When I was a child, around eight years old, I can remember hearing my Grandmother' s voice when she would talk about Jesus. "He's coming soon. Jesus is coming soon." I wondered what that meant. As I grew older, I would hear my Mom utter the same words. She would say to me, "Peggy, Jesus is coming soon. Just look at the signs, the signs of the times." Well, today, I hear myself saying the same thing, Jesus is coming soon. The question we should be asking is, how do we know that Jesus is coming soon? What are the signs?
We do not know the hour or day that Jesus will return. He tells us in Mark 13:32 that "But concerning that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." So we must not get hung up on attempting to figure out the when, but we do know the times and the seasons.
Concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that I write to you. For you know perfectly that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape. But brothers, are not in darkness so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4
In the next three blogs, I will write about the evidence of Jesus coming soon, signs concerning the return of Jesus. Why should we even be concerned the signs and biblical prophecy? Because, like the five virgins who had oil for their lamps, we want to be prepared. Though we do not hear many sermons today on biblical prophecy, prophecy regarding the return of Jesus will impact not only how you live your life today, but also, how you make preparation for the future.
So, what signs have occurred that speak to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ?
1. The world's focus would be on the Middle East.
2. Russia would begin to align with key Muslim nations
3. Those who desire to obliterate Israel, would surround Israel
4. Antisemitism would increase rapidly