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          Futurists who predict the future based upon what's happening today tell us that within 25 years or less.

1. Auto repair shops will go away.

2. Gas stations will go away.

3. Coal industries will go away.

4. Computer software will take away most traditional industries.

5. Artificial Intelligence will replace many professions.

          a. IBM's Watson will replace most lawyers.

          b. Watson helps nurses predict cancer with 90% accuracy.

6. Autonomous cars will replace drivers.

7. Personal car ownership will cease.

8. Traditional car companies will become bankrupt.

          a. Thanks to UBER there will be 90% fewer cars.

          b. Autonomous cars: there will be 90% fewer accidents.

          c. Insurance companies will have massive problems.

9. Electric Cars will be the cars of the future.

10. Hand-held "Tricorder" devices will diagnose causes of illness  from your home.

          My sermon this morning is a reminder that world-wide knowledge is increasing exponentially. Mankind has found more and more sophisticated ways to sin. Americans have more leisure and finances to creatively find ways to walk in more and more narcissistic indulgences and depravity.

          My sermon also reminds us that Jesus is coming soon. He has left us specific scriptural sign posts preceding His Second Coming. This morning I explore the teaching of Jesus about what is to happen. . . Pastor Phil  <><<


November 25, 2018 - Sheepfold Ministries

Pastor Phil Roland  <><<



DANIEL 12:1-4 - MATTHEW 24:3-14


"Prophesy and End Time prediction has always been a fascination for believers. Even though Jesus told us that no man will know, speculation continues. Young people and elderly people are drawn to prophesy. The have natural interest in what precedes the future."                      Pastor Phil  <><<


Eschatology = Study of Last Things


4 "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."   Daniel 12:4


Matthew 24:36-37 (NKJV)
36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.




37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

A. Wickedness Increasing - Genesis 6:5-6 (NKJV)
5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,

              and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

              6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was

              grieved in His heart.

          1.God gave them to a Reprobate Mind - Romans 1:24

                    24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of

                          their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,

2. Robotic Talking Sex Dolls: Think Alexia on Steroids

                    3. Sex Trafficking of Runaway Teens and Illegals

                    4. Catholic Pedophile Controversy

          B. Legalizing of same sex marriages

                    1. Politically Correct Movement legitimizing perversion

                    2. Subjectively picking your gender on a whim

                              "Today I am identifying as. . ."  

                    3. Abortion on demand - More than 60 million since Roe/Wade




3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"

          JESUS' END OF THE AGE PROPHESIES, cont., p. 2


          A. Deception - "Take heed that no one deceives you."
                    1. Messiahs - All claim they have a hotline to heaven

                    2. Proliferation of Cults - More than 5,000 in the U.S. alone

          B. On-going Warfare - 6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.

1. Presently there are ten active wars globally

                    2. There are eight more if you add, Active military conflicts

          C. International Conflict - 7a For nation will rise against nation, and                    kingdom against kingdom.

          D. Famines, Pestilences and Earthquakes - 7b. . .and there will be                      famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
1. Western U.S. Fires - 12th largest in U.S. History

                              a. 7,500 homes destroyed in Southern CA

                              b. 8,400 homes lost in Northern CA

                              c. 87 fire deaths and more than 500 unaccounted for

                    2. Pestilences - Global Pandemic Diseases

                              World Health Organization lists 10 today

                                        1) INFLUENZA - 100 million killed in 1900

                                                2) HEALTH SYSTEMS - Attacked world-wide

                                                3) CHOLERA - Kills 100M annually

                                                4. DIPHTHERIA -

                                                5. MILARIA - 200M annual deaths

                                        https://medium.com/@who/10-threats-to-global-                                             health-in-2018-232daf0bbef3

                    3. Earthquakes - In 2017 there were 12,797 globally actually felt

                                        a. Global Seismographs record 1400 each day

                                        b. Globally only 275 are felt daily

          E. This is just the Beginning - 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.                        



9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.
          A. Time of Tribulation begins - Afflicted, persecuted, troubled

                    1. 215 Million believers are afflicted today

                    2. 10 nations actively involved in persecution of believers

                        https://factsandtrends.net/2018/01/29/quarter-billion-christians-face-                              major-persecution-2018/

          B. More than 200,000 Believers are martyred each year

                    1. Intense hatred of Islam for Jews and Christians

                    2. They commit xenophobic atrocities w/o conscience

                    3. Not just Islamic countries that martyr us

          C. More False Prophets will seduce and offend many

               11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

                    1. David Koresh, Branch Davidians, Waco, Texas, 76 murdered

                    2. Jim Jones, Guyana, Jonestown Massacre w/ 900+ dead




          D. Lawlessness will abound

                    1. War on Law Enforcement people - Whatta we want/ Dead Cops!

                    2. Epidemic of Violence

                    3. Disputes over Immigration

                    4. Epidemic of Addiction

                    5. Corrosive and destructive Lawlessness

                    6. Activists Protesters - "Cause Specialists"

                    7. Riots and looting in the inner cities

          E. Many will Fall away from their faith in Jesus

                    1. Apostates - Backsliders

                    2. Compromisers w/culture

                    3. Church and Faith Burn-Out  


1. Greater is he that is in you than he which is in the world.

          1 John 4:4

2. When sin abounded, grace abounded much more.

          Romans 5:20

3. The greater the darkness, the greater His Light in us.

          Isaiah 9:2; Matt. 5:14; John 8:12; Psalm 18:28

2 The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.  
14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

28 For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.


John W. Peterson





Daniel 12:1-4 (NKJV)
1 "At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book.
2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3 Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.
4 "But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."


Matthew 24:3-14 (NKJV)
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you.
5 For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you,



and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.
10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.










Interesting Predictions

How does this affect evangelism?


In the Future. . .


1. Auto repair shops will go away.  

          A gasoline engine has 20,000 individual parts. An   electrical motor           has 20.  Electric cars are sold with lifetime guarantees and are only           repaired by dealers. 

          It takes only 10 minutes to remove and replace an electric motor. 

          Faulty electric motors are not repaired in the dealership but are sent           to a regional repair shop that repairs them with robots. Your electric           motor malfunction light goes on, so you drive up to what looks like a           Jiffy-auto wash, a  and your car is towed through while you have a           cup of coffee and out comes your car with a new electric motor! 

2. Gas stations will go away. 

          Parking meters will be replaced by meters that dispense electricity.           Companies will install electrical recharging   stations; in fact, they’ve           already started. You can find them at select Dunkin’ Donuts locations.

          Most (the smart) major auto manufacturers have already designated           money to start building new plants that only build electric cars.

3. Coal industries will go away. Gasoline/oil companies will go away.  

          Drilling for oil will stop. So say goodbye to OPEC!

          Homes will produce and store more electrical energy during the day           and then they use and will sell it back to the grid. The grid stores it           and dispenses it to industries that are high electricity users. Has           anybody seen the Tesla roof?

          A baby of today will only see personal cars in museums.

          The FUTURE is approaching faster than most of us can handle. 

4. In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all     photo paper           worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared           and they went bankrupt. Who would have thought of that ever           happening?

          What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 5-10 years and, most people don't see it coming.

          Did you think in 1998 that, 3 years later, you would never take   pictures on film again? With today’s smart phones, who even has a        camera these days?

          Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had           10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law.  So as with all exponential           technologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became           way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years. It           will now happen again (but much faster) with Artificial Intelligence,


Page 2, Predictions, cont.


          health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing,           agriculture and jobs.

5. Forget the book, “Future Shock”, welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.

          a. Software has disrupted and will continue to disrupt most           traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

          UBER is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are           now the biggest taxi company in the world! Ask any taxi driver if they           saw that coming.

          b. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although           they don't own any properties.  Ask Hilton Hotels if they saw that           coming.

          c. Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in           understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go-          player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

          d. In the USA, young lawyers already can't get jobs. Because    of  IBM's Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for right now, the        basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70%   accuracy when done by humans. 

          So, if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer           lawyers in the future, (what a thought!) only omniscient specialists           will  remain.

          Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, it is four times           more accurate than human nurses.

          e. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can           recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become           more intelligent than humans.

6. Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars are already here. 

          In the next two years, the entire industry will start to be disrupted.           You won't want to own a car anymore as you will call a car with your           phone. 

          It will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. 

          You will not need to park it.  You will only pay for the driven distance 

          and you can be productive while driving. 

          The very young children of today will never get a driver's license and           will never own a car.

          This will change our cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars. 

          We can transform former parking spaces into parks.

          1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide including           distracted or drunk driving. We now have one accident every 60,000           miles; with autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6           million miles. 

          That will save a million lives plus worldwide each year.

          Most traditional car companies will doubtless become bankrupt. 

Page 3, Predictions, cont.


          Traditional car companies will try the evolutionary approach and           just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google)           will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. 

Look at what Volvo is doing right now; no more internal combustion           engines in their vehicles starting with the 2019 models, using all           electric or hybrid only, with  the intent of phasing out hybrid models.

          Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi are completely           terrified of Tesla and so they should be. Look at all the companies           offering all electric vehicles. That was unheard of only a few years           ago.

          Insurance companies will have massive trouble because, without           accidents, the costs will become cheaper. Their car insurance   business model will disappear.

          Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you           commute, people will move farther away to live in a more beautiful or           affordable neighborhood.

          Electric cars will become mainstream about 2030. Cities will be less           noisy because all new cars will run on electricity.

          Cities will have much cleaner air as well. (Can we start in Los    Angeles, please?)Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean. 

          Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but           you can now see the burgeoning impact. And it’s just getting ramped           up.

          Fossil energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the           grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that           simply cannot continue - technology will take care of that strategy.

          Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. 

          There are companies who will build a medical device (called the           "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes           your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it. It then           analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any disease. There           are dozens of phone apps out there right now for health purposes.


It actually started a few years ago.



GOOGLE:  MegaTrends and FutureShock

Alvin and Heidi Toffler

John Naisbitt





Bartholomew-Beaten and crucified.

Thomas-Speared to death.

Matthew-Axed to death with a halberd.

James, son of Alphaeus-clubbed to death at age 94.

Thaddaeus or Judas Lebbaeus-Crucified.

Simon Zelotes-Crucified.

Paul of Tarsus-Beheaded.

Matthias-Stoned and Beheaded.


Let’s not forget Stephen, the first Christian martyr, who was stoned. Let us now look at the persecution others in the Roman Empire experienced simply for making this statement. What did it really cost those in the empire to say: Jesus is Lord?



Six trends that are rapidly reshaping the lives of American Christians

1. The decline of Christianity in the United States and Europe

2. The drift toward socialism within the United States


3. The civil war of ideologies in the United States


4. The decline of whites in the American population


5. The rapid rise of Islam


6. The reshuffling of global economies and military might


Young Americans are increasingly being taught that all belief systems are equal and can coexist without conflict. And yet, they will inherit a world in which the largest, most powerful nations each believe their own ideology to be exclusive and superior.