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No one knows the day or the hour when Jesus will return—but we must be ready for his return at any moment. Jesus predicted the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. His prophecy was unbelievable, inconceivable to the disciples at the time—yet it was fulfilled precisely on time. Jesus also told His disciples about signs that would be fulfilled immediately prior to His return. Make no mistake: Those signs will also be fulfilled precisely on time.

Some people say, “When things get really bad, I’ll get right with God.” My friend, this may be your one and only opportunity. You may never get another chance to come to Him. Later, when you think you might be ready, your mind and heart may be dazzled by material things, or you may be in the clutches of habits you can’t break, or you may be in the company of people who will lead you away from God.

The notion that you can always get right with God at some later date is a trap Satan has set for you. Don’t get caught in it. Come to Jesus now. He is waiting for you now.

At some future date, known only to the Father, Jesus will return suddenly and only those who are anticipating His return will rejoice on that day. Everyone else will despair. Jesus says: “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come” (Matthew 24:40–42). This is how sudden and quick the end will be. Two people will be working together side by side. One will be taken to heaven, the other will stay behind to face the judgment.

“Therefore keep watch,” Jesus says. Don’t fall asleep. Be on guard. Keep watching for the Lord’s return. Live with urgency in your heart and watch for His return.

Prayer: Father, thank You for calling me out of darkness into the glorious light of Your presence and love. I want others to know the joy of a life lived with You. May I speak boldly as I ought to speak knowing that the message is urgent and precious. Give those You put in my path ears to hear Your message of salvation. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2).

This devotional is adapted from Dr. Michael Youssef’s timely book Is the End Near?: What Jesus Told Us About the Last Days. This eye-opening work will answer your questions about end-times issues by examining statements that Jesus Himself made about what was and is to come. You will be encouraged as you anticipate Christ’s return. Secure your copy today at IsTheEndNearBook.com!

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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