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Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The first thing that must be said on this subject is that our Lord’s second coming will be vastly different when compared with His first coming. At that coming he entered this world as a babe, born in weakness in a human family, cared for by earthly parents and was “subject unto them” (Luke 2.51). He was unrecognised by the Children of Israel who rejected Him as their Messiah.
At His second coming He will come in great power, glory and majesty, every eye will see Him and the Jewish nation will know that He is the Messiah (Mark 13.26, Matt. 24.30). His coming, of course, represents the commencement of His thousand year reign on earth, known as the Millennium (Rev 20.4).
Christ Arrives on Planet Earth
A Day Different to All Others
This will be like no other day. Zechariah 14.6 states, "On that day there will be no light, no cold or frost. It will be a unique day, without daytime or night-time - a day known to the Lord. When evening comes there will be light. On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half to the eastern sea (Dead Sea) and half to the western sea (Mediterranean), in summer and in winter. The Lord will be King over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and His Name the only Name." Hallelujah, what a Saviour!!!! The reigning Monarchs of the world at this time need to be mindful of this event. The Lord Jesus was the original creator of the world and a number of events, including geographical changes will take place, all of which are in accordance with His divine plans. He can do what no-one else can do.
Scripture also tells us of another unique event, and although it does not tell us when it will happen, it is my opinion that it will take place on this day for logical reasons. Isa. 66.8-11 and also Romans 11.26-27 tell of the whole nation of Israel being converted in a single day. While this is amazing and wonderful it should not be considered impossible as the difference to the land when Christ places His feet on the Mount of Olives will show to Israel that their Messiah has come. Their hearts will have been prepared for this as recorded by Zechariah 12. 10-11. "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They shall look on Me, the one they have pierced, and mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for Him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be great." The nation of Jews turning to the Lord will gladden the heart of the Saviour. He can do what no-one else can do.
Every eye will see our Lord's return.....
...even those who crucified Him
Another important aspect of His coming must be mentioned. It is recorded in scripture in Revelation 1.7 "Look, He is coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all peoples on earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen" The Believer's Bible Commentary expresses it this way, "His advent will be neither local nor invisible, because every eye will see Him. The people who were guilty of His crucifixion will be aghast. In fact all the tribes of the earth will be plunged into mourning because He comes to judge His enemies and set up His kingdom. Believers do not mourn His coming; they say, Even so, Amen?" Here is another miracle, He can do what no-one else can do.
Destination of the Ungodly Trio
Christ will bring with Him His angels together with all His Christian saints in heaven and He will descend with them towards the earth for His Second Coming (Mark 13.26). What a remarkable time that will be. For seven long years the people of this world will have suffered terrible hardship in warfare with the Devil, the Beast and the False Prophet during the Tribulation. This ungodly trio had inflicted all kinds of hardship, particularly upon God's chosen people, the Jews, as recorded in scripture in Revelation. So bad would those times be that our Lord spoke about them when here at His first coming as recorded by Matthew 24.22, "For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equalled again. If those days had not been cut short (by His second coming) no-one would survive, but for the sake of the elect (Christians converted during the Tribulation) those days will be shortened." The three evil perpetrators causing those horrible times will be seized. The Devil will be thrown into a “bottomless pit” for 1000 years (Rev. 20.2-3), while the Beast and the False Prophet are to be thrown into a “lake of burning sulphur” (Rev. 20.10). The terrible times of Tribulation were over. Our God is the God of the impossible. He can do what no-one else can do.
Changes in Israel when Jesus Comes Again
Mount of Olives
Scripture informs us that as the Saviour's feet are placed on the Mount of Olives, a remarkable change takes place. The Bible describes it with such clarity that it does not require comment from me. It is recorded by the prophet Zechariah 14. 4- 9. "On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south..........Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with Him."
It is interesting to note the number of Jewish grave sites on the Mount of Olives in Israel, as seen in the picture above. Jews of yesteryear and to-day were and are aware that their Messiah will place His feet on the Mount of Olives and by being buried there, hope to welcome Him when He comes (Zechariah 14.4).
Scripture tells us that on that day Jerusalem will no longer be known by that name. It will be called "The Lord is There" (Ezek. 48.35). Some Bible scholars suggest that its name may be Jehovah Shammah in the Hebrew language.
The Sanctuary to be built in Jerusalem will be one mile square which includes the surrounding outer court.This is very much larger than Solomon's Temple which had a circumference of about one mile. The Temple is situated in the centre of the Prince's area, and according to certain Bible scholars, this places it at, or close to, Biblical Shiloh where the original temple was located. There is to be a magnificent highway about 12 miles in length between the Temple and the city. (Isaiah. 35.8)
The New River
There is another very important aspect relating to the Sanctuary. A new river will be formed and as its origin is from the Sanctuary, it will have living properties permitting special things to happen. It will divide into two with one part discharging into the Mediterranean Sea and the other part will pass through the Dead Sea. Its living properties will cure the Dead Sea of its saltiness and it will then proceed and discharge into to the Red Sea. Although all life is extinguished in the Dead Sea at present, the properties of the new river are such that fish of many kinds will abound and fishermen using nets, as well as those lining the banks, will catch them for food (Ezekiel. 47.8-12). Along the river banks special fruit trees will provide fruit each month for eating while the leaves provide healing qualities.
The Dead Sea
Many people will be aware that the Dead Sea is well below sea level and the question will, no doubt, arise as to how water flowing from the Sanctuary can be discharged into the Mediterranean Sea as well as into the Red Sea. Christ will raise up the level of the land to permit this amazing event to take place (Zechariah 14.10-11).
The Shekinah Glory
One of the thrilling aspects of the Temple is that the Shekinah Glory will again be present. I cannot begin to imagine what the worship of God would be like when His very presence will fill the Temple. Oh the glory of it (Ezekiel. 43.1-7). Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! To Him we ascribe all the honour, all the power, all the praise and all the glory. Such shall be the glory and knowledge of the Lord that we are told, "In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the edge of his robe and say,'Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.' " (Zechariah 8.23). What an amazing difference it will be compared to that being experienced to-day!
The Division of the land of Israel
Ezekiel chapters 44 - 48 provide great detail as to the land to be occupied by the 12 tribes of Israel during the millennium, but prior to setting out the allocation we must go back to the original grant by God to Abraham in Gen. 15.11. This grant had a northern point of Hamath, a southern point of The River of Egypt, an eastern point of the River Euphrates, and a western point of the Mediterranean Sea. Although the nation of Israel has never fully occupied all this land, the grant has never been revoked by God and Ezekiel 44 sets out how the Tribes will occupy it. The present land of Israel is only a fraction of the size to be occupied by Israel when Christ comes again.
The occupation appears to run in parallel lines between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Between the portion allocated to Judah, and that allocated to Benjamin there lies a special allotment to the Prince, the Levites, and the priests (Ezekiel. 45.7-8). Both of Joseph's sons Ephraim and Manasseh, born of an Egyptian mother, are apportioned land.
The city of Jerusalem as well as the Temple lie within the Prince's allotment. The question of who the Prince is remains unanswered. It is not Jesus Christ as some would suppose. In days gone by, previous Princes committed sin by using dishonest scales and measures, and God tells us that this Prince must not continue to sin by using such dishonest measures. I suggest that he will be a man "after God's own heart" possibly in the line of King David, and be committed to serving God wholeheartedly and serving the people in a manner pleasing to Him. Ezekiel 45 sets out His duties. Long ago Daniel fulfilled the qualifications I have mentioned, God alone knows who can undertake such responsibilities.
Head of the Nations
Thousands of years ago we were told that Israel would be the Head of the Nations and not the tail (Deuteronomy 28.13). As time passed by and Israel continued to be an offence to many nations and people, it appeared that this promise had been overlooked by world powers. Large and powerful nations such as the U.S., Russia and China are thought to have occupied this position. Now, within the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ, this prophesy can and will be fulfilled. Jesus will do what no other person and country can do.
The Gentiles and Jesus' Second Coming
The Judgment of the Nations.
One of the reasons our Lord comes again to earth is to judge the nations. In effect the word "nations" in this passage of scripture is the same Greek word used for Gentiles and in the context of this capsule it means Gentiles. Christ spoke about this in Matt. 25.31-46. Some Bible commentators have difficulty with this passage, so let me comment on that section of scripture which is generally agreed upon.Three types of people are involved. The sheep people are gentiles, as are the goat people. The other class is “My brethren” who are believing Jews converted by the 144000 Jews won to Christ during the Tribulation. They had suffered terribly during that period, being unable to buy or sell because of restrictions imposed by Satan, the Beast and the False Prophet. There will, however, be some people who showed kindness. The whole basis of discussion revolves round the Tribulation and which of these peoples acted kindly or unkindly to the Jewish people by offering them food, drink and clothes etc. I am inclined to the view that the subject of judgments is of such magnitude and importance that it warrants a special article on this subject alone. However, I make a brief statement that the Jew remains “the apple of God’s eye” (Zech. 2.8) and anyone who does not love the Jew is in very great danger of being cast into the eternal punishment God has prepared for them (Matt. 25.46). See also the second most important commandment Christ mentioned in Matt. 22.39: "Love your neighbour as yourself". On the basis of Christ's own words it is likely that this judgment will follow quickly after His second coming. "When the Son of Man comes in His glory........All the nations will be gathered before Him." (Matthew 25.31-32) Jesus Christ can do what no-one else can do
Where Do You Stand?
A challenge for us all.
Dear Reader, These thrilling sections of God's Word are very wonderful for the Christian, but there are also very grave consequences for the unbeliever. Have you accepted the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, or do you keep putting off making a decision whether you do or do not believe Him and His Words and works. I urge you, dear Friend, to very carefully consider where you stand, and think of what will happen to you when the Lord does return. Your eternal future may well depend on the decision you make now. Repent from your sin and accept His love, grace, forgiveness and the blessings He wants to pour out on you. He can do in your life what no-one else can do.
After the Millennium
For more events following the millennium, see this article.
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