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?