Please read all parts of this, divided into multiple threads, to get the complete picture, then respond.Thanks,JeffreyIs paganism going to triumph? The painful answer is yes - for a brief period of time. The Bible teaches that society will continue to disintegrate the closer we get to the time of the Lord's return (2 Tim. 3:1-5). The climax of degradation will occur when a person called the Antichrist (I John 2:18) takes over the world (Rev. 13:7) and rules with an iron hand for seven years during a period called the Tribulation (Rev. 6-19). He will be the personification of paganism and all the evil it represents (Dan. 8:23-25). He will be possessed by Satan (Dan. 8:24), and he will attempt to murder all Christians and Jews (Rev. 12:13-17).The Bible indicates that the Church will be taken out of the world before this madman takes power (I Thess. 1:10), but millions will come to Christ during the Tribulation, only to be hunted down like wild animals and slaughtered (Rev. 7:9-14).The triumph of paganism will be brief but terrible, so terrible, in fact, that the Bible indicates it would result in the destruction of all life if it were not ended supernaturally (Matt. 24:21-22). That end will come swiftly and decisively after seven years when the Lord Jesus Christ breaks from the heavens in His glorious second coming (Rev. 19:11-2 1).Victory is coming. But there are some terrible years ahead for planet Earth before that victory will be realized.How close are we to the end-time climax of history? I believe that the signs of the times indicate that we are living on the threshold of the Tribulation. The term, “signs of the times,” refers to Bible prophecies about the end times that are being fulfilled in our day and time.One hundred years ago there were no definite signs indicating the end times. Today, those signs are everywhere. One would have to be spiritually blind not to discern that we are living on borrowed time.At a prophecy conference in Orlando, Florida, one of the speakers was a great man of God from Abilene, Texas, named Elbert Peak. He was over 80 years old and had been preaching about Bible prophecy for 60 years. His topic was the “Signs of the Times.” This is how he began his message:I have been speaking on the signs of the times for 60 years. When I began, the signs were few and far between. Today, they are everywhere. In fact, they are so abundant, I am no longer looking for signs; I am listening for sounds - the shout of an archangel and the blowing of a great trumpet.The turning point occurred in 1917. On November 2, 1917, the British government issued the Balfour Declaration. That momentous document declared that the British would prepare Palestine to become a homeland for the Jewish people.The leading evangelical spokesman in London at the time was E B. Meyer. He immediately recognized the prophetic significance of the Balfour Declaration. He responded to it by sending out an invitation to evangelical leaders in England to meet with him on December 13 to discuss the document's spiritual implications. On December 11, General Allenby liberated Jerusalem from 400 years of Turkish oppression. The road to Zion was being opened to the Jews.When Meyer's meeting convened two days later, there was a great sense of God moving sovereignly in history to fulfill promises He had made thousands of years ago. One of the speakers that day was Dr. G. Campbell Morgan. He proclaimed, “We all feel today that never in the history of the Church have the signs seemed so definitely to point to the fulfilling of Gentile times as they do today. Our loins should be girt about and our lamps should be burning. We should be occupying until He comes.Those who assembled that day were the “who's who” of the evangelical movement in England. They decided to form an organization called the Advent Testimony Movement whose purpose would be to proclaim the Lord's soon return, urging Christians to evangelize the lost and commit themselves to holiness. The organization adopted a manifesto that contained seven points:1. The signs of the times point toward the close of the times of the Gentiles.2. The return of our Lord may be expected at any moment when He will be manifested as evidently as to His disciples on the evening of His resurrection.3. The completed Church will be translated to meet the Lord in the air, and to be forever with the Lord.4. Israel will be restored to their own land in unbelief, and be afterwards converted by the manifestation of Christ as their Messiah.5. All human schemes of world-reconstruction must be subsidiary to the Lord when all nations will be subject to His rule.6. Under the reign of Christ there will be a further effusion of the Holy Spirit upon all flesh.7. The truths embodied in this statement are of the utmost practical value in determining Christian character and action with reference to the pressing problems of the hour.With this manifesto as a foundation, that organization went forth and began to proclaim the imminent return of the Lord in conferences held all over England, Europe, America, and the British Empire. The organization still exists today, known as the Prophetic Witness Movement International. Its efforts have spawned hundreds of other ministries around the world that are today proclaiming the same message.
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