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– Jesus – When Is He Coming?
By Robert Y. Jackson
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2011 Robert Y. Jackson
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Chapter OneCan Jesus Come At Any Time?
Introduction. Because it is generally believed that Jesus can come at any time, there are very few who even bother to ask the question — when is He coming? The very existence of this book hinges on whether or not Jesus can come at any time; therefore, that subject is addressed in this first Chapter. Accordingly, we begin in Psalms, considering something God said through David that has a definite bearing on whether or not Jesus can come at any time. Then we'll look at an example involving Israel under the law that likewise gives a significant witness relative to that question.
The Witness from Psalms
Psalms 110: 1(KJV)
1. The LORD said unto my Lord, "Sit Thou at My right hand, UNTIL I make Thine enemies Thy footstool."
It wasn't evident what this Psalm meant until after Jesus came and completed His earthly ministry. At that time, the Holy Spirit inspired Peter to quote that Psalm and show that it applied to Jesus AFTER He had been crucified and resurrected.
Acts 2: 29 - 35 (KJV) (This is part of Peter's sermon on the day of Pentecost.) 29. "Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day.
30 "Therefore being a prophet and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne,
31. he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in hell, neither His flesh did see corruption.
32. "This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
33. "Therefore being by the righth and of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
34. "For David is not ascended into the heavens; but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, 'Sit Thou on My right hand,
35. UNTIL I make Thy foes Thy footstool.'"
By quoting this Psalm, Peter showed that David, as a prophet, had foretold what the Father was going to say to Jesus when He ascended into heaven AFTER He had been crucified, buried and resurrected. Then, by revelation from the Holy Spirit, Peter revealed that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit they had just experienced was GOD'S PROOF that He had exalted Jesus to sit at His right hand in fulfillment of the prophecy in Psalms 110: 1.
Next we need to see how important this prophecy still is TODAY. To do that, we need to consider something Joseph experienced long before when he was in prison in Egypt. At that time, Pharaoh had two dreams that troubled him greatly. In the first dream, he saw seven fat cows come up out of the river. They were followed by seven skinny cows that devoured the seven fat cows that had preceded them. Pharaoh's second dream was similar, in that he saw seven fully developed ears of grain come forth on one stalk. They were followed by seven withered and weather blasted ears on the same stalk, and as with the cows, the seven withered ears devoured the seven goodly ears. When Joseph told Pharaoh what the dreams meant, he also explained WHY there had been two dreams with the same message.
Genesis 41: 32 (NKJV)
32. And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice it is because THE THING IS ESTABLISHED BY GOD, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
God had given Pharaoh the dream two separate times to emphasize the importance of what the dreams meant, and to show it would surely happen just as He revealed. God used that same technique with the prophecy in Psalms 110: 1. He emphasized the importance and certainty of that prophecy; not by repeating it twice, but by repeating it SIX different times in the New Testament. That means God included that prophecy a total of SEVEN different places in His Word as follows:
1. Psalms 110: 1
2. Matthew 22: 44
3. Mark 12: 36
4. Luke 20: 41 - 43
5. Acts 2: 30 - 35
6. Hebrews 1: 13
7. Hebrews 10: 9 - 13
Throughout Scripture, the number "seven" signifies Divine completion. A few examples of this are given below.
1. God established the week of seven days, as the basic division of time for mankind (Ref: Genesis 2: 1 - 3).
2. When Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, God required seven priests with seven trumpets to lead Israel around Jericho for seven days — once each day for the first six days — and then seven times on the seventh day (Ref: Joshua 6: 1 - 4).
3. God healed Naaman of leprosy by having him dip in the Jordan seven times (Ref: I Kings 5: 10).
4. In Revelation, God had John write to seven churches (Ref: Rev 1: 19 20); the book in God's hand was sealed with seven seals (Ref: Rev 5: 1); there were seven trumpets signaling seven seasons of trouble for the earth (Ref: Rev 8: 2); there were seven thunders revealing troubles that John was instructed not to record (Ref: Rev 10: 4); and last there were seven angels with seven vials which contain the completion of God's wrath against the wickedness of this earth (Ref: Rev 15: 1).
These examples show that the number seven has a special significance relative to the things of God. Therefore, by calling attention to the prophecy in Psalms 110: 1 seven different times in Scripture, God established that it is absolutely certain that Jesus must indeed remain seated at His (the Father's) right hand UNTIL He (God the Father) makes Jesus's enemies His footstool. As we shall see, Jesus's enemies have not yet been made to be His footstool; therefore, He will not be able to return to the earth, either in the Rapture for the church or at the Second Coming, UNTIL His enemies are made to be His footstool and He gets up from His seat at the right hand of the Father. That means Jesus's return cannot yet be imminent. Jesus will not be able to return UNTIL AFTER the Father fulfills the prophecy of Psalms 110: 1 by making Jesus's enemies become His footstool. Before we look at the witness to this truth given in the law, we need to see what it will mean for Jesus's enemies to become His footstool. It's abundantly evident that Jesus's enemies consist of Satan and the angels that have joined him in his rebellion against God. To see what it will mean for them to be made Jesus's enemies, we need to look at what God revealed in Isaiah.
Isaiah 66: 1 (NKJV)
1. Thus says the Lord: "Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?"
Although God cast Satan down to earth in exile when he rebelled in the far distant past, when Satan overcame Adam with sin, he regained the right to a place in heaven, and has exercised that right ever since the fall of Adam. Therefore, in order for Jesus's enemies to be made His footstool, Satan and his angels must be cast out of heaven and down to earth again, and this next time their exile will be permanent for all eternity to come. This is discussed in more detail in Chapter 5 entitled, "When Will God Make Jesus's Enemies His Footstool?"
The Witness from the Law. The law's witness about when Jesus can come for His church is a little more involved than that above from the Psalms. However, as you shall see, the message is the same. This witness is provided by the law in the Old Testament; however, in order for us to understand it, we need to begin with something Jesus said the night before He was crucified. He knew His disciples' hearts were heavy because He had told them He was going away. Therefore, He comforted them by assuring them He would come again to get them so they would eventually be with Him.
John 14: 1 - 3 (KJV)
1. Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2. In my Father's house ARE many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU.
3. And if I go AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
We understand that this promise wasn't limited to the disciples alone, but includes everyone who comes to faith in Jesus through the disciples' word. Accordingly, the very fact that Jesus was going to prepare a place for them (us) is in itself assurance that He is going to come back to get us. However, what Jesus said raises an interesting question. Since there already "... ARE many mansions" in heaven, what was Jesus talking about when He said, "... I go to prepare A PLACE for you?" It stands to reason that many mansions will be required to house all those (the church) who come to faith in Him; however, He is going to prepare only "A place" — ONE SINGLE PLACE. So what can that ONE place be that Jesus is going to prepare for all those who make up the church? Whatever it is, Verse 3 makes it clear that He won't come again and receive us to Himself, UNTIL He has finished preparing THAT PLACE for us. Additionally, in Hebrews, we see that Jesus hasn't yet EVEN BEGUN preparing that place for us.
Hebrews 10: 12 - 13 (NKJV)
12. But this man [Jesus], after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
13. from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
After Jesus ascended into heaven, He sat down at the right hand of the Father, and was still sitting there when Hebrews was written shortly before the temple was destroyed in A. D. 70. Nothing has happened in the centuries since then that could possibly indicate Jesus's enemies have been made His footstool; therefore, we can only assume that He is still sitting at the Father's right hand. That means HE HASN'T YET BEGUN PREPARING THAT PLACE FOR US. In order to understand how Jesus will prepare that place for us, we first have to know what that place is. We can see that in the law in the Old Testament, but first we need to look at one more passage in the New Testament.
Hebrews 8: 1 - 5 (NKJV)(This is discussing Jesus as the High Priest in heaven in contrast to the earthly high priests)
1. Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
2. A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord erected, and not man.
3. For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore, it is necessary that this One [Jesus, the High Priest in heaven] also have something to offer.
4. For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law:
5. who [the earthly high priests] serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "See, that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
Israel's tabernacle/temple on earth, and all the ministry done there, was patterned after the temple in heaven. Therefore, everything Israel's high priest did in the earthly tabernacle/temple was an example of what Jesus will do as the great High Priest in the temple in heaven. Therefore, we'll look next at what Israel's high priest did in the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement; for that was an example of what Jesus had to do to make an atonement for the redeemed in heaven.
What Israel's High Priest Did on the Day of Atonement. Leviticus 16 tells in detail what Aaron (Israel's first high priest) had to do to make an atonement in the earthly tabernacle.
Leviticus 16: 3, 5, 6 & 11 - 19 (NKJV) (This is God speaking to Moses.)
3. "Thus Aaron shall come into the Holy Place: with the blood of a young bull as a sin offering, and of a ram as a burnt offering.
5. "And he (the high priest) shall take from the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats as a sin offering, and one ram as a burnt offering.
6 "Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house.
11. "And Aaron shall bring the bull of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bull of the sin offering which is for himself.
The FIRST thing Aaron had to do was kill a bull as a sin offering, for himself and for his house. The term "his house," referred to the others in the priestly family who served with him. Since Aaron and the other priests were all sinful men, Aaron had to kill the bull as the sin offering necessary to make the atonement for himself and the other priests before any of THEM could minister in behalf of the children of Israel. This was an example of Jesus, for although He personally was without sin, the Father had placed the sins of the world upon Him such that He became sin for us (Ref: II Corinthians 5: 21). Therefore, Jesus had to die, first of all to make an atonement for Himself because of OUR sins. Accordingly, when Jesus ascended to the Father on the morning of His resurrection (Ref: John 20: 17), He did that in fulfillment of the feast of the firstfruits of the wave sheaf, for the Father had to examine Him and ensure that His suffering had indeed cleansed Him of all our sins laid on Him by the Father (Ref: Isaiah 53: 6). Before we continue in Leviticus, we need to look in Revelation and see who Aaron's "house" represented in relation to Jesus as the High Priest in heaven.
Revelation 1: 4 - 6 (NKJV)
4. John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne;
5. and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
6. and has made us kings and PRIESTS to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Aaron's "house," consisted of the other priests who served with him in the tabernacle; however, as an example, they represented the church of Jesus Christ, WHO WILL SERVE WITH HIM IN THE TEMPLE IN HEAVEN. This is confirmed in I Peter 2: 5, which was addressed to the church and says, "You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual HOUSE, A HOLY PRIESTHOOD, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." Therefore, when Aaron killed the bull as the sin offering for himself and for his house, that was an example that foreshadowed the death of Jesus as the sin offering for our sins that were laid upon Him. Accordingly, By His own death, Jesus has fulfilled the example of the offering of the bull, and has made an atonement for Himself and for His house — all those who by faith make His death their personal sacrifice and "sin offering." In Hebrews, it's confirmed that Jesus has done this in fulfillment of all the sin offerings ministered by the priests here on earth under the law.
Hebrews 10: 10 - 14
10. By that will [God's will] we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11. And every priest stands ministering daily and offering, repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
12. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
13. from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
14. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
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Table of Contents
1 Can Jesus Come At Any Time?....................1
2 The Beginning Of God's Schedule....................13
3 The Covenant....................17
4 The Prophecy of Seventy Weeks....................23
5 When Will God Make Jesus' Enemies His Footstool?....................53
6 Four Things That Are Yet To Come....................81
7 When Is HE Coming?....................97
8 The Two Witnesses....................119
9 The Week of Creation....................129
10 The Days Of Noah....................143
11 Joshua As An Example Of Jesus....................161
12 Israel's Entry Into the Promised Land....................169
13 Moses's Age....................179
14 The Stone Tables of God's Word....................185
16 Examples In Jesus's Life....................199
17 Isaac's Wedding....................207
18 The Wedding At Cana....................209