Understanding the Signs of the Times
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Understanding the Signs of the Times by Donald W. Parry ,. Jay A. Parry Goodreads Author. Who has not contemplated the cataclysmic events that will precede and be a part of the Savior's second coming and wondered how the prophesied conditions will play out? Are the catastrophes and calamities we hear about in the daily news the fulfillment of prophecy? What blessings to the righteous will counterbalance the judgments on the wicked?
In this book, authors Donald W. Parry and Jay A. Parry take a balanced, reasoned look at the signs of the times and what the scriptures reveal about events of the last days. Drawing upon the writings of latter-day prophets, they explain, clarify, and put into context the events that have been foretold by both ancient and modern seers. From the authors of the best-selling Understanding Isaiah and Understanding the Book of Revelation comes the new book Understanding the Signs of the Times.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Understanding the Signs of the Times , please sign up. Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.
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As the crowds were increasing, He began to say, "This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign, and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah. The Jews then said to Him, "What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things? But He was speaking of the temple of His body.
So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken. The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He replied to them, "When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.
Understanding the Signs of the Times
The Pharisees came out and began to argue with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, to test Him. Sighing deeply in His spirit, He said, "Why does this generation seek for a sign? Truly I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation. And He was also saying to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming,' and so it turns out.
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You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why do you not analyze this present time? But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?
See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately, "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?
These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. They questioned Him, saying, "Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place? Then He continued by saying to them, "Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.
For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. And the LORD said, "Even as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a sign and token against Egypt and Cush, so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt. Then He told them a parable: "Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command.
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For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. And He said, "See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and, 'The time is near ' Do not go after them.
The United States, racked by near double-digit unemployment and a huge budget deficit, as well as being mired in two foreign wars, watches anxiously as Brazil and India project their booming economies onto the world scene. Iran remains a constant worry for the West and the state of Israel in particular. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher foresaw in the devastation a single currency for the European Union would inflict on the poorer member nations like Greece, Ireland and Portugal—the euro being unable to effectively accommodate these much weaker economies in the same monetary house with financial powerhouses like Germany and France.
The number of failed or failing states like Pakistan has increased with a vengeance, especially in these times of severe economic stress. Another troubling sign of the times involves the growing weakness of the United States. The more America declines, the less able it will be to effectively continue as world policeman and provide needed aid to the large number of afflicted nations of Africa and elsewhere.
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Longtime readers of The Good News understand that this decline is a direct consequence of the failure of modern America to adhere to the teachings of the Bible. While much of the world is in economic turmoil, Germany finds itself in the enviable position of staging a strong comeback. It is once again emerging as an economic powerhouse, with the best growth statistics since German reunification along with receding unemployment.
She was a prime factor in persuading Ireland to accept a huge bailout package with stringent strings attached. What are the long-term consequences of these recent trends and developments in Germany? The only European nation that truly fits this prophetic role in Central Europe is Germany. For a more detailed account, request or download our free booklet The Book of Revelation Unveiled. Surely recent trends revolving around Berlin constitute yet another vital sign of our troubled times. The previous pontiff had a monumental impact on the last quarter of the 20th century.
I watched the reception on TV while sailing from North Wales on a passenger ferry destined for Dublin. But he had a serious message for the United Kingdom. It seems quite likely that Benedict XVI will at some point articulate the very same message to other secularly oriented nations on the European continent. A Nov. Pope Benedict employs his own methods for shaping the future of Roman Catholics in Europe.