Consider for one moment, the benefits of entertaining the idea that Christ
may have already returned: Wouldn't it actually be comforting to know that
these end time events have already happened? Wouldn't you thank God
that you did not have to be among those who were hated and imprisoned?
Wouldn't it be a hidden blessing to know that you have not been among
those who may have suffered, died and lost friends and family?
Wouldn't you be filled with hope and joy, and not fear and sorrow?

Biblical Passage

Literal Summary

Points of Consideration

Matthew 24:6

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Jesus is very clear as to the literal things that are supposed to happen as the time of the end approaches = wars, but he does not want us to be troubled (worried) about these terrible events?

The past two thousand years have been constantly filled with wars and rumors of wars, so this is not a very clear indication of when he is coming. It will not be clear as to which wars he was referring to, until he returns. However, when taken into account the totality of all the other prophecies, it would be safe to say that he is referring to the past two hundred years.

Also, he may be referring to spiritual wars between the churches and religions.

Matthew 24:7

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.



Jesus again is very clear as to the literal state of the world at the time of the end, and he wants these things to happen because it is the only way people will really believe He is who He says he is, when He announces His return?

Nations and kingdoms have been rising against each other before and after Christ's first coming. Famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places have never stopped since 33 A.D.

When Christ returns and lets people know that He has returned, one way to know if He is who he says He is, would be to look at the historical situation of the world during those days, to see if these events actually took place or not.

On a deeper level, famine is, as taught in the book of Amos 8:11, not a lack of food and water, but of hearing the words of the lord. Pestilences = dis-ease & corruptions within the churches. Earthquakes=separation, splitting apart of the churches. This was definitely true of the Christian religion in the 19th century.

Matthew 24:9

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

           

Jesus lets them know that the ramifications of being one of His disciples(you and me), at the time of the end, is that everyone else will punish, hate, and kill them (us).


{Does this mean that every Christ believing person on earth will be afflicted and be killed? That sure would be a lot of people. We better hope this passage is not literal.}

There are many historical accounts of Christians being killed and hated because of their faith, however, since he is specifically referring to the time of the end, He has to be talking about the people who recognize and follow his teachings upon his second coming.

These will not necessarily only be Christians, they may represent any person, culture, creed or faith that realizes the wonders of God's next Holy Manifestation. 


The world is but one country and mankind its citizens.