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Two thousand years ago, Almighty God came to the earth as foretold in the Old Testament. God was born in the flesh as a baby; He was Jesus Christ. Those who believed in the prophecies of the Bible were able to identify Jesus as the savior. These people were able to receive salvation.

John 1:45  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wroteJesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

Similarly, the Bible also tells us the sign by which we can recognise Jesus when He comes a second time.

 

Jesus’ Second Coming

 

However, after Jesus’ Ascension, the teachings of the New Covenant that He preached began to be changed and distorted— in AD 325, the truth of the Passover Jesus taught was completely abolished in the Council of Nicaea (For more information, please refer to article Weeds and Wheat). For this reason, the Bible prophesied that Jesus will come a second time to restore all the teachings He taught at His first coming and restore the truth to bring salvation.

Hebrews 9:28  so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

How can we know the time of Jesus second coming? Jesus gave His disciples a specific sign to recognise His second coming.

 

The Sign of Jesus’ Second Coming

 

Matthew 24:3  As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
Matthew 24:32-33 (NLT) Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door.

When Jesus’s disciples asked about His second coming, Jesus taught His disciples to learn the lesson from the fig tree. When the fig tree blossoms, Jesus’ return is right at the door. This is the sign for us to recognise the time when He comes again. As fig trees blossom every year and there are so many fig trees in different places, the fig tree that Jesus referred to does not refer to physical fig trees. Its important to understand what the fig tree stands for because it is a sign to recognise Jesus’ coming again.

 

The Fig Tree Represents Israel

 

Jeremiah 24:5  This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians.

Judah was a place in Israel. God regarded the exiles from Judah as good figs. The fig tree represents the nation of Israel. Jesus also explained this through a parable.

Luke 13:6-7  Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

The man in the parable was Jesus Himself. Just as the man looked for fruit on the fig tree for three years, Jesus too preached the gospel in Israel for three years. However, He did not find any fruit and said to cut down the fig tree. Jesus told a fact by using a parable. Biblically, the fig tree symbolizes Israel.

The Fall of Israel

 

As Israel rejected the gospel Jesus preached, Jesus told His disciples to cut it down. This was a prophecy about the fall of Israel. In another parable, Jesus directly prophesied about the fall of Israel.

Luke 21:20-24  When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

 

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The Great Revolt, also known as the First Jewish-Roman War began in A.D. 66.1) This was one of the major rebellions held by the Jews against the Roman Empire. Due to the Roman and Jewish ethnic and religious differences, tensions between the two groups often lead to small revolts. This crisis escalated due to anti-taxation protests and Jewish attacks on Roman Citizens. In response, then Emperor Nero dispatched an army under the general Vespasian to restore order in A.D. 68.2) His son Titus was appointed as the second-in-command of the army. However, Emperor Nero died shortly after and Vespasian was appointed as the new emperor. Emperor Vespasian then appointed his son, Titus, to lead the army in the assault on Jerusalem once more. In A.D.70, Titus besieged and conquered the city of Jerusalem.3) Josephus, a Jewish Historian, claims that 1.1 million Jews were killed, with 97,000 Jews enslaved. Israel lost its sovereignty from then on. The Romans began to occupy Israel until A.D. 390, followed by Byzantine Rule (390-1099), Caliphates (634-1099), Crusades and Mongols (1099-1291), Mamluk rule (1291-1517), Ottoman rule (1517-1917), and British Mandate of Palestine (1920-1948).4)

As Christ prophesied, Israel was completely destroyed by the Roman army in A.D. 70. The country Israel disappeared and was occupied by various countries and kingdoms. Israel that was represented as the fig tree was cut down, left dead and barren because it rejected the gospel. However, the Bible prophesied that Israel will be restored in its time.

The Restoration of Israel

 

Luke 21:24  They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Jesus said “until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled”, implying that the time for the Gentiles (Gentiles refer to people who are not Israelites) would come to an end. According to this prophecy, the Israelites who had been wandering all over the world for about 1,900 years, returned and reclaimed their homeland. After World War II ended, Israel miraculously gained independence in 1948. The first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, officially declared Israel an independent state in May 1948.

 

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Believing in the prophecy written in the Bible (Jeremiah 30:7), the Jews who were scattered in the world began an organized religious and political movement. This was known as the Zionism movement, which began in the late 19th and early 20th century in Central and Eastern Europe.5) Theodor Herzl, the ideological father of Zionism, believed that only a separation could allow Jews to escape persecution and Antisemitism as Jews lived as minorities across Europe at that time. Their goal and purpose was to reestablish a Jewish homeland in Palestine (the previous location of Israel). In 1917, the British Government issued the Balfour Declaration, an announcement which promised British support for a creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine.6) Over the years, Jews began to migrate to the ancient holy land and built settlements. By 1933, the Jewish population in Palestine was estimated to be around 238,000. After World War II ended, the growth was exponential and finally Zionism achieved its aim of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine in 1948.

However, Jesus already foretold that the fig tree will blossom again. More importantly, Jesus said that the restoration of Israel was a sign and proclamation that His return was already at the door.

Matthew 24:32-33  Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near.In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door.

“At the Door”

 

Jesus explained what we should do when He is at the door.

Revelation 3:20  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

When Jesus is at the door, the Bible explains that we should open the door of our hearts and be ready to receive Him again. From the time Israel was restored in 1948, everyone who wants to receive salvation should open the door of their hearts and be ready to receive Jesus again.

Christ Ahnsahnghong was baptized in 1948—the same year when Israel gained independence. He started to preach the gospel of the New Covenant and restored all the teachings that Jesus taught 2,000 years ago.

He restored the truth which leads to eternal life to bring salvation as prophesied in the Bible—the Passover of the New Covenant! (For more information, please refer to articles on the Passover). Finally, He established the World Mission Society Church of God which keeps the teachings of the New Covenant.

Please receive salvation by opening the door of your heart and be ready to receive Jesus again by studying the prophecies of the Bible in the World Mission Society Church of God!

 


1. R. G. Grant (24 October 2017). 1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History. Book Sales. pp. 85–. ISBN 978-0-7858-3553-0.

2.The Romans Destroy the Temple at Jerusalem, 70 AD. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/jewishtemple.htm.

3. Cornfield, Gaalya ed., Josephus, The Jewish War (1982); Duruy, Victor, History of Rome vol. V (1883).

4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Israel

5. Israel. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.history.com/topics/middle-east/history-of-israel

6. Britannica, T. E. (2016, July 18). Zionism. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/topic/Zionism

两千年前,全能的上帝按照旧约圣经的预言来到了地球上。上帝穿着肉身以婴孩诞生,他就是耶稣基督。只有那些相信圣经的人才可以认出耶稣是我们的救主,才可以得到救恩。
约翰福音 1:45 腓力找到拿但业,对他说:“摩西在律法书上所写的,和众先知所记的那一位我们遇见了,就是约瑟的儿子拿撒勒人耶稣。”
同样,圣经也告知我们能够认出再临耶稣的征兆。
 

再临耶稣

当初临耶稣升天之后,他传播的新约真理开始发生改变和扭曲——公元325年,耶稣教导的逾越节真理在尼西亚会议被完全废除(更多的信息请查阅稗子和麦子)。为此,圣经预言耶稣会再次降临来恢复他初临时教导的真理,带来救恩。
希伯来书 9:28 像这样,基督既然一次被献,担当了多人的罪,将来要向那等候他的人第二次显现,并与罪无关,乃是为拯救他们
我们怎样才能知道耶稣再临的时期呢?耶稣亲自告知他的门徒们有关再临的征兆。
 

再临耶稣来临的征兆

马太福音 24:3 耶稣在橄榄山上坐着,门徒暗暗地来,说:“请告诉我们,什么时候有这些事?你降临和世界的末了有什么预兆呢?”
马太福音 24:32-33 “你们可以从无花果树学个比方。当树枝发嫩长叶的时候,你们就知道夏天近了。这样,你们看见这一切的事,也该知道人子近了,正在门口了
当耶稣的门徒们问及他再临的征兆时,耶稣教导他们可以从无花果树学个比喻。当无花果树发嫩长叶的时候,耶稣的再临就在门口了。这是我们能够认出他再临时期的征兆。因为无花果树每年开花,在不同地区有很多不同种类的无花果树,耶稣所说的无花果树并不是实际的无花果树。无花果树的含义是我们能够认出耶稣再临时期的征兆,因此一定要明白无花果树预表的是什么。
 

无花果树预表的是以色列国

耶利米书 24:5 “耶和华以色列的神如此说:被掳去的犹大,就是我打发离开这地到迦勒底人之地去的,我必看顾他们如这好无花果,使他们得好处。
 
犹大是以色列的一个地方。上帝将被掳去的犹大人看成是好无花果。无花果树预表以色列国。我们来看一个耶稣所设的比喻。
路加福音 13:6-7于是用比喻说:“一个人有一棵无花果树栽在葡萄园里。他来到树前找果子,却找不着, 就对管园的说:‘看哪,我这三年来到这无花果树前找果子,竟找不着。把它砍了吧,何必白占地土呢?’
比喻中的那个人正是耶稣本人。正如那人在无花果树前找果子三年,耶稣也在以色列国传播了三年福音。然而,耶稣竟找不着果子,还说要砍掉无花果树。根据圣经,无花果树象征着以色列国。
 

以色列国的灭亡

正如排斥福音的以色列国,耶稣让他的门徒砍掉无花果树一样,这正是关于以色列国灭亡的预言。在另外一个比喻中,耶稣直接预言了以色列的灭亡。
路加福音 21:20-24“你们看见耶路撒冷被兵围困,就可知道它成荒场的日子近了。那时,在犹太的,应当逃到山上;在城里的,应当出来;在乡下的,不要进城。因为这是报应的日子,使经上所写的都得应验。当那些日子,怀孕的和奶孩子的有祸了!因为将有大灾难降在这地方,也有震怒临到这百姓。他们要倒在刀下,又被掳到各国去耶路撒冷要被外邦人践踏,直到外邦人的日期满了
你知道吗历史背景 

犹太人起义,也被称为第一次犹太-罗马大战,开始于公元66年1)。这是犹太人反对罗马帝国的主要叛乱之一。由于罗马人和犹太人种族和宗教差异,两个国家的紧张关系经常导致小规模的叛乱。由于反税收的抗议和犹太人攻击罗马人,这场危机升级了。作为回应,尼禄皇帝在公元68年2)派遣维帕斯先将军恢复秩序,他的儿子提图斯任命为副指挥官。然而不久后尼禄皇帝自杀,维帕斯先将军任命为新的皇帝。维帕斯先皇帝任命他的儿子提图斯作为将军攻击耶路撒冷。公元70年,提图斯将军围困耶路撒冷城3)。根据以色列历史学家约瑟夫斯描述,大约有110万以色列人被杀,9万7000人被俘虏。自此,以色列国失去了自主权。以色列国被罗马攻占直到公元390年,之后拜占庭(390-1099年)统治,阿拉伯帝国(1099-1291年),十字军(1099-1291年),马穆鲁克(1291-1517年),奥斯曼帝国(1517-1917年),英国对巴勒斯坦的托管(1920-1948年)4)

 

正如基督所预言的那样,公元70年以色列被罗马军队灭国,之后被很多国家侵占由此而消亡。被预言为无花果树的以色列国被砍掉、枯萎死亡是因为它拒绝接受福音。然而,圣经预言了以色列国在定期会光复。
 

以色列国的光复

路加福音21:24 他们要倒在刀下,又被掳到各国去。耶路撒冷要被外邦人践踏,直到外邦人的日期满了。
耶稣说“知道外邦人的日期满了”,暗示外邦人(外邦人指的是非以色列人)侵占的日期再长也会结束。按照圣经的预言,以色列民族约有1900年之久漂泊四海,终于重返列祖之地复国。第二次世界大战之后的1948年,以色列国奇迹般的恢复独立。戴维.本-古里安在1948年5月正式宣布以色列是一个独立的国家。
你知道吗

坚信圣经预言(耶30:7)会成就,漂泊四海的犹太人发起展开宗教和政治运动。该运动也称锡安主义,始于19世纪末20世纪初的中欧和东欧5) 。犹太复国主义的意识形态之父,西奥多.赫茨尔,主张由于犹太人作为少数民族生活在欧洲各地,只有独立才会使犹太人逃脱迫害和反犹太主义。他们的目标是在巴勒斯坦地区(之前是属于以色列国)重建家园。1917年,英国发表了《贝尔福宣言》,该声明承诺英国支持在巴勒斯坦建立一个犹太民族家园6) 。多年以来,犹太人开始迁移到古老的圣地建立定居点。截至1933年,在巴勒斯坦地区的犹太人大约有23万8千人。第二次世界大战结束后,这个数字急剧上升,犹太复国主义最终在1948年实现了在巴勒斯坦建立犹太国家的目标。

然而,耶稣已经提前预言了无花果树会再次发芽长叶。更重要的是,耶稣说以色列国的复国是再临耶稣近了,正在门口的征兆。
马太福音 24:32-33 “你们可以从无花果树学个比方。当树枝发嫩长叶的时候,你们就知道夏天近了。这样,你们看见这一切的事,也该知道人子近了,正在门口了

 

“正在门口了”

当耶稣正在门口时,我们应该怎样做呢?
启示录 3:20 看哪,我站在门外叩门;若有听见我声音就开门的,我要进到他那里去,我与他、他与我一同坐席。
圣经教导我们,当再临耶稣来临的时候我们应当打开心门迎接他的到来。从以色列国复国的1948年以后,想要得救的人应该打开心门去迎接再临耶稣。
 
在以色列国复国的1948年,安商洪上帝接受浸礼从那时候开始传播新约福音。按照圣经的预言,安商洪上帝恢复了2000年前耶稣赐予的包括新约逾越节在内的全部教导。以此,圣经的预言被成就,也给我们带来了永生!(更多信息,请看关于逾越节的真理)。之后,安商洪上帝建立了遵守新约真理的上帝的教会世界福音宣教协会。 我们真诚地邀请您到上帝的教会世界福音宣教协会来学习圣经的预言,从而打开您的心门迎接再临耶稣安商洪上帝,得到灵魂的救恩。
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1)    R. G. Grant (24 October 2017). 1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History. Book Sales. pp. 85–. ISBN 978-0-7858-3553-0.
2)   The Romans Destroy the Temple at Jerusalem, 70 AD. (n.d.).
3)   Cornfield, Gaalya ed., Josephus, The Jewish War (1982); Duruy, Victor, History of Rome vol. V (1883).
4)   Hostory of Israel
5)   Hostory of Israel
6)   Britannica, T. E. (2016, July 18). Zionism.

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