Preparing for the Lord’s Return

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio


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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Novelist and Life Coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, July 13, 2020. Today’s Podcast is Episode #28 in Series 2020 and is titled “Preparing for the Lord’s Return”.


There’s an old saying that goes like this: “Forewarned is forearmed.”

When it comes to the days in which we are living, this saying bears serious consideration. Why? Because we are living in the days in which Jesus Christ could return at any moment to remove His followers from the earth. So, it behooves us to be ready for His return.

Why do we need to be ready?

Great question! Here are some answers:

1. The world is fast heading toward the worst time in human history: a seven-year period called the Tribulation. This period of time will witness the rise of the AntiChrist, the most horrific and most tyrannical dictator ever to walk the earth. He will be completely possessed by Satan and operate at his bidding. The AntiChrist will set himself up as God in the Jewish temple and will demand that the whole world bow down in allegiance and worship to him. Those who refuse to do so will be beheaded, most likely by the guillotine. 

2. Only those who follow Jesus will be spared this horrific time in human history. The reason is that Jesus will remove His followers from the earth just before the Tribulation in a cataclysmic event called the Rapture. In what the Bible describes as “the twinkling of an eye,” all Christ-followers will disappear from the earth, creating utter chaos that will send the world hurtling toward the horrors of the Tribulation.

3. Those of us who follow Christ must repent of our sin and light our lamps, making sure we have ample supply of the oil of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We do not want to be like the five foolish virgins who were not prepared for the Lord’s return (Matthew 25: 1-13). 

Some of you reading this blog or listening to this podcast may be hearing all of this for the first time. Well, thank God you are hearing it, for it is Truth, and most people are clueless about the Truth.

Bottom line, Jesus is coming back soon for all those who follow Him. If you do not follow Jesus, begin now by accepting Him as your Savior and Lord. Pray this simple prayer with me:

Lord Jesus, I have been clueless about what’s really going on in the world. Thank you for leading me to this message today. I want to go with You when You remove Your followers from the earth. So I accept You now as my Savior and Lord. Make of me what You created me to be. Amen.

If you prayed this simple prayer, please write to me at I would like to send you a little booklet that will help you get started in your walk with Christ. I also encourage you to get yourself a Bible and read it every single day. The Bible is God’s love letter to you, His manual for your life. In the Bible, God reveals Who He is, and He instructs you how to live.

Finally, ask the Lord to lead you to the church of His choice for you where you can learn about Him and have fellowship and encouragement with other Christ-Followers.

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by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

PLEASE NOTE: I am sending this post early because it is time-sensitive. 

The United States is gearing up for a major event that will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017: the Total Solar Eclipse that will traverse our country from the Northwest to the Southeast. 

This is an event of major significance in that it is a warning from God calling us to repentance, both as individuals and as a nation. The eclipse will occur only over the United States and over its expanse, meaning this is a message specifically for America.  So, we must take special heed!

The  Bible tells us that God speaks to us through the signs in the sky (Genesis 1: 14).  The question is: Are we listening?

God issues these celestial warnings out of His infinite love for us. He is saying that if we don’t repent, we will bring judgment and great suffering on ourselves because we have disobeyed His commands. (See the Book of Revelation). 
Please take this warning to heart and warn your children and grandchildren.  This is not something to take lightly and to brush off.  Your eternal destiny and theirs are at stake.
Many Biblical scholars and other Christians believe that the Lord’s return for His Church in an event called the Rapture is at hand, and that this eclipse is meant to prepare us for the Lord’s return.  Only those who have been born again will be removed from the earth and will escape the great Tribulation which will soon come upon the entire world with the rise of the AntiChrist. Those who have not accepted Christ as Savior and Lord will be left behind and will endure the Tribulation. This will be a seven-year period of horrific suffering and oppression such as the world has never seen.

You do NOT want to be left behind! Accept Jesus Christ now as your Savior and Lord and spend eternity in His Presence. Here is a simple prayer to be born again:

“Lord Jesus, I come to You now just as I am—broken, bruised, and empty inside. I’ve made a mess of my life, and I need You to fix it. Please forgive me of all of my sins. I accept You now as my personal Savior and as the Lord of my life. Thank You for dying for me so that I might live. As I give you my life, I trust that You will make of me all that You’ve created me to be. Amen.”

If you sincerely prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God and a follower of Jesus Christ. Please write to me at I would like to send you a booklet to help you get started in your walk with Jesus. 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you listening for God’s voice as He speaks through His signs in the sky? Are you looking up for the imminent return of Jesus Christ for His Bride? How are you preparing for His return? 


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