“Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” - Matthew 24:42

In 79 B.C., the explosion of Mount Vesuvius wiped out the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The destruction was swift and devastating. Archaeological excavations of those sites have revealed how suddenly people lost their lives. Men and women were at the market. The rich were in their luxurious baths. In the middle of their normal routines, their lives were frozen in instant death. Even family pets suffered the same quick and final fate.

But was the eruption of Vesuvius really so unexpected?

Scientists have confirmed that weeks of rumblings and shaking preceded the actual explosion. Ancient Roman writers record that an ominous plume of smoke was visible from the mountain days before the eruption. If the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum had taken the warning signs more seriously, they might have escaped with their lives.

Similarly, the Bible says there are “rumblings” in our world that point to the return of Jesus Christ. Warfare, earthquakes, economic meltdown, failing moral standards, and broken families point to a coming day of judgment. When we hear those rumblings, it should move us as believers to share the gospel more passionately, to set ourselves apart for holy lives, and to pray for those around us who do not know Christ.

Jesus is coming! Keep watching. Keep praying. Keep sharing the gospel. And keep moving forward.