There are many people waiting for Jesus’ return. Some of them even have false assumptions that it has already happened and everybody “missed it” somehow. Others assume that Jesus will be born as a baby again in the old fashioned way or he is sitting somewhere in secret chambers.
The reality is, there is no Jesus on earth in a physical form whatsoever. There is not a single person who even qualified to call himself Jesus.
When Christ will arrive again to rule for 1000 years, the planet Earth will be empty and completely new.
The Earth will be the entirely different planet.
The Second Coming is often confused to be one event, but there will be separate and distinct events happening at some point in the future.
When the disciples asked Jesus what are the signs of his coming, he warned them about the following:
- There will be many false Christs and false prophets. When someone says that Jesus already came, and “here is Christ or there”; don’t believe them.
- The false Christs and the false prophets will perform great signs and wonders to deceive many. If someone tells you that Jesus is in the desert; go not forth. If someone tells you, Jesus is in the secret chambers; believe it not. (Matthew 24:23-28; Luke 17:22-25)
- The dragon will make war with the remnant that keeps the commandments of God and has the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 12:17, Matthew 24:9)
- There will be a beginning of sorrows: earthquakes around the world, famines, and pestilences, wars, and rumors of wars, nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. (Matthew 24:6 - 8) The gospel of the Kingdom will be preached around the world to all nations (Matthew 24:14)
- Elijah the prophet will appear before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. The prophet has to appear before God will smite the earth with a curse. Elijah has to fulfill certain things such as turning the heart of the fathers to the children and vice versa (Malachi 4:5)
- The abomination of desolation will stand in the holy place (Matthew 24:15, Daniel 9:26-27)
- The love of many will wax cold (Matthew 24:12)
- The Man of Sin will sit in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God (2 Thess 2:4).
RaptureDaniel and Revelation mention God’s people going through the great tribulation. After the tribulation, there will be an unexpected Rapture – a snatching away or transporting of believers to Heaven. Jesus himself will come down from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with a trump of God. The dead in Christ will be raised first and those who are alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. This will be a very joyful event.
His elect are those who made a covenant with Jesus. There will be no difference between Jews or Gentiles, males or females among the God’s people. Since God’s heart was with the Sons of men from the beginning, (Proverbs 8:31), His elect are the lost 10 tribes. The Gentiles from Abraham’s seed are grafted into the various tribes of Israel (Romans 11:13, 17-18). They will be gathered up in the air from all the parts of the world (Revelation 7) to stay with the Lord forever (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Tribulation ProtectionGod’s people will be protected during the tribulation period:
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9). “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Revelation 3:10)
Gathering of His Elect After the TribulationMatthew
Immediately after the tribulation of those days there will be darkening of the sun, moon and the stars will fall from heaven. There will be a sign of the Son of man in heaven coming in the clouds. He will send his angels to collect his elect from one end of heaven to the other (Matthew 24:29-31). Those who will endure unto the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13). The tribulation will be so great that it was not since the beginning of the world. There will be no flesh saved, but for the elect’s sake, those days shall be shortened (Matthew 24:22).
In those days, after that tribulation, the sun and moon will be darkened and the stars fall from Heaven. Everybody will see the Son of man in the clouds. He will send his angels to gather his elect from all the parts of the earth up to Heaven (Mark 13:24-27).
There will be a great distress in the land, and wrath upon these people (not God’s people). It will go till the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled (Luke 21:23-24). Then, there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars. The nations on the earth will be in distress, with perplexity. The Son of man will come in a cloud to redeem his people (Luke 21:25-28).
Revelation 6, 12 and 13
It was given to the little horn to make war with the righteous and to overcome them (Revelation 13:7; Revelation 12:17). After the opening of Fifth Seal, there will be war with those who keep the word of God and testimony of Jesus.
After the tribulation, the opening of Sixth seal will cause great earthquakes around the world. The sun will become black as sackcloth of hair with the moon turn red as blood and the stars fall unto the earth. Heaven will depart as a scroll and “roll together” (Revelation 6:9-15).
The little horn of the beast (Antichrist) will make war and wear out the saints of the most High and prevail against them until 3 and 1/2 years are up (Daniel 7:21-25). He will “try them and to purge and to make them white, even to the time of the end because it is for an appointed time” (Daniel 11:35).
Zechariah has similar verses about one-third of the people who have to go through the trials: “I will bring the one-third through the fire. Will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested” (Zechariah 13:9)
IsaiahIsaiah advises God’s people to enter into their chambers and shut the doors behind them. They should hide for a little moment until the indignation will pass (Isaiah 26:20).
Not So Secret RaptureSome readers assume that Luke and Thessalonian's refer to the secret rapture when some people are taken and others left behind (Luke 17:34-36; Thess. 5:2). However, these verses don’t describe the Rapture as a secret event. Jesus makes a parallel between the Day of the Lord comparing it to the days of Noah and to the days of Lot. During the days of Noah, the flood came and destroyed everything. In Lot’s days, there was a rain of fire and brimstone from Heaven that destroyed cities.
The same scenario is going to happen during the Rapture event. God’s people will be taken to Heaven to be with Jesus while things on the earth are going to be under destruction for a little while due to the God’s wrath. Paul says the Day of the Lord will happen suddenly, when nobody expects it, like a “thief in the night”.
The Rapture event is not going to be a secret, but will be a visible event like the lightning coming from the east to the west and covering the entire sky. No matter what part on the earth people are, the lightning will cover the entire sky (Matthew 24:23-28; Luke 17:22-25). Jesus will come with clouds and every eye will see him. His appearance will make all kindreds of the earth to wail. (Revelation 1:7)
There will be very sudden and unexpected calamity or destruction around the world that everyone will witness with horror. Heavens will be on fire and then pass away; the elements will melt with fervent heat. All men’s work will be burned up (2 Peter 3:10-13):
“Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief" (1 Thess. 5:1-5; 2 Peter 3:9-10 and Matthew 24:27, 42-44).
The sudden destruction may be natural or man-made that includes the following:
- Nuclear explosion
- Worldwide volcanic activity generating earthquakes and tsunamis
- Activity on the sun that will affect the whole earth
- Meteorite showers
- Climate change causing Earth to wobble on its axis
- All of the above
Where His Elect Will Go?The dead in Christ will be raised first and caught up together with those who are alive in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. At the last trump, everyone will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye to receive new glorified spiritually immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:51). Everyone will be ready for the marriage in Heaven.
Jesus will prepare places for his righteous before he comes back and takes his elect to his Father's heavenly house with many mansions (John 13:33, 36 - 14:3). According to Daniel, Christ will be given dominion and power from the Ancient of days (God the Father). The righteous will receive the kingdom under Christ. Only those whose names are written in the book of life will be delivered:
“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.” (Daniel 12:1-3)His elect have God’s seal and their names are written in the Book of Lamb. God has prepared the wonderful things in Heaven that no one saw or heard before (1 Corinthians 2:9).
The Wrath of GodRight now we live in a pretty much peaceful time. God’s people have to go through the tribulation period, but they will be taken away before the time of the God’s wrath. The wrath of God season is another period of time the remaining inhabitants on the earth are going to live through. This is also the time when a Restrainer will be removed (2 Thessalonians 2:6).
After the Rapture event will take place, all inhabitants on the earth experience the wrath of God. Something evil will go forth from nation to nation. The great whirlwind will be raised up from the coasts of the earth causing dead bodies to be everywhere (Jeremiah 25:29-33).
Malachi and Psalm 50 add more details and describe God’s wrath time with words like “burns like an oven”, “burns them up”, “will leave them neither root nor branch” and “the Sun of Righteousness shall rise” (Malachi 4:1-3). “The fire will devour before him and it will be very tempestuous (stormy) all around Him” (Psalm 50:3).
After the opening of Sixth seal, there will be great earthquakes around the world. Heavens will be “rolled together” and depart as a scroll. Every mountain and island will be moved out of place. At some point in the future, the inhabitants of the earth will run and hide in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains. The wicked men will cast their idols of silver and gold and run to hide into the holes of the rocks and caves because the earth will be shaking.
In Matthew, Jesus mentions Jerusalem was guilty killing and stoning prophets in the past. He expressed his desire to gather it’s children together, but they refused (Matthew 23:37).
The Final Battle in Heaven and the Great Judgement Day
Jesus and his armies will go to battle with beasts and kings described in Revelation 19:19-21. The Great Judgment Day is described in Revelation 20:4, 11-15, 1 Corinthians 4:5, 2 Corinthians 5:10
The Earth Without Form and Void
After the years of God’s wrath, there will be no people or animals left on the earth. All the cities, towns and lands will be destroyed, abandoned and empty (Jeremiah 4:23-27).
The Earth will be forced to wobble on its axis. It will violently break, split open and shake exceedingly. The earth will “fall and not rise again” due to its transgression (Isaiah 24:19-20). Heaven and earth will pass away. (Matthew 24:35). The earth will be without form and void, the same as it used to be in Genesis. However, God is not going to destroy the earth completely: “…yet will I not make a full end” (Jeremiah 4:23-27).
The first Heaven and the first earth will pass away. There will be a new Holy City coming down from God out of Heaven. God will make all things new and even better than before (Revelation 21:1, 5).
Jesus returns back with his righteous and becomes King over all earth. It happens when there is a light in the evening or when “the light shall not be clear, or dark.” He lets the living waters to go out from the heavenly Holy City toward the former sea and the hinder sea. The land is lifting up and becomes inhabited. After some time, men will start to dwell in it and there is no more destruction of the land (Zechariah 14:6-11).
Someone starts to write a new book of Genesis.
The Second Coming
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