Summary: How we know Jesus is coming soon!
Jesus Is Coming!
We must start toninght by making a distinction between the rapture and the second coming of Christ.
-At the rapture all the Saints will be taken away
-After 7 years of tribulation at the battle of Armageddon then the Lord will physically return to earth.
We know that these are two distinct events.
**** Most of us here tonight are mature Christians --- so we will not spend too much time discussing the difference between these two events.
TONIGHT WE WANT TO FOCUS ON THE FACT THAT JESUS IS COMING BACK SOON. MANY OF THE SIGNS WE DISCUSS WILL REFER TO THE RAPTURE SOME WILL REFER TO THE SCOND COMING.
ALL WILL SHOW US THAT WE ARE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS AND JESUS IS COMING SOON!
I.Who Said Jesus is coming back again?
JN 14:1-3 (just before he was betrayed and died on the cross)
B)Angels have declared it.
Acts 1:11 (At the empty tomb)
C)Paul the Apostle taught it.
2 Thes. 14:16-18 (Rapture scripture)
There are some who argue, "people have said Jesus will return for centuries and He still has not come!"
-They have given up hope.
-They have turned their back on God and said Christianity is hype and fake.
-They feel stood up!
·Here is a silly date story that illustrates how some people treat the Rapture and the second coming…
A young woman was expecting her date. She was dressed-up and waiting patiently.
However, by the time he was an hour late she figured she’d been stood-up. So, she
took off her makeup, put on her pajamas, gathered all the junk food in the house
and sat down to watch TV with the dog. As her favorite show was just coming on,
the doorbell sounded. It was her date. He stared at her wide-eyed: I’m two hours
late, and you’re still not ready?
II.What are some signs that this prophecy is true?
God Has given us signs for Isreal & Signs for the whole world that Jesus is coming soon!
(PROPHESIES CONSERNING ISRAEL ITSELF HAVE COME TO PASS.)
D)Jews return to the land of Israel.
Isaiah 11:12 (READ-GOOD)
E)Israel will be a fruitful land.
Isaiah 27:6 (READ)
The #1 exporter of flowers is not Holland anymore but – Israel.
Israel is One of the world largest exporters of fruit.
Isreal from space looks like a green blob. (It is green surrounded by brown desert!)
(PROPHESIES CONSERNING THE WHOLE EARTH HAVE COME TO PASS.)
a)Increase in wickedness –
b)Many family members and friends will betray Christians.
*Many people interpret this scripture as not taking place until after the rapture but we can already see it is happening now!
*** Jesus said this is a sign that the end is near.
c)Natural disasters / Men’s hearts will faint for fear.
Most scholars believe this passage is referring to the great tribulation but we can see at least some signs of natural disasters increasing now!
d)Evil / False teachings given the name of Christ.
1 Tim. 4:1-2
e)Anti-Christ’s will come.
*Not just One Big Anti-Christ
but many claiming to be Christ!
-Father Divine –22,000,000 followers
Spiritism, Russelism, Native Religions, etc.