The Sign of His Coming

(Based on Matt. 24 and 1 Thes. 4:13-18)

a teaching rhyme
by Jerry Collier

False Christ’s implores,
Rumors of wars;
The beginning of birth pains.
Many deceived,
Wars unrelieved;
Hunger and shortage of grains.

Earthquakes, famine,
Faith examined,
And many will turn away.
Heart pollution,
A description of that day.

One, who defies,
Conniving lies,
He’s the abomination.
The Holy Place,
He will debase,
And cause great desolation.

Never before,
Horror galore,
Time of Great Tribulation.
Jesus hated,
Faith berated,
Martyrs in many a nation.

The sun grows dark,
No shadows mark,
Heavenly bodies awry.
The earth plates slip.
They lose their grip.
The stars fall out of the sky.

Then will appear,
The sign they fear;
The sign of the Son of Man.
Last trumpet horn;
The people mourn.
It’s seen all over the land.

The Lord returns
And mankind learns
That His words were really true.
He catches away;
His Bride can’t stay,
For the wrath of God is due.

The Christian dead
They rise, as said,
And join the Lord in the air.
In life they shined,
None left behind,
Forever they’ll live in His care.

The end; the last,
Will come quite fast.
Heaven and earth will not stay.[1]
All that’s in store
Is at the door.
These words will not pass away.


[1] This is a reference to the physical earth and heavens (sun, moon, and stars).  The Scriptures speak of them passing away in their present form.   “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”  (Matt 24:35 NIV)  Scripture also speaks of the recreation or renewal of heaven and earth. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. . .”  (Rev 21:1 NIV)  Also, Rom 8:19-21 reads “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” (NIV) The “passing away” then, is a transition (or better–a resurrection) from the present world to a new (yet still physical) heaven and earth.
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