This must be one of the most provocative questions one can ask of a believing Christian, ‘How will Jesus return’?
Holy Scripture does have the answer …but unfortunately man has changed, bent and warped the word to suit his own doctrines…Let us take a look at the cold hard facts as written in His Word …
Acts 1:9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
1:10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
1:11 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 like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Here we find Jesus departing from the Mount of Olives…He ascends into a cloud and that is the last time the Disciples set eyes on Him…but two men (possibly angels) tell them that Jesus, who went up in a cloud, will return in a cloud i.e. in the same manner that He was taken up… in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven
Will there be signs or does Jesus come secretly unannounced?
Matt 24:29 “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.
24:30 “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
Luke also tells us that there will be signs and warnings
Luke 21:28 “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
Here we see that Jesus will come and ALL the tribes on earth will see Him descending from the clouds
24:31 “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.
A great sound of a trumpet will be heard by everyone on earth, and all the ELECT will be gathered from the four corners of the earth (four winds see Wind G 417 ) , from one end of heaven to the other … This is the meeting in the air spoken of by Paul to those at Thessalonica 1THES 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. And since the Lord is coming to earth, we shall always be with him here on earth.
Please dear friends note that the Elect are all those who have been called by God …from the beginning of time till the moment the trumpet sounds …This is the time of the great resurrection of the dead talked of by Paul to those at Corinth 15:51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-
15:52 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. i.e. those who are alive will be changed.
Paul is explaining to the congregation at Corinth as he also had explained to the congregation in Thessalonica, that they would hear a great trumpet sound and the dead elect would rise from their graves first, and those who were alive at the time would all be changed and join Jesus in the air as He returns with His armies, to bring final judgment upon the earth. RV 19:14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
To all those who are saying that the day of the Lord will come ‘like a thief in the night’, and that no-one will know the time, will see that this is not the case at all; it will only come as a thief to unbelievers…those in darkness …1 Thes 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5:5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
There is no secret so called ‘Rapture’ or in fact anything secret; God loves His believing family and will warn and protect them…would you expect anything less? But to the non believers He will come as a thief in the night …they will not consider the signs as a warning of the coming of the Lord …and it is all these tribes of the earth who will mourn.
RV 1:7 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. Even so, Amen.
If even ‘they who pierced Him’ will see Him coming, then ‘all the tribes of the earth’ must surely mean everyone …including everyone resurrected from the dead both good and bad?
JN 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
There is no better time than right now to spread the Gospel; why not do it?