So often we hear friends and co-workers pondering where this world is heading and how there is a need for change for the better but they have no idea how it will happen – their words not ours. Through reading the Bible and listening to God’s word we know how it will happen. When we suggest this to people we get a mixed reaction – that’s fine – we are told in the Bible that believers will be mocked for their belief. ||We do our bit by spreading God’s word – we sow the seed to people and God decides whether that seed gets planted or not.
On many occasions we have been asked to prove why we think Jesus will return to the earth and create a kingdom of peace so we will start with that prophecy. The Bible makes it plain that Jesus Christ is coming back to the earth. When he left the earth, his followers were told in Acts 1 vs 11:
“This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven”
Jesus Christ will set up the Kingdom of God upon this earth. All existing governments will be removed, and He himself will reign as king. He will have complete power to achieve peace among the nations.
The Bible has a rescue plan which involves sorting out our world’s current problems and in Micah 4 v 2 to 4 we read:
“The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid”
We do not know the exact date. Jesus himself said in the book of Matthew chapter 24 verse 36 : “Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels in heaven, but my Father only”. But God has given us very clear signs in His word. Jesus tells us some of these in this same chapter Matthew 24. He says: “When ye shall see all these things, know that it (that is, the coming of Jesus and the Kingdom of God) is near, even at the doors.”
The book of Daniel provides an overview of world events from the days of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon all the way to Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection and subsequent millennial reign. Daniel forms the framework for the book of Revelation and for the understanding of biblical prophecy.
As we read in the book of Daniel chapter 2 verse 44: “The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.”
The Book of Revelation is the last book of the Bible. It begins by stating its purpose: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants—things which must shortly take place” – the book of Revelation chapter 1 verse 1. It describes world events which will lead up to and surround the return of Christ.
It is clear that in the Old Testament—the Bible which was revered and guarded by the religious leaders who rejected Jesus and had him killed—there is a mass of prophecy which comes to us with compelling logic: the time when the Messiah would appear, the work he would perform, the fact that he would be cut off, and that after this the city and temple would be desolate – this can be found in the book of Daniel chapter 9 and Isaiah chapter 61 ; His death as a sacrifice in Isaiah chapter 53, his resurrection in Psalm chapter 16; His rejection by the Jews and the call of salvation to the Gentiles (non-Jew in Isaiah chapter 49; and finally his appearance in glory when Gentile rulers will have the surprise of their lives in Isaiah chapter 52 verse 15 and the Jews will be the subject of their greatest deliverance and their greatest humiliation.
The signs of the last days are of such importance because they lead the way to the tremendous changes yet to come. In the book of Luke 21 verse 36 we read: “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man”.
Reach out to us we are here to listen. You don’t have to study alone either – we have bible study groups that you can join, or one to one support is available. We can provide you with a Bible if you do not have one, there are plenty of blogs on this website to encourage you and we have literature available. We have online learning too.
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