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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.
The plain, simple answer is “Yes!” And that is an affirmative “Yes!” Why is the answer yes? Let us look at the Bible!
Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 24:21 that the days of the Great Tribulation would be unparalleled in all of human history. Nero and the Romans slaughtered Jews and Christians by the thousands, but this could not have been the Great Tribulation since it is recorded that 60 to 100 million people perished under Stalin of the Soviet Union. And the world did not have the technology to have all the world see the two witnesses of Revelation 11 or to control the whole world by a single number until the last few decades. We now have everything necessary to control the world with a single number, and even the computers to track someone who has a number. This is why the Great Tribulation has yet to happen.
Also consider that Daniel said that “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44). The phrase “these kings” is a reference to the ten toes of Daniel 2:41-43 and the ten horns of Daniel 7:7-8 and 7:20. There has never been ten kings that ruled the Roman Empire, and so we can conclude that the Roman Empire, which is where the Antichrist comes from (Daniel 9:26—people of the prince that shall come), will be revived. And it is being revived today, in the form of the European Union.
Now for the Rapture: Paul said “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” in 1st Corinthians 15:51-52. In 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul further describes the Rapture. In this passage, Paul tells the Thessalonians that the “dead in Christ” will come with Him; their dead bodies will be raised to life again; all true Christians will hear the call from Heaven, and we will be with Jesus instantaneously, or, as 1st Thessalonians 4:17 says “and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
In 2nd Thessalonians 2:7, Paul describes the Holy Spirit as “he that now letteth”. The Holy Ghost, as the Restrainer, keeps this world in tact. When the Holy Ghost is removed, then bridges will collapse, innumerable car wrecks will occur, skyscrapers will collapse, and airplanes will fall out of the sky. Top that off with maybe 200 million people missing, and you have total chaos. The world leaders are meeting to figure out what to do—and suddenly a man arises.
Out of all the explanations out there, I will give you three that the Antichrist may use. I am not saying that he will use these, but since people believe these heresies and lies, there are these explanations out there that people would easily believe.
1) The first one is from people involved in the New Age—They say that mankind is about ready to make a giant leap in the evolutionary process and an entire new species will appear on planet earth. According to this theory, those who are not up on their Yoga, or their meditation, will be taken to a spiritual dimension where their karma will have to catch up with them before they are allowed back on earth.
2) Those who are in contact with the so-called “Space Brothers” (the demons who run the space craft) say that these aliens put us here (supposedly), and they are very concerned about this planet. The “Space Brothers” will not allow a nuclear war to happen on earth, as this might “tip” the karmic balance of the whole galaxy. So these aliens will impose a new world order on earth, and those who are not willing to go along with this order will be beamed aboard space craft and taken to a slay planet, where their minds will be reprogrammed before they can come back to earth.
3) The third explanation out there is from those who think that the Church is going to take over the world and set up the Kingdom of Christ before He comes back to earth. These people believe that those who do not want to become part of the “over-comer class” will be taken to judgment.
Notice in all three cases, the “bad” ones disappear, and the “good” ones are left. So when the Rapture happens, those who are left on earth will be of the opinion that they are the “lucky” ones and those who disappeared, well, too bad for them. Those who heard the Gospel and rejected it will receive a strong delusion “that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2nd Thessalonians 2:11-12). So they that are left will not believe that the Rapture has happened.
This is the only way that the Bible works. There must be two parts to Jesus’ Second Coming, or else you have a contradiction. Jesus said that no one will know the day and hour of His return in Matthew 24:26; 25:13; and Mark 13:32. But in Matthew 24:27, 24:29-30, and Mark 13:24-26, Jesus said that it would be very obvious when He is coming; and even Antichrist knows when Jesus is coming, as Antichrist gathers the armies of the world to fight against “him that sat on the horse” in Revelation 19:19.
So in conclusion: Jesus is coming again. First He will come to the clouds and Rapture the Church, when both the dead and living Christians will be taken up to the clouds to meet Him in the air. Then the Antichrist will appear and confirm a peace treaty for seven years that will allow the Jews to build the Third Temple. Three and one-half years later, the Antichrist will enter the temple and demand the whole world to worship him or be killed. At the end of the Tribulation (which is also called the “time of Jacob’s trouble” in Jeremiah 30:7), the Antichrist will gather the armies of the world against Jerusalem to fight the Jews and their holy city. At the very last moment, Jesus and the armies of Heaven (which are the Christians of all the ages) will break through the clouds, rescue Israel, destroy Antichrist and his army, and set up the 1,000-year reign of Christ. At the end of this reign, Satan will be loosed from his prison, and will gather the armies of the world again to attack Jerusalem. Satan will be defeated, the earth and Heaven will flee away, the Great White Throne Judgment will take place, and then the New Heavens and New earth will appear, and we will live forever with God. May God help us to be ready for the day Jesus returns for the Church!
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (Revelation 22:20-21).