Are We the Terminal Generation?
Companion notes to the radio interview on Breakfast with Bacon from Friday, May 10, 2019 11 am-12 pm 1110AM WKQA.
WHAT IS THE TERMINAL GENERATION?
The Terminal Generation is the generation who will be alive at the time of Christ’s return. In a recent poll, 47% of Christians said "YES" to the question "Will Jesus return to earth in the next 40 years?"
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF THE TERMINAL GENERATION?
Sign #1: Things will appear normal.
37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. MATTHEW 24:37-39
Sign #2: Knowledge will increase.
4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.” DANIEL 12:4
“Buckminster Fuller created the ‘Knowledge Doubling Curve’; he noticed that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century. By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today things are not as simple as different types of knowledge have different rates of growth. For example, nanotechnology knowledge is doubling every two years and clinical knowledge every 18 months. But on average human knowledge is doubling every 13 months. According to IBM, the build out of the ‘internet of things’ will lead to the doubling of knowledge every 12 hours.”
- David Russell Schilling
April 19, 2013
Article for Industry Tap
Sign #3: The Gospel will be preached to the whole world.
14 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. MATTHEW 24:14
Outreach tools to spread the gospel:
Bibles: The New Testament is translated into 94% of the world’s population languages.
Film: There have been 4.1 billion viewings of the Jesus Film, representing about 3 billion individuals. More than 99% of the world’s population can view the film in a language they know.
Radio: The potential audience for Christian radio programming is 99% of the world’s population, assuming good reception, availability of a radio, and a desire to find the programs.
Books and Periodicals: In 2018, there were almost 9.3 million books and periodicals in print about Christianity.
Internet: In 2009 alone, Global Media Outreach, the internet outreach branch of Campus Crusade for Christ, reported over 10 million internet users came to faith in Christ through their website.
1900: 54.3 % of the world’s population were unevangelized.
2018: 28.3% of the world’s population were unevangelized.
Christ’s Return: No one will be unevangelized!
Sign #4: There will be wars, rumors of wars and international turmoil.
6 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. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom… MATTHEW 24:6-7
Civil War in Syria
North Korea nuclear threat
Iranian war rhetoric
Re-emergence of Russian tensions
Political turmoil in Venezuela
Middle East turmoil
Sign #5: There will be disease, famine and earthquakes.
7 …And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
H1N1 Bird Flu
…and the list goes on!
10.7% of the world's population were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2016. It is estimated that undernutrition—including stunting, wasting, deficiencies of vitamin A and zinc, and fetal growth restriction (when a baby does not grow to its normal weight before birth) – is a cause of 3.1 million child deaths annually or 45 percent of all child deaths in 2011.
1970: 3680 Earthquakes
2005: 15,770 Earthquakes
Sign #6: False Christs will claim to be Jesus.
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. MATTHEW 24:4-5
David Koresh, Branch Davidians, Waco TX
Marshall Applewhite, Heaven’s Gate, San Diego CA
Jim Jones, People’s Temple, Jonestown, Guyana
Sun Myung Moon, Unification Movement, Seoul, South Korea
Inri Cristo, Brazil
Sign #7: The institution of marriage will disintegrate and women will work to support themselves.
And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, “We will eat our own food and wear our own apparel; Only let us be called by your name, To take away our reproach.” ISAIAH 4:1
COMPARISON OF WOMEN IN THE WORKFORCE 1967-2009
COMPARISON OF MARRIAGE RATES 1965-2009 (ages 25-34)
1965: 75% (College Degree)
2009: 55% (College Degree)
COMPARISON OF MARRIAGE RATES 1965-2009 (ages 25-34)
1965: 85% (High School Diploma)
2009: 45% (High School Diploma)
Sign #8: People will deny that we could be the Terminal Generation.
3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”
2 Peter 3:3-4
Sign #9: Israel will be a nation again.
21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. EZEKIEL 37:21-22
From the beginning of labor pains (1917) to the complete birth (1967) was 50 years. Biblically, the 50th year is always a jubilee year (a year of release).
1917 – Balfour Declaration Called for a State of Israel
1948 – State of Israel came into existence
1967 – Six Day War gave Jerusalem back to Israel
The generation which sees Israel become a nation will see the return of Christ.
32 “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. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. MATTHEW 24:32-34
Sign #10: Christians will be hated and persecuted.
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. MATTHEW 24:9
ANTI-CHRISTIAN BIAS IN SOCIETY
New York Times reporter Dan Levin (via Twitter) openly solicited negative stories about Christian schools.
Second Lady Karen Pence was hotly criticized in the media for teaching at a Christian school upholding traditional Christian values.
Valedictorian barred from thanking Jesus or using the word “God” in his graduation speech.
Colorado court convicted a Christian baker for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
Sign #11: People will disregard rules and laws.
12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved. MATTHEW 24:12-13
Scenes from the movie Gremlins (1984) parallel modern society.
FACTORS OF INCREASED LAWLESSNESS
Over Regulation: Government over-regulation provides more opportunities for people to break laws.
• City governments openly defy federal law refusing to enforce immigration laws.
• Cities and states legalize marijuana in opposition to federal laws.
Criminalization of Christian Beliefs: The criminalization of Christian beliefs forces otherwise law-abiding Christians to break the law just as it did in Daniel’s day when the king made praying to God a law-breaking offense.
Moral Decay and Breakdown of Society: As religious values disintegrate and are replaced with selfishness and a sense of entitlement, it becomes socially acceptable to view laws and rules as optional, not mandatory.
Sign #12: Christians will turn away from their faith.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons… 1 TIMOTHY 4:1
10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. MATTHEW 24:10
PERCENTAGE OF BIBLE BASED BELIEVERS
Builders 69% (1927 – 1945)
Boomers 35% (1946 – 1964)
Busters 16% (1965 – 1983)
Millennials 4% (1984 – Present)
Sign #13: Christians will be deceived about their faith by false religious leaders.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. MATTHEW 24:11
Quote from Pastor Andy Stanley (son of religious television personality Charles Stanley):
“Participants in the new covenant (that’s Christians) are not required to obey any of the commandments found in the first part of their Bibles.”
- Pastor Andy Stanley
January 7, 2019
Article for Relevant
Quote from God:
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. MATTHEW 5:17
Quote from Pastor Rick Warren:
“The future of the world lies in religious pluralism.”
- Pastor Rick Warren
February 5, 2008
Article for The Hoya
Quote from God:
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” JOHN 14:6
Sign #14: Dangerous times will exist.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God… 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-4
SCHOOL VIOLENCE: More than 750,000 incidents of violent crime took place in U.S. schools during the 2013-2014 school year.
November 8, 2008 – Thousand Oaks, California Borderline Bar & Grill Country Music Bar (13 dead, others wounded)
June 12, 2016 – Orlando, Florida Pulse Gay Nightclub (49 dead, 53 wounded)
May 22, 2017 – Manchester, England Ariana Grande concert (22 dead, 59 wounded)
October 1, 2017 – Las Vegas Country Music Festival (58 dead, hundreds wounded)
TERRORISM: September 11, 2001 – World Trade Center attack
FBI announced hate crimes increased 17% from 2016 to 2017
ABORTION: Almost 42 million abortions were performed in 2018 worldwide. It’s dangerous to be a fetus!
Sign #15: False Christians and hypocrisy will abound.
5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 TIMOTHY 3:5
DEFINITION OF HYPOCRISY
Behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel.
Sign #16: People won’t want to hear truth.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 2 TIMOTHY 4:3-4
FALSE TRUTH #1
But God wants me to be happy!
God wants us to be joyful in the Lord in all circumstances whether good or bad. That does not mean our happiness is His priority.
FALSE TRUTH #2
A loving God wouldn’t send anyone to hell.
Hell is a real place and those who reject God or refuse to obey God will go there.
WHAT SIGNS HAVE NOT HAPPENED YET?
Sign #17: A seven year peace treaty will be signed in the Middle East.
Then he (the Antichrist) shall confirm a covenant with many for one week… DANIEL 9:27
Sign #18: The War of Ezekiel will happen when a confederacy of nations comes against Israel to destroy her.
14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? 15 Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. 16 You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.” EZEKIEL 38:14-16
Sign #19: Two witnesses will miraculously appear to confirm the location of the building site for the third temple and prophesy for 3 ½ years.
3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” REVELATION 11:3
Sign #20: The third temple will be rebuilt.
4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he (the Antichrist) sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 2 THESSALONIANS 2:4
Sign #21: The War in Heaven results in Satan and his demons being cast down to earth.
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. REVELATION 12:7-8
Sign #22: The identity of the Antichrist will be revealed, he will proclaim himself to be God and cease temple sacrifices.
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed… 2 THESSALONIANS 2:3
Sign #23: Two witnesses will be slain while the world watches and cheers. Later they will rise from the dead and ascend to heaven.
3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth… 7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them… 11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. REVELATION 11:3, 7 and 11-12
Sign #24: The peace treaty will be broken.
…But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate… DANIEL 9:27
Sign #25: The Antichrist takes control of commerce and forces everyone to take the Mark of the Beast.
16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Sign #26: Damascus, the world’s oldest continually inhabited city, will be destroyed.
The burden against Damascus. “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.
WHEN WILL CHRIST RETURN?
1. No one knows the day or hour.
36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. MATTHEW 24:36
2. Time Zones and International Date Line
Due to the existence of the International Date Line and 24 Times Zones around the globe, it is literally impossible to establish a specific time for Christ’s return.
3. We are commanded to know the general season of Christ’s return.
33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! MATTHEW 24:33
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Get right with God.
1. Confess your sins and repent.
2. Spend time in prayer and reading the bible.
3. Become active in church life and have fellowship with other believers.
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