At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. (Mark 13:21 NLT) Read more in Mark 13:21-27 and/or Matthew 24:23-31. Note that these are Jesus’ own words.
How many of you have heard it said that it is easy to imagine the whole world seeing Christ’s second coming because of the Internet and TV? I think this kind of thinking is audacious – as if God needed man’s help to make his prophecy come true.
Are we guilty of trying to keep Jesus confined to human limitations? He took on those limitations only when he allowed God to place him in Mary’s womb, and he released himself of them when he arose from the dead. We know he was released from his physical restrictions because after the resurrection Jesus was able to walk through walls and to appear and disappear at will.
Let’s just stand back a little and reconsider just who this Jesus the Christ is before we throw any human limitations on what he can and can’t do.
Jesus was there at the creation of the heavens and the earth. John 1:3 tells us that all things were created through Jesus and without Jesus nothing was made. Colossians 1:16-17 confirms this saying all things were created through him and for him. The passage in Colossians also includes beings in the spiritual realm among the things Jesus created. It also adds that Jesus continues to hold all of creation together.
When we remember all of what God did through Jesus and that he continues to hold it all together, how can we ignore the possibility that he could let us all know at once that he is here? Re-read the passages above from Mark and/or Matthew and you will see some clues on how he plans to get our attention. Don’t you think people might notice if the stars fell from the sky? …or if the sun grew dark and the moon stopped shining? What kind of sign might appear in the sky? I’m sure that the God who created the heavens and the earth can think of something spectacular enough to make even the most wicked of sinners tremble while the elect will shout for joy in anticipation.
How many people does God listen to in prayer all at the same time? God is not limited in time and space in any way. Jesus who is God personified, is surely able to appear to all of his children at one time. Look forward to that day, and don’t be fooled by any Antichrist that comes along. If someone needs to point him/her out, it isn’t Jesus. We will just know, and as in one voice proclaim together “Alleluia” or “He is here!”