Many examples of modern day signs that Jesus is returning in our time can be found in the book of Revelation. Seven of the many signs will be covered, the following are numbers six and seven.
6) The Mark of the Beast
Another prophecy in Revelation 13 that is dependent on modern technology is the famous one that states the Antichrist will control the world’s economy by requiring people to bear his mark or name on their hand or forehead in order to buy or sell anything.
Again, how could this be possible before the invention of laser and computer technology combined with the positioning of orbital satellites?
Such technology is already greatly advanced. In the year 2000 when I was in London, I discovered that taxis in that city were being tracked by satellite. Semi-trucks here in America are being tracked in the same way. Veterinarians are advertising that they can implant microchips under your pet’s skin. These chips can be read by a scanner in the event your dog or cat gets lost. It will only be a matter of time before a more advanced chip will enable your pet to be traced by satellite.
We have almost become a cashless society, with most purchases being made by credit card. The problem with the cards is that they can be lost or stolen. A good solution would be to use a laser to put your credit card number on your hand in such a way as to be capable of being read by a scanner.
The point is that for the first time ever the technological tools are in place for the Antichrist to exercise control over the world’s population.
7) The Euphrates River
Since all good prophecy teachers always have seven points, let me add another modern day sign from the book of Revelation.
As I mentioned previously, in chapters 9 and 16 we are told that an army of 200 million led by “the kings from the east” will march across Asia toward Israel during the Tribulation, most likely in revolt against the Antichrist. Revelation 16:12 indicates that this army will be held up at the Euphrates River until its water is suddenly dried up, enabling them to cross and proceed to the Valley of Armageddon.
Now, the Lord could dry up the water of the Euphrates River without any trouble at all, just as He parted the Red Sea for Moses and dried up the Jordan River for Joshua. But I think it is very interesting that this can now be accomplished over night through natural means. In 1990 Turkey completed the construction of the massive Ataturk Dam on the Euphrates, and they in fact cut off the flow of the river in order to fill up the lake behind the dam. This action almost resulted in a war with Iraq.
The list of seven modern day signs is not an exhaustive one. They are simply some that I have pulled from the book of Revelation.
The next article will continue to look at more examples of modern day signs that Jesus is returning in our time from books of the Bible other than Revelation.
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Why was Mitchell’s post removed? I thought he brought out some legitimate, thought provoking points?
I am curious as well. One thing I loved about this blog site was the ability to freely discuss different viewpoints from a Scriptural perspective.
He can always start his own blog. Costs zilch to do.
Discuss yes, post whole articles… well, that’s not what the Comments section is for. The other Anonymous post deleted was a pure advertisement for one’s own website, which is spamming.
Mitchell, I want to encourage discussion, but let’s keep the replies to bite-sized chunks so folks will actually read them.
I also agree with whomever that it’s beginning to feel like you’re purposefully trying to hijack this blog to push one topic, a topic we’ve all now covered very, very thoroughly. Let’s stay on topic per article, ok.
I have to disagree with you Nathan. I think the post was delivered in a kind spirit of debate.
Maybe part of our cultures problem is that people have zero attention span and find it difficult to read more than a quippy line or two. It sure does not lend itself to good scholarly discussion.
I have to wonder if Mitchell’s post made more since than you or Mr. Reagan want to publicly admit.
If you are now deleting posts that do not agree with your opinions then what good is discussion.
There have been others on this blog that have been quite combative and very long yet their posts have not been deleted.
Is there a double standard in posting?
I was one who actually enjoyed reading the discussion because some very good points were being brought out.
I hope that you will reconsider that post and put it back.
Unfortunately, attention spans aren’t what they used to be. Just go to YouTube and try to “endure” a video longer than 5 minutes. Bite-sized comments not only help keep the conversation going, they’re good communication.
It’s not a battle about who is right or not. In these doctrinal non-essentials it doesn’t matter. What has happenend, though, is that whether we talk about the Antichrist, conferences, or even smurfs and pizza – Mitchell and others have turned every article into a discussion about the origins of the Antichrist.
Let’s keep the discussions on the article’s topic, as it makes every article and people’s contributions to them in comments relevant and more useful.
With all due respect Nathan, I disagree that Mitchell’s post was off topic.
His post was addressing the long held belief that the mark of the beast would be a literal mark. His input was his view on the possibility that it might be a figurative mark rather than a literal.
I do not see how that is off topic seeing as the first bold line in this posting was “6) The Mark of the Beast”.
Maybe you did not read the whole post?
As for attention spans, just because our society does have the attention span of knat, does not mean we should feed the lowest common denominator. Would our Lord or His apostles have shortened their words to “pander” those who with short (lazy) attention spans?
I don’t think so.
I think that good, honest discussion does not hurt but helps.
I have never found Mitchell’s posts to be anything but well thought out and delivered in a humble spirit. I cannot say the same for some of your other posters; yet their posts are not deleted.
I am not trying to be combative here, but trying to point out what seems to be a bias.
Maybe Nathan doesn’t know this or not, but from my marketing background, filling up a site with one topic is a search engine marketing technique. Instead of teaching what he and Dr. Reagan are teaching, the search engines will focus on the key content words which are increasingly Antichrist and Islam. That he used the word “hijack” is right on.
It’s a detestable practice.
Who has time all day to post artcles on other peoples blogs about the anti-Christ?!!!!!!
Although I would have liked to see my post remain, lets keep in mind that Dr. Reagan and Nathan are the owners of this blog and are within their rights to delete a posting if they wish. It is not my intention to ‘hijack’ at all, but rather to openly discuss questions relating to the posted topics. I do thank Nathan for allowing this blog to be as open as it is, even when others share opinions that they don’t necessarily agree with. There are forums and blogs today that immediately delete any difference of opinion, but this blog has been a good example so far of what a great blog can be.
I had posts deleted and sent an e-mail asking why because I wanted to be respectful of the guidelines of this blog which are the prerogitive of Lamb & Lion. Like Mitchell, I mistakenly thought they were removed due to disagreement with content. But Nathan explained in his reply to me that I was off topic. I have posted accordingly since. I appreciate that Lamb and Lion have guidelines and I respect them. I appreciate the opportunity and privledge to post comments. Thank you, Lamb & Lion, for this blog.
I, for one, really enjoy reading Mitchell’s comments, although I will admit he gets a bit wordy (love ya, Mitchell) and maybe a little off subject sometimes, but who’s not guilty of that?
But I agree with Nathan that we need to keep our comments fairly short, even though I’ve been guilty of being too wordy myself, and on topic, as much as possible, but with this bunch and the valid questions and comments, it could be a tad difficult.
As for the mark of the Beast, I think that it’s both visible like a tattoo and some kind of electronic tracking device.
Here is a much more detailed version of what I originally posted:
The Mark of the Beast – What Your Church May Not Be Telling You