Evidence that Christ’s
return is near

Greater Manchester
August 4th 2013
Our presentation
[Reading: Luke 21:7-28]

• A latter day miracle
• Other signs of Christ’s coming:
– in religion
– in soci...
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AD 70 – the destruction of
Jerusalem

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Detail from the triumphal
arch of Titus

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The fate of Jerusalem and
the Jews
In 63 BCE, Judaea became a protectorate of
Rome. The Jews revolted in 70, but were
defe...
The Jews are scattered

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God’s promise to the Jews
“For I am with thee, saith the Lord
, to save thee: though I make a full
end of all nations whit...
Israel to be regathered
“Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God ;
Although I have cast them [Israel] far off
among the hea...
State of Israel 1948

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Jerusalem one again 1967

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Christ’s return at hand
“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and
shall be led away captive into all nations: and...
Religious signs
“This know also, that in the last days perilous
times shall come. For men shall be lovers of
their own
sel...
Denying Christ’s return
“Knowing this first, that there shall
come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lust...
Signs in society
“This know also, that in the last days perilous
times shall come. For men shall be lovers of
their own se...
Signs in world politics
• The alignment of the nations
• The breakdown of the world’s
economic model
• The corruption amon...
The sea and the waves…
“…and upon the earth distress of
nations, with perplexity; the sea and the
waves roaring; Men's hea...
What should we do?
• Study God’s word
• “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give
diligence to make your calling and
election ...
Don’t wait – start today!

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  1. 1. Evidence that Christ’s return is near Greater Manchester August 4th 2013
  2. 2. Our presentation [Reading: Luke 21:7-28] • A latter day miracle • Other signs of Christ’s coming: – in religion – in society – in the world political situation • What should we do? Christ's Return 2
  3. 3. Christ's Return 3
  4. 4. AD 70 – the destruction of Jerusalem Christ's Return 4
  5. 5. Detail from the triumphal arch of Titus Christ's Return 5
  6. 6. The fate of Jerusalem and the Jews In 63 BCE, Judaea became a protectorate of Rome. The Jews revolted in 70, but were defeated in 73. The Romans then destroyed the Second Temple and most of Jerusalem, and annexed Judaea as a Roman province. In 132 the Jews rebelled against Hadrian. In 135, Hadrian’s army defeated the Jewish armies and Jewish independence was lost. Jerusalem was turned into a pagan city called Aelia Capitolina and the Jews were forbidden to live there, and Hadrian changed the country’s name from Judea to Syria Palestina. Source: Wikipedia Christ's Return 6
  7. 7. The Jews are scattered Christ's Return 7
  8. 8. God’s promise to the Jews “For I am with thee, saith the Lord , to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.” Jeremiah 30:11 Christ's Return 8
  9. 9. Israel to be regathered “Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God ; Although I have cast them [Israel] far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God ; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” Ezekiel 11:16-17 Christ's Return 9
  10. 10. State of Israel 1948 Christ's Return 10
  11. 11. Jerusalem one again 1967 Christ's Return 11
  12. 12. Christ’s return at hand “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke Christ's Return 12 21:24-27
  13. 13. Religious signs “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blaspheme rs, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 Christ's Return 13
  14. 14. Denying Christ’s return “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4 Christ's Return 14
  15. 15. Signs in society “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 Christ's Return 15
  16. 16. Signs in world politics • The alignment of the nations • The breakdown of the world’s economic model • The corruption amongst those in positions of power • The increasing unrest amongst ordinary people across the world Christ's Return 16
  17. 17. The sea and the waves… “…and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” Luke 21:25-26 “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” Isaiah 57:20 Christ's Return 17
  18. 18. What should we do? • Study God’s word • “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:10-11 Christ's Return 18
  19. 19. Don’t wait – start today! Christ's Return 19
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