Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all—so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. [Luke 17: 26-30]
This book is about the end. The end of the world. The end of our lives here. The end of all things.
We are very near the end. Peter had it right when he wrote almost 2,000 years ago that “The end of all times is at hand.” Someone might be tempted to say, “Well, Peter missed the timing of the rapture by at least 2,000 years too early.”
First, Peter was fully aware that no man will know the day or the hour of the rapture, so he was not predicting when the rapture will happen. Second, Peter’s letter clearly is addressing our spiritual condition and how we ought to live as believers, and one of the themes in his letter is that we should be ready at all times for the return of our Lord. We also see that as a recurring theme throughout the Bible on the subject of the rapture, that we should be ready at all times for Christ’s return. And third, Peter was near the end of his own life, and he had seen his share of suffering, but more importantly he was writing to believers who were suffering terribly during the time of Nero’s persecution of Christians.
Christians were being murdered for their faith, crucified, and burned alive. So Peter’s letter is meant to exhort Christians everywhere, and his letter was passed around secretly for the broadest distribution.
The persecution was so bad that Peter used a code name to reveal where he was, a code that only believers would understand at the time. He wrote from “Babylon,” which was code for Rome.
What makes today more urgent than when Peter penned his warning? Why should we even think that we are near the end?
First, all Bible prophesies of the past several thousand years that must happen before the end have already happened, some long awaited prophesies unfolding as recently as 2017 and 2018. We are there. There are no unfulfilled Bible prophesies that must occur before the return of Christ, meaning the rapture. This alone is extraordinary.
Before all major disasters in history the vast majority of human beings ignore the obvious all the way to the end. They live as if there is no tomorrow, and they pursue pleasure with all the gusto they can muster.
This is the meaning in the verse above when it says people were eating and drinking, marrying, buying and selling, and planting and building just before they all died from God’s wrath. They never saw it coming. And then they entered eternity. They had no excuses, because God sent them plenty of warnings and signs, just as he is doing today for you and me.
Second, the unbelievable decline in morality, the extraordinary level of pride and arrogance, the disregard for all that is true and right and good, the shocking perversions that have been widely accepted as normal, and the powerful evil empires that run our governments, media, and entertainment is clearly pictured in the Bible as occurring in the last days. It’s hard to imagine such evil behavior and immorality getting any worse. What don’t they show or do in plain sight now? It’s Sodom and Gomorrah all over again.
Here’s something extraordinary. When God flooded the world, he only saved eight people out of what may have been billions of people on the face of the earth. Common estimates place the world population before the flood between two and ten billion. The flood was God’s wrath upon all the sinners of the world, and there were only eight out of billions that God saved. That’s how bad the evil was in the days of Noah.
And so it is today. Evil today has spread everywhere, and it is reminiscent of the days of Noah. Luke told us that in the last days before the return of Christ, it would be like it was in the days of Noah.
Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. [Luke 17:26]
Third, fundamental human rights that come from God have been co-opted by forces that are anti-God through and through, and the theft of our privacy, constitutional rights, and freedom has caused many to describe these times as post-Christian America and post-constitutional America. Politicians are now outlawing books and counseling that is Biblical. California passed a law recently which includes language that outlaws the Bible according to the plain language of the bill.
Fourth, the prophesies about Israel and the entire middle east are all unfolding precisely according to the Bible. The amazing thing about Bible prophesy is that it is 100% accurate. No prophecy in the Bible has ever been wrong. That ought to mean something to doubters.
Fifth, the heresy of churches that the Bible predicted is all happening under our noses today. The vast majority of the largest churches in America have all turned away from God. I prove this with overwhelming evidence in a later chapter.
Sixth, weather conditions, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, draughts, and abnormal fires are at historic world ending patterns. You might not know this, because the main street media does not cover anything that confirms God’s existence or his judgement in these last days.
Seventh, power and money has come under the control of a select few in the world who worship Satan, not God. They have a long list of evil goals, which we have found in writing. One of their primary goals today is a one world government and a one world currency. How prophetic!
Eighth, money and economic systems are totally controlled by evil, and this also is a primary means by which millions of people around the world are dominated and controlled.
Ninth, the persecution of Christians around the world is at all time highs, again a fulfillment of prophesy. As with the other areas of extraordinary world events, the main street media is silent.
The hour is late, and there are many signs that the end of all things is at hand. Some of these signs are so blatant, we can miss the obvious, especially if we don’t know the scriptures well. For example, the United Nations and many politicians have been suddenly using the phrase “peace and security.” Why is that a sign of the end? Look at this verse.
While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. [1 Thessalonians 5:3]
But this is just one of hundreds of events that are fulfilling prophesy. The warning signs are everywhere, if only we will open our eyes.
I hope and pray that you are getting ready. I hope you will be ready. Once the clock passes the moment of the rapture, it will be too late. At that precise moment, you will either be on the side of eternal salvation and Heaven, or the side of eternal condemnation and hell and the Lake of Fire.
This is taken from The End of All Things is At Hand by Chuck Marunde, J.D.