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"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 see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory "(Matthew 24:30). This verse from the Bible, written by Matthew, shows Christ intent on returning to Earth. The Second Coming is simply the promise to us from God that Jesus Christ will return to Earth to claim his saved children. People of this day seem to show great apathy toward this subject. Many think that it is beyond them, and many just think it will not affect them. To be truthful this event will affect everyone. When Christ returns he will take the saved to Heaven, but the rest will remain on Earth for seven years to experience the trials and tribulations. The Bible gives us specific prophecies to show when Christ will return. These prophecies are coming true as we speak, so the time must be near for the Second Coming.
Some prophetic scripture has already come true. One prime example is foretold in the book of Matthew (Jeffrey 261). "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" (Matthew 24:14). Bible scholars realized that this prophecy is complete. The word of God has reached the far depths of this enormous world.
The Bible also states that the Jewish people must first be allowed back into the Holy Land before Christ can return. "In 1844 the Jewish people were allowed to return to the Holy Land for the first time since the Romans banished them in the first century" ("Second Coming" 1).
The next three past prophecies were extremely surprising. The first of these is that the Bible explained that as the end of time would draw near, many false Christ would rise and fall. The first false messiah arose approximately one hundred years after Christ. Some may ask why this sign is so significant. The reason is simply that no historical references make any note of false messiahs appearing until the years following the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. During the following centuries, false messiahs would arise from time to time. Including these false messiahs are Moses Crete of the fifth century and Rabbi Schneerson who died in 1991. The fact of the matter is that no other person in history has ever fulfilled even a fraction of the forty-eight specific biblical prophecies about the coming messiah, except Jesus of Nazareth. Throughout history an erroneous messiah has appeared about once every century since the days of Christ, showing that this Biblical prophecy is nothing but the truth (Jeffrey 229).
The next fascinating prophetic scripture is stated in the Gospel of Matthew. "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:32-35). Jesus Christ foretold the rebirth of Israel in 1948 in his famous prophecy of the budding of the "fig tree." No other nation in the history of this Earth has ever ceased to exist for centuries and then returned as a nation to take its place once again on the stage of world history. At the time these ancient prophecies were given, no one had ever witnessed a nation being created "in one day." Isaiah prophesied this twenty-five hundred years ago and precisely as predicted took place on May 15, 1948 (Jeffrey 267-268).
The last past related scripture is yet again a remarkable one. It is prophesied in the book of Zephaniah that the Jewish state would restore the ancient dead language of Hebrew to become the spoken language of Israel (Zephaniah 3:9). This prediction was as unlikely and practically impossible as the rebirth of Israel, but again God's works amaze us. The Hebrew language ceased to be the common language spoken by the Jews long before the days of Christ. A study of historical records show that no other nation had ever before lost it's language and later revived it as the spoken language. When the Jews began returning
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- the truth is the Bible says, "he will come like a thief in the night." These prophecies, that have been described, are living proof that God means business and fully intends on going through with His plan. "Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you (Matthew 7:7)."
- "He has risen!" screamed many on that third glorious day after Christ ...
- Daniel that in the last days the world would unite and form a one-world government (Impe "The Great Escape"
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