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The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion

“The conclusion of the system of things.”
What did Jesus have to say?
-Now as he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying,
=Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming and of the
end of the age?‘ And Jesus answered and said to them: =Take heed that no one deceives
you. For many will come in My name, saying =I am the Christ,‘ and will deceive many.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these
things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in
various places. All these things are the beginning of sorrows | (Matt.24:3–8, NKJV).
-Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated
by all nations for My name‘s sake. And many will be offended and will betray one
another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive
many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who
endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all
the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come | (Rev. 24:4–14,
The -beginning of sorrows |
Wars: -Three times as many people fell victim to war in the 20th century as in all
wars from the 1st century AD to 1899…An estimate for the period from 1900 to 1989 is
that war killed 86 million people. |
Famine: -Despite the fact that the world produces plenty of food. [Researchers say
that over the past thirty years food production has outpaced population increase.] In
developing countries, some 1.2 billion people subsist on a dollar [U.S.] a day or less. Of
these, about 780 million suffer chronic hunger. According to the World Health
Organization, annually malnutrition plays a major role in the deaths of over 5 million
children. |
Pestilence: A U.S. National Intelligence Council document states: -Twenty well-
known diseases—including tuberculosis, malaria, and cholera, have reemerged or spread
geographically since 1973, often in more virulent and drug-resistant forms. At least 30
previously unknown disease agents have been identified since 1973, including HIV,
Ebola, Hepatitis C, and N ipah virus, for which no cures are available. |
Earthquake: -According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the number of earthquakes
powerful enough to destroy buildings has averaged 17 a year since 1990 alone. |
-Earthquakes have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the past 100
years…since 1914 many large population centers have developed in earthquake zones. |
There have been many times in the last 2000 years when the end has been prophesied,
following Daniel‘s and John‘s prophesies. How will we know if the real end is near this
-There will be changes in attitudes and actions of people living in the last days. |
-But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers
of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal,
despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of
God, having a form of godliness but denying its power | (2 Tim. 3:1–4).
If the shoe fits this time, we might be the ones who will have to wear it!