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Jesus' (pbuh) Return in the Bible

The Bible describes Jesus' (pbuh) second coming in detail. However, it also states that only God knows the time and place of his arrival (Matthew, 24:36; Mark, 13:32-33) and that he will come unexpectedly, which is why people must be aware and ready (Matthew, 24:44, 25:13; Mark, 13:35-37; Luke, 12:40).

The circumstances and telltale signs of his return that are known are given below: Anarchy and chaos will increase in the End Times (the final period of the world); wars and conflicts will be commonplace; decadence will be widespread; love and trust between people will be lost; treachery, infidelity, and cruelty will increase; and most people will be far from religious morality. One other indication will be the large number of false Prophets or Messiahs that will appear. The Bible describes this era as follows:

Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming: 'I am Jesus,' and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All of these are the beginning of birth pains... At that time, many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false Prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold. But he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew, 24:4-14) It also depicts the situation of the societies before Jesus' (pbuh) second coming, as follows:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the Last Days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. (2 Timothy, 3:1-5)

According to the Bible, when these developments are taking place, Jesus' (pbuh) return will be imminent (Matthew, 24:33). One further telltale sign will be the widespread denial that he will really come. The Bible reveals this, as follows:

First of all, you must understand that in the Last Days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say: "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." (2 Peter, 3:3-4)

Adapted from: "A Call for Unity" by: "Harun Yahya"

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