When will the Lord Jesus Christ return?
By David J. Stewart
Matthew 24:44, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
We don't know exactly WHEN the Lord Jesus Christ will return. Jesus stated in Matthew 24:44 that He will return in an hour that people don't expect. It could be at any moment my friend. The important thing is to be busy serving our Lord and Master diligently and faithfully, not wavering in faith nor being lackadaisical about Soul Winning.
Keep in mind that in Matthew 24:44 Jesus said we wouldn't know the “HOUR.” It is interesting that Jesus didn't say, “day” or “month” or “year.” Jesus said “hour,” a relatively small measure of time. I think it is also worthy of mention that the Lord Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their ignorance concerning the signs of the times they were living in Matthew 16:3. Jesus used the phrase, “the signs of the times.” That is very interesting indeed.
Heeding the Lord's Words, the wise believer today ought to discern the signs of the times in which we live. It is abundantly clear that we are living in the End Times, and the Lord's return (i.e., the Pretribulation Rapture) cannot be far away. Although we Biblical cannot know exactly the hour when the Lord will return, the Bible does not say that we won't be able to discern the signs of the times. In fact, as I just showed you, Jesus taught the opposite. In every generation, their are signs of the times. The handwriting is on the wall. The dots in in place and are now being connected. The storm clouds are gathering before the storm. We are clearly living in the Last Days.
We have a much better understanding today of prophetic matters than any other generation in history. When God's prophets penned the Word of God, none of them completely understood the things they were writing. Most of them didn't understand any of it. It was all a mystery to them. God is the divine Author of the Scriptures. God moved upon the writers of the Scriptures with His Holy Spirit, and they wrote (2nd Peter 1:21; 2nd Timothy 3:16). We have some amazing prophetic truths in Revelation 17:10, “And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.” There have been 6 world powers throughout recorded history; namely, Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome (a world power at the writing of Revelation), and now the Bible says the 7th king is yet to come (which will be the New World Order, i.e., the revived Roman empire, the United Nations). The Antichrist will arise to rule the UN, and the world as we know it today will forever change.
The Lord is going to return BODILY to gather up the saints from the earth. 1st Thessalonians 4:17, “Then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Amen! We will be “CAUGHT UP” (the meaning of the word “Rapture”) into the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Jesus won't come down to the earth at this time. We as believers are going to partake of the Judgment Seat of Christ, and then the Marriage Supper of the Lamb during this 7-year period. In think of this precious truth every time I'm on a plane and I see the billowing cumulus clouds out the window, as white and pure as snow. It always reminds me of the pure and holy Savior, Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:14).
After a 7-years Tribulation Period here on earth—a time of horror, deception, and unprecedented suffering, the Lord Jesus Christ will return BODILY again, this time to the earth itself, to put down all rule and authority (1st Corinthians 15:24), and establish His kingdom (1st Corinthians 15:25). Jesus Christ will literal reign from Jerusalem upon the throne of David as King over the earth. What a glories day that will be!!! All the enemies of Jesus Christ will have been put down and cast into the Lake of Fire after the battle of Armageddon. The world will finally have true peace after thousands of years of war, famine, pestilence and death. 1st Corinthians 15:26 says the Lord will defeat death, the last enemy.
Every believer will be resurrected, just as Jesus Himself was resurrected from the dead (1st Corinthians 15:20-23). The saints who are alive when the Lord returns will be CHANGED the Bible says, given new bodies (1st Corinthians 15:51-54). Praise God! They'll be no more physical pain, limitations, nor suffering. Disabilities will be a thing of the past. Every Christian will receive a perfect body, unable to wear out or grow tired and old. Amen and amen!
We are truly at the end of time my friend. It won't be long. Are you ready to meet your Maker? I am. If you've never been miraculously born-again by the saving power of the Gospel, then I plead with you to acknowledge your guilty condition as a hell-deserving sinner, and place your trust in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to forgive your sins. Nothing else will matter 10,000 years from now, nor even 100 years from now, except whether you died in the Lord (Revelation 14:13) or in your sins without Christ (John 8:24). John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
Everyone is Waiting for Either Jesus Christ, or the Antichrist!
If we analyze the signs of the times, everything indicates that the Rapture is very near. I'll tell you one thing, the wicked leaders of this world are anticipating the coming of the Antichrist. Consider that the European Union has reserved an empty seat, which is seat number 666. Consider that the publishing house for the United Nations was founded in 1922 as The Lucifer Trust by Alice Bailey, an occultist. Their address was originally at 666 United Nations Plaza.
Consider that the All-Seeing Eye and The Great Pyramid, both Masonic occult symbols rooted in Egyptian mysticism, are being displayed worldwide everywhere we turn. If you look for all the music and movie covers displaying ONE EYE, you will be surprised. Even the 911 Memorial at ground zero where thousands of people were murdered, has a big All-Seeing-Eye, bragging that the New World Order's architects orchestrated and carried out the attacks. I could go on and on with the truth about these evils. My point is that Christians and the Devil's crowd alike are waiting for something. They're awaiting the Antichrist; but we are awaiting our precious Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Alice Bailey even refers to Lucifer as her Christ. Judaizers, New Agers, Freemasons, and the blinded masses of society, will embrace the Antichrist when he comes, just as the Bible says, because they received not the love of the THE TRUTH (2nd Thessalonians 2:10).
This is all bizarre and strange indeed, and truth is stranger than fiction; but I assure you my friend, it is all true. What you need to do is embrace the Word of God, which God has faithfully preserved for us the inspired King James Bible. If you embrace the truth of the Scriptures, then you cannot be misled by Satan. This is why Jesus commanded for us in John 5:39 to SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES! You don't need modern psychotherapists trained in humanistic, evolutionistic, atheistic, New Age universities; you need the Bible.
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