A frequently asked question, especially by those interested in Scripture prophecy and perhaps troubled by terrorism and chaos in the world today.
Let me first answer directly. His disciples asked this of Jesus and He said that no one, including Himself can know the date or time but God The Father, Matt 24:4+. Some additional passages are in 2 Thessalonians and 2 Peter 3:10 where His coming for us will be “..like a thief in the night..”. We also have in 1 Tim 6:13 “..the appearance of the Lord which God will bring about in His own time..”. Finally, we have Revelation 22: 7,12 & 20 where Jesus says He is coming soon.
But, But, But, and this is very important and significant for us, He did give us in several passages the SIGNS that will preclude His Return and the subsequent events following. Let’s look at two that summarize these very well.
- 2 Tim 3:2-5 “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.”
- 2 Tim 4: 3-4 “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths”.
One additional critical sign is the restoration of the Nation of Israel on May 14, 1948. This after 1878 years of dispersion is truly a miracle and a fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel for the end times, a key event that needed to be in place before Jesus returns for believing Christians.
These pretty much say it all. Yes we could be living in the ‘End Times’. SO, what should that mean to you and me? BE READY, place your faith and trust in our Jesus Christ AND BE ALERT and live that new life He has promised for you on this earth and for eternity.