ACTS International
Home Page of ACTS International
Home Page of ACTS InternationalHow to Find and Know God without having to be religiousLife Help Articles dealing with faith, family, and practical helps for purposeful livingDaily and Weekend Encounters with more than a third-of-a-million worldwide subscribersSupport the Work of ACTS International a not-for-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible for U.S. donorsCurrent report on the ministries and services of ACTS InternationalOnline Store of ACTS ... ACTS CommunicationsAbout ACTS International
ACTS International Home Page Click here for the current issue of  Daily Encounter
         
     
   
Tell a Friend Site Map Share and/or Bookmark
   
         
   
Articles > About Faith: > Vivid Warning Signs Ignored

Vivid Warning Signs Ignored

"But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man [Jesus Christ] will come at an hour when you do not expect him."1

"National Geographic magazine (May 1984 issue) showed through a series of color photos and drawings the swift and terrible destruction that wiped out the Roman Cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in A.D. 79. The explosion of Mount Vesuvius was so sudden, the residents were killed while in their routine: men and women were at the market, the rich in their luxurious baths, slaves at toil. They died amid volcanic ash and super-heated gasses. Even family pets suffered the same quick and final fate. It takes little imagination to picture the panic of that terrible day.

"The saddest part is that these people did not have to die. Scientists confirm what ancient Roman writers record—weeks of rumblings and shakings preceded the actual explosion. Even an ominous plume of smoke was clearly visible from the mountain days before the eruption. If only they had been able to read and respond to Vesuvius's warning!”2

With tireless regularity—every year—Christmas and Easter remind us of the first coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came to earth as a babe and then, as a man, died on the cruel Roman cross for the sins of lost mankind. This also reminds and warns us that Jesus promised He would come to earth a second time, but this time it would be as King of kings and Lord of lords to put down all reign of terror and to take His true followers to be with Him forever in heaven. As every prophecy in God’s Word about Christ’s first coming was fulfilled in minutest detail, we can be just as certain that the prophecies promising His second coming will also be fulfilled in detail.

When Jesus' disciples asked Him what would be the signs of His coming again, He said that there would be many "rumblings" (warning signs); that is, wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, pestilences, "Men [people] will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things BEGIN to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."3

Could all the wars, violence, deathly disease, disasters, and increased terrorism in today's world be part of the warning signs Jesus said would occur preceding His second coming—just as there were warnings preceding the explosion of Mount Vesuvius? Jesus is coming again. The exact day and hour we don't know, but the signs of the times may be an indication that His coming is getting nearer every day.

When He comes, it will be sudden and swift. The important thing is that we are ready NOW. For He will come when the vast majority of people least expect it. Let's not be like the people in the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in A.D. 79 who failed to heed the warnings of Mount Vesuvius and suffered a dreadful quick and final fate. Whatever you do, don't put off any longer making sure that you are ready for Christ's return. For help see No. 4 below.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank You that we have Your promise that Jesus is coming again for this is the blessed hope of every Christian everywhere. And thank You that You clearly told us and warned us about the coming ‘rumblings’ (signs) that are to precede your second coming. Please awaken us to the fact that it could be today. And help us to spread Your salvation message to as many people as possible worldwide while the door is still open. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."

1. Jesus in Matthew 24:43-44 (NIV).
2. Michael Bogart, Lemoore, California. Leadership, Vol. 6, no. 4.
3. Luke 21:26-28 (NIV).
4. For help see “How to Be Sure You’re a Real Christian” at:  http://tinyurl.com/8glq9

<:))))><


All articles on this website are written by
Richard (Dick) Innes unless otherwise stated.



   
    Back to Return to previous page Previous Page    
         
       
   
Site Map   Top
   
     
         
Find Peace With God footer
 
  ARTICLES
About God
About Faith
Relationships
Success/Failure
Solutions
Recovery
Ask the Teacher
Better Living Tips
Friendship
Words of Love
Words of Inspiration
People Power for Jesus
Simple and Effective Witnessing for Christ

SITE TRANSLATIONS
Spanish Espanol
French Francois

  DEVOTIONS
Devotionals
Daily Encounter
Weekend Encounter
Encuentros Diarios
Archives
Subscribe
When God Is Silent
Prayer Partners
  Needed

Special Needs

BIBLE HELPS
Helps and Studies
Today's Reading
Annual Reading

  QUOTES AND TESTS
Today's Quotes
Happiness Test
Stress Test

ACTS IN ACTION

ACTS Websites
ACTS in Action Report

COMMUNICATIONS

Syndicate ACTS Articles
"I Hate Witnessing"
   Audio—No Charge

Opening Closed Minds
Effective Communications
Jesus, the Communicator
Punching Holes in
   the Darkness

  REPORTS
About ACTS
Be an ACTS Friend

MISC.
People Power Invite
Links
Weather
Privacy Policy
Snail-Mail List
Contact Us/Feedback

ACTS BOOKSTORE
Online Bookstore


Site Map
Report problems to ACTS International
All pages in this site © Copyright 2005-2017 by ACTS International
P.O. Box 73545, San Clemente, CA 92673 U.S.A.
 
HOME   Daily Encounter  Find Peace With God