And there will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:25-27)
No doubt we are living in dangerous times. Besieged by fear and terror, natural disasters upon natural disasters, wars and rumours of wars, all around us. World leaders are confused and perplexed. Millions of people are going through difficult, unbearable and agonizing circumstances.
Taking a look around the world, considering the turbulence and perplexing news we hear constantly, it’s time we wise up. It’s time to realise that the answer is not in us, that is, political leaders, institutions, or any power or strength from human beings. And there is no technology we can device to save us from this deep darkness settling upon us. The only solution is God Almighty. And, If there was ever a time to call upon God, It is now!!!
In the bible, Jesus told His disciples the events or the signs that will precede His Second Coming. Something very important we need to bear in mind is that, Jesus warned that all these things, that is, the signs or events that will precede His second coming are just the beginning of the intolerable things to expect on the earth. They are likened in the Bible to the pains of a woman at the beginning of labour or childbirth. (Matt 24: 3-8)
What we have experienced so far is only the tip of an iceberg. These occurrences will increase and become more intense in nature. The bible warns that, the impart of these frightfull events will literally cause men’s heart to “faint for fear” of things to come on the earth:
“For then there will be great tribulation (affliction, distress, and oppression) such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now–no, and never will be [again]. And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would endure and survive, but for the sake of the elect (God’s chosen ones) those days will be shortened.” (Matthew 24:21-22)
We are now witnessing the beginning of the intolerable things to expect on the earth before the second coming of Christ. Yet, these signs are not judgement, but these are warning signs! God is allowing these warning signs as A WAKE UP CALL. We have to realise that time is short, and before it is too late, we must WAKE UP from our slumber. We are to WATCH AND PRAY!
What are signs for? Signs exist to guide and direct us to safety. Friends, these warning signs, allowed by God are for our aid. If we listen, they are there to guide us away from the coming danger on the earth!
When the disciples ask Jesus about how to know when His return is near. Note, Jesus was not casual about it, He sat down with them and explained to them carefully, layer upon layer, the signs that we precede His second coming. (Mark 13) Why? Because He wanted to prepare us. God clearly does not want us to be confused, anxious or fearful about any thing, and certainly, not even the turbulences we experiencing now. He told us exactly what to do. “Look up for your Redemption is near.” That is, Be Ready! Watch and Pray! (Mark 13:35-37)
God’s desire for us is not to be fearful but to be wise about all these things. He wants us to have an understanding of the Time we are living in, so that this darkness we not consume us.
“The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).” (Proverbs 4:7) Amp
I have included in this Post a Video clip below, from Irvin Baxter Ministries. It’s a ministry dedicated to sharing bible truth on Understanding the End Time. I hope it encourages and blesses you.
PS This video clip is Part 1, I will feature Part 2 in the next post.