By Nathan Jones
What are some of the major end time signs that point to the soon return of Jesus?
Dr. David Reagan and I recently had the pleasure of asking this question of August Rosado on the show Christ in Prophecy. August is a Bible prophecy teacher and preacher and founder of a ministry called Today in Bible Prophecy. Having a passion for all things Jewish, he can be found traveling the country waking the Church up concerning the soon return of Jesus Christ.
End Times Sign: Creation of the European Union
Nathan Jones: Israel is THE sign of the end times pointing to the Lord's soon return. August, could you cover some of the other signs we are witnessing even in the news today that also point to the Lord's soon return?
August Rosado: I would have to look at the European Union. The European Union I believe is the infrastructure or foundation for a future revived Roman Empire. The European Union will produce the Antichrist — the Beast — mentioned in Revelation 13. When you look at the European Union today, there are 27 member states with a citizenship of over 500 million people. They are looking to have their own police force. I can look at the headquarters of the European Union today and see it is designed to look like the incomplete tower of Babel. We are going back to Genesis 11 with this imagery. They are today using a symbol of rebellion against God to represent something that is going to be global in the future according to the Bible.
Dr. Reagan: They claim they are going to be able to do what they failed to do at the Tower of Babel. They are going to unite all of humanity in rebellion against God.
August Rosado: That is exactly right. They want to unite everyone and that is what they are saying on their website.
Nathan Jones: How do you know that the Antichrist is coming out of the European Union?
August Rosado: When you look in Daniel 9:26, it talks about the prince of the people that shall come and shall destroy the city of the sanctuary. We know that was General Titus the son of Vespasian who came into Jerusalem in 70 AD and wiped out Herod's Temple and scattered the Jews to the four corners of the earth. Daniel 9:27 says, "And he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week." Since Daniel tells us 69 weeks have already been fulfilled for over 483 prophetical years or 173,880 days, then we know that the Antichrist must come from those people who destroyed the city and the sanctuary.
I reject this goobly-goop view that's arisen today of a Muslim Antichrist. I am not convinced of that in any way, shape, or form. He must be of European descent, particularly Roman descent. He must come out of the people who destroyed the city and the sanctuary. That is the Antichrist of Revelation 13:1.
Dr. Reagan: It is really amazing to think about what is happening in Europe because people have tried to reconstruct the Old Roman Empire many times throughout history. The idea of European unification has never died. They always tried to do it with military force. Napoleon tried to do it, and many others like Charlemagne. But, it had to be God's timing, and when it became God's timing it just all came together peacefully without military force after WWII. Suddenly, we have it today.
August Rosado: Exactly, Paul-Henri Spaak who was the former Belgian Prime Minister and President of the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe nearly 50 years ago said this, "We are not looking for another committee. We have too many already. What we need is a man of sufficient stature, one who can hold the allegiance of the people and bring us up out of this economic mess that we are sinking into. Send us such a man, and be he God or the Devil, we will accept him." I think the latter half of his statement will be the case, and he is on his way as foretold in Revelation 13:1.
End Times Sign: Apostasy in the Church
Dr. Reagan: What would be another sign that you would see today that points to the soon return of Jesus?
August Rosado: I would have to say apostasy in the church. There is so much heresy in the church today that it's not even funny. I am reminded of what Paul said in 1 Timothy 4:1, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times (the last days) some (thank God not all, but some) shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons, and doctrines of devils." That's exactly what we see going on today.
Dr. Reagan: We've got major Christian leaders all over the place today. These so called "Christian" leaders are very influential, but they are denying all the fundamentals of the faith like the Resurrection, the Virgin Birth, and the Second Coming of Jesus.
August Rosado: That is exactly right. As a matter of fact, Paul again picks up on that in 2 Timothy 3:1-5, and I love what he says, "This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come." If we are not living in the last days, then I don't know what. He says, "Perilous times shall come, for men shall be lovers of their own selves; covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." That is exactly what we see with many of these so called "Christian" leaders today — denying the power thereof.
Dr. Reagan: In fact, Peter says in his epistles that one of the signs of the end times will be people scoffing at the very idea of the return of Jesus. Here we are.
August Rosado: That's 2 Peter 3:3-4. He says, "This know also, in the last times there will come mockers walking after their own lusts and saying, 'Where is the promise of His Coming?'"
Dr. Reagan: I once thought that referred to atheists, but now as I look around today I see Christian leaders scoffing at the idea of the return of Jesus. They claim He isn't going to be here for another 1,000 or 2,000 years and that the Church is going to conquer the earth. We are going to rule the earth and then we'll turn it over to Jesus. Such an unbiblical belief, well it's just unbelievable!
August Rosado: Pan-millennialism — it's all going to pan out in the end, according to these guys. They just don't understand what the Bible says, because Paul says, "They have a form of godliness but they deny the power there of such, turn away from such." I could mention names right now, though I won't, but we know many people who come to mind that are denying the fundamental truths of the Christian faith.
In the next part of our interview with August Rosado, we'll ask him to point out some more major signs of the end times that point to the Lord's soon return.