Preface

The last question Jesus answered while He was still on the earth had to do with the timing of His second coming to the people of the earth.1 He was standing on the Mount of Olives on the eastern side of Jerusalem waiting to ascend into heaven. His disciples asked Him, "Lord, will You at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" Jesus replied and said unto them, "It is not for you to know the times of the seasons which the Father has put in His own power."2 Earlier, during the Passover week of Jesus' crucifixion, He had told these same disciples that "of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only."3

The apostle Paul stated something similar concerning the second coming of Jesus in his first letter to the Christians in Thessalonica. The Thessalonians were concerned that they had missed the return of Jesus and asked Paul about it. He told them that "of the times and seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the night...But you, brethren, are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief. You are all the children of light and the children of the day."4

Thus, is it possible for Christians to know the exact timing of Jesus' return to the earth? The answer to that is an unequivocal "NO". There have been many cults and misguided individuals that have given various dates for the return of Jesus Christ but all of them have been wrong.

Is it possible to know whether the second coming of Jesus Christ is getting nearer? Should we know if the time is approaching? I believe the answer to both these questions is "yes". In response to His disciples' queries on the Mount of Olives before His crucifixion concerning the timing of His second coming, Jesus told them about the various troubles and deceptions that were going to come upon the earth before that event would take place. He then finished this part of His teaching by telling the disciples, So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, KNOW that it is near, even at the doors. Truly I say unto you, this generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled."5

Earlier in His ministry Jesus had rebuked the religious leaders for not knowing the timing of the coming of the Messiah (I will deal with this issue more specifically in Chapter 5). Jesus said that these leaders should have known that He was fulfilling many of the Messianic prophecies because they had received them centuries before in the Old Testament. Likewise, Jesus told His followers that there will be signs that the end is approaching and that they should know when it is near, even at the doors.

The times that we are living in are full of confusion and strife. People are looking for answers to the problems that arise in their everyday lives. They are looking for hope. I am writing this book so that those individuals who read it may find the only true peace that is available to humankind in these troubled times. The apostle Paul wrote in a letter to a Christian named Titus that Christians should be "looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and Savior Jesus Christ."6 Christians have a hope that, tragically, the world does not share.

I want people to know that the Bible does tell us that there are signs and prophecies that indicate Jesus' second coming to earth may be nearer than we think. The Day of the Lord should not overtake Christians or "children of the light" as Paul calls them like a thief in the night.

Therefore, the purpose of this book is to give an overview of the prophecies concerning the first and second comings of Jesus Christ. In addition, it is my intent to show the timing of the end-time events as they relate to the near future.

I will use the Bible as the source for the theme of this book. It is the prophetic book that lays out God's entire plan for humankind. It is said that the Bible is an anvil that has worn out many a hammer. Archaeology has proven time after time that the Bible is historically accurate contrary to the opinions of many of its "learned" critics. In Part One of this book, I will show that it is also prophetically accurate. Just as the events the Bible predicted to occur over two thousand years ago came to pass, so too the prophecies that predict the future will also come to pass. As God declares in His Word: "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure."7

I would like to point out a couple of literary notes that I will be using in this book. When I quote scriptures I will capitalize the names of God and Jesus and any pronouns that refer to Them. My purpose in this is twofold. The first is to give God the honor that He deserves. The second is so that it will be clear for the reader as to whom the quoted passages are referring to. I will also be using red font when quoting Bible verses to set them apart from the main text of this web site [In the book I use italics to set off the scripture passages].

Additionally, I will be quoting New Testament scriptures to show how Jesus fulfilled and will fulfill the prophecies concerning the Messiah. These scriptures will be quotations of the people who saw, heard, and knew Jesus. They had not only their lives changed by their experiences with Him but also their souls. Many of them gave up their lives because of their belief that He was indeed the Messiah.

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1 The apostle Paul on the road to Damascus asked Jesus some questions after His ascension but Jesus was answering from heaven. (Acts 9: 1-9)

2 Acts of the Apostles 1:6-7

3 Matthew 24:36

4 II Thessalonians 5:1-2, 4-5

5 Matthew 24:33-34

6 Titus 2:13

7 Isaiah 46:9-10


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