We are told several times, actually commanded by Jesus to “Watch!” Why? Because our “God is not the author of confusion…” (1 Corinthians 14:33) He wants us to know, so that we are not in the dark.
Sadly, many still believe that Christians will escape all distress, but this is not what Jesus said is to occur before His coming. Yet, do not be terrified, as Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Thank You, Jesus.
Sequence of End Time Events – (Matthew 24:4-31, Mark 13:5-13, Luke 21:8-27, and Revelation 6-7)
My rule, since attending Bible college, is that there must be at least two passages of Scripture, preferably more than two, that state the same truth for me to ratify it as Truth. Here we see four passages in four different books of God’s Word, which state the same Truth. I recommend you also follow this principle, as there are many false prophets/teachers out there preaching what people’s itching ears want to hear.
We learn from Jesus’ own words and through the corresponding seven seals in Revelation, which are opened by Jesus, the signs of His return: much war, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, economic collapse, persecution of Christians (we will be hated by “All”), earthshaking events, (The sun will be darkened, moon will not give its light; stars will fall from heaven, and every mountain and island will be moved out of its place.)
The first question to ask yourself is, “Has Jesus returned?” The answer is clear – Not yet. Only after these things occur does Jesus return (Mt.24:30-31; Lk.21:27; Rev.7:9-17). However, do not be in fear, as our Lord gives us many promises to protect us from every disaster except persecution. In fact, if we are not being persecuted, there is a problem, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” (2 Timothy 3:12)
We must trust in God, our Savior, and in knowing the Truth, the Truth makes us free. Thank You, Lord.