We don’t know when the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ will be, The Bible describes it saying that the coming of Christ is like a thief in the night.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. But Jesus through his words has given us the signs of his return here on earth. We must be prepared and ready at all times for the coming of our Lord Jesus, for his coming is at hand. Here are some of the signs of the coming of Jesus Christ.
1. The Church will be ready
Jesus told us of the parable of the ten virgins, five wise and five foolish (Mt 25) where the groom was delaying his coming. The only reason for an excited groom to delay his coming on his wedding day would be that the bride was not yet ready.
But in the book of Revelation, John tells us that the bride will be fully ready and prepared for the coming of Christ our bridegroom.
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.” (Rev 19:7)
Jesus is coming back for a bride without a spot or wrinkle (Eph 5:27) and for a Church having attained the ‘whole measure of the fullness of Christ (Eph 4:13).
2. The Increase in evil
Lawlessness will reach its maturity before Christ can return, “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ…Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” (2 Th 2:1-3).
3. Harvest of Jewish souls
There will be a huge gathering of Jewish souls ready to be harvested at the end times. “I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.” (Rom 11:25-26).
4. World Evangelization
The Bible is very clear that before Jesus returns the gospel will have been preached in every country and to the ends of the earth.
In Mathew chapter 24, Jesus answered the questions asked by His disciples. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Mat 24:3)
Jesus gave the signs of the approach of his coming such as wars, famines, pestilences, and more which will be followed by the sign of His coming, the gospel will be preached in all the world and then the end would come (Mat 24:14).
When we look at the world today we can see many unreached tribes and people groups that are yet to hear of the name of Jesus Christ. He is delaying His coming because the bride- His church is still not prepared.