Sunday, December 07, 2008

Prophetic Signs of the Second Coming
by Grant Jeffrey

(the following is an excerpt from Chapter 15 of Armageddon - Appointment With Destiny)

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16­18)

During the early centuries following the ascension of Jesus into heaven, Christians often greeted one another by saying, "Maranatha," which means "the Lord cometh." Despite constant persecution from both the pagans and the officials of the Roman government, the early Christians rejoiced in the certain knowledge that Jesus had prophesied that He would someday return to establish His Kingdom on earth. These believers knew that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day following His crucifixion - as He had foretold during His ministry. Jesus Christ was seen by many people during the forty days following His resurrection. Thirty years after Jesus ascended to heaven in the sight of His followers, the apostle Paul wrote, "After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep" (1 Corinthians 15:6). The truth of His death and resurrection was widely known and taught by the early Church, encouraging a widespread expectation of His glorious return to destroy evil and establish His righteous government on earth forever.

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the greatest single theme in Scripture. While there are approximately three hundred prophecies in the Old Testament that foretold the first coming of Christ, there are more than eight times as many verses describing the Second Coming. In total, some 2400 verses throughout the Old and New Testaments reveal God's promises about the return of Jesus Christ. The enormous number of prophetic verses about the Second Coming underlines the vital importance of this event in God's plan for mankind. Consequently, we dare not ignore the prophetic signs pointing to the nearness of His return.

Significantly, the first prophecy in the Bible (Genesis 3:15), which God addressed to Satan after Adam and Eve's sin, predicted three major events in the redemptive plan of God, concluding with the Second Coming of Christ. The first event was the virgin birth of Jesus ("her seed"); the second event was Satan's apparent victory when Jesus was crucified ("thou shalt bruise his heel"); the third event will be fulfilled at the Battle of Armageddon when Jesus Christ will defeat Satan ("thy head") and his seed, the Antichrist ("it [her seed, Jesus] shall bruise thy head"). The New Testament book of Jude recalls that the righteous patriarch Enoch was raptured to heaven before the Flood. Jude revealed that Enoch prophesied about the Second Coming, when the Lord would return to earth with millions of His saints. "Enoch, also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying: 'Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all'" (Jude 14-15).

The prophet John recorded our Lord's final prophecy in the final verses of the book of Revelation: "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be" (Revelation 22:12). Jesus Christ's final message to His Church concludes with these words: "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely, I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20)...


A lot of people (especially ministers) lately are talking of the 2nd Coming of Christ. The signs are all around us. With oil prices going up and down, the US military fighting 2 wars -- Afganistan and Iraq, the bailouts and financial institutions collapsing, unemployment going higher and higher... the world governments were caught off guard. They have never seen anything like all of this before, and they are at a loss knowing not what to do to fix it all.

Personally I believe they should have left it all alone in the first place. Mankind's wisdom got us into this mess, and mankind needs God's wisdom to get us out of it. World governments are pouring their money and energy into the wrong solutions. They are not focused on what is really necessary to pull us out of this nose-dive... They are still worried about global warming and they still pursue foreign oil instead of our own oil resources.

The UN bickers amongst themselves about renovating their palacial headquarters in Europe at the cost of millions of dollars. It reminds me of the Tom Hanks movie "MONEY PIT". He and Shelly Long buy this nice looking house and begin to make what they thought were minor repairs. Before long, they have done everything but sold their souls to pay for the million dollar renovation.

What is the old saying...when you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on. Jesus is the only hope for this dying world, and the anti-christian world has rejected Him and His thoughts, wisdom, and principles.