The fifth category of signs are those that pertain to world politics.
Read a statement that Jesus made in Luke 21. Beginning with verse 25, Jesus says, “there will be signs in the sun, moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay among the nations… Men will faint from fear over the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
To me, that is a description of the splitting of the atom — the development of nuclear power. Look at it again. It says “the powers of the heavens will be shaken,” and “men will faint from fear.” That is what has been going on ever since the first atomic bomb was detonated — people building bomb shelters; people storing up food; people concerned about the possibility of a nuclear exchange; books being published that show that if America or Russia were ever to push the nuclear button, hundreds of millions would die instantly and those left alive would envy the dead.
People think today, “Well, you know, it is not dangerous anymore. The Soviet Union has collapsed, and Communism is dead.” Let me tell you, the danger is even greater today. The danger is greater because the Russian people are in one of the most chaotic societies in the world. It is a society that is totally unstable. It is a society that can collapse at any moment. It is a society where democracy has no chance whatsoever because traditions and values do not exist which are necessary for democracy. It is a nation that is going to be taken over at any moment by the military under the leadership of some right wing Fascist leader or some left-wing Communist leader. The only kind of government the Russian people have ever known throughout their history is a dictatorship. Before the Communists, it was the Czars. The Russian nation is so unstable they could break into civil war at any moment, and the nation still has 30,000 nuclear warheads aimed at the world. The world is tottering on the brink of nuclear disaster.
Nuclear weapons are not the only sign on the world political scene. We also have the sign of the pattern of world politics. Yes, the Bible prophesies that in the end times there will be a certain pattern of world politics. In Matthew 24 it says there will be “wars and rumors of wars,” and we have had that constantly for over 50 years, ever since the end of World War II. Did you know we have had an average of 40 wars going on all over the world at any given time since the end of World War II? Not only nation against nation, but also “kingdom against kingdom,” which is a reference to civil wars like the ones raging today in places like the Sudan, Kenya, Cambodia and Nigeria (war of terrorism perpetrated by Fulani Oligarchy).
Another part of the end-time world political pattern is the uniting of Europe into a European confederation. This is prophesied in Daniel 2 and 7. The Bible speaks of an Eastern power sending an army of 200 million to the Middle East. One nation today, China, could easily do that. The Bible also speaks of a nation to the “uttermost parts of the north” — namely, Russia — and it says that nation will come down against Israel.
Russia today is one of the most anti-Semitic nations on earth, and it is closely allied with the Arab enemies of Israel.
Finally, the Bible speaks of Israel existing in the end times.
Never before have all these parts of the end time world political puzzle come together. Never! Now, they have coalesced for the first time. This pattern of world politics is a sure sign that we are living in the season of the Lord’s return. So, do not allow His coming take you unawares.
Watch out for 11 for more signs of His Second Coming.