Are You Prepared for the Return of Jesus?

The anticipation of Jesus' return has been a topic of interest for believers throughout history. The disciples themselves asked Jesus about the signs of the end times and his second coming. In Matthew 24:27, Jesus explains that his coming will be sudden and unmistakable, comparing it to lightning that shines from the east to the west. This article aims to explore the significance of Jesus' return, the events leading up to it, and the importance of being prepared.

The Signs of the End Times

False Christs and False Prophets
One of the signs of the end times, as mentioned by Jesus, is the rise of false christs and false prophets. These individuals will try to deceive people by claiming to be the Messiah or speaking on behalf of God. It is crucial for believers to be discerning and rooted in the truth of the Gospel to avoid falling into their traps.

The Tribulation and Heavenly Signs
Following the rise of false christs and false prophets, there will be a period of tribulation. This time will be marked by great chaos, tribulation, and persecution for believers. The sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven. The powers of the heavens will be shaken, signifying the magnitude of these events.

The Sign of the Son of Man
After the tribulation, Jesus explains that the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven. This will be a clear indication of his imminent return. All the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will witness the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Accompanying his return, the angels will be sent out with a loud trumpet call to gather the elect from all corners of the earth.

The Urgency of Preparation

The Impending Chaos
The events that will unfold after Jesus' return for the church, known as the rapture, will bring about great chaos, tribulation, and persecution. This period will be characterized by the emergence of the mark of the beast, a symbol of allegiance to the antichrist. It is a time that believers should earnestly desire to avoid, as it will be marked by immense suffering.

The Opportunity for Salvation
While the world descends into chaos, there will still be an opportunity for those who have not yet accepted Jesus as their Savior to repent. However, it is important to note that every rejection of the Gospel further hardens the heart. The more one ignores or rejects the message of Christ, the more difficult it becomes to accept it in the future.

The Gospel of Jesus
The heart of the Gospel is the love of God for humanity. Out of love, God sent his one and only Son, Jesus, to solve the problem of sin. Sin separates us from a holy God, and without intervention, we face eternal damnation. However, through Jesus, the free gift of eternal life is offered to all who believe. It is not based on our own righteousness but on the mercy and grace of God.

Receiving Jesus as Savior
The invitation to receive Jesus as Savior is extended to all. God does not force his way into our lives but instead knocks on the door of our hearts, offering fellowship and salvation. By admitting our sinfulness and recognizing our need for a Savior, we can invite Jesus into our lives. This simple act of faith opens the door to reconciliation with God, the declaration of righteousness, and the promise of eternal life.

The Gift of Salvation
Salvation is a remarkable gift from God. Through Jesus, we are reconciled to him and filled with the Holy Spirit, who serves as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. When Jesus returns suddenly and unmistakably, those who have received salvation will be sealed in the Spirit and taken up to glory. The gift of salvation is an opportunity to be embraced and cherished.


The return of Jesus is a topic of great significance for believers. The signs of the end times, the impending chaos, and the opportunity for salvation all point to the urgency of being prepared. Jesus' return will be sudden and unmistakable, and it is vital for believers to be rooted in the truth of the Gospel and to share this message with others. The invitation to receive Jesus as Savior is available to all, and embracing this gift leads to reconciliation with God and the promise of eternal life. Are you prepared for the return of Jesus?

This recap is from Great Week 6: T-To the End of the Age | Matthew 24:14. Check out the full sermon below from Senior Pastor Dr. Roger Patterson.
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