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Here are just a few of many, many positive signs that show we are in the closing days of earth’s history:
A. Capital-labor troubles
“The hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord.” “Be … patient … for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” James 5:4, 8.
“But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass.” Luke 21:9.
C. Distress and fear
“And there shall be … upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity … Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.” Luke 21:25, 26.
D. Increase of knowledge
“Even to the time of the end … knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:4.
It is said that 80 percent of the world’s total knowledge has been brought forth in the last decade and that 90 percent of all the scientists who have ever lived are alive today.
E. Religious skeptics
“There shall come in the last days scoffers.” 2 Peter 3:3. “They will not endure sound doctrine … And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3, 4.
F. Moral degeneracy; decline of spirituality
“In the last days … men shall be lovers of their own selves, … Without natural affection, … incontinent, … despisers of those that are good, … Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
G. Seeking pleasure
“In the last days … men shall be … lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.” 2 Timothy 3:1-4.
“Iniquity shall abound.” Matthew 24:12. “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse.” 2 Timothy 3:13. “The land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.” Ezekiel 7:23.
I. Natural disasters
“And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences.” Luke 21:11.
J. Preaching the gospel to all the world
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14.
K. Rise of spiritualism
“In the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits.” 1 Timothy 4:1. “They are the spirits of devils.” Revelation 16:14.