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The Time is Near (Part 3 of 3)

The Time Is Near

Why The Signs of The Times?

Sometimes we talk about “what” of the signs of the times without considering the “why”. In other words, why did God tell us there would be signs to look for pointing to Jesus’ second coming? I think there are three reasons:

1. He does not allow us to know the day or the hour, but He wants us to recognize the season of His return.

Jesus roundly chastised the people of His day for failing to recognize the signs of the times (Matthew 16:2-3); He offered numerous signs that point us toward the season of His return.

2. While we labor diligently for the Master while He is away (Matthew 25:14-23), realizing that He is returning soon should motivate us to redouble our efforts — sharing the gospel and urging lost people to flee from the wrath to come.

Paul urged the Church in Rome — and by extension every follower of Jesus Christ — to “do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near” (Romans 13:11-14).

3. He does not want the lost to slip into eternal oblivion without a heightened awareness of the cataclysm that awaits them.

God sends warnings before His wrath is poured out — as He did in Noah’s day, to Sodom and Gomorrah, and to Nineveh; in the end times a Gospel angel will fly above the earth crying out, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come” (Revelation 14:7).

Heavenly Minded and Earthly Good

Right now, even those without the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit can discern that something is terribly amiss in the world. Their hearts are like plowed ground, ready to receive seed. Our own discernment of the Signs of the Times should not inspire anxiety and frustration and fear, but rather motivate us to plant and water and fertilize and rune — making disciples of all the nations.

We should praise the Lord that He calls us each to serve in a way, a place, and a time where our gifts and talents can bring Him glory.

But in a broader sense our recognition of the Signs of the Times should motivate us all to realize that time is growing short. If the King really is coming — soon, and very soon — then our lives should be oriented around that glorious truth.

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Tim Moore

Colonel Tim Moore serves as the Director and Senior Evangelist of Lamb & Lion Ministries. He leads pilgrimages to Israel and is the host of the television program Christ in Prophecy.

3 CommentsLeave a Comment

  • Stirring words of wisdom!! Beautifully written to motivate our hearts and minds to glorify God and witness to those around us by sharing His love and pointing to Christ “standing at the door” soon to return!! Thank you for your ministry.

  • Is there a scripture that answers the question: when we ask Christ into our heart, At that moment, Does the Holy Spirt Come and Dwell Into our heart ?
    Also, If I’m only 5 or 6 years old, And I ask Christ Into my heart, Am I Saved?
    Also, If one has been Saved, But Not Baptised when Christ comes again, Are they Still bound for Heaven??

    • See Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Timothy 1:14; James 4:5.

      Anyone who puts their faith in Jesus Christ will be saved. Baptism is a believer’s public profession that we have accepted Jesus as Savior. Though it’s not necessary for salvation, doing so would be in obedience to Jesus and His example (Matt. 3:16; 10:32-33). Jesus’ example, and all the other examples in the Bible of baptism, involved immersion into water. Spirit baptism happened the moment you were saved, in that the Holy Spirit now lives within you to help you discern right from wrong and guide you in your walk with Christ (1 Cor. 3:16). For more on Holy Spirit baptism, check out


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