This is the third category of signs of signs of Christ’s Second Advent.
The third category of signs are Spiritual Signs.
Let me begin by emphasizing that there are a great variety of them. There are negative and positive signs, and let me warn you, the negative ones are extremely negative. For example, in Matthew 24 Jesus emphasized three times that one of the signs of the end times will be false Christs, false prophets and their cultic groups. It is the first sign He mentions in verse 5. He says, “Many will come in my name saying, ‘I am the Christ’ and will mislead many.”
In verse 11 He mentions it again when He cautions that “many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.”
In verse 24 He warns again about “false Christs and false prophets” who will show “great signs and wonders.”
Three times He warns us about cults. That is the reason that all prophetic ministries are also cult watching ministries.
And so it is that we are living in the age of the epidemic/pandemic of the cults.
It began in the mid-19th century, with the formation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints — the Mormon Church — which today is the largest cult in the world. It is a Church that teaches a false Jesus. That is the fundamental, bottom line, characteristic of all cults — they preach a false Jesus. The Mormons teach that Jesus is the brother of Lucifer, one of two thousand gods created by the “super god,” whom they identify as the exalted man, Adam. This is straight from the pit of hell!
The Jehovah Witnesses then came along later in the 19th century teaching that Jesus was the archangel Michael.
In this century we have had an explosion of cults.
Consider all the spiritist cults that teach that Jesus is a “medium of the sixth sphere of the astroprojection,” whatever that means, it is of the devil.
On and on it goes, with some cult leaders, like Reverend Moon, claiming to be the Messiah. The cults are all around us, and they are a sign that Jesus is coming soon.
The second negative spiritual sign is Satanism.
The Bible tells us that in the end times there is going to be a tremendous outbreak of Satanism.
In I Timothy 4:1 Paul writes, “the Spirit explicitly says that in the latter times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons.”
Readers, Satan has gone public. He wants to take as many people as possible to Hell with him.
I first became aware of this trend back in the Seventies when l watched the movie, “Rosemary’s Baby” The movie was released in the sixties. It was about a woman abducted by a witch coven and impregnated by Satan. It was a horrible movie. But that was just the beginning. Its success fueled copycats like Exorcist I and II and Omen I and II.
The trend has intensified in recent years to the point that our movies and television programmes today are obsessed with Satanism.
The success of these films simply reflects the fact that humanity has become obsessed with the occult. People are caught up in astrology and numerology. Just look at the check out stands at your major super markets and you will see the horoscope books and the tabloids that traffic in the occult. We discovered through research that the number one best selling publications in America are the filthy tabloids, like The Star and The National Enquirer, which are saturated from beginning to end with numerology, astrology, and other forms of New Age mumbo-jumbo — all of which is Satanism.
The third negative spiritual sign is apostasy. This is a sign that is mentioned repeatedly in the Scriptures. Paul refers to it in 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 where he says that the Antichrist will not be revealed until the “great apostasy” takes place.
Jesus refers to it in Matthew 24 when He says that “men’s love will grow cold.”
Paul refers to it again in 2 Timothy 3:5 where he says that in the end times the reason society is going to be so terrible is because men will “hold to the form of religion but they will deny its power.”
The number one rated “Christian” television program in America today is a programme that does not preach the Gospel. It preaches instead the power of positive thinking and tells you that you can pull yourself up by your own boot straps. And many of the other so-called Christian television programmes are caught up in all kinds of prosperity teaching, saying if you will accept Jesus, He will make you a millionaire — all of which comes from the pit of Hell.
Again, Paul refers to the apostasy of the professing Church in 2 Timothy 4, beginning with verse 1. He says that we are to preach the Word in the end times because “the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside into myths.”
- All kinds of myths.
- All kinds of heresies.
- All kinds of gross apostasy.
In the Church at large today, you can find Christian spokesmen denying all the fundamental truths of the Bible — denying the words of Jesus, denying the virgin birth, denying the Resurrection, denying the Second Coming.
Most of the seminaries and Bible schools run by modern Churches spend their time disparaging the Bible, arguing that it is Man’s search for God rather than God’s revelation to Man. Our mainline Protestant denominations seem intent on spiritualizing everything in the Bible. You can even find apostasy at the conservative end of the spectrum among fundamentalist groups that argue the Holy Spirit retired in the first century.
At the opposite extreme are those who emphasize the Holy Spirit to the point of overshadowing the Saviour, Jesus Christ.
And then there are the fads, the winds of doctrine — things like the discipling movement, the prosperity doctrine, and the laughing craze.
There is no area of Christianity that is immune to the apostasy that is sweeping through the Church today — and it is all a sign of the soon return of Jesus.
Part 8 will talk about the Positive Spiritual Signs of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Watch out for it. Maranatha!
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