THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST
Two advents divided by SEVEN YEARS
Pastor Charles Alonso
Notes to the faithful student: I beg you to submit to the deep study and the daily practices of the true spiritual growth found in the Scriptures. Please read and examine closely all of the Biblical texts cited here, for this is the only way that God the Holy Spirit will enlighten you in all that is missing here in order to give you a better understanding. The true believer is the person who by his/her own faith in Jesus Christ continues to practice and grow every day in his/her obedience to God and the Biblical principles which reveal all of the false religions & all of the false human traditions (Colossians 2:8). Words in (parentheses) or underlined are added for more emphasis or as an explanation.
The Word of God tells us much more about the second coming of Jesus Christ than of His first coming. From Genesis to Revelation we find more than six hundred verses about the second coming of Jesus Christ to this earth. Before we study the soon-coming “Kingdom of Jesus Christ” (and the seven years which divide His two future advents) we must study some Biblical principles about the first coming of Christ to this world two thousand years ago (Galatians 4:4–5), in order to understand better those past two divisions (“The Law of God” & “The Grace of God”), and then the period of time between His two future advents. John the baptizer came declaring of Jesus Christ: “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” John 1:29. In the years before Jesus Christ, people in Israel lived under “The Law of God” given to Moses by God, and so it was very common among the Jews to speak of a lamb as the sacrifice that God accepted in order to temporarily pardon the sins of true believers. The animal sacrifices were only a shadow of things to come, as a temporary covering for their sins, but it was not able to forgive their sins forever (Hebrews 10:1–4). When John the baptizer pointed to Jesus Christ as “the Lamb of God,” all who were present could understand that Jesus Christ came to be the only sacrifice that God Himself would offer to bear the sins of the world once and for all, and so John was prophesying the death of the Messiah who came as the only true sacrifice which is able to forgive all of our sins forever. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” I John 2:1–2. Seven hundred years before the first coming of Jesus Christ to this world the prophet Isaiah prophesied about the sacrifice and the death of the Messiah as a Lamb: “But He (Christ) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace (our peace with God) was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 52:13–15 & 53:1–12; Romans 5:1–2 & 8:1-2; & I Timothy 3:16).
The Bible says that it was because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, that all of mankind fell from that perfect relationship with God: “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death (entered) by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” Romans 5:12. The apostle Paul told young Timothy: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” I Timothy 1:15. God sent His only Son into this world, and thus, by His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus Christ paid for the condemnation that we all deserve for our sins. Through our faith in His sacrifice on the cross, Christ cleanses us (redeems us: by paying for all of our sins), and makes us heirs of eternal life. Jesus Christ Himself restores our relationship with God the Father, who gives us eternal life: “But as many as received Him (Jesus Christ), to them gave He power to become the sons (and daughters) of God, even to them that believe on His name” John 1:12. Jesus Christ told everyone: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on Me has everlasting life.” Later, as the disciples were worried about being left alone, Jesus said unto them: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me” John 6:47 & John 14:6.
In the gospels we see that our Lord Jesus Christ became the only sacrifice acceptable to God in order to forgive all of our sins forever: “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation” Hebrews 9:27–28. There is a very erroneous doctrine among people today that says: “If you’re good then you’ll go to heaven, and if you’re bad then you’ll go to hell.” But the Bible says that if you believe in Jesus Christ you’ll go to heaven, but if you do not believe in Jesus Christ, then, on the day of your death and before God, you will be judged to the lake of fire eternally. Salvation cannot be obtained by any amount of money, or by any amount of good works, nor by being a good person, nor even by going to church every day. Eternal life is received by faith alone and only by faith in Jesus Christ and in the blood that He shed on His Cross (Ephesians 2:8–10). The blood of Jesus is the only payment that can cleanse us from the condemnation of all our sins (past, present, & future) & through His blood we have the entrance into His Kingdom:
“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept (that have died). For since by man (Adam) came death, by man (Jesus Christ) came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits (Christ was resurrected first, then those in Paradise the firstfruits); afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming (believers before & during the Tribulation). Then comes the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power... The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” I Corinthians 15:20–24.
Just as the Jews waited two thousand years (since father Abraham to Christ) to see the first coming of the Messiah… the church (the body of believers in Christ) has waited two thousand years to see the promise of His second coming. Jesus told us: “Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” John 14:1–3. Our Lord established His church for all the nations and tribes of the earth in order to build a new and holy nation of believers. Together with His Resurrection, Jesus Christ established a new era: the dispensation of “The Grace of God,” wherein we are now living. This new dispensation also has a specific and certain period of time (around two thousand years), with new requirements given by Jesus Christ throughout the New Testament Scriptures, and very different than the requirements given to Moses during the dispensation of “The Law of God” in the Old Testament. “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ“ John 1:17. During this dispensation of “The Grace of God,” every person alive, from every nationality and from every tribe, may enter into a relationship with the Living God through faith in Jesus Christ. This period of time of nearly two thousand years, since the Resurrection of Christ, has had the purpose of gathering in Christ all of His creation and all of the believers of the world... “That in the ages to come He (the Father) might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” Ephesians 2:7. The apostle Paul explained that this dispensation of “The Grace of God” was a mystery which has been revealed to all believers only during this present age of the New Testament, (for it was not revealed in the Old Testament): “If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me toward you: How that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words, whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as is now revealed unto His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ by the gospel” Ephesians 3:2–6. The Lord has established a new nation during these two thousand years which will be forever: “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you (all true believers) should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy” I Peter 2:9–10. That’s how our Lord came to reconcile all things, making peace through His shed blood on the cross: “And He (Jesus Christ) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence” Colossians 1:18. Sometimes we think that this world is going to end with a nuclear/atomic war. Is it possible that God will intervene in this impending destruction that has the whole world in great fear? If we would study only a little about the history of mankind, as it is written in the Bible, soon we will come to see that God never judges the righteous with the wicked. In Genesis (chapters 18 – 19) we have the story of Abraham pleading with God for the safety and salvation of the people who lived in Sodom and Gomorrah, because Abraham knew that there lived a believer, his nephew Lot with his family. Abraham asked the Lord: “Will You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city: will You also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from You to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from You.” “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the LORD said: If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.” Abraham kept asking similar questions to the Lord: “And if there are forty-five? What if there are forty? What if there are thirty? What if there are twenty? What if there are ten righteous?” We see that God told Abraham over and over: “I will not destroy it for the ten’s sake” Genesis 18:23–33. We know that God sent two angels to get those four persons considered righteous out of that region (Lot, his wife, and his two daughters) and then God destroyed all the cities of the plain… Genesis 19:23–29. God never judges the righteous together with the wicked. That’s how He did it as well when He sent the flood in Noah’s time (Genesis chapters 6 – 9). God waited until all of the true righteous people had died and only Noah’s family was left. Noah entered the ark with his wife, his three sons with their three wives, and there on the ark they spent around a year & ten days. Note that the Bible tells us that it was God who shut the only door to the ark. Therefore, this was God’s punishment upon the world of that time, and thus fulfilled a complete change to this earth according to His perfect plan (Genesis 7:1-16). Soon we will see the end of this era of “The Grace of God,” and again God will close the door (Matthew 25:10). Just as God never judges the righteous with the wicked (as in the days of Noah), God Himself has prepared a rescue (an escape) for all who believe in Jesus Christ as their only Savior. Nevertheless, the Bible tells us that God will soon judge this world, and again the earth will be restored & completely changed according to His perfect will (Revelation chapters 6 – 19). The New Testament tells us that this pending judgment is very close, but before God brings this judgment upon the whole world, Jesus Christ will come again to take His people (all true believers in Christ) out of this world: “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” I Thessalonians 4:16–18. The second coming of our Lord has two parts: the first part is the meeting in the air when all of the true believers in Christ “shall be caught up” to be in heaven with Christ. A more modern word is “the rapture” which comes from the Latin “rapere” which also means “to snatch, to grab, and to carry off.” “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for you do not know at what hour your Lord does come” Matthew 24:38–42. The first part of the coming of Jesus Christ to this world again (before the seven years of “The Tribulation”) is when Christ will come in the air to rescue all true believers (those who have been justified by faith in His blood) and are worthy not to be judged together with the unbelievers. The second part of Christ’s coming is at the end of the seven years of “The Tribulation.” All the unbelievers who were left behind here on earth will have suffered the judgments of God. The Bible teaches us that at the end of those seven years of “The Tribulation,” during the second part of His coming, Jesus Christ will come back to this earth as “King of kings and Lord of lords.” Many of the prophets spoke and wrote about the details of His second coming to this world. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days...” (Matthew 24:27–31), “His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley…” (Zechariah 14:4–9). A great valley will be established in order for His angels to bring there all of the nations of the earth: “And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other,” and He will establish here on earth “The Kingdom of Heaven” for a thousand years: Matthew 13:40–43; 24:29–31; 25:31–33; & Revelation 20:4–6. Between the coming of Jesus Christ in the air to rescue the believers and His actual second coming to this earth is where we find the seven years of the judgments of God upon this earth as explained in Revelation chapters 6 – 19. “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him” I Thessalonians 5:8–10. It is very important to recognize that all true believers are never intended to go through “The wrath of God” or “The wrath of the Lamb.” As we study God’s eternal judgments, throughout the Sacred Scriptures, it is then that we come to understand that God never judges the righteous together with the wicked. Remember: You cannot place “The Church of Jesus Christ” (which is now under the dispensation of “The Grace of God”) back under “The Law of God.” For truly, according to Daniel’s prophecies, the seven years of “The Tribulation” are the last seven years of the dispensation of “The Law of God.” In the first five chapters of the book of Revelation we read of many of the scenes which will be occurring in heaven right before “The Judgment Seat of Christ.” Immediately after those heavenly scenes we are brought into scenes here on earth. We see that the wrath of God begins right after these heavenly scenes, at the beginning of the seven years of “The Tribulation” which are explained in Revelation chapters 6 – 19. Right at the beginning of “The Tribulation” we read about the wrath of the Lamb over all the earth: “And I beheld when He (Jesus Christ) had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth…” “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks: Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sits on the throne (God the Father), and from the wrath of the Lamb (God the Son): For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:12–17). “The Tribulation Years” (the wrath of God the Father and of God the Son upon this world) is also divided into two parts of three and a half years each part. The prophet Daniel wrote: “And he (the antichrist) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week (this is one week of years = seven years): and in the midst of the week (at the halfway point: 3½ years) he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he (the antichrist) shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate” Daniel 9:20–27. Jesus will judge the antichrist/Satan with the brightness of His coming, as explained by the apostle Paul in II Thessalonians 2:1–17. In the book of the prophet Daniel (9:20–27) we read that the antichrist will establish a covenant with Israel for seven years (“one week of years”), promising peace and security for all, but at the halfway mark of this seven-year treaty, the antichrist will break his treaty and cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. The antichrist will break all of the peace treaties and will establish a one-world government, and then he will be revealed as the one: “who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself (proclaiming) that he is God” (II Thessalonians 2:4). Therefore, this worldwide government will be established totally controlled by Satan. This worldwide government will control all of the economic systems, all of the political systems, and all of the religious systems (according to Revelation chapters 13 – 17). This will be the goal of the antichrist that will quickly begin to unfold during the first three and a half years of “The Tribulation Period.” Our Lord Jesus Christ, speaking to the tribulation generation, said: “When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso reads, let him understand), then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house, neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes” Matthew 24:15–18. Daniel’s prophecies tell us that the antichrist/Satan is going to sit in the holy place pretending to be God, for he will have total power over this worldwide government. Jesus calls this second part: “The Great Tribulation.” “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” Matthew 24:21. When the disciples asked Jesus about the signs of His second coming & the end of this era, then Jesus answered them with the most important sign which will characterize this time of judgment: “And Jesus answered and said unto them: Take heed that no man deceives you. For many shall come in My name, saying: I am Christ; and shall deceive many” Matthew 24:4–5. The apostle Paul gave us more details when he said: “And then shall that wicked (one) be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion (God will allow this delusion to come over all of the people of this world), that they should believe a lie (the lie/the antichrist): that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness” II Thessalonians 2:8–12. This is the only reason a person will be damned to eternal punishment: not just because they have done evil, but because they have rejected and have not received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (John 1:11–14). At the halfway mark of “The Tribulation,” the devil “which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth” (with all of his demons). At this midpoint mark, God will cast and confine the devil and his demons to this world, and the devil will then go after all the believers: “having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time” (Revelation 12:7–12). During the second part of “The Tribulation” all of the evil influences will be so intense, that God, having ordered the judgment of the seven seals (Revelation chapters 6 – 8) and the judgment of the seven trumpets (Revelation chapters 8 – 11) with the hopes that men would repent of their evil deeds, now waits no longer because the people of the earth would not repent: “And the rest of the men who were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood; which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts” Revelation 9:20–21. Then, in Revelation (chapters 16 – 18) we read that God must send the final judgments of the seven bowls of His wrath. As we have seen, the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ has two parts. First, Jesus Christ comes in the air to rescue His people and bring them to their heavenly mansions (this coming will be sudden and without warning). Then, after the seven years of “The tribulation,” with the judgments of God and of the Lamb, the Lord will come again to this world to judge the nations and establish His kingdom here on earth for a thousand years (Matthew 25:31–46). This physical coming of Jesus Christ (to the Mount of Olives) has many warnings and it will be expected by those who will be able to read the Bible during the time of “The Tribulation.” The apostle John, during the last few years of his life, wrote: “And I saw thrones, and they that sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years” Revelation 20:4. But the rest of the people (any person) who will receive “the mark of the beast” will be damned for ever… (Revelation 14:9–11). The same judgment will follow all of those that are now in hell: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” Revelation 20:14–15. At the end of seven years of God’s judgments, Jesus Christ will establish His kingdom over all of the earth, and all of the nations of the earth will be established again with new laws and with Jesus Christ as their King. The entire earth: “will be delivered from the bondage of corruption” and the Lord will make it a place where there will be harmony and justice in all of the aspects of daily life (Romans 8:18–25). Jesus Christ will return: “but with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity (defend) for the meek of the earth; and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath (the Spirit) of His lips shall He slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the girdle of His reins (around His waist). The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” Isaiah 11:4–9. Soon God will intervene again in the affairs of mankind as He did two thousand years ago (Galatians 4:4–5). Again some of the people will be watching & waiting, fulfilling His commandments, but others will be deceived by our wicked culture and shall be punished for ignoring God’s Word and turning away from its truth. “And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads (sharp sticks), and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one Shepherd. And further, by these, my son (my daughter), be admonished... Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” Ecclesiastes 12:9–14.
TO ALL WHO ARE “PARTAKERS OF THE HEAVENLY CALLING.”
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these you might be (daily) partakers of the divine nature” Hebrews 3:1 & II Peter 1:4.
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