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When Is Jesus Coming?

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When I started reading EvangelistMParker’s blog post I expected another article focused on not knowing the hour or the day as most American Christians misinterpret Matthew 24:36.  Boy was I in for a wonderful surprise.

The article I read was apparently written long ago by Jim Bramlett.  “In 1974, due to a call into full-time Christian ministry, Jim Bramlett retired as a regular officer and Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of distinguished military service. He was led to join Pat Robertson and the Christian Broadcasting Network where he headed and helped pioneer the national and later international network of more than 60 counseling centers. He later served as Vice President in corporate human resources. From 1991 to 2001 he was special assistant to the founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ International, Dr. Bill Bright.  It was in 1971 that Jim says the Lord first began showing him that we are in the last days, prompting an immediate study and continuing interest in biblical prophecy, but he says it was as though the Lord began to “shout it” to him in 1993.”

After reading the article I commented:

“WOW – this article is so in tune with my analysis of Bible prophecy in Antichrist 2016-2019 that as I read it, I was starting to expect to see that you had read my book. When I reached the end and I see that Jim Bramlett wrote this (probably many years ago) I realized “my” interpretations are not all so unique; others have also gotten past the mainstream misinterpretations and understood the truth. I agree that we are in the end times and that we were meant to study the Bible, watch for signs, understand the clues, and know when Jesus is coming. Great article!”

Without further ado, here are excerpts from this magnificent article:

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It is mind-boggling to think that our generation alone is uniquely standing on the precipice of time and where no generation has ever stood.  We are living in the days spoken of by the ancient prophets.

These prophets spoke of the Israelites being gathered back into their own land, in passages such as Ezekiel 37:21:

This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.

This began in 1948.  The “dry bones” of Ezekiel 37 have come alive.

As also prophesied, we are seeing the world turn against Israel.

On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations” (Zechariah 12:3).

The catalyst for this is oil, or petro-dollars, causing the world to sell out tiny, democratic Israel to despotic Muslim nations for purposes of greed.

These signs are historically unprecedented.  Only this generation has seen them.  But there are many other biblical signs, such as: increased violence worldwide (as in the days of Noah), increased apostasy, increased cults and false religions and false prophets, increased natural disasters such as frequency of earthquakes, and more.

For these and many other reasons, is it any wonder that millions believe the return of Christ is so near?  Polls show that even non-believers think the world is at such a point.  This is the most exciting time in all history to be alive!

But When is He Coming?

Just the question — when? — causes some Christians to cringe, protest, or even scoff! They quickly point out that Jesus said,

But of that day and hour knoweth no man (Matthew 24:36 KJV).

Some believers criticize other believers who are seeking God’s clues, either from the Scriptures or by personal revelation.  It is interesting that it was apparently by personal revelation, not Scripture, that many people knew the exact day of Elijah’s rapture (2 Kings 2)!  Are there types in the Old Testament?  Do God’s principles repeat themselves?

Some claim we should focus only on the Great Commission and evangelism and not be concerned when the Lord will return.  However, the Bible repeatedly tells us to “watch” for the signs, so not doing so would be disobedient.  Also, those who are watching and expecting Jesus’ soon return are probably the most zealous group of witnesses for the gospel among all Christians.

The doubters may mention Paul’s words that the day of the Lord will come like “a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2). But many believers have so misunderstood these verses that they are oblivious to the times, not watching for the Lord as He commanded, and are often absorbed by the cares of this world and their own agendas.

As to Matthew 24:36, some scholars point out that Jesus’ words here are in the present tense, addressed to His hearers at the time, and not to those alive at the end of the age when Daniel’s vision would be unsealed (Daniel 12:9). This would be similar to Matthew 16:20:

Then he warned His disciples not to tell anyone that He was the Christ.

As evidence, many other Scriptures reveal to us that God will reveal at least the approximate time. (Even if the “day and hour” restriction is literally valid today, it may be because the Earth is in 24 time zones and always in two different days.)

Jesus also said, “but my Father only” knows, which pins the statement to His hearers at the time, when Jesus was still on the earth, because surely there are now no secrets in the Trinity between the Father and the glorified Son, who are truly One.

Also, in context, He seems to be speaking of heaven and earth passing away (v. 35), not other end-time events. In addition, Jesus said,

If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee (Revelation 3:3).

He is obviously saying that to the one who watches, He will not come as a thief and that person will know the hour! (Hour — Greek hora — Strong’s 5610; various meanings, including, “any definite time, point of time, moment.”

God’s Promises of Revelation

It is clear that Jesus will not come as a “thief in the night” for watchful believers, because in the very same passage, verse 4, Paul tells us,

But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.

If we are trusting in Christ and looking for His coming, Paul said that even the very day does not have to surprise us!

Also, Jesus exhorted, “If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief” (Revelation 3:3, KJV), obviously saying He will come as a thief only to those not watching!  It is obvious that for those watching, He will NOT come as a thief.

Jesus rebuked those who did not understand the signs of the times in His day:

O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky, but can ye not discern the signs of the times (Matthew 16:3).

Of the end of the age, Jesus said,

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh (Luke 21:28).

He said we would know when it is near!

God said, “Surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing it to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7, NIV). God said “nothing,” and He did not exclude Christ’s return. I take Him at His word.

God not only knows the end from the beginning, He tells us that He makes it known!

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. (Isaiah 46:10).

He has already made it known! I personally believe it has been hidden in His Word all along, to be unlocked in His timing.  There is nothing wrong with seeking!  No doubt, it pleases God.

God said,

I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee (Isaiah 48:5, KJV).

Jesus said the Holy Spirit “will teach you all things” (John 14:26). He said “all things.” Did Jesus make a mistake, forgetting to exclude when He will return? I don’t think so.

Friends confide in one another.  Abraham was called God’s “friend” (Isaiah 41:8;James 2:23).

And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do (Genesis 18:17).

Now, because of Jesus’ atonement, we are called friends of God:

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends (Jesus, John 15:15).

The Bible also says that Jesus was crucified so that the blessing of Abraham, part of which was friendship with God, would come upon the Gentiles — us (Galatians 3:14).

Ecclesiastes 1:9 says:

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun (NIV).

Many Bible students believe that ancient events and dating in the Bible are shadows and clues that foretell the coming of the Lord, even the timing.  An example is the six days of creation, seen as 6,000 years of man’s dominion over the earth, before the return of the Lord and the seventh, or Sabbath Millennium of peace, with Christ ruling in Jerusalem.  According to scholars, we are now at the end of 6,000 years since Adam.

There are other such passages. God clearly promised that we would know at least approximately when Christ will return, and even “the day” will not surprise us, as the Holy Spirit reveals through Paul!

In addition, there is ample precedent for God revealing specific times in advance.

  • He gave Noah advance notice of when the flood would be (Genesis 6,7).
  • He told Abraham how long the Israelites would be in Egypt (Genesis 15:13).
  • As mentioned, He revealed to many the very day of Elijah’s rapture (2 Kings 2).
  • He told Jeremiah how long the Babylonian exile would be (Jeremiah 29:10).
  • He told Daniel exactly when Messiah would come the first time (Daniel 9:25-26).

Some, including the brilliant Sir Isaac Newton, believe this same passage holds the key to the timing of His return.

There is evidence that the Bible reveals the exact number of years of “the times of the Gentiles” and the exact span of time to Israel’s rebirth in 1948 and the recapture of Jerusalem in 1967.

Obviously, leaving us clueless now would violate God’s own established pattern as revealed in His Word!

Also obviously, we are not left clueless.  There are many signs.  Let us remain watchful and ready, and be found doing the Master’s work.

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The only information I would add to Jim Bramlett’s wonderful article is that I agree that Bible prophecies very specifically bring us to events in 1948 and 1967 (which we have already seen play out in Israel) and that I believe the Bible also leads us to major end times events in June 2016 and December 2019, as I have explained in End Times and 2019 – and – Antichrist 2016-2019

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About David Montaigne

Historian, investigator, and author of prophecy books like End Times and 2019, and Antichrist 2016-2019

Discussion

2 thoughts on “When Is Jesus Coming?

  1. I like the concepts that you have come up with using the Torah & The Holy Bible, alongside with what Sir Isaac Newton found when he was seeking the Truth. I am a nobody, except that I am filled with the Holy Spirit of God ((Jesus) & I believe that in my quest of over 40 years to find the Truth (Jesus), that His Holy Spirit (Jesus) has confirmed a couple of signs with me regarding these same issues that will soon transpire on the earth, especially between America & Israel. I have not read any of your books yet & I only found them by accident as I was googling clues to the, “In One Hour The Burden of Damascus is No More”, which I believe will set off, “The 1st War of Gog & Magog”, I however still believe in a “Pre-Tribulation Rapture”, because I also believe that the 7 year tribulation will be cut in half & only last 3 & a half years & then the 2nd coming will happen right at the beginning of the 2nd half of the great tribulation. What I agree most with you about is the revealing of the false prophet, (The fake muslim jesus) & the antichrist, (the muslim mahdi), I believe these 4 people are the same 2 people & that they will deceive a lot of people, what’s left of the entire world after the Pre-Tribulation Rapture & the date of 06/06/2006 could very well be the date of this revealing, or of something big, possibly even the Pre-Tribulation Rapture, as I’m sure you well know that date throughout world history & Jewish history past has always been a very spiritual & even physical significant date. (If not, Google June 6th in modern history & ancient Hebrew history to see how special this day is). I believe that with Russia moving tanks & planes & ships & soldiers into Syria right now as we speak, that Isaiah’s Damascus prophecy is about to come true, & a preemptive nuclear strike from Israel will be the spark that ignites WWlll (Gog & Magog). I also believe that Obama’s America, will either stand by & do nothing to help Israel when this occurs, or something far worse than Pearl Harbor, or 911, or even the Rapture could happen & prevent America from helping, but no matter what, all the signs that Jesus spoke about in Matthew are in place & the fields are ripe for Harvest, & although a very lowly Harvest, a Harvest always has to occur none the less, as God (Jesus) will keep His many promises throughout the Holy scriptures to do so. I will buy & read both your books, because I do enjoy a good page turner, However what has always puzzled me about the many men of God who write books about the Truth (Jesus), & the end times, is why God (Jesus), has not made these books free to the masses, & why are all of the books that are filled with lies, best sellers & then easily available for free to download as well after a few months on the bestsellers list? (God (Jesus) certainly could make the Truth (Jesus) available to the world masses for free via the Internet, movies, books etc;…. If he wanted to, but instead so called men & women of God (Jesus), so called prophets & watchmen, supposedly inspired by the Holy Spirit (Jesus) don’t think this Truth (Jesus) is important enough to give away for free! Weird huh?

    Posted by Taylor Ray | September 15, 2015, 11:33 pm
    • Taylor, thank you for your post. Please let me know what you think of my books after reading them. As for your question – I will answer why truth-revealing books usually are not free – at least from my perspective:

      With End Times and 2019, I went through a traditional publisher. They have the rights, they set the prices. As the author, I usually get under a dollar per book sold. If I gave it away free, I would probably be sued, because it isn’t mine to give; I signed away too much to have “legitimacy” hoping the publisher would work to publicize the book.
      With Antichrist 2016-2019, I self-published through Amazon’s Createspace. I initially hoped to price the book lower, but that proved impossible. The amount I receive varies depending on who buys it and where. Large chunks of the price of a book first go to printing a copy, then Amazon as middleman, and then potentially to an independent distributor, before anything that’s left makes it to me as a royalty for the author. If I priced the book much lower, I would get negative royalties in those cases – I would have to pay out for every copy bought that way (through certain distributors.) What if the book was very popular, and independent distributors ordered enough copies to bankrupt me? I had to price it high enough to not be at risk for that.

      Other authors may have other reasons for the prices of their books.

      I look at it this way: I *AM* giving the basic details of my research/conclusions out for free, in hundreds of articles and blog posts. You already know WHEN I think the Antichrist is due, WHY I think the evidence points to this date, WHO I think it is, WHERE I think Mystery Babylon is, WHAT religion I think he will push on the world, and HOW the end times will proceed. You can find all my answers online for free. If anyone wants an extra few hundred pages of details and further explanations, it is available – but someone has to pay for a copy, and although I have given a few dozen copies away for a few hundred dollars out of pocket (no free copies for the author either) I cannot afford to pay for thousands of copies.

      The only books I can think of which are given away for free, are religious books with wealthy institutional backers and hundreds of millions of people who believe in the books who donate money to promoting the books and getting new people to believe what is in them. My books will not draw parishioners or their dollars to any particular church; and if there is any wealthy organization taking my conclusions seriously they are probably trying to HIDE the truth, not freely disperse it.

      Posted by David Montaigne | September 16, 2015, 1:37 pm

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