Biblical Signs of Christ's Return

How do we know that the coming of the Lord is near? Let's consider 2 Timothy 3:l-5...

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof...from such turn away.

Haven't these signs always been through out history? How can these be signs of Christ's return?

The answer is in comparing 2 Timothy 3:l-5 with Romans l:28-32. In Romans l, the Apostle Paul is speaking about the unsaved world of the ungodly people. However, in 2 Timothy 3:l-5, Paul is talking

about the conditions that shall be with us at the end of the age in those who profess to be Christian.

Romans l talks about the pagan world while 2 Timothy 3 talks about the deterioration of the professing


Let's look at these signs:

    1. Men shall be lovers of their own selves. (The church members are so busy satisfying their lusts of the flesh with worldly goods and pleasures that they have no time to read the Bible, move by the Holy Spirit's prompting, pray, or witness to the lost. One might expect this in the ungodly but how sad when these are found among those who are supposedly of the family of God.)

    1. The love of money. (So many in our churches today have money and so think they are really

      something. They are so important that they have no time to help others, no time to do things as Christ did them, no time for the Body of Christ, no time for devotions, no time except for getting more money. They think only of being success oriented and money oriented.

    2. Pride-Boasters...The Lord said,”Humble yourselves in the Lord's sight, and he will lift you up.”..(James 4:l0). The devil fell because of 'pride'. Professing believers are so proud. A question was asked , “How would you act if a filthy, dirty, smelly person entered your church?” I have personally heard. “Why would they allow that kind of trash in our church?” If you are one of these snooty people, I pray God will speak to your heart and show you that you are included in one of the signs of the Lord's return.

    3. Blasphemy-Blasphemers...Paul said in l Timothy l:l2-l3...'And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, who was before a blasphemer...Why? Because Paul murdered Christians and hated the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. There are so many like that today also. Our seminaries are full of those apostates who mock the doctrine of our precious Lord, His birth, diety, blood atonement, and resurrection. God help us. How terrible!

    4. Disobedient to parents...Disobedience...Many young people in the church today may say they love the Lord but when parents ask them to do anything, they always answer back with a snide remark. As Jesus was dying on the cross for the whole world, He looked down and still honored His mother.

    5. Unthankful..Ever been ashamed to pray in a restaurant for what others might think?

    6. Unholy-Unholiness...lThes.4:7 says,'For God hath not called us unto uncleanness but unto holiness. 1 Peter l:l6...Be ye holy for I am holy. (Again, all these signs pertain to the Church of this day as signs of Christ's imminent return.)

    7. Lack of love-Just look how we've loved one another...sort of...when we're not mad at them.

      This also includes the killing of babies, child abuse. What is needed is a true love among brothers and sisters in the church, no big I's, no little you's..God's love of agape in our midst

    8. Broken promises..Ever been told a secret and then blabbed it? Ever made a promise and then broken it? Enough said on this point.

    9. Liars -False Accusers – People are leaving churches or churches are splitting because of the exaggerated stories, outright lies church members tell about other folks, hurt feelings.. Exodus 20:l6 and Revelation 2l:8 speak of such behavior.

    10. No Control – Hebrews l3:4 Sex is to be pure and holy in marriage between a man and a woman. But His Word also says that whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Sins of every kind are being condoned in churches today.

    11. Oh, we are a great Christian church but what a fierce, vicious temper you have at home and at work. Therefore, let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you. (Ephesians 4:3l)

    12. Lovers of Pleasure more than lovers of God... We have to entertain our members. Many go to church on Sunday and occupy bars the rest of the week, tell filthy jokes. We seem to feel that we must do anything to fill our pews. Countless Christians religious people sleep well while every carnal desire flows through their veins.

    13. Lack of Power – Having a Form of Godliness but denying the power thereof. There is so little miracle working power in God's churches today. Why? Unbelief.

Look at these signs again and we can only come to one conclusion. Are we truly ready to hear those words, 'Come Up Hither' or have we in need of searching our own hearts and coming out from all these sins that so displease the Lord and become clean before Him by turning from our wicked ways. II Chronicles 7:l4...”If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear them from heaven and heal their land.

The Word says...'Choose this day whom you will serve.' “Choose life and live.

Word of Knowledge

Thus saith the Lord, “Behold, I shall speak plainly so you may escape the coming wrath:”

“Son and daughters of men, COME OUT of the churches of men and be

joined unto Me, your ONLY Sanctuary. Yes I, your Redeemer. Come out and be

separated wholly unto Me as your Head and complete Lord of your life.”.

“Touch no more the unclean thing nor let hypocrisy enter your ears anymore nor worship Me in that way anymore.”