Increasing disasters indicate the climactic sign of Christ’s coming is at the door.
by Norbert Restrepo
The apostle Peter exhorts believers to look for and hasten the coming of the day of God (2 Peter 3:1–14). He reminds them of “the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets” warning of the day of the Lord, the day of His wrath, the day of judgment, and the day of His coming. Even though classical prophets warned people in their time of God’s impending judgment, their prophecies had a wider typological apocalyptic application.
We find a notable example of this in Matthew 24, where Christ foretold the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple, merging this event with the final judgment of the whole world at His second coming. This discourse was His comprehensive response to the apostles’ question, “Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Matthew 24:3.
Jesus placed His second coming as occurring after the “tribulation,” after the “times of the Gentiles” (Matthew 24:21, 29; Luke 21:24; Revelation 11:2), after the notable “signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity” (Luke 21:25). He also mentioned the condition of the world, comparing it to the days of Noah and of Lot (Luke 17:26–30), and pointed out the “abomination of desolation” as the sign of imminent destruction.
Today many of these signs have been fulfilled; the condition of the days of Noah and Lot are upon us, and nations are distressed and perplexed. Natural disasters have hit nearly every continent in 2017,¹ crimes such as the deadly shooting in Las Vegas have increased,² and ecumenism advances, as is being celebrated this year with the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.³ These fulfillments indicate that the climactic sign, the abomination of desolation, is at the door.
“We are standing on the threshold of the crisis of the ages. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another—fire, and flood, and earthquake, with war and bloodshed.”4 Oh, may we heed the warning! May we pray, watch, and work to hasten the coming of the day of the Lord.
1 “10 of the Deadliest Natural Disasters of 2017,” www.usnews.com, updated September 20, 2017.
2 “Police say Las Vegas gunman planned ‘extensively,’ used cameras to monitor officers as they approached,” WashingtonPost.com, October 3, 2017.
3 “Reformation Anniversary (1517-2017),” www.churchofengland.com, accessed October 10, 2017.
4 White, E.G., Prophets and Kings, p. 278.