Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matthew 24:9-14
When will Christ return? This is the question people have been asking for centuries. The last post we looked at the “Signs of Christ return”, which is the “How” today we look at the “When”. Jesus again gives us many details about how and when He will return, the day or hour we don’t know (v36) However we can discern the seasons, there are signs we can look for to spiritually discern if the time if coming
First thing Jesus said is “Many shall be offended and betray one another” Well we can of course check this off for our world today, however we can say it was always like this, or can we? What group of people is Jesus referring to here? I think he’s talking about the Church, Christians today spend alot of time fighting and arguing among each other. Are we living in the end of the Church age? Are we seeing the separation between the wheat and tares, the sheep and goats?
False prophets shall rise and deceive many, well you don’t have to go to deep into Church history to see many false prophets deceiving millions. One example, think of John Smith, who created the Mormon Church, he deceived millions into a false version of Christianity and led millions astray. This is just one deceiver, think of the many throughout Church history. Many more false prophets will rise, don’t be deceived!
Because of their wickedness and iniquity, the love will grow cold. We see wickedness on a grand scale today in the world and in the Church. The love of Christ has left the majority of the Church, they love their sin and power instead. The true Church who stand against immorality in the Church are persecuted and shunned by today’s false religion system
Jesus said “Those who endure to the end, shall be saved” Christ was not preaching a message of prosperity or comfort, he was warning about suffering and persecution, which we have seen happen also throughout Church history already. As it’s stated in the Bible, there will always be a true remnant of God (Romans 11:4, 1 Kings 19:18) and that true remnant will get persecuted by Satan
Now the final sign of when Christ will return “The gospel shall be preached to all the world” In order for Christ to come, the fullness of the Gentiles must be fulfilled. The gospel must be preached to the entire world, this is why the Great Commision is the most important job for all Christians. If you truly want Christ to return, you must fulfill your job of sharing the gospel. If you truly love Christ, share the gospel, if you truly love your neighbor, share the gospel…The gospel shall be preached to the entire world, Amen!