Evidence that christ’s return is near

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Evidence that christ’s return is near

  1. 1. Evidence that Christ’s return is near Burton July 15th 2012
  2. 2. Our presentation[Reading: Luke 21:7-28]• A latter day miracle• Other signs of Christ’s coming: – in religion – in society – in the world political situation• What should we do? Christs Return 2
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  4. 4. AD 70 – the destruction ofJerusalem Christs Return 4
  5. 5. Detail from the triumphalarch of Titus Christs Return 5
  6. 6. The fate of Jerusalem and the JewsIn 63 BCE, Judaea became a protectorate ofRome. The Jews revolted in 70, but weredefeated in 73. The Romans then destroyedthe Second Temple and most of Jerusalem, andannexed Judaea as a Roman province. In 132 theJews rebelled against Hadrian. In 135, Hadrian’sarmy defeated the Jewish armies and Jewishindependence was lost. Jerusalem was turnedinto a pagan city called Aelia Capitolina and theJews were forbidden to live there, and Hadrianchanged the country’s name from Judea to SyriaPalestina. Source: Wikipedia Christs Return 6
  7. 7. The Jews are scattered Christs Return 7
  8. 8. God’s promise to the Jews“For I am with thee, saith the Lord ,to save thee: though I make a fullend of all nations whither I havescattered thee, yet will I not make afull end of thee: but I will correctthee in measure, and will not leavethee altogether unpunished.” Jeremiah 30:11 Christs Return 8
  9. 9. Israel to be regathered “Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God ;Although I have cast them [Israel] far offamong the heathen, and although I havescattered them among the countries, yet willI be to them as a little sanctuary in thecountries where they shall come.Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God ; Iwill even gather you from the people, andassemble you out of the countries where yehave been scattered, and I will give you theland of Israel.” Ezekiel 11:16-17 Christs Return 9
  10. 10. State of Israel 1948 Christs Return 10
  11. 11. Jerusalem one again 1967 Christs Return 11
  12. 12. Christ’s return at hand“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, andshall be led away captive into all nations: andJerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles,until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. Andthere shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon,and in the stars; and upon the earth distress ofnations, with perplexity; the sea and the wavesroaring; Mens hearts failing them for fear, andfor looking after those things which are comingon the earth: for the powers of heaven shall beshaken. And then shall they see the Son of mancoming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:24-27 Christs Return 12
  13. 13. Religious signs“This know also, that in the last days periloustimes shall come. For men shall be lovers oftheir own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,blasphemers, disobedient to parents,unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection,trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent,fierce, despisers of those that are good,Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers ofpleasures more than lovers of God; Having aform of godliness, but denying the powerthereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 Christs Return 13
  14. 14. Denying Christ’s return“Knowing this first, that there shallcome in the last days scoffers,walking after their own lusts, Andsaying, Where is the promise of hiscoming? for since the fathers fellasleep, all things continue as theywere from the beginning of thecreation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4 Christs Return 14
  15. 15. Signs in society“This know also, that in the last days periloustimes shall come. For men shall be lovers oftheir own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,blasphemers, disobedient to parents,unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection,trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent,fierce, despisers of those that are good,Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers ofpleasures more than lovers of God; Having aform of godliness, but denying the powerthereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 Christs Return 15
  16. 16. Signs in world politics• The alignment of the nations• The breakdown of the world’s economic model• The corruption amongst those in positions of power• The increasing unrest amongst ordinary people across the world Christs Return 16
  17. 17. The sea and the waves…“…and upon the earth distress ofnations, with perplexity; the sea and thewaves roaring; Mens hearts failingthem for fear, and for looking afterthose things which are coming on theearth: for the powers of heaven shall beshaken.” Luke 21:25-26“But the wicked are like the troubledsea, when it cannot rest, whose waterscast up mire and dirt.” Isaiah 57:20 Christs Return 17
  18. 18. What should we do?• Study God’s word• “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:10-11 Christs Return 18
  19. 19. Don’t wait – start today! Christs Return 19

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