The Lord is coming. He never tells a lie and if he said he is coming then you can bank on it happening. The second coming of the Lord is not far off too. Exactly when it will happen I don’t know and nor does anyone else, but be assured it will happen. As for how it will happen, well this section of scripture gives us a good indication, and he tells us to run for the hills.
How will the Lord appear?
In this section Jesus talks about his second coming and likens it to a few examples from the Old Testament. In my last post I looked at his coming being like lightning that shines from one end of the earth to the other. Here we see Jesus likens it to the time of Noah and Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah.
In both of those cases we see the Lord explains what life was like just before they were destroyed. He explained it like this in verses 27-30:
27 They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise as it was in the days of Lot–they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built,
29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all–
30 so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed.
In both cases life was normal. Normal things happened and men went about their daily affairs right up until the time of their destruction. It happened suddenly and there was no escape.
It will be the same with the coming of the Lord. Life will appear normal, people will be going about their lives as normal…and then the Lord will appear. And like those cataclysmic events in the Old Testament, there will be no escape and no turning back. Jesus says as much in verse 30 above.
A warning to his people
Jesus warns his people at this time also. We see in verse 31-32 he says, “On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife.” Yes, remember Lot’s wife indeed.
This warning relates in particular to those who are in Jerusalem and the surrounding region at that time. We know that the Lord will return exactly as he left as the angel told his disciples in Acts 1:11. He left the earth and was taken up from the Mount of Olives or Olivet.
In Zechariah 14 we see that the Lord will return and as his feet touch the Mount of Olives, the mount will split in two and a great plain will be formed and living waters shall run from the mount to the sea to the east and the west. Basically the whole region will be flattened around Jerusalem. That is why he tells his people in Judea to flee to the mountains (Matthew 24:16-18). It is for their safety for the wrath of the Lord will come down to destroy the man of Sin who has taken his seat in the temple in Jerusalem proclaiming himself to be God.
He tells his people to “get out of Dodge” and don’t bother taking anything with you…just go. Just as He told Lot to leave and not to dilly dally about it, so too we need to remember his warning and go, especially those in Judea at the time.
There are many warnings the Lord has given us about the time of his return, and even though we may not know the exact hour and day, he has given us timelines so that we can know the rough timing of His return. The triggers for that time have begun already and time is growing short, but there is much still to happen. So use this time wisely while you have the time. Encourage your brothers and sisters in the Lord. Learn what is pleasing to the Lord and help as many as will listen to find the way of the truth.
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