When Jesus Christ’s disciples asked Him about when He would return and what the end times would look like, their focus was not solely on the complete destruction of the earth and all semblance of civilization.
They had in mind the end of the age of secular human governmental rule (the Greek word translated “world” is aion, meaning “age”) and the beginning of a distinctly opposite age ruled by Jesus Christ as king, a reign identified in other parts of the scripture as “the kingdom of God.”
Jesus replied with many surrounding circumstances and conditions that we would see preceding His return. They included such things as deception, wars, famines, disease epidemics, earthquakes, and religious persecution, all ultimately peaking in an unparalleled time of global chaos.
We have already seen and experienced these types of events in the 20th and 21st centuries. The wars, rumors of war, civil unrest, antisemitism, and the increase in earthquakes and natural disasters are all excellent examples.
However, if we understand the prophecies of Scripture correctly, what we have seen is only the tip of the iceberg. (Matt. 24: 3-29)
Just before the second coming of Jesus, he talks of the signs by saying in Luke 21:10-11,
10 THEN HE ADDED, “NATION WILL GO TO WAR AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM. 11 THERE WILL BE GREAT EARTHQUAKES, AND THERE WILL BE FAMINES AND PLAGUES IN MANY LANDS, AND THERE WILL BE TERRIFYING THINGS AND GREAT MIRACULOUS SIGNS FROM HEAVEN.
And further in verses 25-27,
25 “AND THERE WILL BE STRANGE SIGNS IN THE SUN, MOON, AND STARS. AND HERE ON EARTH THE NATIONS WILL BE IN TURMOIL, PERPLEXED BY THE ROARING SEAS AND STRANGE TIDES. 26 PEOPLE WILL BE TERRIFIED AT WHAT THEY SEE COMING UPON THE EARTH, FOR THE POWERS IN THE HEAVENS WILL BE SHAKEN. 27 THEN EVERYONE WILL SEE THE SON OF MAN COMING ON A CLOUD WITH POWER AND GREAT GLORY. 28 SO WHEN ALL THESE THINGS BEGIN TO HAPPEN, STAND AND LOOK UP, FOR YOUR SALVATION IS NEAR!”
The Signs Of The Second Coming Of Jesus According To The Apostles
The Apostle Paul:
2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5
YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS, TIMOTHY, THAT IN THE LAST DAYS THERE WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TIMES. 2 FOR PEOPLE WILL LOVE ONLY THEMSELVES AND THEIR MONEY. THEY WILL BE BOASTFUL AND PROUD, SCOFFING AT GOD, DISOBEDIENT TO THEIR PARENTS, AND UNGRATEFUL. THEY WILL CONSIDER NOTHING SACRED. 3 THEY WILL BE UNLOVING AND UNFORGIVING; THEY WILL SLANDER OTHERS AND HAVE NO SELF-CONTROL. THEY WILL BE CRUEL AND HATE WHAT IS GOOD. 4 THEY WILL BETRAY THEIR FRIENDS, BE RECKLESS, BE PUFFED UP WITH PRIDE, AND LOVE PLEASURE RATHER THAN GOD. 5 THEY WILL ACT RELIGIOUS, BUT THEY WILL REJECT THE POWER THAT COULD MAKE THEM GODLY. STAY AWAY FROM PEOPLE LIKE THAT!.
According to this, the problem is not communication or being more relevant. The cause of increasing immorality is merely an increase in pride and sinfulness; a decrease in their love and desire for God.
Paul accurately foresaw in 2 Timothy 4:3-4
3 FOR A TIME IS COMING WHEN PEOPLE WILL NO LONGER LISTEN TO SOUND AND WHOLESOME TEACHING. THEY WILL FOLLOW THEIR OWN DESIRES AND WILL LOOK FOR TEACHERS WHO WILL TELL THEM WHATEVER THEIR ITCHING EARS WANT TO HEAR. 4 THEY WILL REJECT THE TRUTH AND CHASE AFTER MYTHS.
I would say that with the rise of “Safe Spaces” and “Trigger Words” that this is becoming more and more obvious. With the rise in the belief in “relative truth” instead of “objective truth” everyone chases after myths.
The Apostle Peter:
Peter has a fantastic revelation. Here we have an untrained and uneducated fisherman making a prediction that is way beyond simple education. He predicts what we see in our world today.
2 PETER 3:3-7
3 MOST IMPORTANTLY, I WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT IN THE LAST DAYS SCOFFERS WILL COME, MOCKING THE TRUTH AND FOLLOWING THEIR OWN DESIRES. 4 THEY WILL SAY, “WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PROMISE THAT JESUS IS COMING AGAIN? FROM BEFORE THE TIMES OF OUR ANCESTORS, EVERYTHING HAS REMAINED THE SAME SINCE THE WORLD WAS FIRST CREATED. ” 5 THEY DELIBERATELY FORGET THAT GOD MADE THE HEAVENS LONG AGO BY THE WORD OF HIS COMMAND, AND HE BROUGHT THE EARTH OUT FROM THE WATER AND SURROUNDED IT WITH WATER. 6 THEN HE USED THE WATER TO DESTROY THE ANCIENT WORLD WITH A MIGHTY FLOOD. 7 AND BY THE SAME WORD, THE PRESENT HEAVENS AND EARTH HAVE BEEN STORED UP FOR FIRE. THEY ARE BEING KEPT FOR THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, WHEN UNGODLY PEOPLE WILL BE DESTROYED.
What does Peter reveal about the blindness of these scoffers?
They willfully forget. (vs. 5) The worldview in the minds of unbelievers resists the idea of the intervention of God in human affairs. Their problem is spiritual vs. physical. They reject the idea that there is more than what they can experience with their five natural senses. This is a matter of the will, and the unbeliever remains deliberately opposed to any other idea.
The Second Coming Of Jesus In The Rest Of The Bible
The Prophet Daniel On The Second Coming Of Jesus
9 BUT HE SAID, “GO NOW, DANIEL, FOR WHAT I HAVE SAID IS KEPT SECRET AND SEALED UNTIL THE TIME OF THE END. 10 MANY WILL BE PURIFIED, CLEANSED, AND REFINED BY THESE TRIALS. BUT THE WICKED WILL CONTINUE IN THEIR WICKEDNESS, AND NONE OF THEM WILL UNDERSTAND. ONLY THOSE WHO ARE WISE WILL KNOW WHAT IT MEANS.
Daniel is told that people will not understand all the prophecies until the end times come.
7 Signs Of The Tribulation In The Book Of Revelation
Rev. 9:20 lists the top 7 signs of the Tribulation:
- Rebellion against God (“They did not repent”).
- Worship of Demons
- Sorceries (“Phar-mak-voos,” from pharmaco for drugs. People would seek out mind-altering experiences)
- Sexual Immorality
As you can see, many of the signs we see today point to the imminent second coming of Jesus Christ. Why not accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior today and be forgiven of all your sins and secure your entry into heaven today?
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