Our Lord Jesus has warned us of the signs that will precede His second coming. Earlier we have shared on phenomena concerning the church and the world. There are also spiritual phenomena on the second coming of Jesus Christ that we can find in the bible that is evident to Christians today.
The Spiritual signs of second coming of Jesus Christ
Spiritual phenomena 1:
The latter rain of the Holy Spirit: “Be glad, 0 people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for He has given you autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.” “…before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” (Joel 2:23, 31) There was the autumn rain of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Now is the time for spring rain (Zech 10:1). “…for the autumn and spring rains …because the Lord’s coming is near.” (Jas 5:7-8) Seeds were sown during the autumn rain; spring rain is the time for harvest. They are the same rain but fall at different times. “So He who was seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.” (Rev 14:16) The sickle refers to the truth, which, coupled with the Holy Spirit – spring rain, does its work. “His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gather His wheat into the barn and burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” (Mt 3:12)
Spiritual phenomena 2:
The gospel is widely spread: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached to the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Mt 24:14) There are two ways of spreading the gospel: one is for preachers to go about and lead people to the Lord; another is circulation of the Bible and other forms of literary ministry. They are both important. We should ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest field (Mt 9:38). The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few – this is a serious problem facing the church. The church should pray to the Lord concerning this problem, and send workers on the way in a manner worthy of God. It is for the sake of the Name that they go out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth (3 Jn 6-8). The purpose of preaching the gospel is to give testimony to all people so that they may be saved. So, we must “go” and preach the gospel – the pioneering work can be by literary ministry. Then workers may go out to harvest. For the “eternal gospel” is to be proclaimed to “those who live on the earth — to every nation, tribe, language and people.” (Rev 14:6) This is very arduous work that requires a concerted heart. God wants everyone to be saved. So, He gives all men the opportunity to hear the gospel and read religious books and other printed materials. How can they understand unless we speak and write of the gospel? (Rom 10:14) If we have preached and they have heard, even if not all of them believe, we have fulfilled our duty. God is tolerant, not delaying, because many have not yet heard the gospel or have believed in it. When the testimony has been given to all peoples, the day of the Lord will come like a thief (2 Pet 3:10).
Spiritual phenomena 3:
The bride gets herself ready: “For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.” “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” (Rev 19:7; 21:2) The bride refers to the true church, bride of the Lamb and the only bride promised to Christ. God adorns her with every good and perfect gift from the Father of the heavenly lights (Jas 1:17). God’s adornment for the church includes power from above – baptism of the Holy Spirit, the washing of rebirth, the Sabbath, Holy Communion, footwashing, miracles, fruits of the Holy Spirit and seal of the Holy Spirit. Only God’s adornment can please the Lord (Song 4:7). The spiritual church does not need worldly adornment (1 Cor 1.16 29; Gal 2:6; Lk 16:15). Perhaps many think that the true church still has many flaws which are, in fact, personnel problems (1 Cor 3:1, 3). However, the bride should also prepare herself so that she can be without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish (Eph 5:27), holy and blameless for her husband.
These are the signs of second coming of Jesus Christ. No one knows the Day or the Hour of His coming. Are you ready to enter the door of salvation while there is still a chance?
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