God will not allow His people to be caught unprepared. He urges everyone to watch and pray, this is why God has given us the signs of the end time so that we won’t be taken unaware.
We are living in the last days, the end of this present world. But before the world will come to an end, there will be signs to warn us and help us to prepare for the final event that will mark the end.
Those signs are what the disciples of Jesus wanted to know in Matthew 24:3.
The disciples were curious to know the signs of the end time, probably they didn’t want to be caught unaware. Unlike some people who are careless like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah in the time of Lot, they were careless about the last days. They forget that Sodom and Gomorrah were wiped out by God because of their sins, And before God did that, He gave them signs but they failed to see the signs.
Even today people are still in doubt that the world will soon come to an end. They feel that things will forever continue to remain the same, but the Bible emphatically disagree with this notion by vividly proclaimed what the end will look like: “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversations and godliness” (2 Peter 3:10-11).
Beyond all reasonable doubt, this present world will definitely come to an end, just like the world of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Besides, the study carried out by Scientists confirmed that the world will soon come to an end. They confirmed that the productive power of the earth, the climate change, over the centuries, the expanse of land in the world and the minerals in the soil, they predicted that this earth can no longer support the population of the world for many years to come. By this, they came to the conclusion that the world is approaching its final end.
But before the predictions of the Scientists and Historians, God the owner of the world told us of the certainty of the world coming to an end (Daniel 8:19). Yet many people refuse to believe they rather choose to mock the Gospel and the Preachers of the Gospel and remain in ignorance (2 Peter 3:3).
Sadly your ignorance or disposition will not deter God from executing His plan for the world. It is absolutely certain that this present world is doomed for destruction and your doubt or ignorance cannot change that fact.
However as God rescued Lot and his family from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19: 15-16), so will He also during rapture rescue the believers from the great calamity that will befall the world.
THE SIGNS OF THE APPROACHING END
In Matthew 24:3, Jesus’ disciples were eager to know the signs of the end because they were certain that the world will come to an end. So they asked Jesus to disclose to them the signs that will characterize the end. And in verse 14, Jesus gave them the answer but not without charging them first to go preach the Gospel to the world. By that charge, He was implying that the approaching end of the world is not a reason for them and, by extension, Christians today to fold their arms and watch sinners sink deeper into sin. Rather, it should revive our zeal and passion for souls as it did to Lot.
Several signs indicating to the end of the world are replete in Scriptures.
In 2 Timothy 3: 1-4, the Bible reveals that some Christians and preachers will begin to live a life of selfishness; they will want everything to revolve around them. They will be careless about the salvation of sinners and instead they will begin to pursue after position and material acquisition. Besides, they will be covetous and boastful. Children will become disobedient to parents and blasphemers. There will be a lack of natural affection as parents abandon and abuse their children (physically, verbally and sexually). Siblings will fight and kill one another for prosperity and money.
Also, in 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-4, the Scripture tells us that when the end will come, people of the world will be proclaiming peace and safety, people will be relaxed and there will be no adequate preparation. Among other things that will characterize the end time, will be a sinful pleasure, carelessness, and lukewarmness will be on the high side, and in the midst of these, destruction will come upon the world and its inhabitants.
In addition, James 5:3 informs us of those who will be engrossed in amassing wealth they will not be able to spend on themselves let alone their loved ones.
Oppression, backsliding, injustice, deceit will be the order of the day (Matthew 24: 4-5; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 1 Timothy 4: 1; 2).
A nation will fight against Nation; pestilences such as HIV/AIDS, Lassa fever, Ebola, earthquakes, and famine in different places (Matthew 24: 6-7).
These and more are the signs of the fast-approaching end and as we see these signs we should be getting ready for the return of Jesus (2 Peter 3:11).
PREPARE TO ESCAPE JUDGEMENT
Having come to the knowledge that the world is fast approaching its impending doom, you urgently need to prepare to escape the judgment. How? Repent and be saved. The best time is now to make your ways right with God. Call on Him today for mercy and pardon and He will save you from your sins. After this, don’t go back to your sins again, ensure you amend for the wrongs you have done in the past by making restitution. Then ask God to come into your heart and sanctify it because without holiness no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12: 14).
Do not wast any more time because tomorrow may be too late; Jesus can come now, this is definite. Whatever you must do to get ready; do it immediately.