Are you getting tired of looking for the signs yet? Are you growing weary of searching through YouTube channels, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other venues of the internet to see the next sure sign that the Lord is coming back soon, looking for the next event that will “cap off” all the others. “And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not.” (Mark 13:21)
This is part of the reason for some of the signs we are seeing, so that those who do not desire to be about the business that they are supposed to be doing will be drawn away by not only false signs, but false Christs. So far the main body of material seems to be floods, fires, and sinkholes, but the advent of beings from outer space is also beginning to creep into the images and news stories that are captivating the minds of those who seem to say no more than “He is coming back soon!” Yes, He is, but what are you doing to show a lost world what they need to do before He does.
These items are going to be drawing more and more people away as they increase in frequency, for they will look to and for the signs as proof of the coming event, and in far too many cases these same individuals will be doing little more than that, just looking. Once the fires die down and the waters flow less through the streets of the cities, these same individuals will begin to look elsewhere, as stated, the coming alien invasion seems to be permeating quite a bit of these “news” broadcasts, volcanoes and earthquakes of course will fit into the ”prophetic” warnings, but if you will recall, our Lord said that he would return for us, “For in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matt. 24:44)
What will be next then, someone doing “miracles” that some believe could only be attributed to God? Many will fall prey to that great deceit, the Roman Catholic Church has been a great “purveyor,” if you will, of so-called visible miracles for quite some time, it is a good way to keep the masses in check, to keep the “obedience through the possibility of persecution” continuing, so it would not surprise me if we begin to see a few false signs coming from that direction. Some will say the so-called pandemic is a sure sign, but these have done very little research into the factual evidence, others will point to the coming global economic crisis, the great worldwide famines that are inevitable, the cashless society, or perhaps the advent of artificial intelligence that soon Christ will take His church out, (1 Thess. 4:17)
Here is the point my friends, what difference should it make to any of us, to any born-again believer when the Lord comes back, how exactly is that going to change in one bit what you should be doing and what you were supposed to be accomplishing for Him since the first day that you were saved from your sins? Haven’t you been warning the lost all this time anyway, haven’t you been telling them of His love, grace, and mercy since the day you got off your knees at the cross? Did you really need all these signs to “kick start” your faith, your obedience to what you are supposed to be doing even without them?
Here is the next trap of our adversary that so many have already fallen into, spending far too much time looking at the signs, searching for the next one, and not bringing into the conversation the need for repentance to a lost world, and not just so these people that will listen will miss the tribulation period, but so they will avert an eternity of pain and great suffering, so that they also can come to the knowledge of the grace of God that is available through Jesus Christ.
Will some perhaps listen a little more intently when you expound to them the truths of the Scriptures in relation to these days, perhaps, but how many will make a true confession of faith and how many will only be trapped by the same emotional construct that is affecting so many others these days, only to fall away when a specific period of peaceful times ensue. Are we in the last days? We have been since our Lord went back to the Father. Are we in the last of the last days, or how about nearing the end of the last of the very last days, how many adjectives would you like to add here. Recall what the two angels said to those who were standing around looking up at the sky for who knows how long after that moment. “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)
Are you doing the same, is all you do any more in relation to the words in this letter to you is to search high and low for the next sign of His imminent return, wondering to yourself “This is it!” To put it bluntly my brothers and sisters, get back to work, keep your eyes on the prize that is Christ, reprove, rebuke, lift up your brothers and sisters in Christ, love you neighbor, take a glance occasionally at what is happening around the planet, but don’t sit there staring at the sky all day, you have a job you are supposed to be doing. “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thess. 4:18) And then get back to work.