365 Prophecies: Prophecy 196
The Messiah’s second coming to earth will be with vengeance on those who hate Him and salvation for those who wait for Him.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 35:4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Revelation 6:16 and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!”
Revelation 19:11-15 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
The Old Testament is clear in its affirmation that the Messiah will have two appearances on the earth. The first for salvation, the second for judgement. Those who will live through the horrors of the seven-year tribulation will find Jesus visiting the earth in 21 judgments which will cause two-thirds of the people of the earth to perish. Those who have waited for His return will be removed from the earth before the seven-year tribulation begins. Either by Rapture in bodily form while still alive, or by resurrection for those who have already died believing in Jesus for their salvation. Both the living and the dead who love the Lord, will be taken from the earth to meet Him in the air.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
Waiting to receive Jesus will cost your life
All those who come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ during the seven-year tribulation shall find themselves under the terror of the beast. This new global ruler will appear on the world scene shortly after the disappearance of all believers in Jesus, at the Rapture. He will command the inhabitants of the world to give their worship to him in exchange for the right to buy or sell during the seven years of the antichrist’s rule.
Revelation 13:7-17 It was granted to him (antichrist) to make war with the saints (Christians) and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If anyone has an ear, let him hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
To take the mark, the name of the beast, or his number is tantamount to worship of the beast. All those who worship him by taking his number or name will be assigned to the lake of fire forever.
Revelation 19:20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
For those who love Jesus and gratefully live their lives in anticipation of His return, He will forbid that they should experience the coming wrath which will cover the earth during the Great Tribulation. According to 1 Thessalonians Chapter 4:16-17, the Lord will descend out of heaven suddenly and completely unexpected by the world. Believers will disappear where they stand as the Lord calls them to meet Him in the air. There is every indication that there will be no sound, no signal, or advanced warning prior to the disappearance of more than a Billion people. It may be that those whom the Lord is about to remove will hear Him call their name, similar to the event that preceded John’s rapture from the earth to heaven, in the fourth chapter of the Book of Revelation.
Revelation 4:1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here…”
The Rapture will be similar to Jesus’ appearance to Paul while he was on the road to Damascus. Paul was aware of Jesus and could hear Him, while those around Paul saw only the light but could not hear Jesus.
Acts 22:6-9 “Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’ And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.”
Jesus’ return for His church at the Rapture will not be a physical return to the earth. He will meet us in the air, in the outer atmosphere. This is truly amazing when you consider that the description of this event given by the Bible seems to imply that we will meet in an environment that a normal human being could not survive. The fact that we will all receive a new glorified and eternal body similar to the one that Jesus possessed after His Resurrection, is most likely the reason that we are able to live in such a hostile environment.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
At His second coming, Jesus will return physically to the earth at the end of the seven-year tribulation. He will be seen by everyone who dwells on the earth at that time.
Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.
We should understand that the Messiah’s return to earth is a fulfillment of various Old Testament prophecies, such as this 196th prediction from Isaiah 35:4. The purpose of the seven-year Tribulation period is to reveal the wrath of the Lamb against all those who worship the beast and have taken his mark. This group of people will be made up of those individuals who have rejected Jesus Christ and have refused to repent of their sins and come to God through the provision of the Messiah’s sacrifice.