The Signs Of His Coming
Most of the signs of the Second Coming of Christ are what might be called "ambiguous signs". These are signs which happen continuously and can be applied throughout all generations and periods: wars, famines, plummeting morality, apostasies, earthquakes and other natural disasters which would no doubt increase in frequency as we get closer to the End Times.
The "meaningful signs", or the non-ambiguous biblical signs, start with the return of the Jews to the Middle East. The Church herself does not voice openly an opinion upon this return. Nor can Scripture be quoted verbatim showing that the Jews will return to the Middle East before the Second Coming. When you take all the prophecies as a series of conditions that must transpire, you see a pattern of conditions that brings the Jews back before the return of Jesus Christ.
These signs begin in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy (xxx.33), "The Lord your God will change your lot, and taking pity on you He will again gather you from all the nations wherein He has scattered you...The Lord God will then bring you into the Land which your fathers once occupied" a promise which is directed to the Babylonian captivity, but is also referenced to the End Times for final retribution. As Saint Paul confirms in Romans (xi.25), talking about the Jews, "That a partial blindness has befallen Israel until the full number of the Gentiles should enter and thus Israel shall be saved." Now, he does not mean that all the Jews will be saved, but according to the Apocalypse (vii) one hundred forty-four thousand (i.e., a perfect number, or fullness of converted Jews) will be converted before the Final Judgment.
In St. Luke (xxi.23) Our Lord, when talking about the destruction of Jerusalem, goes on to say: "For there will be great distress over the Land, and wrath upon His people and they will fall by the edge of the sword and will be led away as captives to all the nations and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the nations be fulfilled."
In St. John (v.43) Our Lord addresses the Jews: "I have come in the name of my Father, and you received me not, if another shall come in his own name him you will receive." The Rev. Dr. P. Huchede, in his book, History of the Antichrist, says "many of the Doctors of the Church are of the opinion that Our Lord is referring to the Antichrist, whom the Jews will accept." Our Lord had already stated that Jerusalem would be destroyed and the Jews scattered around the world, but here He indicates they will be back again and will accept this false Christ.
The two witnesses of the Apocalypse (xi.8), whom many believe represent Enoch and Elias, will be sent to Jerusalem. This leads us to believe that they will probably be the ones who convert the Jews. Their deaths take place in the battle with the antichrist forces described as "the great city of Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified." The Apocalypse (xvi.16 and xx.8) also tells us as commented on in the footnotes, "The Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet gather the kings of the world together for battle in a place called Armageddon, or in Hebrew Harmegiddo, which is a battlefield in Palestine." Technically speaking, it will be the last battle between good and evil.
Again, in St: Matthew's Gospel (xxiv. 15), Our Lord speaks of the End Times and about Daniel's prophecy concerning the "abomination of desolation" standing in the holy place. This could imply both Rome and Jerusalem since Rome became the New Jerusalem. One must be careful not to confuse the differences of location in regards to the great apostasy; one cannot have the Jews in Middle East and not have "temple of God." This is supported by the Apocalypse (xx.8): The enemies of God "encompass the camp of the saints and the beloved city" Jerusalem-Armageddon.
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