Is the coronavirus pandemic another of many signs heralding Christ’s coming at the end of the world? Not if you believe what Jesus said about His coming.
Jesus said that nobody, but the Father knows when He is coming (Matthew 24:36). If there will be signs of His coming, then anyone could know. Doesn’t that mean that if someone says there are signs that Christ is about to come that he doesn’t know what he is talking about?
Jesus said that it will be like the days of Noah when all was normal until suddenly, they were taken away by the flood (vv. 37-39). God gave no signs to let Noah’s generation know when the flood was coming. Doesn’t that mean that we should not expect any signs of Christ’s coming?
Jesus said that it will be like an army that comes through taking some and leaving others (vv. 40-42; cf. 1 Samuel 11:11). Armies don’t give signs to indicate when they are going to attack. Doesn’t that mean that there will be no signs to indicate when Christ is coming?
Jesus said that He would come unexpectedly like a thief in the night (vv. 43-44). Thieves don’t give signs to let you know when they are coming. Doesn’t that mean that there will be no signs of Christ’s coming?
Jesus said that His coming will be like a master who completely surprises his evil servant who thought his master was delaying coming (vv. 45-51). If there were any signs of the master’s coming the servant would not have been caught off guard. Doesn’t that mean that there will not be any signs warning us of Christ’s coming?
Jesus said that His coming would be like ten virgins who went out to meet the bridegroom but five were unprepared because they did not know he was coming at midnight (25:1-13). If there were some signs of the time, then they would have been ready. Doesn’t that mean that there will be no signs of the time of Christ’s coming?
Instead of looking for signs, Jesus says, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (24:44).
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Robert Dodson is the Preaching Minister for the Northwest Church of Christ.
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