THE SIGNS AND TIMES OF THE RETURN OF JESUS

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Aug. 18

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THE SIGNS AND TIMES OF THE RETURN OF JESUS

Mark 13:3-26; 32-37

Introduction:The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is a great ministry.How do you feel when this topic is talked about?Apathy? Anticipation?The Bible wants us to know some things about his return.

I.THE SIGNS OF JESUS’ RETURN

A.Signs Pointing to the End

Wars and rumors of warsEarthquakesGospel preached

False ChristsFamine

B.Signs Immediately Before the End

Deception/apostasy/betrayalScoffers

Increase in personal evilPersecution

C.Signs Accompanying the End

Signs with the sun, moon, stars (vv. 24-25)

Shaking of the sea, heavenly bodies (Lk 21:25-27)

Unparalleled distress (v 19)

II.THE TIMES OF JESUS’ RETURN

A.Analogies

1.Like a bridegroom (Mt. 25:1-13)

2.Like the destruction of Sodom (Lk. 17:28-30)

3.Like Noah’s flood (Luke 17:26-27)

4.Like a thief in the night (Mt. 24:42-44)

B.Facts on the Timing

1.Soon (Revelation 22:7)

2.Only God knows (Mt. 24:36)

3.Unexpected (Mt. 24:44)

Conclusion:Jesus is clear on what our attitude is to be with anticipating his return:“Watch out!” “Be on your guard!” “Be alert!” and living self-controlled, holy lives.