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Signs of the Times
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Night flights aren't much fun. About all you can see is darkness for much of the trip. A lot of the passengers are sleeping, or at least resting, so you cannot visit. At least you have time to think or read.

I’ve thought a lot about how the times we live in are like night flights. Especially when your plane near its destination. You start seeing lights. Just a few at first. Then a few more. Then suddenly, they're everywhere and you know you’re almost home.

The Bible throws light on the times we live in. It says that when you see certain things happening, these are signs of the times. You can know that you’re getting close to the end. Today we have profound evidence that earth's time is almost up.   

Take a look at this Bible prediction. It says there will be “on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear…of those things which are coming on the earth” (Luke 21:25, 26, NKJV). Just look at what’s happening in the political world and in nature. How many wars, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and other disasters do we need to experience to know that time is running out for our planet?

The Bible also predicts signs in the social world. “…in the last days…people will love only themselves and money. They will be proud, stuck-up, rude, and disobedient to parents…Their words will be cruel, and they will have no self-control or pity” (2 Timothy 3:2, 3, CEV).

Another sign of our times is forecast in the field of labor and economics. “You keep on storing up wealth in these last days. You refuse to pay the people who worked…and now their unpaid wages are shouting out against you” (James 5:3, 4, CEV). Sound like the evening news.

Where Are We Headed?

These are just a few of the many signs foretold in the Bible to take place in our day. Thinking people everywhere are asking, “What do all these things mean?” “What is our world headed for?”

The Bible says, “So, when you see these things happening, you know that God’s kingdom will soon be here” (Luke 21:31, CEV).

While no one knows the day or the hour when Christ will come again, we can know that it’s near. And let’s remember these words of Jesus: “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things…and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36, NKJV).

Just watch for the lights. They are signs that tell you your journey is almost over. And if Jesus is your Pilot, you can be sure of a safe landing!

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