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Christ is Coming - Are You Ready?
Christ's Return is Near, Don't Miss it for the World
How Near are We to Christ's Return?
Jesus gives us a clue as to the time and the season of His return in the Book of Matthew. He refers to Israel as the fig tree and tells us when Israel once again becomes a nation, as they did on May 14, 1948 - after nearly 1,900 years of scattered exile - this generation shall not pass without witnessing His return. We are living in that era now (Matthew 24:32-51).
The Book of Revelation, written by John as was revealed to him by Jesus, contains detailed prophecies of the events surrounding Jesus' return, many of which are being fulfilled today. For example, John writes of an army of 200 million advancing from the East. China now has that many. According to Revelation 16:12 this army will cross the Euphrates River on dry ground. In 1990, Turkey built a dam in fulfillment of this prophecy. Earthquakes, plagues, weather changes, and a falling away of the churches are all occurring as prophesied. Christians, look up - your redemption draweth nigh!
You can expect perilous times from now until the end. As for the time of His return, no man shall know the day or the hour, but we should heed the signs. Paul says in I Thessalonians 5:4-6; "Let us not sleep as others do but watch and be sober." Whether you believe it or not, God has set an appointed time with destiny which cannot be evaded or postponed. Since the turn of the 20th century, we have seen world wars, civil wars, famine, communism, dictatorships, terrorism, and the collapse of family values. It has already started to happen and will get much worse.
The good news is you can have faith in Jesus, who shed His blood for all mankind and Who promises eternal life. His promise is found in I Thessalonians 4:16-18 where it states, "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet call of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. Wherefore, console one another with these words." This is the rapture and praise be to God forever for it!
Scripture forewarns the revival of the Roman Empire as a sign that the end-time events are in motion. The result will be a One World government, One World economy, and finally One World religion. Read Daniel 2, 4, 7, and 9. The New World Order which world leaders and the media so adoringly herald will be led by ten nations which once comprised the mighty Roman Empire. From this confederacy a charismatic leader will arise. He will be the Antichrist. He will make a peace pact with Israel and the Arabs for seven years. The Bible says this man will be mighty and perform miracles. If possible, even the very elect will be deceived (Matthew 24:2-4). The Antichrist will break ties with the existing false church and set himself up in the Jewish temple as God. The ensuing seven years of tribulation will be so severe that few will survive.
The good news is the church of Jesus Christ will be spared from the reign of the Antichrist. All born-again Christians will be with Jesus during this period and then return with Him to fight the final Battle of Armageddon at Jerusalem (Revelation 3:10-11). Jesus will then establish His kingdom on Earth for 1,000 years (Zechariah 14).
The Word of God tells us that there will be 6,000 years of life on Earth plus 1,000 years of Millennium in which Christ would rule - a total of 7,000 years - and then the Great White Throne Judgement.
If you are left on Earth during the reign of the Antichrist, do not accept the number 666 - "Mark of the beast" - or you will lose your salvation (Revelation 14:9-10). We are living in the most critical time in the history of the world. The proliferation of nuclear weaponry is out of control. As a spiritually reborn Christian, you have nothing to fear. You can be with Jesus when He comes to set up His kingdom, where all is peace and harmony. If you think this is a fairy tale, please read chapters 13, 14, and 19 in the Book of Revelation.
How Can You Be Sure That You Are Ready?
My friend, Jesus did it all on the cross: without the shedding of His blood there would be no redemption. Jesus is quoted in John 14:6 where He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." Jesus also graciously shares in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Accept the Gift of Eternal Life! If you are sincere, honest, and penitent, simply bow your head and say. "Dear Jesus, please forgive me of my sins and my pride. I believe that you died on a cross for me and I accept you as my Lord and Savior! I don't want to be a sinner anymore! Please guide me and provide me with the strength and understanding I need to live for you. THANK YOU JESUS!!!" By doing this you are Born Again! You can live a fulfilled life with Jesus as your Savior and spend eternity with Him! Now that you have accepted Jesus into your life - Search for fellow believers and get into God's Word fervently (Start studying in the book of John - we love the Amplified version of the Bible)! Pray for wisdom and understanding. God loves the prayers and praises of His people! The rapture is near: If you have accepted Him, you are ready for His Soon Return!
Remember, Nothing is too hard for God! No matter what you have done - Jesus died on a cross for your sins. My prayer for you is that you will be ready for Jesus' Miraculous Second Coming!
And now, may God the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you always. Amen!