Summary: "When you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near." - Luke 21:31
Jesus Is Coming Back Very Soon
"When you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God
is near." - Luke 21:31
No one can tell us with certainty what tomorrow’s weather will be except
the one who causes it – God – but by listening to the weather report or
looking at the sky, people use their eyes and their brains to at least
make an educated guess about tomorrow’s weather. Likewise, no one can tell
us with certainly when the exact timing of Jesus’ return will be except
the one who will cause it to happen – God the Father (Mt. 24:36) – but by
listening to the right world news sources, people can use their eyes and
their brains to at least make an educated guess about how close we are to
the return of Jesus Christ. Jesus said that when you see certain things
begin to happen, "look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption
draws near," and "when you see them happen the kingdom of God is near"
(Luke 21:28,31). Jesus and Paul both taught that the proper way to wait
for His return is to therefore be watchful, ready and sober (Matthew24:42).
Now, Jesus Himself made it crystal clear that we cannot know the date of His return. He stated in Matthew 24:36, "of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone."
But, the Bible makes it equally clear that those who believe in Jesus as Savior — can understand the nature of the times that mark His return (1 Thessalonians 5:2-6).
And folks, the season of the Lord's return is now! We are coming to the end of one age and the beginning of the age of Jesus' glorious reign right here on earth.
What does God reveal in the Bible that shows us that now is the season of the Lord's return? Well, there are nearly 500 prophecies in the Old Testament and in the New Testament 1 in every 25 verses that describe Jesus' Second Coming.
Signs of Society
What are these signs? Well, one of the categories of signs to be looking out for pertains to the nature of Society. In Matthew 24:37 Jesus says that His coming "will be just like in the days of Noah." What the Lord is saying here is, "I'm going to come back in a time when the earth is in as bad a shape as it was in the days of Noah." In other words, world society will go full circle and return to being as evil as it was in those days. Genesis 6 describes the days of Noah when mankind's "minds were focused upon evil." In the days of Noah, immorality and violence were everywhere. The Apostle Paul spells it out in detail (2 Timothy 3:1-4), "Realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God..."
Truly that is the condition of society today.
Deceivers who claim to follow Jesus
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.
For many will come in My name saying that I am the Christ and will deceive
many.” Mt. 24:4,5
At the end of the Church Age many people will be claiming that Jesus is
the Christ, yet their teaching will deceive many. They will teach ideas
that are contrary to the Bible. Perhaps the majority of professing
Christian teachers in the world today fall into this camp, as most have
fallen away from sound Biblical teachings and instead place traditions of
men and/or the goal of increasing church attendance figures above the
authority of the Bible. Some are subtle, and some are blatant.
Increased wickedness & loss of love
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”
(Matthew 24:12) Today, more and more people are living primarily for
themselves and their own happiness. The idea of denying themselves, taking
up their crosses daily and following Jesus (Luke 9:23) is a foreign
concept. What TV and movies show as 'normal' has affected the values of
those who watch them. At the same time, couples are divorcing, and
children are growing up with deep unmet needs. Many couples
are not even marrying but living together in fornication (any form of sex
not sanctioned by God). The result has been the blood sacrifice (murder)
of hundreds of millions of innocent, helpless children through abortion
and the birthing of even more children who lack a healthy home where they
can receive love and training from their own father and mother.