1 “Now, brothers and sisters, we do not need to write you about times and dates.2 You know very well that the day the Lord comes again will be a surprise, like a thief that comes in the night.3 While people are saying, "We have peace and we are safe," they will be destroyed quickly. It is like pains that come quickly to a woman having a baby. Those people will not escape.4 but you, brothers and sisters, are not living in darkness, and so that day will not surprise you like a thief.”
2 Peter 3:10: “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The skies will disappear with a loud noise. Everything in them will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be exposed.
In Luke 12:39-40, in a message to the Gentiles, Jesus talked again about being ready for his return:39 "Remember this: If the owner of the house knew what time a thief was coming, he would not allow the thief to enter his house. 40 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at a time when you don't expect him!"
Matthew 24:36 tells us that: "No one knows when that day or time will be, not the angels in heaven, not even the Son.[c] Only the Father knows. But……
So the signs that will precede it are:
The other clear signs of his soon Rapture are found in Luke, Matthew and others:
9 “When you hear about wars and riots, don't be afraid, because these things must happen first, but the end will come later." 10 Then he said to them, "Nations will fight against other nations, and kingdoms against other kingdoms. 11 In various places there will be great earthquakes, sicknesses, and a lack of food. Fearful events and great signs will come from heaven”.
Luke 21:12-19: This passage describes Martyrdom and persecution. 171,000 per year now are dying for the cause of Christ. www.persecution.com
Luke 21:25-26: 25 "There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. On earth, nations will be afraid and confused because of the roar and fury of the sea. 26 People will be so afraid they will faint, wondering what is happening to the world, because the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
27 Then people will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to happen, look up and hold your heads high, because the time when God will free you is near!"
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3,:“1 Brothers and sisters, we have something to say about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and the time when we will meet(gather) together with him. 2 Do not become easily upset in your thinking or afraid if you hear that the day of the Lord has already come. Someone may have said this in a prophecy or in a message or in a letter as if it came from us. Do not let anyone fool you in any way. That day of the Lord will not come until the turning away from God happens and the Man of Evil, who is on his way to hell, appears.
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