So what I’m seeing clearly here is a parallel in the way some of us Christians are reacting to the promise Jesus gave us about his return. Just like the disciples so long ago, we are told of His eminent return and we either ignore it’s possibility of occuring any time too soon, or we forget everything He said about the last days (birth pangs). As we witness day after day the prophesies unfolding right under our noses, we still doubt that these world wide events have anything to do with the prophetic messages from the Bible, and that all is well enough, and nothing is new. Some of us even turn off the news and try not to think about these things at all. And like the disciples, we are depressed and afraid, forgetting His promise to come back for us so that we will be with Him forever. So what are we supposed to be doing?
23Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Heb 10:23-25)
Jesus tells us in the gospels to keep watch and pray...and to not be decieved.. (Mathew 24 & 25, Mark 13; Luke 21) This exhortation is primarily for the [tribulation] believers who are awaiting His second coming; many (myself included) believe the church will be raptured by this time. (Although we are not to go looking for the Lord if someone tells us He's here or there, as we will hear the trumpet sound and be with him instantly.)The trumpet call is only heard by believers, whereas Christ’s second coming will be witnessed by all.
(The following notes (NOT images) were taken from: http://www.end-times-bible-prophecy.com/second-coming-of-jesus-christ.html)
Immediately proceeding the seven year period of the Tribulation, Jesus Christ will return for all those who have placed their faith in Him.
Peace In Jesus & remember, we are...