Jesus Will Return!
The Bible says it clearly
NT: 318 times
The whole Bible: 1045 times
All evangelical christians say it
All agree that Jesus will return
Different views on when and how
An Important Question
How to interpret the Bible?
2. Tim. 2,15. 2. Tim 3,16. 2. Pet.1,20 – 21. Psalm 119,160.
The allegorical interpretation.
The literal interpretation.
Another Important Question
God’s plan with Israel and God’s plan with the church
Rom 11,1-2. 25-28
God’s covenant with Israel Rom.9,4
The Abrahamic covenant. Genesis 13,14-17
The Eretz covenant Deut.30,1-10
The Davidic covenant 2.Sam.7,12-16. Jer 33,17-21
The non – literal view
Deny the bodily return of Jesus Christ
Jesus returned on the day of Pentecost
He continues to return through everything that happens in the church
This view implies a denial of what the Bible says
Return after the Millennium (postmillenism)
Jesus will return after the Millennium
A view that became popular after the 17th century
We – not Jesus will establish the millennium by proclaiming his kingdom on earth
The Bible says clearly that the Kingdom will be established after the King has returned
No literal millennium (amillenism)
The church is the fullfillment of the prophecies about the millennium
We are living in the millennium/kingdom now
The millennium and The Kingdom of God is the same thing
Satan was bound when Jesus came the first time
The Lutheran and Catholic view
The Bible speaks clearly about a kingdom for Israel
Return before the Millennium (premillenism)
Jesus will return and establish a peace kingdom that will last for 1000 years
King Jesus shall reign with Jerusalem as the world capital
In this kingdom all the prophecies about the kingdom will be fullfilled
The common view in revival times in the church
Interprets the Bible literally
The Book of Daniel – Israel
The end times starts whith Israel’s Babylonian exile 605 BC and ends when Messias comes to establish the Millennium.
Times of the heathens:
Chap.2 – The great image.
Chap.7 – The five beasts.
The 70 year – weeks:
Chap.9 – The captivity.
The Millennium:7:13 – 14 – A kingdom of pease for Israel- CHRIST’S SECOND ADVENT Zech.14:1 – 4.
The Book of Revelation
Seven letters to seven churches. Chap 2-3.
Ephesus: desirable. – Smyrna: myrrh. – Pergamos: marriage, elevation – Thyatira: continual sacrifice – Sardes: remnant. – Philadelphia: brotherly love. – Laodicea: the rights of the people.
The rapture Chap. 4.
The Seven Seals. Chap. 5 – 8.
The Seven Trumpets. Chap 8 – 11.
Chapter 12 – 22. (The Bowls of Wrath 16).
The dispensation of Grace – The Church Age
Gal.4:4, Math.28:18 The Gospel to the ends of the world.
The end and a new beginning – The judgement Rev..20:11- 15.
A new heaven and a new earth Rev..21:1 – 5. 2.Pet.3:11 – 13.
All the prophecies in the Bible are fullfilled in due time.!
THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES – Among the People
Math.16:2 – 3, 24:3 – 14. The signs of the times shall be discerned.
Signs among the people.
Superpowers in the political world.
Gog, Ezekiel.38 og 39. The war of Gog.
Daniel’s fourth kingdom, Daniel.7:23 – 26.
The kings from the east, Rev.16:12 – 16.
THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES – Trade and War
The world trade.
1800: Development horisontally. (Small industry).
1900: Development vertically. From rawmaterial to products ready for sale. Big companies. Controlling the detail trade. Rev.13:17 International trade.
Modern war techinques.
Exterminative weapons, Is.13:12. Peace movements, 1.Thess.5:2 – 3.
THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES – War, Sufferings, Persecutions
Huge armies, Rev.9:16, 200 millions.
Hunger Rev. 24:7.
Moral decay, 2.Tim.3:1 – 4.
False prophets, Math.24: 11, 2.Pet.2:12.
Persecutions agains the believers, Math.24:9.
THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES – Evangelization
Signs in nature.
Earthquakes, Math.24:7, an increasing in recent times.
Signs in sun, moon and stars, Math.24:29.
Math.24:14. Modern massmedia, Rev.14:6.
Lukewarmness, Math.25:5, Luke.18:8, the faithful are awake, Luke.12:37 The midnight cry, Math.25:6.
1.Thess.4:15 – 18. 2.Thess.2:7. When: Soon Who: Those who belong to Christ.
The church as a conserving factor.
Light and salt in the world, hinders decay, shows what is right and wrong, Eph.5:8 – 11.
Holds back lawlessness. Hinders Antichrist to come.
The Rapture – Victory
The Rapture of the Bride.
Two resurrections: 1.Cor.15:22 – 24., John.5:26 – 29., Rev.20:4 – 6., Luke.14:14.
The rapture: 1.Thess.4:16- 18., 1.Cor.15:51.
We are pulled away – harpazo – pull quickly, remove with power, hastily.
We are pulled up – be united with the head, Eph.5:27, John.14:2 – 3. be united with eachother.
We are changed – Phil.3:21. Triumph – in the headquarter of the prince of the power of the air.
Blessed hope! Tit.2: 13.
The Resurrection Body
1.Cor.15:35 – 54.
Without body, the man is naked, 2.Cor.5:3.
God created us as a totality – The recurrection of the body, not only the immortality of the soul.
Only in this way ”death is swallowed up in victory 2.Cor.15:54.
Rom.8:23. The ressurection body of Jesus. Could be seen and toughed, OBS Luke.24:39. He was no spirit! 1.Cor.15:49, 1.John.3:2.
Where Are the Dead?
1.Cor.15:37 – 38. Knew Jesus, Abraham, Isac, Jacob.
Unlike because of the glory.
Where are the dead?
The new body belongs to the resurrection. The Bible does not say much. We shall wait for Jesus, not be accupied with death.
The believing dead – Luke.23:43, Phil.1:23, Act.7:59, Luke.16:22.
The unsaved dead – Luke.16:22 – 24.
The judgement Seat of Christ
When, 1.Cor.1:8, Phil.2:16 ”Christ’s day”
The judge, 2.Tim.4:8, Christ himself
Who, 2.Cor.5:10 ”We all”
The seriousness 1.Cor.3:13. Fire
The standard, 1.Cor.4:1 – 5, Faithfulness
The judgement Seat of Christ
Salvation depends upon faith.
Reward depends upon fathfulness.
The result, 1.Cor.3:14 – 15. Reward or loss of reward.
The goal, 1.Pet.5:4, the glory.
Two parabels in 25:
The wedding maids – Watch!
The talents – Work!
Before, Under or After
Rapture after the tribulation?
Places the church in a time that is called ”the tribulation of Jacob”, Jer.30:7.
Does not discern between the Church and Israel.
The purpose of the period. Judge sin.
Mix the rapture and the second coming of Christ.
A denial of Daniel 9.24 – 27. Titus.2:13 (Jacob.5:8 – 9.) Rev.3:10 (22:17 – 22).
Rapture – Second coming
Alle troende skal hentes
The holly in the air
Christ comes for the bride
Like a lightning
Message of consolation
The Church judged
The earth unchaged
The heathen unchanged
Before the day of wrath
Phil.4:5, The Lord is near
The Son is revealed
Christ comes with the bride
The Kingdom established
Message of judgement
Predicted in OT
Israel and heathens judged
The earth changed
The heathen judged
After the day of wrath
Math.24:14, kingdom is near
A Satanic Three – Unity
Rev.13:1 – 9.
Anti-God, Rev.12:9, 13: 1 – 2,4.
Anti-Son, Rev.11:7, 2.Thess.2:8 – 9,11, Rev.13:5,3.
Anti-Spirit, Rev.13:11 – 18.
His personality and work, 2.Thess.2:3-10. Rev.13:1-10, 17:8-14. Ezek.28:1-10, 11:36-45.
Already at work, 1.John.2:18,22, 4:13 Dan.7:7-8, 20-26, 8:23-25, 9:26-27.
Antichrist will come as a benefactor, give peace without God!
Antichrist – only in John’s writings – 5 times with 3 meanings
Paul – 2.Thess.2:3,8
Man of sin – The lawless onw – He who resists
Revelation – The beast
Daniel The litle horn
A person and a system. A jew or a heathen? (Jer.8:16. Rev.7:5-8).
Political/economical, Rev.13:4,8, 16-17.
Religious, 2.Thess.2:4. Renounces that God became man. No man shall become God. Becomes men’s messiah.
The Great Tribulation
Dan.12:1, Math.24:21, 29. Rev.7:14. Jer.30:7. Mainly against Israel. The Mackkabees. Atiocus Epiphanes.
At the end of Israel’s history (Dan.8:23.).
When The Day of the Lord has started (2.Thess.2:2.).
The False Prophet:
Rev.13:11-17. 19:20. 20:10. 16:13.
A Jew – from the land (Rew.13:11.)I.
Influences religious matters (Rev.13:11.).
Motivated by satan (Rev.13:11.) – Have delegated power (Rew.13:12.).
Causes the first beast to be worshipped (Rev.13:12.).
Performes signs and wonders (Rev.13:13-14.) deceives an unbelieving world (Rev.17:14.).
Power to take lives – Power over economics (Rev.13:15-17).
A sign for his identity (Rev.13:18.).
Israel and the Prophecies 1
Gen.12:1-3. Our attitude towards Israel is important. Zech.2:12. From Egypt – The 10 commandments. From Babylon – The Saviour. From the whole world – Messiah.
God’s plan with the church and God’s plan with Israel.
Must not be mixed!
Rom.11:1-5. Israel is not rejected for ever.
Israel and the Prophecies 2
v.11-12, 5, 25-29: The rejection of Israel gave the Gospel to the heathens. When they receive, it will be a greater blessing for the world. The fathers.
The church: Heavenly blessings, a heavenly homeland.
Israel: Earthly blessings, an earthly homeland.
Finally: One people. God all in all, Rev.21:3.
The prophecies should be interpreted litterally, unless it is evident that they are figurative.
Israel and the Prophecies 4
Prophecies about Israel in the future.
Jerusalem – the cup of drunkenness. Zech.12:2-3. What is happening today in the middle east. The great tribulation. Dan.7:24-25., 12:1.
The King comes, Zech.14:1-5.
Messiah, Zech.12:10., Is.53.
The Day of Atonement, Zech.12:11-14., 13:1.
The cleansing of Israel, Zech.13:8-9., Hos.2:19-23.
Saved in one day. A holy nation.
The solution for the midle east crisis, Is.19:24-25.
The Peace Kingdom
Is.2:2-5. The world capital.
Zech.8: 13,23. The people of blessing.
The country, Is.41: 18-20.
The king, Psalm.72:1-8ff.
Is.40:1-2. Our responsibility. We bless Israel, God’s own people.
Written & taken by permission of Dr. Leif S. Jacobsen , http://www.theword.no/engelsk/indexE.htm