Read Matthew 24
Don’t fall for it. Times will be bad but your judgment must be good. If someone says that they know where the Christ is hanging out, don’t go there. Don’t go to a room or to the wilderness. It’s deception and you must not fall for it.
When the Son of Man comes, it will be a know it when you see it sort of event. It will be visible to all. For some it will be a time of rejoicing. Others will mourn even more because they rejected him.
There will be great distress in the world, but until the sun is darkened and the moon gives no light at all, there is more to come. But when these cosmic events take place, you will know that the time has come for the Son of Man—Christ Jesus—to come and claim his own.
The sign of the Son of Man will be visible when the heavenly bodies have quit their jobs. What is the sign? Probably light, but again, it should be a know-it when you see it sort of event.
Then, the Son of Man will come on the clouds with great power and glory. At the command of the trumpet, he will send his angels to gather the elect from all over the planet and wherever else they might be. So if you have a relative that is an astronaut on the space station or on his way to Mars, they won’t be left out.
If you are living as his disciple, you will know when the time is near—very near. This section concludes with words of assurance.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
No matter what is going on around you, trust in God’s words. Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Don’t be deceived. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be alarmed, but be ready. Hang in there to the end by following the words of our Lord.
He is coming for you.
Don’t be alarmed.
Don’t be deceived.
He is coming for you!