In Matthew 24, we learn about the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ to the earth. Truly, if you want to know the signs of the times when He will return, then you ought to read and study this chapter. And not only this, the Bible is God’s Word, and for you to be saved, it must be lived out in your heart and mind when Jesus returns. For if His words are in you, then Jesus is there also. Now, many people are very afraid right now because of the coronavirus. It came from Wuhan China and is now spreading across the globe like a wildfire. This, like SARS was, is also an epidemic, but this outbreak is even worse because of the number of fatalities. But did you know that this virus outbreak and others in these last days was prophesied of by Jesus himself? When he was asked, 1“what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3), he spoke out about this outbreak and other events that will take place. Those signs of his coming are the following, 1“for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:7,8) He also said, 1“but pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matthew 24:20-22) All I can say here is wow. This surely speaks about the time we are living in right now. Therefore, what better time is there than this to confess your sins openly to Jesus. Accept Him as Lord of your life, now, while you have time.
Let us now learn from and break down what Jesus said in the verses above. He said that there would be pestilences in diverse places on the earth, that things would get worse in the wintertime. Even flights, or people going to and fro from their country, would be greatly affected because of all that is taking place. He also said that at this time, it is the beginning of sorrows. This is called the great tribulation period, where Jesus says that things are only going to get worse. It will get so bad, even to the point of many souls dying. My friends, if you define a pestilence, it is speaking of a fatal epidemic disease. The coronavirus has started in the wintertime, as Jesus predicted centuries ago. And flights are stopped from going in and out of China, as Jesus said also. As of today, there are now 37,595 cases and 814 deaths from the virus outbreak already. It has caused many people to not only become sick, but very sorrowful. As Jesus said, this time that we live in is the beginning of sorrows. Things are not going to get better before Jesus returns. Therefore, do as Jesus said and 1“watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:42) Don’t give in to the lusts of your flesh, but stay strong in the Lord. In the time of Jesus’s return 1“two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” (Matthew 24:40,41) So be ready for the Lord God’s return. Don’t say He delays His coming while delaying the day of your repentance. The wicked will be punished, but the righteousness of God will be saved. Our belief in Jesus means that we are willing to follow Him and do as He says. Don’t take being a Christian lightly, but love Jesus until the end of time.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will prepare for Your second coming and not delay it. It would be very sad to see people that I know and love not be saved because they put off serving You, but the things of this world instead. It is true that where people put there heart and soul in, that is also who they become in life. Truly, the majority of people are not doing as You command them, but only doing as the lusts of their flesh desires. This really is frightening to know, Lord. You know who I am talking about, and I pray that people will desire to repent and then be refreshed through Your blood. Then, will they know how sinful they really were, and not turn back to their old sinful ways anymore. The signs of your coming is in our day, so people should be calling upon Your name in all their confessions, and not saying that You are delaying Your return. It is when people do this is when people put off following You, but do as the world says is ok instead. Therefore, people are out drinking it up, looking at porn all they want to, indulging in the homosexual lifestyle, having abortions, while thinking all is well. But Lord, this is so false and far out there. People do not know the pit they are digging for themselves, lest they repent. They also do not know what they are missing out on when it comes to Your love, and I am afraid that they will miss out on it for all eternity in hell if they do not turn from their sins and follow You. You are the Lord of all and are looking to see who is for You, not against You. So, God, I come to You now and forever at Your feet. Continue to use me for Your kingdom. Help me be a shining light for all the world to see. I wish to see more people be saved before it is too late. I love You, Jesus. Amen.