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The Long Awaited Moment of Christ’s Return
November 11, 2014

The Long Awaited Moment of Christs Return

The long awaited moment of Christ’s return is imminent, and when He comes this present age will transition into a new age with Jesus as King over all.  In order to establish this new regime, Heaven is currently planning a military campaign to take over the planet and destroy everything that stands in the way of the Kingdom of God.  It will become clear to all mankind who this glorious King is; His thoughts, desires, and demands will all come to the surface, and all of the Earth that opposes Him will receive stern judgment.  He will powerfully reveal His true identity and violently display His majesty; all the things that were carefully veiled at His first coming.  His purpose is to claim His Bride, bring about justice in the nations, and claim His rightful inheritance; the Earth, and everything in it, is His. 

Jesus’ reentry to this realm will be dramatic, well thought through, and unmistakable.  He will soon bring with Him the armies of Heaven in order to dash the nations and destroy every obstacle in His way.  They will march with Him in procession to punish the nations, remove His oppositions, and usher Him into Jerusalem where He will rule forever.  The Word gives us a number of indicators about the general path of this procession (Nu. 20:14-21, 24:17-19; Dt. 33:2; Ps. 68:7-8, 17, 110:5-6; SS 8:5; Is. 11:1-5, 10-16, 34:5-10, 49:10, 63:1-6; Hb. 3:3-18; Zch. 9:14; Re. 19:11-16).

Christ will appear in the sky at the sounding of the last trumpet (1Th. 4:16-17).  When this seventh trumpet is sounded, the second coming procession begins from Heaven and the effects will be felt immediately on the Earth. Revelation 1:7 describes it this way, “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.”

As we saw in Revelation, when Jesus appears in the sky, he will be coming on the clouds.  This is all part of His divine strategy to draw attention to His return and ensure that His reintroduction to the planet is understood. Jesus, Himself, said, “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory (Mt. 24:30).

In that same passage in Matthew, Jesus says of His return, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory (Mt. 25:31).” With Him when He comes will be the billions of angels of Heaven as part of His entourage.  We are told that all of the angels will empty Heaven and come with Jesus on His most anticipated day.

The angels will come down with Him, but the saints will be taken up to meet Jesus in the air, first the dead in Christ and then all those who are left (1 Th. 4:16-17).  “Those who are left” refers to the saints that remain alive at the time of the Lord’s return, we will be supernaturally taken up into the sky to meet Christ and join His procession.

Jesus will march across the Middle East slaying the nations who oppose Him on His way to Jerusalem through the land of Edom. Isaiah 63:3-6 gives us a really clear picture of what this will look like.

I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me.  I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing.  For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come.  I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm worked salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me. I trampled the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground (Is. 63:3-6).

In His procession across the Middle East, He will cross over into Israel, fight against the Antichrist’s armies, and reclaim the city of Jerusalem. He will re-enter Jerusalem, and He will dwell there forever as the center point of His new rule. “This is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain (Zch. 8:3).’”

Brad Stroup
Director of The Prayer Room Missions Base
Arlington Texas