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What nobody told you about the RETURN OF CHRIST

by David Sorensen: edited

The Second Coming of “Jesus,” also called the return of “Christ” is the doctrine that “Jesus Christ” will soon return physically to the earth. According to this doctrine he will then set up a political kingdom on the earth with his headquarters in the military state of Israel. “Christ” will take up residence in a stone temple in “Jerusalem” from where he will reign over all of mankind.

(Editor’s note: From hereon I have replaced the pagan/gentile names, places, and expressions with their Hebrew or Aramaic transliterations. Otherwise, I have remained faithful to the wording and style of this exceptional and commendable article written by David Sorenson.)

This theology says that the political reign of Yahusha haMashiach in Yisharal (Israel), will be the long-awaited Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim (Elohim). Because everyone who rejects the Messiah will be killed, this shall bring ultimate peace to humanity. All unbelievers will be wiped out. Many believe Yahusha will also destroy the earth by fire and create a brand-new heaven and earth where only the “true Christians” will dwell with Yahuah forever. That means the total destruction of billions of people who are not part of the “true Christian Church”.

The doctrine of the Second Coming is especially popular among evangelicals but is not prominent in the belief system of most other denominations like the Reformed, Lutheran, Anglican or Roman Catholic Church. The teaching was never an important in the history of the Assembly of Alahim until halfway into the 19th century when it was introduced in evangelical churches by preachers like Darby, Scofield, and Moody. It became popular in the American Evangelical movement during the 20th century, mostly because of several books and movies like The Left Behind Series from Tim Lahaye and The Late Great Planet Earth by Hall Lindsey. Movies like The Omega Code, Revelation, and A Thief in The Night added to the spreading of this doctrine. From the USA it spread to other parts of the world.

A key element in the doctrine of the Second Coming is that the return of the Messiah will be preceded by a global reign of evil. All of humanity will become increasingly wicked, until the whole world will gladly follow a so called ‘antichrist’. This will be a demonized world leader, who will steer humanity into full blown worship of Satan. Virtually all believers in the Messiah will fall away which is called ‘The Great Falling Away’. There is nothing believers can do to stop this. Humanity is doomed to be ruled by the devil. The only solution is the physical return of the Messiah who will kill the antichrist and all of humanity who served him. Therefore, the only hope for believers in the Messiah is to wait for this physical return of Yahusha.

There are countless variations on this end time scenario which makes it the most confusing and chaotic part of evangelical theology. What I am summarizing here, is the most widespread version of this doctrine:

            Satan will rule the entire world

            All of humanity will worship Satan

            There is nothing believers can do to prevent this

            Believers must wait for a rapture to escape this satanic rule

            Messiah will return and take residence in a stone temple in Yisharal (Israel)

            Messiah will rule over mankind as a political world dictator

            That will be the Kingdom of Heaven on earth

In the past century, thousands of prophecies have been uttered announcing this imminent return of the Messiah.

Almost every well-known evangelical preacher from the previous two generations predicted, with great fervency and deep conviction, that the rapture and return of Yahusha haMashiach would surely occur during their lifetime. They passionately preached it from their pulpits, boldly declared it on radio and TV, taught it in mass conferences, and wrote numerous books to prepare mankind for the apocalypse. As time went by, one generation followed another, and all these powerful preachers peacefully passed away… a sobering reality dawned on the minds of the honest observers…

No matter with how much zeal these prophecies were spoken, and how widely they spread, ultimately… none of them ever came to pass. They all proved to be false.

In the seventies millions of young believers joined the ‘Jesus People,’ a wonderful movement of passionate believers all over the world. Many of these zealous followers of Yahusha devoured the book The Late Great Planet Earth, written by Hall Lindsey. In this sombre piece of apocalyptic literature, Lindsey warned mankind that earth would cease to exist within a few years. More than 15 million copies of this book were sold, and it was named ‘the bestseller of the decade’.

After reading this book, huge crowds among the Jesus People were persuaded they didn’t have to prepare for their future. Instead, they sang beautiful songs about a rapture that would soon launch them into the sky, while behind them the earth would be consumed by fire. Their hearts were filled with radiant hope, to meet Yahusha haMashiach face to face. As time went by however, their joyful expectation turned into bitter disappointment…

Yahusha haMashiach did not return… the rapture did not occur… nothing happened of that sort. Many awakened to the brutal reality that they had been deeply deceived.

In our time we have similar movements like we saw in the seventies. There is for example the “International House of Prayer” (IHOP) in Kansas City where tens of thousands of avid believers are encouraged to pray and fast day and night for the imminent return of the Messiah. This non-stop prayer has been going on now for twenty years! During these two decades the fervent expectation was continually fueled by prophetic utterances, that constantly promised how the Messiah could return any moment now. IHOP invites young people to become an ‘intercessory missionary’ which means they must spend their lives praying and fasting for the Second Coming of Yahusha haMashiach. After being in the prayer rooms for several years, these people eventually have no choice but to face the real world, just like everybody else… but sadly they are utterly unprepared for it.

None of the prophecies they built their lives on ever came to pass.The confusion and bewilderment are dazzling.

The toxic tsunami of faulty forecasting continues unchecked, as the internet is buzzing with countless videos, articles, and books that constantly announce the same apocalyptic events. If they don’t happen as predicted… the date is simply moved a year ahead again. Year after year, decade after decade, again and again, the Second Coming of the Messiah is prophesied to happen during every single yea

This avalanche of false prophecy has been going on now for over a century…

Today we find ourselves in the disturbing reality that nobody on the face of the earth releases so many false prophecies, as…. the Church! Thousands upon thousands of predictions have been made, from countless pulpits, that all proved to be false, literally every single one of them! No matter how wonderful the pastors were who announced the return of the Messiah, they were all wrong. After more than a century of global deception, we now observe the absurd phenomenon that the “Church” has become the greatest false prophet in the history of mankind.

We have uttered more erroneous revelations than anyone else,since the creation of the world. That is not an achievement to be proud of, to say the least.

Naturally this widespread wave of deception has severely damaged the credibility of the Christianity in our day. Wikipedia has published an extensive list of well-known false predictions of the end of the world. Most of these were given by well-known Christian ministers! That is extremely serious. In the Hebrew scriptures, Alahim ordered people who prophesied falsely, to be stoned to death! That’s how grave it is in the eyes of Yahuah to predict events, in His name, that don’t happen.

In our time however nobody is ever held accountable for their false prophecies. The deceptive forecasting continues, unhindered and unchecked.

This level of deception is not without consequences. The false prophecies are causing crippling confusion in the lives of countless precious children of Alahim (Elohim). Millions never prepare for retirement and end their lives in deep poverty and disillusionment. Parents fail to dream big for their children, believing the end is upon them. Youngsters refuse to study for their future, thinking all Alahim requires of them is to pray for a rapture to take them away. Christian leaders all over the world end up in burn out because they believe the end is near and they need to run as fast as they can, to save a few last souls.

Not only has the massive misguidance mangled the lives of millions of beloved individuals, but it has also dramatically decreased the effectiveness of Alahim’s people in the earth. For many centuries believers used to be the forerunners in the world, who pushed back the powers of darkness and established the Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim wherever they went. They built the very first schools and hospitals, established caring for the poor and the elderly, put an end to public slavery, cannibalism, and human sacrifice. These practices still exist, but they have been forced into the shadows of our society, where they will now also be dealt with.

Throughout the centuries the followers of Yahusha the Messiah created a world that is safer, healthier, and wealthier than it has ever been. Public slaughter and torture were cancelled and the global oppression by magic, sorcery, and demon-worship was largely stopped. A significant portion of mankind encountered – for the first time in history – the true Alahim (Elohim) of love and goodness.

Historically the “Assembly” has always been an unstoppable army of love and deliverance, that put a halt to the works of darkness and established the kingdom of light. They created a brighter future for the next generations.

Since the rise of false predictions about a so-called end of the world and a rapture, the massive influence of Alahim’s people was severely sabotaged. Millions of believers stepped away from their place of authority and effect in the world. If the Messiah is about to wipe out the earth, why would we spend any effort trying to heal it? The focus of the Assembly of Alahim or called-out ones completely shifted from impacting our world to escaping from it. The once brave warriors of the Messiah who powerfully expelled darkness from our societies, are now hoping to ‘get outta here’ as quickly as they can. As a result of this shift in theology, believers in general have become the least relevant and least effective people in our world. We have indeed been ‘left behind’ but not in the way the popular books told us…

The Assembly of Alahim, by stepping away from her call to reign with Yahusha haMashiach, also opened the gates of our cultures wide for the ancient powers of darkness to return in our once Yahusha believing nations. Demonic forces that had been pushed back by our faithful ancestors are once again poisoning our societies. The Assembly observes this influx of evil passively, thinking it is a sign of the end times and therefore inevitable. Instead of rebuking the renaissance of darkness, many even applaud it, because they were led to believe it is evidence that the Messiah will return very soon now.

Never before in the history of the Assembly did a doctrine cause such devastation and unfruitfulness, as the widespread idea of the rapture and the Second Coming.

Anyone who has the sincerity of heart to acknowledge the serious situation of the Assembly of Alahim (the called-out ones) in our time, is forced to ask some important questions. Is this truly the will of Alahim? Is Yahusha the Messiah a false prophet who continually deceives his people with false promises? Is it indeed the plan of Alahim to burn his entire creation, along with all of mankind, that he loves so dearly? Does Alahim want believers to be the most irrelevant people in the world? And… are we even allowed to ask these questions?

I invite you to come with me on a journey….

Not just a trip, but an adventurous quest deep into the heart of scripture. We will courageously seek to uncover the lost treasure of the authentic truth about the Second Coming. The best way to regain a solid scriptural understanding of the return of the Messiah, is by closely looking at what the Master Yahusha haMashiach himself said about this. We can listen to our own favorite preacher and base our faith on what we see on faith-based television, but that is never a guarantee for complete truth. If we want to be 100% sure we know the truth, we must go directly to Yahusha the Messiah. So, let’s have a look at what he said about what we call ‘the Second Coming’.

When Yahusha haMashiach walked the face of the earth, he made an astonishing announcement to his followers: He would appear on the clouds of heaven, in the esteem of the Father, accompanied by armies of angels in a blazing fire. When this happened, he would be revealed as the King of kings and take his place of authority in the Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim. Then he would execute vengeance and repay each according to their works. Wow… That is without a doubt the most spectacular promise anyone has ever given to others! But… not only did Yahusha the Messiah predict his appearance on the clouds, he also said very clearly when it would happen!

Yahusha haMashiach left no room for any doubt concerning the timing of his coming.

For example, while Yahusha was preaching to his Judean audience, he announced his coming on the clouds and said strongly when it would occur:

‘For the Son of Man will come
in the esteem of his Father with his angels
and then he will repay each according to his works.

Assuredly, I say to you,
there are some standing here
who shall not taste death
till they see the Son of Man
coming in his kingdom.
(Mattityahu 16:27, 28)

Whenever Yahusha the Messiah said ‘assuredly’ he wanted to make sure the people understood full well that what he was saying was absolute truth and they ought to pay special attention.

While announcing his appearance on the clouds of heaven, he declared: ‘Assuredly, some of you will live to see Me coming!

Yahusha haMashiach repeated this explicit timeframe for his coming several times. For example, when he sent out his disciples to go through all Yisharal (Israel) to declare that the Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim was at hand. First Yahusha prepared them for the persecution they would face, but then he also encouraged them that it would not last long. He would come before they even had time to go through all the cities of Yisharal!

‘For assuredly, I say to you,
you will not have gone through the cities of Yisharal
before the Son of Man comes.
(Mattityahu 10:23)

In the gospel of Mattityahu (Matthew) chapters 23 to 25 we read how Yahusha the Messiah elaborated on his coming. He went into great detail to describe the events that would precede his awesome appearance on the clouds of heaven. Yahusha the Messiah gave the Judean believers in Yerushalayim detailed instructions, how they had to prepare for the coming events. He assured them it was not something for a distant future, but their generation would absolutely experience all of it, so they had to prepare for it!

‘Assuredly, I say to you,
this generation will by no means pass away
till all these things take place.
(Mattityahu 24:34)

‘Therefore, you also be ready,
for the Son of Man is coming
at an hour you do not expect.
(Mattityahu 24:44)

It is apparent that Yahusha haMashiach never gave even the slightest suggestion that his coming on the clouds would not occur during the lives of the first Judean believers. On the contrary, he always stressed how soon he would come, some in his audience would absolutely live to see it and therefore they had to be ready for it. He however did not know the exact day or hour; only the Father in heaven knew that specific moment. But that it would happen during the lives of his Judean audience was a sure thing. That’s why in Mattityahu chapter 24 we read how Yahusha gave these first called-out ones strict instructions on how they had to be prepared for it. When talking to his first Judean followers, the Messiah told them:

‘Take heed that no one deceives you.
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled…
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated…
…then let those who are in Yahudah flee to the mountains.
Therefore, you also be ready,
for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
(Mattityahu 24)

Note that Yahusha the Messiah made no effort whatsoever to explain to them that he was actually talking about something that would happen in an extremely distant future, thousands of years later, and that his advice was actually meant for an entirely different generation of people. No. Never did Yahusha give even the slightest hint, that he would not come during their lifetime.

Yahusha always stressed to his Judean audience that they would surely see it all happen and therefore they had to prepare for it.

In intimate settings with his closest friends, Yahusha also made it clear that his coming would be so soon, that some of them would still be alive. Concerning the apostle Yohanan, the Master said to Kepha:

‘If I decide to let him live until I return,
what concern is that of yours?
(Yohanan 21:22)

Not only did Yahusha haMashiach prepare his followers for his soon coming on the clouds, but he also warned his enemies that they would surely see him come to bring judgment. For example, when the Messiah was led before the Judean High Council, who condemned him to a cruel death on the stake, Yahusha told them in their face:

‘I say to you, hereafter YOU WILL SEE the Son of Man
sitting at the right hand of the Power,
and coming on the clouds of heaven.
(Mattityahu 26:64)

To help you understand the specific timeframe Yahusha haMashiach gave for his Second Coming, you find an overview here of all the time indications he gave. Note that he often said ‘Assuredly! which means this is very important and we should especially take it to heart. When did haMashiach say he would come? . . .

Some of his audience would live to see it happen (Mattityahu 16:28)

He would surely come during their generation (Mattityahu 24:34)

The apostles wouldn’t have enough time to go through Yisharal, before his coming (Mattityahu 10:23)

The apostle Yohanan would still be alive (Yohanan 21:22)

The members of the Jewish Council would witness it (Mattityahu 26:64)

The first Jewish believers had to be prepared for his coming (Mattityahu 24)

Now that we know when Yahusha the Messiah said he would come, let’s look at the timeframe his apostles gave for this incredible event. Did they contradict their Master? Did they tell the first believers they absolutely would not live to see the Second Coming and it was all meant for a generation of believers in a very, very distant future, thousands of years later? Let’s have a look at the time indications for the return of the Messiah, given by the apostles.

‘For yet a little while,
And he who is coming will come and will not delay.
(Ibrim 10:37)

‘But this I say, brethren, the time is short.
(1 Corinthians 7:29)

‘The night is far spent, the day is at hand.
(Romans 13:12)

‘The end of all things is near.
(1 Kepha 4:7)

As we can see, the apostles fully agreed with their Master: his coming was very near, they would absolutely experience it, the time was short, it would only be a little while, he would not delay, and therefore they constantly encouraged the first believers to be ready for it. The apostle Ya’aqob (James)even told the first believers the coming of the Master was at hand and he was already standing at the door:

‘Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Master is at hand.
Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
(Ya’aqob 5:8,9)

The apostle Yohanan openly declared they were already living in the LAST HOUR!

‘Dear children, this is the last hour.
(1 Yohanan 2:18)

In his letter to the Corinthians the apostle Sha’ul said some important things that confirm the timeframe of the coming of haMashiach. He told the believers in Corinth:

You eagerly await the unveiling of the Master Yahusha, the Anointed One.
He will keep you steady and strong to the very end,
making your character mature so that you will be found innocent
on the day of our Master Yahusha the Messiah.
(1 Corinthians 1:7-9)

First Sha’ul said that the Corinthians were eagerly waiting for the unveiling of the Master Yahusha. They were indeed expecting the coming of the Son of Man soon, during their lifetime. Note that Sha’ul did not attempt to warn them they might not see him when he would be revealed from heaven. Instead, he confirmed their urgent expectation and even added a promise: the Master Yahusha would keep these Corinthians steady and strong to the very end. They would be found innocent on the day of the Master Yahusha the Messiah.

Sha’ul affirmed the expectation of the Corinthians, promising them they would be kept strong until the day of Yahuah. That means they would be alive!

The apostle Sha’ul also made an encouraging promise to the first believers who lived in Thessaloniki. They were suffering under the cruel hands of those who rejected the Messiah, just like the apostles themselves were being persecuted severely by the Jews. Sha’ul knew of their troubles and sent them a message that lifted their spirits and filled them with new strength and hope. This is what he promised them:

He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
and give relief TO YOU who are troubled,
and TO US as well.
This will happen when the Master Yahusha is revealed from heaven
in blazing fire with his powerful angels in flaming fire
taking vengeance on those who do not know Alahim,
and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Master Yahusha haMashiach.
(2 Thessalonians 1:6-8)

What comforting words! Their trials would come to an end! Freedom to live would be their part once again. No longer would their dreams be crushed under the harsh feet of those who oppressed them mercilessly. There was hope! When would this time of relief be? Sha’ul made it very clear:

‘This will happen when the Master Yahusha is revealed from heaven
in blazing fire with his powerful angels.
(2 Thessalonians 1:7)

Sha’ul promised these suffering believers that they would find relief at the coming of Yahusha haMashiach. That means he would come during their lifetime! Not somewhere in a far, distant future that had no meaning for them whatsoever. No. Sha’ul was very clear. The Thessalonian believers and the apostles themselves would find relief at the Second Coming of the Messiah.

When did the apostles say the Messiah would come?…

It would only be a little while, he would not delay (Ibrim 10:37)

The time was short (1 Corinthians 7:29)

The day was at hand (Romans 13:12)

The end was near (1 Kepha 4:7)

The Judge was already at the door (Ya’aqob 5:9)

They were in the last hour (1 Yohanan 2:18)

They were eagerly waiting for haMashiach (1 Corinthians 1:7)

haMashiach would keep them strong until his coming
(1 Corinthians 1:8)

The first believers and the apostles would find relief at the coming of the Messiah (2 Thessalonians 1:6-8)

The book of Revelation speaks more about the Second Coming of Yahusha the Messiah than any other book in scripture. It was written by the apostle Yohanan, to prepare the saints for the events that would precede his coming. It would be a very difficult time for these believers, and the promise of the return of the Messiah was given as an encouragement for the believers to keep their faith during the times of tribulation.

Yohanan was fully aware of the severity of the events he was predicting. Therefore, he left no room for even the slightest doubt concerning the timeframe.

Yohanan wanted to make sure that the people who had to be prepared for it would know as a fact that indeed THEY needed to brace themselves and be ready for what was about to happen. That’s why throughout the book of Revelation, Yohanan kept repeating when these events would all take place. He even started Revelation by exclaiming in the very first verses when the described events would come to pass.

‘The Revelation of Yahusha haMashiach,
which Alahim gave him to show his servants
things which must shortly take place.
(Revelation 1:1)

‘Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy,
and keep those things which are written in it
for the time is near.
(Revelation 1:3)

‘Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book,
for the time is at hand.
(Revelation 3:10)

‘And Yahuah Alahim of the set-apart prophets sent his angel
to show his servants the things
which must soon take place.
(Revelation 22:6)

As we see, Yohanan made every effort to make it crystal clear to his readers that everything he was predicting would happen very soon! We must be fully aware of the fact that the apostle Yohanan in no way gave even the slightest hint that any of these events might be for a distant future. On the contrary, he kept repeating that it would all happen during their lives.

It would all happen soon, the time was near and the events were at hand.

Before the coming of the Son of Man there would be tremendous unrest: disasters, wars and so on. The Master Yahusha understood full well how difficult this would be for his beloved people and therefore he encouraged them warmly with a sure promise: he would come very soon, meaning their suffering would not last long. The assurance of his soon coming was expressed to help the believers hang on during the hard times they were about to face. Throughout the book of Revelation, Yahusha the Mashiach constantly repeated this promise, to strengthen the hearts of the saints: I am coming quickly! So hold on, don’t lose what you have, stand firm, persevere!

‘Because you have kept My command to persevere,
I also will keep you from the hour of trial…
Behold, I am coming quickly,
so cling tightly to what you have,
so that no one may seize your crown of victory.
(Revelation 3:10)

‘And Yahuah Alahim of the set-apart prophets sent his angel
to show his servants the things
which must shortly take place.
‘Behold, I am coming quickly!
(Revelation 22:6,7)

‘And behold, I am coming quickly,
and My reward is with Me,
to give to everyone according to his work.
(Revelation 22:12)

He who testifies to these things says,
Surely I am coming quickly.
(Revelation 22:20)

Yahusha exhorted the first believers to hold fast what they had, and expect his reward at his coming, which means they would be alive.

The Master Yahusha the Mashiach and his apostles left no room whatsoever for the idea that his coming again would be for a very distant future, thousands of years later. On the contrary, whenever they mentioned it, they always stressed how imminent his return was. They kept reassuring the first generation of believers that they would surely experience it and therefore they had to be ready for it. The expectancy of the soon return of the Mashiach was the hope of the early believing assembly; it was what they were looking forward to. They built their lives on the sure promises given to them by both their Master Yahusha and his apostles who kept repeating unanimously that his coming again was at hand. He would not tarry, he was already standing at the door, the time was near, he would come quickly, they were living in the last hour, they had to prepare for it, and so on.

To help you get a clear understanding of the scriptural time frame for the Second Coming, you can find an overview here of all the time indications given by Yahusha the Messiah and the apostles:

YAHUSHA THE MESSIAH

Some in his audience would be alive at his coming (Mattityahu 16:28)

Yahusha haMashiach would come during the first generation of believers (Mattityahu 24:34)

The apostle Yohanan would still be alive (Yohanan 21:22)

The disciples wouldn’t have time to travel throughout Yisharal, before his coming (Mattityahu 10:23)

The Judean High Council would see the Messiah coming on the clouds (Mattityahu 26:64)

He would come soon and quickly (Revelation 3:10)

THE APOSTLES

It would only be a little while, the Master would not delay (Ibrim10:37)

The time was short (1 Corinthians 7:29)

The coming of the Master was at hand. The Judge was already standing at the door (Ya’aqob 5:8,9)

The first believers were living in the last hour (1 Yohanan 2:18)

The coming of Yahusha haMashiach would bring relief to the first believers (2 Thessalonians 1:6-8)

They were eagerly waiting for the Messiah (1 Corinthians 1:7)

Yahusha would keep them strong until his coming (1 Corinthians 1:8)

REVELATION:

The events described in Revelation would take place shortly (Revelation 1:1)

The time was near (Revelation 1:3)

The time was at hand (Revelation 3:10)

The Master would surely come quickly (Revelation 22:6)

The first believers had to cling tightly to what they had, until the coming of Yahusha (Revelation 3:10)

For many of us it will be a shock to discover how specific the timeframe for the return of the Messiah was. Some may struggle to accept this plain scriptural truth because it contradicts everything we have heard in our assemblies for such a long time. If the Messiah was to come during the first generation of believers, then why are we expecting him more than fifty generations later? Discovering the scriptural time frame for the coming of the Mashiach overthrows everything we have been told and have believed. In fact, it means “Christianity” is seriously confused on a large scale. Is that even possible? Can it be that the Assembly of Alahim (Elohim) is deceived on a global level? Well, if we look at history, we find that the Assembly has been dead wrong several times on very important topics! For example, for centuries believers were taught they had to earn heaven with their good works, or even by paying money to the Church. It took a brave but lonely reformer, named Martin Luther, to bring believers back to the original message of the Good News that we are saved by grace.

Also, it was claimed for centuries all over the world the gifts of the Spirit were no longer for our time. The power of Alahim was almost non-existent in the assemblies. It took a few daring reformers, who faced fierce opposition, to bring believers back to the truth that the Spirit of Alahim is very much at work today. Alahim’s power is for all of us, to bring healing, deliverance, and strength to our life and calling. But even today many still label believers who experience the power of Yahusha haMashiach as dangerous deceivers. Restoring a specific truth to the Assemblies of Alahim has never been an easy job.

Because the scriptural time frame for the Second Coming is so different from what we have heard in the realm of Christianity, some choose to simply deny everything Yahusha and his apostles said. They disregard literally every single time indication, with the following excuse: ‘Alahim knows no time. One day is a thousand years for Him. When Alahim gives a time indication, it basically means nothing. He can say “soon”, “at hand” and “quickly” and actually mean it will take a very, very long time.

The result of this line of thinking is that it makes our Alahim completely untrustworthy.

The specific time indications for the coming of haMashiach were given to encourage the suffering believers in the first century. The Messiah would come soon and give them relief. He would also keep them strong, until his coming. If we say these promises were in fact meaningless, and they all died without being relieved, then we make Alahim a merciless liar. But Alahim is not a deceiver who gives false promises to hurting people. He is trustworthy and full of compassion. When Yahusha said Yohanan would be alive at his coming, some among his audience would not taste death before he came on the clouds, the High Council would witness it, the disciples would not have time to travel throughout Yisharal before the Son of Man came and their generation would surely see it all come to pass, then he was not speaking nonsense. Yahusha haMashiach was telling the truth!

When the apostles said the return of the Messiah was at hand, it would bring relief to the Thessalonians, Yahuah would keep the Corinthians strong and innocent, they had to urgently expect it and prepare for it, the Judge was already at the door, they were living in the last hour, and so on, then they weren’t giving false promises either. They spoke under the guidance of the Spirit of Alahim, who is the Spirit of truth.

Some well-known Christian leaders in history have concluded that Yahusha and his apostles must have been mistaken about the timing of his coming. For many critics of Christianity, this is a major argument against Yahusha haMashiach. They exclaim: ‘Your Yahusha said he would surely come during the lives of the first believers and y’all say he never came, even not after two thousand years. That makes him a liar.

The well-known Christian philosopher C.S. Lewis, author of the world renown Narnia series, publicly declared the Messiah was ignorant, and the apostles were delusional. In his book ‘The World’s Last Night’ he wrote:

“Say what you like,” we shall be told, “the apocalyptic beliefs of the first Christians have been proved to be false. It is clear from the New Testament that they all expected the Second Coming in their own lifetime. And worse still, they had a reason, and one which you will find very embarrassing. Their Master had told them so. He shared, and indeed created their delusion. He said in so many words, ‘this generation shall not pass till all these things be done. And he was wrong. He clearly knew no more about the end of the world than anyone else. It is certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible.”

Was Lewis right? Was Yahusha haMashiach ignorant and were his disciples delusional? That is the inevitable conclusion if we agree with the current widespread theologies concerning the Second Coming that continue to deceive believers with countless false prophecies. There is however another option: Yahusha haMashiach was right and he did indeed come, like he said, during the lifetime of the first believers. I know this sounds absurd because we all heard that it didn’t happen. But… what if Yahusha was right after all? What if he did speak the truth? What if his apostles were indeed accurate in their predictions? Is that possible? The only way to find out is to check the historic record. If Yahusha haMashiach came on the clouds with his angels, then that must have been recorded in history. Nobody can appear in the sky with fire and armies of angels and go unnoticed!

So, the most important question of all, is: are there trustworthy historical accounts of this event? Well, brace yourself for an amazing discovery…

Before we check the history books, we need to assess what history needs to reveal, for us to know whether Yahusha prophesied in truth or not. What did he announce? It would take me too long to list all the details, but here is a basic outline of what Yahusha announced would happen during that generation:

Yerushalayim would be destroyed (Matt. 23:38)

The sun would darken, and the moon turn red (Matt. 24:30)

There would be earthquakes, famines, disease, wars, and false prophets (Matt. 24:6,7)

All this would happen in the first generation of believers (Matt. 24:34)

So… can we find these events in the history books?

It may be a shock for you to read this, but during my research I found that indeed all these things have been described in detail, by the most authoritative historians of the first century!

For example, the leading expert on the history of the Jews is Flavius Josephus, who documented the Jewish history of the first century in tremendous detail. He describes in his book ‘Wars of the Jews’ how indeed during the years 68-70 AD Yerushalayim was completely destroyed by the Romans and the temple was ruined till the very last stone. That happened indeed within that generation, less than 40 years after Yahusha predicted it. More than 1.3 million Jews died in the most horrendous ways. The sun darkened because of the smoke that rose up from Yerushalayim and the moon turned to blood due to the flames that went so high up. The sea turned red because of the river of blood flowing into it, and tens of thousands of dead bodies were covering the streets. Famines were so horrendous that mothers ate their children, there were false prophets all over the place, earthquakes shook the world and wars erupted in every direction. That was indeed the ‘Great Tribulation’ announced by Yahusha.

But not only did Josephus describe the great tribulation, he also describes how armies of angels appeared on the clouds, with great fire, how supernatural signs were seen in the heavens and on the earth, how a bright light shone from heaven, how the presence of the Yahuah left the temple and moved to the Mount of Olives, and so much more.

Several Jewish, Greek, and Roman historians describe how a tremendous figure of an unknown beauty was seen on the clouds of heaven, along with the armies of angels.

If these historic documents are true, then Yahusha was also true! But… I am fully aware this is all too shocking for most of you who read this, so I will let you read the historiography with your own eyes. Then you can come to your own conclusion: was Yahusha a liar who fooled his followers for the past two thousand years with false promises? Or was he speaking the truth when he said he would come on the clouds with his angels, during the first generation of believers? Let’s see what the authoritative history books of the Jews and Romans reveal to us…

The Pseudo-Hegesippus is a well-known historical writing of the Jewish people. This classical Jewish historiography mentions that, prior to the destruction of Yerushalayim in 66-70 AD, impressive angelic armies appeared in the clouds, clearly visible for all to see. Moreover, the Pseudo-Hegesippus states that a figure of enormous size was observed in the sky along with the angel armies.

“A certain figure appeared of tremendous size,
which many saw, just as the books of the Jews have disclosed,
and before the setting of the sun there were suddenly seen
in the clouds chariots and armed battle arrays,
by which the cities of all Yahudah and its territories were invaded.”
(Quote from chapter 44 of the Latin version of the Pseudo-Hegesippus)

This is literally what Yahusha and the apostles had predicted! Yahusha would appear in the sky with the angels. Some may try to deny this was the coming of Yahusha on the clouds with his angels. But if this wasn’t Yahusha, then who was it? Who has the power to be revealed in the clouds, with armies of angels? Certainly not the devil! He cannot command the angels of heaven. This basically cannot be anything else than what the Master Yahusha haMashiach had announced: He would come on the clouds with his angels, and this would surely happen during the lives of the first believers. According to Jewish history this indeed happened. But The Pseudo-Hegesippus is not the only historical writing that describes this supernatural event.

The best-known Christian historian of the first centuries was the Greek Eusebius of Caesarea. He was considered an exceptionally educated man of his time and is called the father of church history. Eusebius reported in detail on the earliest church. In his book ‘Ecclesiastical History’ he describes what was observed in the sky shortly before the destruction of Yerushalayim in the first century…

“A demonic phantom appeared of incredible size, and what will be related would have
seemed a fairy-tale had it not been told by those who saw it and been attended by
suffering worthy of the portent. For before sunset there appeared in the air
over the whole country chariots and armed troops coursing through the clouds
and surrounding the cities.”
(Ecclesiastical History, Book 3, Chapter 8, Sections 1-6)

When the apostles saw Yahusha walking on the Sea of Galilee, they also shouted that he was a demonic phantom or a ‘ghost’. Apparently people do not always recognize Yahusha, so Eusebius wrote that the huge figure, who appeared on the clouds with armies of angels, was a ‘phantom. But again: who else could this impressive appearance in the sky, along with the armies of angels, have been but Yahusha haMashiach? After all, this happened precisely at the place, the time, and in the way he had predicted. And it wasn’t only mentioned by the Jews; this is the father of church history who also records it! Whether Eusebius himself understood this was the coming of the Master or not is of no importance to me. He does confirm the appearance of a figure of tremendous size in the clouds with the armies of angels, and that is exactly what the Master Yahusha had predicted.

There is however far more historiography about this event, so keep reading…

The chief Jewish historian of the first century was called Titus Flavius JOSEPHUS (37-100 AD). In his world-famous historiography ‘Wars of the Jews’ he describes in great detail how Yerushalayim and the temple were indeed destroyed by fire, exactly as predicted by Yahusha in Mattityahu 23 and 24. That was the day of Alahim’s revenge and retribution, the ‘Day of Yahuah,’ the outpouring of Alahim’s wrath, the ‘day of Ya’aqob’s Trouble’, the ‘Great Tribulation’, as was abundantly prophesied throughout the Tanak and Brit Chadashah (Old and New Testament). In Josephus’ writings we read about the plagues that struck the land, the supernatural signs that appeared in the sky, the names of the false prophets Yahusha had predicted, and many more details. Flavius Josephus also mentions the appearance of angel armies on the clouds.

…chariots and troops of soldiers in their armor were seen running about
among the clouds and surrounding of cities.
(Wars of the Jews, Book 6, Chapter 5, Sections 2-3)

Not only the Jewish and Greco-Christian historiography mentions the armies of angels in the clouds. The Roman historian named Gaius Cornelius TACITUS (56–177 AD) also describes it in his books. Tacitus was a Roman orator, senator, and governor. He is recognized as the most reliable Roman historian from the first century. The following quote comes from his famous work ‘The Histories’, a description of the Roman Empire between 69 and 96 AD. This excerpt comes from Book 5.13, which like the previous writings, reports on the period prior to the fall of Yerushalayim:

‘There had been seen hosts joining battle in the skies, fiery gleams of arms…
…the temple illuminated by a sudden radiance from the clouds.
(Gaius Tacitus, The Histories, Book 5.13)

It is remarkable that the Roman historiography mentions these scriptural events. Tacitus even describes an important sign that would be characteristic of the Second Coming of Yahusha the Messiah. Yahusha had said that his coming would be like a lightning bolt or a flash of light, as it is written in the Greek text. Later, we will talk more about this blazing light that appeared from heaven, during the coming of Yahusha and the angels on the clouds.

A medieval historiography of ancient Yisharal, called Sepher Josippon, also mentions the fiery angelic armies, but adds that at the same time a male face appeared above the holy of holies of the temple. That face had a beauty they had never seen before and is described as ‘very impressive.’ I have had personal contact with Professor Steven Bowman, the Josippon-to-English translator. He assured me that the Josippon is a reliable historical writing, and this appearance is therefore historically accurate.

“Now it happened after this that there was seen over the Holy of Holies
from above for the entire night the outline of a man’s face,
the like of whose beauty had never been seen in all the land,
and his appearance was very awesome.
Moreover, in those days were seen chariots of fire and horsemen,
a great force flying across the sky near to the ground coming against Jerusalem
and all the land of Yahudah, all of them horses of fire and riders of fire.”
(Sepher Josippon, Burning of the Temple, Chapter 87)

The apostle Sha’ul had written that the coming of Yahusha haMashiach would be with angels and fire:

‘He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
and give relief TO YOU who are troubled,
and TO US as well.
This will happen when the Master Yahusha is revealed from heaven
in blazing fire with his powerful angels
in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know Alahim,
and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Master Yahusha haMashiach.
(2 Thessalonians 1:6-8)

That is exactly what happened, according to the Josippon: ‘a great force flying
across the sky… all of them horses of fire and riders of fire.

As we continue to read the historiography, we see many more things that were fulfilled in the manner that Yahusha had predicted. Yahusha had also prophesied the following:

For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west,
so also will the coming of the Son of Man be….
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven,
and then all the tribes of the land will mourn,
and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven
with power and great esteem.
(Mattityahu 24:27, 30)

The Greek word translated as ‘lightning’ here is ‘ASTRAPE’, which means ‘a flash of light’ or ‘a bright light’. So Yahusha said that his coming would be accompanied by a bright light. Moreover, the ‘sign of the Son of Man’ would appear in heaven. Now read what the various historical sources say. This happened at the same time as the appearance of Yahusha the Messiah and his angel armies on the clouds.

“At one time a star, in form like a sword, stood over the city,
and a comet, which lasted for a whole year; and….
so great a light shone about the altar and the temple
that it seemed to be bright day; and this continued for half an hour.
This seemed to the unskillful a good sign but was interpreted by the sacred scribes
as portending those events which very soon took place.”
(Eusebius of Caesarea, Ecclesiastical History, Book 3, Chapter 8, Sections 1-6)

“Thus there was a star resembling a sword,
which stood over the city, and a comet that continued a whole year.
Thus also before the Jews’ rebellion, and before those commotions
which preceded the war when the people were come in great crowds
to the feast of unleavened bread,
on the eighth day of the month and at the ninth hour of the night,
so great a light shone round the altar and the holy house,
that it appeared to be bright day time; which lasted for half an hour.”
(Flavius Josephus, ‘Wars of the Jews’, Book 6, chapter 5, sections 2 and 3)

“…the temple illuminated by a sudden radiance from the clouds.”
(Gaius Tacitus, The Histories, Book 5.13)

Yahusha haMashiach had said that his coming would be like a sudden gleam of light (Greek word ASTRAPE), and that is exactly what happened at the same time as the visible appearance of the armies of angels on the clouds, the face of an unprecedentedly beautiful man above the temple and a huge, impressive figure in the clouds. Moreover, the supernatural sign of a sword-shaped star appeared above the city of Yerushalayim. Could it be that this sword over Yerushalayim was the ‘sign of the Son of Man’ announced by Yahusha? The answer is given to us by the authors of the Jewish historiography Pseudo-Hegesippus:

“For about the signs of the stars even in the Gospels we are taught
that there were signs in the sun and the moon and the stars.”
(Pseudo Hegesippus, Book V, Section XLIV)

The Jewish historians acknowledge that the star in the form of a sword was predicted in the gospels. The Pseudo-Hegesippus hereby acknowledges that Yahusha had prophesied accurately.

Yahusha announced in Mattityahu 24 that five specific things would happen prior to the destruction of Yerushalayim and his coming. There would be false messiahs and false prophets, wars and rumours of wars, famines, diseases, and earthquakes. These are called ‘the signs of the end times.’ Does the historiography mention these five signs? Let’s have a look.

Sign 1: False messiahs and prophets

Flavius Josephus repeatedly mentions large numbers of false prophets who deceived the Yahudim during the years before and during the Jewish-Roman war. These are some examples:

“Now there was then a great number of false prophets,
suborned by the tyrants, to impose on the people:
who denounced this to them, that they should wait for deliverance from Alahim.”
(Flavius Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book VI, Chapter V, Section 2)

“And now these impostors and deceivers persuaded the multitude
to follow them into the wilderness: and pretended that they would exhibit manifest
wonders and signs, that should be performed by the providence of Alahim.”
(Flavius Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book XX, Chapter VIII, Section 6)

George Peter Holford was a respected lawyer in the English government and an active benefactor in the 18th-19th centuries. In 1805 he wrote a book entitled ‘The Destruction of Yerushalayim, An Absolute and Undeniable Evidence of the Divine Origin of Christianity’ Holford describes many of the events mentioned by Josephus and other historians of that time. Concerning Yahusha’ warning of false messiahs, he wrote:

“The need for this warning soon became apparent, for within a year of ascension,
Dositheus the Samaritan rose up, who had the nerve to claim that he was the Messiah
whom Moshe predicted; while his disciple Simon Magus misled large crowds
into believing that he was the ‘great power of Alahim.”

The above relief sculpture (not included here) depicts Simon Magus, a very influential sorcerer, who deceived great numbers of people. He is shown here with demons at his side. Holford names many similar cheaters in that generation, some who literally called themselves ‘the Christ’ or ‘Messiah’. Others promised that they would fulfill the task of the Messiah, releasing Jews from the ties of the Romans, and establishing a physical, earthly kingdom in Yerushalayim.

As Yahusha predicted, there was a rising of false prophets and false Messiahs.

Sign 2: Wars and rumours of wars

The ‘wars and rumors of wars’ are also specifically described in the historiography of both Josephus and Tacitus as well as various others. This is what Tacitus wrote about the years right before the siege of Yerushalayim:

“I am entering on the history of a period rich in disasters,
frightful in its wars, torn by civil strife, and even in peace full of horrors.
Four emperors perished by the sword. There were three civil wars;
there were more with foreign enemies;
here were often wars that had both characters at once….”

“Besides the manifold vicissitudes of human affairs,
there were prodigies in heaven and earth, the warning voices of the thunder,
and other intimations of the future, auspicious or gloomy, doubtful or not to be mistaken.
Never surely did more terrible calamities of the Roman People,
or evidence more conclusive, prove that the gods take no thought for our happiness,
but only for our punishment.”
(Gaius Tacitus, The Histories, Book I, January-March AD69)

About the many wars that broke out everywhere, Josephus wrote:

“…a great multitude of the Germans were in commotion and tended to rebellion.
And as the Gauls in their neighbourhood joined with them, they conspired together…
…every part of the habitable earth under them was in an unsettled
and tottering condition…”

“At the very same time did the bold attempt of the Scythians against the Romans occur.
….they slew a great many of the Romans that guarded the frontiers:
and as the consular legate Fonteius Agrippa came to meet them,
and fought courageously against them, he was slain by them.
They then over-ran all the region that had been subject to him;
tearing and rending everything that fell in their way.”
(Flavius Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book VII, section 2 and 3)

In the fall/winter of 67 AD a cruel civil war broke out in Yerushalayim and Yahudah, between the revolutionaries and those who wanted to keep peace with Rome. Many thousands were killed, until finally all of Yerushalayim perished. In February-March of the year 68 AD, Idumeans looted Yerushalayim, killing thousands. Simon Bar Giora, a leader of the Zealots, destroyed Idumea in 69 NC.

As Yahusha predicted, there were indeed many wars and rumors of wars.

Sign 3: Famines

Holford writes that the great famine predicted by Agabus in Acts 11: 27-30 began in the fourth year of the reign of Claudius (i.e., 45 AD) and was “very long-lived.” The famine spread to Greece, and even Italy, but it was felt most heavily in Yahudah and especially in Yerushalayim, where many died for lack of bread. This famine is described by Eusebius, Orosius and Josephus. In Wars of the Jews, Josephus mentions various famines, which were so severe that mothers ate their own children!

“Now of those that perished by famine in the city, the number was prodigious;
and the miseries they underwent were unspeakable.
For if so much as the shadow of any kind of food did anywhere appear, a war was
commenced presently; and the dearest friends fell a fighting one with another about it:
snatching from each other the most miserable supports of life.
Nor would men believe that those who were dying had no food;
but the robbers would search them when they were expiring;
lest anyone should have concealed food in their bosoms, and counterfeited dying.
Nay these robbers gaped for want,
and ran about stumbling and staggering along, like mad dogs;
and reeling against the doors of the houses, like drunken men.
They would also, in the great distress they were in, rush into the very same houses,
two or three times in one and the same day.
Moreover, their hunger was so intolerable,
that it obliged them to chew everything;
while they gathered such things as the most sordid animals
would not touch; and endured to eat them.”

“Nor did they at length abstain from girdles, and shoes; and the very leather
which belonged to their shields they pulled off and gnawed.
The very wisps of old hay became food to some; and some gathered up fibres
and sold a very small weight of them for four Attick.”
(Flavius Josephus, War of the Jews, Book 6, Chapter 3, Paragraph 4)

As Yahusha predicted, there were indeed various horrible famines.

Sign 4: Infectious diseases

“History distinguishes two major cases of infectious diseases that occurred before the
Jewish-Roman war. The first epidemic occurred in Babylon around 40 AD and raged so
alarmingly that many crowds of Jews fled from that city to Seleucia for safety. The other
happened in Rome 65 AD and cost the lives of amazing numbers of people.

Tacitus and Suetonius also described that similar disasters prevailed during this period,
in different parts of the Roman Empire. After Jerusalem was surrounded by the army of
Titus, pernicious diseases soon made their appearance, to aggravate the misery and to
reinforce the horrors of the siege. They were caused in part by the huge crowds
gathered together in the city, in part by the rotten exhalations caused by
the unearthed dead, and in part by the spread of famine.”
(George Peter Holford, The Destruction of Yerushalayim, 1805)

As Yahusha predicted, there were indeed several infectious diseases.

Sign 5: Earthquakes

The last element announced by Yahusha were earthquakes. In the early 68 AD a storm broke out, accompanied by great earthquakes:

“For there broke out a prodigious storm in the night, with the utmost violence,
and very strong winds; with the largest showers of rain;
with continual lightnings, terrible thundering’s,
and amazing concussions and bellowings of the earth
that was in an earthquake.
These things were a manifest indication that some destruction was coming upon men,
when the system of the world was put into this disorder; and anyone would guess
that these wonders foreshowed some grand calamities that were coming.”
(Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 4, chapter 3)

Seneca the Younger, a Roman philosopher, wrote the following in 58 AD:

“How often have cities in Asia and Achaea been hit by a fatal shock!
So many cities were swallowed up in Syria, so many in Macedonia!
How many times has Cyprus been destroyed by this disaster!
How often has Paphos become a ruin!
We often received the news of entire cities that were destroyed in one fell swoop.”
(Henry Alford, The New Testament for English Readers, p. 163.)

In addition, major earthquakes occurred in Crete, Smyrna, Miletus, Chios, Samos, Laodicea, Hierapolis, Kolosse, Campania, Rome, Yahudah, and Pompeii (February 5, 63 AD). Other earthquakes are recorded in the scriptures in Mattityahu 27: 51-54, Mattityahu 28: 2, and Acts 16:26.

As Yahusha predicted, there were indeed several earthquakes.

YAHUSHA PROPHESIED ACCURATELY

The historians confirm what Yahusha had prophesied: it was a time full of wars. Josephus said that ‘every part of the habitable earth under them was in an unsettled and tottering condition’. There were a multitude of false messiahs and prophets performing deceiving signs and wonders. Epidemic diseases, famines and earthquakes terrorized the people. Tacitus concluded this was a time in which the ‘gods’ poured out their wrath on the people, exactly as Yahusha and the apostles had said: It was time for judgment.

For most of us it will be an amazing awakening to read this historic record of the coming of the Messiah on the clouds with his angels. The great news is that it is compelling evidence for the accuracy of the scriptures and the prophetic truth of Yahusha. If he indeed predicted the future accurately, then that is undeniable proof of his Messiahship.

Instead of Yahusha haMashiach being unreliable, like the critics say, he suddenly proves to be credible. That is great news!

On the other hand, this discovery of course raises many questions. What about the resurrection of the dead? Weren’t we supposed to get a glorified body that is free of any sickness and pain? Don’t the scriptures say believers all over the world would fly through the sky, among the birds and airplanes, when the Messiah returns – called the ‘rapture’? And wouldn’t Yahusha destroy the earth with fire, and create a brand-new heaven and earth? What about the gospel being preached to all of mankind first? And the thousand-year reign? Wouldn’t Yahusha take residence in a stone temple in Yisharal? And so on…

We have all been taught so many things that would happen before, during or after the return of the Messiah, that it is almost impossible to accept that Yahusha was telling the truth and his coming indeed happened during the first generation of believers. It is however critical to discern between popular myths and scriptural truth. In the next part of this study, we will therefore have an in depth look at what the scriptures really say about the Second Coming. Would it indeed be a global event, as we have learned? Would every eye all over the earth see him, all at the same time? Would it mean the total annihilation of all of mankind and creation? Would all believers fly through the sky? Would all the dead physically crawl out of their graves?

Let’s have a close look at WHAT exactly the coming of the Son of Man would be, according to Yahusha and His apostles:

For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels,
and then he will repay each according to his works.
(Mattityahu 16:27)

Yahusha said he would come to repay each one according to his works. That means he would come to judge. The apostles Sha’ul, Ya’aqob, Kepha and Yohanan all said the same thing:

When the Master Yahusha is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know Alahim,
and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Master Yahusha haMashiach.
(2 Thessalonians 1:6-8)

For we know Him who said,
“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says Yahuah.

And again, “will judge his people.” (…)

For yet a little while,
and He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
(Hebrews 10:30,31, 37)

‘Establish your hearts, for the coming of Yahuah is at hand….
Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
(Ya’aqob 5:8,9)

‘Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse.
And he who sat on him was called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness he judges and makes war.
(Revelation 19:11)

Throughout the Hebrew scriptures the coming of the Yahuah in judgment had also been announced abundantly. The prophet Yeshayahu for example, said:

For behold, will come with fire and with his chariots,
like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury,
and his rebuke with flames of fire.
(Yeshayahu 66:15)

Yahusha, his prophets and his apostles unanimously said that He would come to execute vengeance. The Second Coming would be a time of judgment.

The next question is: who would be judged by Yahusha haMashiach at his coming on the clouds with his angels? To whom was Yahusha speaking when he predicted the judgment and his coming? Americans? Africans? Europeans? Asians? No. This is where a crucial principle for correct reading of the scriptures comes into play: We have to respect the original audience to whom Yahusha was speaking. To whom was he sent? Who were the people he ministered to? To whom did he predict his coming? Who did he prepare for this event?

Yahusha was speaking directly to the first century Yahudim in ancient Yisharal. They were his audience!

The apostle Yohanan wrote that Yahusha came to ‘his own’, which is Yisharal:

‘He came to that which was his own.
(Yohanan 1:11)

Yahusha Himself also made a clear statement that he was primarily sent to Yisharal:

‘I was not sent except to the lost sheep
of the House of Yisharal.
(Mattityahu 15:24)

Of course, his salvation eventually spreads to all the nations of the world. But at first Yahusha the Messiah was sent to Yisharal, to fulfill what Alahim had promised to Yisharal. When we read the Old Testament, we see that Alahim constantly announced two major events: on the one hand Alahim predicted severe judgment over Yisharal, because they kept ignoring Alahim’s will and followed demons instead. Secondly Alahim promised the restoration of the remnant of Yisharal. They would receive forgiveness, healing, and a new future of hope. You can read this in books like Yeshayahu, Zekaryah, Tsephanyah, and so on.

The destruction of ancient Yisharal and the restoration of the remnant, are the two central themes throughout the Hebrew scriptures.

It is basically what every prophet prophesied about. The end of ancient Yisharal would come, which was called the Day of Yahuah, his day of vengeance, the outpouring of his wrath, the day of Ya’aqob’s trouble, the end of all things, and so on. The era of ancient Yisharal would come to an end, in a catastrophic way.

‘Though your people Yisharal were as many
as the sand on the seashore,only a remnant will return.
Destruction has been decreed,

For the Yahuah Alahim, Commander of Angel Armies, will complete

the destruction He has decreed
upon the whole land.
(Yeshayahu 10:22-23)

The destruction would however be followed by the glorious restoration of a brand new Yerushalayim. This new Yerushalayim would be very different from the old. While the old Yerushalayim was characterized by wickedness, deception, and rebellion, the new Yerushalayim would truly be a place of righteousness.

‘I will leave in your midst
A meek and humble people,
And they shall trust in the name of Yahuah.

The remnant of Yisharal shall do no unrighteousness
And speak no lies,

Nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth;
For they shall feed their flocks and lie down,
And no one shall make them afraid.
(Tsephanyah 3:12-13)

Whenever Alahim promised the restoration of the remnant of Yisharal, He said this would happen when the so called ‘Messiah’ would come. he would become the king of Alahim’s people and bring the reign of Alahim on the earth. Therefore, Yisharal was looking forward to this Messiah, this Anointed Servant of Alahim who would save them.

The prophet Yirmeyahu called this coming Messiah the ‘branch of righteousness’.

‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says Yahuah,
‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised
to the house of Yisharal and to the house of Yahudah:
In those days and at that time
I will cause to grow up to Dawid (David)

A Branch of righteousness;
he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
(Yirmeyahu 33:14-15)

Alahim’s promises would be fulfilled through this ‘Branch of righteousness’ – or haMashiach. He would execute Alahim’s judgment on the old, rebellious Yisharal and bring forth a new people who would love Alahim.

That’s why Yahusha quoted this passage from Yeshayahu when he began his ministry:

‘The Spirit of the Yahuah Alahim is upon me,
Because Yahuah has anointed me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the acceptable year of Yahuah,
And the day of vengeance of our Alahim.
(Yeshayahu 61:1-2)

It is critical to understand that Yahusha, was first of all; the promised Messiah who was sent to Yisharal. Only later would his light spread all over the world. That’s why haMashiach only ministered within Yisharal. He was the Mashiach of Yisharal! He had been announced by the prophets of Yisharal and came to fulfill everything they had prophesied concerning Yisharal. Yahusha constantly preached directly at the Israelites, and he predicted judgment over them, because they had murdered Alahim’s prophets. That’s why Yahusha said to his apostles that at his coming, they would judge Yisharal!

‘When the Son of Man sits on the throne of his glory,
you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Yisharal.”
(Mattityahu 19:28)

We must understand that Yahusha the Messiah was sent to Yisharal. He was their Mashiach. Yahusha only ministered within Yisharal and only preached to the Yahudim. They were his audience. He predicted events they would experience. Yisharal would be judged, and the remnant restored. The old age would come to an end and a brand-new era would begin.

During his years of ministry Yahusha haMashiach indeed announced a new Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim, which was his good news, or the gospel. Yahusha would make all things new! The proclamation of the brand-new kingdom, was his primary message:

‘The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.
(Mark 1:15)

But he indeed also predicted the end of the old era. He went into great detail about this time of judgmentover rebellious Yisharal, in chapters 23, 24 and 25 of the gospel of Mattityahu.

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Fools and blind!

You are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those
who murdered the prophets.
Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt.
Serpents, brood of vipers!

How can you escape the condemnation of hell?

Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes:
some of them you will kill and crucify,
and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues
and persecute from city to city,

that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth,
from the blood of righteous Hebel (Abel) to the blood of Zekaryah, son of Berekyah,
whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

O Yerushalayim, Yerushalayim,
the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her…

See! Your house is left to you desolate.”
(Mattityahu 23)

All Yerushalayim would become a wasteland, or in other words it would become entirely ‘desolate’. But not only that, the temple – the most important element of Yisharal – would be thrown down to the last stone:

‘His disciples came up to show him the buildings of the temple.
And Yahusha said to them, “Do you not see all these things?Assuredly, I say to you,
not one stone shall be left here upon another,
that shall not be thrown down.”
(Mattityahu 24:1, 2)

Yahusha said the Yahudim would receive the judgment of Alahim. Why? Because they had murdered Alahim’s prophets. Now Alahim’s wrath would come upon them. Yerushalayim would become desolate, and the temple would be utterly destroyed. That would be the end of rebellious Yisharal.

The judgment would happen at his coming

How do we know for sure the judgment of Yerushalayim would indeed be the ‘coming of the Son of Man’? We know this because of the significant question the disciples asked Yahusha, right after he announced Alahim’s wrath over Yisharal in Mattityahu 23. The disciples heard about all the horrible things that would happen to Yerushalayim, and they asked Yahusha:

‘Tell us, when will these things be?
And what will be the sign of your coming,
and of the end of the age?
(Mattityahu 24:3)

To the disciples it was obvious that the destruction of Yerushalayim would happen at ‘his coming‘.

They wanted to know when it would happen and therefore asked Yahusha: ‘When will these things be and what will be the sign of your coming? Being religious Yahudim, the disciples of course knew the scriptures where the coming of Yahuah Alahim to judge Yerushalayim had been predicted. For example, the prophets Yeshayahu and Mikah had said:

‘For behold, Yahuah will come with fire and with His chariots,
like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury,
and His rebuke with flames of fire.
(Yeshayahu 66:15)

‘Zyon shall be plowed like a field,
Yerushalayim shall become heaps of ruins,
and the mountain of the temple like the bare hills of the forest.
(Mikah 3:10,12)

The coming of the Yahusha on the clouds of heaven was repeatedly announced all throughout the scriptures. It was a basic message of the prophets, who warned Yisharal to stop sinning. Prophet Zekaryah went into great detail about this coming of Yahuah with the saints. He is the prophet who said Yahuah would stand on the mount of Olives. Popular end time preachers often refer to this verse, to claim that we – believers in the 21st century – will all see how Yahusha haMashiach will stand on the mount of Olives when Yahuah comes. But what does this verse truly say, when we read it in context? Let’s see:

‘I will gather all the nations AGAINST YERUSHALAYIM to battle,
and the city will be captured, the houses plundered,
the women ravished and half of the city exiled…
IN THAT DAY His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
which is in front of Yerushalayim on the east…
THEN Yahuah, my Alahim, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!
(Zekaryah 14:1-5)

First of all, Yahuah announces that He will gather the nations against Yerushalayim to battle. In that day, His feet would stand on the Mount of Olives. Then He would come with all His saints. When did that happen? Yerushalayim was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD, during the generation of the first believers, as Yahusha had said.

How did Yahuah stand on the Mount of Olives? The scripture teacher Ernest L. Martin mentions in his book ‘Secrets of Golgotha’ that a Jewish rabbi named Jonathan – an eyewitness of the destruction of Yerushalayim – said the presence of Yahuah left the temple and stayed for 3.5 years on the Mount of Olives, hoping that Yisharal would repent, but they did not. In the meantime, a supernatural voice spoke from heaven: ‘Return, apostate children. Return to Me and I will return to you. When they did not repent, the voice said, ‘I will return to My place. (Secrets of Golgotha, by Ernest L. Martin. 84)

As we know, the presence Yahuah was in the temple of Yerushalayim. During the siege of Yerushalayim, it is known that his presence left the temple and moved to the Mount of Olives. Eusebius confirms this in his writings:

‘Which it is possible for us to see literally fulfilled in another way even to-day,
since believers in the Messiah all congregate from all parts of the world,
not as of old time because of the esteem of Yerushalayim,
nor that they may worship in the ancient Temple at Yerushalayim,
but they rest there that they may learn both about the city being taken
and devastated as the prophets foretold, and that they may worship at
the Mount of Olives opposite to the city, whither the esteem of Yahuah migrated
when it left the former city. (Proof of the Gospel, Book VI, Chapter 18)

According to history Yahuah indeed stood on the Mount of Olives, during the fall of Yerushalayim.

That the judgment would be upon ancient Yisharal, is also obvious when we read who the original audience was of the prophets. When Yeshayahu started prophesying, he clearly wrote to whom he was speaking:

‘The vision of Yeshayahu the son of Amots,
which he saw concerning Yahudah and Yerushalayim.
(Yeshayahu 1:1)

‘The word that Yeshayahu the son of Amots saw
concerning Yahudah and Yerushalayim.
(Yeshayahu 2:1)

Yeshayahu (Isaiah) was sent to prophecy against Yahudah and Yerushalayim. The judgments he predicted have nothing to do with all of mankind. The gentiles were ignorant concerning Yahuah and His will. To Yahudah and Yerushalayim however Yahuah had revealed Himself; He had saved them from slavery in Mizraim; He had performed countless mighty miracles in their midst; and had rescued them many times from their enemies. They had seen the light, they had experienced Yahuah’s goodness, they were in possession of his law. Yet they kept rebelling against Yahuah and followed their evil inclinations instead. Yahuah kept sending His prophets to them, to call them to repentance. But they not only rejected but even murdered His prophets. Throughout the centuries, they filled up the measure of Yahuah’s wrath. Therefore, Yahuah announced through Yeshayahu that he would cut Yisharal down like a tree. On the stump a new branch would come up: Yahusha haMashiach.

‘Yisharal will be like a tree cut down,
whose stump still lives to grow again.
(Yeshayahu 6:13 TLB)

‘The royal line of Dawid will be cut off,
chopped down like a tree;
but from the stump will grow a Shoot
—yes, a new Branch from the old root.

And the Spirit of Yahuah shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, and might;
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Yahuah.
(Yeshayahu 11:1,2 TLB)

This is the main theme of the book of Yeshayahu: Yahuah Alahim announced the end of ancient Yisharal and promised a brand-new Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim. This would be established by His servant, the Master Yahusha haMashiach.

So, what did Yeshayahu say, concerning the judgment over Yahudah and Yerushalayim? He uttered words that were repeated by apostle Yohanan in the book of Revelation. Yohanan wrote that during the outpouring of Alahim’s wrath, people would hide in the rocks for the anger of Yahuah.

‘And the kings of the earth, the great men,
the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave, and every free man,
hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
and said to the mountains and rocks,
“Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him
who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
(Revelation 6:15-17)

Many end-time preachers have used this verse, just like they used the verse about the Yahuah standing on the Mount of Olives to tell us Yahuah will pour out such wrath on all of mankind, that everybody will try to hide in the ground. But Yohanan was simply repeating what Yeshayahu had prophesied, and he said who these people would be: ‘The word that Yeshayahu the son of Amots saw concerning Yahudah and Yerushalayim. (Yeshayahu 2:1) Yeshayahu explained that Yahuah would judge them because of their sins:

‘For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Ya’aqob,
Their land is also full of idols.
(Yeshayahu 2:6)

Then, in the next verses, Yeshayahu speaks about people hiding in the rocks, from the terror of Yahuah:

‘Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust,
From the terror of the Yahuah
And the esteem of his majesty.
(Yeshayahu 2:10)

Just like the prophet Zekarya, Yeshayahu said the coming of the Yahuah in His terrible majesty, causing people to hide in the rocks, is when He would judge Yahudah and Yerushalayim or ‘the house of Ya’aqob’. The disciples of Yahusha knew this very well. The theme of the terror of the Yahuah, the day of the Yahuah, the outpouring of His wrath on Yisharal, the day of His vengeance, the destruction of Yerushalayim, His coming with His saints, was engrafted into their minds. It was a very common theme throughout the Hebrew scriptures. That’s why the disciples asked Yahusha, after he had announced the destruction of Yerushalayim and the temple:

‘Tell us, when will these things be?
And what will be the sign of your coming,
and of the end of the age?
(Mattityahu 24:3)

The disciples did not separate the destruction of Yerushalayim and the coming of Yahuah. Knowing the scriptures, it was clear to them that this was one single event. Yahuah would come on the clouds of heaven to destroy Yerushalayim. That would be the end of that age. Yisharal would be cut down and something new would begin, in Yahusha haMashiach.

That is also what the apostle Sha’ul wrote to the Thessalonians, when he gave them the promise of finding relief at the coming of the Yahuah. Who were the ones persecuting the believers and apostles? Sha’ul explained it in his letter:

…the Yahudim,
who killed both the Master Yahusha and their own prophets,
and have persecuted us;
…wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.”
(1 Thessalonians 2:14-16)

It was the unbelieving Yahudim who persecuted Yahusha haMashiach, the apostles, and all believers. Their forefathers had murdered Alahim’s prophets and now the generation to which Yahusha was sent, even murdered their very own Messiah. By killing the Messiah and persecuting the apostles and believers, they had filled up the measure of their sins and the time of wrath had come.

The author of the letter to the Hebrews also declared the coming of Yahuah would mean judgment over His people, which is Yisharal:

‘For we know Him who said,
“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says Yahuah.

And again,
“Yahuah will judge His people.”

For yet a little while, and
He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
(Hebrews 10:30,31 37)

The apostles and saints looked forward to the coming of Yahuah who would judge Yisharal. This would be the end of their suffering by the hands of the Yahudim who rejected the Messiah.

As we saw already in this study, Yahusha the Messiah prepared the believing Yahudim in Yerushalayim for the coming destruction. he gave them specific instructions:

‘Then let those who are in Yahudah flee to the mountains.
And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.
Therefore, you also be ready,
for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
(Mattityahu 24)

When Yahusha haMashiach spoke to the believing Yahudim in Yerushalayim, he constantly said to them: ‘YOU will hear and see it, YOU must flee, YOU must be ready’ and so on. He even clearly said ‘THOSE IN JUDEA’ and he talked about ‘THE SABBATH’ which was only practiced in Yisharal!

Now wait a second here…. don’t the scriptures say, ‘every eye will see him’? Yes indeed! But we must apply the key principles for a correct understanding of the text. Let’s read the verse that says every eye would see Yahusha and then check the context and source text.

‘Behold, he is coming with clouds,
and every eye will see him, even they who pierced him.
And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him.
(Revelation 1:7)

First, it says ‘those who pierced him’. Did Americans, Africans, Asians, or Europeans pierce him? No, it was the Yahudim who sent Yahusha to the cross! Second, we read ‘all the tribes of the earth’. Is that really what it says in the Greek?

The Greek word here is GE which also means ‘LAND, COUNTRY, REGION’. This verse could just as well have been translated as: ‘All the tribes of the land’. Would that have been a more accurate translation than ‘earth’? Well… is the whole earth divided in ‘tribes’? Of course not! What is divided in tribes? The LAND of Yisharal! There were twelve tribes in Yisharal. It is absurd to translate this word as earth, while it speaks about tribes! Yisharal is a land (Greek = GE) that was divided in tribes. So, a very simple check with the original Greek text, and looking at the verse with a little more attention, reveals this has been dramatically mistranslated. First it speaks about those who pierced him, and then it says all the tribes of the land. That is Yisharal!

When we read scripture in context and textual source, we see it says every eye in Yisharal would see Yahusha coming.

That it was indeed Yisharal who would see the Messiah on the clouds, is confirmed when we read a prophecy by Zekaryah, concerning the judgment of Yerushalayim and the coming of the Yahuah:

‘And I will pour on the house of Dawid
and on the inhabitants of Yerushalayim the Spirit of grace and supplication;
then they will look on Me whom they pierced….
In that day there shall be a great mourning in Yerushalayim.
(Zekaryah 12:10,11)

The House of Dawid (David) would look on him whom they pierced and there would be a great mourning in Yerushalayim. That is exactly what Revelation 1:7 says about the Second Coming! Also, Yahusha haMashiach referred to these words by Zekaryah when he spoke about his coming on the clouds:

‘Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven,
and then all the tribes of the land will mourn,
and they will see the Son of Man coming
on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
(Mattityahu 24:30)

When we read scripture correctly, we see who would be judged at the coming of the Messiah:
Yisharal.

They had murdered Alahim’s prophets, they killed the Messiah, and they persecuted the saints. Therefore, Alahim’s wrath would come upon them once and for all.

This judgment during the coming of Yahuah had been prophesied by many of the Hebrew prophets.

The book of Revelation, Zekaryah, and Yahusha said the inhabitants of the land of Yisharal would see him coming.

Yahusha told the Yahudim to be ready for his coming and he gave them specific instructions, so those who believed in him would escape this destruction.

For believers the coming of the Son of Man would mean salvation, because it would end the cruel persecution by the Jews.

The coming of haMashiach on the clouds meant the end of the old age of Yisharal and started a new era of the Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim .

Did Yahusha announce the end of the world?

When we read the gospels, chances are we have a translation that tells us Yahusha the Messiah constantly predicted the end of the ‘world’. This actually was a main theme of his message: he prepared his followers for the end of all things. Or did he? Let’s have a look at some of Yahusha’ words and check their original meaning in the Greek.

‘What shall be the sign of thy coming,
and of the end of the world?
(Mattityahu 24:3)

We have already seen that the disciples asked Yahusha this question concerning the destruction of Yerushalayim and the temple. So…. why would they suddenly talk about the end of the whole world? That doesn’t make any sense! Yahusha didn’t announce Alahim’s wrath over the entire world. He talked about Alahim’s judgment over Yisharal because they had murdered Alahim’s prophets. So why do the scriptures talk about the end of the ‘world’? Because they have been dramatically mistranslated. The original Greek word that was translated here as ‘world’ means something totally different. It is the Greek word AION which means ‘a space of time, an age’.

Yahusha never announced the end of the world, but the end of a time period, more specifically the age of the old covenant.

That makes total sense, because Yahusha indeed came to end the old covenant age and start a new age with a new covenant! [A new covenant with Yisharal.] The Messiah ended that age with a stone temple in Yerushalayim and laws written on stone. He created a brand-new world where we are now the temple of Alahim, he dwells in us, and together we are the new Yerushalayim, his bride. The law is no longer written on stone but is now written in our heart. Alahim now dwells in our midst and from within us and expands his reign over the whole earth.

But didn’t Yahusha also speak about the passing away of the heavens and the earth? He sure did, but he meant something different than we think. Because while saying the heaven and earth would pass away, he also told the people to flee to the mountains. That is absurd if the literal earth is passing away! So, he wasn’t speaking about a literal passing away of all creation. After all, he had promised the earth to the meek:

‘Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
(Mattityahu 5:5)

More about the true scriptural meaning of the ‘passing away of heaven and earth’ is explained later in this study. What we have to understand at this point, is that Yahusha haMashiach never announced the end of the world. He always used the word AION which means TIME PERIOD.

False translations are the main reason why millions of believers incorrectly believe the entire earth is about to be destroyed. They read in the scriptures how Yahusha predicted the end of the ‘world,’ and since that hasn’t happened yet they conclude it must be in our near future. The opposite is however true. Yahusha didn’t announce the destruction of our beautiful earth, he announced the end of the age of the old covenant of law written in stone. He ended that time-period and created something brand new: a new covenant time-period sealed with his own blood. A new wineskin to hold the new wine of the Spirit of Alahim. A new command to love one another. A new kingdom which we experience in the Spirit of haMashiach. A new Yerushalayim which is our free mother, says the apostle Sha’ul.

When Yahusha the Messiah preached both the coming judgment over Yisharal and the new Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim, he said this would all happen very soon. He never suggested it would take place in a dazzlingly remote future, thousands of years later. On the contrary he imprinted it on the hearts of his audience how quick he would come.

The years between his ascension to heaven and his coming back on the clouds were called ‘the last days’ or the ‘end of time’.

They were literally the last years of the old covenant with ancient Yisharal. It was the transition period between the old and the new.

The disciples of Yahusha knew that the end of the rebellious Judean kingdom age was drawing near. That’s why the Judeans went about as roaring lions, devouring all in the Assembly of Alahim. Satan, who was their father, the prince of the air of that age, knew that his end was coming. He would be judged by the Messiah. These years would therefore be extremely violent and difficult for the assembly. Yahusha even wondered: “Will I still find faith when I come?” That question is often used to say that in our time there will be hardly any true believers left when haMashiach comes. But that is absurd. There are now more believers worldwide than there have ever been throughout all of history combined! There are hundreds of millions of saints and this number is daily increasing.

The coming of haMashiach on the clouds of heaven would be his judgment over Yisharal and also the start of his new kingdom. He would end the old age and a brand new Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim would break forth. This new Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim is however not earthly and political like the old Yisharal. Yahusha said this new Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim can only be seen by those who are born again from the Spirit. It is a spiritual or a heavenly kingdom. It’s in our hearts! Yahusha called this ‘true worship’. Alahim is Spirit and true worshippers worship him in Spirit. There is no longer need to travel to an earthly Yerushalayim. Yahuah can now be worshipped and experienced all over the world, wherever we are! He is in our midst, we are his temple, he dwells with us! That is the heart of the new covenant and the Kingdom of Yahuah Alahim.

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