Updated: Feb 2
The March of the Saints
The first inkling to the world that Christ has returned will be the march of the multitudinous Christ from Sinai to Jerusalem. When Christ and the saints arrive at Jerusalem and Jesus stands upon the Mount of Olives, the mount shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west (Zechariah 14:4). Probably it is at this point in time that the call to the nations goes forth: Fear God and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come. By piecing together various passages of Scripture, Bible students have been able to trace the route of the saintly march and identify the locality of the “stations” through which the marchers proceed. The march of the saints appears to take a similar route as that of the Children of Israel’s march from Egyptian bondage to the Promised Land. The first military encounter appears to be with Islamic armies in the region southeast of the Dead Sea. After destroying Islamic opposition, it appears that the subsequent encounters with Gog and the Euro-Catholic Beast and Harlot occur after Christ and the saints are firmly in control of Jerusalem and the Holy Land…
Like the five wise virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), we are to make ourselves ready to greet the coming bridegroom. Knowledge of what God has in store for us and the world at Christ’s coming is most inspiring and strengthening. Understanding prophecies of the end-times is not to blindly follow brother so-and-so for his efforts therewith, or to dismiss an interpretation as a waste of time. We are anticipating Christ’s return, and end-time prophecy has been given to strengthen us, knowing that he that shall come will come (Hebrews 10:37). Frankly, we should all do our due diligence that we might be found knowledgeable; watching for his coming. There are end-time prophecies scattered throughout the Bible.Navigating your way through these prophecies requires patience, study, and analysis. We would do well to neither neglect nor ignore any part of the sure word of prophecy (2 Peter 1:19). Prophecy is God’s spirit-infused Word given to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass (Revelation 1:1).
Christ's Coming for the World
Concurrently there will be universal distress among the nations of the earth, to such a severe degree that “the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” Bible students have long understood this reference to be symbolic of the human system of governments in the earth. Their shaking, while not indicating their complete fall, indicates their instability and their reeling from crisis to crisis without any solution; while the peoples of the earth, represented by the sea and waves, are increasingly in an uproar and state of turmoil. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought these conditions to the fore across the world.There has never been an ongoing global crisis, unrelated to war, that has perplexed and burdened the governments of the world more than this pandemic. It is when these kinds of conditions are prevailing in the earth – when these things begin to come to pass (Luke 21:28) – that our Lord taught us to expect his coming and the bringing of redemption.