Signs of Christ's Coming

      We sometimes hear preachers say, "All the necessary signs of Christ’s coming have now been fulfilled. Christ could now come at any time."
     Singers bring us the stirring words, "Signs of the time are everywhere. There’s a brand new feeling in the air…"
     However, we live at a point in time when we need to realize that no matter how sincere or well intended these statements are not Biblically correct.


Jesus Stated That No Man Knows The Day Or The Hour
     "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch and pray: for you do not know when the time is."  Mark 13:32, 33.  " And what I say to you I say to all, Watch.’ "  Mark 13:37 

Church Age Believers Are To Continually Look For Jesus.
     "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:" Philippians 3:20.  "Looking for the blessed hope, and glorious appearing of our great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;" Titus 2:13.  "So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many; To those who eagerly wait for Him will he appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation." Hebrews  9:28

There Will Be A Sudden Resurrection and Rapture
     "Behold, I tell you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1st Corinthians 15:51,52.
The great purpose of the resurrection of the saved dead and the changing and catching up of living believers is to prepare us for heaven and our work of reigning with Christ when we come back with Him to earth.


seven years
 a seven year covenant of peace with Israel.

     After Jesus comes for His church a great leader who will have risen to be the executive leader of the Federated States of Europe will enter into a seven year covenant of peace with Israel.

 The Tribulation

     The seven years of this covenant will also mark the time span of the coming tribulation period (See Daniel 9:24-27). This man will be empowered by Satan. The first 3 ˝ years will be composed of events that mark the stages of his gaining authority over all nations of the earth. Many Bible scholars believe we have a description of this in Matthew 24:4-9 and Revelation 6:1-11.
          False Christ - Verses 4 & 5
          Rider on white horse, verses 1 & 2
          Wars and rumors of wars, nation
          Rider on red horse (peace taken from the earth. Verses 5 & 6.
          Nation rising against nation. -Verses 6 & 7
          "There shall be famines" Vs 7b
          Rider on black horse with balances-famine. Verses 5 & 6
          "…pestilences and earthquakes,
          Rider on pale horse - death with Verses 7c, 8
          Hell following. Verses 7, 8.
          "Then shall they deliver you up to be  afflicted and shall kill you." Vs 9
          Description of slain martyrs. 
     Please note that all these events have their "fulfillment" in the tribulation after Jesus has taken the church home to be with Him.

Satan Will Be The Source of Many Signs.
     "For false christs and false prophets will rise, and show great signs and wonders; to deceive, if possible, the very elect." Matthew 24:24, Mark 13:22.
     "And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of his mouth, and destroy with the brightness of His coming:  The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,´
2nd  Thessalonians 2:8,9.   See also Revelation 13.

The Lord God Will Be The Source Of Many Signs
"And  there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines, and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven." Luke 21:11.      "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;´ Luke 21:25.       "Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven: and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." Matthew 24:30.

     We certainly get the impression that the conflict of the ages between the Lord God and Satan will come to a final showdown that will rock the world.


     Prophetic scholars have identified nearly forty prophecies that will be fulfilled during the Tribulation that are already in various stages of development. Time and space do not allow listing and commenting on all these prophecies but we will give some of the most important ones:

          Jewish exiles return to their homeland: Isaiah 43:5,6; Zephaniah 3:10
          Israel has a rebirth as a nation Isaiah 11:11,12; Amos 9:14,15
          Israel’s rainfall restored. Joel 2:23
          Israel becomes fertile again. Isaiah 27:6
          Plans to rebuild Jerusalem Temple Isaiah 2:2,3; Micah 4:1,2
          Levites, priests, Temple vessels prepared. Ezekiel 43:14 - 19
          Preparation made for sacrifice of red heifer. Numbers 19; Ezekiel 36:24,25
          A Federation of Nations from Old Roman Empire. Dan 2:40-44; Rev 13:1;17:3
          Russia become the military power of the North. Ezekiel 38:1-12
          Israel surrounded by hostile Arab nations Psalms 83:4-8
          Progress made towards One-World Government Rev. 13:7
          Population control by a world economic system based on numbers Rev 13:17,
          Increase in false Christ's Matthew 24:4,5
          Increase in wars around the globe Matthew 24:6,7
          Massive famines and pestilence Matthew 24:7
          Increasing killer earthquakes Matthew 24:7
          Worldwide hatred and persecution of Jews Matthew 24:9, 10
          Asia building army of 200 million Revelation 9:14,16
          Capability to dry up Euphrates River Revelation 16:12-14
          Meltdown of moral standards Matthew 24:12; II Timothy 3:1-3
          Weapons of unparalleled destruction. Joel 2:1-3
          Great increase in the wealth of the rich. James 5:1-3
          Formation of One-World Church Revelation 17
          Worldwide television communications Revelation 11:9, 10
          Great signs in the heavens and perplexity on earth. Luke 21:25,26

     The most amazing thing about these prophecies is that there was virtually no development toward them for 1900 years of the church era. Indeed, half of the 20th century had been completed before notable progress began to be made in any of these areas.

IV.  true Christians are to WATCH for His coming

     Reason would tell us that if these events are to find their complete fulfillment in the tribulation and Jesus comes for His church before the tribulation then  true Christians are to watch as never before.

     We once again affirm that we cannot know the day or the hour of Jesus’ coming for His church. However, the increasing progress towards prophecies fulfilled during the tribulation period indicates that we are nearing the end of the church age. Even prophetic scholars such as David Allen Lewis, who has called for a boycott on all date setting, is willing to say, "I believe we are living in the final era of the day of grace, the Church Age."

     The words of Jesus in Luke 21:28 sum up most clearly what we are trying to say, Now when these things begin to happen , look up, and lift up your heads; because your redemption draws near."

Copyright © 2002 Thomas E Berry
All Scriptures quoted from NKJV unless otherwise noted


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