Major Prophetic Signs
Of The Second Coming
by Jack Kelley
Update January 2011 from
There are seven major
prophetic signs of the Second Coming, and currently all of them are
in some stage of fulfillment. As in years past, I’ll list the seven
with their primary biblical references and offer commentary from current
1. Israel Will Be In The Land … Ezekiel
Speaking to the Land God said,
“You, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my
people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you
and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, and I
will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of
Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I will increase
the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and
become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will
make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the
LORD. I will cause people, my people Israel, to walk upon you. They
will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never
again deprive them of their children.
And to the people,
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out
of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around
and bring them back into their own land.
Although Ezekiel wrote
these words while the Israelites were in Babylon, they were not fulfilled
in the nation’s return from exile there. Like Isaiah before him (Isaiah
11:11) Ezekiel was speaking of the second and final return. Therefore
in 1948, when Israel took its place among the nations of the world again
for the first time in nearly 2000 years, students of prophecy recognized
the fulfillment of the primary sign that the end of the age was upon
us. Jesus said that some from the generation being born when this happened
would still be alive when He returned (Matt. 24:34). Both Psalm 90:10
and Isaiah 23:15 hint that an average Biblical life span is 70 years.
Since 62 years have passed since Israel became a nation again after
being absent for nearly 1900 years, students of prophecy have cause
to believe that the end of the age is upon us.
Will Be In Jewish Hands… Luke 21:24
They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the
nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by
the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.The
Lord prophesied that the reunification of Jerusalem as a Jewish City
would be a sign that foreign (gentile) influence over His land, and
indeed the world, was about to end (Luke 21:24). Fulfillment of this
prophecy began in 1967, and scholars saw it as another major sign that
the End of the Age had begun. The almost world wide effort to take the
city apart again is in essence a battle of wills. Nearly every Israeli
leader has stood firmly on a pledge to keep Jerusalem united forever
as Israel’s capital, but the unbelieving leaders of the world are just
as resolutely determined to divide it.
The Lord said that
at the End of the Age He will make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the
reeling, an immovable rock for all nations. All who try to move it will
injure themselves. (Zechariah 12:2-3)
This past year much of the attack against Israel has been focused on
Jerusalem. American leaders, traditionally some of Israel’s most loyal
allies, have publicly called East Jerusalem occupied territory and demanded
that no more Jewish homes be built there. They’ve even tried unsuccessfully
to halt construction in undisputed neighborhoods. Through out the year
the European Union has pushed for an official declaration dividing Jerusalem
to make way for a future Palestinian State to have part of the city
as its capital. And several Middle Eastern and South American countries
are said to be working with the Palestinians to introduce a UN
resolution that will unilaterally declare a Palestinian state in the
Promised Land, with East Jerusalem as its capital. Behind all this of
course is a spiritual battle of massive proportions. While there’s no
doubt as to the out come, the battle continues to be a fierce one.
I’ve come to believe
that Jerusalem won’t really be free of Gentile “trampling” until the
Daniel’s prophecy that Gentile Dominion would not end until the Lord
establishes His kingdom
Zechariah’s prophecy of the city being captured and divided just before
the Lord’s return (Zech. 14:2), and
John’s observations in Rev. 11:1-2 of the gentiles trampling the outer
court of the Temple during the Great
Tribulation all confirm this. But even so, the fact that Jerusalem is
back in Jewish hands is another big sign
that the End is coming soon.
3. A Moslem
Coalition Armed And Led By Russia
Will Attack The Holy Land… Ezek. 38:2-6
“Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief
prince of Meshech and Tubal;
prophesy against him. This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against
you, O Gog, chief prince of
Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and
bring you out with your whole army–your
horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and
small shields, all of them brandishing their
swords. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and
helmets, also Gomer with all its troops,
and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops–the many nations
references make it plain that Magog stands for modern Russia, and the
named here form a coalition based on their common religion, Islam. (Today
Russia is 30% Moslem and growing.) Among them are Iran, several North
African countries, Eastern European countries along the Danube, and
the Turkic nations of Asia Minor. A quick look at a world map will reveal
that these areas are home to some of the most radical Islamic groups.
(For a detailed explanation of the modern nations to which these Biblical
names refer, read “An In Depth Look At The Modern Equivalent To Biblical
Names in Ezek.38?)
The Russians are already
a major supplier of arms for the Moslem coalition, just as Ezekiel prophesied,
will be drawn into joining in this battle by God Himself. Russia’s barely
disguised policy of becoming the major
outside force in the Middle East is playing right into the Lord’s hands.
Iran and Russia are well into the
implementation of a $50 billion deal to provide Iran with nuclear power.
The 10 reactors called for in the deal
are supposedly for electrical power generation, but most western leaders
suspect they’ll be used to build
bombs, too. Some experts had claimed that Iran would become a nuclear
power this past year, but due to
the extensive damage caused by the mysterious Stuxnet computer virus
experts now think a bomb is still a
couple of years away. Israel has again vowed to prevent that ever happening,
but don’t be surprised if the
US continues to back away from its similar promise, even though at year
end the language coming out of
Washington seems to be getting tougher again.
Russia has also formed
commercial and military alliances with Turkey and Syria, and has become
2nd largest trading partner after Germany. They’ve sold Damascus a state
of the art anti-air defense system
along with their latest generation missiles and anti-tank rockets and
are building a major military seaport in
northern Syria, in preparation for moving components of their Black
Sea fleet there. In Lebanon, Russian
Military Intelligence has just about taken over the town of Sidon, spying
on Israel for Iran and Syria.
The major obstacle
to an early fulfillment of this prophecy is the reference to its occurrence
at a time when
Israel is “a peaceful and unsuspecting people” (Ezekiel 38:11). This
certainly is not the case today, but
Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 are yet-to-be-fulfilled prophecies that appear
to involve all of Israel’s next door
neighbors in another attempt to wipe the Jewish nation off the map.
The psalmist pleads with the Lord
to intervene and defeat Israel’s attackers. A victory by Israel would
explain why none of them are named
in Ezekiel’s list of antagonists, although you’d expect them to near
the top of the list. It would also explain
how Israel could be living in a perceived state of safety as Ezekiel
38:11 requires. Three of Israel’s neighbors,
Syria, Hamas and Hizbollah, are still making frantic preparations for
war and insisting there will be one soon.
Not surprisingly, these preparations are being bought and paid for by
Iran. Through out 2010 other experts
on both sides publicly announced their fears that war was imminent,
but at year’s end it hasn’t happened yet.
But two other pre-requisites
for Ezekiel’s battle are clearly being met. In past studies I’ve shown
will be on the Moslem side in Ezekiel’s battle, but for years Turkey
has enjoyed a strong relationship with
Israel. That all changed in 2010. The Turkish sponsored attempt to break
the Gaza blockade last spring
strained Israel’s relationship with Turkey to the breaking point. Public
support in Turkey for membership
in the EU is also declining, another sign that attitudes toward the
West are changing. Turkey’s Prime
minister Erdogan believes Turkey’s destiny is to rebuild the Ottoman
Empire into the new Middle Eastern
powerhouse. He’s getting cozy with Iran and Syria to accomplish this.
From all outward appearances
Turkey has landed solidly in the camp of the Moslem coalition.
Till now Israel really
hasn’t had any wealth to speak of, but recent oil and gas discoveries,
said to be
worth billions of dollars, could create the wealth necessary to make
Israel an attractive target for attack.
This could fulfill the prophecy of Ezekiel 38:13 that Russia will be
looking for plunder. There could be
enough natural gas to supply Israel’s needs for 100 years and turn them
from a net importer to a net
exporter. Russia is already looking for ways to get involved in bringing
this gas to market, and according
to Ezekiel they’ll go to war in what will turn out to be a failed attempt
to do so.
I believe that the
removal of the US as Israel’s powerful ally is also necessary to pave
the way for
Ezekiel’s battle, because I don’t think the Moslem coalition will attack
until they’re sure the US won’t
retaliate. Any one of several scenarios currently being played out could
accomplish this, especially
since our national policy toward Israel is already changing. A deepening
recession could turn the
nation inward again and cause us to lose interest in defending Israel.
Further decline of the dollar
on world markets could even render us financially unable to do so. The
funds would have to be
borrowed, and our ability to repay current debt is already being questioned.
The threat or actual
occurrence of a major terrorist attack could cause us to stand down.
And finally, the Rapture of the
Church could deprive the US of both the leadership and manpower to respond.
Any one of these
would mean serious trouble for the US and all of them have a better
than average probability of
coming to pass in the year ahead. In summary, it’s a whole lot easier
to see the US abandoning
its commitment to Israel than it was just a short time ago.
When the time is right,
having recently taken His church to Heaven, the Lord will use this battle
orchestrate His reconciliation with Israel, and on its heels the anti
Christ will emerge with a peace
plan that includes a Jewish Temple. So once this battle takes place,
end times prophecy will really
go on fast forward.
4. The Ancient
Roman Empire Will Re-Emerge
As A Political Force… Rev 17:9-10
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills
on which the woman sits.
They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not
yet come; but when he
does come, he must remain for a little while.”
This one is a little
obscure if you don’t know your history. When John was writing this,
there had been five great world powers; Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia,
and Greece. All were
conquered and absorbed. The current power was Rome, which was never
really conquered and
will re-emerge at the end of the age, according to Daniel 9:26.
Daniel 2:36-45 describes
Gentile Dominion from Daniel’s time forward (Egypt and Assyria had
already fallen) in the form of a giant statue representing the four
remaining Kingdoms. Babylon
was the head of gold. Persia was the chest and arms of silver. Greece
was the belly and thighs
of bronze, followed by the two appearances of Rome, two legs of iron
(Biblical Rome) and two
feet of iron mixed with clay (the revived Roman Empire). Read it carefully
and you’ll find some
interesting things in the description of the two feet upon which the
statue stands. In the first place
iron and clay don’t mix. We can imagine sticky clay serving as glue
sticking pieces of iron together,
but the language describes a clay that’s made of dust and already baked
… hard and brittle like
shards of pottery. You can’t make random pieces of iron and pottery
The two iron legs of
the statue describe the two divisions of the Roman Empire of Biblical
Western and Eastern. Today the territory of the Western division is
occupied by Europe, while the
Eastern territory holds the Islamic countries of the Middle East. They’re
the two feet of iron mixed
with clay, and both have their problems.
As of this writing
the Western division is said to be on the ropes due to economic problems.
predict these problems will prompt a major re-configuration of the Western
leg in 2011 as the weak
economies are cast adrift to avoid bringing down the strong ones. Experts
also wonder if the
combined defeats spoken of in Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 will render
the Eastern leg incapable
of being part of the World Empire of the End Times. But Daniel had both
the statue’s feet in view
in chapter 2 so both divisions of the Roman Empire have to be present
at the End of the Age.
The coming year may bring some eye-popping changes to our understanding
of what this End Times
Empire will look like.
5. The World
Will Embrace A Single Religion… Rev 13:8
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names
have not been written in the book
of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the
Make no mistake about
it. Islam is the major religious force in the world today and the goal
less than world domination, by any means necessary. It’s the world’s
fastest growing religion and is
second only to Christianity in number of adherents. Already nearly one
out of every four inhabitants
of the world is Moslem, and like most Christians and Jews they don’t
really know what they believe
or why. I’m no prophet, but as I look into the future, it’s much easier
for me to see Islam riding its
current wave of momentum to fill the void left by the departure of the
Church than it is to imagine
some watered down mix of apostate Christianity and New Age Mysticism
Much has been written
recently about al Mahdi, a figure out of Moslem prophecies who bears
resemblance to Christian prophecies of the anti-Christ. For example,
both show a leader coming on the
scene during a time of great turmoil on Earth. Both depict him as man
of peace who will have a seven
year reign, head up a one world religion and one world government, and
claim supernatural origins. Both
prophecies culminate in a battle between good and evil that brings about
Earth’s final judgment. It’s as
if they’re pointing to the same person. The difference is that in Islam
he’s a good guy, while the Bible calls him evil.
Take this charismatic
political and religious leader with his supernatural power, add the
widely held but
incorrect belief that God and Allah are the same, and that Islam is
a religion of peace, and then subtract
the spirit of discernment that will disappear with the Church and you
can see how he could be the straw
that a world on the brink of disaster grasps for survival.
6. The World
Will Accept A Single Government… Rev 13:3
The whole world was astonished and followed the beast.
The last US presidential
election showed how quickly a fearful and disillusioned people will
someone who promises to change things. When you look at the shape of
the world it doesn’t take much
to imagine circumstances getting to a point where the whole world will
agree to follow a leader who will
promise to bring order out of chaos. Whether it’s Global Warming (now
called Climate Change), the
decline of the US dollar, or war in the Middle East, the one solution
everyone is talking about is some
form of one world government. With the things that already threaten
world stability getting worse by the
day, how much more frantic will people be after millions of their neighbors
suddenly disappear without
warning or explanation, and there’s been a nuclear exchange that brings
destruction from Europe through
the Middle East and into Russia? All it will take is a leader who can
persuade people he can fix things
to bring this prophecy to fulfillment. By many accounts, this leader
is standing in the wings awaiting his cue.
Will Re-Emerge As A Prominent City
In World Affairs… Rev 18:2-3
2And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great
is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the
hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3For all nations have drunk of
the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth
have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth
are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4And I heard another voice from
heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers
of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5For her sins have reached unto
heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6Reward her even as she rewarded
you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which
she hath filled fill to her double.
7How much she hath glorified herself,
and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she
saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no
8Therefore shall her plagues come
in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly
burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9And the kings of the earth, who
have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail
her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10Standing afar off for the fear
of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty
city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
11And the merchants of the earth
shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any
12The merchandise of gold, and
silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple,
and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of
ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and
iron, and marble,
13And cinnamon, and odours, and
ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and
wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves,
and souls of men.
14And the fruits that thy soul
lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty
and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more
15The merchants of these things,
which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her
torment, weeping and wailing,
16And saying, Alas, alas that great
city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked
with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!
17For in one hour so great riches
is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships,
and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
18And cried when they saw the smoke
of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
19And they cast dust on their heads,
and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city,
wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her
costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
20Rejoice over her, thou heaven,
and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.
21And a mighty angel took up a
stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus
with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall
be found no more at all.
22And the voice of harpers, and
musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at
all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found
any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more
at all in thee;
23And the light of a candle shall
shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of
the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were
the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
24And in her was found the blood
of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
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… Matt. 24:6-8
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are
not alarmed. Such things must happen,
but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom
against kingdom. There will be
famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning
of birth pains.
When you include places
like Korea where a truce is in place but the war isn’t over, there are
70 active wars in the world, with 200 other “hot spots” smoldering.
Earthquakes are continuing
to run well above normal with major quakes (7.0-7.9 on the richter scale)
achieving 140% of their 15 year USGS average during 2010.
But many experts say
the big story in the birth pangs area for 2011 could be famine. According
World Bank, in the last 6 months world wheat and corn prices have risen
57%, rice and sugar are up
45% and 55% respectively and soybeans are at their highest price in
16 months. This is mostly due to
shortages caused by crop failures in various places. When prices go
up due to shortages the limited
supplies go to markets that can pay. Those who can’t are left out. When
only luxuries are involved
nobody cares, but when it’s basic things like flour and rice, people
begin dying. Already 1 out of every
6 people in the world go to bed hungry every night. Experts have said
it would only take one or two
years of poor crop production to bring a serious famine to the world.
Many are concluding that 2010
was a bad year and 2011 won’t be any different.
weather is becoming a more unpredictable factor with average temperatures
a steady decline that could last 30 months or more. This has already
begun to effect crop production
in northern climates with shorter growing seasons. Further compounding
the problem, energy prices
are once more on the rise with oil expected to top $100 per barrel again
before spring (It’s at $91 now).
Energy cost is a factor in everything we buy, including food. All things
considered 2011 could well become
known as the year the famines began.The
Lord said these birth pangs would be the early warning signs
of the approaching End of the Age, so I have included some examples
to confirm my belief that we’re
very close to our last days on Earth. The consensus from the professionals
seems to be that things
aren’t going to get better any time soon and could likely get much worse
by the end of 2011.
That may be true for the world, but we’re told to walk by faith not
by sight (2 Cor. 5:7) because
our citizenship is in Heaven and we eagerly await a Savior from there,
the Lord Jesus Christ
(Phil. 3:20). When we see these things begin to take place we’re to
stand up and lift up our
heads because our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28).
These promises have
never been more true than they will be in 2011.
though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the
even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in
the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!” (Habakkuk 3:17-18).