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IS JESUS COMING BACK SOON?

In a pivotal scene in the movie Independence Day, a crowd stands on the rooftop of a high-rise building, waving welcome signs at an alien ship hovering over them. They’re as giddy and awestruck as teenage girls crowding the stage at a boy-band concert. A few seconds later, the alien ship unleashes a lethal beam of light that destroys the high-rise and everyone in it, including the UFO fans.

So much for the welcome wagon.

The aliens have shown their hands, and the people of Earth have learned the hard way that they have not come in peace.

Have you heard that Jesus is coming back soon? I assume you probably have, because I’ve been reading it and seeing it everywhere, including on financial forums. And if I’ve been reading it and seeing it everywhere, I’ll bet you have, too. In fact, it’s getting downright impossible to avoid hearing about Jesus coming back soon, if you consult any kind of media these days. All the signs of his coming are there, according even to secular pundits. These must be the end times for sure.

The only problem with the “Jesus-is-coming-back-soon” mantra is that Jesus himself warned us that he would come at a time when we least expect him. That’s right – when no-one at all expects him to come, that’s when Jesus will show up.

So according to scripture, the “Jesus-is-coming-back-soon” mantra is complete bollocks.

What isn’t bollocks is the evil intent to deceive us underlying the mantra. We know that all religions feature the arrival of some kind of a messiah or messiah-like figure at the end of time. For Christianity, it’s the second coming if Jesus, while for other belief systems, it’s the arrival of a high-ranking military or political hero with supernatural powers. What all belief systems have in common is that the hero will appear in the midst of extreme global chaos and destruction, but this is where the commonalty ends. Mainstream (that is, heavily compromised, worldly, non-scriptural and commercialized) Christianity then branches off from authentic Christianity (that’s us!) and joins forces with the other non-Christian religions in believing that this hero will save the world from the sorry state it finds itself in by setting up a world government. His purpose in doing this is to create a new Golden Age characterized by peace.

Jesus very clearly states that he’s coming back in glory (my emphasis) in a glorified body (again, my emphasis), not in an earthly one. He also states that the angels accompanying him will gather whatever few believers are still left on Earth, presumably then to take them to Heaven (why else would the angels gather them?). Nowhere does it state that Jesus will come to save the world from itself or that he’ll even hang around long enough to touch down on the planet, let alone to set up a world government. He already did the heavy lifting 2000 years ago; he’s not coming for a redo: He’s coming back to say “I told you so”, and then he’s gone.

And we, if we’re still here when he comes (and if we keep our spiritual noses clean), will go with him.

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus provides a little more detail about the itinerary of his second coming. He states that he’ll sit on the throne of his glory (not on the throne of his temple, a very important distinction there) and will judge all those who are left on Earth, dividing them into “sheep” and “goats”. Those who did his father’s will (the sheep) are fast-tracked to eternal life, while those who didn’t (the goats) are dispatched to eternal punishment. Again, nowhere does it state that Jesus is setting up a worldly kingdom to lead the people into a new Golden Age. The dispatching to eternal life or eternal punishment happens immediately.

These details are important, because they and others like them inform what separates the scripture-believing sheep from the false prophet-believing goats. We need to learn and hold scripture-based beliefs to guide us, which is why Jesus was as much a teacher as he was the Messiah.

Is Jesus coming back soon? I’m guessing that if even unbelievers believe he is, then he highly likely isn’t, particularly if they’re eagerly looking forward to his coming as a means to resolve the many (for the most part manufactured) crises around the world. Scripture tells us not only that Jesus will come back when we least expect him, but that there will be weeping and wailing by all those who rejected him when they see Jesus coming in glory and realize in an instant what they’ve lost; there won’t be a raucous drunken welcome party on the roof of the local high rise: there’ll be mass instantaneous insanity.

If not Jesus, then who might actually be coming soon are the dragon and false prophet who lord over the beast system. The false prophet might in fact go by the name of Jesus (or “The Prophet Formerly Known As Jesus”). Muslims believe that Jesus will return and serve as an advisor to a benign world ruler. Commercialized Christians believe that Jesus will set up a world government. See how nicely the devil’s lies dovetail? This is why we need to stick to scriptural fact rather than worldly fiction.

The Kingdom of God exists here and now. I know, because I live in it and have lived in it since I was reborn over 23 years ago. Jesus is not coming back to set up his Kingdom because it already exists. His Kingdom is a spiritual realm, not a worldly one. You cannot see it with your physical eyes, but genuine born-again believers can see it with their spiritual eyes. So no, Jesus is not coming back in glory in his glorified body to set up a worldly kingdom; he mentioned several times that his Kingdom is not of this world – that is, his Kingdom is a spiritual realm, not a worldly one. Jesus is coming back in glory in his glorified body to judge the world before its final destruction, nothing more and nothing less.

But according to scripture, much needs to happen yet before Jesus comes back to judge the “quick and the dead”. There’ll be massive world-wide cataclysms that take place everywhere at the same time, a collapse of a third of the world’s ecosystems, and a world war that results in the killing and die-off of most of the world’s inhabitants. There’ll also be the building of the third temple and the establishment of the “beast system” that has at its core the infamous and dreaded mark. None of these events have occurred yet; at least I haven’t seen them, and I’ve been watching every day, all day, just like Jesus told us to do.

So is Jesus coming back soon? That depends on how you define ‘soon’. Christians who base their beliefs on scripture say “no”, false prophets say “yes”.

Who ya gonna believe?

If someone does come soon claiming to be Jesus, will you be up there on the roof with the commercialized Christians and unbelievers, waving welcome signs?

Or will you be in your secret place, praying to God to know his Truth from the devil’s lies?


4 Comments

  1. Wilmien says:

    Thanks for the article, I agreed with you up to the point of “There’ll also be the building of the third temple”

    Where in Scripture do you read that?

    Thank you and may God bless you.

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    • Thanks for your comment. Good question. You’ve got me scouring the Bible! For me, it’s self-evident that the third temple will be built and eventually house the “man of perdition” enthroned as God, but you’re absolutely right that I need to base my assumptions and spiritual gut feelings in scripture.

      Paul talks about it in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4:

      “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day
      shall not come, except there come a falling away first,
      and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
      4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that
      is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as
      God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself
      that he is God.”

      In Daniel 12, there’s a reference to the taking away of the daily sacrifice and the setting up of the abomination of desolation that Jesus also spoke about in Matthew 24. Here’s the section from Daniel:

      “Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are
      closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
      10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and
      tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of
      the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall
      understand.
      11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be
      taken away, and the abomination that maketh
      desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two
      hundred and ninety days.
      12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the
      thousand three hundred and five and thirty days….”

      There would have to be a temple in order for the daily sacrifice to be made and then taken away. The abomination will also “stand” in the “holy place” (according to Jesus in Matthew 24), which I believe can only refer to a physical temple.

      Daniel 9 also talks about the sacrifices and oblations being “ceased” at the end of days. Daniel 9 and Daniel 12 obviously refer to the same prophetic point in time. And again, you can’t have the sacrifices ceasing unless they’ve been restarted. Some interpretations of this book point to the rebuilding of the street and wall “in troublous times” as a rebuilding of the temple, the “street” being the square in front of the temple and the “wall” being the fortifications surrounding the temple, such as we see in the one remaining fortifying wall from the second temple.

      I don’t quote texts that come from the devil, but we should still be aware that a rabbi in the 12th century mentioned that the Jewish so-called messiah himself will rebuild the temple. That’s not scriptural, no, but the feeling’s been in the air about a third temple for a long time now, across many belief systems.

      Even so, you can certainly take the prophecies of Jesus, Paul and Daniel to the bank.

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      • Wilmien says:

        Hey there, thank you for getting back to me! I’ve come to be fully convinced by Scripture that the third temple theology is a false one as we are the temple of God, as reborn believers the Spirit of God dwells in us. Scripture reveals this in both the Old and New Testament

        The church of Jesus Christ is a spiritual temple made of “living stones . . . being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). Individual believers are also to consider themselves the temple of God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19; cf. 2 Corinthians 6:16).

        “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are” (NKJV).

        As the Israelites wandered in the desert, God wanted to inhabit a place with His people (Exodus 25:8). At that time, the people lived in portable tents, so the presence of God dwelled in the tent of the wilderness tabernacle (Exodus 27:21; 40:34–38). His presence was the guiding force that told the people when to stay put and when to pull up stakes and continue on their journey (Exodus 40:34–38). Later, after the Hebrew people entered the Promised Land and lived in fixed dwellings, God affixed His name to a place, sanctifying Solomon’s temple as the Lord’s holy dwelling place (1 Kings 8:10–11).

        In the New Testament, God’s presence was manifested in a new way: in the person of Jesus Christ— who is the living, incarnate, eternal Word of God (John 1:1–4, 14–18). The Word took on human flesh and made His home among us. Through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, God lived among His people. His name is Immanuel, meaning “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:21–23).

        Jesus Christ became the new earthly temple of God (John 2:21). “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body,” says Colossians 2:9, see also Colossians 1:19. The complete image of the invisible God is revealed in Jesus our Savior (Colossians 1:15). Yet Christ is only the initial installment of God’s indwelling presence.

        Today, the New Testament church—the body of believers who gather in the name of Jesus—constitutes the temple of God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). Jesus said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them” (John 14:23).

        I recently watched this sermon which blessed me – He makes a strong case of why we are the Temple, I am also a reborn believer and not affiliated with any denomination so not advocating for any church movement here, but just wanted to share this study with you.

        Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBudW_vQCs4

        Thank you for the dialogue and may the Holy Spirit lead us into all truth especially in these challenging times.
        Blessings!

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  2. Yes, of course, genuine born-again believers are the temple of God’s Holy Spirit. Jesus and Paul and all the OT prophets are very clear about that. However, the devil takes scripture and applies it literally in order to deceive whomever he can. So, according to the devil, the current nation-state of Israel is the same Israel as in the Bible, so those who don’t read scripture through the lens of God’s Holy Spirit will nod their head and believe that the current nation-state of Israel is in fact the same one mentioned in scripture. That’s why Israel gets so much support from “Christians” who are not genuinely born-again. Like the nation state of Israel, the third temple is also a construct of the devil. It will be a satanically inspired structure to house a satanically possessed ruler Paul calls the “son of perdition”.
    Will it be the prophesied temple of God written about in the OT and NT? Absolutely not, any more than the nation-state of Israel is the prophesied Israel of the Bible. But a so-called third temple will be built, according to Jesus, Paul and Daniel, as I referenced above. And even before the cornerstone is laid, God will have left that building.

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