September 22, 2015

Second Coming Reflections, Part 4

Signs of His Coming

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The Bible tells us a lot about Yeshua's (Jesus's) second coming, not only by the prophets but also by Yeshua (Jesus) Himself and His apostles. We want to look at a few of these Scriptures.

There Will Be Signs

When asked by the Pharisees and Sadducees for a sign, Yeshua tells us in Matthew 16:2-3, "When it is evening, you say, 'It shall be fair weather, for the sky is red,' And in the morning, 'There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the sign of the times?"

God has given us His Word as a road map to life, and if we do not read it then we will end up lost! Yeshua goes on to tell us in the whole chapter of Matthew 24 all the signs that we need to be looking for. Yeshua calls these the birth pangs of His coming; they are only the beginning, what is called the tribulation. Here are a few of the signs: false Messiahs will come, nations will rise up against nations, famines and earthquakes. He goes on to tell believers that they will be persecuted and martyred and many will fall from the faith. False prophets will mislead many people and the love of many will grow cold. Then will come the great tribulation, when the Abomination of Desolation which was spoken of in Daniel 9:27 will occur in the holy place and the Jewish people will flee to the mountains. The false Messiah and the false prophet will arise and they will do great signs and wonders to deceive many. Yeshua tells us not to follow them. He goes on in verses 29-31 to say that in that day, "The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other."

Yeshua once again tells us in verses 32-33, "Now learn the parable from the fig tree; when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; even so you too when you see all these things, recognize that he is near, right at the door." In verses 37-39 He goes on to say, "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be." Yeshua concludes by telling us to be alert and be ready, for we do not know which day He is coming. "But to the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved" (Matthew 24:13).

Now, we want to look at what Yeshua's disciples tell us about His second coming. Paul tells the Thessalonians, "While they are saying 'Peace and safety!' then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness that the day should overtake you like a thief; for you are sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober."

Paul tells Timothy, "But realize this: that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these."

Peter tells us, "Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.' But the day will come like a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God...."

These are just a few Scriptures on the topic of Yeshua's second coming. Most of the Bible from beginning to end all has to do with Yeshua's second coming, telling those who have an ear and a will to listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say on how we are to live so that we may inherit the kingdom. Do you see the signs? You should! The weather is getting more extreme not because of global change but because a change is about to happen. The book of Revelation is all about Yeshua's second coming. It corresponds with the book of Daniel and Zechariah and many of the prophets. It's worth your reading and don't forget to check out all of our teachings and newsletters regarding this subject.

"Behold, I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done" (Revelation 22:12). Our eternal home is with the Father; this is what the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot, is all about—God with us.

Are you sure that you are ready for His second coming?

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