Lesson 3 - A World in Turmoil

World conditions are alarming. World leaders are seeking answers to some of the greatest problems society has ever faced. An uncertain future looms on the horizon.

The countries of the former Soviet Union face an uncertain future. The interdependent world economy is on shaky ground. Moral conditions are rapidly deteriorating. School violence is rampant. Weather patterns seem out of control. World hunger is increasing. Tens of thousands of refugees cross international borders seeking a safe sanctuary. People everywhere are asking, "What do these things mean?" The Bible presents an answer.

The second coming of Christ is one of the Bible’s most important truths. It is mentioned 250 times in the New Testament alone—once in every 25 verses. The second coming of Christ has encouraged Christians through the centuries.

In Matthew’s gospel, Christ clearly indicated the signs that would precede His return. Looking at the Temple in Jerusalem, He declared, “See! Your house is left to you desolate” (Matthew 23:38, NKJV*). Jesus then predicted in Matthew 24:2, “Not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down” (NKJV). The disciples thought that an event as cataclysmic as the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem must be the end of the world. In a magnificent prophecy Jesus answered their questions about the destruction of Jerusalem and the end of the world.

  1. What question did the disciples ask Jesus regarding His coming? Matthew 24:3
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  2. Does the Bible reveal the exact date and time for Christ’s coming? Matthew 24:36
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  3. How can we be ready for an event if we don’t know when it will happen? Luke 21:36
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  4. Since we don’t know the exact time of Christ’s coming, is it possible to know when the end is near? Matthew 24:32, 33
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  5. SIGNS IN THE RELIGIOUS WORLD

  6. What signs in the religious world indicate Jesus’ coming is near? Matthew 24:5, 11, 24
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  7. What prediction did Jesus make regarding the international conflict? Matthew 24:6, 7
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  8. How does the book of Revelation describe the dangerous situation among the nations of the world prior to the advent of Christ? Revelation 11:18
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  9. In spite of the buildup of thermonuclear weaponry, what will the nations be saying in the last days? 1 Thessalonians 5:3
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  10. SIGNS IN THE NATURAL WORLD

  11. What signs will occur in the natural world before the coming of Christ? Matthew 24:7
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  12. What does the Bible predict regarding the world economy at the time of the end? James 5:1-7
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  13. SIGNS IN THE SOCIAL WORLD

  14. What does the Bible say the social conditions of the world will be like in the last days? 2 Timothy 3:1-4
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  15. How does the Bible liken the society of Noah’s day to our day? Luke 17:26, 27
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  16. What is one of the clearest indications that Christ is coming soon? Matthew 24:14 (see also Revelation 14:6, 7)
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  17. How did Jesus tell us we should react to all the signs of His return? Luke 21:28
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* Texts credited to NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright ©1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.