Second Coming Attractions

“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:20-28.

Jerusalem, an obscure backwater, trod under foot by foreign armies for 2000 years, is once again a place of international consequence. Not since the Crusades has so much military power come to either take it or defend it. And it is the reason that Christians around the world began to study Bible prophecy again.

I can imagine that these words of Jesus seemed rather strange and allegorical for hundreds of years, when most people couldn’t even find Jerusalem on a map. Today, the importance of Jerusalem is evidence that God is ever working to perform His word.

Likewise, the cataclysmic climate events that cause us fear are a reminder to some that the day of judgment will arrive eventually, while most humans believe in their own powers to shake the earth and pass judgment on each other as if they were gods. For them there is no redemption, just the feeble delaying of the inevitable end of the world our God has promised.

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