The Certainty of Christ’s Return
As the disciples watched Jesus ascend into heaven, two men appeared and gave them an amazing promise:
Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus … will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven (Acts 1.11)
This is just one of some 1500 prophecies relating to the return of Christ. Contrast this with over 300 Old Testament prophecies that relate to Christ’s first coming, all of which were fulfilled, link, link. Surely, on these figures alone, the Second Coming of Christ’s is absolutely certain, link!
Christ does not Return Alone
Revelation 19.11-21 gives a dramatic vision of Christ’s return to earth at the end of this age (the end of Daniel’s 70th Week). Christ comes as King and LORD to judge and rule the nations, and with Him come the armies of heaven:
Behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war … and the armies of heaven were following Him, riding white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean (Rev 19.11,14)
Note the white horses and white linen, symbolizing purity and righteousness. Righteousness comes to banish unrighteousness on earth, and Christ brings with Him armies of ‘holy’ angels (Mat 25.31). Christ and His armies wage war against the armies of Gentile nations gathered at Jerusalem (Rev 19.11-16). The scenario is one of war, when the world dictator (the war-like beast of Rev 13.1-10), the Antichrist (the false prophet of Rev 13.11-18), and the gathered armies of the nations are all defeated (Zech 14).
But the holy angels are not the only ones to come back with Christ. There is also a multitude of perfected saints dressed in white robes (Rev 7.9):
Jesus comes back “with all His saints” (1 Thes 3.13)
See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His holy ones (Jude 14)
These resurrected saints return to reign with Christ for 1,000 years (Rev 20.6).
A Time of Mourning for all Nations
Jesus said that all the world will see Him return; it will be like lightning in the sky; there will be no mistake; every eye will see Him; He comes unmistakeably “on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory”. The Second Coming of Christ a time of mourning by the rebellious nations who reject Him today, and especially a time of mourning by the descendants of rebellious Israel who rejected Him 2,000 years ago:
All the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him (Rev 1.7)
… they will look on Me whom they pierced … they will mourn for Him … in that day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem (Zech 12.10,11)
Yeshua (Jesus) Returns to the Mount of Olives
Where does Christ return to; New York, London, Brussels? No. He returns to the exact place from where He ascended, to the Mount of Olives, also known as Mount Olivet (Acts 1.11,12). This is a long ridge to the east of Jerusalem, and at 820 meters it is Jerusalem’s highest peak. In Jesus’ day it was covered with olive trees.
In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives … in the front of Jerusalem … and the LORD will be King over all the earth
Israel in the Millennial Age
Many see this as the start of the millennial reign of Christ on earth, a time of universal peace and a sabbath rest for the earth. They see this age as essentially Jewish (centered around Israel) and reigned over by Christ and His resurrected saints.
Others question whether such a scenario is a correct interpretation of prophecy. For example, since the returning saints now have immortal bodies (like the body of Jesus) we might ask ‘Exactly how do they reign over human (mortal) beings?’ The millennial scenario appears paradoxical to say the least! On the one hand we have the remnant nations and remnant national Israel – all ‘in the flesh’ – whilst on the other hand it appears that earth’s ranks are to be swelled by a multitude of immortal beings!