1. What conditions will be in the world near the second coming of Christ?
“But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be,” Matthew 24:37.
2. What were the conditions in the days of Noah?
“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be,” Matthew 24:38, 39.
3. What about a great increase of knowledge at this time?
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased,” Daniel 12:4.
NOTE: It is a fact known to all, that, the century just passed, and the one in which we now live are unsurpassed by any age of this world’s history, as far as advancement and inventive skill is concerned. This condition is wholly in accordance with the prophecy of Daniel, and is one of the signboards along the way by which we may be guided safely unto the day of perfection.
4. How will some receive this explanation of signs?
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation,” II Peter 3:3, 4.
5. What is said of the hoarding of wealth, as one of the signs?
“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasures together for the last days,” James 5:1-3.
NOTE: During the last fifty years treasures have been heaped together, as never before in the history of the world. And especially in the last ten years have men been heaping to themselves millions of dollars. In fact, the desire of the human family is money above everything else.
6. In connection with gaining wealth, what does James say of labor troubles?
“Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth,” James 5:4.
7. Will there be a cry of peace before Christ comes among people who do not understand the prophecies?
“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape,” I Thessalonians 5:3.
8. Are the brethren of Christ included in this ignorant and unconcerned class?
“But ye brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief,” I Thessalonians 5:4.