Hello Dear Listeners, welcome to overcoming temptations. My name is Oyisi Okatahi. Today our topic is titled: 3 Signs of the Latter Days.
Our bible reading is taken from Revelations 13: 16- 17- It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
The first sign is preparation for the mark of the beast through technology. As the world progresses Governments want to be in more control of their citizens. Accountability is required, drivers license, passports, registration of mobile numbers, national identity cards and so on. Already today Technology drives the world, the richest companies
In Sweden as at today there are building that you require a chip implant in your hand to access. So technology says that for security reasons rather than carrying cards just have your identity implanted in your hand. Another reason for hand and head implants is for medical records, many time you visit a hospital they require your medical record from another hospital and so on. So already using chips for medical records is already approved in several developed nations. Another reason for implanting chip is for buying and selling. Even Nigeria is going cash less. So today most people use credit or debit cards for buying and selling. However this cards can get missing or you could have several cards and you need a large wallet to keep them, then you need to remember so many passwords. So it is being recommended that for buying and selling we have all our cards in a chip implant just the size of a grain of rice in our hands or forehead. So the places the bible mentioned is exactly the place that scientist are exploring. No one is talking of implant on the legs or back or shoulder. It is always the hand or head.
Now this does not mean that technology is evil or demonic. As a matter of fact I personally appreciate and benefit from technology. It only shows that the anti-Christ will use technology for his ambition.
The second sign is wars and rumors of wars. Mathew 13:7- And when ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must need be; but the end shall not be yet. We have hundredth of wars all over the world some prominent ones are Boko Haram in west Africa, Iraq civil war, Syria civil war, ISIS in the middle east, Isreali-Palestian conflict, Libyan civil war, Somalia war, Mali conflict and so on. These wars have no justification for bloodshed of innocent people. Now you may not be affected by the war, but the fact is that someone people are currently suffering as a result of these wars.
The third sign is that men will not accept the truth. 2 Timothy 4: 3 says- For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. So today people don’t want to hear the truth- You will hear things like-Sex outside marriage is ok, it is natural, Abortion is ok, homosexuality is ok, people should be free to express their sexual orientation, Adultery is fine, it is ok if both husband and wife agree, ill gotten wealth is fine, just make sure you pay your tithe. So many religious and faith based organizations tell people what they want to hear.
Dear brothers and sisters, this is not call for panic but prayers, it does not call for fear but faith, it does not call for lust but love. So with prayers, faith and love you shall overcome in Jesus name. You don’t have to be like everyone else, be like Jesus. Have a blessed day.