It’s obvious in today’s world that we must be prepared for anything and everything at a moments notice. That said; it’s true that no one “really” knows when Christ will return. There are many warnings in the Bible telling us just what must happen before the end, and there is scripture telling us not to worry, but are we listening? Below, we have listed the events that must occur before Christ’s return, the tribulation, and the rapture.
Bible warnings about false Christ’s: Matthew 24:5 and 23-26 <> Mark 13:6 and 21-23 <> Luke 21:8
All of these tell us about false Christ’s. Did you ever wonder who and how many false Christ’s there will be? Which country will they be from, how will they gain prominence and come to be known as the ‘savior’. Good questions with no real modern answers other than speculation and innuendo.
Wars, Famine & Earthquakes: Matthew 24:6-7 <> Mark 13:7-8 <> Luke 21:9-11 <> Revelation 6:2-8, 12
Did you ever wonder what events might take place? Of course, we know about the earthquakes, famine and the wars and rumors of war! But where and when will these events take place? How big will they have to be? Yes, it seems odd to ask these questions, but for one who believes that the Bible is the true, divinely inspired word of God, we notice that there have always been all three of these items at some time or another throughout written history. So we must understand that it won’t happen until God is ready. But, ready we must be.
Tribulation of believers: Matthew 24:9-10, 21-22 <> Mark 13:9-20 <> Luke 21:12 <> Revelation 6:9-11
We can see this happening on an increasing basis each time we read, see or listen to the news! Christians are being persecuted for their beliefs. They are increasingly being persecuted in Muslim countries. But wait! Even in our own country, Christians are being persecuted (to a point) because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Yes, it’s even happening in our schools! Thank God there are some government officials who will take a stand on this issue.
Gospel preached to all nations: Matthew 24:14 <> Mark 13:10 <> Revelation 14:6
For a very long time now, Christian Missionaries, and individuals who are not connected with a Missionary group have been preaching the Word of God to all the countries of the world. Even in China where Christianity is despised by the government, Christian churches do exist, but they are limited in what they may say. South America, Europe, Africa and other places have all had many spreading the word for a very long time. But again; God is in control!
Astronomical signs: Matthew 24:29 <> Mark 13:24-25 <> Luke 21:25 <> Revelation 6:12, 8:12
The sun will be darkened, the moon will not give off her light, the stars will fall from the heavens and the powers that are in Heaven shall be shaken (Mark 13:25-25). We’ve all seen meteorites streak across the sky and heard how the dinosaurs were wiped out by the cataclysmic impact of a comet, but that didn’t bring on the end times. Why; because God is in control.
Return of Christ: Matthew 24:30 <> Mark 13:26 <> Luke 21:27 <> Revelation 1:7
What a surprise the “tribes of the earth” will have when they see the “Son of man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory”.
Rapture of believers: Matthew 24:31<> Mark 13:27 <> Luke17:34-36 <> Revelation 7:9-14
- 34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
- 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
- 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
When it’s all said and done, one cannot deny the obvious! Prophecy is being fulfilled in small pieces every day. Some pastors relate this to a “prophecy puzzle”. Each tiny piece of a very large puzzle is beginning to fall into place. However, we still don’t have the answers to many of the prophecy questions and particularly the “End Times” prophecy.
So we must be ready at all times. Only God knows HIS plan. Man has no control over this issue except perhaps, to expedite the wrath of God with our lies, hatred, falsehoods, and plans of power, and setting ourselves in high places!