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“Signs of the Soon Coming of Christ”
by Art Sadlier   
October 2nd, 2011

When asked by His disciples about the signs of His coming in Matthew 24, Jesus listed a number of signs that would signal the nearness of His coming. The things that Jesus listed are things that have always happened in the world. It is the severity and the increase in the numbers of these events that is significant.

It is getting harder to list the signs of the end of the age due to their increase in numbers. I have decided, just for  today, to list the headings of the events that are indications of the signs of the end of the age.

These are just a few headlines posted by midday: today, October13, 2011.

"EU considering massive cuts to food aid for poor" - "The European Union is considering a nearly 75 percent cut in funding for a program that helps feed 18 million of its poorest citizens."

"Dozens Injured In Bali Earthquake" - "The 6.8-magnitude earthquake at 11.16 a.m. local time (0316 GMT) was centered about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Denpasar, the capital city of Bali. It struck about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to Indonesia’s seismological agency."

"Moderate Subsea Earthquake Strikes Near Oregon Coastline"
"A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Oregon on early Wednesday evening, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warning was issued. The 5.3-magnitude earthquake at 8.13 p.m. local time (0413 GMT Thursday) was centered about 144 miles (233 kilometers) west of Coos Bay."

"Experts warn of Icelandic volcano"
" eruption could be imminent at an even more powerful Icelandic volcano than the one that paralysed air traffic last year."

"G20 finance ministers gather as time runs out"
"As the G20 finance ministers and central bankers gather in Paris this Friday and Saturday, a collective sense of failure will loom large."

"Obama: No options off the table over Iran assassination plot"
"Obama said Thursday there was no dispute that Iran was involved in an alleged terrorist plot against the Saudi ambassador in Washington that was uncovered this week."

"Applications for unemployment aid barely changed"
"The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell slightly last week, a sign the job market isn't getting much better. Applications ticked down by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 404,000, the Labor Department said Thursday."

"S&P downgrades Spain on weak growth outlook"
"Standard & Poor's (S&P) has cut Spain's long-term credit rating by one notch, from AA to AA-, because of weak growth and high levels of private sector debt. The ratings agency added that the country's high unemployment would remain a drag on the economy. Last week, the Fitch agency also cut Spain's rating, a process that can raise a country's borrowing costs."

"Hamas refuses to abandon policy of IDF kidnappings"
"Hamas did not agree to an Israeli request to abolish plans for any future kidnappings as part of the prisoner-swap agreement signed between Israel and the Islamist group, a Palestinian source told the London-based Al Hayat on Friday. According to the source, Israel - which will release more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped tank gunner Gilad Schalit - agreed not to target any of the releases once they have been freed."

"Egypt intercepts Libyan surface-to-air missiles in Sinai"
"Egypt security officers said they intercepted surface-to-air missiles smuggled from Libya through the Sinai peninsula, the Washington Post reported, a day after Egypt reportedly flew fighter jets over certain areas of Sinai without requisite permission from Israel. According to the Washington Post report, an Egyptian source said that Palestinians in Gaza had likely struck a deal over the weapons with contacts in Libya."

We are witnessing a world in chaos. Economic disaster looms on the near horizon. Political upheavals, revolutions, demonstrations, earthquakes, storms, floods, volcanic eruptions, wars and rumours of wars, and the list goes on.

Another sure sign of the lateness of the hour is the incredible moral free fall that is sweeping our society.

Though we cannot know the day nor the hour, we know that the trumpet is soon to sound to call the followers of Christ to the Father's house. Are you ready?

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