Chapter 34 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “What will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24.3).
Wouldn’t it be nice if the next time you thought God wanted you to make a certain decision, He would just speak to you from a burning bush? Or how about a voice from heaven? Signs … we are so prone to want signs.
And wouldn’t you like to know for sure when Jesus is coming back? That way we could make sure we get all our ducks in a row!
Or maybe life is hard right now. Maybe you are suffering persecution or some other trial and find yourself wondering, “How long, Lord?”
The Disciples were feeling the same way when they asked, “What will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?”
Clearly, just like the disciples who asked this question of our Lord two thousand years ago, we are fascinated by signs of His coming. But you may not know that the Bible actually speaks of three major comings. First, the coming of Christ, born of a virgin in an obscure village named Bethlehem, was foretold centuries before the Baby was born. Next, the prophet Joel foretold the coming of the Holy Spirit, and that prophecy was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came to indwell the believers, never to leave us and to empower us for service. The third and only major coming yet to be fulfilled is the return of the Lord Jesus to Planet Earth, His Second Coming. Just as surely as He came the first time, He has promised to come again for His bride, the church.
There are thousands of promises in the Bible, but this Second Coming will be the climax of human history and the fulfillment of the last promise of the Bible: “Surely I am coming quickly” (Revelation 22: 20). According to Scripture, several events will herald Christ’s return, no longer as a Suffering Servant, but as the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
What are those events?
- What the author calls “a polluted pulpit.”
Jesus said “many false prophets shall rise up and deceive many” (Matt. 24.11). Continue reading