Have you ever stood dominoes on end in a long row? Tip the first domino and the whole line goes down, one right after the other. God is aligning world situations much as we would line up dominoes—and He’s getting ready to tip the first event that will trigger a series of events ultimately climaxing in the second coming of Jesus Christ.
What exciting days we are living in! Like observers invited backstage before a play, we can see the director positioning all the players and making sure the props are in order, and we can feel the excitement and drama in these minutes before he signals for the curtain to rise. This analogy is apt, for God is positioning nations and current events before our very eyes. The world is ready for the curtain to be lifted for the final act. Prepare yourself for the drama of the end times—the returnof Jesus Christ.
Before we begin to look at world events in light of Bible prophecy, let me emphasize one point. I have no intention of telling you the day that the Lord is coming for His church. I don’t know that day. Nobody knows the day or hour (Matthew 24:36), but the Bible does say, “Concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night…But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that the day should overtake you as a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-2, 4).
God wants and expects us to be thoroughly aware of the times in which we live. To this end, He gave us in His Word many signs to help us recognize the nearness of His promised return. As Christians, we have the privilege of living in this exciting period and seeing this great drama unfold.
Every good drama concludes with an encore. As “The Final Act” will show you, the Lord’s encore is one that will last for eternity.
Taken from “The Final Act” by Chuck Smith pages 9-11. Used with permission.