60. When was the Second Coming of Jesus?

The event referred to as the second coming is always closely related to the tribulation associated with 'the day of the Lord' which precedes it. It is also frequently linked to the resurrection and the judgment which it precedes.

Heb 9:28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second timeapart from sin, for salvation. NKJV

This scripture says that Jesus will only appear a SECOND TIME for salvation to those who eagerly wait for Him. The rest would see Jesus come in judgment.

So when did Jesus say his coming would be?
Matt 10:22 And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.  23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.    NKJV
Jesus told the disciples he was speaking to that THEY would not have gone through the cities of Israel (fleeing persecution) before He would come....(ie in their lifetime and their location), This conclusively limits the time of His return to THAT generation.
Jesus here also confirms to the apostles that as He is the Son of Man referred to in Daniel 7:13... He is the one who would usher in the New Kingdom ...the Kingdom of GOD
Dan 7:13 "I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man ,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him. 
14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed.  NKJV
This kingdom was not something that would come at the end of the church age some 2000 years but in the days of the Roman empire...
Dan 2:44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; NKJV
These verses tell us that the kingdom was established when Rome was still in power. We also know from New Testament verses that this was after Jesus had won the victory over Satan on the cross.
Matt 16:27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. 28 Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."  NKJV
Brethren, there are no remaining disciples from Jesus day still alive on earth today. Jesus said his coming would be before the last person there died...so we KNOW Jesus HAS to have returned prior to AD 100 at the latest.
The scriptures give another indication that the time of the second coming should be within the lifetime of at least one of the apostles.
John 21:22 Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me."  
23 Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?" NKJV
It is interesting to note that of the apostles ONLY John is believed to have remained alive till AD70 having been banished to the Isle of Patmos.
Jesus was coming to BE REVEALED in all His glory...this is what the book of REVELATIONS is all about. There will be no greater revelation to the world that Jesus IS God than AD 70. And sadly today much of the 'church' has still not and almost stubbornly refuses to acknowledge this event for what is WAS...one which the early church certainly expected in their day. (1 Cor 3:13, 2 Thes 1:7, 1 Pet 4:12-17, 1 Pet 5:1) 
Luke 17:30     Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed .    NKJV
Rev 1:1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants — things which must shortly take place. NKJV
When Jesus first came he came incognito as a MAN...but when He returned in AD 70 he came as GOD in judgment of apostate Israel. Israel thought they had merely betrayed and sacrificed a man not realising it was God Himself who they rejected. (John 11:49-52)
Rev 1:7    Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.    8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." NKJV
Zech 12:10  "And I (God speaking) will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced . Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn. NKJV
The tribes of the earth here refers to the 12 tribes of Israel...those who had rejected their Messiah and killed Him. This confirms that Jesus had to return before that generation passed ...they were His killers who had said.... 'his blood be on us and our children' ... THEY were to see and and mourn. This again verifies the timing as having to be around AD 70 at the latest.
He was coming as the Son of Man of Daniel's vision....he came to usher in the NEW KINGDOM ...an everlasting spiritual kingdom and not a temporal or physical one as it was in the Old Covenant. This explains why the unsaved did not know what had happened.
2 Cor 4:18... while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. NKJV
Jesus quoted from Daniel 7:13 again in his promise to the high priest and Sanhedrin who condemned him.
Matt 26:63  And the high priest answered and said to Him,"I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!" 
64 Jesus said to him, "It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you (singular), hereafter you (plural) will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven." 65 Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! 66 What do you think?"  They answered and said, "He is deserving of death." NKJV
Jesus told the high priest who condemned Him that the current Sanhedrin who condemned Him would be eye-witnesses to the consequences of THEIR words....and most of the Sanhedrin would have lived to see this event!
The Sanhedrin saw this fulfilled when they saw Jerusalem and the temple being destroyed around them in AD 70....and they then KNEW that this was the judgment of God and proof that Jesus was who He claimed to be......and so also did ALL the remaining Jews scattered all around the world. Their whole power base was shattered (Dan 12:7)....no longer were they THE chosen race or special to God.
The reality that GOD had DIVORCED Israel permanently was indisputable in AD 70. This is also the story of Revelations 16 to 19...the harlot is destroyed. And co-incidentally the punishment for harlotry is stoning (just as happened to Jerusalem in AD 70)
The NEW KINGDOM is "not of this world"....and it is one which will NEVER end.
John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."      NKJV
John 14:3    I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.   NKJV
Jesus came again in AD 70 to resurrect the remaining Israelite saints and martyrs and reward them with eternal life in His presence.
Jesus returned as GOD..in Spirit...to judge Israel as per the NUMEROUS Old Testament prophecies. The means He used was the Roman armies (just as He had used the Assyrians to judge Egypt...and Cyrus to judge Babylon before)
Today we as NEW Covenant believers are now united with Him (1 Cor 6:17; John 17:20-23; 2 Cor 5:17-18; 1 John 3:2) AT OUR REBIRTH!
Col 2:11  In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him,  NKJV
This is resurrection today.
The Kingdom is NOT a visible institution. We do not have to wait for a personal physical appointment to meet Jesus. We can ALL encounter Him in spirit all over the world at the same time...and be saved. 
Luke 17:21    Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God does not come with observation;  21 nor will they say, 'See here!' or 'See there!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you." NKJV
(Believers were told.."you will not SEE this kingdom coming, but you will know WITHIN YOU that it HAS COME. You will know God's presence with you by the indwelling Spirit...and you will know God's judgment is being meted out by the fulfillment of PROPHECY and Jesus words)
The coming of Jesus was not an event that was to take 2000 years to occur... it was IMMINENT and for 'THIS GENERATION'' ....those who were alive in AD 50-70 and being persecuted by the Jews who stirred up the Romans and locals because they hated the fact that the gospel had now gone out to the Gentiles. (Acts 9-28)
Matt 24:29-30
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.    NKJV
Brethren, Jesus came IMMEDIATELY after the tribulation of those days (AD 67-70) which included the destruction of the temple which HISTORY documents as having happened in AD 70. These scriptures do NOT speak of an event 2000 year in the future! There has also been no other series of events in history since then which has come close to matching what Jesus promised for that time.
Matt 24:34 (see also Mk 13:30 and Luke 21:32)
34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till ALL these things take place.    NKJV
('ALL these things' categorically included the second coming of Jesus as we are told THREE times where Jesus teaches about the end times in each of the three gospels ... Mat 24:30, Mark 13:26 and Luke 21:27)
Bretheren, the scriptures are emphatic that THIS generation...the very people who Jesus was adressing right there in Jerusalem would not have passed away before his return. The bible gives clear indications that a generation is around 40 years so that generation extends typically to AD 73 (Mat 1:17).
SO Jesus was either speaking of AD 70  and the destruction of the temple and the tribluation....or you open the case for the sceptic's argument that he was a false prophet?...or just plain got it wrong? 
'I KNOW HIM in whom I have believed'.... I believe He did exactly what He promised.
Is it acceptable to you to have an eschatology which requires us not to believe Jesus words? What about doubting His promises that start with "Assuredly I say to YOU"? ... What about those promises made over and over in many different forms?
Jesus then states...
Matt 24:34  Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.  35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.   NKJV
DO you believe that heaven and earth have passed away? (PS... I believe that it did in the way Jesus meant - refer article 54)
Do you believe that JESUS RETURNED IN AD 70 within the time frame He promised? (PS...many believers throughout history did)
Do you believe Jesus and His words in the scriptures...or do you rather hold to a condradictory and flawed interpretation of a creed of men?
But what about 'the fig tree blossoming'?
Luke 21:29  Then He spoke to them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees.  30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near.  31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.  32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.   NKJV
The fig tree...and ALL the trees are just props in a parable. The fig tee and all the other trees are NOT the sign we are too look for in regard to Christ's return. The subject is NOT the trees...and it is NOT referring to Israel 'blossoming'. The subject is the timing of the second coming of Christ. The point is that just as the leaves being 'put forth' after winter are the indication that summer is coming shortly (within a month or so)....SO in the same way when the believers SAW ALL the signs (Mat 24:6-15) which Jesus gave them being fulfilled (as they were by AD 66) ..THEN they would have known that the KINGDOM which Jesus was going to usher in (as per the Dan 7:13-14 prophecy) ..was COMING.
The timing CANNOT to be extended out to 2000 or so years...it was to be before "this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place"
BUT surely Jesus was to return as a MAN?.... some will counter  ... and why did history not record this if it happened?
Please note that this event occurred in the midst of a massive war where all of Jerusalem was destroyed or taken captive...and the WHOLE church had fled to Pella in the hills as Jesus instructed. ALL Jewish records were burned including their priesthood genealogical archives. There is however no shortage of secular historic records (which is surely something that God's hand has been at work in)....primarily that of Flavius Josephus a Roman historian who was an EYE-WITNESS (The Wars of the Jews published in AD 75) ..which is an essential read....and Tacitus (Histories and Annals). Surely contemporary and independant historic EYE-WITNESS and official records which verify the fulfillment of so much of what was prophecied should be regarded as essential reading for those wanting to understand the prophetic "end time" scriptures? 
Acts 1:9   Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This (same?) Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." NKJV
Please note that the first use of the word 'same' referring to Jesus is NOT in any of the Greek manuscripts. For those who have preached any of the numerous sermons (many are posted online) on this topic emphasizing something which is not actually in the sciptures I suggest a good Greek lexicon. The like manner in which he was to return was spelt out in Daniel... (and this is what we should rely on to confirm our assumptions...in accordance with the old rule of hermeneutics) ...and as Jesus himself confirmed (Mat 24:30).
Jesus himself refutes that he would return in a 'physical body in one location'...in a form which we would need to go OUT and LOOK for in order to find in any specific location.
Matt 24:26 "Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it.  27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.   NKJV
Jesus is saying "My coming will be something you mortals will ALL see at the at the same time"...no matter where you are in Israel....like lightning it will be in a FLASH...and you will ALL concur saying ... "This is what Jesus meant when He said we would see Him coming on the clouds in glory!". This passage specifically precludes a physical or mortal being arriving in a single location where only those who go OUT to LOOK would SEE Him! (as occurred after the resurrection from the dead and before the ascension!)
Read Josephus account of this event....ALL the Jews who saw this event KNEW Jesus had come ...in judgment on Israel....and on the clouds.
The speculations of men that the whole world will see him returning physically to Jerusalem over global TV are ludicrous....How would that have made any sense to a Jew in AD 33?.... those to whom Jesus said they would SEE IT.
Dan 7:13 "I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
This is also the Jesus of Revelations
Rev 1:13   .. and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.  18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of DeathNKJV
Jesus first came in disguise as a man to live a sinless life under the Law...and then to die for our sins. He returned on the clouds in JUDGMENT revealed in the book of Revelations to be GOD HIMSELF.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." 
5 Then He who sat on the throne said,"Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." 
6 And He said to me,"It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My sonNKJV
ALL of Jesus comments about His return tell us they will be IN GLORY....this is not telling us about a man returning but Jesus in the GLORY He had with the Father BEFORE THE WORLD BEGAN (Jn 17:7, Mat 24:30, Mat 16:27)
The Jesus who became flesh and dwelt amongst us (Phil 2:7) did not remain flesh and blood (Heb 5:7)... but after the days of His flesh ... is now perfected and glorified...and seated at the right hand of the Father (Luke 22:69).
Phil 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. NKJV
The glorious body is the one the apostles saw at the transfiguration...the one Stephen saw at his stoning...the one John saw in Revelations when He fell at His feet as though DEAD. Brethren we too will not be simply 'flesh and blood' because as 1 Cor 15:50 states "Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God". We too will need glorified bodies to live in GLORY.
The Jesus who was to come back on the clouds is the one who NOW ALREADY dwells with us and in us... HE IS GOD IN HIS FULLNESS.
John 4: 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."     NKJV
Brethren GOD IS SPIRIT... and Jesus IS GOD (2 Cor 3:17)
Could I suggest that those who are still waiting for a 1.65m middle eastern MAN to return on clouds need a revelation of who the real Jesus is?
Matt 16:15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 
16 Simon Peter answered and said,"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 
17 Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heavenNKJV
John 14:1 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. NKJV
Brethren, let us be real...the apostles were not looking forward to the return of a mortal Jesus...or going to live in physical mansions in the sky....but Jesus in ALL HIS GLORY as the Son of God ...and the mansions are in the GLORY realm where we too will dwell in fellowship as FAMILY with HIM in eternity...as we too are incredibly blessed to be children of God!
John 17:5  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. NKJV
Brethren, in the same way as Israel was guilty of failing to recognise Jesus when He first came as a man... so the church today has failed to recognise that Jesus returned in AD 70 as GOD to judge Israel... despite the emphatic words of Jesus himself. Israel was blinded because they were looking for worldly warrior Messiah to come and re-establish David's throne as a 'material kingdom' on earth. In a similar way parts of the the church who are looking for a physical man to return and establish an earthly kingdom...and have failed to see the fact that God Himself has already come in SPIRIT in judgment on Israel exactly as Jesus and all the Old Testament scriptures had prophecied....AND ...He has set up the Kingdom of God (or the Kingdom of Heaven) which today still rules over the whole world.
Brethren, the scriptures speak of a 'SECOND coming or of 'Jesus coming again'. There are NO scriptures that even infer that a third coming was to happen later... and if according to the scriptures, ALL of the scriptures concerning Jesus are ALL fulfilled as Jesus himself said they would be by approx AD 70  ... this must INCLUDE the Son of Man i.e. Jesus Christ  coming on clouds of glory.
Brethren JESUS WORK in a mortal body IS DONE! He now works in people all around the world at the same time by the Holy Spirit! (Jn 14-16)
For a study on 9 of the signs recorded by Josephus in AD 70...which match scriptures from Revelations refer the following link...
(For those who still believe a physical Jesus will return on the clouds .... please look at the judgment of Egypt for a great example of apocalyptic and prophetic language ...
Isa 19:1 The burden against Egypt.
Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud ,
And will come into Egypt;
The idols of Egypt will totter at His presence,
And the heart of Egypt will melt in its midst.  NKJV
Brethren, NO-ONE was RECORDED seeing God riding the cloud (or hearts literally melting)...instead the scripture records that they saw the following...
Isa 20:4 .. so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt. NKJV
... in the same way God used the Romans to mete out HIS JUDGMENT ON ISRAEL in AD70 ... and this was followed immediately by the coming of Christ on clouds (Mat 24:29) . Proud spirits were humbled. Josephus records the heavenly appearance of angelic host on chariots which was seen by ALL in Israel...just like lightning amongst the clouds!
The facts are that almost 50 biblical generations have passed since Christ's 'imminent' return was promised. Surely it is time to revisit Jesus teaching and all the scriptures to see where the understanding of so many regarding 'the second coming' has gone WRONG?
For those who cannot accept this, what is required is a rational alternative explanation of Jesus's words about the IMMINENCE of His coming... one which is cohesive with all the old testament prophets and Jesus words along with the apostles teaching in the Epistles and Revelations and along with recorded HISTORY and the spiritual reality of the NEW Covenant we today LIVE IN.
It is also important that any alternative explanation address ALL the closely associated scriptural events such as 'the day of the Lord', the tribulation, the falling away, the destruction of the temple, the coming of the Lord, the resurrection and the judgment.   
IF such an explanation exists I certainly have never heard it, seen it or read it in 40 years of walking with Jesus.
The other great challenge for those who still teach the 'imminence of the return of Christ' today is the FACT that there HAS BEEN (for almost 2000 years) AND STILL IS NO TEMPLEMost of the furturist prophecy 'experts' agree that the Temple HAS TO EXIST before Christ can return and that sacrificial Judaism also has to be restored. Over this period then ...and continuing today, at best there would be approx 5 years required to re-build the temple which would have to come to pass BEFORE Christ actually could return!
This fact alone eliminates the possibility of real imminence having existed at any time SINCE the temple was destroyed in AD 70 (Ezek 37-40, Zech 12-14). Unbelievers and those who have fallen away could easily say "If I ever see a temple being built THEN I will repent and believe...I will have at least 5 years warning"
(Brethren, the answer is simple....Today in the New Covenant since AD70 believers as the church are the temple of God... and the only sacrifices we offer are sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving!)
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