The generation of Jesus’ return will have unique dynamics—unprecedented pressures (shaking, sin, and darkness) and an unprecedented outpouring of the Spirit and revival. There will be more people on earth than at any time in history (and, arguably, more of God’s people on earth than in heaven, due to the harvest). It is the most described generation in the Word of God and is unique in being the generation that God will use to transition planet earth to the age to come.
People must understand the biblical narrative for what will happen and why it will happen, or they will be left, by default, to embrace a secular narrative. Only through a biblical narrative will God’s people be able to process the pressures in a way that helps them to grow in love and hope in God.
The biblical signs of the times include events and trends that are predicted in Scripture. Jesus, the NT apostles, and the OT prophets all prophesied signs of the times; these signs alert God’s people who are alive in the generation of His return that His return is imminent. Jesus identified 17 trends & signs that indicate the generation of His return (Mt. 24:4-14; Lk. 21:11, 25). Now, for the first time in history, most of these are increasing and making headline news on a global level.
Topics to be covered:
• What are the key prophetic signs of Jesus' return?
• Understanding the book of Revelation
• The Rapture and the 2nd Coming of Christ: When, How, Who
• Why do the nations oppose Israel and Jerusalem?
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. (Isa. 60:2).
6For thus says the Lord of hosts: “...I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; 7and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations [Jesus], and I will fill this temple with glory...8The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,” says the Lord. (Hag. 2:6-8)
Pastoral reasons: Forerunner messengers are to equip people to stand strong so that they will not be fearful, offended by God’s leadership, deceived by the enemy, overcome by compromise (as lust greatly increases in the culture), or confused by where things are going in the nations.
3Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day [the Lord’s return] will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin [Antichrist] is revealed. (2 Thes. 2:3)
Theological reasons: Scripture highlights this one generation much more than all the others.
God’s plan in the end times and eternity is the primary focus in over 150 chapters in the Bible. See mikebickle.org/resources/resource/2888 for a list of these chapters. Some of the prophecies in these chapter have been partially fulfilled, but we await the complete fulfillment at the end of the age.
Gospel preached to all nations: Jesus connected the timing of His return to the preaching of the gospel to all nations (Mt. 24:14). Leading missions leaders predict that the gospel will be preached to all 3,300 people groups in the earth by 2020. God promised to pour out His Spirit on all believers (Acts 2:17-21). The number of believers with “charismatic” theology and experience has grown in the last 100 years from about 1 million (1920) to 60 million (1970) to over 600 million today.
14This gospel...will be preached...to all the nations [ethnos] and then the end will come. (Mt. 24:14)
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