Some Christian writings say that there will be a great deception before the Second Coming of Christ.
In Matthew 24, Jesus states in the following passage:. If anyone says to you then, 'Look, here is the Messiah! False messiahs and false prophets will arise, and they will perform signs and wonders so great as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect. White , the early Seventh-day Adventist leader, wrote:. As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will impersonate Christ.
The church has long professed to look to the Saviour's advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation.
The Second Coming - The anticipated event when Jesus Christ returns to the earth to defeat evil and establish His reign of justice and peace. Looking forward to the Savior's Second Coming. Forty days after His Resurrection, Jesus and His Apostles were gathered together on the Mount of Olives.
The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed.
A number of specific dates have been predicted for the Second Coming of Christ, some now in the distant past, others still in the future. Most English versions of the Nicene Creed include the following statements:.
He will come again in his glory to judge the living and the dead , and his kingdom will have no end. We look for the resurrection of the dead , and the life of the world to come. Given that in his next statement Jesus notes that the exact day and hour is unknown even to himself, the simple meaning of his previous statement is that the Second Coming was to be witnessed by people literally living in that same generation. Some, such as Jerome , interpret the phrase "this generation" to mean in the lifetime of the Jewish race ; however, other scholars believe that if Jesus meant "race" he would have used genos race , not genea generation.
Stenger notes that Jesus is recorded as saying,. He makes similar predictions in five other places in the Gospels; Mark 9: In Stenger's view, when the coming did not happen within the life-times of his disciples, as Jesus prophesied, Christianity changed its emphasis to the resurrection and promise of eternal life.
According to historian Charles Freeman , early Christians expected Jesus to return within a generation of his death and the non-occurrence of the second coming surprised the early Christian communities. Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. The position associating the Second Coming with 1st century events such as the destruction of Jerusalem and of the Jewish Temple in AD 70 is known as Preterism.
Some Preterists see this "coming of the Son of Man in glory" primarily fulfilled in Jesus' death on the cross. They believe the apocalyptic signs are already fulfilled including " the sun will be dark " cf. Yet some critics note that many are missing, such as "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. It is the traditional view of Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians , preserved from the early Church, that the second coming will be a sudden and unmistakable incident, like "a flash of lightning".
Many Christian denominations consider this second coming of Christ to be the final and eternal judgment by God of the people in every nation  resulting in the glorification of some and the punishment of others. The concept is found in all the Canonical gospels , particularly the Gospel of Matthew. A decisive factor in this Last Judgement during the second coming of Christ will be the question, if the corporal works of mercy were practiced or not during lifetime.
They rate as important acts of charity. Therefore, and according to the biblical sources Mt 5: Orthodox layman Alexander Kalomiros explains the original Church's position regarding the Second Coming in River of Fire  and Against False Union ,  stating that those who contend that Christ will reign on earth for a thousand years "do not wait for Christ, but for the Antichrist.
The many denominations of Protestantism have differing views on the exact details of Christ's second coming. Only a handful of Christian organizations claim complete and authoritative interpretation of the typically symbolic and prophetic biblical sources. A short reference to the second coming is contained in the Nicene Creed: Some Protestant churches proclaim the Mystery of Faith to be: Latter-day Saints have particularly distinct and specific interpretations of what are considered to be signs stated in the Book of Revelation. Their church also teaches that "When the Savior comes again, He will come in power and glory to claim the earth as His kingdom.
His Second Coming will mark the beginning of the Millennium. The Second Coming will be a fearful, mournful time for the wicked, but it will be a day of peace for the righteous. Fundamental Belief 25 of the Seventh-day Adventist Church states:. The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the church, the grand climax of the gospel. The Saviour's coming will be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide.
When He returns, the righteous dead will be resurrected, and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven, but the unrighteous will die. The almost complete fulfillment of most lines of prophecy, together with the present condition of the world, indicates that Christ's coming is imminent. The time of that event has not been revealed, and we are therefore exhorted to be ready at all times. Jehovah's Witnesses rarely use the term "second coming", preferring the term "presence" as a translation of parousia.
Other biblical expressions they correlate with this period include "the time of the end" Dan Moody and the premillennial interpretation became one of the core components of Christian fundamentalism in the s. In Rosicrucian esoteric Christian teaching, there is a clear distinction between the cosmic Christ, or Christ without, and the Christ within. Baha'u'llah wrote to Pope Pius IX ,.
He Who is the Lord of Lords is come overshadowed with clouds He, verily, hath again come down from Heaven even as He came down from it the first time. Beware that thou dispute not with Him even as the Pharisees disputed with Him without a clear token or proof.
Therefore, our only safeguard is to turn to the Bible alone for answers.
Many people ask, how many people will see Jesus when He returns? This event cannot be hidden, every human on planet earth will see Jesus. He will come back personally and literally. Jesus Himself describes the manner of His coming. Verses 30 and 31 of the same chapter describe Jesus coming with power and great glory and with the sound of a great trumpet, that awakens the righteous dead who are then gathered from the ends of the earth.
Learn more about Jesus coming back as a thief in the night. Christians should be on guard, watching and praying until the day of the Lord. The Bible says in Luke For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man. This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven. The Bible says that the angels will return with Jesus and they will come with a loud sound of the trumpet to gather from the whole earth those who have died in Christ.
And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
When Jesus returns to earth the wicked who are left alive will call for the rocks and hills to fall on them because they cannot look upon the face of Christ Revelation 6: The wicked will be destroyed with everlasting destruction because they did not know God or obey the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ 2 Thessalonians 1: For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
The Bible says that Jesus is coming back to reward the inhabitants of the earth and bring many back to heaven with Him Revelation The Bible also says in Matthew Jesus, more than anything, wants to spend time with you.
He will usher in the Millennium. The Millennium is the thousand-year period when Jesus will reign on the earth. His coming will begin the millennial reign. See chapter 45 in this book. Then we will see our friends come up, and perhaps some that we have been acquainted with here. Brigham Young , — He will complete the First Resurrection. Those who have obtained the privilege of coming forth in the resurrection of the just will rise from their graves.
They will be caught up to meet the Savior as He comes down from heaven. After Jesus Christ rose from the dead, other righteous people who had died were also resurrected. They appeared in Jerusalem and also on the American continent. This was the beginning of the First Resurrection. Some people have been resurrected since then. After the resurrection of those who will inherit celestial glory, another group will be resurrected: When all these people have been resurrected, the First Resurrection will be completed.
The wicked who are living at the time of the Second Coming of the Lord will be destroyed in the flesh. They, along with the wicked who are already dead, will have to wait until the last resurrection. All of the remaining dead will rise to meet God. He will take His rightful place as King of heaven and earth.