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People - Get Ready!

Jesus is coming SOON!He said: “So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.” Luke 21:31

WHAT THINGS?

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“And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what

sign

will there be when these things shall come to pass?” Luke 21:7

And He said; Take heed that ye be not deceived!

Yes, You!

You could be deceived!

WHY?

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You may be

WAITING for signs

That have …

Already

Happened!

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There are prophecies that Jesus said

MUST happen before His return to the earth to receive His Bride, the true remnant church. You will find that they have ALL been fulfilled, with the exception of the seven plagues of Revelation that occur directly before Jesus returns. I pray you will be blessed deeply by the truth provided in God's Holy Word.

The first prophecy is well known among many Christians today to have already been fulfilled. Most of today's history books do record this event as having occurred, however, they don't acknowledge the fact that Jesus prophesied this event more than thirty years prior to it's actual fulfillment.

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JESUS SAID BEFORE HIS RETURN, HIS FOLLOWERS IN JERUSALEM MUST FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS, AND THEN JERUSALEM WILL BE DESTROYED. Pointing to the magnificent Temple He declared not one stone would be left upon another!

Matthew 24:15,16When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

HISTORIC FACT IS...

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In A.D.66 when Cestius came against the city, but unaccountably withdrew, the Christians discerned in this the sign foretold by Christ, and fled while 1,100,000 Jews are said to have been killed in the terrible siege in A.D. 70. (The attack of the Roman warrior Titus occurred in 70 A.D. killing the 1,100,000 Jews) Eusebius, Church History, book 3, chap. 5

AD 66

AD 70

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… thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not. Numbers 11:23

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THE FOLLOWERS OF JESUS WILL EXPERIENCE A GREAT PERSECUTION, OR "TRIBULATION" BEFORE HIS RETURN.

Matthew 24:21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

HISTORIC FACT IS...

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# 2 This Great Tribulation that Jesus speaks of here in Matthew 24 is one prophecy that is so often taken out of context. It is actually taught by some as being at some time in the future. But what about all the history books that record the Dark Ages with such unintentional prophetic accuracy? Are we to assume that this documented period in history is one that should be forgotten, or looked at lightly? Are we supposed to say that over 50 Million Christians slaughtered for their faith in Jesus as being a time in history that isn't recorded in God's Prophetic Word? Does not the book of Revelation speak of a period of persecution? Think about it for a moment... All the history books in every library on earth record a period of time with intense religious persecution.

A.D. 538-1798

This 1260 years of intense persecution is referred to in 7 different time-prophecies

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THE SUN WILL BE TURNED TO DARKNESS  # 4 THE MOON WILL BE TURNED TO THE APPEARANCE OF BLOOD # 5 THE STARS SHALL FALL FROM HEAVEN

Matthew 24:29Immediately 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:

HISTORIC FACTS ARE...

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Day of May 19, 1780

Night of May 19, 1780

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Timothy Dwight, president of Yale, remembered that "a very general opinion prevailed, that the day of judgment was at hand. The [Connecticut] House of Representatives, being unable to transact business, adjourned," but the Council lighted candles, preferring, as a member said, "to be found at work if the judgment were approaching." (See JOHN W. BARBER, Connecticut Historical Collections [2d ed., 1836], p.403)

May 19, 1780

... 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. A sheet of white paper held within a few inches of the eyes was equally invisible with the blackest velvet." -SAMUEL TENNEY, Letter (1785) in Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, part 1, vol.1 (1792 ed.), pp.97,98

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Joel 2:31The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come."There was an appearance of midnight at noonday," and in the evening, although the moon was just past full, "perhaps it was never darker since the children of Israel left the house of bondage." In connection with this extraordinary phenomenon the moon was reported to appear red. (Letter signed "Viator" in the Independent Chronical [Boston], May 25, 1780, p.2; see also the Pennsylvania Evening Post [Philadelphia], June 6, 1780, p. 62)

The night of May 19, 1780

The moon was at its full, and had the appearance of blood.

Stone's History of Massachusetts. By the way, not only was the moon full this day, but it was on the inner side of the planet. This means those cunning skeptics out there can't claim a lunar eclipse as the culprit for this prophetic event.

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The stars shall fall from heaven- 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 6:13

November 13th, 1833

"The morning of November 13th, 1833," says an eyewitness, a Yale astronomer, "was rendered memorable by an exhibition of the phenomenon called shooting stars, which was probably more extensive and magnificent than any similar one hitherto recorded... Probably no celestial phenomenon has ever occurred in this country since its first settlement, which was viewed with so much admiration and delight by one class of spectators, or with so much astonishment and fear by another class." -DENISON OLMSTED in The American Journal of Science and Arts, vol. 25 (1834), pp. 363, 364

"From the Gulf of Mexico to Halifax, until daylight with some difficulty put an end to the display, the sky was scored in every direction with shining tracks and illuminated with majestic fireballs. At Boston,

the frequency of meteors was estimated to be about half that of flakes of snow in an average snowstorm... Traced backwards, their paths were invariably found to converge to a point in the constellation Leo." -AGNES M. CLEREKE, A Popular History of Astronomy (1885 ed.), pp. 369, 370.

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November 13th, 1833

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# 6  THERE MUST BE A GREAT EARTHQUAKE "BEFORE" THE SUN IS DARKENED AND THE MOON BECOMES AS BLOOD

Revelation 6:12And 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;

HISTORIC FACT IS...

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"The Lisbon Earthquake, which occurred on November 1, 1755, is the most notable earthquake in history." -

Nelson's New Loose-leaf Encyclopedia (Book Productions Industries Inc.), art. "Earthquake." Says Sir Charles Lyell, "A violent shock threw down the greater part of the city. In the course of about six minutes, 60,000 persons perished. The sea first retired and laid the bar dry; it then rolled in, rising 50 feet or more above its ordinary level... The area over which this convulsion extended is very remarkable." -Principles of Geology (11th ed., 1872), vol. 2, pp. 147, 148.

November 1, 1755,

A great earthquake? How great? Greater than San Franciso? Greater than Mexico City? And will it occur before The remarkable Dark Day of May 19, 1780? Well, 25 years

BEFORE

"the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;"

There was an earthquake of the greatest magnitude ever recorded in history!

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and, lo, there was a

great earthquake;

"The Lisbon Earthquake, which occurred on November 1, 1755, is the most notable earthquake in history." -

Nelson's New Loose-leaf Encyclopedia

(Book Productions Industries Inc.), art. "Earthquake."

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Effects of the quake were felt from Scotland to Asia Minor and the distinctive feature of the Lisbon Earthquake was the agitation of inland lakes and streams far beyond the disturbed area -

For instance,

Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain, Sweden, and Norway

felt the effects.

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# 7- TROUBLE BETWEEN CAPITAL AND LABOR WILL OCCUR.

James 5:4,8Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord... 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

HISTORIC FACT IS...

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The use by the employer of armed guards or of police, either to harass pickets or to protect strikebreakers, often resulted in violence. The 1960s and 70s witnessed a

growing number of strikes by public employees, notably teachers, municipal workers, policemen, and firemen. The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia is licensed from Columbia University Press. Copyright © 1989, 1991 by Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

After the Civil War, industrialization proceeded at a rapid pace; as the number of industrial workers grew, they began to conduct strikes

with increasing frequency

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Among the most bitterly contested strikes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were those conducted by steel workers in 1892; by bituminous-coal miners in 1894 and 1897 and anthracite-coal miners in 1900 and 1902; and by employees of the Pullman Car Company in 1894. Many of these strikes were marked by major outbreaks of violence; in the Pullman strike, for example, President Grover Cleveland sent U.S. Army troops to the scene to quell the rioting. -"Strike,"

Microsoft (R) Encarta.

Copyright (c) 1994 Microsoft Corporation. Copyright (c)

1994 Funk & Wagnall's Corporation.

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WARS AND RUMORS OF WARS

Matthew 24:6,7And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

HISTORIC FACT IS...

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Lets just look at the 20th century alone. In the early 1900's we experienced World War I

AND World War II. These are the two greatest wars in the history of the human race! Since then we've had quite a number of wars across the globe. I would like to point out for the record, just what is entailed when someone makes the statement "World War I" Did you know just how many actual wars took place to generate such a statement?Defense expenditure 1990 estimates USA = $312.9 Billion World = $1.1 Trillion CIA Hypertext World Fact Book DOS Version 1993

From July of 1914 to Dec of 1917 there were 18 declarations of WAR between nations! If I were to ask ten people of different age groups and ethnic backgrounds alive today to tell me how many wars they remember in their lifetime, I would be one busy little camper listening to all the wars that have occurred in the last few decades alone. And we aren't even in the midst of a world war! Yet everywhere you look you read about one nation rising against another nation so prophetically accurate as Jesus said they would.

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#9- DISTRESS, PERPLEXITY, AND FEAR WITHIN ALL NATIONS

Luke 21:25,26...distress of nations, with perplexity;... 26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth

HISTORIC FACT IS...

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Revelation 11:18

And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

"...And the nations were angry"

Did you notice they are angry just before the wrath of God plays out upon the wicked. The Bible also says that those who would want to destroy the earth will be destroyed by God's wrath instead. Think about it, how will God be able to destroy those that destroy the earth if they were already destroyed with the earth when they bombed it? The fact is... The Almighty will intervene, it will only be a limited nuclear exchange. The Word of God is TRUTH. Trust it!

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For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say,

Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.1 Thessalonians 5:2,3

When the nations of the world have the ability to destroy each other entirely, the Bible says they will be working on a

worldwide plan of peace. Sounds like the birth pangs of today's present day New World Order - now doesn't it? The Word of God is sure and trustworthy. Mankind will actually be working on a worldwide plan for peace, and then Jesus will return to take His Bride, the TRUE remnant church.

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  KNOWLEDGE SHALL BE INCREASED

Daniel 12:4But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

HISTORIC FACT IS...

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Have you ever read some of the "Science" or "Mechanic" magazines? Some pretty remarkable inventions are coming to our market every month! Not only has this

"Increase in knowledge" affected our technology. We have now come to a full understanding of the prophecies that were "...Sealed ... even to the time of the end..." in the book of Daniel.

"The technological conditions of human life had changed faster between 1800 and 1919 than in the preceding 2,000 years -one might perhaps say 3,000 years." -LUCIEN PRICE, Between Two Wars," chap.2 in Religion in the Post-War World, vol.2, p.22. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1945.

The 20th Century scientific knowledge has changed men's lives more in the past 20 years than in the previous 50; more in that 50 years than in the previous 2000. Man cannot, dare not stop its growth, though he does not know where it is taking him.

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Signs- they are all around us! “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” Luke 21:11

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Here is a different class of Signs- Mt 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

False Prophets; False Christs even doing miracles! “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles…” Re 16:14

Mt 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

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How amazingly accurate are these Bible Prophecies and Words of Jesus! Never before has the earth seen such a deluge of interest in the occult and ‘miracles’! In the past decades we have seen countless persons arising claiming to be Christ or to represent Him. Men even going on TV and announcing that Jesus is in the desert and we should go to see Him. Many people claiming to talk to Him in the secret chambers of séances and trances.

Never has the world seen such a desperate need for ‘signs and wonder's mixed with such an indifference to the True Word of God! A man claiming to be a prophet, being interviewed on a talk show was asked if his ‘gift’ met the Bible rules for true prophets. Confused he replied, “I don’t know. I never looked into it.”

Mt 24:24 …if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

WHY WON’T THEY?

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This is one of the most important facts to know, don’t you think so? Why can’t Satan with all his trickery and astounding miracles deceive the elect?

Jesus left us an example in how He handled Satan in the wilderness temptation. Satan appeared as an angel of light. He even quoted the Bible! But Jesus replied “IT IS WRITTEN!” and Satan had to leave.

This is the answer- The only answer!

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Mt 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. De 8:3 … man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

Don’t be like them!

Even Jesus needed the Word!

“None but those who have fortified the mind with the

truths of the Bible

will stand through the last great conflict. To every soul will come the searching test: Shall I obey God rather than men?” GC 593

They love not the truth- they love fables!

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AS IT WAS…SO WILL IT BE!

The Days of Noah

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What can we learn from the events of 4000 years ago?

Jesus gave a warning that has great meaning for us today: “But as the days of

Noe

were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Mt 24:37

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What were the Days of Noah like?

Moses wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:

“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5

‘EVERY’:

or, the

whole imagination

: the Hebrew word signifies not only the imagination, but also the purposes and desires - continually: every day! All they desired and wanted all the time was only evil!!

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Why did God tell righteous Noah to build a huge boat on dry land?

Ge 6:6,7 “And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”

What a sad state of affairs! In just 2 thousand years the earth had gone from what God declared ‘Very Good’ to where God was sorry He even made it!

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Why was God made sorry?

“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was

filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. Gen. 6:11-12

God Is Love! He created all things to be happy! Now the evil and violence of men was destroying all possible happiness from the earth. Men delighted in killing and torturing both animals and people. The cries and groans of the oppressed and suffering rose up before the loving Creator.

And God saw something else too…

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“And God said unto Noah,

The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them (from) the earth! Gen. 6:13 (margin)

God saw that unless He interceded to put a check on it, the growing tide of evil would blot all life from the planet!

What had led to this horrible evil?

God saw man would soon destroy all life on earth!

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When Man turns from obeying God he starts a process that leads to DEATH!

The race that lived before the flood were like nothing we have ever seen. They lived hundreds of years. They had minds that never forgot what they learned. They had a world rich in natural resources.

There was almost nothing beyond their capabilities -

The heights of evil they rose to… we can’t even imagine!

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THE WICKED RACE OF CAIN…

In Genesis 4 we have the story of the first son of Adam. He grew up to be arrogant, self-willed and rebellious… he became the first murderer on earth, brutally beating his innocent brother to death because he had dared to urge him to obey God. He knew he deserved to die. But as an object lesson to the universe of what SIN will grow into – God allowed him to live out his life.

Cain married one of his sisters and moved away from his parents to build a city to dwell in. He invented a form of worship contrary to the worship of the Creator. And it included Idolatry. (see Joshua 24:14,15)Idolatry led to cruel practices –killing and torturing in the name of worship. Satan delighted in the mighty race of Cain and taught them many evils!

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THE GODLY RACE OF SETH…

Although Adam and Eve had many children, the Bible zeros in on only certain ones. After the death of Abel and the rebellion of Cain, Seth was born and grew up to serve the Creator faithfully. His descendents are call the ‘Children of God’.

These ‘Children of God’ lived a more agricultural life in secluded areas to be away from the violence of the race of Cain and the false worship. They would gather on the Sabbath to offer sacrifices and worship before the gates of Eden. But as time passed, the woman of Cain’s race learned many seductive practices. They learned to make themselves very appealing to the urges of men and we are told: “The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” Gen. 6:2

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INTERMARRIAGE BROUGHT APOSTACY!

Genesis 6 tells us that as the godly race of Seth mingled and intermarried with the rebellious race of Cain, men became mighty in their deeds of evil. Giants in both stature and intellect, they perused pleasure and lust until the state was reached we read about earlier.

Only a few persons still served God faithfully and they had to dwell in the secluded areas for refuge from oppression and persecution.But even in that wicked time we have the example of a man who lived so close to God that he actually was removed from earth and taken to heaven! His name was Enoch and he was Noah’s great grandfather. He took hold by faith of the Hand of God and “walked with God.” We can do this also, no matter how bad others choose to be – we can “Walk with God!”

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What things did Jesus point out about these people of Noah’s day?

“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Mt 24:38,39

Eating and Drinking; Marrying and giving in Marriage: These things are not wrong in themselves BUT this is showing that these things were all the focus of their lives and there was an intensity about it that was evil continually!

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What other example does Jesus give us?

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:28,29

Eating and Drinking; Buying and Selling: Planting and Building; When these things become all important and God is forgotten and dishonoured and His Law despised - then evil rules in the heart of man continually! Like the people before the flood, Sodom was full of horrible cruelty.

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Why did the people

‘Not Know’? Didn’t God warn them?

“And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Mt 24:38,39

For 120 years Noah faithfully preached to the world the message of the coming flood and the safety to be had in the Ark he was building at God’s command. With every blow of the hammer on that ship he testified to his belief in the word of God! It took all the possessions that Noah had to build this ark-

Imagine the kind of faith it took- in a world that had never known rain and life seemed to continue ‘normally’!

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This is the point Jesus was making…

If you had been in Sodom the day before the fire fell – you would have thought it would continue forever. Life’s round of affairs went on as usual, including a few rude jokes about the preaching of that ‘Nutcase’ Lot.

If you had been in the cities and towns the day before the Flood came – you would have seen things continuing normally. In fact later the people gathered abound the closed ark and had a party ridiculing and threatening Noah! BUT THERE HAD BEEN EVIDENCE to back up what Noah and Lot were saying!!

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God gives evidence for those who wish to see and believe!

Just the night before the fire fell on Sodom, a huge crowd had been smitten blind as they tried to do violence to Lot’s guests. When the ark was finished and Noah invited the people to come in for the last time, all at once hundreds of animals were seen coming to the Ark…

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In an orderly manner Seven each of the clean animals identified in Leviticus went into the ark.

People watched in horror – Was Noah Right?

Two each of the unclean

animals went into the ark. Birds flew in flocks to enter the ark.

Nature obeyed her Master but man would not heed!

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Could not the people see from this that the building of the ark was the work of God? Did they not know that animals and birds would not enter the ark in perfect order and of their own accord without the guidance of a divine hand? They might have known; but for 120 years they had been hardening their hearts.

They asserted that if there were any truth in what Noah had said, the men of renown--the wise, the prudent, the great men--would understand the matter!They had been training themselves to reject the message of truth. Now, when unmistakable evidence was given them, their hearts were so hard that they laughed it away. For seven days the animals came led by angels, and Noah arranged them in their places!

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THEN Noah made his last appeal and was rejected again. Now with his family and belongings he entered the Ark. The one massive door no man could close but a brilliant beam of light was seen streaking from the sky… and a mighty angel from heaven closed the door. PROBATION had ended for the rebel race.

Noah’s faith was tried as for 7 days all continued as before. No sign of the coming disaster was seen. People celebrated and laughed outside the ark. All were sure now that Noah was a deluded fanatic !

The seventh day dawned clear but all at once…

Safe within, Noah and his family cared for the animals and waited…

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Suddenly for the first time in history, dark clouds gathered and lightening streaked across the sky!

The wind howled like the shrieks of avenging demons! The party around the ark broke off and screams of terror filled the air! “NOAH WAS RIGHT!!The FLOOD is HERE!”

Men saw their proud edifices of Idolatry destroyed by fire from heaven before their very eyes!

And then came the RAIN!

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Too Late !

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Water poured from the sky as the protective canopy that had sheltered the Earth making it a tropical paradise, collapsed …

Water shot in huge geysers from the ground!People scrambled to the high places and struggled to hold on. They tied their children to large animals in hopes they would be carried to safety. The animals in terror rushed towards men as if they could help them.

What would they not have given for one more invitation from ‘Crazy Noah’?

As the waters rose the Ark shifted and began to float.

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As it WAS in the days of NOAH!

SO shall it be when the Son of Man Cometh!

They KNEW NOT! Until the FLOOD came and TOOK THEM AWAY!

Lu 21:34 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 !

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The Ark, ‘Ship of Vision’, was built by an amateur boat builder over 120 years.

The Ark carried 8 people and a host of animals.The Ark was used for only 1 year and thendiscarded in the mountains of Ararat.The ark was built by hand of wood and joinedby iron rivets.The Ark was designed and launched by God. Men or devils could not sink it!

The Titanic, ‘Ship of Dreams’, was built by professionals over just a few years.The Titanic was loaded down with people acting like animals.The Titanic was only afloat for a few days then rested 2000 feet deep at the bottom of the icy Atlantic.The Titanic was built of iron with wood within.The Titanic’s owners boasted that God himself could not sink it. So ends Man’s proud schemes!

Titanic VS the Ark

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“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV)

PERILOUS TIMES !

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There has been given to us a character profile whereby we can KNOW where we are in history. You can find it in 2 Timothy 3:1-7

The Bible gives us many signs by which we can tell that the Coming of Jesus is ‘Near, even at the door’. We will look at some of them in other Slideshows, but perhaps one of the most visible is found in man himself!

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“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV)

FOR MEN SHALL BE...

The last days will be perilous times. No other place in the Bible is the word "perilous" used. Perilous:

very dangerous: involving exposure to very great danger.

Any way you look at it, the end times will be bad! BUT WHY?

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1) … lovers of their own selves,

Have you noticed the shift in focus in these last decades? Where formerly a man was admired as he sacrificed for family; country; God. But now a man boasts of ‘Doing His Own Thing”, and people do not question it. Abandoning others so one can ‘Live His Own Life’ is the ‘IN’ thing!

And what about all the emphasis on ‘Self Gratification & Self Esteem ? ‘Treat yourself: You deserve it!’ “Pamper yourself!”

Where in the not too distant past, people lived worked and co-operated for the sake of their extended families; these days see even teens wanting their “Own Apartments” so they can ‘do as they please.’

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FOR MEN SHALL BE...

Never before in history have people been more caught up with ‘things’ and the latest gadgetry. Never before has credit been so available but still the cry is More! More! More!

2) Covetous !

People now want and want and want, even when they can't afford to have. Even what they have no right to have!

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FOR MEN SHALL BE...

3) Boasters

! Dictionary: to praise yourself, or speak arrogantly about things you possess or have achieved.

Just listen to people talk about themselves! We even have countless Talk-Shows for this purpose.

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“I…Mine…Me…My

“I…I… Me…My…

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FOR MEN SHALL BE...

4) Proud !

You may recall that it was

pride

that led to the fall of Lucifer out of heaven. Pride and Self-exaltation made a demon out of the brightest angel! The Bible teaches that the proud and arrogant will not be in heaven. Think about it, if God allowed anyone in heaven that fit the descriptions of this text, He would have to apologize to Lucifer and invite him back into heaven. People are so prideful, even those that claim to be “saved”!

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Lucifer stated "I will" five times, in his proud boast about how he would take the place of God and overthrow the heavenly host of angels.

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…”

I

will ascend into heaven,

I

will exalt my throne above the stars of God:

I

will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

I

will ascend above the heights of the clouds;

I

will be like the most High.”

Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit

. Isa 14:13-15

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FOR MEN SHALL BE...

A Blasphemer is also one who denies God or insults Him. In our age we are seeing such Heaven-daring rudeness to God as even criminals of the past would have feared to speak or do. And most people laugh at it!

5) Blasphemers

!

The Bible states that a blasphemer is a person that claim themselves to be God or to assume His authority. There are groups that claim that man, over a process of time, can be god.

Think about that! God has placed his signature on all of creation. He has created something from nothing. No man or devil can do this!

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6) Disobedient to Parents! In the past people still very much respected their parents. Today we see even small children screaming “I Hate You!” at their parent when they have been denied some small indulgence.

FOR MEN SHALL BE...

Children will tell parents what they are going to do, like it or not! They have become manipulative of the parents for their own selfish desires. “As for my people, children are their oppressors…” Isaiah 3:12

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FOR MEN SHALL BE...

Parents have taught their children to expect gifts just because of what day it is - and the attitude is that this is their right!

7) Unthankful

! Dictionary: without feelings of gratitude. People are not thankful. They believe that the world owes them a living whether they earn it or not.

They also have no sense of the debt they owe to their Creator and Redeemer!

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8) Unholy ! The Bible states that we are to be holy because God is Holy. The character of God is that He cannot tolerate SIN. Yet we as a people of God tolerate sin in our body on a continual basis. We explain it away by saying, “Surely God.........” (Before we finish the statement.... that is blasphemy). We cannot begin to imagine what God would allow in our body. We cannot begin to imagine how God thinks! We must take heed to His Word!

FOR MEN SHALL BE...

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa 55:9

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9) Without natural affection! Jude 10 refers to such a person as a "Brute Beast", then continues to say "Woe unto them for they have gone the way of Cain". Cain murdered his brother Able because Able tried to warn him not to sin! Selfishness is the root of this lack of love.

FOR MEN SHALL BE...

Natural affection is the love that God placed within our being to have for one another. We are now living in a time where a child growing in its mother’s womb is worth only the amount of money required to abort it. God wants us to love one another!

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10) Trucebreakers - Breaking agreements and promises whenever it is convenient to do so.

FOR MEN SHALL BE...

  11) False Accusers

- to charge somebody falsely who is not guilty of crime or what we accuse them of.

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FOR MEN SHALL BE...

12) Incontinent - unrestrained and uncontrolled, primarily lacking restraint in sexual matters. Not only is this rampant in the world today but even amongst professing Christians and mostly people ignore it. 

  

  

13) Fierce

- showing aggression or anger. More and more people are impatient and quick to wrath than ever before. People will blow you away for cutting them off in traffic.

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Many a young person does wickedly merely so his friends won’t call him a sissy or a ‘goody-goody’. Time after time on TV and even cartoons we see the studious and hard-working set out as ‘geeks’ or misfits and the sexually pure are mocked as ‘not with it’ or ‘prudes’.

Even those who want to uphold right will usually say, “well everyone has their own opinions. This is what is right for me!” Rarely do we hear: “This is WRONG!” and almost never: “This is SIN!”

14) Despisers of those that are good-

I remember when good and well doing was admired and promoted on movies and in books. Today the character shown as ‘good’ in a story is usually ridiculed or played down while the wicked are held up as being ‘realistic’.  

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15) Traitors - Those who betray the trust of others, and behave in a disloyal or treacherous manner

FOR MEN SHALL BE...

  16) Heady

- impetuous: impulsive and rash in behavior

; “If it feels good- Do it!”

     

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17) High-minded - To inflate ones-self with self-conceit, to be lifted up with pride. To think oneself highly important.

  

  

18) Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God -!

There has not been any other time in these past two thousand years, since this book of Timothy has been written, that people love their pleasures and entertainment more than they do today. Certainly they love pleasure more than they love God! Even their

worship

of God centers on indulgence, church suppers, and entertainment.

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When on every side we hear the chants: "true knowledge places man above all law;" that "whatever is, is right;" that "God doth not condemn;" and that "all sins which are committed are innocent." When the people are thus led to believe that desire is the highest law, that liberty is license, and that man is accountable only to himself, who can wonder that corruption and depravity teem on every hand?

Multitudes are eagerly accepting teachings that leave them at liberty to obey the promptings of the carnal heart. The reins of self-control are laid upon the neck of lust, the powers of mind and soul are made subject to the animal nature, and Satan exultingly sweeps into his net thousands who profess to be followers of Christ.

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These --

the teachings of SPIRITUALISM

- Are even heard in our pulpits today! And they are called

‘LOVE’

by the deluded.

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19) Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof!

Of all this amazing prophecy, this item is perhaps the greatest sign of our times!

Never has religion been so widely accepted among the worldly minded

and never before has so much worldliness been accepted and welcomed into the church!

In the past,

getting religion

was associated with repenting and turning from at least the grosser sins. Now it means socializing and indulgence, entertainment and anything goes.

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But if you start to talk of the POWER of the Lord to free the life from SIN! People turn away. If you have a problem You will be advised to go to counselors, self-help seminars, therapygroups. The POWER of God is pushed aside and Humanism stands in its place. The first question is not ‘What is Truth?’ but ‘What organization or group do you belong to?’

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THE OLD TESTAMENT WARNED OF OUR DAY ALSO:

Jesus said: “Rev. 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Pr 30:11 “There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.

14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men".

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TRULY PERILOUS TIMES ARE HERE !

What are we advised to do when we see these things? "From such turn away."

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What are we to turn to?

"

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou

mayest

be rich; and white raiment, that thou

mayest

be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint

thine

eyes with

eyesalve

, that thou

mayest

see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:

if any man hear my voice

, and open the door,

I will come in to him

, and will sup

with him, and he with me.

"

Re 3:18-20

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TURN TO JESUS! TURN TO HIS WORD – FIND

THE POWER!

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BE YE ALSO READYFor in such an hour as ye think not …The Son of Man cometh! Mt 24:44

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People Get Ready!

"when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."

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Stand by the Bible, study the Bible, Live by the Bible, God’s message to man.

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