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Four signs of the coming of Jesus

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2016 | 5:00 AMTamara Bailey
Evangelist Donald Bailey

Manchester, Jamaica:

It is said by several religious scholars that the coming of Jesus will be the most important event that will take place on this planet, and while the question of whether or not many will be ready is asked, Evangelist Donald Bailey says there are signs to prove Jesus' impending return.

"... Jesus gave them (disciples) four important signs to look for. Jesus says when you see these things you know things are happening. He gave them signs that will take place in the natural world, the religious world, the political world and the moral world.

"In Luke 21:9, we find signs of the natural world: 'But when he shall hear of wars and commotions be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass: but the end is not by and by'. Let us ask ourselves: Is the world in which we are living right now it under attack? Right now, even powerful America is trembling when they hear about ISIS - these are the landmarks to tell us that Jesus is near."

Bailey then revealed the signs of the religious world making reference to 1 Timothy 4:1-2: "Now the spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils'."

"Sometimes you hear some people talk, you wonder if they are talking about Christianity. Many people are leaving churches because they are tired and fed up of this Jesus business. Some will come to church because they think church will solve their problems, but if you believe that church is going to solve all your problems, then you are in for a big mistake. That rascal (the devil) is going to make your life difficult."

He added, "But I am happy that Jesus declared that even when the road gets tough, if you are faithful to the death, you shall receive a crown of life. Many Christians are being told of spiritism and where they can go to consult spiritist, but a people must consult their God; we don't need to consult any spirits'. We must consult our God, for He has all the answers. We have some people in church whose consciences are dead and God is struggling with them. I don't want you to think a just people out a road. Some people don't want to hear the truth - they want to hear what they believe will make them comfortable, but when it comes to accepting Jesus ... Jesus is not in the business of making the comfortable, comfortable. He is there to disturb your comfort zone."

COMING SOON

Third on the list of the four signs the evangelist stated is that of the political world.

"In 1 Thessalonians 5: 3 it says, 'For when they shall say, peace and safety; sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape.' What we see happening is that these political leaders are holding peace talk, and every time they hold peace talks, they are preparing for war. These are not just coincidence, these are signs to tell us Jesus is coming and is coming soon."

He continued, "In Luke 21:25-26 it says: 'And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; and the sea and the waves roaring; Men's heart failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.' There has never been a time in the history of the world that the nations have been so distressed, they just can't seem to understand what is happening."

Signs in the moral world, he added, is evidenced in Mathew 24:12 which states: 'And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.'

"People's hearts are so cold now because too much lawlessness is in the world. I remember a time when the men used to protect the women, but it's long gone. People have become lovers of themselves - all people think about is themselves. People will become covetous, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection; men leaving the natural use for a woman and turning to men, and once they use to hide, but now they are becoming so bold, even legislating that men can get married to men.

"Jesus' coming is going to find many people having pleasure, but I am glad that although the signs are telling us that Jesus is coming, the coming of Jesus will put an end to all the ill of this life. It will bring a new order to things," he ended.