The Second Coming Of ChristUNVEILED What you are about to read is a daring quest to unearth the lost treasure of the original biblical truth about the Second Coming of Christ. The past century a large part of the Christian Church has been terrorized by unbiblical myths about the end times and the return of […]

The Second Coming Of Christ
UNVEILED

What you are about to read is a daring quest to unearth the lost treasure of the original biblical truth about the Second Coming of Christ. The past century a large part of the Christian Church has been terrorized by unbiblical myths about the end times and the return of Christ. This caused unprecedented confusion and damage in the lives of countless precious children of God. It's time for some serious investigation and biblical testing of our popular beliefs. Let's return to the original message of Jesus Christ!

What did the Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles
really say about His coming and the last days?

Be aware that this is not a superficial post, but an adventurous journey into the depths of Scripture, which requires determination and courage. This expedition is not for the hasty reader, but it's for the hungry and thirsty ones who are willing to dive into the glorious realms of God's revelation and truth. The world is spilling over with shallow teachings about the end times, that are nothing but a bunch of bible verses ripped out of every biblical and historical context, to 'prove' unbiblical myths. This study is not like that. We will look very seriously at what the Bible truly says, by respecting the entire context, honoring the original audience and culture, acknowledging the time indications, checking the original Hebrew and Greek text and understanding God's prophetic language.

We will not abuse the Bible to make it support our own ideas,
but we will unveil the original meaning of the Word of God,
by studying the Bible accurately.  

If you are unable to invest the time needed to do serious investigation, then please stop here and come back when you are ready. Quickly scanning this in depth study may result in misunderstanding and wrong conclusions. Only embark on this journey when you are ready and willing to give it your full attention. Then... it will be one of the greatest discoveries of your life! You will uncover the true message of Jesus Christ and His glorious plan with you, your beloved ones and this beautiful world. That is undoubtedly the most valuable treasure we can ever come upon! - David Sorensen

second coming return christ discovery

Use The Treasure Map

Because this is such an extensive study, not everyone will be able to read it in one go. The following navigation works like a treasure map, to help you go from A to B, so you can eventually discover the whole wealth of God's hidden truth. Please do make sure to read everything. Those who read the entire study, find the amazingly beautiful message of the Bible and get passionately excited about it. It's literally discovering the greatest prize there is! Many people have told me how it set them free from paralyzing fears and depression and how it launched them into the joy of living to the full, as God has intended for us. On the other hand I have noticed that people who only read part of it, keep struggling with unresolved strongholds in their minds, from the popular myths. That causes them to entirely miss this life changing and life saving revelation that God wants to give us. So make sure you get the whole picture and not just catch a glimpse. I even encourage you to read it more than once, so you can gather all the hidden gems from God's world of wisdom.

If you venture out to unearth a lost treasure,
you also want to find the whole thing
and not just a chunk of the chest. 

treasure chest symbolizing the lost truth of the second coming

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Jesus Christ promised His soon return to the first Christians 


When Jesus Christ walked the face of the earth, He made an amazing promise to His followers: some of them would surely live to see Him coming on the clouds of heaven, with His angels. He would come in the glory of the Father, to establish His kingdom and to repay each according to their works.

'For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels,
and then He will repay each according to his works.
Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here
who shall not taste death
till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.'

(Matthew 16:27, 28)


Some would live at the Second Coming

The announcement of His coming on the clouds was a central theme in the message of Jesus Christ and the apostles. Whenever they talked about it, they always stressed one particular thing: it would happen very soon and the first generation of Christians would absolutey see Him coming. For example, when Christ sent out His disciples to proclaim the good news of the kingdom, He warned them that the Jews would severely persecute them. But He also encouraged them, that He would come soon. They would not even have time to travel throughout all of Israel, before His coming!

'For assuredly, I say to you,
you will not have gone through the cities of Israel
before the Son of Man comes.'

(Matthew 10:23)


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In the gospel of Matthew chapters 23 to 25 we read how Jesus Christ elaborated on His coming and went into great detail when describing the events that would surround His appearance on the clouds of heaven. He gave many specific instructions to the first Jewish believers, to prepare them for this event. Because He wanted to make sure they would be ready for it, He assured them it was not something for a distant future, but their generation would absolutely experience all of it.


'Assuredly, I say to you,
this generation will by no means pass away
till all these things take place.'

(Matthew 24:34)


Jesus generation return

When Jesus Christ was led before the Jewish High Council, who condemned Him to the cross, He had also told them THEY would see Him coming on the clouds of heaven:

'I say to you, hereafter YOU WILL SEE the Son of Man 
sitting at the right hand of the Power, 
and coming on the clouds of heaven.' 

(Matthew 26:64)


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Jesus Christ had even said to the apostle Peter that John would still be alive at His coming:


'If I decide to let him live until I return,
what concern is that of yours?' 
(John 21:22)


quote John alive

The apostles of Jesus Christ also continually assured the first Christians that they would surely live to see the Lord come. It would only be a little while, He would not delay, the time was short!

'For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not delay.'

(Hebrews 10:37)

'But this I say, brethren, the time is short.'
(1 Corinthians 7:29)


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The author of the letter to the Hebrews even told them the coming of the Lord was at hand and He was already standing at the door:

'Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. ...
Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!'

(Hebrews 10:37)


The apostle John even declared they were already living in the LAST HOUR!

'Dear children, this is the last hour.'
(1 John 2:18)


last hour quote, John

When the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation, in which the coming of Jesus Christ was described in great detail, he also repeatedly guaranteed his readers that the events he prophesied would happen in their near future:

'The Revelation of Jesus Christ,
which God gave Him to show His servants
—things which must shortly take place.' 
(Revelation 1:1)

'Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, 

and keep those things which are written in it.'
for the time is near. 
(Revelation 1:3)

'Behold, I am coming quickly!' 

(Revelation 3:10)

'And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel

to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
 'Behold, I am coming quickly!'
(Revelation 22:6)

'Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, 

for the time is at hand.' 
(Revelation 3:10)

'And behold, I am coming quickly, 

and My reward is with Me.' 
(Revelation 22:12)

'Surely I am coming quickly.' 

(Revelation 22:20)


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No return in a distant future

Both the Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles left no room whatsoever for the thought that the return of Christ would be for a very distant future. On the contrary, whenever they mentioned it, they always stressed how imminent His return was. They kept reassuring the first generation of Christians that they would surely experience it and therefor they had to be ready for it. The expectancy of the soon return of Christ was the hope of the early Christian church, it was what they were looking forward to. They built their lives on the sure promises given to them by both their Lord and His apostles, who kept repeating unanimously that the coming of the Lord was at hand.

He would not tarry, He was already standing at the door, the time was near, He would come quickly, they were living in the last hour, they had to prepare for it, and so on.

According to a popular doctrine,
Christ did not return

The natural question we have, is of course: did Jesus Christ indeed appear on the clouds of heaven, as He promised so repeatedly to His followers? Did He come during the lifetime of the first generation of Christians? Did the members of the Jewish High Council indeed see Him on the clouds of heaven? Was the apostle John still alive, when Christ returned? Did several people in the audience of Christ not taste death before He came with His angels? Did He come before the disciples traveled all throughout Israel? Further in this study you will discover someting breathtaking that will rock your world, in an extremely good way. Now we will however first look at something devastating that happened to the Church, during the past two centuries.

Near the end of the 19th century a teaching began spreading throughout the evangelical world, that made a very disturbing statement. This doctrine declared shamelessly that Jesus Christ did NOT come during the generation of the first Christians, despite His many sure promises. This new theology was called dispensationalism and during the 20th century it rapidly gained great influence throughout the evangelical church. Dispensationalism states that the many specific time indications given by the Lord Jesus Christ and His servants concerning His coming, were in fact totally meaningless. Even after two thousand years - which is more than fifty generations! - He still hasn't returned, dispensationalism claims. Therefor, they proclaimed to millions of believers, He will now surely come in our time. After the Church has waited in vain for thousands of years, His long overdue appearance on the clouds, will finally happen in our generation.

We are the 51st generation after Christ announced His coming to happen during the first generations of believers. Now we will finally see Him on the clouds of heaven.

At first dispensationalism told Christians in the 19th century to prepare themselves for the soon return of Christ. When He didn't come as they expected and the 20th century began, they said to those new generations of believers to focus their entire lives on the Second Coming of Jesus. When Christ still didn't come during the entire 20th century, they are now telling us, Christians in the 21st century, that we are surely the generation Jesus Christ was talking about, two thousand years ago. 

Christ will be the ultimate
political world leader

According to dispensationalism Jesus Christ will descend in a physical body on the earth, to set up a perfect political kingdom in military Israel. He will force literally everybody - against their will - to bow before Him and worship Him. This means there will no longer be worship from the heart or free will to choose God's love, but every single person on the earth will have to submit to Jesus Christ as the ultimate global dictator. Then we will finally have world peace. Wonderful!

Christ will reign from a stone temple in political Israel, to force the whole world to worship Him. 

Traveling far and standing in line to see Jesus

Because Jesus Christ will descend on earth in a PHYSICAL body, He will naturally only be able to be present at one location at a time. Since His home will be the stone temple in ancient Jerusalem, that's where He will spend most of His days, thousands of miles away from all of us. The good news is however that we will be able to go on pelgrimages to the political state of Israel, perhaps every year or so, to visit Jesus and wave at Him from a distance. What a glorious moment that will be! Of course we do have to realize that at any given point there will be millions of other people who want to catch a glimpse of Jesus Christ. 

second coming Jesus crowd

So we will have to be prepared to have our patience and endurance severely tested. After all there are more than seven hundred million Christians worldwide and this number is daily increasing with thousands of new believers every single day! But... if we have the patience to wait many hours - possibly days - in the end we will be able to see Jesus Christ on His throne. Naturally it will be out of the question to spend intimate, personal time with Him, because millions of other people are waiting behind us, so we will have to move on right away, to allow the next person to say 'Hi!' to Jesus. But at least He will be physically on the earth again, and that is such a glorious idea, that many evangelical Christians look forward to it.

Having a physical Jesus in a stone temple in military Israel, forcing everybody to worship Him, against their will...
what could be better than that?

Dispensationalism contradicts Jesus Christ

Although the idea of having a political King Jesus here on earth is tremendously appealing to many Christians, it is actually a very strange concept, if we look at what the Lord Himself said about His kingdom. In a private conversation with Nicodemus, a religious leader in ancient Israel, Jesus Christ had said that His kingdom can only be seen by people who are born again by the Spirit of God.


'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again,

he cannot see the kingdom of God. ...
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
he cannot enter the kingdom of God.'
(John 3:3, 5)


quote Jesus born again kingdom

When the pharisees questioned Jesus about His kingdom, He told them that His kingdom does not come with observation and is not in a specific location, but in our hearts.


“The kingdom of God does not come with observation;

 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’
For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
(Luke 17:20, 21)


Jesus Christ even explained that His kingdom is not of this world, and it does not work with violence. It is a spiritual dimension that we experience through the Spirit of God. Only those of us who humble ourselves to become like little children can enter it! It is for the poor in spirit... 


“My kingdom is not of this world.
If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight,
so that I should not be delivered to the Jews;
but now My kingdom is not from here.”
(John 18:36)

“The kingdom of God is ... righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 14:17)

“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted
and become as little children,
you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 18:3)


Dispensationalism says that the kingdom of God still hasn't come, even after two thousand years. We may have some foretaste of it, but in reality it's not here yet. Jesus Christ however preached passionately, everywhere He went, that the kingdom of heaven was at hand and people had to repent and believe this good news.


“The time is fulfilled, 
and the kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe this good news.”

(Mark 1:15)

“Jesus went about all Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues,
preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
and healing all kinds of sickness
and all kinds of disease among the people.
(Matthew 4:23)


In no way did Jesus Christ give even the slightest suggestion that His kingdom was still very, very far away, in a distant future. On the contrary He announced that it was at hand, which means it was about to begin. Declaring the kingdom of God was His gospel, the good news of the kingdom. That was His message! When He sent out His disciples to preach, this was also their message: 


"He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
(Luke 9:2)

"...heal the sick there, and say to them,
‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
(Luke 10:9)


All the teachings of Jesus were focussed on the kingdom. He explained who could enter it and who couldn't, what it was and wasn't, and so on. When He prayed for the sick and cast out demons, He said that at that very moment the kingdom had come over those people.


"But if I cast out demons with the finger of God,
surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
(Luke 11:20)

The message of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago was that in that time the kingdom of God had come.

Dispensationalism however teaches that the kingdom is still not here, even after fifty generations and we all have to wait for it. When it finally comes, it won't be a heavenly kingdom that we enter as children and experience in our hearts through the Spirit. No, it will be a political kingdom in earthly Israel, that everybody will see and it will be forced upon the entire world.

People no longer go to earthly Jerusalem

When Jesus ministered to the Samaritan woman at the well, He explained to her that people will no longer travel to Jerusalem to worship God. Now the time had come when true worshippers would worship God in the realm of the Spirit. Jesus elaborated on this, by saying that God is Spirit and therefor He longs for worshippers who worship in a spiritual way.


"The time has come when you won’t worship the Father 
on a mountain nor in Jerusalem, but in your heart.
From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter
 of the right place but with the right heart.
For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers
who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”
(John 4:21-24)


quote Jesus worship spirit

This is all quite interesting.... Jesus said His kingdom has come 2,000 years ago, it is a spiritual dimension, it can only be seen by those who are born from the Spirit, it's not of this world, it's not in a specific location, it's in our hearts, people must no longer go to Jerusalem, true worship is now in Spirit, and so on. Yet the widespread doctrine of dispensationalism says the exact opposite: the kingdom of God has not come yet, it will surely be of this world and Christ will be a real political leader, reigning from within military Israel. Therefor it will surely be in a specific location, namely in the zionist state of Israel. People from all over the world will absolutely have to go to earthly Jerusalem to worship God. Nobody will need to be born again to see it, because everybody willl see this political kingdom of God in Israel. Becoming like a little child is also redundant, because the whole world will be forced to submit to this kingdom, against their will.

The dispensationalist doctrine of a physical return of Christ to set up a political kingdom in earthly Jerusalem, is the exact opposite of what Jesus Christ said about His kingdom.

What is also really strange about the concept of the return of Christ is that this doctrine claims Christ will sit in a stone temple in earthly Jerusalem. But.... isn't the revelation of the New Testament that God will never again dwell in a house made by hands of men? Doesn't Paul say repeatedly that we are now the temple of God? And doesn't Paul say that we do not belong to the earthly Jerusalem, but we are children of a new heavenly Jerusalem, which is our free mother?


"​Have you forgotten that your body 
is now the sacred temple of the Spirit of Holiness,
who lives in you?
(1 Corinthians 6:19)

"For indeed, we are the temple of the living God, just as God has said:
I will make my home in them and walk among them.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.

(2 Corinthians 6:16)

'The “Hagar” metaphor corresponds to the earthly Jerusalem
of today who are currently in bondage.
In contrast, there is a heavenly Jerusalem above us, 
which is our true “mother.”
She is the freewoman, birthing children into freedom!'
(Galatians 4:25, 26)

'By contrast, we have already come near to God
in a totally different realm, the Zion-realm,
for we have entered the city of the Living God,
which is the New Jerusalem in heaven!'
(Hebrews 12:22)


According to the New Testament we are now the temple of God and we are all part of the new heavenly Jerusalem and have nothing to do with the old, earthly Jerusalem.

So why does this doctrine about the return of Christ then say we will all have to travel to earthly Jerusalem to worship God in a stone temple built by men? Who do we choose to believe? Jesus Christ and His apostles or the new doctrine of dispensationalism?

Millions waited in vain

For millions of Christians the outlook of having a physical Christ in earthly Jerusalem, which brings about world peace, is the ultimate dream. That's why in the past century countless Christians were fully persuaded they would surely see Jesus Christ return on the clouds of heaven. They spent their entire lives waiting for this apocalyptic event. It was the hope of their Christian faith, the focus of their mind, the theme of their sermons, the director of their lives, the compass by which they steered. 

Everything they did was influenced by
the urgent expectation of the soon return of Jesus Christ.

return christ waiting

Despite their intense waiting, fueled by zealous sermons of fervent preachers, these precious people however ended their lives in painful disillusionment. Many believers - even well known Christian leaders - ultimately walked away from God, shocked and utterly disappointed, as they realized they had centered their life around the expectancy of an event that eventually didn't happen. 

Their hopes were crushed, their dreams died,
they spent their lives waiting in vain.


​The Church withdrew from society

The passionate longing to see Christ appear on the clouds of heaven and transform our entire world in the twinkling of an eye, has also caused large parts of the global Church to completely withdraw from society. Many Christians consider it to be a waste of time and energy to invest in a better world for our children. Our entire universe will soon be destroyed by fire and replaced by a perfect paradise, so why bother trying to improve our world? It is doomed for destruction, so why care about the environment? 

This caused many Christians to become the least effective people in the world, with hardly any influence in our society.  

The mainstream Church is in many ways irrelevant to our communities, because so many believers have been taught to focus on escaping, instead of transforming our world. The result is an unhindered invasion of sin in our culture, while the Church has been standing at the sidelines, waiting to be removed from this world by a 'rapture'. Instead of radically restoring God's beautiful world, countless believers made it their primary goal to 'get outta here'.

 

Unhealthy sense of urgency

On the other hand the urgency of the expected end of the world has placed a heavy burden on the shoulders of countless pastors, who are being told time is running out and they have to run as fast as they can, to save a few last souls. Stress, burnout and depression is the result for innumerable Christian leaders. Instead of being led by the Spirit - who gives peace, rest and abundant life - many preachers are driven by a suffocating sense of 'urgency'. 

Marriages fall apart and children walk away from the Lord, because the husband and father is always absent, frantically trying to 'save souls' before it is 'too late'.

Some famous ministries even discourage young believers to study and prepare for a fruitful live, calling them to instead spend their lives - day and night - in 'prayer rooms' where they have to fast and pray for the soon return of the King. However, after decades of promising countless young people that the coming of Christ is imminent, they eventually all have to leave their lifestyle of 'day and night prayer' in disillusionment. Instead of being raptured, as they were promised by the great and anointed spiritual leaders, they eventually have to step into the real world after all, trying to find their way - unprepared and discouraged. None of the amazing prophecies they heard all these years came to pass...

False prophecies concerning
the Second Coming

Because of the widespread belief that Christ never came during the generation of the first Christians, our world has recently been bombarded by thousands of prophecies about the end of the world and the Second Coming. Many famous Christian ministries passionately predicted that within the next few years Christ would finally come back. Often a specific date was suggested, backed up by extensive research of a bible-expert. Millions of books have been sold, to predict the return of Christ and many preachers of this message have become astronomically rich from the revenue of their publications. Some of the world's largest Christian ministries are founded upon the urgent expectation of the end of the world and the Second Coming of Christ. They are often supported by a long list of 'divine revelations' concerning the return of Christ. However... despite the countless predictions, Christ has not returned physically to the earth. Thousands of prophecies that were spoken with great fervency from the greatest platforms and distributed by the most renown Christian ministries, have proven to be false. Nothing happened. The world has not ended. Christians were not raptured. No antichrist has taken over the world. Christ did not return.

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The countless prophecies have proven to be false.
Every single one of them.

That is actually very serious... In the Old Testament God ordered people who prophecied falsely, to be stoned to death! That's how wicked it is in the eyes of God to predict events - in His name - that don't happen. However, in modern day Christianity nobody ever apologises for their false prophecies and no-one is keeping anyone accountable for the constant flow of wrong foretelling. Instead we just move the timing of the Second Coming a few years ahead again and continue our erroneous forecasting. The Church has a long and shameful history of constant false prophecy, that has given Christianity a severely bad reputation. In fact no other entity in this world spreads so many false prophecies than the Church. The secular world no longer takes us serious and mocks us, for all our delusions. Wikipedia published an extensive list of false predictions of the end of the world, and most were given by well known Christian preachers. 

They were all wrong. Dead wrong.

 

Biblically testing the doctrine
of the Second Coming is forbidden

Meanwhile many Christians don't allow anyone to ask honest questions about the validity of our doctrines about the end of the world and the return of Christ. Whenever a sincere believer tries to honestly study Scripture, to find out if we perhaps might have misunderstood something, this person is quickly labeled 'deceived' and 'dangerous' and sadly in many cases even cast out of the Christian community.

It is utterly unacceptable to intelligently investigate the concept that our only hope is the physical return of Christ on earth.

Christians are strictly instructed to expect this Second Coming every single day of our life. The relentless stream of false prophecies that keep the hopes of the global Christian community high - although they always prove to be utterly false - are never questioned, but serve to continually strengthen the widespread doctrine that is untouchable and unquestionable. If you want to be a good Christian then you must - no question about it - accept the doctrine that satan will rule the entire world and our only hope is to wait for a sudden return of Christ.

Before the return of Christ
the antichrist will arise

Part of the widespread doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ is the idea that this glorious victory of heaven will be preceded by an unprecedented triumph of hell. Before Christ will physically return to the earth, a satanic antichrist will arise and the entire world will gladly follow this diabolic world leader, in his extremely wicked ways. Life will become unbearable for Christians and virtually every believer will fall away from the faith, overwhelmed by the deceptions of the devil. That is called the great 'falling away' or the 'great apostasy'. Some charismatic Christians are convinced there will be a 'global revival' before this happens, but according to the popular end time doctrines this 'end time revival' will have little effect on the final outcome, because Christ said: 'Will I still find faith when I come?' If even Christ Himself was sincerely worried about the end result of Christianity, how much more should we be concerned about this? We have to face it: ultimately most believers will give in to the pressure of satan. 

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Although the return of Christ will be indescribably glorious, it will sadly be preceded by the worst nightmare mankind has ever faced.

The end time teachings say that darkness will cover the entire earth and satan will rise to the pinnacle of his universal power. If it were possible he would even deceive the elect of God! Because many Christians constantly expect this culmination of evil, every single American and Russian president and every new pope is considered to be the antichrist. The internet is flooded with countless videos warning the Church for this demonic 'Beast'. Whenever an earthquake happens, a war breaks out or a disease spreads on a large scale, millions of Christians point to them as undeniable 'sings of the end of the world'. Because of this awfully dark outlook on the future, many believers suffer from incurable depression and paralyzing anxiety. Young couples worry if it is still responsible to bring children into this increasingly satanic society. 

Many Christians even consider suicide
because they are so terrified of the future.

Jesus Christ overwhelmed me with His love

When I came to Christ, 25 years ago, I was overwhelmed by His glory and friends said I changed from a devil into an angel. I had incredible encounters with the Lord Himself, as He embraced me in His arms of love. One day I literally saw heaven open up and I beheld the eternal greatness of God. An indescribably endless majesty!

Out of this boundless realm of glory two hands came down and lifted me up, as a daddy holds his little baby.

I came home in the arms of my heavenly Father! His love transformed me from a raging rebel into a tender lover of God and people. The personal encounters I had with the Lord Jesus Christ launched me on a passionate mission to tell the whole world about this wonderful God who loves us more than we can ever imagine. I began making Christian posters, books, websites and cards and God did amazing healing miracles in my meetings. Soon my ministry was well known, because people experienced the reality of the God I shared with them.

Not a dead religion or controlled programs, but encountering the living God who is such fierce love and abundant goodness.

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The end time doctrines
cast a dark shadow over my life

While I was ignited with joy and love by the Lord Jesus Christ, I also began to learn about the coming doom. Being a fervent student of the Bible, I read several studies about the increasing reign of the devil and the 'great falling away' of the Church, in the end times. This cast a somber shadow over my life. The joy of having found a father who restores my life, was suddenly overshadowed by this cold mist of fear. This gloomy doctrine however conflicted with everything I experienced from the Lord myself: His glorious presence in our midst, the healings and miracles, the lives being restored, His increasing kingdom, the love He gave me for His magnificent creation and so on. But hey, it's the Bible who tells us about this coming doom and destruction, so what could I do? 

One day however the Lord spoke to me in a very clear voice. What He said marked the beginning of the most life changing adventure of my life.   

He invited me to go on a quest to discover in the Bible what He truly says about the last days and the Second Coming. The Lord literally told me:

'David, start studying My Word concerning the end times. 
I want to give you insight in this and I will give you a message of HOPE for My people.
I am RESTORING My creation and I also want to use you for this.' 

second coming christ study bible

In obedience to the instruction of the Lord I researched the biblical theme of the 'end times' over the course of ten years.

I read every book, watched every video and listened to every preacher I could find, who was supposedly an expert on this topic. While praying for a clear understanding, I studied the Bible more in depth than ever before. At first my quest for truth stranded desperately. All the publications from the popular end time ministries were contradictory and confusing, loaded with false predictions, and I came to the frustrated conclusion that it was pure chaos. So I told the Lord: 'If you want to give me insight in this, You will have to do it, because I am getting nowhere with my research.' The years that followed, the Spirit of God indeed began revealing me one truth after another in Scripture. Gradually He opened my eyes for the true message of Jesus Christ and the apostles.

To my glad surprise I found it is the most beautiful,
most hopeful, most powerful message there is. 
No doom and gloom, but hope and healing!

What did Jesus Christ say
about His coming?

In this in depth study I try to reveal to you what the Lord Jesus Christ unveiled to me from His Word. You don't have to believe one single word you are about to read. All I ask you is to honestly consider what the Bible truly says about these things. Then you can come to your own conclusions. The focus in this study is not what I have heard in Church or from the well known television preachers.

My focus is what the Lord Jesus Christ Himself
said about the last days and His coming.

I also listen carefully to what the first apostles taught. Only what the Lord Jesus Christ and His  apostles say, is truth for me. Nothing else. I don't want to twist their words, to make them fit in my preconceived ideas, but I am submitting everything I have ever heard to their authentic, original words. I want to hear what the Lord Jesus Christ says and nothing else. This is what makes me a follower of Jesus Christ: I carefully listen to what the Lord says in His Word and I fully submit to Him. Only Jesus Christ is the Word of God who became flesh, the Truth in person.

He is my beloved Master and I listen to Him.

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Learning to study the Bible 

We will also learn how to read the Bible correctly. During my years of research, I discovered that I had been trained in Church to abuse the Bible to make it confirm what 'we believe', instead of respecting what the Bible truly says. I don't say this to confront or accuse anyone, but it's what I had to acknowledge for myself: nobody had ever told me how to accurately read the Bible, so that I could understand what it truly says. I found there are several absolutely essential principles that we always need to apply, if we want to be able to uncover the true meaning of any passage in the Bible.

The first principle is that we must always respect both the Biblical, historical and cultural context of any verse.

Not one single verse in the Bible stands all by itself. Every word in Scripture is part of a whole story that is unveiled from Genesis to Revelation. Scripture is like a majestic and extremely complex tapestry, where every string is connected to a thousand other strings. It's a dazzling unity of revelation that is only understood properly when we take a few steps back and see the whole picture.

bible context

Isolating one single verse from the rest and using that one sentence to build an entire worldview is foolish and very destructive. We must always be aware of both the broad and the narrow context of a verse. The broad context is the whole Bible and the narrow context is the verses before and after a sentence. The moment we spin any verse out of its biblical context, we are abusing the Bible for our own purposes. Sadly this happens on a global scale by most preachers, myself included before I became aware of this.

Besides the biblical context, we must also
respect the historical and cultural context. 

Verses that were written thousands of years ago, in an entirely different culture and during specific historic events, have a very different meaning than we often realize. We must learn what history says about certain passages, what was happening during that time. It's imperative that we discover what certain bible passages meant in their ancient culture. Looking at the Bible through our 21th century lenses is sure to result in devastating deception. 

Thirdly we must respect the original audience
to whom a passage was directed. 

When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, he was writing to the Thessalonians! He wasn't writing to Christians in a very distant future, in an entirely different world. His letters to the Thessalonians were directly written to the Thessalonians! We are literally reading someone else's mail! The moment we acknowledge the original audience of any bible passage, we are on the right track to understand the original meaning of that passage. When we however tell ourselves that Paul was actually writing his letters to you and me, thousands of years later, then we are again abusing the Bible, to make it say what we want it to say. 

Showing apostle writing to Christians

Respecting the original audience to whom Jesus Christ and the apostles were speaking, is a major key to understanding their message. 

Another principle for accurate Bible study is acknowledging the time indications that were given for certain events. For example the Lord Jesus Christ and the apostles all very strictly assured the first Christians that they would surely - no doubt about it - experience the coming of the Lord. It was the hope of the first Christians and the sure promise of their Lord. He said some of them would still be alive, His disciples would not be able to travel all throughout Israel, the apostle John would still be alive, that generation would by no means pass away, He would surely come quickly and without delay, He was already standing at the door, the time was near, it was at hand, and so on. They exhausted themselves in expressing the urgency of the return of Christ and left no room whatsoever for a future coming of the King. If we want to honestly and properly read scripture we MUST respect the time indications given for any event. The moment we deny them, or worse: deliberately twist the word of God to make it fit our own popular doctrines, we are guilty of very severe abuse of scripture. Time indications were given for a reason: to make sure the people who would experience an event,  would be prepared for it.

Ignoring the time indications and replacing them by contrary timeframes, is one of the worst mistakes we can ever make, causing us to get lost in the vast wilderness of deceptions.

When God told Noah he needed to prepare for a global food, God was not telling that to you and me! When God warned Lot that Sodom would be consumed by fire, that was a message for that time, not something we need to fear thousands of years later. The same goes when Jesus announced the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple to the first Christians in Israel. He was warning and preparing them for this event - not you and me. In this study you will see in depth what the very specific and repeated time indications were that Christ and His apostles gave concerning His coming.

What is also critical to understand what God truly says in the Bible, is getting an understanding of His prophetic, symbolic language.

All throughout the Bible God constant speaks in metaphors. Sheep are good people, wolves are bad people, water is His Spirit, eagles are prophets, oxen are apostles, trees are the righteous, the sun and moon are enlightened leaders, stars are important people, the earth is the heart of man and seed is the word of God, so are rain, hail and snow which all represent God's words, mountains are securities, thorns are difficult circumstances, snakes are evil spirits, a street of gold is a pure lifestyle, and so on. The Bible is the most symbolic book in the world. Even colors, numbers, names of nations, cities and people represent spiritual realities. Every animal, plant or even elements of the weather have a spiritual meaning that God uses to teach us His ways. 


Yet many western Bible scholars have completely ignored this fundamental principle and they act as if God constantly speaks literally. 


In this study you will see many critical examples of prophetic metaphors God uses, that have been interpreted in a literal way causing tremendous confusion in the church. For example, when Jesus Christ spoke about the passing away of 'heaven and earth', did He mean the literal 'heaven and earth'? If so, why did He say that believers had to flee to the mountains? If the literal heaven and earth were being destroyed, fleeing to the mountains would be useless. This is just an example to show how important it is to think things through, before coming to premature conclusions. Christ promised the earth would be given to the meek, so why did He also say the earth would pass away? Could it be that the words 'heaven and earth' in some cases have a metaphoric meaning? We must take the principle of understanding God's prophetic language very serious and learn to understand the meaning of the countless metafors, if we want to unravel the true meaning of God's message to us. He is Spirit and He speaks in a spiritual way. We need the help of the Spirit of truth to reveal to us what God's spiritual messages truly mean. Trying to explain them in a carnal way is foolish. 

A last principle that we must embrace, is learning to check and double check the original Hebrew and Greek source text of important bible verses. 

Our modern day translations are sadly all too often influenced by the personal theology or opinion of the bible translators. In many cases I discovered how these translators deliberately changed certain key words in important scriptures, in order to influence the minds of the Bible readers with a specific theology, instead of letting the word of God speak for itself. A major example of this are the many occasions where we read in the Bible that Jesus Christ announced the 'end of the world'. If we look up the Greek word that is translated as 'world' we see that it has nothing at all to do with the world. It is the Greek word AEION which simply means 'a timeframe as part of many timeframes throughout the course of time'. So if we check the original Greek text, we find that Jesus Christ never - not one single time! - announced the end of the world. He was always talking about the end of a specific timeframe, or an age. What age was coming to an end? The age of the old covenant of the Mosaic law. Christ came to end that timeframe, and He announced a brand new era: the age of His kingdom that we experience through the Spirit of God. We no longer live under the yoke of the Mosaic law, but we live in the grace of God, by His Spirit. But many bible translators believed the lie that the world is about to be destroyed, and therefor they chose to twist the words of Christ to make Him say that the end of the world is near. Nothing could be further from the truth.

second coming bible deception

Millions of people - including many of the greatest preachers of our time - read the Bible, and thought they were absorbing the very words of God, while actually they were deceived by false translations.

How many well meaning Christian ministries have been led to believe we are on a deadly collision course towards the end of the world, while Christ simply announced the end of the old testament? In this study you will see many more amazing examples of how simply checking the original Bible text, can prevent us from falling into the dark abyss of deception and lifelong confusion.

Widespread deceptions in Christian history 

Before we dive into the original words of Jesus Christ concerning His coming, I need to say a few last things that will prepare you for this journey. The history of Christianity shows us the sad reality, that the global Church often went through times of universal deception. For example, basically the entire Church taught for a long time that people have to earn heaven through their works or by paying money to the Church. It took a very brave - and lonely - reformer named Luther to tear down this global stronghold of deception and bring the Church back to the truth that we are saved by grace. This shows us a very important reality:

it's not because most Christians believe something, that it's true. 

On the contrary, quite often in the history of the Church the mainstream popular doctrines proved to be false. Oftentimes it took a small number of daring followers of Christ to confront the dominant deceptions and bring the people of God back to the original message of Jesus Christ. Another example is the recent restoration of the wonderful gifts of the Spirit. For centuries most Christians had no clue that God is a Father who loves us so much that He wants to heal us, empower us with His Spirit and release His supernatural gifts to help us.

The power of God was virtually unknown, all over the world. 

At the beginning of the 20th century a small group of earnest students of Scripture discovered that the Bible constantly speaks about God's Spirit who works in our midst with great power, to set His precious children free from oppression by the enemy. These Bible students started a revolution called 'the Pentecostal movement', which is now one of the largest branches of the Church.

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At first however they were demonized by most Christians and labeled 'dangerous', 'deceived' and 'demonic'. Yet, the biblical truth of the gifts of the Spirit eventually spreaded globally and now virtually every Christian denomination is learning to move in the power of God. Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, the Reformed Church and many other traditional denominations have millions of believers who are operating in the gifts of healing miracles, prophecy, tongues and discernment of spirits. It however took decades of courageous preaching of the Biblical truth, to bring the global Church back to this fundamental truth of God's Word:

God is real, He is in our midst and He wants to
heal us, set us free and encourage us with His voice.

An adventurous quest for the truth

I invite you to come with me on an adventurous quest to unveil what the Bible REALLY says about the end times and the Second Coming of Christ. Is it truly God's will to lie to Christians for thousands of years, telling them to wait continually for something that eventually never happens? Does He want to inflict heart wrenching disappointment to the lives of countless people, through false promises? Was He lying to the first Christians when He emphatically assured them He would surely come during their generation? (Matthew 24:34) Was the Lord  deliberately deceiving His audience when He guaranteed that some of His audience would still be alive, at His coming? (Matthew 16:28) Was the Lord Jesus Christ lying on purpose, when He promised His disciples that they wouldn't even have time to travel throughout Israel, before He would come? (Matthew 10:23) And what about the apostles? Were they also deceiving the first Christians with their guarantee that Jesus Christ would surely come very soon? Was the apostle John delusional when he kept repeating throughout the book of Revelation that all the predicted events were at hand and would occur soon, because the time was near and the Lord would come quickly? 

Was Jesus Christ a liar and deceiver? Were His apostles ignorant? Or is there something we may learn from Scripture that we have missed?

Only Jesus Christ is our sure foundation

Some of us may be frightened to ask sincere questions about our popular doctrines. Therefor I want to share something the Spirit of God told me, that helped me overcome my own fear. He said: the foundation of our Christian faith is not what we believe. As we saw in Church history, beliefs tend to change over time. Our foundation and our security is NOT what we believe. Our security and our foundation is Jesus Christ Himself. He never changes. Never. He is always the same. When we have Him - and Him alone - as the sure foundation of our lives, and hold everything else loose in our hands, then He can always correct us. When we however make our beliefs the foundation of our lives, we will be terrified when these are questioned. That causes anger and hatred, because the very foundation of our life is shaken, and we attack those who cause this. But the Spirit of God told me:

'Don't base your life on beliefs, but on Jesus Christ. Only He is a true and sure foundation. Make Him your security, make Him your safe haven, make Him the rock on which you build. Then you will always be able to learn, grow and increase in your knowledge of Him, because all else is then secondary.'

Jesus sure foundation

What is also unshakeable, is God's love for us.
His love does not depend on what we believe.

He loved the people, who thought they had to earn their salvation, just as much as we who have learned that we are saved by grace. His love for us is not determined by what we believe. He loved us when we still sinners! So what we believe has no effect on God's deep, everlasting love for us. The Lord wants to teach us the same: let's not hate others who are on a different path during their journey. God loves us in every phase of our walk with Him. He is always love and will always be love. Let's also love one another, no matter what we believe. So many Christians respond in an irrational hatred against others, who simply don't see things the same way. But let's face it: we are all on a journey with the Lord. We all have a certain level of insight and we all have our blind spots. When we have the honesty to admit this, we can love one another, despite the differences in theology.

The goal of our life is to know God's love for us, respond to His love with our hearts and share His love with eachother.

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Freedom to ask questions and test all things

Finally I want to say that the hallmark of every healthy spiritual community, is the freedom to honestly ask questions and give everyone the freedom to seek truth for themselves. Whenever asking questions or personally studying the Bible to find answers is forbidden, we are in a cult. God doesn't forbid us to study the Bible, in order to grow in our understanding of Him. He encourages it! It is because of the lack of sincere study that deception can spread so easily.

Too many people blindly accept what they hear from the platforms or on TV and never check it thoroughly in Scripture.

I hope you are willing to test all things - even widespread doctrines about the Second Coming and the end times - and that you also give freedom to others to honestly seek truth. Please don't be a cult leader who aggressively forbids others to think for themselves. When we are spiritually mature, we know that it is the Holy Spirit who teaches us, and we may trust Him.

Be honest and courageous

That being said, lets embark on the adventure of uncovering the hidden truth concerning the return of Christ and the last days. Again: don't believe anything I tell you, without doing your own research. Just be honest and courageous to read this entire study. Please don't stop halfway, but be an earnest student of truth and take your time to read everything. Don't jump to premature conclusions, but take time to process the information and do your own homework. Most of all: ask the Spirit of God to show you the truth. Please do not deny plain biblical truths, but be willing to admit what is true. Have Jesus Christ as your security and foundation and trust Him. And at the end of the day, this goes for all of us: God loves us passionately and I love you too!

Love is not dependent on beliefs.
It gives freedom to think, seek and discover.

Five key questions
about the Second Coming

We will ask the five questions that journalism asks, in order to unveil the truth about any matter: who, what, where, when and why? If we listen to the Lord Jesus Christ and His apostles, then who would experience the coming of Christ on the clouds? What would it exactly be? Where would it take place? Why would He come? And when would it happen? 

WHAT would exactly happen at His coming?

WHO would experience the second coming?

WHERE would the coming of Christ take place?

WHEN would it all be fulfilled?

HOW would Jesus Christ come?

WHAT
would the Second Coming be?

The first question we need to answer is what the so called 'Second Coming of Christ' would be. When Jesus Christ mentioned His coming, He said the following:

'For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, 
and then He will repay each according to his works.' 
(Matthew 16:27)


Jesus said He would come to repay each one according to his works. That means He would come to judge. The apostles Paul, James, Peter and John all said the same thing:

'When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 
in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God,
and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.' 
(2 Thessalonians 1:6-8)


'For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 
And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” (...) 
For yet a little while, and He who is coming
will come and will not tarry.'
(Hebrews 10:30,31, 37)


'Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. ... 
Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!'
(James 5:8,9)


'Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. 
And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness He judges and makes war.'
(Revelation 19:11)


Jesus Christ and His apostles unanimously said that He would come to execute vengeance. The Second Coming would be a time of judgment.

WHO
would be judged at the Second Coming?

The next question is: who would be judged by Jesus Christ, at His coming on the clouds with His angels? We have all learned that we, Christians in the 21st century, will see Jesus appear on the clouds and He will judge all of mankind. Is that indeed what Jesus Christ said? To whom was Jesus speaking, when He predicted the judgment and His coming? Americans? Africans? Europeans? Asians? No. This is where a crucial principle for correct reading of the Bible comes into play:

we have to consider who the original audience was
to whom Jesus Christ was speaking. 

To whom was He sent? Who were the people He ministered to? To whom did He predict His coming? Who did He prepare for this event? 

Jesus Christ was speaking directly to the first century Jews, in ancient Israel. They were His audience!

The apostle John wrote in his gospel that Jesus came to 'his own' which is Israel, the original people of God:

'He came to that which was his own.' 
(John 1:11)


Jesus Christ Himself also made a clear statement that He was primarily sent to Israel:

'I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.' 
(Matthew 15:24)


Of course His salvation eventually spreads to all the nations of the world. But at first the Lord Jesus Christ was sent to Israel  to fulfill what God had predicted to Israel. That's why Christ  only ministered within Israel. He was the Messiah of Israel! He had been announced by the prophets of Israel and came to fulfill what they had prophecied concerning Israel. Jesus Christ constantly preached directly at the Israelites, and He predicted judgment over them, because they had murdered God's prophets. That's why Jesus said to His apostles that at His coming, they would judge Israel!

'When the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory,
you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 
(Matthew 19:28)


We must understand that Jesus Christ was sent to Israel. He was their Messiah. Jesus only ministered within Israel and only preached to the Jews. They were His audience. He predicted events they would experience.  

Jesus announced judgment over Israel

The most detailed chapters in the Bible concerning the Second Coming and the outpouring of God's wrath are Matthew 23, 24 and 25. In these chapters Jesus Christ speaks to the leaders of Israel, concerning His coming and the judgment of God that was about to come upon them. Read what Jesus said to the leaders of Israel:  

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Fools and blind!

You are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. Serpents, brood of vipers! 

How can you escape the condemnation of hell? 

Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,

that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, 

from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. 

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her...

See! Your house is left to you desolate.”

(Matthew 23)


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All of Jerusalem would become a wasteland, or in other words it would become entirely 'desolate'. But not only that, the holy temple - the most important element of Israel - would be thrown down to the last stone:

'His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.
And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things?
Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another,
that shall not be thrown down." 
(Matthew 24:1, 2)


Jesus said the Jews would receive the judgment of God. Why? Because they had always rejected and murdered God's prophets. Now God's wrath would come upon them.

Jerusalem would become desolate and the temple would be utterly destroyed. 

The judgment would happen at His coming

How do we know for sure the judgment of Jerusalem would indeed be the 'coming of the Lord'? We know this because of the significant question the disciples asked Jesus, right after He announced God's wrath over Israel. The disciples heard about all the horrible things that would happen to Jerusalem, and they asked Jesus:  

'Tell us, when will these things be? 
And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?'
(Matthew 24:3)


To the disciples it was obvious that the destruction of Jerusalem would happen at 'His coming'.

They wanted to know when it would happen and therefor asked Jesus: 'When will these things be and what will be the sign of Your coming?' The disciples knew the Scriptures where the coming of the Lord to judge Jerusalem had been predicted. For example the prophets Isaiah and Mica had said:

'For behold, the Lord will come with fire and with His chariots, 
like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury,
and His rebuke with flames of fire.' 
(Isaiah 66:15)


'Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins,
and the mountain of the temple like the bare hills of the forest.' 
(Micah 3:10,12)


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The coming of the Lord was a basic theme throughout the Old Testament

From what I heard in the church, I had the idea that the so called 'coming of the Lord on the clouds with his holy ones' was a concept foreign to the Old Testament and newly introduced in the New Testament. Once I started researching this in the Bible, I however found something very different. The coming of the Lord on the clouds of heaven was repeatedly announced all throughout the Old Testament. It was a basic message of the prophets, who warned Israel to stop sinning. Prophet Zachariah went into great detail about this coming of the Lord with His holy ones. He is the prophet who said the Lord would stand on the mount of Olives. Many of us have heard in church that the Lord will stand on the Mount of Olives, when Christ returns physically to the earth. Then He will set up His political kingdom in military Israel and begin His reign as the ultimate dictator over all of mankind, forcing everybody against their will to worship Him. But what did prophet Zachariah really say about the Lord standing on the Mount of Olives? Let's read it in context:

'I will gather all the nations AGAINST JERUSALEM to battle, 
and the city will be captured, the houses plundered,
the women ravished and half of the city exiled...
(...)
IN THAT DAY His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
which is in front of Jerusalem on the east;
(...)

THEN the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!' 

(Zechariah 14:1-5)


So, what do we see, when we read this verse in context? First of all the Lord announces that He will gather the nations AGAINST JERUSALEM to battle. IN THAT DAY His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives. When did that happen? Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, indeed during the generation of the first believers, as Jesus Christ had said. 

The Lord clearly says He would stand on the Mount of Olives on the day when Jerusalem would be destroyed, which happened in 70AD. 

Isn't that shocking? Yet this verse is being quoted all over the world to 'prove' that we will see Jesus Christ stand on the Mount of Olives, two thousand years after the destruction of Jerusalem. This is just one of the many examples of scriptures that have been ripped shamelessly out of their context, to spread an idea that is completely unbiblical. Simply because a bible verse is quoted, people think something is biblical, without ever checking the context.

When we read the verses about the Lord standing on the Mount of Olives and coming with His holy ones in context, we see this would happen during the destruction of Jerusalem. 

Isaiah announced judgment over Judah and Jerusalem

We see the same thing in the book of Isaiah. When we read this book, we see a lot of prophecies concerning God's judgment on 'the people of the earth'. When we read these verse out of context, we get the impression that God is announcing judgment over all of mankind. When we however read the entire book of Isaiah, we see that this prophet was mainly prophesying to Israel. He started his book with these words:

'The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz,
which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.'
(Isaiah 1:1)

'The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw
concerning Judah and Jerusalem.'
(Isaiah 2:1)


It is clear that Isaiah was sent to prophecy against Judah and Jerusalem. The judgments he predicted have nothing to do with all of mankind. The gentiles were blind and ignorant concerning the Lord and His will, they could not be judged, because they had no law nor had God ever spoken to them. To Judah and Jerusalem however the Lord had revealed Himself, he had saved them from slavery in Egypt, He had performed countless mighty miracles in their midst and had saved them many times from their enemies. God had revealed Himself to them, to make them a holy nation. They had seen the light, they knew the truth, they had experienced God's goodness, they were in possession of His law. Yet they kept making a very conscious decision to rebel against the light and the love of God and follow demons instead. They had no excuse. Instead of responding to Gods overwhelming love, grace and salvation with gratitude and repentance, they spit God in the face again and again and chose the ways of wickedness. God kept sending His prophets to them, to call them to repentance. But they not only rejected but even murdered God's prophets. Throughout the centuries, they filled up the measure of God's wrath. They would reap the reward of their ongoing wickedness.

This is the main theme of the book of Isaiah: God announced the end of ancient Israel and promised a brand new kingdom of God, that would be established by His servant, the Lord Jesus Christ.

So what did Isaiah say, concerning the judgment over Judah and Jerusalem? He uttered words, that were repeated by apostle John in the book of Revelation. John wrote that during the outpouring of God's wrath, people would hide in the rocks, for the anger of the Lord. 

'And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
(Revelation 6:15-17)


Popular end times preachers have used this verse, just like they used the verse about the Lord standing on the Mount of Olives, to tell us God will pour out such wrath on all of mankind, that everybody will try to hide in the ground. But John wasn't the first one to predict people hiding in the rocks, for the face of the Lord. He was merely building upon what the prophets had said long before him. Isaiah prophecied this as well, and he said who these people would be: 'The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.' (Isaiah 2:1) Then he explained that God had abandoned them because of their sins:

'For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob,
Because they are filled with eastern ways;
They are soothsayers like the Philistines,
And they are pleased with the children of foreigners.
(...)
Their land is also full of idols;
They worship the work of their own hands,
That which their own fingers have made.
People bow down,
And each man humbles himself;
Therefore do not forgive them.'

(Isaiah 2:6-9)


Then, in the next verses, Isaiah speaks about people hiding in the rocks, for the terror of the Lord:

'Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust,
From the terror of the Lord
And the glory of His majesty.
The lofty looks of man shall be humbled,
The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down,
And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.'

(Isaiah 2:10, 11)

'They shall go into the holes of the rocks,
And into the caves of the earth,
From the terror of the Lord
And the glory of His majesty,
When He arises to shake the earth mightily.'

(Isaiah 2:19)

Just like the prophet Zacharia, Isaiah said the coming of the Lord in His terribly majesty, causing people to hide in the rocks, is when He would judge Judah and Jerusalem. It has nothing - literally nothing at all - to do with a coming of the Lord in the 21st century to judge all of mankind. God spoke to Judah and Jerusalem, judged them for their sins and announced their destruction.

The disciples of Jesus Christ knew this very well. The theme of the terror of the Lord, the day of the Lord, the outpouring of His wrath on Israel, the day of His vengeance, the destruction of Jerusalem, His coming with His holy ones, was engrafted into their minds. It was a very common theme throughout the Old Testament. That's why the disciples asked Jesus, after He had announced the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple:

'Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming,
and of the end of the age?' 
(Matthew 24:3)

They made no distinguishment between the destruction of Jerusalem and the coming of the Lord. From the Old Testament scriptures it was crystal clear to them that this was one single event. He would come on the clouds of heaven to destroy Jerusalem. That would be the end of that age.

Paul wrote to the Thessalonians!

Another example of how verses about the 'coming of the Lord' have been taken out of context, is from Paul's letter to the Thessalonians. The apostle Paul wrote the following famous words:

'...when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven
in blazing fire with his powerful angels,
in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God,
and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.' 
(2 Thessalonians 1:7-8)


This is one of the most quoted scriptures concerning the Second Coming of Christ. But what does it say in context? What none of us ever realizes, is that this is ONLY PART of a sentence, that has been CUT IN HALF. What does the ENTIRE sentence say? Let's read it:

'He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
and give relief to you who are troubled, 
and to us as well.
This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven
in blazing fire with his powerful angels 
in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, 
and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.' 
' 
(2 Thessalonians 1:6-8)


This sentence is a specific promise that Paul gave to a specific group of people. He wrote his letter to the Christians who were in Thessalonica and he gave them a comforting promise: 'He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled and to us as well.' Apparently these believers were being persecuted for their faith. But Paul said their trouble wouldn't last. At the coming of the Lord, they would get relief from their troubles! And Paul added that the apostles would also be relieved from the persecution, at the coming of Christ. '...and to us as well.' 

Paul didn't say Christians in a distant future would get relief. He said to the Thessalonians: YOU will get relief when Christ is revealed and SO WILL WE. That means the Lord Jesus Christ would come during their lifetime and during the life of the apostles!

The first time I read this verse in context, and saw how Paul specifically promised the Thessalonians that they would get relief from their troubles at the coming of Christ, I was enraged. I had been a Christian for decades and never had any bible teacher or preacher quoted this verse while respecting what Paul actually said. Pauls promise is always cut in half and only the last part of the sentence is quoted out of context, to spread a doctrine about a coming of Christ in our time. I find this highly disturbing. 

The basic principles for correct reading of scripture are violated: both the original audience, the time indications and the context is ignored.

Who caused the trouble?

So why did Paul say that the apostles and the Thessalonians would get relief from their trouble, at the coming of Christ? In order to answer this question, we must know who it was that caused this trouble. Paul wrote:

“For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen,
just as they did from the Judeans,
who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets,
and have persecuted us;
and they do not please God and are contrary to all men,
 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved,
so as always to fill up the measure of their sins;
but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost. 
(1 Thessalonians 2:14-16)


Paul second coming judgment jews

Paul said it were the Judeans who persecuted them and the wrath of God had come upon them to the uttermost. 

It were the unbelieving Jews who persecuted Jesus Christ, His apostles and all Christians. They did not know God, although they were very religious. Their forefathers had always murdered God's prophets and now the generation to which Jesus was sent, even murdered their very own Messiah. By rejecting Christ and persecuting the apostles and Christians, they had filled up the measure of their sins and the time of wrath had come. That confirms what we have seen earlier: the judgment would be on rebellious Israel. Jesus Christ would judge the Judeans at His coming and as a result  the persecution would stop. That would bring great relief to the Church and apostles. 

The Lord will judge His people

The author of the letter to the Hebrews also declared that the coming of the Lord would mean God's judgment over His people, which is Israel:

'For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” 
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (...)
For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry.' 
(Hebrews 10:30,31 37)


Both the apostles and the Christians looked forward to the coming of the Lord, who would judge Israel. They knew this would be the end of their suffering by the hands of the Judeans who rejected Christ and violently oppressed all Christians.

What did Jesus say to the Jews,
about His coming?

Now we know that Jesus Christ was sent to Israel and only spoke to the Jews of the first century, let's see what He said to them about the approaching judgment and His coming on the clouds. Did He tell them they would surely not experience it, because it was for a very distant future? Or did He say they would surely see everything happen and therefor they - the first century Jews - had to be ready? Let's have a look. These are some of the phrases Jesus spoke in Matthew 24, where He explained what would happen before and during God's judgment of Israel and His coming on the clouds. Jesus was speaking to the believing Jews, and prepared them for what was about to happen.

'Take heed that no one deceives you.

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled.

Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you,

and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.

Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.

So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near.

Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.'

(Matthew 24)


Jesus coming you

Jesus Christ was crystal-clear who would see it all happen and who had to be ready. When He spoke to the believing Jews, He constantly said to them: 'YOU will hear and see it, YOU must flee, YOU must be ready' and so on. He even clearly said 'THOSE IN JUDEA' and He talked about 'THE SABBATH' which was only practiced in Israel! In no way did Jesus give even the slightest hint they would not experience His coming and the judgment. On the contrary He constantly gave them very specific instructions about what was about to happen, so the believing Jews could escape from it, thanks to their faith in Jesus Christ who warned them. 

Jesus Christ made it crystal clear that the inhabitants of Israel would see Him coming. He prepared them with practical advice, like 'those in Judea must flee to the mountains'.

Wouldn't every eye see Jesus coming?

Now wait a second here.... doesn't Scripture say 'every eye will see Him'? Yes indeed! But we have to apply the key principles for a correct understanding of Scripture. Let's read the verse that says every eye would see Jesus and then check the context and source text.

'Behold, He is coming with clouds,
and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him.
And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.'
(Revelation 1:7)


First of all it says 'those who pierced Him'. Did Americans, Africans, Asians or Europeans pierce Him? No, it were the Jews who sent Jesus to the cross! Secondly we read 'all the tribes of the earth'. Is that really what it says in the Greek? Here's a screenshot of the original meaning of the word 'earth': 

ge land

As you can see, the Greek word here is 'GE' which also means 'LAND, COUNTRY, REGION'. Therefor this verse could just as well have been translated as: 'All the tribes of the land'. Would that have been a more accurate translation than 'earth'? Well... is the whole earth divided in 'tribes'? Of course not! What is divided in tribes? The LAND of Israel! There were twelve tribes in Israel. It is absurd to translate this word as earth, while it speaks about tribes! Israel is a land (Greek = GE) that was divided in tribes. So a very simple check with the original Greek text, and looking at the verse with a little more attention, reveals this has been dramatically mistranslated. First it speaks about those who pierced Him, and then it says all the tribes of the land. That is Israel! 

When we read scripture in context and source text, 
we see that it says every eye in Israel would see Jesus coming. 

The House of David would see Jesus coming!

That it was indeed Israel who would see Christ on the clouds, is confirmed when we read a prophecy by Zechariah, concerning the judgment of Jerusalem and the coming of the Lord:

'And I will pour on the house of David
and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; 
then they will look on Me whom they pierced. ...
 In that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem.'
(Zechariah 12:10,11)


The House of David would look on Him whom they pierced and there would be a great mourning in Jerusalem. That is exactly what Revelation 1:7 says about the Second Coming! Also Jesus Christ referred to these words by Zechariah when He spoke about His coming on the clouds:

'Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, 
and then all the tribes of the land will mourn, 
and they will see the Son of Man coming
on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.'
(Matthew 24:30)


What would the Second Coming be?

When we read Scripture correctly, we see who would be judged at the coming of Christ: Israel. They had murdered God's prophets, they killed Christ and they persecuted the Christians. Therefor God's wrath would come upon them once and for all. This judgment during the coming of the Lord had been prophecied by many Old Testament prophets. The book of Revelation, Zechariah and Jesus Christ all said the inhabitants of the land of Israel would see Him coming. Jesus told the Jews to be ready for His coming and He gave them specific instructions, so those who believed in Christ would escape this destruction. 

Wouldn't heaven and earth
be destroyed at the coming of Jesus?

Probably the most misunderstood passage in the whole Bible is where Jesus says that heaven and earth would pass away during the destruction of Jerusalem. Also the apostles Peter and John and the prophet Isaiah mentioned the passing away of the old heaven and earth and the coming of a brand new heaven and earth. In order to properly understand this, we have to apply another principal of Bible study: be aware of the culture of the original messengers. What did a certain word or expression mean in their culture? We read the Bible thousands of years later, in an entirely different culture. In our understanding we think that the literal, physical heaven and earth are meant here. But when we study this a bit more in depth we find something very revealing... 

The saying 'heaven and earth' was a Hebrew idiom used to describe ancient Israel, the old covenant and the temple.

I will explain this in detail, since this is a major key to be set free from the doomsday mindset and understand what Jesus, Isaiah, Peter and John really meant. First of all, as I said, we must read every bible verse in context. What is the context of the words of Jesus, that heaven and earth would pass away? He said this directly in the context of the coming destruction of Jerusalem! So Jesus wasn't speaking about the destruction of the entire globe, but He was predicting the fall of Jerusalem. Secondly Jesus says in that very same passage, that the believing Jews must flee to the mountains surrounding Jerusalem.

Now... what's the use of fleeing to the mountains if the whole earth is being destroyed that very moment? That makes no sense.

Thirdly Jesus had previously said 'Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth' (Matthew 5:5). Oh, what a shame for the meek. Jesus first promises them the earth and then says the earth will be destroyed. What a bad joke! Is it? Of course not. Jesus was a Jew, speaking in Jewish metaphoric language to Jews who knew exactly what He meant. The prophet Isaiah began his book with crying out to Judah and Jerusalem and he literally calls them 'heaven and earth'!

'The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem...
Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!'
(Isaiah 1:1, 2)


In chapter 51 of the book of Isaiah we again see how the Lord compares Israel with the heavens and the earth:

'I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand, 
to establish the heavens, to found the earth,
and to say to Zion, ‘You are My people.'
(Isaiah 51:16)


Moses used the same words, when he addressed Israel in the desert: 

'And Moses recited the words of this song from beginning to end in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel: Listen, you heavens, and I will speak; hear, you earth, the words of my mouth.'
(Deuteronomy 31:30, 32:1)


The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus is considered to be the most respected authority when it comes to Jewish history. In his writings Josephus mentions that the tabernacle of Moses was called 'heaven, earth and sea'. 

'When Moses distinguished the tabernacle into three parts, and allowed two of them to the Priests, as a place accessible and common, he denoted the land and the sea: for these are accessible to all. But when he set apart the third division for God, it was because heaven is inaccessible to men.'
(Josephus, Antiquities, Book 3, Chapter 7, Paragraph 7, Section 181)


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The new heaven and earth
came during the fall of Jerusalem

The prophet Isaiah and apostle John both described a new heaven and a new earth. But once again: we must read this in context. What is the context in for example the book of Isaiah? He was talking about the destruction of Jerusalem, just like Jesus! Let's read a few verses from chapter 66. I encourage you to read the entire book of Isaiah, to get the complete picture. 

'The sound of noise from the city!
A voice from the temple!
The voice of the Lord,
Who fully repays His enemies!
'
(Verse 6)

'For behold, the Lord will come with fire
And with His chariots, like a whirlwind,
To render His anger with fury,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.
'
(Verse 15)

'“For as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord.
'
(Verse 22)


Isaiah writes about God's judgment over Jerusalem! 'A noise comes from the city, a voice from the temple, the Lord repays His enemies.' Then Isaiah says the Lord would come with fire and with His angels. Thirdly Isaiah speaks about the new heaven and earth. Just like Jesus Christ, Isaiah makes it clear the new heaven and earth would come during the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. That was the end of the old convent age. The old passed away and Jesus Christ made all things new. He created a brand new covenant. In Christ we are a brand new creation. There is a new wineskin, a new command, a new covenant, a new man. All things are new in Christ! God no longer dwells in a stone temple but now we are His temple, where He lives.

Heaven and earth

In ancient Israel the words 'heaven and earth' were used to describe Israel, the temple and the covenant. When Jesus, Isaiah, John and Peter talked about the passing away of heaven and earth, they meant the passing away of the old covenant, which would be replaced by a new covenant. That was metaphorically called 'new heaven and earth'. Indeed Jerusalem and the temple - the most important elements of the old covenant - were utterly destroyed by fire. The old passed away. The new temple is no longer built by the hands of men, but is built by the Spirit in you and me. We are now God's dwelling place.

Didn't Jesus announce the end of the world?

When we read the gospels, chances are we have a Bible translation that tells us Jesus Christ constantly predicted the end of the world. This actually was a main theme of His message: He prepared His followers for the end of all things. Or did He? Lets have a look at some of Jesus' words, and check their original meaning in the Greek. 

'What shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?'
(Matthew 24:3)


We have already seen that the disciples asked Jesus this question concerning the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. So.... why would they suddenly talk about the end of the whole planet? That doesn't make any sense! Jesus didn't announce God's wrath over the entire world, He talked about God's judgment over Israel, because they had murdered God's prophets. The original Greek word that was translated here as 'world' means something totally different. It is the Greek word AION which means 'a space of time, an age'. Here's a screenshot with the meaning of the word Aion:

aeon

Jesus never announced the end of the world, but the end of a time period, more specifically the age of the old covenant. This is an example of how Bible translators twisted the word of God to spread a false doctrine about the so called 'end of the world'.

This false Bible translation is one of the main reasons why millions of Christians incorrectly believe the entire planet earth is about to be destroyed. They read in their Bibles how Jesus predicted the end of the 'world' and since that hasn't happened yet, they conclude it must be in our near future. The opposite is however true. Jesus didn't announce the destruction of our beautiful planet, He announced the end of the age of the old covenant of the law. He ended that time period and created something brand new: a new covenant sealed with His own blood. A new wineskin to hold the new wine of the Spirit of God. A new command to love one another. A new kingdom which we experience in the Spirit of God. A new Jerusalem which is our free mother, says the apostle Paul.

Jesus made all things new! 

WHEN
would the second coming happen?

When did Jesus Christ and His apostles say the Second Coming would happen? In the beginning of this study I already quoted many of the time indications given by Jesus Christ and His apostles. In this chapter I will go more in depth with this. As we all know, the popular doctrine tells us that His coming will occur in our lifetime, two thousands years later, in the 21st century. That means Jesus must have told His followers that His coming would surely not occur in their lifetime, but it would be a very, very long time before He would finally appear on the clouds of heaven. Is that so? Did Jesus Christ and His apostles indeed predict that it would be an extremely long time - dozens of centuries - before He would finally come on the clouds, with His angels? Let's see what they said...

As we saw in the previous questions, the disciples understood very well that the coming of the Lord would be the judgment over Israel. Jesus cursed the leaders of Israel and said they would now be held accountable for all the innocent blood that had been shed. Jerusalem would become desolate and the temple would be utterly destroyed. The discipels asked Jesus when these things would happen and what would be the sign of His coming. The answer Jesus Christ gave them was very specific: 

“Assuredly, I say to you, 
this generation will by no means pass away
till all these things take place.

(Matthew 24:34)


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Did Jesus give them an answer without meaning?

A generation lasts forty years, therefor Jesus Christ declared that within forty years His coming would surely happen. Many Bible teachers in our time however say: 'Jesus didn't really mean that their generation would not pass away. What He actually meant to say is the human race will not pass away until everything happened.' But think for a moment... Does such an answer have any meaning? Of course not. That does not mean anything at all. Of course Jesus would come during the existence of mankind, when else? He could hardly come after mankind ceased to exist. In all reasonableness: such a twisting of the answer of Jesus is simply ridiculous. Surely Jesus did not give such a meaningless answer to His disciples. On the contrary, Jesus answered His disciples very clearly and specific:

His coming would take place during their generation. 

That is also what Jesus Christ had said to the leaders of Israel, when He announced to them the coming judgment of God over Israel:

“You will be held responsible for the murder of all godly people of all time
—from the murder of righteous Abel to the murder of Zechariah son of Berekiah,
whom you killed in the Temple between the sanctuary and the altar. 
I tell you the truth, this judgment will fall on this very generation.”
(Matthew 23:35-36 NLT)


this generation - second coming

Jesus repeated the timeframe of His coming several times. For example, He said to the members of the Jewish high council, who condemned Him to the death of the cross:

“I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man 
sitting at the right hand of the Power,
and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 
(Matthew 26:64)


They would see Jesus coming on the clouds of heaven. That is only possible if they were still alive. So Jesus would indeed come, during the life of the Jews at that time. It is also striking that He said this to the Jewish High Council. Those who nailed Jesus to the cross were also those who would see Him coming on the clouds to judge them.

high council coming christ

To the people who followed Him and listened to Him, Jesus also emphatically said that some of them would still be alive, when He would come as King, to execute vengeance:

"For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, 
and then He will repay each according to his works.
Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here 
who shall not taste death till they see
the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
 
(Matthew 16:27, 28)


Some would live at the Second Coming

When Jesus sent the apostles to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, He said they would be persecuted in some places. If they suffered persecution in one city, they had to go to the next town. He encouraged them that His coming would already take place, even before they would have proclaimed the good news in every city of Israel!

"For assuredly, I say to you, 
you will not have gone through the cities of Israel
before the Son of Man comes."
(Matthew 10:23)


christ returns israel

If we read what Jesus Christ said about the time of His coming, we notice He always said it would surely happen during that generation. He added that some in His audience would not die before He came. The apostles wouldn't even have time to travel all through Israel wth the good news of the Kingdom, before the coming of the Lord. The members of the High Council would still be alive and see Him on the clouds of heaven.

When would Jesus come?

Every time Jesus mentioned the timing of His coming, He stressed that the first Christians would experience it. Some who listened to Him would still be alive, John would live to see it and the Jewish High Council would see Him coming on the clouds. The disciples would not even have enough time to travel all throughout Israel, before the coming of the Lord.

Jesus left no room whatsoever for the idea that His coming would not be during their lifetime. He always stressed that the first generation of believers would witness it. 

When did the apostles say
Jesus Christ would come?

In addition to the statements of Jesus Christ, there is another important source of information that gives us clarity about the timing of 'the last days' and the Second Coming: the letters of the apostles. The coming of Jesus was a central theme in the teaching of the apostles, which we find in the New Testament. They, like Jesus,   emphasized who would experience the coming and when it would happen. Let's take a look at some of their indications:

"For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and will not delay.
"
(Hebrews 10:37)


second coming not delay

"Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. ...
Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!"
(Hebrews 10:37)


"But this I say, brethren, the time is short."
(1 Corinthians 7:29)


"The night is far spent, the day is at hand."
(Romans 13:12)


"The end of all things is near."
(1 Peter 4:7)


"Dear children, this is the last hour."
(1 John 2:18)


last hour quote, John

Did any of the apostles every say - even in subtle words - that the coming of the Lord was be for a very distant future and they would surely not see it happen? No. Every single apostle in the New Testament constantly stressed, just like Jesus Christ did, that they were living in the last days and they all had to be prepared for the coming of the Lord. They used very vivid wordings to emphasize the urgency of this event, like 'this is the last hour', 'the judge is at the door', 'the day is at hand', 'He will not delay', 'the time is short', etc. They didn't leave any room for even the slightest doubt about the timing of the coming of Jesus Christ. In all their letters the apostles prepared the first century Christians for this imminent event, with practical instructions and a call to live holy and blameless. As we saw earlier Paul even said the coming of the Lord would bring relief for the Christians and the apostles, because it would the persecution by the Jews. 

Every apostle who wrote about the coming of Jesus, said they would surely live to see it. They constantly told the first Christians to be ready for it. In no way did they ever suggest the coming of the Lord would occur in a very distant future. 

When would the Second Coming be,
according to the book of Revelation?

One of the most important books of the Bible concerning the Second Coming is Revelation. In it, the apostle John describes the encounters with Jesus Christ and the angels in heaven, who announced in detail what would happen and when it would take place. Also in this prophetic book is underlined when the described events would take place and who would experience it.

"The Revelation of Jesus Christ,
which God gave Him to show His servants
—things which must shortly take place.
(Revelation 1:1)

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy,

and keep those things which are written in it;
for the time is near.
(Revelation 1:3)

Behold, I am coming quickly! 

(Revelation 3:10)

And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel

to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
 “Behold, I am coming quickly!
(Revelation 22:6)

Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book,

for the time is at hand.
(Revelation 3:10)

And behold, I am coming quickly,

and My reward is with Me.
(Revelation 22:12)

Surely I am coming quickly. 

(Revelation 22:20)


The apostle John, who authored the book of Revelation, left no doubt when all the things he described would happen. The events would shortly take place, the time was at hand. the Lord would come quickly, the time was near. Jesus gave specific instructions to the first century Christians, to help them prepare for the coming events, and He encouraged them to repent from wrong ways, hold on to what they had and be courageous until He would come. His promise to the first Christians that He would come quickly, was a great encouragement for them in the tribulations they were experiencing. 

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The apostle John repeated again and again throughout the book of Revelation that all the events he described were about to happen very soon. The time was near, it was at hand. He left no room for the idea that some of the events in Revelation were for a distant future.

Were Jesus and the apostles delusional?

The time indications given by Jesus and the apostles concerning the Second Coming present a tremendous problem for Christians in our time, two thousand years later, who believe that the end times and the 'Return of Christ' will take place in our future. If that is true, then Jesus and all Christians from the first century were wrong. That is indeed the conclusion of C.S. Lewis, one of the most renown Christian philosophers of the 20th century. C.S. Lewis wrote that Jesus and his followers believed a delusion and that their statements about the Second Coming are 'embarrassing.'

cs lewis endtimes

The question is whether that was indeed the case. Did Jesus Christ miss it? Did He believe a lie? Was He  ignorant, and did He fool people, constantly preparing them for events that would never take place during their lifetime? Or ... is there something we have not understood correctly? Is there something we can discover? What does history say about the first century, for example? Are there historical scriptures that mention the second coming of Jesus Christ?

Does history reveal
the Second Coming of Christ??

Many of us naturally have the same burning question: if Jesus Christ and the apostles predicted that Jesus would come during the lives of the first Christians, did that indeed happen? Does the historiography mention anything about that impressive event? What you will read now will be an astounding discovery for many.

The historiography confirms that Jerusalem and the temple were indeed destroyed during the first generation of Christians, namely in the period between 66 and 70 AD, just as Jesus and the apostles had predicted.

the wars of the jews

The historiography of the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus entitled 'Wars of the Jews' describes this destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in great detail, as well as all the apocalyptic events that preceded this 'end of the age.' Josephus reports the earthquakes, wars, false prophets, signs in the sky and so on. Exactly as Jesus and the apostles predicted, Jerusalem literally turned into a lake of fire, with no stone from the temple remaining on the other. All of this happened less than forty years after Jesus announced it, so indeed within that first generation of believers.

The covenant city was completely destroyed, according to the prediction of Jesus Christ: 'Jerusalem, you will become a wasteland.'

destruction jerusalem 70 ad second coming

Jesus Christ was seen on the clouds,
with His angels

In addition to the historical description of the destruction of the holy city and the temple of the old covenant, the historians describe something astounding that has remained virtually unknown among Christians until now. However this is immensely important for our faith. 

The historical writings of both the Romans, the Jews and the first Christians mention ... that Jesus Christ was seen in the clouds, together with angel armies, who rode on fiery wagons and fiery horses!

That is astonishing, since the majority of Christians worldwide are convinced that Jesus - contrary to what He had said so clearly - did not come on the clouds at all! It is a mystery to me how this remarkable historiography has always been hidden from the majority of Christians. But thanks to the internet, which makes information available to every researcher, we can solve our lack of historical knowledge. Below you can read detailed quotes from this historiography, with links to the sources, so that you can check everything with your own eyes. Take a moment to relax and let it sink in for a moment, when you read this shocking unveiling. This really turns everything we have heard about the return of Christ upside down! Some may have difficulty believing this at first, which is perfectly understandable. But it is important that we are nevertheless willing to change our insights, according to the words of Jesus Christ and the apostles on the one hand, and the historiography that confirms their words on the other.


The historiography of the Pseudo-Hegesippus

pseudo hegesippus

The Pseudo-Hegesippus is a well-known historical writing of the Jewish people. This classical Jewish historiography mentions that, prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in 66-70 AD, impressive angelic armies appeared in the clouds, covering the entire land of Israel. Moreover, the Pseudo-Hegesippus states that a figure of enormous size was observed in the sky with the angel armies on the clouds.

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'A certain figure appeared of tremendous size, 

which many saw, just as the books of the Jews have disclosed, and before the setting of the sun there were suddenly seen

in the clouds chariots and armed battle arrays,

by which the cities of all Iudaea and its territories were invaded.'

(Quote from chapter 44 from the Latin version of the Pseudo-Hegesippus)

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That is a literal fulfillment of what Jesus Christ predicted! He would appear on the clouds with the angels, prior to the destruction of Jerusalem. The appearance of this huge figure in the sky, along with armies of angels in the clouds, took place at the exact place and time that Jesus announced! The Pseudo-Hegesippus, however, is not the only historical writing that describes this special supernatural event.

The historiography of Eusebius

eusebius

The best-known Christian historian of the first centuries, was the Greek Eusebius of Caesarea. He was considered an exceptionally educated man of his time. Eusebius reported in detail on the earliest church history. In his book 'Ecclesiastical History' he describes what was observed in the sky above Israel, shortly before the destruction of Jerusalem ...

'A demonic phantom appeared of incredible size, and what will be related would have seemed a fairy-tale had it not been told by those who saw it, and been attended by suffering worthy of the portent. For before sunset there appeared in the air over the whole country chariots and armed troops coursing through the clouds and surrounding the cities.'

(Ecclesiastical History, Book 3, Chapter 8, Sections 1-6)

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When the apostles saw Jesus Christ walking on the Sea of Galilee, they also proclaimed that He was a demonic phantom, or a 'ghost'. Of course, people do not always recognize Jesus, so Eusebius wrote that the huge figure, who appeared on the clouds with armies of angels, was a 'phantom.' But who else could have been this impressive appearance in the sky, along with the armies of angels, but Jesus Christ? After all, this happened precisely at the place, the time, and in the way that He had predicted!

The historiography of Flavius Josephus

Flavius Josephus

The chief Jewish historian of the first century was called Titus Flavius JOSEPHUS (37-100 AD). In his world-famous historiography 'Wars of the Jews' he describes in great detail how Jerusalem and the temple were indeed destroyed by fire, exactly as predicted by Jesus Christ and the apostles. That was the day of God's revenge and retribution, the 'Day of the Lord', the outpouring of God's wrath. In Josephus' writings we read about the plagues that struck the land, the supernatural signs that appeared in the sky, the names of the false prophets Jesus had predicted, and many more details.

Josephus' historiography is very thorough and proves that Jesus Christ and the apostles were accurate in their predictions.

Flavius Josephus is considered the most authoritative historian of the first century. Like the Greek historian Eusebius and the Jewish coverage of the Pseudo-Hegesippus, he mentions the armies of angels roaming the clouds prior to the destruction of Jerusalem.

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'...chariots and troops of soldiers in their armor were seen running about among the clouds, and surrounding of cities.'

(Wars of the Jews, Book 6,  Chapter 5, Sections 2-3)

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The historiography of Gaius Tacitus

Gaius Tacitus

Not only the Jewish and Greco-Christian historiography mentions the armies of angels in the clouds, the Roman historian named Gaius Cornelius TACITUS (56–177 AD) also mentions it in his books. Tacitus was a Roman orator, senator, and governor. He is recognized as the most reliable Roman historian from the first century. The following quote comes from his famous work 'The Histories', a description of the Roman Empire between 69 and 96 AD. This excerpt comes from Book 5.13, which, like the previous writings, reports on the period prior to the fall of Jerusalem:

'There had been seen hosts joining battle in the skies,
fiery gleams of arms...'

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'...the temple illuminated by a sudden radiance from the clouds.'

(Gaius Tacitus, The Histories, Book 5.13)

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It is remarkable that even the Roman historiography mentions these biblical events. Tacitus even describes an important sign that would be characteristic of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus had said that His coming would be like a lightning or a flash of light, as it is written in the Greek text. Further on you can read more about this lightning or light that appeared from heaven during the appearance of Jesus and the angels on the clouds ...

The historiography in the Sepher Josippon

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A medieval historiography of ancient Israel, called Sepher Josippon, also mentions the fiery angelic armies, but adds that at the same time a male face appeared above the holy of holies of the temple. That face had a beauty that they had never seen before and is described as 'very impressive.' I have had personal contact with Professor Steven Bowman, the Josippon-to-English translator. He assured me that the Josippon is a reliable historical writing and that this appearance is historically accurate.

'Now it happened after this that there was seen over the Holy of Holies from above for the entire night the outline of a man's face, the like of whose beauty had never been seen in all the land, and his appearance was very awesome.'

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'Moreover, in those days were seen chariots of fire and horsemen, a great force flying across the sky near to the ground coming against Jerusalem and all the land of Judah, all of them horses of fire and riders of fire.'

(Sepher Jossipon,  Burning of the temple, Chapter 87)

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Can we know with certainty that this figure of enormous size, whose appearance was 'very impressive', and the face with 'a beauty no one had ever seen', was indeed the predicted appearance of Jesus Christ? Absolutely! Jesus Christ had emphatically said that He would come during the period when Israel was to suffer God's wrath, resulting in the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. These appearances all took place just before Jerusalem was indeed surrounded by the Romans and went up in flames. 

Just as Jesus Christ and His apostles had predicted, the Lord appeared in the clouds with His armies of angels and a great fire, to execute vengeance on the Judeans who had killed the prophets and even Christ Himself.

Historiography about the signs in the heavens

As we continue to read the historiography, we see many more things that were fulfilled in the manner that Jesus Christ had predicted. Jesus had also predicted the following:

'For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.... Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.'' 
(Matthew 24:27, 30)


The Greek word translated 'lightning' here is 'ASTRAPE', which means 'a flash of light' or 'a bright light'. So Jesus said that His coming would be accompanied by a bright light. Moreover, the 'sign of the Son of Man' would appear in heaven. Now read what the various historical sources say. This happened at the same time as the appearance of Jesus Christ and his angel armies on the clouds.

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'At one time a star, in form like a sword, stood over the city, and a comet, which lasted for a whole year;' and ... so great a light shone about the altar and the temple that it seemed to be bright day; and this continued for half an hour. This seemed to the unskillful a good sign, but was interpreted by the sacred scribes as portending those events which very soon took place.'

(Eusebius van Caesarea, Ecclesiastical History, Book 3, Chapter 8, Sections 1-6)

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'Thus there was a star resembling a sword, which stood over the city, and a comet, that continued a whole year. Thus also before the Jews' rebellion, and before those commotions which preceded the war, when the people were come in great crowds to the feast of unleavened bread, on the eighth day of the month Xanthicus and at the ninth hour of the night, so great a light shone round the altar and the holy house, that it appeared to be bright day time; which lasted for half an hour.'

(Flavius Josephus, ‘Wars of the Jews’, Book 6, chapter 5, sections 2 and 3)

'...the temple illuminated by a sudden radiance from the clouds.'

(Gaius Tacitus, The Histories, Book 5.13)

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Jesus Christ had said that His coming would be like a sudden gleam of light (Greek word ASTRAPE) and that is exactly what happened, at the same time as the visible appearance of the armies of angels on the clouds, the face of an unprecedentedly beautiful man above the temple and a huge impressive figure in the clouds. Moreover, the supernatural sign of a sword-shaped star appeared above the city of Jerusalem. Could it be that this sword over Jerusalem was the 'sign of the Son of Man' announced by Jesus? The answer is given to us by the writers of the Jewish historiography Pseudo-Hegesippus:

'For about the signs of the stars even in the Gospels we are taught that there were signs in the sun and the moon and the stars.'

(Pseudo Hegesippus, Book V, Section XLIV)

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The Jewish historians acknowledge that the star in the form of a sword was predicted in the gospels. The Pseudo-Hegesippus hereby acknowledges that Jesus Christ has prophesied accurately!

Historiography about
the 'signs of the end times'

Jesus Christ announced that five specific things would happen prior to the destruction of Jerusalem and His coming. There would be false Christs and false prophets, wars and rumours of wars, famines, diseases, and earthquakes. These are called 'the signs of the end times' by Christians. Does the historiography mention these five signs? Let's have a look. 

Sign 1: False Christs and false prophets

Flavius Josephus repeatedly mentions large numbers of false prophets who deceived the Jews during the years before and during the Jewish-Roman war. These are some examples:

'Now there was then a great number of false prophets, suborned by the tyrants, to impose on the people: who denounced this to them, that they should wait for deliverance from God.' (Flavius Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book VI, Chapter V, Section 2)
'And now these impostors and deceivers persuaded the multitude to follow them into the wilderness: and pretended that they would exhibit manifest wonders and signs, that should be performed by the providence of God.' (Flavius Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book XX, Chapter VIII, Section 6)

George Peter Holford was a respected lawyer in the English government and an active benefactor in the 18th-19th centuries. In 1805 he wrote a book entitled 'The Destruction of Jerusalem, An Absolute and Undeniable Evidence of the Divine Origin of Christianity' Holford describes many of the events mentioned by Josephus and other historians of that time. Concerning Jesus' warning of false messiahs, he wrote

'The need for this warning soon became apparent, for within a year of ascension, Dositheus the Samaritan rose up, who had the nerve to claim that he was the Messiah whom Moses predicted; while his disciple Simon Magus misled large crowds into believing that he was the 'great power of God'.
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The above relief sculpture depicts Simon Magus, a very influential sorcerer, who deceived great numbers of people. He is shown here with demons at his side. Besides this false prophet Holford  names a large number of similar cheaters in that generation, some who literally called themselves 'the Christ' or 'Messiah'. Others promised that they would fulfill the task of the Messiah, releasing Jews from the ties of the Romans, and establishing a physical, earthly kingdom in Jerusalem.

Sign 2: Wars and rumours of wars

The 'wars and rumors of wars' are also specifically described in the historiography of both Josephus and Tacitus as well as various others. This is what Tacitus wrote about the years right before the siege of Jerusalem:

'I am entering on the history of a period rich in disasters, frightful in its wars, torn by civil strife, and even in peace full of horrors. Four emperors perished by the sword. There were three civil wars; there were more with foreign enemies; there were often wars that had both characters at once. ... Besides the manifold vicissitudes of human affairs, there were prodigies in heaven and earth, the warning voices of the thunder, and other intimations of the future, auspicious or gloomy, doubtful or not to be mistaken. Never surely did more terrible calamities of the Roman People, or evidence more conclusive, prove that the Gods take no thought for our happiness, but only for our punishment. (Gaius Tacitus, The Histories, Book I, January-March AD69)
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Josephus said for example this, about the many wars that broke out everywhere:

'... a great multitude of the Germans were in commotion, and tended to rebellion. And as the Gauls in their neighbourhood joined with them, they conspired together... 
... every part of the habitable earth under them was in an unsettled and tottering condition, ...
At the very same time did the bold attempt of the Scythians against the Romans occur. .... they slew a great many of the Romans that guarded the frontiers: and as the consular legate Fonteius Agrippa came to meet them, and fought courageously against them, he was slain by them. They then over-ran all the region that had been subject to him; tearing and rending every thing that fell in their way. (Flavius Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book VII, section 2 and 3)

In the fall / winter of 67 AD a cruel civil war broke out in Jerusalem and Judea, between the revolutionaries and those who wanted to keep peace with Rome. Many thousands were killed, until finally all of Jerusalem perished. In February-March of the year 68 AD, Idumeans looted Jerusalem, killing thousands. Simon Bar Giora, a leader of the Zealots, destroyed Idumea in 69 NC. There were indeed many wars and rumors of wars.

Sign 3: Famines

Holford writes that the great famine predicted by Agabus in Acts 11: 27-30 began in the fourth year of the reign of Claudius (ie, 45 AD) and was "very long-lived." The famine spread to Greece, and even Italy, but it was felt most heavily in Judea and especially in Jerusalem, where many died for lack of bread. This famine is described by Eusebius, Orosius and Josephus. In Wars of the Jews, Josephus mentions various famines, which were so severe that mothers ate their own children.

Sign 4: Infectious diseases

The fourth sign Jesus predicted were infectious diseases. Read what is known about this:

"History distinguishes two major cases of infectious diseases that occurred before the Jewish-Roman war. The first epidemic occurred in Babylon around 40 AD and raged so alarmingly that many crowds of Jews fled from that city to Seleucia for safety. The other happened in Rome 65 AD and cost the lives of amazing numbers of people.

Tacitus and Suetonius also described that similar disasters prevailed during this period, in different parts of the Roman Empire. After Jerusalem was surrounded by the army of Titus, pernicious diseases soon made their appearance, to aggravate the misery and to reinforce the horrors of the siege. They were caused in part by the huge crowds gathered together in the city, in part by the rotten exhalations caused by the unearthed dead, and in part by the spread of famine. (George Peter Holford, The Destruction of Jerusalem, 1805)
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Sign 5: Earthquakes

The last element announced by Jesus were earthquakes. In the early 68 AD a storm broke out, accompanied by great earthquakes:

'For there broke out a prodigious storm in the night, with the utmost violence, and very strong winds; with the largest showrs of rain; with continual lightenings, terrible thundrings, and amazing concussions and bellowings of the earth that was in an earthquake. These things were a manifest indication that some destruction was coming upon men, when the system of the world was put into this disorder; and any one would guess that these wonders foreshewed some grand calamities that were coming.'  (Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 4, chapter 3)
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Seneca the Younger, a Roman philosopher, wrote the following in 58 AD:

'How often have cities in Asia and Achaea been hit by a fatal shock! So many cities were swallowed up in Syria, so many in Macedonia! How many times has Cyprus been destroyed by this disaster! How often has Paphos become a ruin! We often received the news of entire cities that were destroyed in one fell swoop.' (Henry Alford, The New Testament for English Readers, p. 163.)

In addition, major earthquakes occurred in Crete, Smyrna, Miletus, Chios, Samos, Laodicea, Hierapolis, Kolosse, Campania, Rome, Judea and Pompeii (February 5, 63 AD). Other earthquakes are recorded in the Scriptures in Matthew 27: 51-54, Matthew 28: 2, and Acts 16:26.

The historians confirm what Jesus Christ had prophecied: it was a time full of wars. Josephus said that 'every part of the habitable earth under them was in an unsettled and tottering condition'.

There were a multitude of false Christs and prophets performing deceiving signs and wonders. Epidemic deseases, famines and earthquakes terrorized the people.

Tacitus concluded this was a time in which the 'gods' poured out their wrath on the people, exactly as Jesus and the apostles had said!

Preachers who claim that we live in the 'end times' do every effort to tell everyone that what we see on the news is the fulfillment of what Jesus predicted. But Jesus did not speak of earthquakes that would happen after two thousand years, in the western world! He spoke of what would happen before the fall of Jerusalem. He warned the first Jewish Christians to watch out for these events, so they would know when the destruction of Jerusalem was near and they could flee to the mountains where they would be safe. Christians were not destined for God's judgment, they would be redeemed by believing in the words of Jesus.

It is of particular importance that we learn to read the Bible correctly, by reading verses within their context. We should never just spin a verse out of its biblical and historical context and apply them in a completely irrelevant situation. That is Bible abuse and leads to great deception. Unfortunately, that happens on a large scale, with all the dramatic consequences.

To be continued, with far more historic evidence about the Lord standing on the Mount of Olives, the Great Tribulation and more.

About the Author David Sorensen

David Sorensen had a dramatic encounter with God, which completely transformed his life. He decided to spend the rest of his life showing others show real God is and how much he loves us. David's desire is that people would learn how to experience God as the most beautiful reality there is.

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