Saturday, 22 December 2012

NO DATE BUT SIGNS GIVEN



We are never told a specific date when Christ will return – when the normal course of events on earth comes to an end. “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:32).

Anyone who predicts a specific date for the end of the world is going against biblical teaching.

YET we are given certain signs or clues * when this will happen:

"Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near” (Matthew 24:32).

“But you aren't in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won't be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:4).


*   SIGNS OR CLUES:

1.       Signs of “the beginning of the end” (Matthew 24:8) – wars, famines, earthquakes and catastrophic climate events.

2.       Some other events to be fulfilled before the end comes:
  • ·     The preaching of the Gospel throughout the whole world (Matt 24:14).


  • ·     The desolating sacrilege of the temple of God (Matt 24:15, 2 Thess. 2:3-4).

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