ARE WE IN END TIMES?
NOSTRADAMUS QII. 46 states; “After great misery for mankind an even greater one approaches, when...
NOSTRADAMUS QII. 46 states; “After great misery for mankind an even greater one approaches, when the great cycle of the centuries is renewed. It will rain blood, milk, famine, war and disease. In the sky will be seen a fire, dragging a tail of sparks.”
Does Nostradamus mean that the ‘great misery for mankind’ was World War II? And there will be greater than the Second World War? Will it be World War III (Nuclear War) or the END OF THE WORLD?
Does the ‘great cycle of the centuries renewed’ means the cycle of ages (the astrological ages) in which the ages are renewed every 2,150 years? Or it means the completion of the cycle of the centuries which will lead to a new Millennium? (Take note that we are still in the early years of the 2nd Millennium.)
And does the line, ‘sky will be seen a fire, dragging a tail of sparks’ means a comet or a meteor will show up in the skies and will fall to Earth before the ‘greater misery of mankind’ occur?
In the bible, Matthew 24:5-8 gives us some important clues so we can discern the approach of the end times. “For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.”
An increase in false messiahs, an increase in warfare, and increases in famines, plagues, and natural disasters—these are signs of the end times. In this passage, though, we are given a warning: we are not to be deceived, because these events are only the beginning of birth pains; the end is still to come.
Some interpreters point to every earthquake, every political upheaval, and every attack on Israel as a sure sign that the end times are rapidly approaching. While the events may signal the approach of the last days, they are not necessarily indicators that the end times have arrived. The apostle Paul warned that the last days would bring a marked increase in false teaching. “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1 Timothy 4:1). The last days are described as “perilous times” because of the increasingly evil character of man and people who actively “resist the truth” (2 Timothy 3:1-9; see also 2 Thessalonians 2:3).
With these signs in mind, we can be wise and discerning in regard to the expectation of the end times. We should not, however, interpret any of these singular events as a clear indication of the soon arrival of the end times. God has given us enough information that we can be prepared, and that is what we are called to be.