Signs of the Times
Two giant world powers engaged in an endless war of nerves economically, politically and militarily; the unrest and suspicion between scores of nations; the materialism engulfing whole continents; the appalling standards of “flaming youth” are considered by many thoughtful persons to be signs of the rapidly approaching “end of the age.”
Whether these “signs” are correctly interpreted or not, there is an urgent need of preparation for the Lord’s Return. The Lord Jesus has definitely promised to return. He said: “In My Father’s House are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:2,3
As the Lord Jesus was ascending, this comforting message was given to the awestruck disciples: “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven.” Acts 1:11
That the Return of the Lord shall be a personal, physical return is evident from the following inspired words: “For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” I Thessalonians 4: 16-17
The closing chapter of the last Book of the Bible contains the thrice repeated assurance of the speedy Return of the Lord Jesus Christ. “I come quickly” Revelation 22:7, 12, 20. And the last prayer of the Book of God is “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20
He may come at any time. Are you ready? If not, why not? To be ready at His Return will mean to be caught up and to meet the Lord in the air, and be forever with Him. What a prospect!
If the Lord Jesus Christ were to come today and find you unprepared, it would mean that you would be left for the series of unparalleled judgments which shall be poured out on the earth, after the believers have been taken out of the world. What is there about “wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes,” “deceivers,” the “Man of Sin,” the “False Prophet,” the “Great Tribulation” and the “Lake of Fire” that appeals to you, dear reader? Why expose yourself for one moment of time to eternal doom? “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation;” II Corinthians 6:2 You may be accepted and saved now by placing personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins, and was buried and rose again. Receive Him, know Him, love Him, serve Him and wait for Him!