In my last post, I wrote about what Jesus himself said about his second coming. Here are some verses that show what angels and men have said about it:
"After Jesus said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”Acts 1:9-11
"Look, he is coming with the clouds," and "every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all peoples on earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen." Revelation 1:7
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 2 Peter 3:10
"For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:17
"Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters,not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness." 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
I think Jesus, angels and godly men were clear how Jesus will return. He will come in the clouds with his angels; he will be seen by everyone in the world; his coming will be loud; he will raise the righteous dead to take them to heaven.
The verses in Thessalonians tell of an evil power that will be exposed at Jesus coming. This evil power will do signs and wonders. This power is written of in Revelation:
"Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.
And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666." Revelation 13:11-18
This beast is a religious power that will rule in the last days. It will force those who do not worship the way they do to obey their religious laws. This religious power will come with miracles and wonders. People will see these miracles and say, "Jesus has come!" People will say they saw Jesus return. But not in the way he said he would return. This is how we will know these miracle workers are not Jesus, for he will return in the clouds with his angels.
"For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day." Luke 17:24
As for the number 666, there have been many theories, and I won't go into that. Suffice it to say the number 7 in the Bible denotes perfection. 6 is almost the perfect number - it is very close, but not quite. It. This evil power will look like God. It will act like God. But it won't be God. Jesus has warned us ahead of time. This evil power will try to force everyone to believe as they do. Jesus would not do this. He wants us to worship him from the heart, not by force.