From the Main Message of
Bread Upon The Waters Ministry
Yes, Jesus really is coming soon. Many Christians really believe this. Many others just give lip service to the idea. Some Christians don't really believe in the Second Coming of Christ at all. The way they live their lives often shows that some who say they do believe in the Second Coming don't really expect it.
In fact, there has been a big decline in real, serious belief in the Second Coming among Christians in recent years. The goal of most Christians today is not being ready for the Second Coming. Their goal is having a better life in the here and now.
Not only that, but some Christians don't even really understand what the term, "Second Coming of Christ" means. There are some churches where the subject is never mentioned.
Furthermore, even among those who believe, there is an enormous amount of disagreement about what is really going to happen.
But Christians do need to be ready. The Bible shows four standards, two that every Christian should meet, one thing Christians should not do, and one standard that every Christian must meet, to be ready.
- Christians should really be expecting the Second Coming. See Matthew 24: 45-51. This passage shows that a Christian who doesn't expect it is likely to get careless about his Christian walk. If he gets careless about it, he won't be ready.
- Christians should have a Scripturally accurate idea about what is going to happen. This is not directly shown in the Scripture, but is implied in several passages. Compare Matthew 24:25 and Revelation 1:1.
- Christians should not try to prepare materially. See Luke 17:33. Material preparation may be of little or no value at all. Christians have made fools of themselves, and sometimes suffered severe material loss because they did try. Christians should focus on surviving spiritually.
- Above all, every Christian must be prepared spiritually. You may get away with not meeting the first two standards, and with doing but you absolutely won't be ready without meeting this one. See Psalm 91. Only being spiritually prepared is guaranteed to help.
In this Web site, all of these standards are addressed.
But we must first define exactly what we mean by the Second Coming of Christ.
The Second Coming of Christ will be an event in which Jesus returns to earth as a King and a Judge. In His Second Coming, Jesus will not be the kind of person who walked the earth nearly 2000 years ago. Neither will He return by being "reincarnated" or by "enlightenment" or anything else like that. Jesus is now living in Heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father. When He ascended to Heaven following the Crucifixion and Resurrection, He literally levitated up into the sky and disappeared. He will return by levitating down from the sky.
However, He won't come alone. He will be accompanied by an army of angels. He will be coming to take over. This will not be a case of some ordinary human claiming to be the Christ of the Second Coming, as many have done, and some are still doing. This will be the most spectacular event in history. There will be no doubt in anyone's mind about what has happened.
When He comes, two things will happen: The Christians who have died will be raised from the dead. The Christians who are still alive will be instantly transformed and taken up to meet Him in the air. These events are a major part of Second Coming Prophecy, and they are two of the many important beliefs that separate the Christian Faith from all other religions.
But unfortunately, very unfortunately, for the human race, that isn't all there is to it. In the years just before He returns, God will make a lot of terrible things happen on the earth. This is the period that Christians call the Great Tribulation. During that time, more than 2/3 of the human race will be killed, and the world as we know it will be destroyed. God will, to use the Christian expression, "pour out His wrath on the earth". This will be a time of great suffering for everyone, even the survivors. It is quite possible that Christians who are not ready will suffer the most. See Luke 12:47 & 48.
Most Christians Aren't Ready
Unfortunately, this is the opposite of what many Christians expect, and it is part of the reason for this Ministry. Actually, there are very concrete reasons to believe that most Christians will not be ready. This message is a warning that all who hear it will do well to heed. Many Christians believe that they will be taken up in the "Rapture" before the Great Tribulation begins. But if they are not ready, they will not be taken up. We are living in the Age of the Church of Laodicea, and that Church will be rejected by Christ. That rejection will include the majority of the Christians living at the time that the Tribulation begins.
As will be discussed in the "Great Tribulation" page, there is Scriptural reason to believe that all Christians will go into the Tribulation, but those who are ready will be divinely protected.
The Tribulation will be terrible!
Understand this: The Great Tribulation will be terrible. In His famous prophetic discourse in Matthew 24:21 & 22, Jesus said something that has seldom been taken seriously enough by students of prophecy:
"For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved..."
By the context of the entire Bible, Jesus was saying that the Tribulation will be worse in its overall impact on the human race than the Flood. He reinforces this idea by saying, indirectly, that it will threaten the extermination of all life on earth.
As the Prophet Amos said: (Amos 5:18)
"Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!
For what good is the day of the Lord to you?
It will be darkness and not light,"
Bad things will happen during the Tribulation that have never happened before and will never happen again afterward. Again, the Christians who are ready will be protected by God, as Daniel's friends were protected in the fiery furnace. Again, the ones who are not ready may well be the people who suffer the most, at least in the early part. During the Tribulation, they will realize their failure and repent.
Why Christians Aren't Ready:
But, as stated, most Christians don't really expect the Second Coming of Christ, and even most of those who do think that they will be ready, when in fact it is likely that few of them will be. There are four big reasons why they won't:
- The fact that they allow all the division, doctrinal and otherwise, to exist in the Church. This is contrary to God's Will and in fact is a serious state of disobedience.
- The Christians are doing too much compromising with the world, especially in the way that the Church is embracing the secular world of arts, entertainment, and sports.
- Christians are failing to really practice the basic disciplines of the Christian Faith. For example, it has been demonstrated by a Gallup Poll that even though they do a lot of talking about prayer, they really do very little of it.
- Above all, Christians are failing to really obey the many New Testament admonitions to "Love One Another".
Because of these things, at least the majority of the Church will be rejected, not "Raptured" by the Lord at the start of the Tribulation. See Revelation 3:15 - 17.
Every Christian should make a personal priority of being ready for the Second Coming, or, more precisely, for the Great Tribulation. (There is reason to believe that when Jesus referred to His Coming in the Gospels, He was including the Tribulation in the term.)
So why should we expect the Second Coming soon? After all, many people have been proven wrong by history before about their predictions concerning the timing of the Second Coming. Why should we be sure now?
See "BABEL RISING!"
Contact author: William D. Brehm, email@example.com