Every true Christian should be concerned with the times in which we live, work and relax in.  Why?  Because they can give us a general indication of when the Lord Jesus Christ should return.  One thing is sure no thinking person wants to be found unfaithful when Christ returns. The Bible has much more to say about this subject than a lot of people realize.  So we will continue to look at the times in which we live and anyone who is really interested can read the Bible and compare the times for themselves.  They might even be shocked when they compare the times with what the Bible has to say about when God’s Son will return.

First let’s deal with the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ said he would return to earth at some point in time to set up His Kingdom and rule here on earth.

“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of  Man is coming.”  (Matthew 25:13)

“Take, heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.”  (Mark 13:33)

Before Jesus left for heaven to reside at the right hand of the Father, He said:  “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”  (John 14: 1-3)

Many, many Christians are working, expecting the return of Christ very soon based upon the prophetic utterance by Christ Himself concerning the signs of the time.  However, it would also seem that many of those who profess Christ as Savior are not really watching and familiarizing themselves with the Scriptures that warn us of what is to come.

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come; For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal despisers of good, traitors headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying its power.  And from such people turn away.”   (2 Timothy 3:1-5)  That’s what the Bible says and so each person must make up their own mind concerning whether or not this passage describes the days in which we live.  For this writer it does!

Certainly, a good example of praying, waiting, watching and being ready would be the parable of the ten virgins found in Matthew 25:1-12.  It ends with a warning:  Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.  (v.13)

The Apostle Peter can help us with his thought as he closed out his second epistle:

“You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:17-18)

The question that each true Christian should perhaps ask is:  “Am I really living in light of the times and preparing myself for his return by living a godly lifestyle?

The foolish virgins of Matthew 25:1-13 knew the Lord was coming, however they were not prepared, did not have sufficient oil.  In other word they thought that they could live their life as they pleased and did not have to live as if He would return at any moment.  The result was that they were left!  Are you ready for Christ?  Or are you living like five of the virgins as if you have plenty of time and will be left if Christ should come back “now”?

The question today concerning the vital signs of the times is, do I believe the Bible?  If I do then I will be constantly preparing myself to be in His presence.  The Rapture could occur at any moment in time – Ephesians 4;13-18.  We often mouth the words but then live like the world as if we have all the time in the world…we don’t, when Christ comes if will be to late.

The most basic question, as a Christian, must be, do I really believe that God’s Word is really His Word.  The writer would like to suggest that if we do, then we “will” live a Christian lifestyle, complying with I Peter 1;15-16 and live a holy life to the best of our ability.  Consider God’s Word:

  1. It is the inspired Word of God. – (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)
  2. It is infallible.  (Psalm 19:7)
  3. It is inerrant.  (Proverbs 30: 5-6)
  4. It is complete.  (Revelation 22: 18-19)
  5. It is authoritative.  (John 30:31)
  6. It is sufficient.  (2 Timothy 3:15)
  7. It is the source of truth.  (John 17: 7)
  8. It is the source of happiness.  (Proverbs 30: 5-6; Luke 11: 28)
  9. It is the source of power.  (Hebrews 4: 12)
  10. It is the source of guidance.  (Psalm 19: 7-8)
  11. It is the source of comfort.  (Romans 15: 4)
  12. It is the source of victory.  (Ephesians 6: 17)
  13. It is the source of cleansing.  (Psalm 119: 9)
  14. It is the source of protection.  (Psalm 119: 11)
  15. It is the source of direction.  (Isaiah 42: 16)
  16. It is the source of love.  (John 13: 34-35; I Corinthians 13)

One of the vital signs of the times is that apostasy continues to grow and more and more people are with-drawing from the source of absolute truth, God’s precious Word, choosing to live in accordance with their own desires.  The Christian is to be watchful because he does not know when the Master will return – see Matthew 24: 36-51.  Will you hear “well done thou good and faithful servant” or  “But why do you call Me Lord, Lord, and not do the things which I say?”  (Luke 6: 46)

Can I really say I am ready for the return of Christ and live my life the way I want, instead of being obedient to God’s Word when I hear Jesus say:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”  (Matthew 22: 37)  Are you  ready?  Only you and God really knows.  One of the vital signs of the times happens to be that more and more people who profess to be Christians are with-drawing/ignoring God’s Holy Word!

Pastor Tom