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Welcome to End Times Madness - The Last Coming of Jesus Christ, a Website that deals with the burning question of Christ's return. The purpose of this site is to draw attention to the myriad of beliefs, misunderstandings and misconceptions concerning this crucial event and the timing of this vital element of the Christian faith. 
 
The second part of the title also has a double meaning, referring to His most recent return in 70 A.D. and to His final return at the end of this age, both of which are discussed on this site.                                             
 
Is His "second coming" imminent...or...did it already take place? Is Jesus scheduled to return at any moment or are millions of people waiting for something that has already happened? If Jesus has already returned since His resurrection and ascension into Heaven, why are so many followers of Christianity anxiously awaiting this important event? Could something as vitally important and core to our belief system as our Lord's return have been hidden from us, either innocently or intentionally? Did we miss it? Was it covered up, like in some Hollywood movie? As fantastic as these possibilities may sound, they are the subject of  this Website. You will not be disappointed that you spent time here. I have been a Christian for over 30 years and this information changed my life.
 
Note: This site is not meant to be divisive. In fact, the motivation for my doing this project was quite the opposite: To be unifying by trying to provide Scriptural truths that have been lost, resulting the division of the Body into denominations and sects - some of which are even at each others throats over matters that are clearly stated in God's Word. How does this happen? I believe the main culprit is a lack of interest on the individual's part to know the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. In other words, we have "left our first love" just as Christ told John to write in His criticisms of the early church in the first three chapters of The Book of Revelation.
 
How do we change things? "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matt. 6:33) It is written in Psalms and three times in Proverbs: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We must stop learning everything we know by word of mouth and return to Him and His Word with humility and an eagerness to learn the truth...the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
 
Fast food religion must come an end. We must become truth-seekers, starting and ending each day with a sincere prayer for truth and against deception. God will honor this prayer. I believe the truth will not only set us free but bring us together. This must happen for the Body to be healthy and strong...especially in today's world. 
 
 
 
The Scriptural Evidence
 
Let's start by examining some facts and supportive verses. Did Jesus not tell his disciples in Matthew 24:30 that they would see the Son of Man (Jesus, Himself) coming again? (Now keep in mind: In the following verses from the Matthew 24 account, Jesus was using the same elaborate and profound prophetic language that the Old Testament prophets used when describing upcoming events that would have great significance, such as the Babylonian captivity. Those hearing this did not expect the sun's light to go out or the stars to fall from the sky. This was figurative speech.) 
 
 
Matthew 24: 29,30
29Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
 30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
 
When was this incredible event going to occur? Did He not say 4 verses later that this would happen within their generation?
 
 
Matthew 24:34
34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
 
 
A Biblical generation was 40 years. Christ was crucified in 32-33 AD. For His promised return ("with power and great glory") to occur within their generation, it would have to occur before 73 A.D.  Did it? If so, how was it missed? Was it a "secret" coming? Did He sneak in unnoticed? That's certainly not what He said he would do. He said He was coming with "power and great glory". Did anything happen within that generation that would qualify as such an event? Perhaps we have been looking for the wrong thing. I believe the disciples knew what they were looking for.
 
The other principle reference to Christ's return is found in the first chapter of the Book of Acts. The resurrected Jesus had appeared to His disciples over a period of forty days and was about to leave them. He had just answered their question about the timing of the restoration of the kingdom of Israel with the well-known statement "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power." The account in Acts continues:
 
 
Acts 1:9- 11
9And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
 10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
 11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
 
That "in like manner" reference has confounded many. What does that refer to and does it hold the key to our understanding of Christ's "second coming"? To what does the "in like manner" refer? It refers to Christ's ascension into the clouds, which "received Him out of their site". The clouds must be important because Jesus Himself mentioned them in His own account of His imminent return (within that generation)...."coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory".
 
 
 
The Second Coming of Christ
 
So, was there a time- within 40 years of His death, resurrection, and appearance to His disciples- that Jesus returned in the clouds with power and great glory? The answer is "YES!!!"
 
Yes, Yes, Yes!!! We know exactly when Jesus returned in the clouds with power and great glory. This incredible event took place during the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman armies in 70 A.D. (within that generation). And we have eyewitnesses to prove it!
 
Under the orders of Cesar Nero and in response to the Jewish rebellion, the Roman army destroyed Jerusalem and leveled their last temple to the degree that not one stone was left upon another. The siege began in 66 A.D. and lasted 3.5 years, with Jerusalem ultimately falling in 70 A.D. The Romans then desecrated the temple (the "abomination of the desolation") by setting up shrines to their pagan gods in the Holy of Holies- the inner sanctuary of that beloved temple.
 
But during that 3.5 year tribulation period - the absolute worst time in man's history - some miracles occurred that were recorded by the well-known Jewish historian, Josephus, and witnessed by the Roman historian Tacitus. Among these was an incredible supernatural event, witnessed by many, in which chariots of fire and heavenly troops were seen running about in the clouds and surrounding the city.
 
You can find excerpts from the writings of Josephus and Tacitus on this link:
http://www.preteristarchive.com/StudyArchive/c/chariots-in-clouds.html
  
Isn't it just like God to use two impartial witnesses- a Roman and a Jew- to witness and write about one of the most important events in the history of mankind? If Christians had written this, the unbelieving world could discount the event as a matter of bias.
 
Was Jesus among their number in the clouds? Was Christ leading the battle, coming in power and great glory like He said he would- when He said He would? I certainly believe He was. Was He only seen by those who were finally leaving this earth and going to Heaven, meeting Him in the clouds just as Paul said they would in Thessalonians  (1 Thess. 4:17)? I believe that's so- and was so for a very good reason.
 
This veiled event is in keeping with the story of Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6:17, when God opened the eyes of the young servant so that he could see the armies of Heaven (and chariots of fire) surrounding them and the enemy army that had circled their city. Before God allowed the servant to see, Elisha uttered the famous words "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them." and then prayed that God would open his eyes to the presence of the Heavenly host. Only those "with eyes to see" could observe this supernatural event.
 
 
 
Why the Mystery?
 
So once again, was there a time- within 40 years of His death, resurrection, and appearance to His disciples- that Jesus returned in the clouds with power and great glory? The answer is "Yes!". Christ did exactly what He said He was going to do, when He said He would do it, and did it in the exact fashion He described to His followers.
 
And the "mystery" behind it is no more mysterious than the actual birthday of Jesus and His early childhood years. People often ask why we do not know the exact birthday of Jesus. The answer: It was not meant to be known. If the Jews knew the exact birthday of Jesus the Messiah, they would not have crucified Him. God shrouded the exact date of His Son's birth in mystery because Jesus was meant to die.  It was the purpose of His coming- to suffer and die for our sins. He was- and is- the sacrificial Lamb of God.  
 
Similarly, God allowed Christ's second coming to be shrouded in mystery because that was also part of His perfect plan. We should all know by now that God's plan was not to have life be heaven-on-earth...yet. That will be so for eternity. Life was meant to have a deeper purpose: One in which we help each other and He helps us. We would need no help if everything was perfect. As hard as life can be, it has purpose the way it is and His plan is perfect. 
 
However, I believe His perfect plan includes our understanding of that plan. I believe His perfect plan includes our coming together as a Body of believers and ultimately finding unity in our beliefs so that we can work together to help others understand His plan of salvation while helping God put His enemies under His feet. And there is a rapidly rising number of the latter. And among their charges are that we are hypocrites, ignorant of our own beliefs, and holding to an unfulfilled promise by our Lord: That He was coming back...and soon. 
 
So, how did we get so far off base with our beliefs that we have divided ourselves into numerous groups with some waiting for an event that already happened and others misunderstanding the difference between His second coming and His final one? Why can't people of faith defend a challenge made to them by non-believers or atheists when asked "Why do you still believe when your Jesus has never returned like He said he would?" Aren't we waiting for something that has already happened? Did we miss really it or are we talking about two different things here...or both? Now that you know what you know, are we waiting for His second coming or His last, when He returns to reign in bodily form with believers possessing resurrected bodies?
 
 
 
Why this Website?
 
I created this site in July of 2009 partly to share my studies of and feelings about what I now believe to be the most destructive force in the Church today- modern dispensationalism. This Website will ultimately explain in great detail why I label it as such a divisive entity.
 
For those who are not familiar with the term, dispensationalism is basically a theology that deals with the different periods of time (dispensations) in which God has interacted with man. It focuses on the covenants made between God and man, dealing primarily with His relationship with Israel and  the birth of the Christian Church, culminating in the end of time as we know it.
 
Some of the dispensational theology is sound and based on Biblical history. The problem arises when those who hold to modern dispensationalism attempt to predict future events using the Old Testament prophecies and the words of Christ. This has led to various futuristic "end times" scenarios in which "the antichrist" rises to power, the Great Tribulation occurs, and Christ returns, removes His faithful followers ("the rapture"), destroys His enemies in the battle of Armageddon, restores His Kingdom, and then reigns for a thousand years with His elect in their resurrected bodies.
 
This elaborate concept has been written into books and made into movies with the most popular being the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye. However, there is great division among the ranks of dispensationalists as to the timing of these individual events within the end times framework as well as the imminent nature of these events. Many outspoken proponents (e.g. Hal Lindsey) have made bold and very specific predictions about the end of the world and have already been wrong multiple times, casting serious doubt on the validity of their understanding of eschatology- the study of the events they believe lead to the end of the world.
 
 
Here is the link to the Wikipedia page on dispensationalism- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dispensationalism. 
 
Here is the link to the term eschatology- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eschatology .
 
 
You will find that the father of modern dispensationalism was John Nelson Darby , a contemporary of Charles Darwin- the father of modern evolutionary theory. In fact, the two men died 10 days apart in April of 1882. I find that very interesting. Darby was one of the first men to formally refute Darwin's idea of evolution, holding instead to his belief in Biblical prophesies, which he felt provided a "sure guide to human history- past, present and future."  (http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scopes/fundamentalism.html ).
 
But where did Darby get his ideas about the future? How did he come up with the "secret rapture" and the events he believed were awaiting the church and the rest of humanity? Did he realize that he was about to divide the church in a way that would take a Herculean effort...no, Divine empowerment... to unify us against the rising tide of atheistic and fundamentalist Muslim radicals?
 
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is 1 Corinthians 13: 9, 10 - "9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away."  John Nelson Darby was no exception. He was clearly a dedicated believer and a very valuable resource but his views of the future are controversial at best and, I believe, fatally flawed as are those who hold to any of the "end times" scenarios that have sprung from his teachings.
 
All we really need to see is that the Old Testament prophets were speaking about the end of the age- the time of the Jews being God's chosen people- not the end of the world. It takes very little effort on the part of the reader to see that Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and the rest were all talking about the plight of the Jews- who had fallen into apostasy- and the time that was rapidly approaching when the covenant they had with God would end and a new covenant (peace and restoration through His Son, Jesus Christ) would be instituted.  The dispensation in which God dealt personally and strongly with the Jews was about to come to an sudden and dramatic end. This was a huge event- one of Biblical proportion, as we like to say- and deserved all of the prophetic language that these prophets used, some of which sounded cataclysmic and world-ending but was often and simply used to emphasize the incredible magnitude of the events to follow.
 
Jesus used the same language in describing the principle event that would follow within a generation (40 years) of His death and resurrection- the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Although many are unfamiliar with this date or have failed to grasp its incredible significance, this event marked the end of the age and served as one of the most pivotal points in man's history, only to be surpassed by Creation itself and the birth and death of Jesus Christ, Himself.
 
 
 
Everything Changed!
 
Everything changed during this critical period of time between Christ's crucifixion/resurrection and the annihilation of Jerusalem by the Roman armies. As you will see on this Website, the " seven years of Tribulation" began in 67 AD when Cesar Nero ("the beast" of Revelation) ordered the siege of Jerusalem in response to the Jewish rebellion. Halfway through, in 70 A.D., Jerusalem fell - just as Christ told his disciples it would. The tribulation lasted seven years, ending in 73 A.D. when the Romans finally completed their siege of Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish rebels. It took them 3.5 years to complete this task and when they did, the Romans found that all of the Jewish rebels had fallen on their swords. It was over- the end of the age had come. The Church Age had begun.
 
But this was not all that occurred during that time- far from it. In less than 40 years (from 33 A.D. to 70 A.D.), we went from being unrighteous creations, who were dependent on a select few priests to communicate with God, to saved individuals who could take our prayers directly to God Himself. We were suddenly righteous in God's eyes because of Christ's work on the cross. During the three days following His crucifixion, Jesus witnessed to those in soul sleep and prepared them for the greatest moment of their lives- the move to Heaven. As Christ prepared this place for them, the Church began to grow and flourish, spreading the Gospel to all of the world. (Col. 1:6 and 23)  And in 70 A.D. - after the war in Heaven and the expulsion of Satan, which paralleled the battle on the ground -  the dead in Christ made the quantum leap from soul sleep to experiencing the joy of Heaven, just as we do now immediately upon their physical death. Wow! 
 
And yet, ask any Christian when the dead began going to Heaven for the first time and you will get an interesting mix of answers, ranging from "We don't go to Heaven yet" to "As soon as Christ died on the cross" or "After Christ's resurrection." But according to Scripture (Acts 7:60) Stephen fell asleep when he died, which occurred after Christ's final ascent into Heaven. After studying the events of 66-73 AD and reading the words of Josephus and Tacitus, we have to conclude that the dead in Christ first went to Heaven in or around 70 AD just as Jesus said they would and Paul described in Thessalonians.
 
Jesus went to prepare a place for believers, which involved ending Satan's access to God's throne. This is found in Revelation 12:7 and was seen by those with "eyes to see" on the ground in 70 AD, described in detail by Josephus. Shortly thereafter, the "rapture" took place and the dead in Christ- those from the beginning of time and to whom Christ had witnessed during his three days in the heart of the earth- all went to Heaven for the very first time. Halleluiah!
 
Why was this not seen by those on the ground? Because the dead in Christ had not yet received their resurrected bodies. This "rapture" was a spiritual ascent, not a physical one, just as occurs now when we die. The resurrection of the body comes later- at the end of the current dispensation (the Church Age)- and will only occur after we win this battle for God and put His enemies under His feet. Again: We are empowered to do all things. We will win this battle.
 
Even though this is all relatively new to me, I am still amazed that most do not know about the historical events surrounding the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. But, I am even more amazed at the lack of understanding of the significance of those events. Once again, I cannot throw stones here because I, too, was ignorant of these things until just recently. Why? The main reason is a lack of interest in knowing. This is complicated by a second reason, which is that the need to know has been suppressed by misconceptions and deceptions- bits of information that make people think they know all that they need to know. A third is the replacement of truth with untruths- misconceptions and deceptions that replace the truth. And finally,  I do believe there are conscious and unconscious efforts on the part of some to hide the truth.
 
People are often born into certain beliefs and many never think beyond what they were taught as children or young adults. This is quite sad and disturbing but very common. For example, we have mature Christians who still think that we become angels when we die. Many have no idea about the process of Creation nor the significance of Old Testament history because they only know what they were told in Sunday school or church, which is often the same few stories that even non-Christians know.
 
This is tragic on many levels as it shows a true lack of interest in the most important part of life- our faith- and supports my charge that we frequently think we know all that we need to know to get by in life. This is an incredibly foolish notion. We not only have much to learn but we must be prepared to filter man's knowledge through God's wisdom, a task that can only be performed by those who know and love God. And we can only know God by spending time with Him and His Word. Who do you know that reads the Bible every day or has ever read the Bible all of the way through? Those people are out there but they are few and far between.
 
 
 
Conclusion
 
This Website will attempt to make the events of Christ's birth, death, resurrection and return more understandable than ever before. Hopefully, the above article has started that ball rolling in the right direction. The site will focus on that time period in which the end of the previous age (which some call the Mosaic Age)  took place and the new age- The Church Age, The New Covenant, the final earthly dispensation-  began. It is critical for people to understand the events of 70 A.D. because it makes sense of the prophecies of Old Testament prophets and Jesus, Himself as well as the Book of Revelation- the most misinterpreted book of the Bible and source of many end times misconceptions.
 
Hopefully, this will all make perfect sense to the reader who is seeking the truth on these important matters. The Church is horribly divided on these issues, something that must be rectified if we are complete our mission of re-establishing God's Kingdom here on earth in the way He clearly intends. If that was not God's intent, He would not have empowered us to do ALL things through Christ... which should strengthen us. (Philippians 4:13)