JESUS IS RETURNING SOON
Approximately 2,000 years after creation, God destroyed mankind with a great flood because they had become so wicked that the imaginations of their heart were evil continually (Genesis 6:5). Just as the people of Noah’s day were not expecting a flood to come, many people today are not expecting Jesus to come again. His return will be unexpected—as a thief in the night. (2 Peter 3:10). Why do we believe it will be soon? Look around you; what do you see?
The Bible tells us how it will be in the last days. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Look at the conditions in the world today. Many people have forgotten God. There are destructive and hateful uprisings in many cities. Bloodshed and murder are daily occurrences. Youth are uneasy, restless, and rebellious. Parents are leaving children to themselves at the very time they need them most. Atheism, substance abuse, gun violence, and gang activity are prevalent in today’s society. Biblical teachings about marriage and immorality are disregarded and often scorned. Will it get better? Do you see any chance for improvement? What do you think? How long can this go on? God is longsuﬀering and continues to call all people to salvation, but one day He will call all this to an end. There is a day of judgment coming when every person will give an account before God.
Jesus is coming again as the Bible plainly teaches. Jesus said, “Surely I come quickly” (Revelation 22:20). This is one event we will not miss. Everyone will see Him coming, and when He comes He will judge all people (Matthew 25:32, Revelation 20:12). Some will go with Him to heaven; some will be doomed to hell. What about you—where will you go? You must choose.
We Are All Sinners
We are all born with a sinful nature—prone to sin. No one can say he is free of sin because we are all born with a proud and selfish nature that is sinful. It is man’s very nature to lie, cheat, and steal. As children, we did many things we knew were wrong. When we came to adulthood, we found we still tended to do those very same things. Sin includes dishonesty, greed, pride, immorality, and substance abuse. Sin will not go unpunished. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:4). We cannot rid ourselves of sin, and sin will never enter heaven.
Someday Jesus will descend and take those who are ready with Him to heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). Those who are not ready will be cast into the fire of hell. This ﬁre will burn forever, “Where… the ﬁre is not quenched” (Mark 9:44). For those who are not ready, there will be pain and torment, weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth for all eternity. “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever” (Revelation 14:11). Our ﬁnite minds cannot fully understand what that means. Lost—cast away with absolutely no hope!
And to think that through stubbornness, neglect, and sin, they missed the reward of eternal salvation! It will be no one’s fault but their own. God, in his love, provided a way of escape, but they neglected to accept it.
There is no better explanation of God’s love than in John 3:16-17: “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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Jesus invites everyone: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me… For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
The way out of our lost condition is to repent of our sins and accept Jesus as our Savior. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). The Word of God points us to Jesus, the Lamb of God who shed his blood to take away our sin and rose from the dead to give us eternal life. If you are not ready for the return of Jesus, come to Him today. He is waiting for you with open arms. Those who are ready are looking forward to his return. “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).
The prophesies concerning the return of Christ have been fulfilled, and Jesus may come at any time.
Jesus is coming! We know not how soon,
coming at midnight, at morning, or noon;
Evening may bring Him to bear us away.
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