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SERIES: SIGNS OF THE TIME (Matt. 24:45-51)
In no uncertain terms Jesus makes it plain that He is coming again. The only uncertainty for us is that we do not know the day nor the hour. In fact, in verses just before the passage we are looking at today, Jesus says that the conditions on earth when He returns are going to be similar to the days of Noah (v 37-39). What was it like in Noah’s days? It was “business as usual.” People were going through their daily routines - eating, drinking, gettting married, carrying on with life. Though Noah preached to them for 120 years, warning of the impending judgement, they willfully chose to ignore his warnings. They just didn’t believe God’s Word, and they were unprepared when the flood came.

When Christ returns, many will be going about their life, and will be completely unprepared. Jesus compared His return to the coming of a thief in the night. A thief will not call and make an appointment in advance. He comes when we do not expect him. Jesus’ point is that we need to be ready at all times, and in this passage He defines for us what it means to be ready for His return.

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The Rapture

Series: Signs of the Times 11/10/13
The Bible is filled with promises of the Second coming of Christ.
Almost a half of the OT books (17/39) are dedicated to the 2nd Coming of Christ. In the twenty-seven books of the NT, there are 318 references to the 2nd Coming. The 2nd Coming is the most spoken of event in Scripture.
In fact, the Scripture speaks of the Second Coming eight times more than it spoke of the First Coming. If the Lord has placed such prominence on the 2nd Coming then certainly it should hold a place of equal prominence in our hearts and our minds as well.

When we speak of the 2nd Coming of Christ, it actually involves two comings of Christ. The Rapture is when Christ comes in the clouds to take His church out of this world to be with Him. The Return, is when Christ returns with the church, at the end of the 7 year tribulation period, to defeat the anti-Christ, overthrow evil and then establish His thousand year reign on earth (Rev. 19:11-16).

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