it to occupy. When a church or one’s relation to it becomes the basis of salvation, then that church has replaced Christ, or put themselves in His place, and has become another god, which is a false god, which is having a god before the True God. Since God is no longer the source of salvation, but rather a structure is, then one is automatically dependent upon it for hope of eternal life and their current peace of mind. That is why people will defy all logic and ignore any Scripture when it cuts through their carnal security and reveals their structure as an imposter and a tool of Satan. For there is none other name under Heaven, given among men, whereby they must be saved, except the precious name of Jesus. (Acts 4:12)
Once the churches have destroyed the faith of the people, the people are prepared to be dependent on the state. The state comes in and offers all kinds of “free” things to the citizens. At first there are not too many strings and it seems sweet. However, more and more is offered, with more and more required. But the people have become so used to the handouts that they have come to view them as a right or what is due them and they demand it of the state and continually demand more. Those that see through the disguise and refuse to be part of the trap are demonized or marginalized into insignificance.
Faithless people will always become corrupt. And as corrupt people elect representatives, they elect those that promise them the most attractive incentives. Thus they elect corrupt representatives with no principles. As the people and the state become corrupt, society crumbles, morals are forsaken, and God’s hand of protection is withdrawn. And since self–centered people also refuse to take any responsibilities for their actions, since this would require change, they must find someone to blame. Since they can not be at fault and do not like being reminded of their faults, naturally the best person or people to blame are those who’s life and words bring conviction to the ease-loving. Since they are disturbing their carnal slumber and hypnotic pseudo-peace, they must be the ones disturbing the rest of the peace, or otherwise put, the cause of the problems and calamities that are now coming upon the nation.
Thus the solution to the self-induced calamities is to chastise or remove the perceived source of affliction, also known as the scapegoat. So the church is ready to step forward and assert that the immorality and subsequent problems, (which stem from her teaching,) are the result of forsaking God. All will be well however, if we all would simply return to God in the manner they prescribe. Since the people were long ago persuaded to view the church as the source and expositor of truth and the individual members as incapable of discerning or studying for themselves, they obediently follow the wolves who are shepherding the flock. So the people oblige their leaders and demand the state to legislate and enforce the teachings and mandates of the religious leaders. Since the corrupt politicians are adept at casting off principle to maintain their power they gladly bow to the public pressure and institute the dogmas of the Devil, masquerading as Christ. Thus you have a woman riding the state and the stage is set for a showdown between Satan and his faithful, and Christ and His faithful.
So what do all the signs mean? What does the fulfillment of these mean? From the aforementioned process we can easily deduce that the people have transplanted their trust from Christ to a church structure. As a result they have become corrupt. We can clearly see that the state has bought the slavery of the people through a multitude of social programs. The people have become dependent on handouts and demand that the state care for them and provide for them. Who needs to pray to God when we can lobby the state?
As a result, society is crumbling and God is removing His protective care. All of the calamities and other signs we see fulfilling around us indicate that in the process we are near the end. Already the cry is heard in the land, “we need to get back to God.” This call is a true fact. However, the problem lies in the method in which this will be accomplished. The churches and even the state are ready to and are already prescribing the way in which we need to return to God. No successful revival has ever been legislated from the top down. People must individually be convicted by the Holy Spirit and submit themselves to Christ. God is not found in violation of His law or in honoring something He has never honored. “When ye see all these things come to pass, you know that He is near, even at the door.”
Having seen our location in the process we can observe that very soon we will see the people demanding that the rulers enforce the way of worship they want. They will “cause all to worship” in the way they delineate. Upon the heels of this development will follow the persecution and even death of those who refuse to dishonor God by complying with the dictates of man. They will declare, “We ought to obey God, rather than men.” The majority will be stirred and think that they “do service to God” when “they kill” those who remain faithful to God.
In the face of this trial the faithful will maintain their integrity, regardless of the cost. This is because they are dead to self already and live in Christ. The “mystery of God” has been finished in them. And Christ will stand up for their deliverance. Dan. 12:1
What is the mystery of God?
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” Rev. 10:7
The sixth trumpet has ceased to sound and the seventh trumpet has begun to sound. The mystery of God is beginning to be finished. That is why we see all of the other signs coming to pass, this work is being done. But what is the mystery of God?
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” 1 Tim. 3:16
The mystery of God or godliness as it is here called is intimately linked with the incarnation of Christ. Christ, the eternal son of God, descended from Heaven and became a man. He became the only begotten of God when He was born as a member of the fallen people He came to save. He lived and died as a man, yet never committed any sin. He was born with our sinful nature, yet was born of the Spirit and never partook of our sinful thoughts and deeds. His birth, life, death, and resurrection are the hope, the power of the gospel. Without the potent reality of each part, the Christian is left in utter helplessness. The victory of Christ is our victory. So the first part of the mystery of God or godliness is the complete, total, holiness and victory of Christ. His thorough redemption, our complete salvation is a mystery, yet a beautiful fact.
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God;
Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.” Col. 1:25-29
Thus it is that the mystery of God is CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory. Christ on earth, Christ in Heaven, even Christ in the Church is nothing for you if He is not, Christ IN YOU. The same birth, life, death, and resurrection that occurred in Christ is to be repeated in you.
He was born of the Spirit (Mt. 1:18) and we must be born again of the Spirit (Jn. 3:3, 5).
He lived a life of victory, free from sin, in obedience to the law of God (Jn. 8:46; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 Jn. 3:5). Through the power and grace of the indwelling Christ, we may also live a victorious life (Mt. 5:48; Jude 24; 1 Jn. 3:6; Rom. 6:1-4).
He died for our sins (Rom. 5:8; Jn. 3:16). We need to die to our sins and self (Rom 6; 1 Jn. 2:15-17;3:6-8).
He was raised to life (Mk. 16:9). We need to be raised from the watery grave to walk in newness of life forsaking the old life and living unto Christ, in obedience to the gospel (Rom. 6:4; Gal. 6:15; Eph 4:22-24; Col. 3:9, 10).
The fact that the aforementioned signs are happening and the point in the process we find ourselves, declares that the mystery of God is being finished. The mystery of God is being finished in people. There are people who are allowing Christ to transform them. They are reflecting the character of Christ. They are settling into the truth so that they cannot be moved. They are allowing Christ to dwell within. Where does that put us? Where do we find ourselves? How do you stand in relation to Christ? What is your character like?
What will these signs mean to you?
 The Catholic National
 The Great Encyclical Letters of Leo, XIII, pg 304
 Christopher Marcellus, Oration in the Fifth Lateran Council, Session IV (1512) in Mansi SC, Vol. 32, Col 761 (Latin).
 GC 304
 Sir Charles Lyell, Principles of Geology, page 495
 Ibid., page 495
 Encyclopedia Americana, art. “Lisbon,” note (ed. 1831)
 The Coming King, page 152
 Ibid. page 115
 Great Events of the Greatest Century, page 40
 R. M. Devens, Our First Century, page 89.
 The Essex Antiquarian, April, 1899, vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 53, 54.
 William Gordon, History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the Independence of the U.S.A., vol. 3, p.57.
 Isaiah Thomas, Massachusetts Spy; or, American Oracle of Liberty, vol. 10, No. 472 (May 25, 1780).
 Letter by Dr. Samuel Tenney, of Exeter, New Hampshire, Dec, 1785 (in Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, 1792, Ist series, vol. I, p. 97)
 “Great Events of the Greatest Century,” p. 44.
 GC page 308
 The Coming King, page 123
 Ibid, page 127
 Ibid, p. 127, 128