When Is Jesus Coming Again?
In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. –Jn 14:2-3
The Lord Jesus promises His followers that He will one day return to receive them home.
This world will not last forever. It will come to an end at the coming of Christ. No one can know the exact hour. But Jesus warned of the signs that will precede His coming: wars, famine, natural disasters; increase of crime, religious persecution, and rejection and confusion of the truth:
lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Mt 24:12)
Most people live their lives without a second thought to Christ’s coming. But “as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married… until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all” (Lk 17:26-7). To those who live comfortably immersed in the world, the end will be unexpected (1 Thess 5:3).
Yet you can read the signs. As society increase in violence and profanity, as nations stockpile weapons of mass destruction, and as mankind wear down the physical environment of Earth, it seems we sit on a ticking time bomb. One day, the period of grace God has given will end. The gospel of the kingdom will have been “preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Mt 24:14). Then the Lord will return to establish His justice once and for all.
Why is He coming?