They believe that Christ will return to Earth and have pinpointed the signs.
The first sign that Armageddon is apparently nearly upon us came in 1948 when Israel was deemed a nation – “this fulfilled a 2500-year-old biblical prophecy and was the first major sign that final day’s prophecy was at the very beginning stage,” according to conspiracy website Serious For Truth.
This was followed on December 23, 2016, when the United Nations determined that Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem was illegal, and ordered the nation to withdraw from Palestinian territory.
This, according to Serious for Truth, is a sign that Jesus’s return is imminent.
It says: “This prophecy is found in Zechariah 14:2-3 and says: ‘For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished, and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
“Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle’.”
Following this, there will be a spate of signs that the apocalypse is nigh.
The website says that “The book of Revelation can be a confusing book which has many interpretations” and that it will not be “understood or unsealed in their meaning until just prior to the Lord’s actual return.”
One of the signs the website points to is the threat of World War III. But it believes that it will not be the East versus the West, but a war where all nations march on Israel.
Serious for Truth adds: “Global armies of the UN will invade Israel from the north. Israel will fight boldly against this world army, but the strength of this army will be too extreme for Israel causing them to retreat toward Jerusalem where Israel will make her last attempt to endure the onslaught.
“When Israel is facing their defeat from the world army, it is at this point that Jesus Christ will return to the earth with His saints to fight on behalf of Israel at the Battle of Armageddon.”
Other signs that the world is about to end include a “sign in the Heaven”
Revelation 12:1 says: “A great sign appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun with the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars on her head.
“And being with child, she cried out in her travail and was in anguish of delivery.”
This, according to some Christians, will take place on September 23 and will incur the rapture.
Christian researcher Bob Meade said: “The great sign of The Woman as described in revelation 12:1-2 forms and lasts for only a few hours. According to computer generated astronomical models, this sign has never before occurred in human history.
“It will occur once on September 23, 2017. It will never occur again. When it occurs, it places the Earth immediately before the time of the Sixth Seal of Revelation.”