articles of chapter 8

The World Before the Second coming of Jesus?

There is a great tribulation in the world.

Here are some Bible verses:

Mat 24:6 You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See to it that you are not alarmed. These things must take place, but the end hasn’t come yet. 7 For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

These verses describe the wars of the world, which have killed tens of millions of people, both in military action and in epidemics during and after the wars. There may still be new and more terrible wars that may be even nuclear wars.

8 But all these things are only the beginning of the birth pains.

Worse is still to come.

9 Then they will hand you over to suffering and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations because of my name. – Many of the believers and the reborn hope that God would save them before the start of the whole tribulation. This verse of the Bible also confirms that the chosen ones are also experiencing martyrdom. The Antichrist (beast) persecutes Christians of conviction.

10 Then many people will fall by the way and will betray one another and hate one another.
11 Many false prophets will appear and deceive many people, 12 and because lawlessness will increase, the love of many people will grow cold.
13 But the person who endures to the end will be saved.
14 And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end.

The Bible or a part of it (the Gospels) have already been translated as far as I know into over two hundred languages. In the verse above, it is said that “as a testimony to all the nations”. It does not mean that every person on earth should receive accurate information on the gospel. But every nation must be aware of it. This is also evidenced by the Bible by telling how in the millennial kingdom teachers are sent to the gentiles to evangelize God’s kingdom. There will be enough work in the future, but no one will be left without knowledge.

15 So when you see the destructive desecration, mentioned by the prophet Daniel, standing in the Holy Place (let the reader take note)
21 For then shall there be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, nor ever shall be;
22 And except those days were shortened, not any flesh would be saved. But on account of the elect, those days will be shortened.

Humanity is on the brink of destruction, but for the sake of the chosen ones the duration of the tribulation and destruction has been shortened. Even so, despite the fact that the chosen ones have been betrayed and abandon faith by the great miracles of the false prophet.

23 At that time, if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’, don’t believe it.
24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. – This verse speaks of false Christs and false prophets in the plural. Surely this is so, but the Book of Revelation speaks of another beast, which performs amazing miracles, and even the chosen ones believe in false the Christ.

27 For as the lightning comes forth from the east and shines as far as the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of man.
29 But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
30 And then the sign of the Son of man will appear in the heavens. And then all the tribes of the land will wail. And they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and much glory.
31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the heavens to their ends.

Many interpret this verse to mean gathering of the members of the resurrection and rapture. In my view, at this stage, the rapture has already happened and these people are the survivors of the so-called great multitude who are still on earth and are being gathered together in the Mount Zion.

Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of Jehovah. 32 For it shall be, all who shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be saved. For salvation shall be in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, as Jehovah has said, and among the saved whom Jehovah shall call.

Mat 24:42 So keep on watching, because you don’t know on what day your Lord is coming. 25:13 Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.
Jesus urges us to be awake, because we do not know the day nor the hour. In other words, He tells His own to be careful and to observe all the signs. Wars and diseases are a clear sign despite the fact that wars and diseases have been through time.

Mat 24:32 But learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts out its leaves, you know that the summer is near.

Another sign is revealed by His fig tree parable. Fig tree has long been regarded as a symbol of the state of Israel. When Israel had been in diaspora after the destruction of Jerusalem in the seventies, there seemed to be not the slightest sign of Israel returning to its promised land, not to speak of establishing its own state. However, the events proceeded and the state of Israel was established in 1948! “Summer is near”!

See also the next article.