Today's sermon was about the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Why do I believe Jesus is coming again?
1. Because the Bible says so.
2. Because of the signs around that fulfill what the Bible says.
As many of us know, the Bible predicts about the signs of the end times. One of the most obvious signs is of course earthquakes. The recent earthquake in Japan had really shook the whole world, and I thought that's all. No, it wasn't over yet. Nuclear plants exploded, causing harmful radiation & many more adverse effects. And a few days ago, Myanmar had a 6.8 earthquake.
6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
Not only that, the Bible also says the all these will also increase in magnitude and occur more frequently.
And I was surprised when I got to know the statistics of earthquakes (major & minor).
13th century - 115
14th century - 132
15th century - 194
17th century - 378
18th century - 640
19th century - 2119
20th century (up to 1970) - 18000
I was taken aback. It's an exponential increase!!!
Not only the number, the occurrence of major ones had also increased. (6.0 and above on the Ritcher scale is considered as a major earthquake). Before the 1800, there were 2 or 3 major ones. But in 1970, there were 24 major earthquakes. And from 2000 to 2011, in a matter of not even 11 years, there were already 220 major earthquakes.
Not just earthquakes, wars, bizarre diseases and the fulfillment of so many prophecies in the Bible all pointing to what Jesus had said, that He's coming soon.
Looking at all the recent disasters, I guess you have to agree with me that no man can have control of his own life. It just displays the shortcomings of mankind and the fragility of life.
God warns us again and again. Are we taking heed of what He said? Are we responding to His call?
Time and tide waits for no man. Have you made that decision to believe and follow Christ?
Or if you have not, will you consider committing your life to Him?
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
There is a song taken from this scripture. It's a mandarin song. We sang it in our Sunday service today.
7 万物的结局近了。所以，你们要谨慎自守，儆醒祷告。8最要紧的是彼此切实相爱，因为爱能遮掩许多的罪。9你们要互相款待，不发怨言. 10各人要照所得的恩赐彼此服事，作神百般恩赐的好管家。
Eternity awaits us, but are we ready?