February 1, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Matthew 24
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (Mat 24:44)
Over the last few years that I have spoken with people who scoff at this idea. “Jesus coming again? I’ve heard that since I was a boy. It’s been almost two thousand years since He said he would come again. I don’t believe it.” I have told these scoffers that they are a fulfillment of prophecy. In the Bible it says that …knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
Let’s look at the signs Jesus predicted to happen before His coming again. Each one may have been happening and is going to happen.
Indifference: Jesus said that because sin will be rampant many Christians will lose their faith and become cold spiritually. We see even today many Christians falling away from God. There are many who are indifferent about going to church, reading the Bible, or investing time in prayer. Sin is just too much fun.
Globalization: With modern day inventions, the world is connecting the dots. People are learning how to communicate better. The Word of God is going to all the nations. Jesus said that after the gospel of the kingdom is preached in all the world then He is coming again.
Tribulation: Since Satan knows his time is short and getting shorter, he is trying harder to destroy God’s people. There has been tribulation and persecution in the past and it is happening today and is likely to increase. Tribulation is a sign that Jesus is coming again.
Deception: Satan is also coming as an angel of light to deceive God’s people. There are great signs and wonders done in Christ’s name. These deceivers are living in direct disobedience to God’s Word but work signs and wonders to draw weak and dissatisfied Christians away from God.
Partying: Jesus also said that just as it was in the days of Noah so it will be when he comes again. Everyone was having a party and involved in drinking, overindulgence, and immorality. Only a few were walking with God and obeying Him.
Unaware: When Jesus comes again it will be like a thief in the night. Most of humanity will be sleeping and not aware of the signs of the end times. Jesus said He will be coming back when most people are not thinking about it. They will be caught up in a busy selfish lifestyle.
So, what can we do to be ready when Jesus comes again? Once more, the words of Jesus reverberate across the millennia. Repent and turn from sin. Believe and be baptized. Work the will of the Father. Watch and be sober. Pray and not faint.
~Harold R Troyer