As we progress into the 21st century, more and more people worldwide are experiencing a sense of an approaching climax.
New age believers, Jews and Christians alike are looking for something to happen in the next few years. Even many with no specific belief are puzzled by what they see as a breakdown in many areas of society as well as a deterioration in our planets resources.
Writers of horoscopes, clairvoyants, etc., are thriving in their industries as people look for answers.
Christians also claim to know the answer and point to The Bible as being the only source of a guide to future events that has been proved 100% accurate to date.
Is it factual or just a myth?
But just what is it that Christians are saying? Many have heard reference to “the second coming” even if it is only in the form of a common saying such as referring to a delay in some event as being “as slow as the second coming”. But the second coming of who or what?
The Christian Bible states that Jesus Christ will return one day and it is this event that many Christians believe may be imminent.
It is very difficult, if not impossible to convince someone that a person who has been dead for nearly 2000 years is going to return for a second time when they are not aware, or do not believe that he had come the first time!
However an open minded and genuine study of The Bible will convince many of the fact that a man called Jesus once walked this earth and that he promised to return.
Even many non-Christians accept that this man Jesus, whom Christians know as the Son of God, did live in the nation of Israel nearly 2000 years ago and that he was crucified by the Roman occupiers of that time. In fact there is more evidence to support the existence of Jesus than many other historical figures such as Cleopatra or Nero.
The Bible, as well as other historical writings tell us that men and women who were contemporaries of Jesus, spread out after his death across the then known world telling of the man who claimed to be “The Son of God”. Many of these contemporaries had seen their leader die a terrible death, refusing to save himself or attack his persecutors.
So where was the power this “Son of God” should have been able to exhibit? Why didn’t he save himself? Why didn’t he save the Jewish nation from the Roman yoke and become the king of Israel as many of The Bible’s Old Testament prophets had foretold?
According to the teaching of The Bible’s New Testament, written by contemporaries of Jesus, the answer is clearly stated: Jesus would not fulfil these prophecies at His first coming but would do so upon His return.
Many, if not all, of his followers had run off in fear and disappointment yet within a few days these same people did a complete turn around and were now prepared to die horrible deaths proclaiming that this same man they had seen die with their own eyes was actually alive! Why?
The Bible records in Acts 1:3 that:-
“During the forty days after his crucifixion he (Jesus) had appeared to the Apostles from time to time in human form and proved to them in many ways that it was actually he himself they were seeing...”
This and many other verses explain why these people became fearless from that point on in proclaiming “The Way” which was the name by which early believers were known. I’m sure that if I had seen and talked with someone who I had previously seen die then I would be strongly convinced that he did in fact live... wouldn’t you?
The Bible continues to say that at the end of the forty day period after his death the disciples watched as Jesus rose into heaven. As he disappeared from their view two men dressed in white stood amongst them and proclaimed that “.....Jesus has gone away to heaven, and someday, just as he went, he will return!” ~ Acts 1:11
Matthew, Mark and Luke in the three New Testament writings attributed to them, also record Jesus’ promise that “...And the nations of the world will see me arrive in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” ~ Matthew 24:30
The gospel of John records the words of Jesus himself when He stated that “There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready then I will come and get you...” ~ John 14:3
Throughout The Bible many writers record events which indicate both the general time as well as signs and conditions which will occur prior to the return of Jesus.
Many Christians believe that we are now living in those times and that many of the signs given in The Bible are evident in our day. Interestingly many Jewish scholars, who do not believe that Jesus was the Messiah, also read in their sacred writings (The Old Testament of the Bible) that the signs are around us proclaiming the imminent arrival of The Messiah!