Game of Thrones End Game Part 4: The Old End Times and the New End Times

New Testament church was alive with excitement..."it's the end times and Jesus is coming."  Two thousand years later the church is alive with excitement..."it's the end times and Jesus is coming".  Both are right and wrong...they did not and do not understand the nature of the end or means of His coming....

One of the most common attacks on the integrity of the Bible as the Word of God is the claim that the New Testament writers were expecting in their lifetime the end of the world and the coming of Jesus....and it never happened.  And they therefore extrapolate to today's preaching..."it's the end times and Jesus is coming" and say "Nothing happened then and nothing is going to happen in our time....".

To which Christians usually respond " No just look at the world, see the signs of the end times....".  Well then you look at the world and you realize we have been preaching "the end" with passion for the last 60 years and frankly the world is in a far better condition today than 60 years ago or in fact at any other time in human history.

Did any of us even 40 years ago at the height of "The late Great Planet Earth" and rapture fever...ever expect to see a world where communism is defeated, 700 million charismatic evangelicals all over the world, the Bible freely available for download anywhere in the world, the Chinese government the biggest printer of Bibles in the world (70 million copies so far), the Russian government busy building 10,000 new churches,  missionary movements declining because all nations have a strong indigenous church, the biggest missionary sending nations now coming out of Korea, Brazil, Africa....

What in the world is going on? Let me give you a new vision of the similarity between the old end times and the new end times so you can see what I believe are going to be the incredible new world changes ahead of us.

The New Testament End Times 33 AD to 70 AD: From the Resurrection of Jesus to the Destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple

Let me list for you some of the very explicit New Testament scriptures showing the very real expectations of the New testament church that they were living in the last days:

1 Peter 4:7 "But the end of all things is at hand, be ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer".

James 5: 7-8 "Be patient therefore brethren unto the coming of the Lord....be ye patient stablish your hearts for the coming of the Lord draws nigh".

Hebrews 10:37 "For yet a very little while and he that shall come will come and will not tarry."

1 John 2:18 "Little children it is the last hour and as you have heard that antichrist shall come even now are there many antichrists whereby we know that it is the last hour."

Rev. 1:1-3 "The revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave unto him to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass....keep those things which are written therein for the time is at hand."

Rev. 22: 10,20 "Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book for the time is at hand....surely I come quickly Amen Even so come Lord Jesus."

And then of course the prophecies of Jesus on Matthew 24 and Luke 21  "this generation shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled".

Were the early church leaders mistaken?  Of course not!

But this is something that is very important for you to understand because if you understand what I am now going to explain to you then you will understand why we are also at the end times and why Jesus is also coming....and you will only understand that if you understand the last end and the last coming of the Lord....

The Old Covenant Era:  From Abraham to Moses and Israel to Jesus

The Old Covenant era was about 2000 years long.  You know it very well as it is bery well preached in sermons all your life.  You know what the problems were. God called a people the seed of Abraham out from Egypt and He formed a new nation called Israel, He gave them His law and called upon them to be a light to the world.

That era ended with the coming of Jesus the Son of God and the last prophet to Israel to proclaim to them the failure of Israel to keep the law and the covenant and so God is going to do away with the Old Covenant and institute a New Covenant.

Now here is the critical part:  God did not do away with His law. What he did was to show that man on his own is incapable to keep and uphold the laws of God.  So what He did with the New Covenant was to say I am going to give you a new heart, I am going to come and change my place of residence from the Old Temple in Jerusalem to my new temple which is your body and create a new man and I am going to keep my laws for you in your heart.  You are the New Israel, the New Temple, the New Jerusalem.

And here is what God did:  He destroyed the old Jerusalem and the old Temple in 70 AD. And you know what...Jesus did return just as He promised. He returned in the clouds of judgment to destroy the old order....and He said I will not leave you alone I will return to you, my Father and I will reside in you, behold I am with you always even to the end of the age....and He came back on the Day of Pentecost and filled His disciples with presence and His power.

The New End of the Age....

Now it is 2000 years later and we are facing a similar end times, a similar end of an age, a similar judgment,....but a greater coming of the Lord!

Here is what happened in this age and why it is now ending.
On the day of Pentecost with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit the church was born and commissioned to preach this New Covenant gospel to all the world. Jesus wants to redeem you, save you and He wants to come and live inside you.

This gospel almost got lost by the infiltration of the Antichrist false Catholic church who took away the Bible from the people and took away the gospel of salvation by faith and tried to return the church back to the Old Covenant of Temples (cathedrals), priests, sacrifices (the Mass) and useless prayers to false idols (prayer to Mary and the saints).

The came the Reformation from 1517 and the world has never been the same. The Reformation broke the power of Feudalism, the power of absolute kings as dictators and priests dispensing salvation.  The world languished in poverty, disease, degradation, endless wars, ignorance.  That is the legacy of the kings and Catholic church of the dark ages. It was also the condition of the whole world from Africa to China...Feudalism of the rule of lords and priests oppressing humanity.

It was the Reformation and the preaching and publishing of the Bible that liberated first Europe and from there the world.  People could see a pattern in the Bible of God's plan for universal prosperity in the template of Israel.  It described a form of government of no king, the rule of law, private property, sound money, debt limitation, capital diffusion, every man and family owning their own property, voluntary taxation, healthy foods, sanitation, kindness and help to the poor and needy etc etc.

The Reformation caused an explosion of human freedom from the oppression of Feudalism which allowed free enterprise and limited government to develop which cause the scientific revolution which caused the industrial revolution which created world prosperity as God predicted in His world would happen is Israel followed His laws.

No the problem at the end of the Age.  And yes we have come to the end of this age...

The world civilization has been built as it is because the world discovered the Bible principles of government and economy.

But there is a big problem...it is the same problem that caused Israel to fail.  The laws are written in statute books...but not in the hearts of people!  The world civilization is like the tares growing up beside the wheat. For a while it looks good. Prosperity is visible. People are doing well. Health care is fantastic. Education is freely available. Private enterprise is churning out an endless supply of new products.

But the whole edifice of our world civilization is built on sand. And the cracks are now widening and the bricks and towers and structures are starting to fall.  What do I mean?

Sinners will always be sinners.  They seem to keep the law on the outside, but behind the scenes everyone is trying to scam the system.  Politicians promise better goverrnment, just vote for me. Legislatures every year pass thousands of new laws to somehow stop people from stealing, evading responsibility, force them people to behave. They build more prisons, more accountants, more lawyers, more police, more laws...all just to try and stop people from destroying the economy or the society through theft, dishonesty, violence, intimidation, collusion...but they cannot keep up with all the frauds in politics and in the financial industry and in society.

This is the problem God had with Israel and what Jesus accused the Pharisees of....outwardly you preach law and piety, but inwardly you are ravenous wolves.  Today the same....the world leaders of government and commerce and finance and education...they all talk in civilized ways...but behind the scenes the war for advantage is waging relentlessly.

We are now at the end of the age of the modern world civilization where they think they can run a world of laws without the Law giver in their hearts.  God is coming in judgment on the world system. And what is His judgment? He is going to allow the world to taste the consequences of their own corruption.

But what about the coming of the Lord Jesus? Yes He is coming...the same way He came last time at the end of the last age.  He is coming to end the age with judgment and He is coming to pour out a greater anointing of His Spirit to launch a new age....the New Jerusalem, the New Heavens and the New Earth!

Here is what to look for:

Look for signs of the collapse of the world economic order, collapsing from its own internal and hidden corruption. Look for the consequent collapse of "civilized" society as cities and populations riot and disrupt the world system because the promises of politicians for free this and free that are not being delivered.

And then?  Look out for a the greatest outpouring of the Spirit and power of the Holy Spirit in the world as we pick up the pieces of a devastated world system and rebuild the world by filling the people with the Spirit of God so we can build the Kingdom of God on a people who have law of God in their hearts and therefore no longer need politicians to rule them, prisons and police to punish them, accountants to keep honest books, or lawyers to design contracts of hundred of pages to make people keep their promises.

There is a new world coming...but first the old world must fall from its own corruption! Yes it's the End Times...the end for the phoney tares growing alongside the wheat...the Kingdom of God now in the earth....and yes Jesus is coming...coming with a greater outpouring of power than we received at His coming on the day of Pentecost! And that coming will herald the coming of the New Age where the the Church, the New Jerusalem will heal the nations and disciple them into the new Kingdom Age.

Just for your interest, here are some media headlines from the just the last week to help you recognize the signs of the times....

The Coming Collapse Of The World's Biggest Economy

The stage is set for the collapse of the world’s largest economy - the European Union. The trigger: Italy’s exit from the euro currency.
The Financial Times recently put it this way:An Italian exit from the single currency would trigger the total collapse of the eurozone within a very short period. It would probably lead to the most violent economic shock in history, dwarfing the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008 and the 1929 Wall Street crash.

China Shocker: A Quarter Of All Companies Can't Pay The Interest On Their Debt

The End Of Dollar Dominance? Axel Merk Warns Of The Other Elephant In The Room

40 Million Russians To Take Part In "Nuclear Disaster" Drill, Days After US General Warns Of War With Moscow

The IMF Sounds An Alarm As Global Debt Hits A Record $152 Trillion Or 225% Of World GDP

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