Chapter 13 Second Coming
First-century Israelis longed for a redeemer who would destroy the Roman Empire. They turned against Jesus when his salvation provided spiritual deliverance from sin, instead of military deliverance from Rome. However, Jesus will destroy world empires and deliver Israel at his second coming. Christ returns to earth riding a white horse as enemy soldiers are overrunning Jerusalem. As Christ returns the battle shifts from a war against Israel to a war against God. And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. (Revelation 19:19)
From the valley of
Zechariah foretold that Israel will be on the brink of defeat when Jesus returns. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. (Zechariah 14:2-4)
Jesus does not need to do anything more than speak and his enemies die. He spoke the world into existence, and his words have calmed the storm (John 1:1-3; Mark 4:39). Jesus has authority over everything that has been created (Matthew 28:18). From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations (Revelation 19:15a). And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse (Revelation 19:21a). Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth (2 Thessalonians 2:8a).
A wedding celebration occurs when a man and woman become one flesh (Mark 10:8). The future holds a spectacular celebration
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