Q How do you read Lukes Olivet Discourse as describing two cloud comings of Christ one after the times of the Gentiles

Luke 21 27 states that men will see Christ coming in a cloud. In Matthew 24 and Mark 13 Jesus also said he would send his angels to gather his elect-- a statement not found anywhere in Luke. However, I read Luke 21 20 (when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies) to mean armies of heaven or angels gathering Christ's elect. At that time Christ did appear in the clouds in AD 66. So Luke 21 27 was fulfilled at that time. However, 21 27 could also have another fulfillment after the times of...

Q Why would Christ return in the clouds over Chicagos OHare airportan unlikely location

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Arguably the reference to the eagles could be describing a modern-day airplane and the place where eagles gather is therefore an airport. This describes the location where Christ might return. In Revelation 12 14 the eagle is described as transporting the church into the wilderness. This further...

Any Millennium

How do we know that Jesus believed He could return at the end of any millennium from the creation date In Old Testament times the night was divided into three watches. In the Old Testament an entire 24-hour day was comprised of the three watches and the 12 hours of daylight. Of course, this cycle repeats itself every 24 hours. Judges 7 19 speaks of a middle watch which in this case would be the middle watch of the night. First Samuel 11 11 speaks of a morning watch presumably referencing the...

Q Which of Jesus disciples do you believe witnessed Christ returning in the clouds in AD

In John 21 22, after Jesus rose from the dead, he singled out John as the one who would witness his return Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee follow Jesus was speaking to Peter in this verse but the he is in reference to John. I believe John described the day Jesus returned in Revelation (see Christ in the Clouds part 2). Jesus' statement about John is particularly relevant when we consider that it was made in response to a...

This generation shall not pass

A much debated passage is found in the Olivet discourse Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my father only. But as the days of Noe (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24 34-37) When Jesus spoke these words it was three days prior to his crucifixion in AD 30. The...

In the book of Revelation was John describing what he saw on the day Christ returned in the clouds in Iyar

1) Behold, he cometh with clouds and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. .I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. (Revelation 1 7-10) 2) And...

Q Do the 42 months of Revelation 112 encompass the times of the Gentiles

But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not for it is given unto the Gentiles and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. The times of the Gentiles are not mentioned in this verse. The 42 months noted in the verse do not in any way contradict the theory that the times of the Gentiles noted in Luke envisioned 2,000 years. The passage discusses the treading under foot of Jerusalem by the Gentiles. The 42 months correspond to the roughly 3.5 year...

Not everyone watches

In certain parables Jesus made it clear that not everyone should watch for his return. In Mark 13 34 he stated For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. In this case only the porter is assigned to watch for his return. The other servants are given different work. So, not every Christian is appointed to watch for his return. The porter represents Christians who are...

Will Christ return when the worlds ends

Second Peter 3 10 indicates that Christ will return again when the world ends. Pre-millennialists believe that Christ will return before the millennium mentioned in the Book of Revelation and the world will end a thousand years later. Thus, until Christ returns the end of the world is always at least a thousand years into the future. This view is inaccurate (this is the view that I took in my book which I now correct). The biblical evidence clearly suggests that Christ will return at the end of...

Q Where is authority for the proposition that Christ would return multiple times

Christ had to return at least twice because Christ told Caiaphas and those present at his trial that they would see him returning in the clouds of heaven. He also said he would return in the clouds in that generation (Matthew 24 34). Since he will also return when the world ends this suggests at least two appearances. Another one is implied if we interpret a cloud-coming following the times of the Gentiles. In Revelation John describes two appearances of Christ in the clouds. The first is...

The Millennium Chronoloi

The Millennium Chronology will ease your fears in times of global turmoil or in the event of a nuclear war. The Bible does not forecast that the world will end in our lifetimes. In fact, the Bible forecasts certain target years when the world might end. The next possible year when the world might end is 2149. Of course, no one alive today will live to the year 2149. The threat of a nuclear strike will inevitably increase over time. In the future more people will gain access to materials needed...

We Which Are Alive

Finally consider 1 Thessalonians 4 15-17 We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air And so shall we ever be with the Lord. This is a difficult and much debated...

The Rapture Theory

Some believe the Bible teaches of a rapture in which people will ascend into heaven without experiencing death. The biblical authority for such a belief is tenuous, to say the least. The rapture view encourages many to hold to a view that Christ might return in their lifetimes. The possibility that some of us might not die seems attractive. When Paul stated we shall not all sleep in 1 Corinthians 15 51 he meant that some Christians will be alive when Christ returns. Although they will die, at...

Q Does Hebrews 928 contradict the theory that Christ has already returned twice in the clouds of heaven

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (Hebrews 9 28) Heavens no This verse means Christ would appear a second time bringing salvation but not bearing sin. He clearly brought salvation once when he died on the cross. The cloud comings were merely signs of when to watch for the end of the world and had nothing to do with salvation. At the end of the world Christ will appear the second time...

Two cryptic passages

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should be no flesh saved but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. (Matthew 24 20-22) For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved but for...

Times of the Gentiles

What did Jesus mean when he used the phrase times of the Gentiles in the Luke passage previously cited How is this phrase to be interpreted in relation to Jesus returning in the clouds of heaven The same Greek word for times is used in Revelation 12 14 to describe two epochs of time. This same word is also used in Luke 12 42 (due season) to possibly describe a millennium. A lunar calendar, comprised of 12 lunar months, was used by the Gentiles in Jesus' time. Thus we could interpret the phrase...

Obviously Jerusalem wasnt destroyed when Christ was crucified

I contend that these sixty-two weeks in verse 26 are completely different than the sixty-two weeks in verse 25. This interpretation significantly impacts the meaning of the prophecy. 3. THE STARTING POINT FOR THE PROPHECY What is the starting point to the prophecy Verse 25 specifies that the intervals begin from the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Old Testament contain historical details of the Jews efforts to rebuild Jerusalem following the...

The Return in AD

Some have speculated that Jesus might have actually returned in the clouds in the spring of AD 66. Quite possibly many who were present at Jesus' trial would have lived to witness this event. Several reasons support this theory. First, Halley's Comet appeared in AD 66. This is significant because it only appears about once every 70 years. Some might have viewed this comet as a fulfillment of Jesus' prediction about signs appearing in the stars in the Luke passage cited above. The Jewish...

My Website on Science the Bible and Reincarnation Preterist Archive

In my book The Millennium Chronology I claim Jesus taught that he would return at the end of some unknown millennium counted from a biblical creation date in 3852 BC. I describe the book in more detail on this site. For the record, I do not believe the earth is only 6,000 years old. Rather the biblical creation year dates the origins of the Jewish ancestry to 6,000 years ago. Did the Bible Predict when Christ would Appear In this article I focus on the Seventy Sevens prophecy found in the book...