Saturday, January 07, 2006

Eschatology 101 (Part 5)

Last time we started to look at the when Jesus will come again. The first aspect of his returning is that we are encouraged to watch and pray as the hour of his coming in unknown.

The second aspect is that certain things must happen before our Lord returns. For example in Matthew 24:14 Jesus says, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come."

Other things to expect are:

False Christs and false prophets will arise and show signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect. (Mark 13:22)

For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation which God created until now, and never will be. (Mark 13:19)

Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. (II Thessalonians 2:3-4)

But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. (Mark 13:24-27)

In summary form, indications of his coming are:
  • Gospel preached in the whole world
  • False Christs and false prophets
  • A great tribulation
  • The revealing of the man of lawlessness
  • Sun and moon darkened.
Over the next few posts we will look at each of these in detail and ask ourselves the question. Has that happened already? Is it happening now? Is it in the future?

But always remember we are told to watch and pray and be ready for his appearing.