"Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." Matthew 24:30
The sign of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ 2000 years ago was an astronomical event when the"Star of Bethlehem" led the wise men to a manger to see the King of Glory. To accurately describe what the sign of His second coming will be would be a difficult task indeed, but as the scripture says, the sign will appear in the heavens.
The disciples came up to Jesus to show Him the temple and its buildings and He said to them that not one stone would be left upon another that shall not be thrown down signifying the destruction of the old priesthood and its rituals and laws making way for a new priesthood of blood bought saints to rule in the new kingdom about to burst forth on the scene.
Coming to Him privately the disciples asked Him to tell them when these things would take place and what would be the sign of His coming and Jesus proceeded to give them the prophetic timeline of what must take place before His return. The main point of His message was for His people to recognize the signs and be prepared for His ultimate return to earth which sadly, many today are choosing toignore!
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." Matthew 2:1,2
THE DIVINE TIMELINE
"For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:27
The ancients prophesied of His first appearance upon the earth and so it came to pass just like they said, suddenly He appeared in a manger in human form to become the Savior of all mankind, but His own people ignored the signs of the times and missed His coming.
Today its no different, people are too busy for God, true, they are attending church once a week and feel good about their good deeds and the condition of their eternal soul but for the most part as the scripture states in the parable of the ten virgins, spiritually they are sound to sleep! The signs of His coming are at hand and His people need to ready themselves as the world goes to hell before their very eyes.
Yesterday an astronomical event called the "Transit of Venus" took place and at the same time the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen of England was coming to a close and the entire world was aware of these two prophetic signs although they probably didn't recognize them to be prophetic. The point being, one, the end of one kingdom is at hand with the advent of the eventual crowning of a king, and two, the signs in the heavens saying to mankind, "Look up!" Your redemption is drawing near.
At the end of the day the world was acknowledging a celebration of the end of an old kingdom and the beginning of a new one as they gazed upon the fireworks and trumpets blowing, Venus was making its way across the Sun and the whole world was looking into the heavens!
"Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place." Matthew 24:34
"Take heed that no one deceives you. "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. Matthew 24:4,5
Deception is rampant throughout the world of religion especially in the Evangelical and Charismatic churches because there is no sound teaching or training, and if it feels good it must be Jesus! Signs,wonders and manifestations of all kinds are leading people into futility and hopelessness because they have no foundation in Christ.
False prophets and false shepherds have absolutely polluted millions with their poisonous teachings and doctrines of demons. Leading people to worship them and their church, the sheep are led to the slaughter by languishing in their man-made sheep-pens only to die a slow spiritual death. If you are under some authoritarian dictator and submit to his every whim to promote his agenda then repent at once and flee because that is not God! Christ is the Head of a man!
Jesus said to make disciples, exact images of Him, and not of some superstar preacher. Thesaints are a royal priesthood of blood bought believers sent to be ambassadors for Christ amid a lost and dying sin-sick world, armed with the gospel of Jesus Christ and anointed with His Spirit and commissioned to win the lost at any cost!
"I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings. Jeremiah 23:21,22
"For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows." (birth pangs) Matthew 24:7,8
In the last several hundred years the earth has experienced more earthquakes and catastrophic events than any other time in history. Wars and rumors of wars, famines and plaques have become almost common occurrences across the globe. Jesus said these were merely birth pangs, but when a woman begins to go into labor, ultimately she will deliver a baby.
The question is: are you ready to stand before a holy God who could come at any time? The signs are evident and Jesus said that if you can discern the seasons of the year, can you not discern the signs of the times? The signs are all around us, even on the nightly news, every day a new catastrophic event takes place and most just yawn and say, ho hum, whats for dinner honey?
The Bible warns us that we should be on the alert, sober, and aware of the times so that when our Master appears we will be ready to stand before Him. The believer will stand before the "Judgment seat of Christ" and render an account of his life in the body and the unbeliever will stand before the "Great white throne judgment" where he will be sentenced to an eternal death for his sins that will ultimately send him into the lake of fire forever!
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but My Father only. "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, "and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24:36-39