posted on Oct, 28 2003 @ 10:04 PM
In the 7th statement of the Creed it says: "I believe… in one Lord Jesus Christ… " But the exact date of the Second Coming is hidden from the
From the pages of the Gospel we hear the warning words of the Savior: "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons" (Acts 1:7); "But that
day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father" (Mark 13:32).
At the same time the Lord did not leave us without signs of the time of the Last Judgment. He gave us indications, by which we could deduct that the
end is approaching. Based on the words of Christ (Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21), the Apostle Paul (2Thes. 2) and John the Theologian (Revelations), one
could list the following as indications:
The preaching of the Gospel throughout the world;
The appearance of multiple false prophets, performing various "miracles" for the attraction of people, and false Christs — those who call themselves
Wars and social disturbances;
Epidemic drop in morality and the increase of lawlessness in the world;
The diminishment of people’s love for each other;
Discord and Church strife, the appearance of insolent abusers of the Church;
Universal departure from Christianity and the strengthening of various occult teachings;
Massive conversion of many Jews to Christ;
Epidemics of horrible illnesses, earthquakes in places and other natural disasters;
Universal exhaustion of people from fear of approaching disaster.
The final disaster, before the Second Coming, will be the arrival of the Antichrist — the enemy of Christ and his complete opposite (Greek "anti" —
He will be raised to the height of power through world Judaism and will unite under his rule all countries and religions for three and a half
The preparation for the appearance of the Antichrist, performed in the world through the dark powers, the Apostle Paul calls "mystery of iniquity"
(2 Thes. 2:7).
The Antichrist’s rule will be a time of great sorrows, previously unseen, and of the worst persecution of the Church.
The Lord Himself will bring his end, Who will come on the earth in glory "for as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the
west" (Matt. 24:27). Before the Second Coming the sun will darken and the Holy Cross will appear in the sky — the sign of the Son of Man, visible to
Then the time for the existence of our world will be fulfilled and the eternal Kingdom of God’s glory will commence.
Are we close to the days of the Last Judgment? One cannot say exactly, but many signs of the end of the world are being fulfilled in front of our