JESUS IS COMING AGAIN !!!!!!!
by Alan Yusko
I put these verses together because I know they were a blessing to me as a young Christian. Matthew 24 is a great chapter for those interested in Bible prophecy. It is possible to take the daily newspaper and to read this chapter...and sit back and rejoice at the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Try it!
Here we will look at Matthew, Mark, and Luke to see some passages that refer to the second coming of The Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus talks to His disciples and begins to answer their question about the temple. He describes the coming destruction of the temple (which occured in 70 A.D.) and goes beyond that to describe His Second Coming and what the conditions will be like. Here are the verses:
1. And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to [him] for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Here the disciples are asking about the destruction of the temple and what are the signs surrounding His second coming.
4. And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
- There will be many deceivers and false christs stating that I am the Son of God. By the way is now a good time to bring up the wacko in Waco Texas. This man claims to be the Son of God. Is he? Nope he is just one of the false christs and deceivers. This man is not the only one. I have heard that currently there are about 2000 men around the world who...right now!!!....claim to be Christ. Are they? Nope they are just a bunch of false christs and deceivers. Don't be surprised because Jesus clearly warned of these deceivers.
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Yes we have always had wars, and we have always had famines, and diseases, and earthquakes. BUT when did we ever have wars that could potentially destroy all life on planet earth? With nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons mankind can easily destroy itself many times over. When other time in history could we do this? Never you say?
What about famines that are increasing? and plagues?...like AIDS which can and will kill millions (billions?) of people? What about earthquakes which are definitely on the increase.
We have always had these things but now we have all them hitting earth at the same time with tremendous desctructive power. Certainly we are living in prophetic times.
8 All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Lots of deceivers...you will hear this warning over and over again. Do you think it may be important since Jesus said it over and over again?
12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
The abomination of desolation has not happened yet. This will happen in the middle of the 7 year reign of the antichrist when the antichrist goes into the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and claim that he is god. Guess what...watch Israel...they will be rebuilding their temple soon.
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Do you really think the world is going to get better? No the Bible says things are going to get worse and worse. In fact if God does not intervene all mankind will be destroyed. Take heart God will not allow mankind to destroy themself. He has far greater and more glorious plans than that!
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
Look at this Jesus is warning again about false christs. Some of these false christs will even be able to do miracles. Their goal is to deceive. They preach another Jesus and another gospel. Jesus does not want you deceived ... that is why He is warning again and again and again about deceivers. Are you warned?
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, [he is] in the secret chambers; believe [it] not.
Lots of people are going to claim they are Christ. Pretty stupid claim since the Lord Jesus Christ is God in human flesh!
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
When Jesus returns to earth at the end of the 7 year reign of the antichrist at the battle of armageddon....NO ONE will miss it. It will be clearly seen by all. Further description of His coming is below.
28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Pretty hard to miss it when Jesus returns....so don't listen to the nuts who claim to be the Son of God....here right now.
32. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.
34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Many believe that the fig tree is Israel. Israel became a nation in 1948 and re-captured Jerusalem in 1967. This indicates that when this happens His coming is NEAR! Isn't it amazing that all the signs occuring simultaneously are occuring in the same time frame as Israel becoming a nation again? Coincidence? or maybe not!
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Can anyone date the time Christ will return? Nope all the date-setters are doomed to be proven wrong! We can see the signs of His coming ... and know it is near....but God is in charge of the dates. A word to all date setters: STOP IT! Every one I have heard ignores or avoids verse 36!
37 But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
When Jesus returns....life will be going on. Most of the world will be totally blind to it. They were blind to the flood in Noah's day (even though Noah warned them for 120 years!).
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two [women shall be] grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Verse 42 is another word for the date setters. Yes His coming is near but don't try to date it!
43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed [is] that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite [his] fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Now lets have a look at Mark 13:
1. And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings [are here]!
2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled?
5. And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any [man] deceive you:
6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and shall deceive many.
Lots of deceivers!
7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for [such things] must needs be; but the end [shall] not [be] yet.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these [are] the beginnings of sorrows.
Lots of wars, earthquakes, famines, and troubles....and it is just the beginning of sorrows! Much more to come!
9 But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them.
10 And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
11 But when they shall lead [you], and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against [their] parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
13 And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
14. But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
Again the abomination of desolation which has not occurred yet.
15 And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter [therein], to take any thing out of his house:
16 And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.
17 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
18 And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
19 For [in] those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
Trouble is coming and it is going to get worse and worse...and unless the Lord intervenes....no flesh should be saved. That means God will intervene and NOT allow mankind to destroy themself.
21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here [is] Christ; or, lo, [he is] there; believe [him] not:
22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect.
Lots of deceivers and false prophets.
23 But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
But you have been warned of all these things! Below are some signs that will happen just before the Second Coming:
24. But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,
25 And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.
26 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
28. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:
29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, [even] at the doors.
When you see ALL these things know that the coming of Jesus is near! ...and so it is!
30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.
31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
32 But of that day and [that] hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
34 [For the Son of man is] as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Are you ready for Jesus to return? Are you ready to stand before God? That day is coming and it will come suddenly!
5. And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,
6 [As for] these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign [will there be] when these things shall come to pass?
8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am [Christ]; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.
Again the warning about deceivers.
9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end [is] not by and by.
10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilences...and also FEARFUL sights and great signs from heaven. These are all coming upon the world and will increase in intensity and duration.
12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
14 Settle [it] therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and [some] of you shall they cause to be put to death.
17 And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name's sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
20. And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.
This occurred in 70 AD. Indications are that it will also occur by the antichrist near the time of the end.
21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.
22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
Jerusalem fell in 70 AD and has been trodden down by the Gentiles all these years....However, in 1948 Israel became a nation... and in 1967 Jerusalem fell back into the hands of Israel. This is an indication that the times of the Gentiles is almost fulfilled.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
There will be lots of trouble in the world...the world will get worse and worse as it approaches the Second Coming of Christ.
26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Things are going to get so bad that men's hearts will fail.
27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
What is the response to the Spirit-reborn Christian to all these signs in the world? We are told to look up, lift up our heads...(and even rejoice!) for our redemption is drawing near!
29. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and [so] that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
37 And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount that is called [the mount] of Olives.
38 And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, for to hear him.
I hope you enjoyed reading through these verses. Yes Jesus is coming back and that should be a cause for great joy! Are you ready to meet Him?
Below is the simple presentation of the Gospel. Jesus is God in human flesh and He became a man and died on the cross to purchase a place in heaven for all that receive salvation as a free gift. Have a look at what the Lord Jesus did:
PAID IN FULL
The Lord Jesus Christ paid the penalty for the sins of the world on the cross. No further sacrifice is necessary and there is nothing anyone can do to add to His finished work. The Bible says:
3 ... when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, [which are] the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
When a person receives the Lord Jesus as his Saviour ALL his sins (past, present, and future) are forgiven. The Bible says:
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
16 This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these [is, there is] no more offering for sin.
12 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
1 John 1
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to God. All other so-called "ways to God" lead to death and hell. The Bible says:
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
COME TO THE LORD JESUS AND RECEIVE THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS AND ETERNAL LIFE.
The Bible says:
ALL HAVE SINNED:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
SIN HAS A PENALTY:
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
23 For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
JESUS PAID THE PENALTY:
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
YOU MUST RECEIVE THE LORD JESUS:
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:
Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and I ask You to come into my life to forgive and save me. I now receive You as my Saviour (trusting in You ALONE to save me) and my Lord (making You my Master and comitting my life to You).
I leave you with a question..... If you were to die today do you know for certain that you would go to heaven? If the answer is anything but a definite 'yes' then you need to accept Jesus today.
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