By Nathan Jones
How will people view the signs of the end times in the last days?
We asked this question on our television show Christ in Prophecy of Dr. Noah Hutchings, considered "The Dean" of American Bible prophecy experts. He is the director of a Bible prophecy ministry in Oklahoma City called Southwest Radio Ministries, the author of over 100 books, and at 90 years old continues to serve the Lord in his decades long call to proclaim the Gospel.
Disinterest in Prophecy
Dr. Reagan: Noah you have just written a fabulous book called, 40 Irrefutable Signs of the Last Generation. It is great! I just love it. It's to the point. And, it has beautiful illustrations all the way throughout it. I compliment you on it. It's a great job. How did you come up with that title?
Dr. Hutchings: One reason I wrote on that subject and gave it that title is because people still don't relate to the Bible and prophecy. Sadly, many Christians don't. Peter wrote I believe in his second epistle that in the last days there will come scoffers asking, "Where is promise of His coming?" In spite of all the signs in the world that demonstrate that the end is near and that we live in the last generation, they would still ask, "Where's the promise of His coming?" So, I thought I'd write down some signs that no one could dispute; irrefutable signs of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
I asked myself how many of the end times signs I was going to deal with. I thought 40 would be a good number, because 40 is the number of probationary judgments. For example, in 40 days Nineveh was going to be destroyed. You trace a number of multiples of four in the Bible.
Dr. Reagan: One of the reasons when I saw this book advertised that I wanted to get it immediately was because several years ago I spoke at a Stealing the Mind Conference and they asked me to speak on the topic "50 Reasons Why we are Living in the End Times." Our ministry also puts out a video by that name. So, when I saw this 40 Irrefutable Signs, I thought I've got to get that and compare it to mine and see how it all came out.
But, you're so right when you talk about 2 Peter being fulfilled in our day and time with people scoffing. The thing that breaks my heart is that when I used to read that I thought that meant unbelievers. But, the Church today is full of people scoffing. There are even pastors who say, "Ah, that's a bunch of nonsense. I'm not going to talk about Bible prophecy." And yet, here we are with Jesus at the very gates of Heaven ready to return!
Dr. Hutchings: Brother Reagan, you raise an important point there. I don't think there is one church in a hundred now that ever mentions the subject of prophecy, or the times that we are living in, or that Jesus could come back in our lifetime. It's a subject that's neglected.
Secular Signs of the End Times
Dr. Reagan: Noah, you're book 40 Irrefutable Signs of the Last Generation is divided into three parts. Part one talks about 24 signs in the secular world. The second part talks about 12 signs related to Israel. And the third part is entitled, "Terminal Apostasies."
Let's talk about the first part to begin with. You talk about 24 signs in the secular world. What would be some of those? Now you don't have to name all 24, but just give us an example of a few.
Dr. Hutchings: There is the exponential increase of knowledge.
Nathan Jones: Yes, that's found in Daniel 12:4, right?
Dr. Hutchings: Daniel said that in the last days many would run to and fro and knowledge would be increased. Without the increase of knowledge, there wouldn't be a television set. There wouldn't be a radio. There would not be automobiles. There would not be airplanes. There would be no atomic weapons. So, that is one of the most important prophecies in the Bible there in the twelfth chapter of Daniel, that in the end of the age knowledge would increase and many would run to and fro.
Nathan Jones: I had the opportunity of talking about that very subject at our June 2013 conference. The Signs of Technology given in the Bible concerning the Last Days are proving that we are in those very last days due to the technology we have today. Today's technology make a number of the Tribulation judgments possible without needing a supernatural element.
Dr. Reagan: What would be another one of those secular signs?
Dr. Hutchings: Another sign is that there are wars and rumors of wars.
Jesus also said there would be pestilences in the last days. Don't we have all these medical advances for flu, and pneumonia, and all these other disease that we get? Well, that is true, but still we have the greatest plague the world has ever known — AIDS. I think that something like 40 million people have already died of AIDS. Now, if that had been small pox or some other disease, it would be something terrible reported all over the news, but the Media cover it up as a protected disease so that immorality will continue unabated. Disease is definitely one of the signs in the last days.
The End Times Sign of Israel
Dr. Reagan: Noah, in part 2 of your book your focus on 12 signs that relate to Israel. You must believe that Israel is a very, very important subject to have a whole section devoted just to it.
Dr. Hutchings: Oh, yes, actually I once wrote a book about 25 Messianic signs in Israel.
Nathan Jones: You have a number theme going on!
Dr. Hutchings: In my 40 Irrefutable Signs book, I deal with 12 of the major signs concerning Israel. A most important national sign is of course that Israel would be restored as a nation and the Jews would be back in their land.
There are so many signs concerning Israel. One is that the Jews would be scattered into all the world, but then come back from all nations into their homeland. The land would blossom and bud and fill the whole world with fruit. That is literally happening today.
Their Hebrew language has been revived, and the Jews are speaking Hebrew again. They sure haven't come to the knowledge of the truth yet, that they might be saved, but that will come later at the end of the Tribulation.
Nathan Jones: Dr. Hutchings, which of these signs did you enjoy writing about the most?
Dr. Hutchings: I think possibly the sign that Israel would be scattered into all the world and then at the end of the age before the Lord comes back they would return from all nations and Israel would again blossom. That's how we'd know the whole world for this age was through.
In the seventh and last part of this interview with Dr. Noah Hutchings on end time events, he'll end by talking about our nation's terminal apostasies.