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Jesus is coming back someday. He promised
it, and it will happen. All of His true followers know this and await His
13, and Luke
21 Jesus gives vital instruction about His return. It is
important to understand the basic facts concerning His arrival so that
we cannot be deceived. Indeed, the very purpose of Jesus' message in these
passages of scripture is to protect us against the deception of false Christs
and false prophets. Read Jesus' warnings about being deceived (Matthew
24:4-5, 10-11, 23-26; Mark
13:5-6, 22-23; Luke
If it is possible to be deceived regarding
Jesus' return, then just how are we to know when He truly does arrive?
Among other information, Jesus gave us two essential facts concerning His
return which will keep us from being deceived.
Contrary to the false notions many false
teachers have circulated in the past and, no doubt, will in the future,
the return of Jesus Christ will be at a time when all but his watchful
followers do not expect Him. Faithful Christians will watch for Him (Matthew
21:36), be prepared for His return (Matthew
21:34), and know when His return is soon (Matthew
no one knows the day or
hour of Christ's return except God the Father
13:32-33). Remember that--no one knows except
God the Father. That means that if anyone specifies a date or time for
the return of Jesus, then you can be certain that they are wrong and are
attempting to deceive you. Do not believe it. Jesus warned us. Listen to
Him! The specific day and hour of Christ's return is unknown.
Believe it or not, some false prophets
have already claimed that Jesus secretly returned. More than one false
religion has been founded on this lie. And Jesus warned us this would happen.
No doubt, this lie will continue to be used in one fashion or another in
the future. In fact, there's currently a popular false doctrine being taught
of a future "secret rapture" to occur in which all of the Christians will
vanish from the earth leaving non-Christians wondering where they went
and why. This is a lie. Do not believe it.
Jesus told us how His return would be.
Review the following facts concerning Jesus' return:
Does that sound like something you'd miss?
Of course not! When Jesus returns, you will know about it. His return will
Don't be deceived about Jesus' return.
He is coming back. We don't know exactly when, but we know that we are
to watch. We will see the growing number of signs He told us about (Matthew
21:8-28) and realize the time for His return is growing
closer. We must remain prepared at all times, since we don't know the day
or hour of His return. And, beyond the shadow of any doubt, we will know
when He arrives. While the timing of Jesus' return is unknown, it will
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