Here Are Eight Compelling Reasons Why Christ Could Return Soon!
The evidence for the soon return of Jesus Christ is overwhelming. It could be any moment. One scholar lists 167 converging clues just in the last few years. The following are eight as published in USA Today:
As Jesus prophesied, the Jews were scattered during the Jewish-Roman war of A.D. 70 (Luke 21:24). Also prophesied to occur before Christ’s return, the nation of Israel was miraculously reborn on May 14, 1948. Israel is called “God’s time clock ” because in Mathew 24:32-33 Jesus says
“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: (Israel) As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, (reborn) you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.”
Studies show a shocking breakdown just since mid-century. Same sex marriage is now legal in almost all states, look at what’s on television now, and so on. (2 Timothy 3:1-4).
Famines, violence, and wars.
Jesus said the signs before his return would come as intensifying birth pangs, seeing increased famines, violence and wars, a clear picture of our planet (Matthew 24: 6-8 ). One of six people on earth suffers from hunger. Violence is epidemic. A study of wars since 500 B.C. shows a recent dramatic increase. More than 100 conflicts have erupted since 1990, about twice the number for previous decades.
Increase in earthquakes.
Also prophesied to be as birth pangs (Matthew 24:7), a recent study shows a dramatic increase in earthquakes worldwide, just since the decade of Israel’s rebirth. Between 1920 and 1990, a 70-year span, there were 10 major earthquakes. But in 1990 to the year 2005, a 15-year span, we have had 13 major earthquakes.” (Associated Press) The U.S. Geological Survey data shows in 2000, there were 22,256 recorded earthquakes worldwide but steadily increased to 31,199 earthquakes in 2004. (WorldNetDaily)
Explosion of travel and education.
Two key conditions described about 2,500 years ago for the Second Coming are that “travel and education shall be vastly increased” (Daniel 12:4). In all of history, the vast increase in travel has come just since mid-century with the explosion of both ground and air transportation; in education, we now have online universities and knowledge has also increased.
Explosion of cults and the occult.
Counterfeit spirituality (lukewarm pastors) is everywhere with cults and false Christs (Matthew 24:24), psychic phenomena, Satan worship, witchcraft, nature worship and the New Age movement (1 Timothy 4:1). Everyone is wearing black & red which are the colors for Satanic signals.
The New World Order.
Increased centralization of world financial and political power is a prelude to the soon-coming world power system in the hands of the “Antichrist,” who will be the incarnation of Satan and who will deceive most of the world (Daniel 7-12, Matthew 24:15, Revelation 13). Just in 2009, Obama was officially ushered in as the Leader Of The New World Order according to FoxNews.com (2009). In other words, the world that is divided into ten nations now submit to his global leadership making him not only the first Black President but the President of the United Nations.
Increase in both apostasy and faith.
The Bible predicts in the last days, “A form of godliness, although they have denied its power” (2 Timothy 3:5). Today, many churches deny the eternal truths of Scripture and power of the Holy Spirit, replacing them with ungodly, temporal and “politically correct” values creating a lukewarm body of believers, just as Jesus wrote about to the Church of Laodicea. But also, a prophesied outpouring of God’s Spirit is causing hundreds of millions worldwide to come to true faith in Christ in record numbers, virtually unnoticed by the media.
How To Prepare
Christ’s death and resurrection have opened the way to heaven and life with the Father forever for all who put their trust in Him and His great sacrifice on our behalf. Christ will soon come and rescue His people from the approaching “Great Tribulation” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ). He will later rule and bring peace on earth after He judges the world and every person (Matthew 25:31-46).
God’s judgment is indeed coming on a world in rebellion. He cannot deny His nature. His attributes of perfect holiness and justice demand judgment for sin, of which we are all guilty. “For all who have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
The result of sin is death, or separation from God. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Wages are something we earn, or deserve.
But “God is love” (1 John 4:8 ). Is “love” in conflict with “judgment”? Answer: God’s wisdom reconciled the dilemma- the Son of God would take all our judgment upon Himself! “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 ).
To escape God’s judgment, we each must receive His free gifts of forgiveness and love, “But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6: 23 ). A gift is something we do not earn, or deserve.
*USA Today has removed the original article since it’s publishing in 2009. You may still find the .pdf file online.