1 Thessalonians 5:2 (NLT) - "For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night."
Revelation 22:20 (NLT) - "He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!"
It seems like the many devotions, studies, and reading I have been doing over the past couple of weeks all deal with the soon return of Jesus Christ. You might say that this is a strange topic to muse over in the Christmas season. Yet, His return is prophesied the same as His first Coming to Earth.
If you are watching for the signs of His return, we can see that everything man says needs to be in place - is. Howbeit, the return to take His people out before the Tribulation (yes, I am Pre-Trib, Pre- Millennial) does not require any signs. In fact, many scholars believe that even Paul was anticipating the soon return of Jesus (1 Thessalonians 4:17, he speaks of "we who are alive" apparently including himself in this statement).
Peter in his first letter (chapter 3 verse 3) says, "I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires." There are those who say it has been over 2000 years since Jesus walked on this earth. If He was coming back, He already would have done so. 2000+ years is hardly soon. Yet, in God's economy of time, the Bible states that "But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day." (2 Peter 3:8 NLT). So, one could be safe to say in God's economy, it has only been a little over 2 days since He went away.
Even considering the time that has elapsed here on earth, each day we live brings us one day closer to His return. Each day is a day of Grace for someone to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. It is our responsibility to share with all we can - because the time is short - and we have a commission to fulfill.