Sermon:
Opening illustration: video on ĎSigns of the second coming of Christí

Introduction: Shortly before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus Christ delivered a major prophecy of end-time events, recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. He was asked by His disciples: ďWhen will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?Ē (Matthew 24: 3). Jesus responded with a description of conditions and events that would lead up to His second coming. Moreover, He said that when these signs became evident, His return would occur within one generation (Matthew 24: 34). Could this be that generation? Throughout the nearly 2,000 years since Christ gave His prophecy, many have thought that theirs was the time of His return - and turned out to be wrong, of course. But interestingly, there are a number of prophecies in the Bible that could not be fulfilled until our modern era, the postĖWorld War II period. Many people alive today think that Christís return is imminent. Certainly, the Bible contains prophecies that could not have been fulfilled until this generation.

Proper view of prophecy
Referring to Christís first coming, Peter mentioned that fulfilled prophecy should serve to strengthen our hope and faith in prophecies that are as yet unfulfilled. ďAnd so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts . . .Ē (2 Peter 1: 19). Here Peter compares Bible prophecies to a light that provides visibility until the final coming of Godís Kingdom, brought by Jesus Christ to earth. When this occurs every eye will see His glory as a great light (Matthew 24: 27, 30; Revelation 1: 7).

God in His Word gives us a broad outline and sequence of prophetic events, but many specifics are unclear. Some things can be seen clearly, but others are still beyond our view at this point in history. In other words, there is a framework of prophecy that is reliable, but it can be counterproductive to try to interpret every detail. So what is this framework of prophecy? Among the many prophecies of events leading up to Christís return are various major prophetic conditions that can be confirmed and identified historically. As Peter said, we ďdo well to heedĒ them.

What are the 7 major signs of the second coming of Christ?

1. The human race would have the ability to exterminate itself

In Matthew 24: 22, describing world conditions prior to His second coming, Jesus said that ďif that time of troubles were not cut short, no living thing could survive; but for the sake of Godís chosen it will be cut shortĒ (Revised English Bible). The main message that Jesus Christ brought was of the coming Kingdom of God. This is described as ďthe gospelĒ (Mark 1:14). Gospel means ďgood news.Ē While some of the prophecies concerning events prior to the establishment of the Kingdom can seem negative, we should always keep in mind that the