Portents of the Messiah's Return in the Bible

The second coming of Prophet Jesus (pbuh), a fundamental Christian belief, is revealed in the Bible. Moreover, the Bible states that true Christian believers must prepare for it in the best possible manner. For example:

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight... "Men of Galilee," they [the angels] said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven." (Acts 1:9,11)

While we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our savior, Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:13)

... This will happen when Jesus is revealed from heaven ... He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of Jesus. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8)

... and he will appear a second time ... to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:28)

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him ... (Revelation 1:7)

In addition to mentioning the portents of this event, Jesus (pbuh) is depicted as telling his disciples about these portents in the following terms:

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 Christ,' and will deceive many." (Matthew 24:3-5)

"I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He." (John 13:19)

The expectation of a savior Messiah is also a fundamental Jewish belief. This person will fill the world with justice, silence all wicked people, and follow behind all nations. He will be known as "Yahab" or "Shahab" (the "Bringer of New Order").

Some old Testament books, among them the Torah (the first five books), the Book of Psalms, and those that relate to the Israeli prophets, provide some information as well.

While examining what the Bible says about these portents, it becomes clear that the Messiah will come only after moral and social degeneration, great wars, terrible disasters, extraordinary events in the sky, the abandonment of religion's moral values, spreading injustice, the oppression of true believers, and the replacement of peace and security by chaos and anxiety.

In this chapter, we shall look at the Biblical portents of the Messiah's coming.

 

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