«He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be...» (22:12).
Jesus told to his disciples that nobody can know the day except His Heavenly Father. But Jesus opened to us the signs, by which the people who believe and know the Word of God can understand, that the time is close.
Reading the New Precept, you will notice, that first
Christians were sure that the Judgment day is close, because the 4th
beast (the Roman Empire) already existed. The prophecies were sealed "until
recently", they couldn’t know the truth. Jesus did not want them to know
that the day is very far, because such information could destroy the early
church in the very beginning.
The prophecies about the last time became urgent only after all prophecies having date, had come true. And only after the state of Israel was restored in 1948 (the country of Jews didn’t exist for two thousand years!), and Jews from all the corners of the world returned to the ground of their ancestors. And only after Jerusalem began to belong to Israel, because the future third temple is planned to be built on the eastern part of Jerusalem, where there were the two Jewish temples. East Jerusalem became Israeli only after 1967. Thus, the prophecies about the last time have become urgent only after 1967. «That this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done» (Mark.13:30). Former twenty years' boys and girls of 1967 are now 56. And they should be the witnesses of the Great Day of Wrath.
when ye shall hear of wars
and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the
end shall not be yet for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers
places, and there shall be famines
and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
... Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake (the excommunication from synagogues Jews who believe in Jesus, murder of the Christians in the Oriental countries); but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved..... Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near» (Mark 13:7-9,11-13,28).
«And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come» (Mat.24:14).
as never before, the missionary movement accumulate extraordinary power. The
Bible is now translated into more than 3,850 languages of each nation, tribe and
dialect on this planet. Millions of people wake up and accept Jesus as the
Savior. So, till 1985 in all Mongolia there was no Christian, and in 2001 there
were already 15 thousand of them. The Christian movement is now amplified in
India. After centuries of devoted work of the missionaries in China in 1949
there were less than one million Christians. Since the
time the church in China has grown astronomically, despite of prosecutions and
murders of many millions of the Christians in the concentration camps. Today in
China there are more than 100 million Jesus' followers.