The Big Question:
Throughout the ages, a number of great religious teachers and seers have received special insight into the future. A discourse that is regarded by many as the most profound and detailed of its kind was given 2,000 years ago on a hillside just outside the ancient city of Jerusalem. There, a small band of truth-seekers gathered around their Teacher, a carpenter-turned-preacher, known simply as Jesus of Nazareth. The question they asked Him prompted a response that spans the centuries and zeroes in on the days in which you and I are now living:
"And as He sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?" (Matthew 24:3).
What His followers were asking Him about is often referred to as the Second Coming, the dramatic personal return of Christ to take over the world and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. The term "the end of the world" is used here not to signify the end of the planet, but the end of the current unjust and inhumane reign of man.
Jesus answered their question with not only one sign that would indicate when "the end" would be near, but He gave dozens of specific indicators to be on the look out for. Outstanding predictions by a number of other biblical writers help fill in the picture. It is these prophesied "signs" that we will now focus on.
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