The Bible teaches not of a secret coming, but of a very powerful public coming of The LORD, when He gathers His Elect from the four corners of the earth and sups with them on the Mount of The LORD.
It will not be a secret coming but a very awesome one — after the sun will be darkened, the moon will be turned red as blood, and the stars of heaven will fall at the sound of the great and final trumpet.
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the Tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Mathew 24:29-31 NKJV
After these celestial events, He will appear for the entire world to see Him, when the dead will be raised and those alive shall be changed into new bodies in the twinkling of an eye.
“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NKJV.
He shall be seen by those that will be elected as His bride from all over the earth, who have survived the awful days of the great tribulation, because He will have shortened those days for the elects’ sake.
“And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” Mathew 24:22 NKJV.
But He will also be seen by all the tribes of the earth — who shall be terrified at the sight of His coming, calling on the rocks to fall on them and hide them from the magnitude of His wrath! And this aspect of The LORD’s coming is seldom heard.
“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 NKJV.
Thus we see from these powerful biblical verses that the saints are still on earth at the time of the terrible days of the tribulation. And following these days, the Son of God will appear in great power and glory — not in a secret way but in an awesome and public way — like lightning which flashes from east to west!
“Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.” Mathew 24:26-28 NKJV
May we like Job, during these difficult and trying end times, remain faithful to Him who has purchased us with His precious Blood to be His Bride and thus endure to the very end!
~ Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director
International Christian Zionist Center
Newsletter of July 29, 2021.
Republished with the kind permission of Author Jan Willem van der Hoeven, Director of International Christian Zionist Center.
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