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Read Matthew 24:29-35.

Jesus gave us the supreme signs of His return, the things that will take place after the great tribulation: The sun will darken, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavens will be shaken (see Matthew 24:29). You see, though we are prone to forget, God is not only the Creator of the universe but also the sustainer of the universe.

In Hebrews 1:3, we read that Jesus is the one “sustaining all things by his powerful word.” He upholds all the stars and the galaxies by His power. And on the day when, just for one nanosecond, He withholds that sustaining power, you’re going to see thousands of stars pile up in the sky.

While the world is in a state of shock, horrified at all that has taken place, our Lord Jesus Christ will suddenly appear in all His splendor, glory, majesty, and righteousness. In the midnight darkness, He will shine like the noon hour. The sight of His blazing glory will bring joy to the hearts of all those who love Him, who have been longing for His return. But that same sight will make all those who have rejected Him search desperately for a place to hide. Of course, they will find none. Those who have rejected Him, scorned His name, hated His followers, sought to remake Him in their own image—all these will mourn. They will writhe in the pain of anguish, sorrow, and regret.

Those who will be terrified on that day are those who have refused to accept Jesus’ gracious invitation to repent of their sins and be forgiven. Ever since Jesus stretched out His arms on that cross, dying and atoning for the sins of the world, He has been willingly stretching out His arms to welcome anyone who will come to Him in repentance and faith. Still today, His arms are wide open—but they will not be open much longer. The day will soon come when the opportunity to receive divine forgiveness will be gone.

Friend, if you have never repented of your sins and put your trust in Jesus, I urge you to do so today. God loves you, and He sent His Son to die for you. But you need to receive the gift of salvation by faith. Jesus said that no one knows the day or the hour of His return (see Matthew 24:36), so I urge you: Don’t wait a moment longer!

Prayer: Jesus, I know You are coming soon to make all things new. The awesomeness of Your power and might will be on full display. I trust You and set my hope in You. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near” (Matthew 24:32).

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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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