When the sky darkens, the thunder claps, and the lightning flashes, then we know it’s going to rain. The warning signs precede the event. It is then up to us to find shelter or be soaked by the rainfall. In the same way, God has given us signs that will precede his coming. He didn’t leave us to guess or to be taken by surprise. These signs are revealed in the Bible for us to make the necessary preparation for his return.
By now, there shouldn’t be any doubt that Christ is coming back. He died, he arose, and he ascended. But before his departure he promised to return for the righteous so that we’ll be where he is. The overused question still remains, “When will he come?” Though we haven’t the exact date of Christ’s arrival, (But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Matthew 24:36) we can watch for the signs that will usher in his appearance.
So when should we look up?
“…His disciples came to him privately and said, “…What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one misleads you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen… For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places… You will be hated by all the nations because of my name. Then many will be led into sin, and they will betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will appear and deceive many, and because lawlessness will increase so much, the love of many will grow cold. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth… then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:3-14)
Most of these signs have and still is happening. However, the war between the US and ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), among other wars, should be convincing enough. The fact that planes are mysteriously falling out of the sky or getting lost in mid-air is no consolation. Recent be-headings and other heartless acts proof that the love of many has grown cold. More Christians are also dying because of their belief. Obviously, the gruesome picture painted in Matthew 24 is the face of our world today.
The sign that’s most outstanding is for the gospel to reach the four corners of the earth. This is already in effect, so don’t get lazy. Pay attention to the signals, and embrace the truth of Christ’s speedy return. Will you take shelter by preparing your hearts for Christ’s return? Or will you be soaked with eternal fire?
Just today in Sunday School someone asked, ‘Do you think we are going to be raptured soon?’ She was excited at the thought of meeting Jesus. My response was that I surely hope not. I know too many people who don’t yet know Him. The teacher agreed that things in the world are really bad but the Lord tarries in his return – out of His great love.
The signs are definitely all around us. We should be praying that eyes are open so they may see.
The truth is they probably know of him or about him, but has decided that they’re not ready to serve him (Believe me, I know a couple family members!). That’s totally different from those who have never heard about him. Those are the people I’m referring to. But I do agree that God graciously loves us, and that’s why he’s giving everyone a fair chance.