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).
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables (2 Tim. 4.3-4).
- Events concerning Israel. Hawkins:
[T]he tiny nation of Israel will be reborn as a major player on the world stage. After all, God promised to “bring back the captives of My people Israel” into their own homeland (Amos 9: 14). My generation has seen both the miraculous rebirth of the state of Israel and its remarkable rise to prominence as a world power. For the first time since the Babylonian captivity (about 586 to 538 bc), the children of Israel are ruling their own country from their capital in Jerusalem. After twenty-five-hundred years of exile, the Jews are back in the Holy City. And we have witnessed this miraculous sign with our own eyes.
- Events concerning God’s people, the Jews. Hawkins:
Many long centuries ago Moses shared with the people of Israel his prophecy that “the LORD will scatter [them] among the peoples” and they would find no “resting place” in the world (Deuteronomy 4: 27; 28: 65). But Ezekiel spoke of a day when God would “gather [His people] out of all countries, and bring [them] back into [their] own land” (Ezekiel 36: 24). While there remains legitimate debate as to whether the modern, secular Zionist state is the biblical Israel that was foretold, the fact remains that unusual things are happening among these “peculiar people,” the Jews (Deuteronomy 26: 18 KJV; Titus 2: 14 KJV).
- The formation of a powerful coalition. The author:
The Bible indicates that before Christ’s return, a powerful coalition of nations will emerge in Europe from the ashes of the old Roman Empire. From this new world order will emerge the essence of a one-world power with a common currency. Sound familiar? This prophecy seems to be happening— today.
- The rise of an electrifying leader who will promise peace and solutions to the world’s economic and political problems.
While there have been numerous evil men throughout history, there will be one final one, called the Antichrist, who will rise to power as the events of the last days heat up.
- A pluralistic philosophy. The author:
The Bible predicts that before this climactic event of Christ’s return, a new religion will emerge that seeks to unite the world under one banner (Revelation 17: 1– 18). A new age of humanistic thought will seek to exalt man over Christ. This philosophy has already infiltrated the Western world through the media and much of the educational process. Pluralism is the new religion of the day.
Hawkins concludes with this thought:
The stage is set for the only coming prophesied in the Bible yet to be fulfilled, the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, not as a Suffering Servant but as a conquering King. At that moment every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord! The last promise found in the Bible is spoken by our Lord: “Surely I am coming quickly” (Revelation 22: 20). Let us join John in praying the last prayer found in the Bible: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (v. 20).
Next week’s question: “Could you not watch with me one hour?” (Matthew 26.40).
Last week’s question: “Which is the great commandment in the law?” (Matthew 22.36). Read it here.
I have been pulling a few thoughts out of each chapter, but I cannot cover all the nuggets Hawkins shares in this little gem of a book. I hope these excerpts whet your appetite to purchase the book for yourself. Just click on one of the links below.
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