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COMING OF JESUS / JESUSí RETURN

When is Jesus Christ coming again? (Matt. 24:42)

Nobody can say with any degree of certainty when Jesus is coming again, because He said clearly that even the angel in heaven do not know that day (Mark 13:32). No man knows that day, and the Son of God, when He was on the Earth, did not know either. This knowledge, the Lord Jesus said, was strictly reserved for the Father.

We can see certain signs, or clues, that His coming is approaching (Matt. 24:3; Luke 21:7). Jesus said there would be wars and rumors of wars, revolutions, widespread famine, disease, and earthquakes in many different places (Matt. 24:6, 7; Luke 21:10, 11). There would be an increase of lawlessness and anarchy, and finally an appearance of the Antichrist (2 Thess. 2:3, 4). Along with the “man of sin” will come what is called an apostasy, or a falling away. Many of the believing people will grow cold in their faith (Matt. 24:12). There will be persecution of Christians and a time of general trouble. All these things are already happening with increasing frequency.

Another event most believe had to happen before Jesus could return was the reestablishment of the state of Israel. The original Israel disappeared from the globe centuries ago, but in 1948 the new state of Israel was established. The regathering of Jews to Israel is a clear sign, in both the old and New Testaments, that our age is just about over (Luke 21:24). On June 6, 1967, the Jews, for the first time since Jerusalem was captured by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. took over control of the entire city of Jerusalem, thus signaling the approaching end of Gentile world power.

Jesus said, however, that the one major thing that would herald His coming would be the proclamation of the gospel (Matt. 24:14).

These are signs of the times. We are always to be ready for our Lord’s return, but nobody knows the day and hour when that will be.
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