The Second Coming of Jesus, Get Right, or get left…
Micah 4: 1 ¶ But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Here we see it again, the gates to the kingdom of heaven opened to receive all people who would come to Him through Jesus. There is no higher place than the throne of God, and positionally, we have been raised up to walk with Him, reconciled to Him, spiritually.
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
So, we study and pray, and walk with Him, learning to walk in His ways!
Bible scholars who study Bible prophecy, have claimed that this verse: ‘for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem,’ is literally being fulfilled before our eyes, when there have been internationally televised events, teaching the Word of God, from Jerusalem. Here’s a night of worship there filmed some years ago, that still touches me today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0I_Igvcgk8
Truly Jesus is coming back again, to rule and reign the earth, from Jerusalem, and though I am not deeply educated in Bible prophecy or eschatology (study of end times), it is clear that we are living in the very final moments of this chapter in human history.
Will Jesus return?
I’m staying with the words of Jesus Himself:
Mt 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Mt 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Yet, He is coming again! I believe it to be soon, perhaps in our generation!
One of the Mt 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and glowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
Jesus said we would know the signs of the times, and He told us what they were:
Matt 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 ¶ And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
This has been fulfilled myriad times over, through the multitudes of false religions in the world.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Surely, there are wars and rumors of wars, constantly plaguing this pain-wracked planet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Nation rises against nation (actual war), kingdom against Kingdom (kingdom of satan arises against the Kingdom of God), famines ( one out of five children will go to bed tonight, hungry), pestilences (AIDS, viruses, flu bugs, diseases), Earthquakes (there have been more earthquakes, or greater magnitude, this century, than all the other centuries combined).
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 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.
Check out statistics of voice of the martyrs, more Christians are being killed for their faith, than ever before.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
This is my verse! I love to see how quickly the gospel is being preached internationally, in how many languages. This is one of my benchmarks of the signs of the times in which we live. I will try and locate some stats to post.
Yet, I need to post a thought my wife posed to me, regarding end-times. She believes that these portions of Scripture describing the second coming of Christ, are chronological, and literal.
She posed me the following thought, that I have never heard taught before that I wish to suggest to you:
That the passages where Jesus appears, are always after signs in the heavens, the sun and the moon.
Luke 21: 25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Matt 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
She believes that all of these verses refer to the same event, the second coming of the Lord. That the signs in the sun, moon, and heavens are to be discerned, and are the final prophetic events to be fulfilled before Jesus literally appears this next time.
Never heard this taught before, nor am I schooled enough in prophetic events to dispute, nor confirm her reasoning, but it is an interesting perspective. What do you think Bible scholars?
Joel 2:28 ¶ And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
We sat down together and produced this teaching:https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/is-revelation-6-the-rapture-of-the-church/
Yet look at the next verse!
32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
This sure looks like a victorious church, preaching Jesus, with mighty signs and wonders accompanying, then, the great and terrible day of the Lord.
This is my position, I am determined to be walking tight with Jesus, boldly proclaiming the gospel, with signs following, and let Him come!
Daniel saw the these last days and wrote:
And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
That would be me!
How about You?
Marantha Lord Jesus!
So, whatever we are called to be doing, we need to do it, faithfully, with all our heart, as unto the Lord! I read the following story that seems appropriate here:
During his 1960 presidential campaign, John F. Kennedy often closed his speeches with the story of Colonel Davenport, the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives: On May 19th, 1780 the sky of Hartford darkened ominously, and some of the representatives, glancing out the windows, feared the end was at hand. Quelling a clamor for immediate adjournment, Davenport rose and said, “The Day of Judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. Therefore, I wish that candles be brought.” Rather than fearing what is to come, we are to be faithful till Christ returns. Instead of fearing the dark, we’re to be lights as we watch and wait.
So, it appears that the main thing we can be doing with our lives to participate the second coming of Jesus, is to preach, pray, or support the witness of the gospel into every nation, tribe or people group, with every available resource at our disposal:
‘Father God, prepare me to be the bride, without spot or wrinkle, I am called to be. Jesus, open doors for me to preach, pray, proclaim, or support the preaching of your Word to the ends of the earth. Amen’