The reason I believe the Bible is the Word of the Creator is because I have evidence that convinced me of that fact. It didn’t convert me. It amazingly explained what had happened to me after my conversion. It also contains explicit and inexplicable prophecies that pinpoint humanity’s timeline.
The Scriptures warned that at the end of this age (not the end of the world), just before the second coming of Jesus, certain things would be happening:
1. There would be money-hungry Bible teachers, who would slur the Christian faith and deceive many: “There will be false teachers among you . . . and many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words” (2 Peter 2:1–3 NKJV).
2. There would be wars, increased seismic activity, food shortages, and widespread disease: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7 NKJV).
3. The moon would become blood red: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD” (Acts 2:20 NKJV).
4. People would become selfish, materialistic, and blasphemous: “In the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers” (2 Timothy 3:1–2).
5. The world would embrace homosexuality as a normal lifestyle: “Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot . . . on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:28–29). Some believe that Sodom was judged because of their inhospitality. However, the Bible makes it clear that Sodom was given over to homosexuality. The Scriptures say that Lot was “oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men.” These people were “those who indulge[d] the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise[d] authority” (2 Peter 2:7–10 NASB). Jude 7 warns “Sodom and Gomorrah . . . having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (NKJV).
6. Religious hypocrisy would be prevalent: “For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]” (2 Timothy 3:5 AMP).
7. Men would deny that God created the heavens, and that He destroyed the world through Noah’s flood: “There shall come in the last days scoffers . . . For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Peter 3:3, 5, 6).
8. The future would become frightening: “. . . men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Luke 21:26 NKJV).
9. Skeptics (motivated by the sin of lust) would mock these signs, claiming they have always been around: “Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation’” (2 Peter 3:3–4 NKJV).
10. The city of Jerusalem is pivotal in Bible prophecy. Scripture says that it would become a major political problem for the nations: “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples” (Zechariah 12:3 NKJV). The powerful Arab nations want to annihilate the nation of Israel, so that they can have Jerusalem as their center of worship.
Jesus said, “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled” (Luke 21:24). Jerusalem was controlled by the Gentiles (non-Jewish nations) until 1967, when the Jews took its possession. For the first time in two thousand years the Jews stepped into Jerusalem. This sign shows us where we are on the prophetic clock. We are living on the very edge of the coming of God’s kingdom—when His will, will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. The tragedy, however, is that despite these evident signs, most will ignore the warning to get right with God and eventually end up in a terrible place called "Hell." Don't let that happen to you.
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Submitted By: Chris