For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginnings of sorrows. Matthew 24:7,8
Signs of the end times are made known to us through the words of Jesus in Matthew, as well as in other places in the Holy Bible. We have the benefit in our day to read the news, watch current events on different forms of electronic devices, and have real time information. All one has to do is read the news headlines today, and each of these events can be found happening.
Nation shall rise against nation — Israel and Palestine, Russia and the Ukraine, the United states and the different groups that make up ISIL are experiencing war. Recently, the U.S, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria have been in conflicts. There is unrest across the world. There is no peace, as there are many civil wars within governments taking place all over the world.
The next events that Jesus addresses are pestilences and famines. Ebola is the big disease on everyone’s mind. The toll for deaths according to the CDC, is well over three-thousand, now. http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/index.html
There are other diseases and afflictions too, like MRSA, and different antibiotic resistant staph related infections that have caused massive deaths.
An article about this disease MRSA, said that it has caused over twenty-three thousand deaths in the United States each year: (According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause about 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.) A link to this article can be found here, and includes information on how to stop the spread of MRSA: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/health/2014/09/29/mrsa-gym/16454407/ (It is very catchy)
Also, here is a link to information on current infectious diseases: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/disease/infectious.asp
Jesus then talks about the various earthquakes, and we are experiencing those as well. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/ We can remember mass casualties from Tsunamis in Japan and Indonesia and Thailand in recent years, caused by earthquakes in the ocean. Haiti in 2012 experienced over 300,000 deaths. Here is a link to some of the most deadly earthquakes: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/world/most_destructive.php
Jesus then says that these things are not the end yet, but they are the beginning of sorrows.
I will continue the discussion on Matthew 24, with my next post, God willing.
Lord, as we see all these things happen, help us not to lose heart, or become troubled. You have told us what to expect, so that we can know You are in control and are aware of all these things. Help us to be strong and of good courage. Help us to be good ambassadors, and good workers for Your kingdom. Keep our eyes focused on You. Amen.