Islam and Second Advent of Jesus
Posted on January 3rd, 2011

By A. Abdul Aziz

Readers views on the subject ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Islamic view on crucifixionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ are welcome

When we study the Bible, there are many prophecies concerning the second advent of Jesus. These prophecies not only give the details of the signs related to the appearance of the Messiah but also pinpoint the time of his appearance, such as: Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom (Matthew 24:7) This is a great and visible sign, which cannot be denied. It is true that wars are not started only in this age, and there was always bloodshed since the appearance of Adam. But wars which took place within the last hundred years have no parallel in the history of mankind.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The Bible prophecies,ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-And there shall be famines (food shortages).ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Matthew 24:7) These signs were also fulfilled without doubt. There is more than one fourth of the total population of the world which cannot get enough to eat, and even in some places where food is plentiful, the people are too poor to buy it. Millions of people are dying in hunger in Africa alone every year and suffering with starvation prevails all over the world.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-There will be pestilences in diverse placesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Luke 21:11) This sign also appeared in a very clear way in different parts of the world, within the last hundred years. Millions of people died of plague at the end of the nineteenth century in India alone. Then after the First World War, more than 20 million people died with Spanish flu. Millions of people died with smallpox in India alone, after the Second World War.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-There will be earthquakes in one place after another.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Matthew 24:7) In the last hundred years more than 50 great earthquakes took place, and millions died in these major earthquakes. These signs appeared in China, India, Pakistan, Haiti, Japan, Turkey, Europe, Australia and America.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The sea and the waves roaring.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Luke 21:26). Hurricanes are another type of natural disaster and every year, thousands of people become the victim of such calamities. In the 2004 tsunami , about half a million people died and property worth trillions of dollars was destroyed. Hurricanes which do similar damage occur every year in India, Bangladesh, Europe and America.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Corruption of the faith.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Luke 18:8) It is also one of the signs of the coming of the Messiah that there would not be faith left on earth. When we see the world via this angle, we see that many want to be free from the responsibilities of religion. People have adopted their own ways, different from their religious teachings. All religions are divided into sects and are facing the same problem. So this prophecy is also fulfilled — that there will be no faith left on earth, when the Messiah would appear. A saying of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is: A time would come when nothing would be left of Islam except its name and nothing would be left of the QurƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢an except is word. (Mishkat).

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The gospel would be preached in the whole world.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Matthew 24:14). This is another sign of the coming of the Messiah; that the Bible would be preached in the whole world. So by preaching the gospels, in the whole world, in all the nations, the prophecy of the coming of Christ has been fulfilled.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The specified time about the appearance of the messiah according to the Bible is:

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Behold, I am coming as a thiefƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Revelation 16:15). As no one can predict the coming of a thief, similarly, the coming of the Messiah would be unexpected. This is why people would reject him but those who would remain conscious about his appearance would recognize him through the signs.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Christian scholars calculated, the time of the appearance of the Christ in the light of the guideline given in the Bible –and the majority of the scholars agreed that Christ would appear at the end of the 19th century. Books were written and articles were published on this subject i.e: that the appointed time for the coming for Christ had come. And this is why many people claimed to be the Messiah at the head of the 19th century. For example, Pigott, in England claimed to be the Messiah, and gathered thousands of people around him. Similarly in the United States, John Alexander Dowie, of Zion, claimed, to be the Elijah of this age.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Lo, here is Christ, or, Lo, he is there, believe him notƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Mark 13:21). Because this was the appointed time for the coming of the Messiah, so many false prophets also appeared in that time period, but the Messiah must have appeared in that age according to the Bible. And perhaps this is the reason why Christians openly declared that as the Bible pointed to 1914 AD as the time period for the MessiahƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s coming, the time for the coming of the Messiah had expired.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ This was the time for coming of the Messiah according to the Bible, as Prophet Daniel predicted: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-And from the time that the continual burnt-offering shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand and two hundred and ninety daysƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Daniel 12:11)

It was the exact time when the promised messiah, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (Founder, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam), appeared on the scene. He writes: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-In 1290, according to the Hijrah calendar this humble one was blessed with the Divine revelationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Haqiqat-ul-Wahi, pg.199). He also says: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-This was the time for coming of Messiah, if I had not appeared someone else would have appeared.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Parable of the Fig Tree

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Now, learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branches become tender, and the leaves come out, you know that summer is near; So likewise when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doorsƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Matthew 24:32-33)

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ In this parable, it is very clear that when the signs start appearing, as mentioned in the gospels, then it is as if Jesus Christ is at the door. As when the summer appears, the branches of the fig tree become tender … So if the signs mentioned in the gospels are fulfilled, within the last hundred years, then it means Jesus has already appeared. And people did not recognize him, in his second advent, as people could not recognize his first appearance.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Another sign: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The sun shall be darkened, and the Moon shall not give its lightƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. (Matthew 24:29) The is the most important sign given in the Bible, predicted by different prophets, like Prophet Joel, Isaiah, and Jesus Christ (peace be on all of them). Not only in Christian literature, but this prophecy is also found in Hindu, Sikh, Jewish and Islamic Literature. The sun and the moon eclipse is the divine sign mentioned in religious literatures, which occurences are not within human power to cause.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ This sign is not an ordinary sign, because the sun and moon eclipsed, uncountable times in the history of mankind. And every year eclipses of the sun and moon occur in different parts of the world. When we study Islamic literature regarding this sign, we see more details about this sign, which really make this sign unique and such a sign never appeared before in human history — and this is according to the prediction of the Holy prophet of Islam (peace be upon him), as follows ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…”

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-For our Mahdi (the Messiah), there are two signs which have never appeared before, since the creation of the heaven and the earth, namely, the Moon will be eclipsed on the first night in Ramadan (on the first of the nights on which a lunar eclipse can occur) and the Sun will be eclipsed in the middle of it. (On the middle one of the days on which a solar eclipse can occur). And these signs have not appeared since God created heaven and earth.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Daarul Qutni)

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The above prophecy is the same which is given by all other prophets, but here it gives every detail that the moon and sunƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s eclipse would appear in the same month of Ramadan, on the specified dates (13th and 28th of Ramadan, respectively). And this unique sign appeared in 1894, in the eastern hemisphere and in 1895, in the western hemisphere, on the 13th and 28th of the month of Ramadan. So this grand prophecy of the Bible and of other major religions was fulfilled exactly 100 years before. In the Prophecy given by Prophet Isaiah, where the, sign of the moon and sun eclipse is mentioned, the time of the sun eclipse is also given. And when this divine sign appeared, on April 6th, 1894, it was, exactly the same time mentioned in the Bible. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its lightƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Isaiah 13:10). So the sun eclipse started in the morning and from 7 a.m to 9a.m, the whole sun remained dark. This is the same thing mentioned in the Bible — that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”the sun will be dark at its rising.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢

Days of Noah as witness, about the appearance of Christ

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ According to the Bible, it is very clear, that all the calamities, disasters and tribulations would appears after the appearance of Messiah, the Christ, as a punishment to disbelievers. And in support of this belief, we see a very nice example and sign given by Jesus, about his second appearance, and that is;

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-But as the days of Noah were, so shall also be the coming of the son of man. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the Ark. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away, so shall also the coming of the son of man be.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Matthew 24:37-39)

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ So it is a very clear guideline for us to recognize Jesus Christ in his second advent. The Holy QuƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ran says: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-And We shall never punish until We have sent a MessengerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (17:16)

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, peace be on him says: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-If this is the age of the second advent of Christ, then why did he not appear? And if he has appeared, then where, when and who?ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. To answer all these question, and to have a better understanding about the answers, it is necessary to have a look at religious history, specially divine reformers, like Adam, Abraham, Moses, Christ and the prophet of Islam, peace be upon them. How did they make their claims and how were they treated by their people? And if we know history, then it is clear that there has not appeared even a single prophet on this earth, who was welcomed by its people. When the prophets could not fulfill the self established conditions of the people and their criteria, the prophets were rejected and not only rejected — but were severely persecuted by the people.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ According to the demands of the people, prophets had not appeared in the land they were expecting, or they could not fulfill the imaginary signs of people, and sometimes the reformers and their teachings were not of their standard. So such were the lame excuses of people at the appearance of the prophets and the messengers of God. This is why Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Prophet of Islam were persecuted and why they suffered at the hands of their own people. Abraham was thrown into the fire, Moses was forced to leave Egypt, Jesus was hanged on the cross, and the Holy prophet of Islam migrated from his own motherland having tears in his eyes. We must be alert that a similar things should not happen with the second advent of Christ.

Would Christ descend from heaven?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ According to the existing belief of Christianity, Jesus ascended to the heaven and the same Christ would descend from heaven again. This issue can be solved easily in the light of Biblical teaching because there is a similar issue between the Jews and the Christians, which is about the coming of Elijah. ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful days of the lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Malachi 4:5). So in the light of Biblical teachings, Jews are waiting for Elijah since thousands of years, even when Jesus appeared two thousand years before. Jews rejected him only because they believed that Elijah must come first. Jesus replied to them in a very clear and beautiful way in the following words; ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of haven has been suffering with violence. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He, who has ears, let him hearƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Matthew 11:12-15)

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ So with one stroke, Jesus solved the main issue of the Jews but they still rejected him, but not their false belief. So in the light of the statement of Jesus Christ, we can easily understand the second advent of Christ and that is the likeness of John the Baptist. As John appeared instead of Elijah, in the same way someone appeared instead of Jesus Christ and that was Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835 ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” 1908). Under Divine Command he claimed to be the Messiah of this age in the year 1889 and said that he appeared instead of Jesus Christ, as John the Baptist appeared instead of Elijah. And all this happened according to the words of Jesus. At another place Jesus Says: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Matthew 23:39). That some one would come in the name of the lord (Jesus), not Jesus himself, and people would recognize Jesus in the form of another person. God revealed to Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The Messiah, son of Mary, Prophet of God is dead. It is thou who hast appeared in his spirit, according to the promise. And the promise of God is ever fulfilledƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ If Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is a Messiah of this age, then why he is from the Muslims, not from the Christians?

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ This is also according to the prediction of Jesus Christ and he warned his followers; ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken, but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Matthew 21:43,44). So according to the words of Jesus, all this happened, and the kingdom of God was taken from the Christians and given to the Muslims. This is why the second advent of Christ took place in Islam, in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmed.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Prophets appeared all over the world. There are some prophesies which indicate that Christ, in his second appearance, would come from the east, as Jesus Christ says; ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west, so shall also the coming of the son of man beƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ (Matthew 24:27). This shows that the Messiah would appear in the east and his message would reach to the west. Interestingly, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad appeared in Qadian, Punjab, India, which is to the east of Palestine, where Jesus predicted the coming of Messiah. The joyous news of the Messiah reached the west, and now his followers are in more than 195 countries, in the whole world. In a hadith (sayings of Holy Prophet), a similar point is mentioned that the Messiah would appear east of Damascus: He would descend near a white minaret, east of Damascus. He also said: Whoever lives among you shall meet Isa, Son of Mary (Jesus), who is Imam, Mahdi, Arbitrator and Judge (Musnad Ahmad bin Hambal, Vol.2 P.411)

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Sikh and Hindu scriptures also clearly state that the great reformer would appear in India, and narrow down the particular area of his appearance. This is mentioned in Islamic Literature too. In the same way his name is also mentioned in Ather Vedas, and that is, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-AhmadƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚. It is also mentioned in the Bible that a reformer would appear and will not be an Arab or from Palestine but rather be from a foreign land (Isaiah 28:11).

4 Responses to “Islam and Second Advent of Jesus”

  1. Leela Says:

    The Christian Bible says the God had come to this world as Jesus Christ. But the Koran emphatically says; that Jesus is not ‘the God’ but his messenger, a man. Also, the Jewish Bible has completely missed out the God’s coming on as ‘Jesus Christ’ to pay for the original sin. Nor do the Jews believe Jesus is the God. Why?

  2. maha Says:

    The Christian Bible undoubtedly recognizes Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the anointed one, the incarnated divine Son of God, fulfilling the prophesies of Him in the Old Testament. Jewish Bible, which is also called ‘Hebrew Bible’ is the same as Christian part of the Bible, the Old Testament. It contains the Messianic prophecies. They did not want to recognize Christ as messiah not because they did not understand the Scriptures, but their expectation were earthly, an earthly king. They missed the mission and message of Christ that were foretold throughout the Scriptures. Christ did not come to establish an earthly kingdom but a spiritual one. To give an example, if India would have accepted Buddha at its inception to relief man from sin or karma, the whole India would have been a Buddhist country today, isn’t it!

    Islam originated six hundred years after Christ (622 A.D), and it is obviously one of the counterfeits of Christianity and it denies Christ’s true nature as revealed in the Bible. Therefore, according to Islam Jesus is a messenger, a man etc., and their book conflicts and contradicts with Bible teachings. Jesus of Islam is not the same historical Jesus. ‘Many individuals and groups throughout history have attempted to mold a “new and improved” Jesus, created in their own minds and for their own purposes. These false Christ’s are based in fictions and not in fact. Revising the Jesus of history according to our own wants and desires illustrates how prophecies like below can be fulfilled in the future’(The truth about Islam and Jesus p.3).

    Christ warned that,”False Christs and false Prophets will deceive” (Matthew24:24). ‘Islam came from the same location as the genuine article. The greater the similarities between the two, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding. But the eventual result was not only poorer, hopes were dashed and reality set in.’(Ibid 3.)

    ‘Buddha taught that he was not a “god,” but only a man, a truth seeker. But on his death bed Buddha taught that there would be a future Messiah, “Lord of Mercies,” who would be able to free men of their sins. Buddha said, “…he is the Lord of Mercies, His name shall be called the king of kings, the Lord of Lords. He is all knowing, all wise. He knows all that is in the human heart. He is the Lord of all the angels and of all humans. No one is greater than He.” (Sutrapridot 3:107)’ (The heritage of Siddhartha Gautama).

  3. M.S.MUdali Says:

    But how Muslims and Christians agree to kill people who are not following their moronic ideoly?

    Islam simply ask to kill non-muslims. Then what is the peace talking with muslims?

  4. maha Says:

    The words of Malachi (4:5,6) are a prophecy regarding the work that should be done preparatory to the first and second Advent of Jesus Christ. The people of God in these last days of earth’s history going forth “in the spirit and power of Elijah” proclaiming God’s love, mercy and the final warnings to the world, in preparing the way for Christ’s second Advent, as John prepared the way for Christ’s first Advent. These last messages will go “ unto to every nation,” on earth (Revelation 14:6).

    The nation referred in the parable of Matthew 21:43,44 is the nation of Israel whom God had chosen to carry the gospel to the world. God had called Israel to preserve knowledge of His plan of salvation and prophecies that pointed to Christ. But the Israelite fixed their hopes upon worldly greatness. And because they rejected Christ, and God’s plan of salvation, were no longer God’s chosen people or nation. Instead, God now counts people of all nationalities who accept and serve Him as spiritual Jews. They have become His chosen people-“heirs of according to the promise” Spiritual Jews do, of course include Jewish people who individually accept and serve Jesus (Galatians 3:27,-29, Romans 2:28, 29). The disciples of Christ began preaching the gospel to other people and nations of the world (Acts 13:46). So, Christianity is a inter-‘national’ movement. Good news is carried to the world by all nationalities.

    Jesus promised before He left the earth that He will return; He said, “I will come again and receive you unto myself…” (John 14:3). “Christ…will appear the second time” (Hebrews 9:28)

    The Scripture promises that Jesus will return to the earth in the same manner that He left in a visible, literal, bodily, personal manner. “Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? THIS SAME JESUS, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in the LIKE MANNER as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11)NKJV. The WORLD,“…will SEE the Son of Man COMING IN THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN with POWER AND GREAT GLORY”(Matthew 24:30). (Luke 24:36-43,50,51).

    The following Scriptures describes Christ’s Second Coming will be VISIBLE to the whole world; “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye shall see Him” (Revelation1:7). “For as the LIGHTNING comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:27). “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first” (1Thess.4:16).
    Jesus Christ has given clear warnings in the Scriptures (Matthew 24th chapter) about these false Christs/Messiahs, prophets, and teachers who will rise claiming to be from God in the last days before Jesus Christ will really come again and try to deceive many concerning His second Advent.

    At His second coming, Scripture says, the voice of God comes out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done !” There will be “a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth” (Revelation 16: 17,18). The mountains shake, rocks are scattered everywhere, and the whole world earth heaves like waves of the ocean. Its surface breaks up “and the cities of the nations fell…Then …islands fled away, and the mountains were not found” (verse19, 20) “The sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain was moved out of its place” (Rev.6:14).
    Despite the chaos descending upon the physical world, God’s people will see “the sign of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:30). As He descends on the clouds of heaven, every eye shall sees Jesus Christ. Jesus comes, not as a man of sorrows, but as a victor and conqueror to claim His own. In place of the crown of thorns, He wears a crown of glory, and “on His robe…a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” Revelation 19:12,13).

    At the Coming of Christ, great despair grips those who have refused to acknowledge Jesus as Savior and Lord, and rejected the claim. Nothing makes the rejecters of His grace so aware of their guilt as that voice that had pleaded so patiently, “turn away from your evil ways! “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).

    But the joy of those who have long waited for Him overshadows the despair of the wicked. (Isaiah 25:9). At His Second coming Jesus will raise those who have died and sleeping in their graves and commissions His angels to “gather together His elect from …from one ends to another” (Matthew.24:31). Around the world the righteous hear His voice and rise from their graves-glad moment! Then the living righteous are changed “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1Corinthians 15:52), glorified and given immortality, together with the resurrected ones they are caught up to meet their Lord in the air to remain with Him forever” (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).

    But for the inhabitants of the world in general (unexpected / unbelief), Paul wrote, “The day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, ‘peace and safety!’ the sudden destruction comes upon them…, And they will not escape” (1Thess 5:2,3; cf. Matt 24:43).

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