Signs of the Second Coming
Sane and Sensible Perspectives on the Last Days
You don’t have to wait for Jesus to return to experience the peace and power of His reign. His Kingdom comes whenever we trust and obey Him as Lord. But even that can’t hold a candle to what it will be like when the Light of the World returns to establish His Kingdom on earth forever.
There are incontrovertible signs that the long-awaited Day is closer than you might think. Prepare to be very excited by this… Jesus actually expects us to discern the "signs of the times" and these signs say we are in it!
Major Signs to Explore
Day vs Season Jesus and Paul are in complete agreement on this. We will not know the “day and the hour”—the exact moment of the Lord’s Return—but we will know and recognize the “times and the seasons” that lead up to that moment. They both say that unbelieving world around us will be taken by surprise, but we will see the great Day coming and be ready for it. If we stay awake and keep our (spiritual) eyes open!
Four Absolutes to Observe Amidst all the confusing reports and contradictory teachings that surround the Last Days, it is a great comfort to know that there are some basic truths that can be known for absolute certain. These four truths give key insights into the times we live in and provide a very handy framework to surround all the mysterious pieces of this fascinating puzzle.
Three Unprecedented Signs Many of the signs Christians give as indications that Jesus is coming soon are not at all convincing to unbelievers. Such things as weather events, or political crisis, or moral degeneration have always been happening somewhere on the earth (just as Jesus said they would). However, there are unprecedented signs—stupendous happenings prophesied in scripture—that are taking place now which had never taken place before. And these signs silence even the skeptics.
Jewish Signs of Jesus' Return It is a mark of God’s faithfulness that He never forgets, but always fulfills, His promises and His purposes. Long before Jesus came to earth, God chose the Jewish people to be in a unique covenant relationship with Himself. This was certainly intended for their benefit, but also for ours. Ultimately the long-awaited Savior would come to them, then through them to us. Guess what? He is getting things ready to do it again! And His own beloved first covenant believers are already playing a major role.
Gospel Signs of Jesus’ Return Jesus gave us this sign, but Peter explained it. He wrote in 2 Peter 3:1-9 that the Father is in no hurry to bring things to a quick close to the expanding message of the gospel, because He doesn’t want anyone to be perish, but all to come to repentance. For that to happen the gospel has to be preached to all the world. That day is coming at us like a freight train…but there is more to this gospel sign than simply getting the word out.
Global Signs of Jesus’ Return When the Bible was being written the “world” to its authors was no larger than the Mediterranean basin and outlying provinces, mostly under Roman control. Before the entire world could be organized into anything like the unified whole pictured in the Book of Revelation, it first had to be explored, then subdued. When these signs were given, they were unthinkable possibilities; now they are everyday realities. Well, almost all…
A Convergence of Calamities Occasional disasters have sadly been a fact of life all over the planet. In our generation, however, we have never seen a volcano explode with anything like the climate changing force of Tambora in Indonesia in 1815 which caused “the year without summer” even in the United States. As for outbreaks of disease, the influenza pandemic following World War I killed more than the great war itself—an estimated 20 to 40 million people worldwide. Nevertheless, there is something about the calamities of our day which proclaim that the “End of Days” is at our doorstep.
Sign of the Seventh Year Seven is a lovely number in the Hebrew/Biblical way of numbering things. It stands for completion and for rest. Is it possible that this number also provides a key to understanding the timing of the Last Days? Without getting too deep into the complex world of numerology, is there something simple, yet powerful, that the number seven might reveal to us about the days we are in?