Many claim Jesus could come at any moment while some are now saying it’s highly probable that Jesus will return between October 18 and 20th, 2010.
Here’s the truth folks straight from the mouth of God. This is the “thus saith the Lord” on the matter.
Jesus told us that we should be watching and prepared for him to return. He said this in spite of the fact that he told us that we can’t know its exact day and hour. (Matthew 24:36-44; Mark 13:28-37)
In a time of wars and rumors of wars, Jesus warned us not to be deceived by many who will teach in his name that his return was imminent. (Matthew 24:3-6; Mark 13:1-7; Luke 21:5-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
Jesus listed specific things that must occur before he returns. (Matthew 24:7-31; Mark 13:8-27; Luke 21:10-28; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
- But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.
- Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom
- great earthquakes shall be in divers places
- fearful sights
- great signs shall there be from heaven.
- But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
- And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
- And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
- And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
- And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. …for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
- Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
- And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
- And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
He said his return would occur after great tribulation. He taught that his return would be signaled by the sound of the seventh and last trump which would be sounded by the seventh angel of God. (Matthew 24:29-31; 1 Corinthians 15:50-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 8-11)
Jesus used an agricultural parable involving how a fig tree and all trees blossom before summer comes in order to teach us that it’s only after we see that everything he’s warned us would occur has occurred, that we would then know that he was about to return. Jesus never taught or even hinted that the fig tree represented Israel in this parable. (Luke 21:29-33)
Jesus assured us that this list of things preceding his return would occur. In light of the tempting pressures and pleasures of last day’s life, he warned us to watch for the signs of his return and to pray so that we don’t become debauched slaves of pleasure rather than faithful servants of God. (Luke 21:32-38)