When is Jesus Christ Coming Again?
By Pat Robertson
Nobody can say with any degree of certainty when Jesus is coming
again, because He said clearly that even the angels in heaven do not know that
day (see Mark 13:32). No man knows that day, and the Son of God, when He was on
the earth, did not know either. This knowledge, the Lord Jesus said, was strictly
reserved for the Father.
We can see certain signs, or clues (see Matthew
24:3, Luke 21:7), that His coming is approaching. Jesus said there would be wars
and rumors of wars, revolutions, widespread famine, disease, and earthquakes in
many different places (see Matthew 24:6-7, Luke 21:10-11). There would be an increase
of lawlessness and anarchy. The apostle Paul said, "That day will not come unless
the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,
who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God" (II Thessalonians
2:3-4). Along with the "man of sin" will come what is called an apostasy, or a
falling away. Many of the believing people will grow cold in their faith (see
Matthew 24:12). There will be persecution of Christians and a time of general
I think all these things are happening with increasing frequency.
event that had to happen before Jesus could return was the re-establishment of
the state of Israel. The original Israel disappeared from the globe hundreds of
years ago. In 1948 a new state of Israel was established. The regathering of Jews
to Israel is a clear sign, in both the Old and New Testaments, that our age is
just about over. Jesus said, "Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the
times of the Gentiles are fulfilled" (Luke 21:24). On June 6, 1967, the Jews,
for the first time since Jerusalem was captured by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B.C.,
took over control of the entire city of Jerusalem, thus signaling the approaching
end of Gentile world power.
Jesus said, however, that the one major thing
which would herald His coming would be the proclamation of the gospel. He said,
"This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to
all the nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14).
signs of the times. We are to hold ourselves always ready for our Lord's return.
But nobody knows the day and hour when that will be.
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