1. TIME is the MYSTERY of God expressing His MIND in PROPHECY’ but soon “… there should be TIME NO LONGER: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the MYSTERY OF GOD SHOULD BE FINISHED, as he hath declared to his servants the PROPHETS” [Revelation 10:6-7] The MYSTERY is the PLAN of God to RECONCILE the world to Himself through Jesus Christ, “To wit, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST, RECONCILING THE WORLD UNTO HIMSELF, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” [2 Corinthians 5:19] God, who in times past,  made known His PROGRAM and EVENTS leading to the END of TIME through His PROPHETS  “Hath in these last days SPOKEN UNTO US BY HIS SON, whom he hath appointed, by whom also HE MADE THE WORLDS” [Hebrews 1:1-2] Like many of us, the APOSTLES were fascinated with PROPHECY and asked Jesus: “… Tell us, WHEN SHALL THESE THINGS BE? and what shall be the SIGN of THY COMING, and of the END OF THE WORLD?” [Matthew 24:3]

2. “WHEN SHALL THESE THINGS BE?” was in response to “THESE THINGS” in Matthew 23:35-36, where Jesus said: “That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All THESE THINGS shall come upon this generation”. Seeing the TEMPLE in its glory and watching the priests go about their duties, the APOSTLES may have wondered how “THESE THINGS” would befall Israel. Jesus answered, “… See ye not all THESE THINGS? verily I say unto you, THERE SHALL NOT BE LEFT ONE STONE UPON ANOTHER, that shall not be thrown down” [Matthew 24:2] In AD 70, Rome sacked Jerusalem; the TEMPLE was destroyed and Israel SCATTERED to RECONCILE GENTILES to God. It is a MYSTERY; God in His infinite wisdom allowed Israel to be BLINDED to Christ to GATHER us into His Kingdom and you should not be “… IGNORANT OF THIS MYSTERY, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that BLINDNESS IN PART IS HAPPENED TO ISRAEL, until the FULNESS OF THE GENTILES be come in” [Romans 11:25] The season of Israel’s DESOLATION is over and the “FULNESS OF GENTILES” is at hand, when we shall be weighed in the balance. Let us, therefore, be SOBER and VIGILANT, knowing “if God spared not the natural branches, TAKE HEED LEST HE ALSO SPARE NOT THEE” [Romans 11:21-22]

3. The COMING of the Lord is in two stages to; He will APPEAR to receive His BRIDE and RETURN to reign through the MILLENIUM. When the APOSTLES asked, “… what shall be the SIGN of thy COMING…”, they had in mind His APPEARANCE, which signal the end of Israel's DESOLATION as foretold “Behold, YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT UNTO YOU DESOLATE. For I say unto you, Ye shall not SEE ME henceforth, TILL YE SHALL SAY, BLESSED IS HE THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD” [Matthew 23:38-39] The SIGN He gave was the RETURN of Israel, “Now learn a parable of the FIG TREE; When HIS BRANCH IS YET TENDER, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when YE SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, know that IT IS NEAR, even at the doors.” [Matthew 24:32-33] Israel is the FIG TREE ABANDONED for some 2,000 years, but now TENDER and “PUTTETH FORTH LEAVES, preparatory to her SALVATION. She was SCATTERED in ONE DAY and GATHERED in ONE DAY for a sure SIGN to those who look forward to the COMING of the Lord, “Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or SHALL A NATION BE BORN AT ONCE? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children” [Isaiah 66:8] The SIGN is sure but for doubters, the Lord added “… SIGNS IN THE SUN, and in the MOON, and in the STARS; and upon the earth DISTRESS OF NATIONS, with PERPELIVITY; the SEA and the WAVES ROARING” [Luke 21:25]

4. Those who SEE the SIGN of His COMING, look forward to His APPEARANCE, when the dead in Christ shall arise and “… we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1Thessalonians 4:17] Afterwards comes the GREAT TRIBULATION, when the Lord shall return to Israel in His TWO WITNESSES as it is written: “And I will give POWER unto my TWO WITNESSES, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth” [Revelation 11:3] They shall contend with the ANTICHRIST and in the midst of much sorrows bring SALVATION to Israel, as Israel is turned to the theatre of global conflagration. The world slides to ARMAGEDDON, where the Lord shall lay “… hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a THOUSAND YEARS” [Revelation 20:2] After the MILLENIUM comes the white throne JUDGMENT and the END of the present world “… DEATH and HELL were cast into the LAKE OF FIRE. This is the SECOND DEATH. And whosoever was not found written in the BOOK OF LIFE was cast into the lake of fire” Revelation 20:14-15] Hallelujah, the SECOND DEATH has no power over those whose names are written in the BOOK OF LIFE; for God has prepared for us NEW HEAVEN and NEW EARTH, “And I saw a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea” [Revelation 21:1]

5. Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today and write your name in the BOOK OF LIFE, amen

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