Almost two thousand years ago, Jesus spoke of His Second Coming. He did not say when it would happen – only the Father knows this – but He did tell us of signs that indicate when it would happen.
“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.” (Matthew 24:7-8)
We have already seen nation rise against nation a countless number of times. Famine extends throughout the world. Even in prosperous countries, there are still people who are unable to buy food. Now, we are going through the largest mobilisation ever seen to contain the spread of a virus. There have been other pestilences before, but never has the world been more aware of the threat that disease poses to humanity.
On top of all this, there have already been many natural disasters during the first three months of 2020: floods in the UK, due to hurricanes; wildfires in Australia; mudslides in Brazil and earthquakes all over the world. The most recent earthquake happened on Sunday morning, 22 March, in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. It was the worst earthquake there in 140 years, bringing even more panic to a population already on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The world has experienced all these signs, and the prophecies mentioned in the scriptures are all being fulfilled. What else is left for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus if all the signs are here?
“Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” (Revelation 16:15)
We must have spiritual eyes to see the spiritual reasons behind these occurrences. The prophecies have to be fulfilled and Jesus has already forewarned us. Therefore, we cannot afford to take the time we have in this world for granted. We do not know when the Second Coming of Jesus will take place, but it could be at any moment. We have to be vigilant and use our time to prepare ourselves and be ready for it.
The signs are here, but you have to ask yourself if you are ready for Jesus’ return. When He comes, will you go up with Him or will you stay?
We have to keep the faith safe within us because it is what assures us of our salvation. When we are faithful to God and have a clear conscience before Him, we know that we belong to Him. We know that we are ready for whatever comes our way because He is the One who will vouch for us, deliver us from all evil and grant us life in paradise. Whatever you do, you must not let go of this faith and your faithfulness to Him – in times like these, it is the only thing that will keep us strong.