HE [ IS ] COMING - MAKE NO MISTAKE..!
There are not a whole lot of scriptures that give specific signs in the Church that tell us when Jesus is coming. Most of the prophetic signs of His coming are to and for natural Israel. Nevertheless, there are a few signs given in the New Testament that were given as signs specifically to the Church. What these scripture signs tell us do not paint a pretty picture for most that identify with Christianity in the last days. Further, the picture these scriptures paint for the end times looks exactly like what we see in most of the churches that identify with Christianity today.
1Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
The type of church actually dominating on earth today is the seeker friendly mega church dominionists whose writers fill Christian bookstores with containers of self-help Laodicean eye salve. They believe they are going to bring light for blind eyes and bring in the kingdom on earth using eye salve made out of the mud of pop psychology. Jesus in Revelation said Laodicea says she can see (with help from her world famous eye salve) but she is spiritually blind. These modern day Laodicean teachers give a Christianity "lite" ecumenical message. They believe their lukewarm Christian teaching, which contains no true salvation message, is going to convert the world to Christ. I think not!
Therefore, is there a direct correlation between these Laodicean churches, the end time harlot of Revelation and the coming of Jesus? You bet your spiritual life there is!
Where is the promise of His coming?
2 Pet 3:1 ¶ This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 ¶ Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 ¶ But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Peter said that in the last days scoffers would come walking after their own lusts saying “Where is the promise of His coming?” He also said these people are willfully ignorant of certain passages of scriptures. The passages they apparently are willfully ignorant about is that God has judged the world in the past and He will judge it in the future. We must first address who the passage is speaking about. In the full context of the previous chapter, Peter was talking to the Church about false teachers in the Church. Therefore, now that we understand that it is "false teachers" that are saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?” and implying that judgment will not come to their generation, we have to ask, are there such false teachers in Christianity today?
I believe there are more false teachers now than in anytime in history. One should ask to whom are the false teachers saying, “where is the promise of His coming”? They could not be saying it to the world because the world does not believe Jesus will come anyway. The false teachers must be saying this statement to others that have identified with Christianity. Therefore, it is only logical that these false teachers must be saying it in answer to the belief within Christianity that teaches that Jesus will be coming soon. I believe they are saying it directly to the watchmen on the wall in the church. They are saying it to dispensational premillennial pretribulation rapture Bible teachers who see what is coming. In other words, they are mocking the watchmen in the church and saying you guys have said you see signs of His coming for decades but nothing has happened, implying nobody knows when Jesus will return and that it could be hundreds or even thousands of years in the future if it even happens at all.
In their mind, with their amillennial or increasingly post-millennial theology, Jesus will come only after the Church christianizes the world for Christ. I believe many Bible passages refute this view, as does Peter when he says the Lord will come at a specific appointed time. Peter then explains that a day with the Lord is as a thousand years. Thus, if using a biblical week since creation, the time of His coming would be very short indeed. Bible prophecy written to the Jews says after two days he will revive them and in three He will raise them up. When did this happen? It did not. It is prophecy that is still to be fulfilled. The time from when this prophecy was given to the Jews until now is over two days (a day is as a thousand years). Therefore, God is about to revive the Jews and soon thereafter he will raise them up early on the third day to live in His sight in the promised Jewish Kingdom on earth. It will happen as Jesus also raised His own body early on the third day and as Jesus will raise up His spiritual body the Church early on her third day (God is consistent).
So, the obvious question should be, are there many false teachers mocking the watchmen on the wall in the Church today? You bet there is! A few decades ago, the soon return of Jesus Christ was taught in most Evangelical churches as biblical truth but lately there has been a dramatic change in most churches due to the false teaching of preterists and post-millennial dominionist theology. These post-modern and “kingdom now” dominionists are teaching that the Church will bring in the Kingdom without the physical return of the King in power and glory.. They openly mock those who say Jesus is coming soon and say the Church cannot know these things although scripture is clear that the astute in the Church will be very aware of the time of His coming. They call Bible prophecy a distraction and a diversion and insinuate that the watchmen are doing nothing useful for Christ in their study and teaching on end time Bible prophecy. Further, they generally do not take Bible prophecy literally and they spiritualize everything to the church without any reason other than preconceived theology that they themselves learned from other false teachers.
Speaking in another passage about “false teachers”, Jesus said you will know them by their fruits. What are the fruits of the false teachers that are now downplaying the coming of Jesus? Their fruits are displayed in every humanistic program man can dream up. Their fruits are seen behind many windows of their huge buildings on their huge campuses. Much of the fruit is wrapped in a gospel of wealth and prosperity, name it and claim it or what you can believe you can achieve. Now we have the post-modern emerging or emergent church bringing pagan ‘mysticism’ as your own personal truth into the church. BLASPHEMY !
Peter said in the Bible passage above that these false teaching scoffers would come in the last days walking after their own lusts. What could be a more fitting description of the Laodicean seeker friendly churches, the emergent churches and many Christian media preachers of today?
Timothy says similar things about how it would be in the last days.
2 Tim 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
I believe Timothy as well, is talking about those who identify with the Christian church. Notice in verse five that they have a form of godliness but verse four says they love the pleasures of this world more than God. These False teachers lead people astray and although they keep learning, they are never able to learn basic Christian absolute truths. Tradition says that Jannes and Jambres were the magicians that withstood Moses in Egypt by saying they also had authority and power from God. They imitated the miracles of Moses to deceive Egypt and Israel. Well it turns out that the false teachers are just like them. They are men of corrupt minds who are reprobates concerning the faith. Many of them think they have a special anointing from God and are above all correction by those who are in the body of Christ. They deceive the world and the Church with their claim to speak for God and His Church but their words contradict the word of God. They like Jannes and Jambres opposed God's truth spoken through Moses and substituted a counterfeit lie to deceive the people..
I think the passage might imply that the miracle of Jesus actually coming for His Church in spite of their mocking and the judgment that comes on the earth following this event will manifest their folly to all men on the earth as did the further miracles of Moses in Egypt that they could not duplicate. God delivered Israel out of Egypt and He judged Egypt. God will deliver the Church from the world and He will judge the world. I believe one of follies of these false teachers is the presumption that Bible prophecy will not be literally fulfilled on earth. Another is that they believe they are saved because they prophesied or did something in Jesus name. Jesus will say to some of these false teachers “I never knew you”. Their earthly teaching plays into the lusts of unstable men and woman. You can see that from the huge support these dominionist prosperity-preaching receive.
Why are they reprobates concerning the faith?
Because many do it for money and fame and the gospel that some preach is good for nothing.
They do not teach truth.
Some of these reprobates do not even believe that Jesus is the only path to salvation.
The main messages these reprobates preach is:
“get aboard my humanistic bandwagon and send me money so that “I” and “my programs” can help God to bring in His kingdom on earth.”
Never mind, that the Bible actually teaches that Jesus will tread the winepress alone, rid the earth of evil men through judgment and bring in the promised Kingdom to the Jews.
God really does not need the help of dominionists reprobates to bring His Kingdom to earth
Jude Chapter 1
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds [they are] without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.