By Nathan Jones
What would be the three greatest signs that prove we are living 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.
Three Great Signs
Nathan Jones: Dr. Hutchings, do you believe we are living in the last days, and if so, why?
Dr. Hutchings: Certainly I do believe that these are the end times and that the Lord could come at any day.
Of course, Jesus said that the Gospel would be preached in all the world and then the end would come. For the first time in history, the Gospel is being preached in all the world through missionaries over radio, television, and the Internet. Therefore, I think there is a really no excuse for anyone in all the world to not know that Jesus Christ came to earth at His First Coming.
Dr. Reagan: In that regard, probably 20 years ago I bought a short wave radio. I had never had one. I turned that thing on and I was just astounded. As I turned that dial I heard the name of Jesus in every language of the world. The atmosphere of this planet is saturated with the name of Jesus.
Dr. Hutchings: Yes. One other item is that we are told in Scripture and by Jesus Himself that the Jews would be scattered into all of the world, and then at the end of the age in the last days, they would come back to inhabit Israel. I've been to Israel 54 times leading tours, and I have encountered Jews there who have returned from every nation in the world.
Dr. Reagan: The worldwide spread of the Gospel and the regathering of the Jews back to Israel are certainly two major signs that we are living in the season of the Lord's return.
Dr. Reagan: Noah, could you mention a third reason you think that we are living in the season of the Lord's return?
Dr. Hutchings: As you look at the book of Revelation and see what's coming upon the world in the last days, especially during the coming Tribulation period, I think the judgments mentioned there are now finally possible. The nations have in their arsenal nearly 15,000 deliverable nuclear weapons. That is something that we should be concerned about. For the first time, I think the judgments of Revelation could finally be possible.
Dr. Reagan: That's an interesting point you're making there, because that's exactly the same point that Hal Lindsey made in his famous book back in 1970, The Late Great Planet Earth. He basically said, "We have always looked at these judgments as being just something supernatural. God is just going to do all this stuff from Heaven." But, he added, "Actually, we are living for the first time in all of history where these things could occur naturally as the result of the sin of man. We could destroy each other with our very own nuclear weapons."
Dr. Hutchings: That is certainly true.
Nathan Jones: Concerning nuclear weapons, when God removes the Church, removes the Restrainer, it appears up to that time like God has been holding back nuclear weapons for decades. A lot of those Tribulation judgments, especially the ones that describe people getting boils and the sky rolling back like a scroll, they all sound nuclear in nature.
Fallacy of Date Setting
Dr. Reagan: People are always criticizing Bible prophecy teachers because they say they're sensationalists and all they do is set dates for the end of the world to happen. Then the dates come and pass with nothing happening, and it's hurtful to Christianity. Noah, you're not a date setter, are you?
Dr. Hutchings: I've never set a special date, no.
Dr. Reagan: It's one thing to say we're in the season of the Lord's return, another is to set a date, right?
Dr. Hutchings: Yes. I don't agree with date setting. I think all who have are sorry that they did.
Dr. Reagan: Yes, they are. Doing so brings a lot of reproach upon the name of Christ. It's amazing that Jesus said that no one knows the day of His return except the Father Himself. And yet, people always seem to think they know the day.
Dr. Hutchings: Yes. Jesus said that no one knows. He didn't even know at the time, and that only the Father knows.
Dr. Reagan: So when you say that we are living in the season of the Lord's return, you're not setting a date? You are just saying that all the signs point to the fact that we are living in the general season when the Lord will return?
Dr. Hutchings: That is absolutely true.
In the fifth part of this interview with Dr. Noah Hutchings on end time events, he'll talk about the growing levels of persecution against Christians.