How will we know when the Second Coming happens? Matthew 24:36 foretells the Second Coming and reminds us that no one but God knows exactly when it will happen. Luke 21:25-28 predicts that there will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. Nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea and even the heavenly bodies will be shaken. We have, in recent years, experienced volcanic eruptions, epic flooding, horrific tsunamis and earthquakes that have shaken the earth to its very core. Nations have been in anguish again and again. Yet, as far as anyone knows, there has been no Second Coming.
In an age when science and technology often dispel myths and legends, how will we know when the time of redemption truly is upon us? Let’s look back on the birth of Jesus and see some of the things we might be watchful for. Jesus was born of Mary, a young woman who was not very different from any young woman in love. She was journeying with her husband, probably riding on a donkey because she was in the final weeks of her pregnancy. When they stopped for the night and tried to find a room at the inn, the Christmas story as recounted in the gospels occurred. The Christ Child, the product of Immaculate Conception, was brought forth while angels circled around Mary and Joseph in the manger. A star shone brightly as shepherds hurried to see the child and kings journeyed from the Orient, bringing gifts to the newborn King. It’s an amazingly beautiful story, yet what if it was to happen today?
Quite a few teenage girls have tried to claim that their pregnancies were the result of Immaculate Conception, rather than admit to having behaved badly or been careless. In none of these many instances was there a Second Coming; all turned out to be mortal babies, the product of human procreation. No angels attended their births, no shepherds hurried to their bedsides and no kings brought them precious gifts; no miracles occurred and no stories were told. So how are we to know when Jesus has returned to earth for the day of resurrection?
Perhaps, like so many mysteries in the bible, it is not for us to know. Perhaps something so frightening, so awesome or so glorious will happen that we lack the words to even begin to describe it. If even the angels in heaven are not to know the moment, we cannot presume to even guess. We await the Second Coming with hope, with fear and with wonder. We pray that we are among those who are raised up and granted eternal life. Until that day, we can only live the best Christian lives we can and prepare ourselves for Christmas, the celebration of the first coming of the Christ child. You might also like to read:
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