…Really. If you get nightmares at night because of what you read, see or hear, I would still read this blog post anyways because it might enlighten you to see the events of the end of age systematically. Is it scary? For us Christians, it’s not because when we have Jesus, what should we be afraid of? For unbelievers? It’s terrifying, I warn. The birth pains of the end are many and some of their frequency, intensity, and visibility are now becoming unstoppable.
Let’s start from the top. To God be the glory.
The end time prophesies that we are going to talk about in this post can be found in the book of Daniel which was written around 164 before Christ while he was taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and in the Christian bible in the book of Luke, 1 Timothy, revelation and others. Although fantastical in nature, these prophesies were vivid dreams or accounts of the end of times.
In Daniel 12:4, we read, “But you, Daniel, shut the words and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge will increase.” Many shall run to and from? Maybe this phrase mean travel? It is definitely beyond the reasonable doubt that we have global travel for many years now but it wasn’t always the case.
In fact, global travel is a very recent development in human history. For most of our history, men traveled by peddling power, foot, horse, chariot, wooden ship last powered by wind… When Ben Franklin went to France to get support for the American revolution, he took a wooden boat powered by wind, two hundred years ago or so.
Facts: It is important to note that the tiny Pyroscaphe was a paddle steamer built in France in 1783. The Clermount was a blend of steam and wind powdered ship build in the 1807. The Titanic was the very first totally steamed engine boat built in 1909 which left the cost of Southampton in England in 1912 to sink 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada.
Which point am I trying to make? Apostle Paul travelled by a wooden boat powered by wind over 2000 years ago! Same for Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama 500 years or so ago. These characters, which were very few, literally traveled with the same technology despite being 1500 years apart until about 100 years ago.
The steam engine has liberated men from traveling by man power, wind power, or horse power but it is a very recent development. Now we can run through and fro with ease and the frequency, intensity, visibility of such travels cannot be ignored anymore. There are planes everywhere. It hasn’t always been the case.
Do you know that in 2019, 4,590,000,00 people flew on planes? Historically speaking, these numbers are unprecedented. It’s almost 4.6 billion people. These numbers are of biblical proportions if you ask me.
The fulfillment of Daniel 12:4’ prophesy seems clear cut to me. it wasn’t the only one. Daniel also wrote the following in Daniel 12:4, “The time of the end… knowledge will increase.”
Knowledge has increased exponentially all over the world, ladies and gentleman. A mega bite is a tiny bite of data in contrast to the zettabyte era that we are living in right now. By the way, one zettabyte is equal to one sextillion bytes. What is coming after that? A yottabyte. A quick piece of trivia: The government agencies (NSA and the FBI) have a yottabyte of information on people like you and me. Anyways…
Global knowledge is here to stay and is exponentially increasing. Nanometer architecture is a reality for us in 2021. It’s everywhere and in your phone, for example. Do you know what a nanometer size is? It’s a billionth of a meter. Let me put this in perspective for you. For a moment, imagine having a quarter in your hands. In that quarter, there is 1 billion lines going up and down and left to right. A chip is then produced with this nanotechnology which makes it able to include every book that has been ever written in it and voice recordings in the history of mankind.
Think about this for a moment. The explosion of knowledge that has occurred since the introduction of the smartphone in the middle 2000’s is certainly a fulfillment of Daniel’s prophesy. We have reached levels of numerical data in nano microchips capable of storing our human history that are even difficult for many of us to compute and comprehend.
A zettabyte is expressed as 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,00 which is smaller than a yottabyte or 1,000 zettabytes. A zettabyte is capable of holding approximately 76 million years of 4K video. It’s mind blowing, isn’t it? Modern nano-chips allow us all to search this media data on our fingertips. This level of explosion in knowledge has never been seen in human history.
So far, we have spoken about the travel, explosion of information and now, we are going to talk about unprecedented events related to global weather. In Luke 21:25-26 we read, “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”
The amount of climate change that we are witnessing in these last few years have been stunning to see and can be terrifying. They are also unprecedented in human history, like the frequency of red moons and severe thunderstorms and weather events.
Frenchman are now experiencing temperature of 108 Fahrenheit in Paris, which is an unprecedented event in that country’s history. The record high temperature in France, also occurred in recent years — It’s was 114 degrees Fahrenheit in Gallargues-le-Montueux in 2019. How about a temperature of 43 degree Celsius, or 105.8F in Rio Grande do Sul Brazil, where temperatures rarely reach 87 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months and 42 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter ones? It is also unprecedented! It happened in 2019.
In June 2020, the Arctic recorded a record high temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit which is typically recorded as 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the 1950’s, the frequency of tornados have increased by a ratio of 10; the highest number of tornados recored in US history occurred in 2004, followed by 2011 and 2009. In 1950’s, there were 197 tornados officially recorded in the official books. In 2021, there were 1174. The science books are now being rewritten to include tornado activity in Brazil. The Swedish have experienced a major forest fire even thought its forest fire index is only 0.16. Japan experienced its strongest earthquake in its history in 2011 – A devastating 9.0 earthquake on the richter scale followed by more than 50 aftershock earthquakes of 6.0 in strength after the fact.
The five most intense hurricanes on record occurred after 2004 with Hurricane Wilma being the most intense in 2005 in the Atlantic basic. Hurricane Maria is the worse natural disaster in recorded history in the Caribbean. It occurred in 2017. The deadliest tsunami recorded in history occurred on boxing day in 2004. Forty percent of the the most deadliest cyclones recored in history occurred after the year 2005.
According to data coming from HURDAT, or the Hurricane Databases, the intensity and frequency of cyclones in the Atlantic ocean alone are clearly seen on television and the web and can’t be ignored anymore. Historical floods and torrential rains are being experienced worldwide in places like Iraq, Israel, Iran, Australia…
The weather has been devastating all over the globe. I bet it will get worse…
It’s not over. In Revelation 11:9-10, we learn the following, “ For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.”
Let’s read part of the scripture again… “The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts.”
Before Amazon.com, global celebration through gift giving would have been possible but highly unlikely. Now that we are experiencing an unprecedented shift in product delivery logistics through AI, this Bible verse may carry a bit more meaning for us Christians. I don’t know…
We can’t deny that the frequency of gifts distributed via Amazon, its order intensity and the visibility of the process cannot be ignored anymore. Is it biblical? I think so.
The next indicator of the end times is Global Evangelism. In Matthew 24:14, we read, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Has the gospel been shared with everyone in the world? Not yet I don’t think but the bible has been translated in its totality in 700+ languages and partially translated in more than 3,324 languages.
We are getting there… That’s for sure.
Have we spoken about pestilences yet? I mean, pandemics? In Luke 21:11 we read, “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”
Well, we have seen earthquakes more frequency high higher intensity recently and because of platforms like YouTube, they are now highly accessible because many of us have access to fast broadband internet. There are non-stop wars everywhere in the world, also. For more information on the former, visit this website -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ongoing_armed_conflicts
Just because American media doesn’t show the horrors of war doesn’t mean that they aren’t occurring.
The plague of Locus in Africa is occurring right now as we speak, by the way. How about the COVID19 pandemic? 5.41 million people have died from this terrible disease. Are the current pandemic uncontrollable? Not really but be aware. As the frequency of pandemics increase, its intensity and visibility becomes unstoppable, it’s a sign.
In the ens of times, people are going to act in very predictable ways according to biblical scripture. “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
I have seen evidence of 2 Timothy 3:1-6 in my adult life in a multitude of environments. Our society now celebrate what is evil and promote pleasure instead of promoting the Lord. Popular music is perhaps a reflection of this trend. — F**k You” earned Cee Lo Green Grammy Award. Emeli Sandé and Ariana Grande swear in their music. According to Moloney and Sylva, 7 in 10 rap music songs contain swear words. A large number of music clips promote being wealth at all costs and the need for displaying uncontrolled human pleasure. Because of modeling, I hypothesize that kid’s actions might result in sometimes unholy behaviors like young sexual activity. And anger among the youth.
As a college professor, I have seen a large number of ungrateful, conceited and unforgiving caucasian undergraduate students in the several Christian universities that I thought at. Teaching Gen Z white kids is though. Have they always been that way? Cruel, unforgiving… not really. How brutal, I must add.
If you have ears, listen: The signs of the age are all around us, some are more intense and vivid than others but they are all here to a degree. Repent and in everything give thanks to God.
If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the time to accept Him is today. Do good, love others, read your bible, pray and believe that one day, Christ will come back to capture His own. He died and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins. Be blessed, brethren. God is good.
Blessings to you.