"The sign of the Son of Man will appear . . . and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."
-Matthew 24:30, emphasis added
All of the yet-to-be-completed prophecies fit within specific major events. Probably the most exciting are the dozens of signs of Christ's Second Coming. Jesus described many of them in incredible detail. But here is what I want you to see: Jesus said these signs will not suddenly appear. Rather, they will become a trend that amplifies and strengthens until they become overwhelming, like a woman about to give birth.
Before I survey the major events of the yet-to-be-completed prophecies (Thursday-Saturday), I will cover ten of Christ's precise, clear, and specific predictions. You may be startled. Every one of the signs that He gave to us are present in our world today. You and I are in the first generation in history to experience these signs all at once!
Ten Signs of Christ's Return
1. The Sign of Global Travel: Daniel was overwhelmed when he caught a glimpse of the number of people and the speed with which they would be moving about the planet in the end days. So God told him, "Daniel, . . . seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase" (Daniel 12:4, emphasis added).
The Bible said that there would be many involved in travel, and today the transportation industry is one of the largest segments of the global economy. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, few individuals traveled beyond their community. Until recently, horse, foot, and boat were the only modes of transportation. Yet, in our day, millions travel "to and fro" great distances every year.
2. The Sign of a Global Explosion of Knowledge: God said that "knowledge shall increase" in the end days (Daniel 12:4). For example, we've recently seen the introduction of a new generation of computer chips. Each generation has basically doubled its processing speed and power. However, the newest chip-the "Cell"-doesn't double; everything that the computer does the "Cell" multiplies by sixty times!
We live in a fast-paced world where many "run to and fro," frantically searching for whatever seems to be missing in their lives. Yet nothing satisfies: what is "hot" today is quickly "ho hum" tomorrow! God says that in the last days men will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God . . . always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:4-7). Do you know some people like that? Have you loved them enough to warn them of the judgment to come and to offer the only hope that can truly satisfy?
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