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Discover the Book - July 20, 2010

  • 2010 Jul 20

The Second Coming


The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the single greatest visible expression of God's power to the entire Earth, since the Flood of Noah. But as we look at Christ's Coming, and the Tribulation it follows, we must understand why Jesus comes when He does.


On the side of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, two thousand years ago—Jesus preached a sermon about the End of the World. The end of the world is easier to comprehend when we can compare it to the world around us. That is what Jesus does. He points to things they knew and said amplify that, multiply that—exponentially, and then you will understand what is coming.


Basically Jesus describes the Tribulation as a Global Final Holocaust—not merely of Jews and Christians—but of humans! But, the second coming is described as God "cutting short" the extinction of all human life that the Tribulation describes. God allows humanity to be unrestrained, and in the sinful malignancy that has infected all humans, humanity in mass, like Cain of old, rises up to kill and be killed.


For us, Christ's words are a call for us to be ready for the onset of the worst time in history. The Tribulation begins after the Church is raptured, but the climate of the Tribulation is already here.


Are you prepared to survive the storms before the final storm?


Auschwitz and the Final Holocaust


Five years ago, across the world, dignitaries marked the 60th Anniversary of the liberation of the grisly, World War II era, death camp complex called Auschwitz.


Hitler's Holocaust, horrible as it was murdering over six million Jews alone—pales when compared to the Final Holocaust. If you ever study the Holocaust, you recognize images of what we most often use to remind us of the Final Solution—Hitler's genocide. Briefly, here are the facts:


About 1.5 million people died at Auschwitz, of whom about 1.2 million were Jewish.  That means that 1/5th of the six million Jews exterminated by Hitler died in this complex

Other groups of people who died included Polish political prisoners, Soviet prisoners of war, Gypsies, people with disabilities and prisoners of conscience or religious faith.

The complex contained three camps and at least 36 sub-camps which were built outside this Polish town, on an isolated 40 sq km site, between 1940 and 1942.


When you trace World War II Holocaust history, there are some incredible comparisons that can be drawn between Auschwitz and the Great Tribulation.


·         Most scholars see the first half of the seven year final period of the earth's history to be relatively normal. It is the second half that seems to have the incredible destruction, demon armies and death. So in Bible terms, the Great Tribulation lasts 3 ½ years or 42 months.


·         Auschwitz opened its doors to death by gas chamber on September 3rd 1941. The advance of the Soviet Army closed down the camp on January 27th 1945. The death camp of the Holocaust was operating for 3 ½ years or 42 months.


So the death camp at Auschwitz and the Great Tribulation last almost exactly the same length of time. That is where the comparison stops.


The Final Holocaust is so terrifying, so deadly, so inescapable that God personally steps in to stop it lest not one human be left alive!


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