The title of this article is taken from the words of Christ spoken in Matt. 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” This was in response to the question of His disciples, “Tell us . . . what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” One of the signs of Christ’s coming is the preaching of the gospel to all the nations.
In treating the signs of the times, one can not help but recall the prophecy of Revelation 13 which describes the two beasts, one from the sea and one from the land. These picture the kingdom of the antichrist from the viewpoint of his political development as well as his social-scientific-spiritual development.
We have, in these columns, given our attention to the various signs of the times—signs pointing to the nearness of Christ’s return on the clouds of heaven. Nor can there be any doubt in the mind of the discerning Christian that His return is at hand. The specific date none can say—Jesus Himself warned against attempts to determine the day and the hour.
Recently I received a “Hunger Fighter” in the mail. As I suppose most other pastors do, I receive a great deal of “junk mail,” unsolicited advertisements for many organizations and causes. Virtually all of these materials go into “File 13” without so much as a second glance. But once in a while there comes a publicity stunt that is just about impossible to ignore; it receives more than cursory attention, and perhaps provides food for more in-depth thought. Such was my “Hunger Fighter.”
When we speak of the signs of the times we are immediately reminded of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse as recorded in the sixth chapter of the book of Revelation. It is not our intention, in these articles, to call attention to this passage in any detail. We understand, I believe, that these horsemen ride their horses throughout the New Dispensation. They do not refer to successive periods of history in a chronological order. Neither do they refer to a future period which still lies before us.
The words of this title are taken from II Timothy 3:5, where the apostle Paul speaks of men who shall manifest themselves in the last times. In the first verse of the chapter he warns the church that “in the last days perilous times shall come.” He goes on to describe various characteristics of the world in those last times, saying in verse 5 that the wicked will have a form of godliness but will deny the power thereof.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” II Timothy 3:12
We have enjoyed our parental schools for the instruction of covenant seed for many years now. We tend to take the opportunity and privilege for granted. We are inclined to tell ourselves that in this “free” land, we need not be concerned about any danger of losing these schools. But are we being too complacent? Ought we not to see the “handwriting on the wall”? One of the signs of the times is that there will be a suppression of that which is spiritual. That suppression can quickly come in our land under the guise of maintaining the “rights” of...
It is the purpose of this writer in this article and in the subsequent articles that have been assigned to him to treat the idea of the signs of the times in a rather different way.
On various occasions and in different ways, I and others have had the opportunity to say somewhat concerning television. Bear with me in that I am constrained to do this once more.