The Mountains are Calling: Mount of Olives

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The last time we climbed the Mount of Olives, it was to witness Jesus preparing for His crucifixion, praying to God, and being betrayed by Judas. This time, Jesus returns to the Mount of Olives after His resurrection, appearing to His disciples to give them a message of anticipation and hope, that He will come again.

There are 2,163 references in the Bible to the Second Coming of Christ. For every one reference about His first coming, there are eight prophecies about His Second Coming.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RAPTURE & SECOND COMING

RAPTURE

  • At the Rapture, believers meet the Lord in the air. (1 Thess. 4:17)
  • The Rapture occurs before the great and terrible tribulation. (1 Thess. 5:9; Rev. 3:10)
  • The Rapture is the removal of believers from earth as an act of deliverance. (1 Thess. 4:13-17;5:9)
  • The Rapture is secret and instant. (1 Corin. 15:50-54)
  • The Rapture is imminent; it could take place at any moment. (Titus 2:13; 1 Corin. 15:50-54)

SECOND COMING

  • At the Second Coming, believers return with the Lord to the earth. (1 Thess. 4:17)
  • The Second Coming occurs after the great and terrible tribulation. (Rev. 6-19)
  • The Second Coming includes the removal of unbelievers as an act of judgment. (Matt. 24:40-41)
  • The Second Coming will be visible to all. (Rev. 1:7; Matt. 24:29-30)
  • The Second Coming will not occur until after certain events take place. (2 Thess. 2:1-5; Matt. 24:15-30)

BIBLICAL SIGNS OF THE SECOND COMING

#1 - DECEPTION AND FALSE TEACHERS

As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. And many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

Matthew 24:3-5,11

#2 - WORLD-WIDE WARS AND CONFLICT

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Matthew 24:6-7

#3 - NATURAL DISASTERS AND PHENOMENA

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. Immediately after the distress of those days “ ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

Matthew 24:7, 29-30

#4- CHRISTIANS WILL FACE EVER-INCREASING PERSECUTION

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.

Matthew 24:9

#5 - GREAT FALLING AWAY FROM THE FAITH

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other

Matthew 24:10

#6- SIN WILL RUN OUT OF CONTROL

Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold

Matthew 24:12

#7 - THE GOSPEL WILL BE REACHED ALL AROUND THE WORLD

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Matthew 24:14

#8 - ANTI-CHRIST WILL RISE AND DEMAND TO BE WORSHIPPED AS GOD

“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—

Matthew 24:15

#9 - GREAT TORMENT OF THE NATION OF ISRAEL

For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

Matthew 24:21-22

#10 - NO ONE KNOWS WHEN IT WILL OCCUR

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Matthew 24:36

HOW TO LIVE

So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8

WE ARE TO BE ON GUARD

WE ARE TO BE ALERT

WE ARE TO BE READY

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