Summary: A presentation of intervening events necessary for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ
“ Various and Sundry Ramblings of A Known ‘Heretic’
The theory of an imminent ‘at any moment’ Second Coming of Christ will be discussed in the following paragraphs. First of all, the promise of the re-gathering of the people of God, the Jews, is found to be necessary before the Lord returns. As we all know the miraculous formulation and duration of the nation of Israel is fact and a clear Bible certainty. As early as the book of Deuteronomy in Moses’ final sermon to the people before he went to be with the LORD, this prophecy was uttered:
‘And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it, and multiply thee above thy fathers. [Gathering of the People of God in the Land]
And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou myt live. [At the End of the 70th Week of Daniel]
And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. [Day of the LORD Punishment of the Wicked]
And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD and do all His commandments which I command thee this day.
And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as He rejoiced over thy fathers’ [Physical Millennial Kingdom Blessings] (Deuteronomy 30:5-9)
Ezekiel also prophesied concerning these necessary intervening event:
‘For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God. (Ezekiel 36:24-28)
Behold I will take the children of Israel form among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land, And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one King shall be King to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all. (Ezekiel 37:21, 22)
The emphasis Ezekiel makes, here, is the supernatural gathering of the Jews, out of all countries, into their own land, in one nation, under one King! All of these must occur, and three of the four have already happened…we are now waiting for the King to come, Amen? But, there are more events that must occur before the King will come! By the way, prior to 1948 the first three had not occurred, therefore the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory continues to remain in question.
The second intervening event is found in the book of Daniel:
‘After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it: and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up AMONG THEM another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and , behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things’
Thus he said, the fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon the earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise AFTER THEM: and he shall be diverse from the first [ten] and he shall subdue three kings.’ (Daniel 7:23,24)
The great horn [Alexander the Great] was broken; and for it came up four notable ones [divisions of Alexander’s kingdom] toward the four winds of heaven. And OUT OF ONE OF THEM came forth a little horn [Antichrist] which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land [Israel] (Daniel 8:8,9)