In my previous article called ”How Christians Can Overcome Some People’s Skepticism About Jesus Return To Earth” I described some of the reasons why some people could be skeptical about whether Jesus Christ will actually return to earth as He promised in John 14:3, Matthew 24:30, 25:31.
After describing some of those reasons for people’s skepticism, I described some ways for Christians to overcome the first two reasons for some people’s skepticism of Jesus return to earth.
However, I didn’t describe the ways that Christians could use to overcome the third reason for people’s skepticism. That reason says that some people could become skeptical about Jesus’ return because they have seen the failure of many well-publicized predictions that some prophecy teachers made about the precise date that Jesus would return to earth.
As each of those predictions failed to happen the way that the prophecy teachers said they would, those failures both damaged the credibility of the promise that Jesus made about His return and it also helped energize some people’s skepticism about whether Jesus would actually return to earth.
Christians can try to overcome those people’s skepticism by using a 3 step process. The first of those steps involves pointing out that predicting a precise date for Jesus’ return goes against the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 24:36, which says that only God the Father knows the precise time that He will send Jesus back to earth.
The second step in that process involves showing people how the prophecy teachers making such predictions used a combination of man-made speculations and a faulty system of the interpretation of the Scriptures which prophesied Jesus’ return to formulate their predictions.
The third step in that process involves Christians showing the skeptics the many prophecies of Jesus and the Apostle Paul that either have been fulfilled or are in the process of being fulfilled. As Christians do those things, they can state that since these prophecies are being fulfilled, the rest of the prophecies about Jesus returning to earth will also be fulfilled.
In Luke 21:23 (NASB), Jesus prophesied that “there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to the people, and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”
The first part of this prophecy was fulfilled in 70 A.D. when the Roman army conquered the land of Israel. Then after the Second Jewish Rebellion the Roman Army expelled many Jewish people from the land of Israel into many parts of their empire.
The second part of that prophecy began to be fulfilled as the Jewish people returned to their homeland and established the new nation of Israel in 1948. Then, in 1967, the Israeli Army conquered all of Jerusalem. Next, in 1980 the Israeli government proclaimed sovereignty over all of Jerusalem and since then the Jewish people have continued to dominate Jerusalem.
In Luke 21:11, Jesus prophesied that “there will be great earthquakes and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.”
We can see the fulfillment of those prophecies by watching the television news programs and seeing the following things: (1) The increasing number of large earthquakes happening around the world; )2) The different forms of diseases and plagues (such as Ebola) spreading throughout many countries of the world; (3) The increasing number of countries around the world experiencing drought and famine; (4) the terror coming from the potential damage that could be caused by asteroids coming close or hitting the earth: (5) The great sign in the heavens of the moon becoming blood red on Biblical feasts in fulfillment of Joel 2:30-31.
In Luke 2:25, Jesus prophesied that there will be “dismay among nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves.”
We could see the fulfillment of that prophecy as the increasing number of large earthquakes that occur in coastal areas or areas under the ocean floor are creating great tidal waves (also called tsunamis) which produce such roaring of the waves and damage to coastal areas that it produces great terror to the countries that such tidal waves hit.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:7, the Apostle Paul prophesied that a man of lawlessness will arise and will get his spiritual power from the Devil to produce great signs and wonders so he can deceive those people who will not receive God’s truths and become saved.
Even though the man of lawlessness has not yet been openly revealed, “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work” (2 Thessalonians 2:7) and the demonic spirit that will power such an evil man has been busy deceiving many people around the world into committing great actions of lawlessness. Such lawlessness could intensify so that it fulfills Jesus’ scariest prophecy that: “Because lawless is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:12)
Those are just some of the prophecies that are being fulfilled. There will be many more prophecies that will be fulfilled as the time when Jesus returns gets closer.
Just as God fulfilled many Scripture prophecies when He sent Jesus to come to earth at the right time during The Feast of Tabernacles to fulfill the type of God’s great desire to tabernacle and live with His people; God will send Jesus back to earth at the right time in fulfillment of many Scripture prophecies and types.