The second coming of Jesus Christ is an event that Christians have been anticipating ever since Jesus ascended up into heaven following his post-resurrection 40-day ministry. As people stood there that day gazing up into the sky at the ascending Christ, an angel spoke these words –
“why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (See Acts 1:6-9)
From those earliest days continuing up to our day, believers have thought that they would be the generation living on the earth that would see Jesus return as promised. Should we have reason to think that we might finally be that generation during which Christ returns in power and glory? Yes we certainly should! There are definite signs that the second coming is imminent!
No person knows the exact date, but the second coming however does not approach without any warning. The scriptures give us the signs and events to watch for, so we need not be caught by surprise. The book of Revelation outlines a series of events that will happen in succession and that lead up to the rapture in which the saints are lifted up to meet Christ as he comes. These events, like a chain reaction of dominos, fall quickly into place and will bring us to the great and dreadful day of the return of Christ. It is both great and dreadful; depending on if you are the righteous or the wicked.
The plan of God is to gather the elect that hear His voice and then to destroy the wicked at the time of judgments that are poured out at the second coming of Christ.
When Christ said “Behold, I come quickly”, we understand this to mean that when things start to happen, it all happens so quickly that from that point in time, we quickly arrive at the second coming. Make this a matter of diligent study, fervent prayer and righteous living. Seek the spirit and go on in courage in this great cause of the Kingdom of God that is about to roll forth in power to save as many as will believe. You would be wise to read the scriptures and ponder what they say about the events of our times and then very carefully come to your own conclusions about the events and preparations you should make.
“I will prophesy that the signs of the coming of the Son of Man are already commenced. One pestilence will desolate after another. We shall soon have war and bloodshed. The moon will be turned into blood. I testify of these things, and that the coming of the Son of Man is nigh, even at your doors. If our souls and our bodies are not looking forth for the coming of the Son of Man, and after we are dead, if we are not looking forth, &c., we shall be among those who are calling for the rocks to fall upon us.” – Joseph Smith, Journal of Discourses, 6: pp. 237-240
Every faithful Christian today, regardless of their denomination, needs to rally to the cause of Christ and prepare themselves for what lies ahead. It is time to choose a side and take a stand for righteousness; to be called up and chosen by our Savior and King Jesus Christ.