Paul Schluep - Christ's Comings - Switzerland June, 1982

The picture of Jesus coming to the earth, whether first, second or third, is like a mosaic, which is a picture or pattern made by fixing side by side, small bits. Chapters and verses in the various books of the Bible fitting together to give us a glimpse of what has been and what will be. This can only be done with the aid of the Holy Spirit. 

His first coming was as a lamb, seek unnoticed and unknown, as seen in Isaiah 52 and 53. This was prophesied in the Old Testament, fulfilled in the four gospels and the work begun, carried on throughout the New Testament to our present day. 

In Matt. 24;3, three questions are asked: "Tell us, when shall these things be?

What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?" 

Verses 4-14 of this chapter speak in a general way, Jesus telling them not to be deceived by those claiming to be Christ or troubled by wars, famines and earthquakes, for those things will be and God will take care of his own. Before destruction comes, the faithful will escape. God instructed the building of the ark before the flood. (Gen. 6) and led Lot safely out of Sodom and Gomorrah before they were destroyed with brimstone and fire (Gen. 19). We must watch and pray that we are ready for deliverance. These that endure to the end shall be saved. Matt. 24:13 means those that endure in love. This Gospel is preached to all, God's love for us.
In verses 15-22, he is answering the question: "When shall these things be?” This is the destruction of Jerusalem mentioned in the second verse which was in the year 70 A.D.(Dan. 9:2). At Jesus' crucifixion, these people had said, ' His blood be on us and on our children.' (Matt. 27:2). As Jesus' blood has a tremendous effect of removing our sin if we are obedient, it also has a tremendous effect against them in accusing and judging (Zech. 12:10). Matt. 24:2 was fulfilled when the gold of the temple melted between the bricks and they were torn apart to retrieve it. After this time, most of the apostles were killed. Paul in 65 and Peter later. 

In Matt 24:23-28, it speaks of the second coming. There were signs given. The Devil gives signs to deceive people. Jesus gives signs to help and warn people. 

This coming will be like lightning with the cry of the archangel and with the trump of God (I Thes. 4:16).This is better understood when we understand the marriage customs of the Arabs. The marriage feast is in the night, about 10 pm with the bridegroom, his friends and family coming to the bride's home to steal the bride 8-AV (Matt. 25:1-10). The wedding then takes place in the bridegroom's home. A shout arises when the bridegroom is seen coming. In Matt. 25, the bridegroom delayed until midnight and even the wise slept.  Be careful, live in real expectation. Luke 17:26-37 gives this time in more detail.  

The last verse mentions, "Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together." The disciples had asked where they should be when he would return for them. Jesus told them it would be as the eagle or vulture knows where the carcass of the dead is, so God's son can find those "dead" to the world wherever they are. 

To some, it is hard to imagine how Jesus will be able to gather his own. This can be demonstrated by putting iron shavings in the sand, which are quickly gathered with a magnet drawn over the surface. Those with a connecting power in their lives are drawn to Jesus. We must maintain that spiritual contact that we will be raised up.  

Those who have died in the Lord, will be raised up to meet him first, then the faithful living (I Thess. 4:16-18), The time between natural death and this resurrection, will be as the rich man in Luke 16:19-29. He knew where he stood but was not judged yet. Lazarus was in Abraham's bosom, or we could say he had rest and comfort in the faith of Abraham in which he lived during his lifetime.  

As was mentioned of the wedding taking place in the bridegroom's home, this marriage feast of the Lamb will take place in Heaven. The book of Revelation will not be fulfilled until after the faithful have been removed from the earth.  
Matt. 24: 29-31 tells of the time between the second and third coming. This will be a time of great tribulation. The rapture or removing of the bride is the harvest. The gleaning is those who will come out of this great tribulation.  
In the First World War, there were 11 million killed, in the Second World War, 50 million. It is not unseemly that 2/3 of the population could be killed in a Third World War (Zech. 13:8). The time of this great tribulation will be 3 ½ years, as mentioned in Dan. 7:25, 12:7, Rev. 11:2 and 13:5. Sometimes spoken of as 'times' and also mentioned as 42 months. The Lord will leave two witnesses, (Rev. 11:3) to direct his work when removing the bride. Rev, 7:9-17 is the result of those saved. These are those who won't accept the mark of the beast.  

This is the mark mentioned in Rev. 13;18 of the beast, or that of the Communist power. Those that do not worship this beast will be killed (Rev. 13C9-15). These are those that came out of great tribulation. They were not ready when Christ came, but washed their robes in this time. The 144 thousand mentioned in Rev. 14 are those, also from this period of time, that had fulfilled the conditions of workers. 

The end of this time, and the beginning of Jesus' rule, will be the battle mentioned in Zech. 14. Ez. 38:39 and Rev. 19:11-21. All nations will gather against Jerusalem. The main force of this attack will be Communist. It is in the heart of this beast to overcome and destroy (4th beast in Dan. 7), It will have swallowed up Babylon or the Catholic Church will have cooperated with the power of Communism. This destruction of Babylon is recorded in Rev. 17, 18 & 19, This is the Goo of Magog as mentioned in Fz.38 & 39. The beast will have survived the above conflict and be all prepared for war.  

This brings us to the time of Jesus' third coming. At the Second Coming, no one will know. He will come as a thief in the night, as a thief taking only the valuable, his jewels, from the earth. At the Third Coming, all will know. The sun and the moon will be darkened to make His coming as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords all the more glorious. Every eye will see Him. Even the Jews will know Him as their leader.  

The Lord will land on the Mount of Olives which will split, making a very great valley. This will be the battlefield, with the Lord directing the battle so they will consume each other (Zech. 14:13). The confusion of the Lord returning with His saints will set the battle in array. The Russian Communists will fight against the Chinese Communists and there will be so much destruction of life, it will take seven months to bury the dead in the Valley of Hamongog  (Ez. 39:11- 12).  

At this time, the Lord will set up his reign with his saints for 1,000 years. This will be the millennium (Rev. 19:6). This is when in Matt. 25:21 rule will be given to those who have been faithful. Only the faithful will have power. There will be no other government on the earth. We will be in the new body, and like the angels, neither male or female. This human body we now have is not in harmony with the spiritual. The new body will be, and the inward struggles will have ceased and we will live again on the earth to help those still in the human body. Rev. 20 tells us the Devil will be chained during this time but be let loose at a later season.  

The first judgment is a cleaning up, which takes place on the 1earth. It is like a preliminary court. Those against their church, persecuting, are sent to destruction (Rev. 19:20). We are aware of those left living on the earth. It will be the same earth and life here during this time, but with discipline. For those who love the Lord, it will be a wonderful time. For any others, it will be very difficult. There will be no false religion at this time. There would be no hesitation if we knew the Glory of this Kingdom. We see through a glass darkly, and are given only a foretaste now. All men will go to Jerusalem to worship as in Zech. 14:16.  

At the end of the millennium, men will be tested again. Many will stick to the Lord, but some will be deceived. Those against will, as the sand of the sea, go against Jerusalem. Fire will fall from Heaven and God will destroy all humanity. This will be the end of heaven and earth. It will be destroyed with fervent heat and great noise. Scientists now have "discovered' the possibility of all elements melting. One stated, "Science now knows what a simple fisherman wrote years and years ago." (II Peter 3:10). 

Next comes the Second Resurrection, those not serving God. The first death is a separation from the natural living. We have no more communication with the human. The second death is separation from the spiritual living, when we have no more communication with God. This is that awful moment Jesus felt on the cross when he said, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matt. 27:46).  

In the last judgment, God will create a New Heaven and a New Earth. God will be All in All, forever and ever and the faithful will dwell with Him. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess after the last judgment.  

The Jews received Jerusalem back in 1967. This is a very clear sign the time is soon. Our part is to watch and pray that we will be ready. 

Paul Schluep

Switzerland June, 1982