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Seven Prophetic Signs Before Jesus Returns

Many people alive today think Christ's return is imminent. Certainly, the Bible contains prophecies that could not have been fulfilled until this generation.


1. Mankind Must Have the Ability to Exterminate Itself

In Matthew 24:22, describing world conditions prior to His second coming, Jesus said that "if that time of troubles were not cut short, no living thing could survive; but for the sake of God's chosen it will be cut short" (Revised English Bible).



2. A Jewish Homeland will be Established in Israel

"And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south" (Zechariah 14:1-4).



3. The "King of the North" and "King of the South" will Rise as Regional Powers

In Daniel 11 we find an amazing prophecy about two leaders, the kings of the north and south, the heads of regions that were geographically north and south of the Holy Land. To understand this prophecy we have to go to the time of Alexander the Great, who lived near the end of the fourth century B.C., 200 years after Daniel.



4. A Dominating Roman System Will Come to Power

In Daniel 2 and 7 we see prophecies about four great gentile empires that would arise in the period between the time of Daniel and the coming establishment of the Kingdom of God (Daniel 2:44). Daniel was himself living in the first of these great empires (Daniel 7:4) as a Jewish exile in ancient Babylon.



5. The United States and Great Britain will Fall with the State of Israel

"Israel" was the new name God gave the biblical patriarch Jacob in Genesis 32. The 12 tribes of Israel were descended from his 12 sons. These tribes later formed a united kingdom.



6. The Gospel of the Kingdom will be Preached in the Entire World

In His major end-time prophecy, Jesus answers the question posed by the disciples: "When will these things be? And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matthew 24:3).



7. Instant Worldwide Communications will be Possible at the Time of God's Final Two Witnesses

Another end-time Bible prophecy could not be fulfilled until this era of instant worldwide communications.



What did Jesus mean when He said, "This generation will by no means pass away"?

Many are puzzled by Jesus Christ's words, "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place" (Matthew 24:34).


Did He mean that generation of His disciples? First, note the future context. Jesus had just said, “So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!” (Matthew 24:33).


Did His disciples “see all these things” in their generation? Certainly not. They were not in a generation that had the ability to destroy all of mankind. Jesus said of the final, end-time generation, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved” (Matthew 24:22). Clearly the weapons of that day were not sufficient to bring this prophecy to pass.


Although Christ’s disciples did see wars, famines, plagues and persecutions, and some even lived to see the destruction of Jerusalem several decades later, these were not the total fulfillment of Jesus Christ’s words. They were not the prophesied global events that would directly lead to Jesus Christ’s return.


So what did Jesus mean when He referred to “this generation”? He could not have meant that current generation of His day. They died without seeing all the events leading to His return. The obvious meaning, then, is that He could only have meant the generation of the last days.


Jesus knew that the course of end-time events would not continue indefinitely. Once they were set in motion, all would occur within the lifetime of one generation. Only one generation will witness all the mounting global conditions described in God’s Word. That generation will see the arrival of the specific 3 1⁄2-year period that will mark the end of “this present evil age” and usher in the Kingdom of God.


These events will not pass from one generation to another. Once the prophesied conditions exist, all will be fulfilled—including the return of Jesus Christ—within the lifetime of one generation. Considering the signs Jesus foretold that would mark that time, it appears to be here.

Will this generation see God's Kingdom established on Earth?

We have seen how seven biblically prophesied circumstances could not have come to pass until recent times. 

In fact, the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 was clearly a major turning point in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, as was the acquisition of the hydrogen bomb by the two superpowers of the 1950s that led to the period of mutually assured destruction.


All has now become possible. This, in turn, makes it much more likely that our generation will live to see Jesus Christ return and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. After all, Jesus Himself said that once these things begin, the generation alive at that time “will by no means pass away till all these things take place” (Matthew 24:34).


It’s both sobering and encouraging to think that we appear to be living in the generation that will ultimately witness the most important event in the history of mankind. As Jesus Christ tells His followers in Luke 21:28, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

JESUS Is Coming Soon

In the New Testament, Jesus Christ is the dwelling place of God’s glory.

Colossians 2:9 tells us that “in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,” causing Jesus to exclaim to Philip, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). In Christ, we see the visible manifestation of God Himself. Although His glory was also veiled, Jesus is nonetheless the presence of God on earth.