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The Beginning of Sorrows

The Beginning of Sorrows

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Are we living in the time period called The Beginning of Sorrows Now?
Are we living in the time period called The Beginning of Sorrows Now?

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Published by: jocelyn Andersen on Nov 15, 2007
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The Beginning of Sorrows
Many believe we are now living in the last of thelast days. What does the Bible say about worldconditions in the latter days? Before answering thatquestion, let’s look at what the scriptures have tosay about the condition of humanity in those days.In 2 Timothy 3:1-7 we are given a description of what the human race will be like in the latter days.There is little doubt that the time period describedin 2 Timothy, mirrors the society we are currentlyliving in.In the latter days, men are prophesied to be: Selfish,covetous, boastful, proud, blasphemous, disobedientto parents, unthankful, unholy, without naturalaffection, truce breakers, false accusers, lacking inself- control, fierce, Despisers of those that aregood, traitors, full of themselves/conceited, loversof pleasures more than lovers of God.That is quite a list of negative attributes, and thoughit may have shocked the people of Timothy’s day, itis neither shocking nor unbelievable to those of usliving today. The description leaves little doubt thatwe are living in the perilous times described by theapostle Paul to Timothy. Now, concerning what the Bible has to say aboutworld conditions in the latter days, in Matthewchapter 24, Jesus described events he called the
 Beginning of Sorrows
.
 
Before going on, it is necessary to understand thatwhen Christ used the word
 sorrows
, he was notreferring to
hard times that will make us sad 
. Theword he used means labor pains or 
birth
pangs.The events he describes as the Beginning oSorrows are birth pangs that are designed to resultin a
birth
. The question is the birth of what?At present the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now for the redemption of our  bodies at the resurrection of the dead and rapture of the church (
Romans 8:22-23
).But are we already in the
 Beginning 
 
of Sorrows
?Perhaps not, because after the resurrection of thedead and the rapture of the living takes place, Israel(the woman depicted in Revelation 12:1) is shownto be in travail—she gives birth to the *man-childand,
after that 
, the redemption of all Israel comes to pass. That event is repeatedly referred to, inscripture, as a birth (
Isaiah 66:8-9, Romans 11:26-27, Revelation12:1-5, 14:1-5
).*
This writer is in agreement with those who identify the birth of the man-child as the redemption of the 144,000rather than the birth of Jesus Christ. There are noflashbacks in the [book of] Revelation (
Revelation 1:1, 3, 7:1-8, 14:1-5
).
Why did Jesus use birth pangs as an example?Because they accurately describe how we canexpect the events He is describing to progress.Labor pains generally start small and come rather 
 
far apart. As the labor progresses, the pains increasein both intensity and frequency. Just before the birthoccurs, the pains become very intense and arealmost non-stop.The events Jesus describes in Matthew 24 are asfollows: Wars and rumors of wars, diseases andearthquakes in many different places. These align perfectly with events described in the 6
th
chapter of The Revelation (which takes place
after 
the Body of Christ is redeemed from the earth).There is no argument that we have beenexperiencing these things on earth for quite sometime now, and the frequency and intensity of thesethings has been increasing.
 Jesus said the generation that saw the beginning of these birth pangs would not pass away until thebirth takes place.
The whole creation is groaning and travailing evennow for the redemption of our bodies. After thathappens,
the beginning of sorrows
will begin inearnest and will continue to escalate in bothfrequency and intensity until everything that has been prophesied, concerning the redemption of Israel has literally come to pass (
Romans 11:26, Isaiah 66:8
)This is an excerpt from the book Redemption: BibleProphecy Simplified by Jocelyn Andersen availableFREE for Download atwww.Lulu.com/JocelynAndersen 
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