Monday, June 2, 2008

The Bible confirms that Jesus is coming back again

It is estimated that there are more than three hundred prophecies in the Bible concerning the first coming of Christ ... and about eight times as many concerning His Second Coming. The New Testament mentions it at least 318 times in 210 chapters and there can be no doubt that saints throughout the ages have always "looked for His appearing".

This is no new doctrine dreamed up by some feverish theological brain. Even that Old Testament saint, Enoch — just seven generations from Adam — looked way beyond his time and prophesied concerning the Second Coming of Christ. This godly man, who walked so close to the Lord that he just walked right into His Presence one day (Gen. 5:22), said: "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints" (Jude verse 14 KJV).

The inspired Scriptures tell us that the Lord Jesus Christ will return personally. "This same Jesus" (Acts 1:11) will come again in a literal and visible manner.

Genuine Christians will be the first to meet Him.

"Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words." (1 Thess. 4:13-18).

We notice that those who love the Lord, and have died before His return, will come back with Him. The atoms that made up their bodies will be called together and they will receive their resurrection bodies at exactly the same time as believers currently living on the earth. Together ... we shall be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. This "catching up" of the saints is what is known as "The Rapture of the Church". This is the first phase of the Second Coming. Those who do not know the Lord will not see Him at this time. Their turn is coming.

The second phase occurs when the Lord — together with all His saints — returns and stands physically on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem ... the very place He left this earth after He came the first time. Zechariah 14:4 tells us about it "On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south."

It will happen suddenly and unexpectedly as far as the world is concerned. "Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labour pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape" (1 Thess. 5:1-3).

Everybody will know about it — from the East to the West. "For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man." (Mat 24:27).

Revelation 1:7 gives us some more detail: "Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen."

The sight of the Glorious Resurrected Christ will shock this world. "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory." (Matt. 24:30). Terrified, those who once scoffed and mocked will call out to the mountains and the rocks: "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!" (Rev. 16:6).

There is a Day coming when "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil. 2:10,11).

When Christ returns, every knee will bow — willingly or unwillingly. What a joy to bow before Him now and enjoy wonderful fellowship with the Risen Lord while we wait for His Return.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

Val Waldeck

Friday, May 2, 2008

World events and the Return of Jesus

The Bible is a prophetic book. It speaks of historical events in the lives of people and nations with a certainty and clarity that is unique.

Thousands of years before they existed, in many cases, the destinies of individuals and nations were charted with precision and history bears out the accuracy of those predictions. Its prophecies are being fulfilled right up to the present time and we read about them daily in our newspapers.

This is not surprising when one considers the amazing miracle that we call "The Bible".

The Bible is actually a collection of sixty-six books, written over a period of 1600 years, spanning 60 generations. Many of the approximately 40 authors involved did not know each other or enjoy the privilege of reading one another's work. They came from all walks of life and wrote at different times, on three continents (Asia, Africa and Europe), in three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek), and about hundreds of different and often controversial subjects.

When these inspired writings were collated and compiled into one Book the signature of the Almighty Eternal God could be clearly seen. There is one underlying theme from Genesis in the Old Testament to the book of Revelation in the New Testament — the coming of the Saviour to pay the price of sin ... and His Return to bring a climax to this world's history.

The "holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15) also tells us that "Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him" (Heb 9:28 ).

Those who have seriously investigated the Bible's prophetic, scientific and historical accuracy are left in no doubt that the predictions concerning the Return of Jesus Christ to our world will be just as precisely fulfilled. It cannot be otherwise.

World events — the prophesied "Signs of the Times" — should make mankind sit up and take note. Everything is going according to the Divine Plan and His Return is on schedule. Sadly, however, the comment of Jesus rings true even in our generation. "When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the SIGNS OF THE TIMES" (Mat 16:2-3).

Val Waldeck

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Exciting days

We are living in one of the most exciting periods of this world's history. Time, as we know it, is rapidly drawing to a close as the COMING OF THE LORD draws near. All over the world people are aware that something is happening.

This is the age of fulfilment of Biblical prophecy and, for the discerning believer, our local newspapers bear testimony to that fact daily. The end of the world is nearer than we realize.

Before 1900 very few commentaries were written on prophetical books like Daniel and Revelation. It was not easy in those days to understand, for example, how something lodged in the human body would enable a person to "buy and sell" (Rev. 13:16,17) ... or the possibility of the whole world simultaneously viewing an event in Jerusalem (Rev. 11:9-12).

The Old Testament prophet, Daniel, wrote that end-time prophecy would be more clearly understood as knowledge increases in the last days and it is an exciting fact.

"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased ... for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." (Dan. 12:4,9 KJV).

Someone has said that if this world’s history could be condensed into a twenty-four hour period, all the major events and discoveries will have happened in the last 24 hours. This is one of the major signs of His Soon Return.

As historical events unfold THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES are evident for all who will see. Paul wrote in 1 Thess. 5:4 "But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief."

The Lord Jesus Christ put it this way: "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).

Val Waldeck

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Messiah is Coming

This banner was placed in buildings around Jerusalem by Israelites. It shares a strong message to the world in Hebrew that "Messiah is coming soon." And He is. Even sooner than most expect.

The signs of the times are all around us. Jesus said, "When these things begin to happen, LOOK UP and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near" - Luke 21:28.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
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Monday, March 31, 2008

Welcome to my blog

It is very exciting to be living in these times just before the Return of Jesus. Prophecy is being fulfilled every day and soon - very soon - we shall see Him.

I will be sharing prophetic insights and information on this blog concerning His Return and also nuggets to help us "occupy until He comes."

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Val Waldeck