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one can truly speak of signs of the coming of Jesus for His Bride.
The Bible nowhere mentions a sign of that event.
We have already shown you that the coming of Jesus for His Bride is
ever imminent; and so we are not to wait for a sign to arouse us to
is recorded in the 24th chapter of Matthew that the disciples came to Jesus,
and asked: “When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy
coming, and of the end of the age?” He
did not tell them just when “these things” (the throwing down of the
temple) should be. He taught them
clearly that there would be no sign of His coming for His own. “For as the
lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall
also the coming of the Son of man be.”
They . . . . knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so
shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Some may think that Nahum 2: 3 teaches that there are to be signs prior
to the catching away of the Bride; but “the day of His preparation” could
apply to days after the Bride are gone. He
taught them that there would be signs of the destruction of Jerusalem; and
that the Jerusalem tribulation was a type of The Great Tribulation; and the
signs going before the former will be repeated in case of the latter.
We shall find occasion to refer to these things in future chapters.
Many of the things that the Bible mentions as the signs of the end are
in the sky today; whereby we may know that we are nearing the close of this
age. Remembering that Jesus must
come to get His Bride before The Great Tribulation, that The Tribulation must
pass before “the end,” and seeing the signs of the end today, we know that
surely the coming of Jesus for His Bride is nigh.
Let us notice some of the signs.
In the revised text of James 5: 3, we read, “Ye have laid
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your treasure in the last days.” We
are here told that in the last days men will lay their treasure up together.
Such a thing was never done until within the last century.
Now men are heaping their moneys together, forming trusts, combines,
etc. We read in the same
connection, “Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your
fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth.”
Today in many places the hire of the laborers is kept back for two
weeks. The interest on the wages
thus kept back amounts to millions of dollars every week, and this amount
falls into the coffers of the rich. This
was never done before these days. James
tells us that these things are to take place in the last days; therefore, we
may conclude that we are now in the last days.
“The chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his
preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.
The chariots shall rage in the streets, and they shall jostle one
against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall
run like the lightnings.”—Nahum 2: 3, 4.
In this prophecy it is stated that there shall be a time when the
chariots shall be with flaming torches, and they shall seem like torches.
Who can doubt but that such is the case now?
Our trains have flaming torches before and behind.
The chariots shall run like the lightnings.
This may refer to the speed of the locomotives, street cars, and
automobiles. We know also that
many chariots are run today by lightning.
As the chariots pass us on the streets, lightning gleams from above and
Are not many of our streets called broadways?
Do not the trains jostle one against another in the broadways? Every
day that passes there are wrecks in the railroads.
It is here stated that the chariots shall rage in the streets.
The word “rage” here means that the chariots shall be driven with
furious haste. This is a striking
picture of the automobiles in our towns today.
All through the streets of our cities these chariots are raging.
It is further stated that the trees shall be terribly shaken.
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as the heavy loaded cars pass at such great speed, the trees are made to
shake. The word “terrible”
indicates a violent shaking of the trees.
Perhaps this will yet be fulfilled in a greater measure than it is
being fulfilled now. However, it
is easy to see that this prophecy of Nahum is fulfilled almost to the letter
before our own eyes. So it must
be that we are now living in the day of His preparation.
Daniel, in closing his prophecy, asked God for an explanation of what
he had written. God said unto
him, “Go thy way, Daniel: for
the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”—Dan. 12: 9.
the ages the prophecies of Daniel have been hidden.
In the last few years God is unfolding them.
Since they were closed up and sealed till the time of the end, we must
be nearing the end today.
shall run to and fro.”—Dan. 12: 4. Of
course, many have been running in the ordinary sense of the term through all
the ages; but this must refer to some special method of travel.
The word “run” indicates speed; and thus it connects with Nahum’s
prophecy. “Man” indicates
numbers. One hundred years ago a
railroad had never been built; but now America, as well as other parts of the
world, is covered with a net‑work of them.
Trains are running at all hours, and their cars are packed with
passengers the most of the way. Every
one is in a “run.” Up to a
few years ago, a person traveling was not in a hurry as he is now.
If he had a few hundred miles to go he did not mind stopping over a few
hours or days at any point along his way.
Now a person traveling is in a “run.”
If his train is a few minutes late, he is pacing the floor with his
watch in his hand, asking about his train every few minutes.
Thus this prophecy of Daniel is fulfilled every day before our eyes.
shall be increased.”—Dan. 12: 4. There
never was a time when knowledge, both good and bad, was increasing so rapidly
as it is now. The printing press
of the last few
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is a great factor towards the increase of knowledge.
It is indicated that such shall be the case in the time of the end,
hence, that time must be here now.
at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king
of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with
horsemen, and with many ships.”—Dan. 11: 40.
This Scripture will be fulfilled to the letter during the reign of the
Antichrist, which will occupy the last days of The Great Tribulation.
The point to which I call special attention here is the last phrase
quoted, “with many ships.” Most
all the battles of the ages have been fought on the land; but in these last
days many battles are fought on the sea.
Much of the present European war is being enacted on the sea.
The nations of the earth are now preparing battleships as never before.
Naval preparations figure largely in the present proposed
“Preparedness program” in the United States.
Every civilized nation seems to be preparing for war, and that war to
be fought largely on the sea. What
does it mean? The above quotation
indicates that at the time of the end the wars will be waged on the sea;
therefore, we must be in the time of the end.
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from
the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath
created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the
truth.”—I Tim. 4: 1‑3. Surely
all these things are in the world today. Many have already departed from the
faith, and are fulfilling the above Scripture to the letter.
Such ones are giving heed to doctrines of devils, forbidding to marry,
and teaching that those who eat meat are unclean.
“For that day shall not come, except there come a falling away
first.”—2 Thess. 2: 3.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall
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For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural
affection, truce‑breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce,
despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high‑minded, lovers
of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying
the power thereof: from such turn away. For
of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women
laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to
come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Tim. 3: 1‑7.
There is not a phrase of the above Scripture but is being fulfilled
now. All these things confront us
on every hand. We are living in
perilous times. Hence, we
conclude that we are in the last days.
the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and
drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered
into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so
shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”—Matt. 24: 37‑39.
also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they
sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom
it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is
revealed.”—Luke 17: 28‑30.
may be expecting some announcement in gilt letters upon the face of the sky
stating that Jesus is coming for His Bride; but such you will never see.
God does mention certain signs in His Word, telling us that certain
things shall be in the last days. These
signs are now appearing, whereby we may know that we are nearing the end.
Since we know that Jesus is coming for His Bride before the end, and
since we see that the end is near, then how much nearer is His coming for His