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Written by Mr. Peter Langbroek
Children, summer is coming, yes or no? I'm sure you're looking forward to summer. Excitement toward school may have worn off. You can't wait for those hazy, lazy summer days--camping, swimming, baseball, helping Dad, you name it! But, how do you know summer is coming? What signs are there? Here's one sign Jesus gave: "Now, learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know summer is nigh" (Matthew 24:32).

The trees on the hills are mint-green. The maple trees by our house have leaves and flowers now. But I know that by summer the trees on the hills will be dark green and the maple trees will have so many leaves you can hardly see through them. You don't need to be an adult to know these things.

When Jesus told this parable, though, he was not talking about summer. He was talking about another season, the fifth, final, and eternal season--the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He explained that His coming had signs we can see, hear, or experience too. As well, these signs are obvious. You don't need to be an adult to know these things.

When there are false teachers, wars and rumours of wars, nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom, when there are earthquakes (remember Japan) and famines (Somalia), when you are persecuted while others turn away from the faith--you see, hear or experience signs that point to Jesus' coming. You know about Rev. Herfst and others spreading the Gospel in Guatemala. Their work too, is a sign that Jesus will return (see Matthew 24:14).

Jesus gave us these signs to look forward to His coming and to prepare ourselves. Although these signs are obvious, the Day isn't. "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come" (Matthew 24:42), Jesus said.

This question I ask you: Jesus is coming! Are you ready, yes or no? If yes, continue to be His witness in all you do or say. If no, prepare yourself today. It will be a dreadful day for any of us who have hardened our hearts to the signs of His coming. To him or her He shall say: "Cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 24:51).

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