I believe we’re in the last ten to fifteen years of life as we know it.
I’m a prophecy nerd. Been one for decades. I’ve learned:
1. God has two end times clocks
2. Both expire the same time
3. The Second Coming will probably happen within fifteen years (that’s conservative)
I hear the clicking keyboards and tippity-tapping phones. “We don’t know the day or hour,” critics say.
They’re right. We won’t know the day or hour of Christ’s return (Matt 24:36, 44, 50; Matt 25:13). But God said we’d know the general time (1 Thes 5:4-5). In fact, Christ chided religious buffs for their prophecy ignorance (Matt 16:3; Luke 19:41-44).
We’re scared to date-set. A handful of “no one knows the day or hour” and fear has propelled us into prophecy unawareness, the opposite of what Jesus wanted.
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Once more they say: “He’ll come like a thief in the night.”
Again, yep. Jesus said His return will be like a break-in to unbelievers (Matt 24:43-44; 1 Thes 5:1-4).
But when was being robbed fun? When I first joined the Army I was restricted to an ugly green uniform. I was released after three months. I spent $300 on pretty clothes and washed them in an outdoor washer/dryer set. (It was a crummy hotel. Apparently they didn’t have indoor space for laundry.)
I stupidly left my drying clothes. An hour later, I opened the dryer door to nothing. I’d been robbed. Guess what? I was angry.
And if Jesus’ coming surprises you like those three pounds shock you after scarfing Ding Dongs…well, the joke’s on you.
Jesus reiterated we must watch for His return (Matt 24:42-44; Matt 25:13).
So why am I so
freakishly adamant confident of this time frame?
Whether you know it or not, God instituted two end times clocks. When they reach midnight, the jig is up. Both expire the same time.
God instituted two end-times clocks. Both expire the same time.
– Diane Watt, Scripture SeedsTweet
Clock 1: 7,000-Year Plan
The first clock is God’s 7,000-year plan. Here’s how it works:
If you haven’t noticed, God loves the number seven. It’s used 860 times in the Bible. Examples:
…Creation Week. God says Days One thru Six are “good.” Day Seven is “very good” (Gen 1 & 2).
…Rainbow. God’s sign to mankind. It contains seven colors (Gen 9:13-16).
…Work/Rest Pattern. God says work six days. Then rest the seventh (Exo 20:9; 23:12; 34:21).
…Debts. God commands all debts be forgiven the seventh year (Deut 15:1). Don’t you wish we had this luxury?
…Manna. God told the freed Jewish slaves to gather manna six days. But not the seventh (Exo 16:22,26).
…Farming. God said to farm the land six years. But not the seventh (Exo 23:10-11; Lev 25:4).
…Enoch. God loved him so much He snatched him to Heaven prematurely. Enoch was the seventh generation from God (Gen 5:24).
…many more. God works in sevens.
God repeats seven. Why?
I fear parking lots. I picture my kids getting run down by speeding, uncontrolled vehicles. So what do I repeat to my offspring?
“A parking lot is just as dangerous as the street. If not more dangerous.”
In eighteen years, I’ve said it at least eighteen thousand times. Word for word. Why? To make a point.
God’s doing the same with sevens. But why sevens? Why did God rest the seventh day after creating earth? My pastor asked, “Was He tuckered out? Was God a union guy? Is that why He needed a break?”
No, God’s not in the union. He doesn’t need naps or protein shakes.
There’s a reason for the sevens. God’s showing us a pattern.
Anytime God shows a pattern, pay attention.
– Diane Watt, Scripture SeedsTweet
God represents 1,000 years (millennium) by a “day” three times in the Bible. The same Greek word is used for “day” all three times.
And it will be in the last days (Greek word hémera), says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity…
– Acts 2:17
Dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape you: With the Lord one day (hémera) is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
– 2 Peter 3:8
For you, a thousand years are as a passing day (hémera), as brief as a few night hours.
– Psalm 90:4
So one day represents 1,000 years and God showed us a seven day pattern. Which puts us near the end of Day Six.
By the way, the Seventh Day represents the 1,000-year Millennial Reign of Christ (Rev 20:1-15). The Day of Rest.
The cliff notes version: A day represents 1,000 years. There are seven “days.” We’re near the end of the sixth. Jesus probably returns at the beginning of the seventh. A.K.A. it’s close.
A “day” equals a thousand years. There are seven “days.” We’re at the end of the sixth. Jesus probably returns at the beginning of the seventh.
– Diane Watt, Scripture SeedsTweet
We don’t know exactly when Day Six will flip to Day Seven (the Millennial Reign). But since Christ’s resurrection was between AD 28-32, it’s close.
Clock 2: Israel
There’s a second clock: Israel.
Jesus said some who were alive when Israel became a nation May 14, 1948 would live to see His Second Coming. This was the Parable of the Fig Tree:
[Jesus speaking] “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that [my return] is near—at the doors!
Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.
– Matthew 24:32-34
The parable’s fig tree represents Israel (Judges 9:8-15; Jer 24:1-10; Joel 1:7; Hos 9:10).
In AD 70 the Romans annihilated Israel and it remained barren for nineteen centuries. Until May 14,1948.
God said Israel would become a nation again in the last days (Isa 66:8; Isa 11:11-12; Eze 20:33-38; Deut 30:1-10; Isa 43:5-7; Jer 16:14-15; Ezekiel 36).
Jesus also said the generation alive to witness its rebirth wouldn’t pass away before He returned (Matt 24:34).
So when will that be? Glad you asked.
Twice the Bible equates a modern lifespan to eighty years:
The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years.
– Psalm 90:10, emphasis mine
But Barzillai said to the king, “How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king to Jerusalem? I am today eighty years old.”
– 2 Samual 19:34-35b, emphasis mine
To reiterate: Israel was reborn 1948. Jesus said some alive during its rebirth would live to His Second Coming.
To calculate the general time of His return, add eighty (God’s defined lifespan) to 1948 (Israel’s birth year). What do we have? 2028.
This is the same year the first clock – God’s 7,000-year plan – expires. How
kick-butt exhilarating precise of God!
Conclusion: we don’t know the day or hour of Christ’s return. But it’s safe to say He’ll probably return within (at most) fifteen years.
Sometimes I ask my husband if he loves me. “Yes,” he says.
“Do you really?” I say.
He sighs. “Yes.”
I hesitate. “How much?”
He thinks. Sometimes he winces. “A lot,” he says.
“How much is a lot?” I say.
At that point he thinks of anything so I’ll stop.
Maybe you’re like me. Perhaps you need extra convincing. Maybe it takes more than two invisible clocks to convince you these are end times. Fair enough.
There’s about seventy-six million other prophecies fulfilled within the last seventy years alone. Here are a few:
…Blooming Israel. God said Israel would flower in end times (Lk 21:29-31; Isa 41:18-21). In the last seventy years the former desert morphed into land flowing with tulips and azaleas.
…Jerusalem recaptured. God declares Jerusalem’s importance in latter days (Zec 8:7-8; 12:3). On June 6, 1967, Israel re-wedged its flag in this city during the Six-Day War.
…an Eastern nation with a 200-million man army. Smack in Daniel’s 70th week there will be a war involving an Eastern nation with a 200-million man army (Rev 9:16).
I say again: a two-hundred million dude army. Not regular population. Here’s perspective: America’s entire population (men, women, kids, babies, and everyone else) is 323 million.
This sized army has never happened. Until now.
…satellite communications. In the future two hated prophets will be killed in Jerusalem. Everyone everywhere will be able to see their dead, unburied bodies for 3.5 days (Rev 11:9-10).
Never before has this been possible. Not until satellite communications – a product of our generation. Only now is everyone on Planet Earth able to simultaneously view Kim Kardashian’s, er…stuff.
…Russian-led coalition. A Russian-led band of brothers will attack Israel close to Jesus’ Second Coming (Eze 38 & 39). Only now has this been forseeable.
Putin’s kissing the cheeks of many to include Iran, northern Africa, and surrounding Islamic countries. These nations are listed in the prophesied Gog-Magog war.
…yearning for world governance. The Coming World Leader will govern all people (Rev 13).
A one-world government has been rejected until recently. Prior to this generation, world citizens cherished state and national sovereignty. America’s forefathers lived and died for it. It motivated them to slap on curly white wigs and sign the Declaration of Independence. It’s as ‘merican as jeans and baseball.
Now we’ll toss it in the nearest bucket in exchange for security and convenience. In fact, the UN was created in 1945 for world governance.
…exponential knowledge explosion. God said knowledge would explode in end times (Daniel 12:4). It has. Examples:
– More data was created in the past two years than the entire previous human history
– By 2020 1.7 MBs info will be created per second per person. In 1979 a 250MB hard drive was big (below). Soon one person will generate enough data to fill this hard drive in 2.5 minutes.
– By 2020 there will be over six billion smartphone users
– By 2020 there will be over 50 billion smart-connected devices. That’s a lot of Internet-connected fridges and toilets.
The wonder! Our precise God delivered clues to those with faith eyes to see. Do you see it, Friend?
The case has been made. We’ve got two God-ordained ticking end times clocks. Both expire the same time.
We’ve got a dump-truck full of end time prophecies fulfilled in this generation. The same generation as the rebirth of Israel – crucial to Bible prophecy.
Much-beloved, we’re descending into the decade about which the Bible has the most to say. Prophets of old wished they could live in this generation. Soon we’ll be at the wedding feast of the Lamb. If you’re there, you’d better look me up!
Carpe diem, Friend. Seize the day. Live with purpose. Every day counts. Not many earthly ones are left.
Diane Watt teaches the Word. A student of God, she seeks excellence for King Jesus. When she’s not typing you can find her seated on a bicycle or in the kitchen. But not at the same time.
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