SIGNS of Christ's return Why
should Christians be concerned about signs of Christís return? How
are they relevant to the present in which we live?
God considers it very important
First of all, God considers it very important
that His children have information about the events leading up to
Christís second coming. Our Old Testament scriptures have 1,845
references of Christ's second coming. Our New Testament has 318
references in itís 216 chapters or one out of every thirty verses.
Second, a knowledge of events surrounding the second
coming of Christ prepares Christians for their journey and their
destination. We know how important this is for any trip we take. It
is even more important for our spiritual journey. Before giving an
outline of end time events, Jesus said, "Take heed that no one
deceives you." Matthew 24:4. After giving that
outline, Jesus said, "See, I have told you beforehand."
Calms the Hearts of Godís people
Third, in His last teaching of His disciples
before His crucifixion, Jesus began with a promise about His second
coming so that their hearts would not be troubled. John 14:1-6. A
knowledge of end time events calms the hearts of Godís people so
they can concentrate on what God wants them to be and do.
No One Knows The Day or the Hour
One truth that all Christians should get settled
is that God has not and will not give any signs that reveal the day
or the hour when Jesus will come to take His church home to be with
Him. Jesus made that fact abundantly clear: "But of
that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,, but
My Father only" Matthew 24:36. To this He added
four similar statements in the same discourse (24:42, 44, 50 and
Date-setters Have Been Wrong
There have been hosts of sincere people who
thought they had special understanding or revelation to the time
Jesus is coming and went on record of setting a date. They were all
wrong. Their folly produced many bad results and no good ones.
All Believers Should Be Looking For His Coming
Jesus stated that all believers should be looking
for His coming. "Therefore watch (or be on the alert), for you do
not know which day your LORD is coming." (Matthew 24:42). Paul
described this attitude well, "For our citizenship is in heaven,
from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus
Christ." Philippians 3:20
There Are Beginnings of Signs That Indicate
Christ Coming Is Near
"Now learn this parable from the fig tree:
its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you
know that summer is near; So also, when you see all these
things, know that it is near---at the door." Matthew
It has been often said, "Great events cast their
shadows before them." To that we could add, "The greater the event
the longer is the shadow that is cast." There is a sense in which
the full development of these signs will not take place until the
seven year tribulation period after the church is taken but they
will not suddenly appear overnight. Some of these signs will take
decades of emerging developments.
The Return of Israel to Her Homeland
The return of Israel to her homeland in the 20th
century has been part of Godís prophecies. Some prophecies of
Israelís homecoming such as Isaiah 43:5,6 have aspects that can
never be fulfilled again because there are no Jews left in those
places. This is especially true of "the south" which in Hebrew is
"Teman", the ancient name for modern "Yeman". It is also true of
Iraq and other nations to the east. The description of the
re-gathering from the west and the north fits the re-gathering being accomplished.
Tim of Jacob's Trouble
Jeremiahís prophecy of "the time of Jacobís
trouble" (the great tribulation) begins with a promise to bring
Israel back into the land previous to that event. (Jeremiah 30:3).
The detailed prophecies of Ezekiel 36 through 39
envision Israel back in her land previous to the Great Tribulation.
First, the land is restored to productivity in preparation for
Israelís return (Chapter 36). This can be dated as beginning in 1917
when General Allenby liberated Jerusalem from the Turks. From that
date the former and latter rains began falling on Israel in a
regular pattern for the first time in 2500 years (Joel 2:23).
Second, Israel is pictured as dry bones rising, connecting, and then
having sinew, flesh and skin added. . .but no breath. (Ezekiel
37:8). We are told
this pictures Israelís resurrection as a nation but without the
Spirit of God in them . . .a return in a state of unbelief in
Christ. (Ezekiel 38, 39). Russia joins with an Arab (Muslim)
alliance to attack Israel and is defeated by what appears to be a
nuclear response. It takes Israel seven months to bury the corpses
and seven years to burn the weapons. (Ezekiel 39:9-13). There is
simply no place for these events to fit from a point of 3 Ĺ years
before the tribulation period until all the way through the 1000
year reign of Christ.
The awesome prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 requires Israel
to be back in her land 1. to complete Godís six purposes for Israel
(v 24), 2. to enter into a seven year covenant with a Roman
prince (the Anti-Christ) and 3. to have a rebuilt Temple for the
Anti-Christ to defile. Jesus verified these events to be yet future
in His Olivet discourse (Matthew 24:15-22).
We Are Living In The Build-Up Time
There are numerous other prophecies that speak of
the above events and others related to them . . . but we now live in
the buildup time. The fulfillment is yet to come.
An Economic/Political Federation Moving Towards A
Revived Roman Empire
The concept of world government is nothing new.
The idea surfaced in Babylon over 4000 years ago. (Genesis 11) Some
of us might recall from the 20th century:
The League of Nations following World War I
The United Nations following World War II
The European Economic Community
The Media Blitz in 1987 to replace our
"Declaration of Independence" with a "Declaration of
The address by former president George Bush to Congress after Desert
Storm that this was an example of "The New World Order" in action.
Driven by concern over potential destruction by
nuclear power; collapse of our polluted environment and instability
caused by renegade nations the leaders of the world are privately
pursuing a global, centralized, socialist government. Thatís what
the talk about our world being a "Global Village" is all about. A
more visible example was the "The First Annual State of the World
Forum" held in San Francisco in 1995. Hundreds of the very top
political, business, and religious leaders were invited to this
meeting. Their mission statement revealed what all succeeding
gatherings would be about, "TO BUILD THE FIRST GLOBAL CIVILIZATION"
Some of the proposals included
(1). Creating a
(2) Creating a common currency and
(3) Uniting and
accepting all religions.
This is the direction that top leaders of the
world are committed to go or feel great pressure to go once they
become top leaders.
There are many ideas as to how this "Global
Community" will be brought about. The scriptures indicate that the
breakthrough will be made by a federation of ten nations that were
once a part of the Roman Empire. The European Economic Community
provides a perfect vehicle for this to take place. (See Daniel
2:40-44; 7:8,11, 19-26; Revelation 13:1-8; 17:3) The move is on. The
fulfillment will take place in the seven year tribulation period.
Religious Movement Towards One World Organized
Jesus revealed that false Christís would be
prevalent in the period leading up to the Tribulation period. The
last count I heard was that some 2000 people were currently claiming
to be Christ.
It was revealed to John that there will be a
"World Religion" with a "World Religious Leader" (Revelation
13:11-17). This religion will be so powerful that the anti-Christ
and his Ten-Nation Federation will ride to a position of World
government on the back of the World Religion (Revelation 17). At
that point the anti-Christ and his world religious leader will
destroy this religion and cause the world to worship the anti-Christ
and Satan. The move is on toward a world religious organization. .
.but it wonít be fulfilled until the tribulation period.
A Russian Confederation That Will Invade Israel
After Israelís return to her land and the
establishment of her nation she will be invaded by a confederation
of nations headed up by Russia. This confederation will be
annihilated by what appears to be a nuclear response. This is
prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39.
Russia has consistently taken side with the
Arabic nations against Israel. Indeed, Russia has lavishly supplied
the nations that attacked Israel with military and medical supplies
previous to some of the wars. Israel strengthens the influence of
the United States in the Middle East whereas the influence of Russia
is strengthened by supporting the Arab nations. . .which also
possess some 70% of the worldís known oil reserves.
Top leaders in NATO have admitted in private
briefings that they believe a nuclear exchange in the Middle East is
a certainty. It is just a matter of time. This is yet future and has
not yet been fulfilled, but it may be much closer than any of us
realize. Ezekiel 38:1-6 identifies Russia as the nation that will lead
a coalition of Arab nations in an invasion of Israel.
World Population Control
By an Economic System
Based on Numbers
We are informed that a time will come when every
human will be assigned a number. They will be required to have that
number placed on their forehead or their right hand and can only buy
or sell with that number. (Revelation 13:16,17).
We are not there yet,
but in the last quarter of a century we have seen great progress
toward a cashless society via credit cards, debit cards, smart cards
and electronic fund transfers. And all this purchasing is done
through numbers. At the same time the world is connected by
computers and satellites. It is now possible to have all financial
transactions be recorded instantly on a world wide scale. I have
seen a patent by a major corporation utilizing an invisible ink
number on the forearm that can be read by a scanner. This patent was currently being validated
in virtually every nation on earth. Other corporations are
developing similar plans. Fulfillment time does not seem to be far
In all, prophetic Bible scholars have identified
nearly forty end time signs that are in various stages of
development. For most of these signs that development began in the
last half of the 20th century. To the masses of humanity
they are like those yellow warning signs alongside our highways.
These signs are warning us "Jesus is coming soon. Are you ready?"
"Satanís anti-Christ is coming to power in the not too distant
future. Do you choose to live under his authority or the authority
of the true Christ?" "There will be a great tribulation on earth and
the marriage supper in heaven. Where you are depends on what you do
with Jesus Christ." It also makes the difference in where you spend
A man known only as "Old Harry" lived many years
at the foot of Mount St. Helens in the Pacific Northwest. Mount St.
Helens had been quiet for 123 years. There were a few times when she
would spit cinders and ash; drool a little lava, and maybe rumble a
muted threat. But Old Harry had become accustomed to that.
In March, 1980, an earthquake measuring 4.1 on
the Richter scale registered near Mt. St. Helens. On March 27 a
forest ranger reported what "sounded like a sonic boom." Scientists
and geologists rushed to investigate. They concluded that a massive
eruption was coming. Sheriffís deputies ordered all residents on the
shores of Spirit Lake at the base of the mountain to leave. Old
On May 18, 1980, Mt St. Helens exploded and hurled
pulverized rock and ash almost 14 miles high. The force was 500
times more powerful than the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Old
Harry was never heard from again. His story is a reminder of the
wisdom to heed warning signs
Copyright © 2002 Thomas E Berry
All Scripture quoted from NKJV unless otherwise noted
Copyright © 2008 Truth Helpers Inc.