http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio.aspx Dr. Jeremiah also wrote books and articles on the subject. Here is one: From this Point Forward Can We Know When Christ will Return? Listen and Watch for the Signs by David Jeremiah In 1843 there was a man by the name of William Miller living in New England who was an ardent believer in the Second Coming of Christ. Unfortunately, he began basing his speculations upon mathematical calculations. He collected all the data, analyzed it, and was absolutely sure he had made no mistakes in his calculations. He announced to his followers that on March 21, 1843, Jesus Christ would return to earth. Millers ardent followers prepared their ascension robes, went into the mountains, and even climbed trees at midnight on the appointed day. They expected the Lord to take them home, so they climbed as high as possible so they would have less distance to travel through the air! Needless to say, the day came and went without the Lords return, and the Millerites went home to a late breakfast on March 22nd followed by jeers from their neighbors. How can we know Jesus will come again? One passage in the Bible answers that question. In Matthew 24 and 25 Jesus gave a sermon to His disciples in answer to a question. It was the longest answer our Lord ever offered to a question put before Him. The key points are: No Man Knows the Time of Christs Return. We cannot set a date for Christs return. Only God the Father knows when it will occur. All we can do is prepare ourselves for that day, for it is coming soon. No Angel Knows the Time of Christs Return. The Bible says that nothing in either the natural world or the supernatural world knows when Jesus will return. The angels have constant access to God and are continuously awaiting His commands. Isaiah 6 tells us that they hover around His throne. Matthew 18 says they are in unbroken communion with God. Jesus even revealed that the angels will be agents of judgment at the Second Coming and will gather believers who survive the Tribulation. Yet in spite of all this, even they dont know when Christ will return. Not Even the Son of Man Knows the Time of His Return. Many people struggle with this passage. How can Jesus be omniscient and not know the time of His return? But at the same time Jesus said these words, He had divested Himself of the independent use of His attributes. When Jesus said these words, He had taken the form of a man and did not know the time of the Second Coming. But when He rose from the dead and was given a glorified body, He knew. He knows now and looks forward to that day. So no one who claims to have figured out the date of Christs return is speaking for the Lord. Although we cant know the exact time, Christ did say that we can listen and watch for His given signs. There is going to be a seven-year Tribulation, and the events leading up to that time will be marked by wars, famine, and disease. When the Rapture takes place, the Christians on earth will go up to meet Him in the air. Immediately after, the Antichrist, a one-world government leader, will set up a seven-year covenant with Israel to restore the Jewish sacrifices. Halfway through that agreement, the Antichrist will break it, install himself as the figure to be worshipped, and begin the most severe persecution of the Jews ever. The abomination that causes desolation will be the moment when the Antichrist breaks his covenant with the Jewish people. The Jews will reject the Antichrist, and 144,000 Jews will become born-again evangelists, preaching the good news of the kingdom to lost souls on earth. Some will accept the truth, but those who do will suffer persecution. At the end of the seven years, Christ will return in glory to begin a thousand-year reign of righteousness on earth. Christ shared all this information to help Christians understand and live for the end times. Beginning in verse 36 of chapter 24, Jesus tells stories that illustrate the proper response to His instruction. First, He tells the story of Noah, saying, As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. The purpose of that story is to help us understand that the whole world will be carrying on normally, just as they were in Noahs day. Nobody sees the significance of the world events until evil is reigning and the Lord returns to shut the evil out of heaven. Dont fool yourself into thinking that Jesus is not going to return. Its easy to forget about His return, and maybe even to think that since He hasnt been around for two thousand years, perhaps Hell never come back. In the 25th chapter, Jesus tells more stories. He begins with the story of the wise and foolish virgins. The five wise virgins had prepared their lamps with oil for the midnight wedding celebration and so were able to participate in it. The five foolish virgins failed to prepare and missed the festivities. The meaning of that story is simple: Be prepared. Always be ready, and watch for the Lords return. Next, Jesus tells the story of the wealth man who traveled to a far country, leaving his goods in the hands of three trusted servants. The story reminds us that, as stewards, all we have is what the Lord has entrusted to us. We own nothing; it all belongs to God and He is letting us use it for His purposes. He wants us to manage it well while He is gone, for one day He is coming back and will demand an accounting. The issue is not how much God has entrusted to you, but what you do with what you have. Two stewards in Christs story invested their talents and multiplied them. The third steward did nothing with his talent and was condemned. The Lord told this story because He expects His followers to be resourceful people, investing their time, talent, and treasure for the purposes of God. In His final story in Matthew 25, Jesus tells of separating the sheep and the goats. The purpose of that story was to tell us how the Tribulation will end. During those difficult days a person who has come to know Christ as Savior will take his life in his hands to help feed or care for a Jew. His actions will reveal the authenticity of his faith. Gods people will care for one another. They will offer food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless, clothing to the naked, encouragement to the sick, and friendship to those in prison. In doing so, they will put their own lives in danger. Many will refuse to help due to fear, and in so doing will reveal that they do not really believe Christ is who He says He is. On that last day, they will cry to the Lord, Didnt we claim to know You? And the Lord will answer, I never knew you. Gods people will evidence Gods love. Faith without action is dead faith. Christ is calling us to e right, and to act right toward others. These stories remind us to be ready, to be resourceful, to be real, and to be right. In light of the fact that He is coming soon, make sure you know Him and He is in charge of your life. When you get to the bottom line of any prophecy, there is always an evangelistic message from God. Prophecy exists to remind us that a day is coming when there will be a sorting out. One day we will all stand before God and He will sort out the sheep and the goats. Some people who look and act like sheep will be found to be goats, and not worthy to stand in the presence of the king. But God will know which is which, and He will make that final decision. So, the message of prophecy is not only that we had better be sure about our relationship with Jesus Christ, but that there is so much to do until He comes!
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