ARE YOU WATCHING FOR THE RETURN OF CHRIST?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

While the world goes about its daily routine, a major event is brewing in the spirit realm: The return of Jesus Christ for all those who have been born again. This event that will stun the world is known as the Rapture.

Are you paying attention to the signs of the times? If not, I urge you to wake up, for the time is short!

You may be thinking, I’ve heard this before. How can I know for sure that this is not just another false alarm? After all, people have been warning for decades that Jesus is coming soon. Aren’t you just being an alarmist?

I hear you. But, let me remind you of the following warning signs the Bible gives of Christ’s return in the Rapture:

1–The order of business will be life as usual. People are living their lives as usual, most of them clueless as to the real meaning of what is going on in the world. Complacency is the name of the game, as is a refusal to recognize the signs of the times.

Matthew 24: 37-39:  “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

2–There will be worldwide deception as men embrace the lie, resulting in minds that can no longer think straight and abominable acts that not even animals perpetrate. Apostasy is on the rise, with mainline churches’ embracing a “feel-good” gospel that is not at all the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 24: 4-5: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.”

Romans 1: 28: “Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.”

3–Lawlessness will prevail. Everywhere we turn, we see riots in the streets, whether in our own country or in foreign countries. Rebellion against authority is at an all-time high. 

Matthew 24: 12: “And because there will be more and more lawlessness, most people’s love will grow cold.

4- Selfishness will abound. Man will become his own god. The self will reign supreme.

2 Timothy 3: 1: “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;”

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever.”
– 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17

Interestingly, when Jesus came to earth the first time, He rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees for not recognizing the signs of His coming.

Matthew 16: 1-4: The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, ‘When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.’ Jesus then left them and went away.’

Why will He not rebuke us as well for not recognizing the signs of His second coming?

I urge you to pay attention to what is happening in the world around us. Most of all, prepare yourself for the return of our Lord. He is at the threshold, ready to appear to those of us who are looking for Him.

Whatever you do, don’t be left behind!

Now, it’s YOUR turn:  Do you recognize the signs of the times?  What can you do about that? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!

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