“When will these things be?”
One last question remains to be answered. It is the question Jesus’ disciples asked him:
“When will these things be?” (Matthew 24:3; Luke 21:7).
To answer this, we need to return to the question of the connection between the celebration of the year 2000 and Christ’s millennial reign. Will the year 2000 (or 2001 ?) see the start of the thousand years mentioned in the Bible? Will all the present Millennium plans be fulfilled in the return of Jesus to the earth?
The Bible answer is that we do not know exactly when Jesus will return: “Of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36). But the conditions which will exist immediately prior to his coming are known: wars, famines, disease and great distress, men and women “apprehensive of what is coming on the world”. To be ready for his coming means being on constant alert. This was Jesus’ message to his disciples:
“If the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:43,44)
To be ready for Jesus’ coming means that we must try to live now in accordance with God’s Word, and to seek His Kingdom and glory. Those who will be with Jesus in his glory will be the ones whose names are found written in the Book of Life.
Will your name be there?