I've been reading into this over the few weeks and i've been trying to find out if we are in the final days. If we are in the final days, does that
mean that Jesus is returning very soon?
Non-Christians find it hard to believe we are living in the last days of earth's history. It's in the Bible, II Peter 3:3-4, TLB. "First, I want to
remind you that in the last days there will come scoffers who will do every wrong they can think of, and laugh at the truth. This will be their line
of argument: ‘So Jesus promised to come back, did He? Then where is He? He'll never come! Why, as far back as anyone can remember everything has
remained exactly as it was since the first day of creation.'"
The coming of the Antichrist is a sign of the end. It's in the Bible, I John 2:18, TLB. "Dear children, this world's last hour has come. You have
heard about the Antichrist who is coming—the one who is against Christ—and already many such persons have appeared. This makes us all the more certain
that the end of the world is near."
Did Jesus say when the end would come? It's in the Bible, Matthew 24:14, NIV. "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as
a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."
Men posing as Jesus will try to deceive people in the last days. It's in the Bible, Matthew 24:23-24, NIV. "At that time if anyone says to you,
‘Look, here is the Christ!' or ‘There He is!' do not believe it. For false Christ's and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and
miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible."
There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. It's in the Bible, Matthew 24:29-30, NIV. "Immediately after the distress of those days the sun
will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time the
sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the
sky, with power and great glory."
Signs serve such purposes as imparting information and giving a warning ahead of time. Thus road signs and looking into the sky to see what kind of
weather may be coming are an important, practical part of our lives.
Jesus knew the value of signs as well. When the Pharisees and Sadducees tested Jesus by asking him for a sign, he told them, “When evening comes, you
say, `It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, `Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to
interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.” (Matthew 16:2,3) The signs of the times to which Jesus referred
were his miracles and preaching. These should have told the Pharisees and the Sadducees whom he was.
Jesus has given us various signs for interpreting our times. Our aim in this Bible study is to learn what these signs are, to discover whether we can
see them today, to discern what time it is now, to observe for what reasons Jesus gave us these signs, and to learn what we can draw spiritually from
Searching the Scriptures:
1. Both Jesus, and his apostles who wrote the New Testament, have given us the promise of Jesus' second coming in glory.
Matthew 24:3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what
will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
Matthew 24:27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Matthew 24:37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.
For further study of this promise that Jesus gave us see also Mark 13:26; Luke 9:26; 12:40; 18:8; 21:27,36.
Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will
come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
1 Corinthians 11:26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not
Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring
salvation to those who are waiting for him.
For further study of this promise that the apostles gave us see also 1 Corinthians 15:23; Colossians 3:2,3; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 4:15; 5:23; 1
Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 10:37; James 5:8; 1 Peter 1:7,13; 4:13; 1 John 2:28.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ
shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we
ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:1618)
During the early centuries following the ascension of Jesus into heaven, Christians often greeted one another by saying, "Maranatha," which means
"the Lord cometh." Despite constant persecution from both the pagans and the officials of the Roman government, the early Christians rejoiced in the
certain knowledge that Jesus had prophesied that He would someday return to establish His Kingdom on earth. These believers knew that Jesus rose from
the dead on the third day following His crucifixion - as He had foretold during His ministry.
Jesus Christ was seen by many people during the forty days following His resurrection. Thirty years after Jesus ascended to heaven in the sight of His
followers, the apostle Paul wrote, "After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this
present, but some are fallen asleep" (1 Corinthians 15:6). The truth of His death and resurrection was widely known and taught by the early Church,
encouraging a widespread expectation of His glorious return to destroy evil and establish His righteous government on earth forever.
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the greatest single theme in Scripture. While there are approximately three hundred prophecies in the Old
Testament that foretold the first coming of Christ, there are more than eight times as many verses describing the Second Coming. In total, some 2400
verses throughout the Old and New Testaments reveal God's promises about the return of Jesus Christ. The enormous number of prophetic verses about
the Second Coming underlines the vital importance of this event in God's plan for mankind. Consequently, we dare not ignore the prophetic signs
pointing to the nearness of His return.
Significantly, the first prophecy in the Bible (Genesis 3:15), which God addressed to Satan after Adam and Eve's sin, predicted three major events in
the redemptive plan of God, concluding with the Second Coming of Christ. The first event was the virgin birth of Jesus ("her seed"); the second
event was Satan's apparent victory when Jesus was crucified ("thou shalt bruise his heel"); the third event will be fulfilled at the Battle of
Armageddon when Jesus Christ will defeat Satan ("thy head") and his seed, the Antichrist ("it [her seed, Jesus] shall bruise thy head").
The New Testament book of Jude recalls that the righteous patriarch Enoch was raptured to heaven before the Flood. Jude revealed that Enoch
prophesied about the Second Coming, when the Lord would return to earth with millions of His saints. "Enoch, also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied
of these, saying: 'Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all'" (Jude 1415).
As a catholic, i do feel that Jesus will return. Also, i do feel that we may be in the end times, but i don't feel that Jesus will return just yet.
Jesus will not return untill 2012 i feel, can't explain the feeling, but i know he will return.
Now the next link is very interesting. Its called "biblical proof that Jesus is not returning". I felt that i needed to include an agreement for the
other side of the topic.
We have all heard of the bible codes. Apparently there is a code which gives the date of when Jesus will return, a lot of religious people have
done detailed research into the bible to find the date.I feel strongly that the date is known by elite religious figure heads, but its being kept
secret from the world.
For almost two thousand years now, certain sects of Christianity have been continuously preaching that Jesus, the rejected messiah, is about to return
in all his glory, to rain judgment upon the unbelievers, and institute the millennial kingdom. A very popular "proof text" for this doctrine is the
so-called "little apocalypse", found in Mark 13 and in the parallel passages Matthew 24 and Luke 21. This piece of text, also known as the Olivet
Discourse, records the lengthy answer of Jesus to the question posed by his disciples: "When shall these things be, and what shall be the sign of
Jesus puts forth a series of signs and predictions: wars, earthquakes, famine, false Messiahs, all culminating in the "sign of the Son of Man" in
Heaven, followed by his long promised Return (Matthew 24:30).
There have been no shortage of amateur exegetes who have always sought (and, predictably, found) these very same signs in their own generation. Thus
assured that the Return of Jesus was just around the corner, a whole slew of silliness has ensued, all the way from William Miller's wretched
followers awaiting Jesus on their rooftops, to Miller's modern counterparts, Jack Van Impe, John Hagee, Hal Lindsey, and a whole array of earnest
soothsayers, breathlessly exhorting their wide-eyed followers to stand firm, for the hour is now upon us.
What makes this situation even more ironic is that it can be easily shown from this same proof-text that Jesus will not return. This is due to the
simple fact that Jesus himself put a time-limit on his predictions. "Verily I say unto you", declares the would-be Messiah, "This generation shall
not pass, till all these things be fulfilled" (Matthew 24:34).
It hardly needs to be noted that Jesus' generation is very long gone, and with it the deadline for his return. He is now more than 1,900 years
overdue, with no end in sight.
Not surprisingly, pre-millennial scholars have been aware of the problem, and have proposed a range of imaginative "solutions" to this minor
inconvenience. All of these solutions involve charging that Jesus did not really mean what he plainly said.
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