Signs of second coming of Jesus Christ
concerning the church
As is predicted in the bible, the signs of second coming of Jesus Christ are very obvious. From these signs, we know the Lord is near.
- Temptation by evil spirits
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Tim 4:1).
Evil spirits entice members of the church to abandon the truth and follow what appears to be really not, which may form individual schools of thought. For example, humanitarianism, existentialism, etc. lead people to deny God and sink into futility.
- Prevailing heresies
“There will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies.” (2 Pet 2:1).
False teachers always rise from within the church. They are the most serious problem of the church. Heresies arise when the Bible is distorted and failure to interpret it according to the truth. This is one of the most prevalent signs of second coming of Jesus Christ.
- Human hearts turn to heresies
“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Tim 4:3-4).
In today’s churches, impure teachings and some pander to the lowly tastes of some members. They loathe true and pure teaching. This tendency is a phenomenon in the church of the end time.
- False christs
“For many will come in my name, claiming I am the Christ, and will deceive many.” (Mt 24:5; Lk 21:8).
This is using the name of “Christianity” to propagate the preachers who do not act in accordance with the pure and true teachings of Christ. For example, some people do not regard Jesus as the saviour of human souls; they maintain that He is a social reformist and a model character. So, believing in Jesus is not for the purpose of salvation and entering heaven – it is a mere imitation of the self sacrifice of Jesus. In so doing, they deny the divine nature of Jesus, who came in flesh and was born of a virgin, who shed His blood on the cross to wash away men’s sins and give them eternal life. They do not believe in the miracles Christ performed. Although some acknowledge that Jesus is the saviour, they do not obey the truth. They think that it is sufficient to believe in their hearts, that all teachings are vain talk and that salvation lies solely in faith.
They do not know that life springs from keeping the word of truth (Jn 8:51).
Truth is the word of life, and rebirth is of God’s word (1 Jn 1:1; Jas 1:18),
through the enduring and living word of God (1 Pet 1:23).
There are churches which maintain that salvation lies merely in believing in Jesus without having to obey His word – such are false christs (Lk 6:46).
This is one of the signs of second coming of Jesus Christ which the bible talked about the perverse and disobedient generation.
Signs of second coming of Jesus Christ concerning Anti-Christs
- Emergence of antichrists
“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.” (1 Jn 2:18).
“The man who denies that Jesus is the Christ – such a man is the antichrist.” (1 Jn 2:22).
- There are two kinds of antichrists –
One, to deny God and Christ; they are the ones John referred to as of this world. Paul pointed out, that another kind are those who act as enemies of the cross of Christ whose God is their stomach, and whose glory is their shame (Phil 3:18-19). They reap gains by trickery, exploit power at their own will to extort profits for themselves – such people are enemies of the cross of Christ. “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God?” (Jas 4:4) In Biblical references, “adultery” usually means compromise with the world.
Two, besides atheists, members of the church who betray Jesus are also antichrists.
Signs of second coming of Jesus Christ concerning hard-heartedness
- Scoffers increase in number
Peter and Jude say, they would follow their own evil desires (2 Pet 3:3; Jude 18-19).
They scorn, “Where is this “coming” He promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (2 Pet 3:4).
They deliberately forget God’s promise and doubt the Lord. Believers in the new school of theology maintain that the second coming of Christ is coming into believers’ hearts. They proposed that all who have eternal life have accepted Christ’s second coming. They do not believe that Jesus will come from heaven in the clouds (Rev 1:7).
The signs of second coming of Jesus Christ are evident and we may not have realised it until we refer to what is written in the bible.
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