Signs of the End Times

What events can we expect before Christ returns to earth?

“For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again” (Matthew 24:21, New International Version).

1 What Are the Signs of the End Times?

Many events are predicted in the Bible as a way for us to know that Christ’s return is getting closer.

Here are only some of the events that will take place before Christ’s return:

  • Religious deception.
  • Wars and rumors of war.
  • Famines.
  • Pestilences (disease epidemics).
  • Earthquakes.
  • Signs in the heavens.
  • Persecution of the followers of Christ.
  • Lawlessness.
  • Preaching of the gospel of the Kingdom all around the world.

2 What Are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Some of the most commonly recognized signs of the end times are the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. What are they, and what does each horse and rider represent? When will they come—or have they come already?

White Horse

Religious Deception
Revelation 6:1-2

Red Horse

Revelation 6:3-4

Black Horse

Revelation 6:5-6

Pale Horse

Disease + Death
Revelation 6:7-8

How are the four horsemen of Revelation 6 related to Christ’s Olivet Prophecy in Matthew 24?

3 Signs of the End Times in the Heavens and on Earth

We will be able to see signs of the end times in the sky and on the earth. Here are some specific things to look for:

4 Human Behavior in the End Times

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy” (2 Timothy 3:1-2).


The Bible tells us that mankind will also grow worse in the end times. People will be even less focused on others and will selfishly pursue the earthly treasures they want. Here are a few of these traits we should watch for:

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5 Spiritual Preparation for the End Times

The signs of the times are also meant to inspire us to live God’s way of life. Read more about how to use the physical signs of the times to prepare spiritually for what is to come.

6 Things to Watch For

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Five Prophetic Trends to Watch

The Olivet Prophecy tells us we should watch and pray because we don’t know the day or hour Christ will return. Find out which trends in today’s world we can watch for an indication of the end times and Christ’s return.

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Does Prophecy Require a Third Temple to Be Built?

The Bible talks about sacrifices resuming in Jerusalem, but does this mean a temple must be built there for end-time prophecy to be fulfilled? Many believe so, but what does the Bible say?

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