The 2nd Coming of Jesus Part 1
The Bible hinges on 2 great events – The first coming of Jesus and the Second coming of Jesus.
There are eight times as many scriptures on the second coming compared to His first coming. Time and space do not permit to say it all, you must study the bible for yourself. I have 3 short teachings.
God could have chosen many ways to communicate with man, He choose the bible, thank God He gave us the written Word to guide us. He also gave us His Holy Spirit to help us, we must ask Him for the help to understand it.
Always go to the Bible and correctly interpret it. 2 Timothy 2:15 Let your heart find peace in His Word alone. Psalm 138:2, 1 Thes 2:13
Remember God is always right, no matter what some people may say or how many books they have written. If it does not bear witness with God’s Word, and your spirit, forget it. Scripture will interpret scripture. It will be clear in your spirit and you will have peace about it.
The words of Jesus to Israel,… ,,,
Matthew 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? Luke 12:54
There are so so many signs you would have to be blind not to see these changes in the earth today. However, if you are like those wise men at His first coming. These men studied scriptures, they added the years up and calculated most likely from Micah 5:2, and probably Daniel 9 and other writers. You too will be looking for His second coming. Remember that the gospels speak of the second coming and the epistles speak to the church of the catching away or rapture of the saints. The church will not be here on the earth for the wrath of God is for the wicked, not the just.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Notice he writes “as you see the day approaching. ” What day is he talking about ? Jesus spoke of His return. John14:3 The Angels spoke of His coming Acts 1:11. Paul spoke of it often, 1 C0r 11:26, 1 Cor 15:23, 1 Thes 4:15, Phil 3:20, Heb 9:28, 2 Peter 3:12,14, Titus 2:13, 2 Thes 1:7, James 5:8, John in Rev 3:11.
The words described looking for, seeing, you know these things,- knowing these things -, should cause the believer to do what the scriptures declare. Watch and Pray Mt.26:41. Believers are to know and look for and expect His return at any moment. Jesus own words repeated, the Holy Spirit will show you things to come. John 16:13-15 You often recognize Jesus words SEE and KNOW, that is a clue, only if your looking for what Jesus said you would see them.
Jesus spoke to the Sadducees, and Pharisees that they could tell the weather by looking at the sky, but could not tell “the signs of the times”. Many Christians are that way today, but you don’t have to be. You can read your bible and see we are one day closer today than we were yesterday. From your heart you must decide, “do I really believe this or not?”. If you believe it and have it settled in your heart, it will change you. Yes, it is very true there are many signs to warn and get the attention of all people. Because He loves you and wants you to be ready, In the Old Testament Isaiah wrote.
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Notice the words “the Lord Himself shall give you a sign.” There are signs of the times, signs in the heavens, skies, stars and moons even the sun. The sea and the earth and many many others including society’s changes, referred to in the letters to the church. 2 Tim 3:1-4, 12, 13, 2 Tim 4:3, remember there are two separate events. We as believer’s are to expect the Lords return at any moment and be watching and praying always.
In the day of The Lord or what many call the Rapture, Jesus returns FOR His saints, John 14:3, in His second coming He returns WITH His saints. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-54, Matthew 24:29-31, Rev 19:11-21. Zech 14:3-5.
Most Bible scholars agree when Israel (referred to as the fig tree) became a Nation in 1948 the last days clock began ticking. We entered into a time when judgement is near, in Genesis 18:23-33 Abraham interceded for his nephew Lot, you can look and see his prayer.
God clearly stated He would not judge the righteous with the wicked. The warnings and signs are in front of our eyes right now, He is coming soon, His return in imminently close. Luke wrote for us to watch and pray Lk. 21:31.
Scriptures declare over and over again this will be a very sudden event and in a flash like Enoch and Elijah being taken up, we will be with Him forever. Rev. 22:20 Will YOU be ready when He comes ?
The 2nd Coming of Jesus Part 2
We saw saw that from these very brief teaching’s The bible clearly shows many signs to what He is about to do.John wrote, The Holy Spirit would show us things to come. John 16:13 The bible tells us Jesus said, Matt 16:3
Mat 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
We can watch a football game and as the game is played, it comes near the end they call it a 2 minute warning, the players don’t just stop, but all the players give it their very best, because the game is drawing to an end. Everybody’s eyes are on the time clock. All are watching for the end of time of that last game, every player works his hardest. Sometimes, it is right down to the very last seconds, then it is over and there is one winner.
We must always look to the bible for the answers, when it comes to the “End Times” subject, many people begin to fear. However, for the Christian it is different, Paul writes in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Rightly dividing the Word”… There were times Jesus was speaking to and about what the Jews would experience, and then He addressed His disciples, referring also to the church. 1 Corn 10:32 Remember God does not judge the righteous with the wicked, he separated them. Don’t be alarmed with what you hear or see the world bring through the media, maybe some parts are true, but it doesn’t have to happen to you. Jesus is Your Lord and you are His family.
1 Thes 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Say it with me “comfort one another with these words”
Words of comfort, sounds good if you are not sure of what the future may hold but, when you know the one who holds the future, it is truly comforting.
When I traveled and taught in different bible schools around the world, the students often would ask me two questions. I guess when they entered bible school and began studying the bible, they would find out God has a plan for their life. They often asked me, “How can I know, Gods plan for my life”? I would say, “Yes He has a plan and you can know it”. The second question they asked me, “have you ever taught on the End Times”?.
So many asked, I finally got out my shovel and started digging into the Word and studying to answer them. Of course I can’t answer the whole study now, I recommend The books by Rev. Brian McCallum, ” The Day of the Lord” to begin and all his books. His teaching on Eschatology is excellent and accurate to date. Of course as we draw closer to the church leaving, events change significantly, daily and hourly. With prayer, we can speed up this process.
We mentioned in part 1, that signs of His coming are more and more seen and recognized, even the current news reports recognized world events and changes, Jesus mentioned these signs and changes all through His Word.
Never before has science and technology been so advanced, the Word of God says, in the amplified bible – Daniel,…
Dan 12:4 But you, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the Book until the time of the end. [Then] many shall run to and fro and search anxiously [through the Book], and knowledge [of God’s purposes as revealed by His prophets] shall be increased and become great. [Amos 8:12]
The main purpose to increase this knowledge and technology is for the Gospel to advance so all may hear and receive Jesus as their Savior.
As long as the church is in the earth, it is like salt and salt improves and adds to the goodness of food.
Matt 5:13, Salt preserves, we the Church collectively and individually make up the body of Christ in the earth and are the preservative for those now here on the earth, Jesus said, over and over again John 15:15 that we are His. And He shows His friends and family what to expect.
Because we love Him he will manifest or show Himself to us and also what He is about to do. John 16:13,14,15
He not only shows these things to us, but now is revealing it to the World, that they may know of His love through us and our speaking the Word to the World, Jesus is the Word. John 17:20
We have so much authority in the earth that we are holding back lawlessness and the evil that are encroaching upon the earth, because Satan time is short.
1 Co 3:16 Do you not discern and understand that you [the whole church at Corinth] are God’s temple(His sanctuary), and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you [to be at home in you, collectively as a church and also individually]? – Amplified bible
We are not only God’s temple or sanctuary, but we are God’s friend. James 2:23, Gen 18:17-33 Just like Abraham is to God, we are in covenant with Him Eph 5:30-33
Just like Jesus gave authority to His disciples in training, we to are His authority in the earth today. Eph 1:20, 2:6. When the church gets the revelation were we are seated spiritually and take our rightful place we will accomplish the great commission which includes preparing the world for Christ soon return. Which is happening now.
As the Angels could not destroy Sodom until Lot was removed from there, we too, in like manner cannot stay. Gen 19:12,13,22 another example is Rehab in Joshua 2:18, Joshua 6:23
As the Age of Grace [God’s Help] comes to a close, when the church leaves, the ministry of Jesus will return to the Jews. Rom 11:25 The Jews preach The Word in Rev. 7:4 until they are taken up, and the time will close at Jesus Second advent, this will close at Armageddon when Jesus establishes His kingdom on the earth. Daniel 9:24-27, 14 tells the mission of the Jews which finish preaching after the Church has completed the main harvest. Their work will be compared to gleaning the fields after the harvest is complete, they’re harvest field will be like the church, which includes the whole world.
Revelation 13:7 speaks of the alliance and it’s leaders, the anti-Christ and the false prophet. Daniel 9:23-12:13 gives similar description of the rise and fall of the beast empire and the anti-Christ. Not every nation will be under the rule of the anti-Christ, like Jordan, which will be a refuge for the Jews. We see now Israel making plans through Jordan to escape to the mountains, but they must first have taken back what was won in 1967. It will happen because the Word said it would. Obadiah 1:17
Knowledge of what will happen should bring great peace to believers and lead unbelievers to the Lord Jesus.
Another sign of His return is when Jesus compared the time we live in now with that of Noah,
You must take time to study the books of Daniel, Ezekiel, and Zechariah, Revelation .
The scriptures teach many will be left and many will live through the Great Tribulation, and go on to live on the earth through the Millennium. Who will be left after the battle of Armageddon? Zechariah 14:16, 1 Sam 16:7, Jude 14,15, Rev. 19:14, God looks on a man’s heart, we must pray and trust the Lord, because His mercy endures forever, God know’s who will be left.
When you begin to teach these end time events in detail according to scriptures many people will be tempted to fear, but you can comfort one another with God’s Word. Fear is not of God, 2 Tim 1:7, yes in the last days perilous times shall come, 2 Tim 3:1-5,
We will continue on in the last session.
The Second Coming of Jesus Part 3
Once again in these very brief teachings, you cannot cover all areas of these events. Many are changing every minute because the bible is being fulfilled as this is written.
I have talked to many people about this subject and if the return of Christ is not taught according to scriptures it can often times bring fear.
To the believer it is the blessed hope Titus 2:13 we long for, to be home with our family and friends.
Remember there are two separate events, the Rapture of the church and the Second coming, the Rapture doctrine is written of in the epistles or letters written to the church and the Second Coming doctrine is taken from the Gospels.
1 Thes 4:18, ” comfort one another with these words,” it also means to exhort. We are to encourage one another, that’s different than a dreaded fear, because he writes to the church, which are believers. Those born again into Christ’s family are never to fear, we are looking for and expecting Christ’s return. We certainly are not ignorant of this 1 Thes 4:13-18
Jesus is not a thief, Paul writes to believers who are ready when He comes. 1 Thes 5:4 believers or Brethern are not in darkness, because we are light. We are not of the night or darkness, we are watchman always praying and have on the breastplate of love and faith. We are looking for and expecting and seeing current world events line up with biblical prophecy. To believer’s who are watching and looking for Him we will see and know Him. To the unbeliever His return will seem as a sudden surprise. Luke 21:28-32 Jesus repeats the words “see and know”.
Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; (looking) for your redemption draweth nigh. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
Kenneth E. Hagin in prayers publicly spoke of a “spirit of seeing and knowing “. Which he described as two of the revelation gifts of the Holy Spirit operation together working as the spirit wills. 1 Cor 12: 7-11
There may be troubles around us but, not in us, John 16:33
Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Paul writes we are more than conquerors through Christ, Romans 8:37.
Rom 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
What is he referring to all these things? Romans 8:35-39 the daily trials and tests, evil around us and the oppression of the devil. Peter writes 1 Peter 1:1-9 of our inheritance laid up for us in heaven, our faith is on trial, but we have overcome and continue to, how ?
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
If you are a Christian who studies the bible, then you know it speaks of the second coming of Jesus, all the letters written to “The Church” speak of His coming. As you are watching and praying the truth is revealed that His return is much much closer than ever before. This is what we all confidently expect. It is a joyful time, it is what Christianity is all about, being with Jesus.
We must keep our eyes on what is happening in Israel, there are so many things happening right now there are too many in this article to write about. Currently the next event will be the Gog and Magog war in Ezekiel 38:1-39:29
The armies are beginning to get into position now to attack Israel. Some of the other main signs,…
– Israel made a nation in 1948 , Jer 30:1-31:40 .
– Jerusalem won back, we are that generation spoke of to see this. Amos 9:14-15
– Roman Empire restored, Dan. 7:23-24, Dan 2:40, Rev. Ch. 13 & 17, Hebrew language restored,
– Jews return to Israel, Ezk. 36:24-28, Zep. 3:10, Exo. 37:21, Isa. 43:6, Jerm 30:3 – Building of Third temple , Dan. 9:25-27
– Temple priest have been in training for several years. Descendent from the Kohen family of priests, trained to begin temporary sacrifices right now. Currently as best as we know they have all articles for the priestly service to begin. They await further furnishings for the temple, which are soon to come. Ezk. 40-48
– According to The Temple Mount institute, they are awaiting permission from the Israel Government to have the first sacrifice in 2000 years.
– Many Jews returning to Israel now.
– Major peace treaty between nations and Israel.
Recently I saw articles that birds of prey have come to Israel, 172 different species for clean up. Ezk. 39:17. Jewish Rabbi’s have been seeing more things come to pass as we see Jesus coming near. One Rabbi said, a Word of prophecy saying there would be two leaders named Benjamin in Israel when Messiah comes.
Foreign armies are getting more in position for the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war. We are so blessed and privileged to see these things coming to pass in our time. Why? because Jesus wants us hopeful and excited, my how He loves us so much.
Fish have suddenly started showing up in the Dead Sea. Ezk. 47:9.
Foxes showed up on the Temple Mount. Lam 5:18
Red heifer is ready Numb. 19:2.
The Temple Mount institute staff to ready to begin sacrifices, right now, only if permitted by the authorities. There are so many signs it is not possible for me to keep up with them all. If you are watching and reading your bible, you can see the day approaching rapidly. God wants you to be hopeful and excited. 1 Cor 15:52
You must keep your eyes on Israel in these last days, look for a peace agreement to be signed and the temple sacrifices ready to re-begin. Soon the third temple will begin construction. Then 7 years of Old Testament sacrifices will begin until Jesus second coming on Mount Olives. Zech 4:14
Read Daniel, Revelation, Ezekiel and the minor prophets, you will see current events lining up before your eyes, what a joy and privilege to see these things transpire before our eyes.
The bible speaks of signs in the heavens, recently the Bethlehem star was seen, 3 planets lined up, the first time in2000 years. Famines, pestilence, earthquakes so numerous to list, fires, floods, blood red moons, fear coming upon man. Luke 21:26 Chaos and panic are getting out of control around the World, Covid -19 virus is causing fear World wide. Unprecedented worldwide violence, 2 Timothy 2:1-3 fear of heart is seen everywhere. We can witness and pray giving others love and hope in Christ Jesus.
For the believer these are signals to work harder helping your local church, to witness more and not fear but to be wise and ready for our blessed hope to see Jesus face to face. Titus 2:13
The whole purpose of Christianity is to bring people into His body, the church and live forever in heaven with Jesus and all the family of saints. That is part of the good news of the gospel. Remember the doctrine of the rapture is from the epistles (letters written to the church). The second coming doctrine is found mainly in the Gospels, Jesus had not risen from the dead yet, when He was speaking to the Jews in the Gospels, because the church had not yet been established.
We must rightly divide the Word 2 Timothy 2:15 Amplified . A simple way to interpret it, is ask yourself when you’re reading scriptures, ” who is doing the speaking ?”. ” Who is the speaker speaking to ?”. And what is the speaker speaking about ?”.
The rapture is sign less, but the second coming has many, many signs. We as the church are to be ready at any moment. All scripture is written for us, not all scripture is written to us.
There will be many more things happening in the days and weeks and months ahead if Jesus tarries His coming. For sure we don’t have to fear, it won’t be long and we will forever be with The Lord.
1 Thes 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
We can rejoice that we will soon be forever with Jesus and our whole family. If you are not sure of your salvation, you can pray the prayer on this site, to receive Jesus as Your Lord and Savior now. Don’t wait.
If you are left behind, repent ask Jesus into your heart, do not take the mark of the beast, seek God’s truth in the bible and never deny Jesus as your Lord.
Keep alert and watching and praying and looking up.