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>THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST<
[a possible order of events]
JESUS, THE MESSIAH will descend from heaven in a glorious appearing. All the nations will see Him coming on the clouds [coming back in like “manner”, not place, as His ascension], as lightning that comes in the east is visible even in the west (Mt. 24:26-30 NIV) and will mourn. Tradition has taught that He would first come to the Mt. of Olives, but has not taken into account the Bozrah scriptures. Some believe the only possible explanation is that He will first appear at Bozrah to engage with the warring nations closing in on the "sheep pen" of Petra where the remnant of his Jewish people have taken refuge (Mt. 24:16, Mr. 13:14, Luke 21:21). He will only appear after their national repentance and recognition that He, Yeshua, is their Messiah after all and plead for His coming. This is the national redemption that Paul spoke of when he said that, in the end, all Israel will be saved. This event has been shadowed in the Feast of Yom Kippor, one of the appointed times of the Lord observed by Jews every year since the time of their return from the Babylonian exile . He will only come after they say, "Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord". There, He will combat the approaching forces in the beginning winepress of His wrath, where He will stain His garments with the blood of those who have come against His people, Israel. As the nations retreat back to Jerusalem, He will lead His people out of their "sheep pen" and cause them to pass under the rod of His judgment (the prophesied Judgment of the Jews in the wilderness). He will separate out all the rebels that will not be allowed to enter with Him into Israel. He will have saved the tents of Judah first, as promised, and then will go to save Jerusalem (Zech. 12:7). GATHERING the multitudes of HIS REMNANT and leading them as sheep (Micah 2:12-13 KJV), He will STRIDE gloriously back to the Valley of Jehoshaphat at Jerusalem. Those in Jerusalem will see Him coming from Edom with His garments stained red (Isaiah 63:1-6 NIV)...and there He will engage in the fiercest and final part of the battle as He TRAMPLES (in the Great Winepress) the enemies of Israel in the Kidron Valley in front of the Temple Mount. The place of battle will overflow with blood, and it will have progressed for 160 miles (Rev.14:19-20 KJV). Only then will He make a VICTORY ASCENT TO THE MOUNT OF OLIVES! When He touches the top with His feet, it will split from east to west, forming a great valley of escape for the Jews fleeing the earthquake which will have progressed to Jerusalem (Zech. 14:4-5). The Kidron Valley, which is also referred to as the Valley of Jehoshaphat, has yet another name. It was also referred to by the prophets as the Valley of Decision, for there the Sheep & Goat Judgment of the Gentile Nations will be held. The sheep will be those who helped His Jewish people during the Tribulation; the goats will be those who did not. Only the sheep gentiles will be allowed to enter His Millennial Reign. All Israel will MOURN for Him as for their firstborn Son (Zech. 12:10 NIV). He will enter the Temple Mount through the East Gate and cleanse the 3rd Temple (Daniel 8:13-14). Because of this Scripture, some Bible teachers believe the 3rd Temple will be there through the thousand years, even though the Messiah builds the 4th Temple. There will be another stage of the First Resurrection [the first having been that of the LORD Who has the preeminence in all things, Col. 1:18, and the second having been the pre-Trib rapture of the church]; the Old Testament saints and the Tribulation martyrs will receive their immortal bodies and will become the guests at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb and His bride, the church. Then the Lord will set up His Millennial Kingdom, the final fulfillment of the prophetic shadow of the Feast of Tabernacles.
THE PROMISED LAND The Rest of the StoryPart 3: Never AgainTHE MESSIAH & THE 4th TEMPLE ERA"Millennial Reign of Christ" [God the Son dwells on earth.]
Time-That-Is-To-Come of the Thousand Years of PeaceMessiah will allot strips of land for each tribe of Israel; He will build the 4th Temple on the strip that is alloted for the Prince. The dimensions given show it to be too large to fit the Temple Mount and even bigger than the Old City. He will live and reign on the earth with the saints for 1000 years over the natural nations who did not perish in the Tribulation and their generations that follow after them (Ezekiel 40-46).Time-That-Is-To-Come of the Final RebellionAfter a thousand years of peace, the Lord will let satan out of the pit. With the temptor released, people will again rebel. Some call this the Second War of Gog & Magog, as an invasion comes from the north against the camp of the Saints, 'round about the Holy City. The Lord will quickly put down such a rebellion and cast the devil into his permanent home, the Lake of Fire, to join the false prophet & the antiChrist. Time-That-Is-To-Come of the Great White Throne JudgmentThere will be a Second Resurrection, the resurrection of the wicked who will go before the Great White Throne of God for one sin, the sin of rejecting God's one plan of redemption, the one-time sacrifice of His Son as the Lamb of God. There are not many roads to salvation, but only One. JESUS said that He is the Way, the Truth, the Life, and that no one comes to the Father God, but through Him.
THE TEMPLE OF GOD & LAMB ETERNITY"The New Jerusalem" [God the Father and God the Son dwell on earth.] Time-That-Is-To-Come of the Cleansing of the EarthThe earth will be cleansed & scourged, as though by fire, the Real Global Warming.Time-That-Is-To-Come of the Setting Down of the New JerusalemGod will set down on earth the Heavenly City of Jerusalem, from which these things have been patterned. (Rev. 21:10)Time-That-Is-To-Come of the Eternal Reign of God the Father & God the Son on Earth In the Millennial era of above, God the Son, Jesus, will have come to live on earth with the family of God. Now God the Father will come to live on earth with the Son & the family of God for all eternity. Because the Father and the Son both dwell on earth, there will be no need for a temple. (Rev. 21:22)No one will enter the City, except those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. (Rev. 21:27)There will be a river of the water of life, flowing down the middle of the City, and the tree of life, whose leaves will be for the healing of the nations. (Rev. 22:1,2) "Blessed are those who wash their robes that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood (Rev 22:14,15)."
Us in the Bible***"The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!...Whoever is thirsty...whoever [Jew, Arab/Gentile] wishes...take the free gift of the water of life’ (Rev. 22:18,19)."***
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