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Discerning the Time

How should Christians relate to the signs of Jesus' Second Coming?

By Antonella Pedley

I should have known better. Waking up that summer morning with some pain, I quickly realized that I was quite unprepared for the birth of our second child. As I brushed up on breathing techniques for labor while gulping down my breakfast, threw together my hospital bag, and watered my plants, I wondered when I should head to the hospital. Not wanting to waste a 90-minute round-trip to the maternity, I called the nurse for advice: she asked me at what intervals my contractions came. By noon the contractions grew thicker and faster. We jumped in the car, and within an hour from arriving, I was holding a lively baby in my arms.

Jesus told His disciples that He would return to take His faithful followers to heaven. In anticipation of that momentous event that would eclipse all others since the creation of the world, Jesus left guidance concerning the

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About the author

Antonella Pedley writes from Europe, where she lives with her husband and two teenage children. She has a special interest in world politics and biblical prophecy. In their spare time, Antonella and Daniel enjoy taking care of a young orchard (sadly, no fig tree).