When is Jesus coming back? Part 2
‘The Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea’
No one knows exactly when, but the above words of Isaiah and many other significant Biblical prophecies are NOT yet fulfilled,
and, will not be fulfilled before the Gospel of the Kingdom of God has made disciples of Jesus from every tribe, tongue, people, nation
A Bible Study to equip us with the Truth of the Scriptures about the Second Coming of Jesus which will be when all that has been written of Him will be fulfilled
As we saw in Part 1, the Second Coming of Jesus will be “the end of the age” (Mat.24:1-14). All that has been written in the Bible about Him will then be fulfilled, including what is written in Isaiah 11:9
the Earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
Habakkuk also saw prophetically (v.3:3) that
His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise
But in Part 1 we spoke more extensively how the current situation of the Earth is far from reaching that future reality which the prophets have already seen in the Spirit. There are many geographical territories on Earth, and billions of people, who are neither full of the knowledge of the Lord, nor is the earth full of His praise!
In spite of theological arguments, debates and people’s opinions about the “rapture”, the Bible describes a very clear picture of what will have been accomplished on the Earth before the end of the age. Not only the above words of the prophets will be fulfilled, but
Jesus will have obtained His full inheritance for which He suffered and died
When the glorious day that John saw (below) will have come, Jesus will have obtained an inheritance consisting of people purchased unto God His Father, by His Blood from all over the world without exception of locations, tribes, tongues or people groups.
Revelation 5:7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God
by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made them a kingdom and priests to our God; and they reign on the earth.”
For these prophecies to have been fulfilled before the end of the age, it means that the Gospel will be preached freely, and there will be disciples of Jesus in every place!
Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name [shall be] great among the Gentiles; In every place incense [shall be] offered to My name, And a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations,” Says the LORD of hosts.
“From the rising of the sun to its going down” describes the entire globe, the whole Earth from East to West, no matter which is the starting point.
God has declared through prophet Malachi: “My name shall be great among the nations” – is that a present reality? Obviously NOT AT ALL! So, how can some people declare that Jesus is coming back any time soon, even in this generation? Will God prove Himself a liar? Or perhaps that He failed to accomplish all that He has spoken?
“Every place”… does that include the Middle East and all the nations which are currently Islamic, dedicated enemies of Israel and forcefully anti-Christian? What about Iran?
Isaiah 19:19 In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border. 20 And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.
21 Then the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the LORD and perform [it.] 22 And the LORD will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal [it;] they will return to the LORD, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria–a blessing in the midst of the land, 25 whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed [is] Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
Isaiah has “painted” a very clear “picture” of what the Middle East will look like before the end of the age and the Second Coming of Jesus.
-> “the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD”; “they will return to the LORD” – Egypt has been a land that is closely associated with God’s plans from the beginning; it is a place and a people who have played a significant role throughout the Biblical history in a variety of ways. And God has declared the end from the beginning when He said “Blessed [is] Egypt My people”.
-> “there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria”; “Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria–a blessing in the midst of the land” – why does the devil rage so violently particularly in this geographical territory to make sure that these people are constantly at war with each other? Can it be because he tries his best to prevent these words of Isaiah from becoming fulfilled?
Satan knows that when Egypt has become what God has said “Egypt, My people”, then his days will be but a few. When in the territories of ancient Assyria (modern Syria, Iraq, Iran) the Gospel of Jesus has brought about such change that will be like what God said about them “Assyria, the work of my hands”, that will be the closing chapter.
Even if these prophetic words were the only ones that outlined the coming nearer to the “end of the age”, I would still say – NO ONE who believes in the authority of the Bible has any right to say anything about the “rapture” and “end of the age” before Islam has fallen and Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, have become Christian nations.
For these words to become the reality of the Middle East,
there is no other way but through the Gospel of the Kingdom of God
With so much generational hatred deeply rooted in the hearts of these people, there is no way for peace to come to the Middle Eastern conflct except through the power of the Prince of Peace to replace hatred by love and war by peace.
The only ‘thing’ that has the power to unite
the Muslim Arabs and the Israeli Jews
is the very person of Jesus Christ
… and He will! Apostle Paul has made that very clear!
In Romans chapter 11 (below), Apostle Paul has given us a prophecy about a very significant event that will mark the coming to a close of this present “age” (which is the era of the Ecclesia, the dispensation of the New Testament).
All Israel will be saved
after the fullness of the gentiles has come in
The words of Apostle Paul confirm the prophecy of Isaiah about the Middle-East. Israel will turn to the Lord and will be saved after Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Iran will have become Christian nations and will be extending a hand of friendship to the state of Israel.
That is when these words will be fulfilled:
Romans 10:19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says: “I will provoke you to jealousy by [those who are] not a nation, I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.”
As Paul said by quoting Deuteronomy 32:21, God will use these nations which will have turned from fanatic Muslim to Christian, and from enemies to friends, to provoke Israel to jealousy – that is when the fullness of the gentiles will have come in, and Israel which was originally the first, will be the last of the nations of the world that will bow the knee to Jesus Christ, and welcome Him as their Messiah.
That is when these words of Jesus will be fulfilled, when Israel cries out:
“Baruch Haba B’shem Adonai”
(it means “Blessed is He Who Comes In The Name Of The Lord”)
Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under [her] wings, but you were not willing! 38 “See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39 “for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say,
‘Blessed [is] He who comes in the name of the LORD’!
Romans 11:1 I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, [of] the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, …
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11 I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation [has come] to the Gentiles. 12 Now if their fall [is] riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!
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25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26
And so all Israel will be saved
as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 27 For this [is] My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.” 28 Concerning the gospel [they are] enemies for your sake, but concerning the election [they are] beloved for the sake of the fathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God [are] irrevocable.
30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.
Apostle Paul prophesied that when “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in” in from “every tribe and tongue and people and nation” including the Egyptians and the Assyrians (modern Syria, Iraq, Iran), then “all Israel will be saved”.
And then will be the end of this age… (the era of the Ecclesia, of the New Testament)