The End is Nigh: Ten Reasons Why
Monday, April 23, 2018 Pete Garcia
While it is impossible to know the day or hour of the Rapture of the Church (Mark 13:32), it is however,
possible to recognize the season of His return and our subsequent deliverance (1st Thess. 5:1-3, Hebrews
10:25). For those who would assert our ability to even wonder when Christ could return as soft date setting,
just remember that Christ chastised the Pharisees’ and Sadducees, as well as the city of Jerusalem, for
not recognizing the season of their visitation (Matt. 16:1-4, Luke 19:41-44).
We are to be actively watching and waiting for the Lord’s soon return (Luke 12:37). This does not mean
we sell all of our belongings and move to a mountaintop to idly wait, but to live our lives recognizing that
our departure is soon at hand. We are to hold loosely to the things of this life, and to understand the
temporary nature of our current existence. When we do this, we renew and sustain our hope and faith in
Christ, whilst living in a world that is aggressively falling apart.
With that, I have put together ten definitive signs that point to the very soon return of Christ for His Church.
However, there is a bit of a divine-paradox going on here. The Rapture of the Church is the only sign-less
event noted in Scripture. Every other prophetic event has either signs for, or other things that lead up to
it. The Rapture does not.
So how can see evidence for an event that has no preliminary evidence?
The Bible plainly teaches that the Rapture happens before (or pre) Daniel’s 70th Week (aka…The
Tribulation or the time of Jacob’s Trouble). There are two primary purposes for the Tribulation: 1) to
discipline Israel and bring her back into relationship with God, 2) to destroy all the Christ-rejecting nations
of the world in their current state (Jeremiah 30:7-11). Since the Church could not exist in the first 69 Weeks
of Daniel, we should be able to conclude with confidence that it will not in the 70th Week of Daniel.
Furthermore, the 70 Weeks of Daniel were exclusively determined for the Jews, and Jerusalem. As
members of the Church (i.e., the multi-membered, corporate, body of Christ), we are only beneficiaries
(through Christ) of the six must-happen things listed in Daniel 9:24 which MUST find their fulfillment at the
conclusion of the 70th Week:
finish the transgression
make an end of sins
make reconciliation for iniquity
bring in everlasting righteousness
seal up vision and prophecy
to anoint the Most Holy
Since national Israel still largely rejects the Messiahship of Jesus to this day, we know that this last week
of years must yet be future. Besides, if we are already seeing signs for events that happen after the
Rapture, naturally, the Rapture must then be all the sooner. Therefore, since we cannot look for signs of
the Rapture itself, we must look for signs of Daniel’s 70th Week.
1. Israel. Clearly, the super-sign of the end times is the rebirth of the nation of Israel. The reason we can
be certain it is the super-sign, is because there is no other explanation for the supernatural hatred for her
existence amongst the nations. Not even the most tyrannical nation on the planet, North Korea, evokes
as much vitriol from the leftists, godless, socialists, and Islamists as does Israel. The world has not seen
this level of Anti-Semitism since the pre-World War II days in Europe. Unfortunately, this demonic hatred
is not only at the geopolitical level, but also even within Christendom. Movements like Reformed and
Covenant theology, as well as eschatological positions of Amillennialism, Preterism, and
Post-Millennialism, were all designed to discredit Israel’s legitimacy as both a nation, and as the rightful
heirs of the Genesis 15 endowment. Deuteronomy 30:1-10, Ezekiel 37
2. Jerusalem. The fact that Jerusalem is back under Israeli control, especially in light of how she
reacquired it, is simply miraculous. Moreover, since 1967, the world has furiously tried to wrest control of
Jerusalem back out of Israeli hands. However, as of December 6th, 2017, President Donald Trump
became the first gentile world leader (in over 2,500 years) to officially recognize her as the sovereign
capital of the nation of Israel further enraging anti-Semites around the world. Zechariah 12:3, Luke 21:24
3. Damascus. Isaiah 17 predicts this Syrian city’s ultimate and total destruction as a city. The fact that the
Arab Spring has largely blown over and subsided around the rest of the Middle East, but has continued
to linger in Syria, speaks to the prophetic nature of the circumstances there. Not only that, but it became
the casus belli to draw in the major players mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39.
4. Gog and Magog. The fact that we are seeing this coalition form before our very eyes over Syria is a sure
sign that the Rapture of the church is extremely near. Never before has Russia, Iran, and Turkey (all
formerly rival empires) ever collaborated economically, militarily, and politically with a common goal in
mind. Listed by their ancient names, modern day Russia, Turkey, and Iran have formed an anti-Israel/US
alliance that are currently building their forces literally tens of miles from the Israeli border (to her north).
They are not there because they care about Basher Assad, or his regime. They are there because of its
proximity to Israel and wealth (spoils). Two things about this stand out to me:
Israel’s allies are either unable or unwilling to help (Ezekiel 38:13)
God defeats this coalition so spectacularly, that spiritual Israel finally awakens, and the people finally
demand to rebuild their third temple (Ez. 39:22, 28-29)
For the past two-thousand years, Jesus has been actively building His body the Church (i.e., the corporate,
multi-membered, universal body of Christ- as noted in Matt. 16:18, Col. 3:8-11). The reason this event
(Ezekiel 38-39) indicates that the Rapture is near, is that this war is the event where God returns His full
attention back to My land Israel and My people the Jews (Ez. 38:16). The Church should no longer be in
play on the earth, which makes sense. Again, the Church was not in play in the first 69 Weeks of Daniel’s
70 Week’s, why should we be in the 70th? It seems to me that Gog/Magog serves not only as the
weathervane event for the Rapture, but also as the transition period into the final 70th Week.
5. The Kings of the East. While Russia, Turkey, and Iran are inexplicably drawn toward Syria, the US is
being inescapably drawn to the other side of the world because of the threat from the East. North Korea
(NOKO) has been a thorn in the side of US foreign policy since the 1953 Korean Armistice. However,
things have been turned on its head since the election of President Trump and his unwillingness to play
politics as usual. Due to a number of factors including nationwide malnutrition and starvation, growing
corruption and an escalation of desperation, the status quo of the past is no longer an option for NOKO.
Only three outcomes are possible for the Kim regime of North Korea:
War with regime change
Denuclearization and reunification
These are all unacceptable outcomes for the Chinese regime. The Chinese prefers the status quo,
because it gives them a measure of leverage over the United States. They also realize that after 17 years
of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US military (in its present state) barely has the capacity, resources,
or manpower to conduct itself simultaneously in two major theaters of war as we once did in World War
II. The Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia are all key US allies that require our
immediate protection should China engage any of them (or us) militarily. This would require the US to shift
most or all our assets from around the globe to meet the Chinese military threat. Our unwillingness to
come to Israel’s aid in a Gog/Magog scenario may be because we are fully engaged elsewhere and cannot
6. The Pace of Modernization. The new arms race is not nuclear, it is digital. Nations around the world are
racing to corner the market on artificial intelligence (AI), crypto-currency, quantum computers, genetic
editing/cloning/modifications, data collection and mining, surveillance, lethal autonomous weapon systems
(LAWS), and many more. In fact, technological advancements are moving so rapidly today that an
inevitable breakthrough in any one of these areas could upend the current geopolitical balance of power.
Of particular note is CERN’s experiments (dimensional portals, teleportation, etc.) in Europe, which could
rapidly change the balance of power in their favor. Furthermore, AI opens the possibility for demonic
entities to inhabit inanimate objects (as opposed to people). If demons can use Ouija boards, imagine what
they can do with autonomous (or “sentient”) system and robot.
7. The Inescapable Threat. The world currently faces numerous, seemingly unsolvable crises (real or
perceived) that demands global attention. Issues like: Climate change, economic instability, exploding
population growth, weaponized immigration, the decline of fiscal currencies and other 20th century legacy
institutions, increasingly hybrid forms of terrorism and crime, cosmic threats (comets, asteroids, solar
storms, etc.), global travel and pandemics, and natural disasters (super-volcanoes, tsunamis, 9-10.0
earthquakes, etc.). Even the threat of these have caused tremendous anxiety amongst the world’s leaders
and populations. Luke 21:25-26
8. Peace and Safety. The more destabilized the world becomes, the more the people will clamor for peace
and safety. People will willingly trade their liberty for security, which is what globalists have wanted all along
(via the Hegelian dialectic). Although this has been the case for the last thirty-years or more, the call for
it has only intensified as the world has increasingly become more unhinged. While this is a passive sign,
it is however, the one phrase Paul told us to listen for that would precede immediate the destruction
caused by the Rapture. 1st Thess. 5:1-3
9. Godlessness. The Apostle Peter remarked that in the last days, scoffers would come mocking that
Christ had not yet returned (2nd Peter 3:3-4). Paul wrote that in the last days, perilous times would come
(2nd Tim. 3:1). Paul’s definition of perilous interestingly enough, does not include war or natural disasters,
but how treacherous and wicked men would become. Jesus stated that in the last days, because
lawlessness abounded, the love of many would grow cold (Matt. 24:12). Furthermore, Jesus stated that
the days surrounding His return would be similar to Noah and Lot’s day, both of which were noted for being
exceedingly violent and wicked. Luke 17:26-30
The rise in godlessness and the general lack of fear/respect for God began back in the 19th-century when
man first began to progress in both science and technology. This while many humanistic philosophies were
simultaneously being developed. Existentialism, Marxism, Darwinism, Secularism, Socialism, Eugenics,
Higher and Lower Criticism, etc., were all devoted to either doubt, reinvent, or dismiss God and the Bible.
Either through coercion, deception, or manipulation into the public and higher education systems (even
seminaries), these humanistic doctrines became the new modern dogma of the left.
While I believe that most of God’s attributes are limitless, there is one, which I suspect, is not. That is His
tolerance of evil. God is longsuffering, but that longsuffering will not go on indefinitely. At some point, God
will have to bring judgment upon this earth because His righteousness demands it. Ruth Graham (Billy
Graham’s wife) was quoted as having once said that if God does not punish America soon, He will have
to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.
Since the left dominates the media and the government (both state and federal), it has wide platforms for
promoting these humanistic narratives; their intent being stamping out true, biblical Christianity. Why is
there such fierce opposition to Christianity, as opposed to Islam or communism? Both of those have long,
sordid, and proven track records of death and violence.
The answer is that Satan is currently managing this planet, and will tolerate anything and everything,
except for the truth. In fact, we have arrived at such a time now that the godless are mentally, spiritually,
and physically unable to distinguish right from wrong, up from down, or male from female, etc. Luke 4:5-7,
Romans 1:18-32, Ephesians 2:2, 1st Peter 5:8
10. Convergence. While each generation could claim one or two from this list, none but ours could claim
all of them. The sad fact is that this list is hardly comprehensive at all. There are so many more things
pointing to the soon return of Christ that written space here does not allow for. Daniel was told that the end
would come as a flood, and a flood-indeed it is (Daniel 9:26). However, it is not only the convergence of
signs that is noteworthy; there is also the convergence of believers all coming to the same conclusions.
At no point in church history, has so many believers from so many spectrums all been so convinced that
we are living in the last days. I believe this speaks to the Holy Spirit’s witness to us all who are awake and
watching. Granted, most of the mainstream and aberrant churches and movements (Emergent,
Hebrew-roots, Social Justice Gospel, Prosperity Gospel, Seeker-Sensitive, etc.) are sound asleep;
however, the watchers are not. We may disagree on some of the finer points of eschatology; but we all
generally agree that these are what the Bible describes as the last days.
Even So, Maranatha!