One of the basic tenets of Christianity is that its founder has ascended into Heaven and is coming back someday. Is His return a random event? Is it to be anticipated as vaguely “someday,” or can we be just a little more specific?
One thing we know for sure is that when Jesus came the first time, as a baby born in a manger, it was at no random time. For it is written in Gal. 4:4-5, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” It was imperative in the process of prophetic fulfillment, as well as the laws of astronomy, that Jesus be born at the time of the appearance of that star which signaled His birth.
There was no allowance for happenstance in that case; and it is written God never changes. (Mal. 3:6) It is just the way He is. Everything concerning the time of man’s sojourn upon this Earth has been planned by the Almighty Himself. That includes the rise and fall of nations and the timing of those great events. The rise of the United States of America to great power, and the formation of the United Nations with its seven heads and ten horns, under the auspices of the U.S.A., is the end of that sequence of the rise of major secular powers.
The stage is set. It is the Big Ten (Dan 2:31-44) which shall “make war with the lamb,” (Rev. 17:3,12-14), but that stone (kingdom) which God has raised up to be with that Lamb shall smite the Image in its feet, and “the Lamb shall overcome them.”
The time is near, as all of the signs indicate. (Acts 2:19-21) Of course, if you are faithfully awaiting “the rapture,” there will not be any signs for that. Anyway, why would you need them? But the return of our King shall no more be a random act than was His first appearing. The words of the errant wife in the book of Proverbs show that fact. She said, the goodman of the house would come back “at the day appointed.” (Prov. 7:19,20)
Do you “see” the signs of the soon return or our Savior and King? Is your lamp trimmed, and burning brightly, as was the lamp of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:10-29? We will surely know that His appearing is near, by observing the signs of the times.” Yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry. That is to say, “He will be on time.” (Heb. 10:36-39)
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not 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)