When Is God Coming And How Can We Prepare Ourselves For It?

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We anticipate the second coming of our Lord God. We should continuously watch and wait for his personal, visible, and spectacular return from heaven, which is our great hope. The redeemed souls and spirits of individuals who have died in Jesus Christ will be joined with a body that resembles Christ’s glorious body in this resurrection.

Christians who are alive at the time of this catastrophe will not perish; instead, they will be transformed into Christlikeness. This anticipation serves as both a source of consolation and an incentive for leading a holy life. No individual is aware of the exact day or time this will occur.

Key Takeaways

  • Anticipate the second coming of Jesus, which is a central hope in Christianity, and remain watchful for signs of His imminent return, while acknowledging that the exact timing is unknown.
  • The return of Jesus will involve both physical and spiritual transformations, with believers being transformed into Christlikeness and joining Him in His kingdom.
  • Prepare for Jesus’ return by living a holy life, staying faithful to His teachings, and sharing the message of salvation, while remaining vigilant against false prophets and distractions from His imminent return.

When Is God Coming Back?

But about that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

— Matthew 24:3637

Jesus is coming back, for sure. However, nobody is certain of the precise moment of Jesus’ second coming. When is Jesus coming back, indeed? Even though the most direct and clear answer would be that no one knows, most Bible scholars do not interpret the phrase “nor the Son” to mean that even Jesus does not know.

The glorious hope of the church and the pinnacle of the gospel is that Jesus is coming back[1]. The return of the Savior will be genuine, intimate, palpable, and universal. The righteous dead will be raised from the grave and transported to heaven with the righteous alive at his second coming, but the unrighteous will perish.

Given the state of the world today and the nearly complete fulfillment of most prophecies, it seems clear that Christ’s return is close at hand. We are constantly urged to be prepared because the exact timing of that event has not been announced.

Soon there will be the second coming of God. Jesus actually told his followers that he would return. John 14:1–3 says, “Do not let your heart be worried; for there are many mansions in My Father’s house; for if it were not so, I would have informed you. I am leaving to get ready for you. And if I go ahead and make a place for you, I will return and receive you into Myself so that you can join me where I am.”

An ethereal scene depicting the second coming of Jesus as he is descending from the heavens, surrounded by radiant light that casts a warm glow

Is It Possible To Know When Is God Coming Back?

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

— Acts 1:10–11

It is interesting to note that Jesus’ disciples posed the same query to him immediately before he went up into heaven. Jesus warned them at the time that they were not to understand the times or seasons under the Father’s control. Therefore, Jesus’ return could be tomorrow, next month, next year, or in a thousand years.

Jesus ascended into heaven from Mount Olive after telling his disciples that they “will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). He also said that it is not for us to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority (Acts 1:7).

What does this entail for you and me, then? This means we must be prepared for Jesus Christ’s second coming at all times. Watch and concentrate on Jesus because the devil wants to divert people’s attention away from his return’s prophecies and imminence.

Jesus will return to earth to reward people and to take many people with him to the Kingdom of God (Revelation 22:12). The Bible also says in Matthew 25:34, “The King will then address those seated at His right hand and instruct them to come and receive the blessings of His Father and to inherit the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the whole world.”

More than anything else, Jesus loves to connect with us. He extends an invitation for us to go back to heaven with him and experience an eternity in God’s kingdom free from sorrow, suffering, and agony. He wants us to experience his eternal love.

1 Corinthians 15:52–53 says, “At the sound of the last and final trumpet, in a moment and the blink of an eye. Because of the trumpet’s sound and the incorruptible dead’s resurrection, we shall be transformed. For this mortal must become immortality, and this corruptible must acquire incorruptibility.”

Signs Of The Second Coming Of The Lord Jesus Christ

There were many times when Jesus spoke to explain biblical truths regarding the second coming. The Lord Jesus cautioned against lies in the last days. In fact, in Matthew 24:4–5, Jesus warns followers to be wary of a false prophet who comes in the name of Jesus and declares themselves to be Christ. As a result, the Bible is the only source we can trust, not those false prophets that come to us. We use both the Old Testament and the New Testament as our guides.

Even though they may seem overwhelming, wars will continue to exist, but that is not the end. Matthew 24:6 mentions, “You will hear about wars and rumors of wars, but be careful not to panic. Even though these things must occur, the end is yet forthcoming.”

Famines and earthquakes are merely contractions of what is to come. It was mentioned in the Bible, Matthew 24:7–8, that “There will be earthquakes and famines all the world. These are all the first signs of childbirth pain in a pregnant woman.”

Our Savior’s coming, or the second coming of Christ, will be dazzling, visible, and spectacular. No one on earth will be able to conceal this event; everyone will see Jesus. He will literally and personally return. Revelation 1:7 says, “Everyone will be able to see Him because He is approaching in clouds.”

The wicked who are still living will beg for the hills and rocks to fall on them when Jesus returns to earth because they are unable to see his face (Revelation 6:15–17). Because they did not know the Heavenly Father or follow the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the wicked shall be annihilated with everlasting destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:7–10).

a delicate watercolor painting that captures the second coming of Jesus amidst a celestial landscape, surrounded by angels and believers, all illuminated by divine light

The Benefits Of Knowing The Signs Of The Second Coming

The Lord declared regarding Jesus coming back, “Neither the angels in heaven nor the hour know the hour and day.” He said that we might predict the arrival of summer by seeing a fig tree put forth new leaves. Likewise, we might anticipate his arrival when we see the signs listed in the Bible.

The Lord performs great signs to aid us. We may organize our lives and prepare for upcoming events for our family and ourselves. Although we have been forewarned of impending disasters and instructed to get ready for them, we can also rejoice in the Savior’s impending arrival.

The Lord commanded in Matthew 24:6, “Be not alarmed, for when all these things (the signs) take place, you will know that the promises that have been given and made to you will be fulfilled.”

Jesus said that when he returns, the righteous will not be destroyed but will endure the day. Additionally, their offspring will grow up without sin, and the earth will be entrusted to them as a heritage. Because the Lord will be among them and over them in glory, he will also be their ruler and the source of their rules.

1 Thessalonians 4:16–17 says, “For the trumpet of God, the voice of an archangel, and a shout will accompany the Lord Himself as He descends from heaven. And the first to rise are the dead in Christ. Then, along with them, those of us who are still alive will be taken into the clouds to be with the Lord in the air. Thus, we will constantly be with the Lord.”

The division of the virgins in the Bible into five wise and five foolish highlights the importance of readiness and the consequences of complacency, as the wise virgins are able to enter the wedding feast while the foolish ones are shut out due to their lack of preparation.

Are We Living In The Last Days?

The main points are that neither Jesus’ return time nor its timing are explicitly mentioned in the Bible, nor is there any encouragement for us to try to predict them. The Bible encourages us to stay alert and be prepared rather than devise irrational and speculative calculations to figure out when God is returning here on earth. The fact that we do not know when Jesus will come back should inspire us to live each day in anticipation of his coming.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed to us, and the Lord is aware of not just the number of hairs on our heads and our current thoughts but also the duration of each of our days. Because Jesus is powerful to save by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, God longs for your conversion, return to him, and trust in Christ. Instead of cowering in terror, hold firm to the Lord and tell everyone about the glories of Christ.

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Preparing For Jesus Christ’s Return

Who then is the faithful and wise servant whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. Truly, I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.

— Matthew 24:45-47

As believers, we eagerly anticipate Jesus’ coming, for we know that God is coming back, just as he promised. In preparing for this momentous event, it is essential for us to be like the wise servant who diligently attends to the master’s commands. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, has entrusted us with the responsibility of being his disciples and sharing the message of salvation with others.

To prepare for Jesus Christ’s return, we must first rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwells within us, empowering us to live a victorious Christian life that is pleasing to God and enabling us to fulfill the great commission, which is to “go and make disciples of all the nations.” It is through the Holy Spirit that God leads us and reveals his will for our lives.

In our preparation, we should also strive to emulate the way Jesus walked on this earth. Jesus declared that he is the way, the truth, and the life, and as his followers, we should seek to embody his teachings and character. By studying the Scriptures and immersing ourselves in biblical truths, we can grow in our understanding of God’s Word and align our lives with his divine principles.

Preparing for Jesus’ return also involves examining our hearts and surrendering our lives to him fully. We must resist the temptations of the world and crucify our old selves with their evil desires. By allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us from within, we can live lives that are pleasing to God and honor him in all that we do.

As we anticipate the second coming of Jesus Christ, let us remember that it will be a glorious event, accompanied by great glory. God’s kingdom will be established, and Jesus will reign as Lord forever. Therefore, let us eagerly prepare ourselves by cultivating a deep and intimate relationship with him through prayer, worship, and daily communion with God.

The anticipation of Jesus Christ’s return should not be passive but rather a call to action. Let us prepare ourselves by staying faithful to his teachings, sharing the message of salvation, and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, we must ignore such people who claim anything that is not according to God’s Word. As we await Jesus’ coming, may we be found as faithful and obedient servants, ready to meet our Lord.

Bible Verses About The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ

But about that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

— Matthew 24:36–37

Above all, you must understand that in the last days, scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything has gone on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

— 2 Peter 3:3–4

At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. False messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

— Matthew 24:23–24

Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly, I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; everyone will be thrown down.”

— Matthew 24:1–2

He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.

— Acts 1:7

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginnings of birth pains.

— Matthew 24:7–8

There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming in the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

— Luke 21:25–26

But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.

— Matthew 24:48–50
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Summary

Jesus is patiently delaying his return so that people will have as much time as possible to decide whether or not to follow him based on their self-control. Jesus wants to go back to heaven with as many people as possible. 2 Peter 3:8–9 says, “But, dear ones, remember this: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

Although some may consider the Lord to be slack in keeping his Word, he is patient with us and does not want anyone to perish but instead that everyone turn to God for salvation. Christ’s rule will be firm and just, and it will continue for a millennium.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the 7 signs of Jesus?

The seven signs of Jesus, outlined in the Gospel of John, encompass turning water into wine, healing the royal official’s son, curing the paralyzed man, feeding the 5,000, walking on water, restoring sight to the blind, and raising Lazarus from the dead. These miracles serve to affirm Jesus’ divine authority and identity as the Son of God.

How long is one day for God?

In theological contexts, a day for God is perceived as beyond human comprehension, symbolizing the divine’s eternal existence outside conventional notions of time. It’s understood metaphorically rather than as a finite 24-hour period, reflecting the infinite nature of God’s being and transcending earthly constraints.

What does heaven look like?

Heaven is often envisioned as a realm of eternal bliss, characterized by radiant light, celestial landscapes, and profound peace. Depictions may vary, but the overarching concept conveys a sense of transcendent beauty and boundless joy, representing the ultimate destination for believers across different faith traditions.

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