25 “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,
26 men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
29 Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees;
30 as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near.
31 So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near.
32 Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place.
33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 34 “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;
35 for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.
36 But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
37 Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet.
38 And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him."
Do you ever think about how the world will end? Thoughts about the end of time can evoke a lot of emotions in us. This can include fear, doubt, excitement, anticipation, panic, anxiety, or a mixture of these. But Christians can assume a posture of courage and confidence as the end of time draws near. Signs of the second coming don’t have to frighten us because we hope in Jesus. These signs can bring us relief as they confirm God is who He says He is. His commands will come to pass in His way. Does this bring you comfort? It should! We can get excited about His return. Do you believe what Scripture says about the second coming? Does your life show it?
- What do you know about the second coming? How does it affect you?
- How does the promise of the second coming and the prophecy of certain events encourage you in your daily walk with Christ?
- Pray for God to help you be fully prepared for His return. Pray for joyfulness as you expectantly wait and anticipate that day.