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Jesus Is Coming Again
Many people may wonder if Jesus is coming. The answer is a very simple “Yes”. 1st Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” So we know that Jesus is coming again. And the Apostle Paul said “For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry” in Hebrews 10:37. So the question is not “Will Jesus come?” but “When will Jesus come?” I will answer that question here, looking only at the Bible.
The Bible is about 30% prophecy. Much of that has already been fulfilled, as it dealt with Jesus’ first coming. And as this prophecy was fulfilled literally, then we can conclude that the prophecies that have not been fulfilled will be fulfilled literally.
In Matthew 24 and Mark 13, the Bible records what has been called “The Olivet Discourse”. In these passages, Jesus describes what will happen in the Last Days. Let us take a look at what these passages say.
In Matthew 24:1-2 and Mark 13:1-2, Jesus’ disciples show him the buildings of the temple. Jesus then, in a rather calm way, foretells the destruction of the temple, which was fulfilled in 70 A.D., when the Roman army under Titus destroyed Jerusalem and scattered the Jews. After this ominous prophecy, the disciples (namely Peter, James, John, and Andrew—Mark 13:3) ask Jesus “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?” (Mark 13:4). Matthew 24:3 gives us three questions: 1) When shall these things be? 2) What shall be the sign of thy coming? and 3) What shall be the sign of the end of the world? Jesus proceeded to answer these questions, and His answer is recorded in detail in Matthew 24 and Mark 13.
In Mark 13:5-8 and Matthew 24:4-8, Jesus foretells of “wars and rumors of wars” and “famines and pestilences” and “earthquakes in divers places”. However, Jesus said that these are only “the beginning of sorrow.” And for your information, divers in this passage means diverse. Divers is an older spelling of the modern word diverse.
Jesus then warns the disciples that they are going to be persecuted: Mark 13:9 says “But take heed to yourselves”. Matthew 24:9 says “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” Undoubtedly, this was fulfilled, as the Martyr’s Mirror and Acts testify. This part has been fulfilled.
Jesus then mentions the “abomination of desolation”, which was prophesied by Daniel in Daniel 9:27: “And he [the Antichrist] shall confirm the covenant with many for one week [seven years]: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” The pattern is as follows: the Rapture; the Antichrist confirms a treaty with Israel and the Middle East (which allows the Jews to build a temple and begin the sacrifices again); half-way through the seven years Antichrist will enter the temple, declare himself to be God, demand worship, and rule the world for three-and-one-half years, or forty-and-two months, or twelve hundred and threescore (1260) days. This was the opinion of the Apostles, the early church, and Jesus himself.
Some people may contend that the word Rapture is not in the Bible, but neither is the word Trinity. This word is not in the Bible, but we know that the three Persons of the Godhead exsist. So the argument that the word Rapture is not in the Bible is an invalid argument, as the event is prophesied in the Bible, although the word “Rapture” is not.
Some people may question whether this is the right view of Eschatology. The word eschatology means “The branch of theology that deals with Christ’s Second Coming, Antichrist, etc.” The answer to this question can be answered very simply, and I will answer that right here. Continue reading