A time of national crises throughout the world including war, natural disasters and famine will occur during the time between Christ’s death and His Second Coming (Matt. 24:4-8)[i].
Perseverance will be at a premium because of persecution, apostasy, shallow faith, false prophets and coldness in one’s faith (Matt. 24:9-13).
The Gospel of the Kingdom will be widely preached throughout the world (Matt. 24:14).
Christ answered the disciples’ first question about signs for the temple’s destruction, which occurred in AD 70 (Matt. 24:15-20)[ii].
The time of more intense tribulation will occur immediately prior to Christ’s Second Coming (Matt. 24:21-28). Rev. 7:14 indicates a period of intensified horrors before the Second Coming [iii].
Christ will return after this ‘tribulation’ period as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Matt. 24:30-31; Rev. 19:11-16)[iv].
Why are you unprepared for Christ’s coming?
It could be apathy, busyness, distraction, worldliness or deception.
Confess why you are unprepared for Christ's Second Coming. Meditate on 2 Tim. 4:8 that gives a reward for those who love Christ's coming.
[i] The New American Commentary, pg. 353
[ii] The New American Commentary, pg. 357
[iii] The New American Commentary, pgs. 359-360
[iv] The New American Commentary, pg. 361