Do you want to know the signs of Christ’s Second Coming?
Do you want not to be taken unawares about His Second Coming?
Please, do yourself a favour by reading every word of this series. God bless you!
Let me recap what I have said this far. You are either under God’s grace or you are under God’s wrath.
Jesus is coming in wrath. God never pours out His wrath without warning. God is obligated by His character to warn humanity. Therefore, God is obligated to let us know the season of Jesus’ return.
Now, how can we know it? God wants us to know it, but how does He reveal it? He reveals it through signs — through signs that we are to watch for. The same principle applied to the First Coming of Jesus.
Turn to Matthew 16 to see this principle. In Matthew 16 verse 1, we find Jesus teaching when He is suddenly confronted by the Sadducees and Pharisees. They demanded that He show them a sign from heaven. What they wanted was a miracle. But Jesus played with the word, “sign.” Listen to what He says. He gets very sarcastic. He says, “Ah, I tell you, you folks, you beat all I ever saw. When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather for the sky is red.’ Then, in the morning you look up and notice the sky is red and threatening, and you say, ‘It will storm today.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?”
Do you get the point Jesus makes here? Here are the religious leaders of Israel demanding a “sign” to prove that Jesus is the Messiah. They want Him to perform a miracle. He says, “I do not understand you folks. You can look at the sky and tell what the weather is going to be, and you cannot look at me and discern the signs of the times? What miracle do you need? What sign do you need besides what I am doing?”
What is Jesus referring to? He is referring to the fact that the Hebrew Scriptures, which these men had been studying all their lives, contain hundreds of prophecies about the First Coming of the Messiah. Many of those prophecies are repetitious. If you boil them all down, you will come out with about 300 separate and distinct prophecies about the First Coming of Jesus. These prophecies foretold everything about His life — where He would be born, how He would be born, that He would go into Egypt, that He would live in Galilee, that He would heal people and love people. All aspects of His ministry were prophesied.
Take His lineage for example. It was prophesied that He would be descended from Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and David. The last days and hours of His life were prophesied in incredible detail. The prophets said He would be betrayed, by a friend, for 30 pieces of silver, that He would be lifted, and that He would be pierced in the side and in His hands and feet. Every aspect of His life and death was prophesied.
Now, Jesus was fulfilling all those prophecies before the very eyes of the Scribes and Pharisees. Yet they were asking for a “sign”!
So Jesus replies, “How blind can you be? I am fulfilling the signs of the times.”
Now, my readers, here is the point: There are 300 hundred prophecies about the First Coming of Jesus in the Old Testament, but there are 500 prophecies in the Old Testament about His Second Coming! And in the New Testament, one out of every 25 verses have to do with the Second Coming of Jesus.
In other words, there are many, many, many more prophecies about the Second Coming of Jesus than His First Coming. Probably twice as many.
Why so many? The reason is simple, Jesus is returning in wrath. The first time He came, He came as a compassionate Saviour with tears in His eyes. But when He returns, He is returning as a conquering warrior with eyes like white hot flames because He is returning to judge and make war against the enemies of God. And so, since God does not wish that any should perish, He has given us sign after sign after sign to watch for.
I have spent many years studying those signs. I have tried to put them together into categories — into groupings so that you can follow the signs and so that His Second coming will not take you unawares as His beloved children.
And as you begin to study these categories — these groupings of signs — I want to tell you something my friends, you just get overwhelmed by the fact that Jesus is coming soon. You begin to have spiritual eyes, and you start seeing the signs of the times that point to the soon return of Jesus. Everywhere you look it is as if God has neon lights in the sky flashing on and off saying, “Jesus is coming soon! Jesus is coming soon! Jesus is coming soon!”
Thanks for reading this. Watch out for the first group or category of signs in Part 5. Shalom!