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Signs Part 2

At the Tipping Point

Jonathan Stockstill

November 1, 2015

The world is at the tipping point in all things including time, creation, and technology. In this message, we look at what scriptures say about the second coming and how we are seeing these things motioning forward Jesus' imminent return.

1. Time is at the tipping point.

  • Isaiah 46:9–10 NASB: “9 Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, 10 declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.’”
  • 2 Peter 3:3–8 NLT, emphasis added: “3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, ‘What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.’ 5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed. 8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.”
  • Seven days of creation
    • Day 1: God separated light from darkness (first thousand years, Adam kicked out of God’s presence because of sin).
    • Day 2: God separated the water above and water below (second thousand years, the great flood of Noah).
    • Day 3: God created seed-bearing plants (third thousand years, Israel born, the tree that would bear the seed of Christ).
    • Day 4: God created the lights in the heavens (fourth thousand years, prophets shined the light and the Light of the World was born).
    • Day 5: All the living creatures were created (fifth thousand years, as in Peter’s vision, entire human race accepted into God’s family).
    • Day 6: Humans were made and told to fill the earth (sixth thousand years, humans populated the entire globe).
    • Day 7: God rested (seventh thousand years, we enter into God’s rest).

2. Creation is at the tipping point.

  • Romans 8:19–22 NLT: “19 For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. 20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”
  • Luke 21:25–26 NLT: “25 And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. 26 People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken.”

3. Technology is at the tipping point.

  • Advancements in knowledge and travel
    • Daniel 12:4 NLT: “4 But you, Daniel, keep this prophecy a secret; seal up the book until the time of the end, when many will rush here and there, and knowledge will increase.”

Buckminster Fuller on the “knowledge curve”

  • Before 1900, knowledge was doubling every hundred years.
  • By the end of World War II, it was doubling every 25 years.
  • Today nanotechnology doubles every 2 years.
  • Today clinical technology doubles every 18 months.
  • Today human knowledge as a whole is doubling every 13 months.
  • IBM—The building out of the “Internet of things” will lead to us increasing knowledge every 12 hours.

**Satellite television and the Internet **

  • Revelation 11:3–11 NLT: “3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will be clothed in burlap and will prophesy during those 1,260 days. 4 These two prophets are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of all the earth. 5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire flashes from their mouths and consumes their enemies. This is how anyone who tries to harm them must die. 6 They have power to shut the sky so that no rain will fall for as long as they prophesy. And they have the power to turn the rivers and oceans into blood, and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they wish. 7 When they complete their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the bottomless pit will declare war against them, and he will conquer them and kill them. 8 And their bodies will lie in the main street of Jerusalem, the city that is figuratively called ‘Sodom’ and ‘Egypt,’ the city where their Lord was crucified. 9 And for three and a half days, all peoples, tribes, languages, and nations will stare at their bodies. No one will be allowed to bury them. 10 All the people who belong to this world will gloat over them and give presents to each other to celebrate the death of the two prophets who had tormented them. 11 But after three and a half days, God breathed life into them, and they stood up! Terror struck all who were staring at them.”

Total worldwide financial control

  • Revelation 13:11–18 NLT: “11 Then I saw another beast come up out of the earth. He had two horns like those of a lamb, but he spoke with the voice of a dragon. 12 He exercised all the authority of the first beast. And he required all the earth and its people to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 He did astounding miracles, even making fire flash down to earth from the sky while everyone was watching. 14 And with all the miracles he was allowed to perform on behalf of the first beast, he deceived all the people who belong to this world. He ordered the people to make a great statue of the first beast, who was fatally wounded and then came back to life. 15 He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die. 16 He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. 17 And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. 18 Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is 666.”

Biological tipping point

  • Revelation 14:9–11 NLT: “9 Then a third angel followed them, shouting, ‘Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand 10 must drink the wine of God’s anger. It has been poured full strength into God’s cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. 11 The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they have worshiped the beast and his statue and have accepted the mark of his name.’”
  • Genetically altered humans
  • Human cloning
  • Human-animal hybrids
  • Transhumanism

Do you believe we’re living in the last days? Is it really the end of the world? All of the signs seem to point to an uncertain future. In this new series, Pastor Jonathan will explore Biblical understanding of the End Times and how we are not only equipped to face it but also overcome it.

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