Is Jesus returning soon?  In the Body?


The easy answer according to Jack Van Impe and many others is yes...

But for your consideration, and to soften any disappointment if not...

An old standby on PDTsigns check out the "Intermediate" Coming

Also, a very good explanation by Mark Mallet and a vision (related below) from a few years ago.  First, Mark:


MARK MALLETT: The Coming Era of Peace
 
WHEN I wrote The Great Meshing ( http://www.markmallett.com/blog/?p=338 ) before Christmas, I concluded saying,

 
the Lord began to reveal to me the counter-plan:  The Woman Clothed with the Sun (Rev 12). I was so full of joy by the time the Lord was finished speaking, that the plans of the enemy seemed minuscule in comparison. My feelings of discouragement and a sense of hopelessness vanished like fog on a summer morning.

 
Those "plans" have hung in my heart for over a month now as I've eagerly awaited the Lord's timing to write of these things. Yesterday, I spoke of the veil lifting, of the Lord granting us fresh understandings of what is approaching. The last word is not darkness! It is not hopelessness for just as the Sun is quickly setting on this era, it is racing toward a new Dawn
 
 
They will imprison very many persons, and will be guilty of more massacres. They will attempt to kill all priests and all the religious. But this shall not last long. People will imagine that all is lost; but the good God shall save all. It will be like a sign of the last judgment Religion shall flourish again better than ever before. St. John Vianney, The Christian Trumpet
 

 
THE PASSION, THE RESURRECTION, THE ASCENSION

 
The Lord has given us warnings to "watch and pray" as the Church emerges from the Garden of Gethsemane. Like Jesus our Head, the Church, His Body, has entered the Passion. I believe this lies directly before us. 

 
When she emerges from these times, she will experience the "Resurrection." But I am speaking neither of a "rapture" nor of the return of Jesus in the flesh. That will occur, but only when Christ returns to the earth at the end of time to "judge the living and the dead." That Day, one could say, will be the Ascension of the Church.
 
 
But between the Passion of the Church, and its eventual glorious Ascension into Heaven, there will be a period of Resurrection, of peace a time known as the "Era of Peace." I hope here to be able to shed light on that which is firmly rooted in Scripture, the Church Fathers, many saints, mystics, and approved private revelations.
 
 
THE THOUSAND YEAR REIGN

 
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while. Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom judgment was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

 
The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and they shall reign with him a thousand years. (Rev 20:1-6)

 
What is to be understood here is not a literal thousand year period. Rather, it is an allegorical description of an extended period of peace. And neither is it to be a reign of Christ Himself on earth. This is an early heresy condemned by several Church Fathers as "Millenarianism." Rather, it will be a reign of Christ in the hearts of His faithful a reign of His Church in which she accomplishes her twofold mission to preach the Gospel, and to prepare herself for the return of Jesus at the end of time.

 
Just as many tombs were opened and the dead were raised at Christ's resurrection (Matt 27:51-53), so too will the martyrs be "raised" to "reign with Christ" during this period. Perhaps the remnant Church those whom God's angels had sealed during the preceding tribulation will see them, if not briefly, much the same way the resurrected souls at Christ's time appeared to many in Jerusalem. In fact, Fr. Joseph Iannuzzi, perhaps the foremost scholar of Church tradition and biblical understanding on the Era writes,

 
During the Era of Peace, Christ will not return to definitively reign on earth in the flesh, but will "appear" to many. As in the the Book of Acts and in the Gospel of Matthew, Christ made "apparitions" to his elect of the newborn Church shortly after his resurrection from the dead, so during the Era of Peace Christ will appear to the remnant survivors and their offspring. Jesus will appear to many in his risen body and in the Eucharist
 
 
God spiritually recalls to life those that have died in Christ to instruct the faithful remnant that has survived the tribulation. Antichrist and the End Times, pp. 79, 112
 
 
REIGN OF JUSTICE AND PEACE

 
This period is what has become known in Catholic tradition not only as "the Era of Peace," but as the "Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary," the "Reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus," the "Eucharistic Reign of Christ," and the "new Pentecost." It's as though all these various concepts and devotions are beginning to converge into one reality: a period of peace and justice.
 
 
It will at length be possible that our many wounds be healed and all justice spring forth again with the hope of restored authority; that the splendors of peace be renewed, and the swords and arms drop from the hand and when all men shall acknowledge the empire of Christ and willingly obey His word, and every tongue shall confess that the Lord Jesus is in the Glory of the Father. Pope Leo XIII, Consecration to the Sacred Heart, May 1899

 
During this time, the Gospel will reach the furthest ends of the earth. While technology and missionary work has done much to bring the words of the Gospel to the nations, it is clear that the reign of Christ has not yet been fully and universally established. Scripture speaks of a time when all the world will know the saving power of the Lord:
 

So shall your rule be known upon the earth, your saving power among all the nations. (Psalm 67:3)

 
It speaks of a time when wickedness will be purged:

 
A little longer and the wicked shall have gone. Look at his place, he is not there. But the humble shall own the land and enjoy the fullness of peace. (Psalm 37)

 
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matt 5:5)

 
And Jesus said that such a time would occur at the end of the age. It would happen after those tribulations written of in Matthew 24:4-13, but before the final battle with evil.

 
this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.  (vs 14)

 
It will bring about the unity of the churches; it will see the conversion of the Jewish people; and atheism in all it's forms will cease until Satan is loosed for a short time before Christ returns to place all His enemies beneath His feet. 

 
"And they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd." May God shortly bring to fulfillment His prophecy for transforming this consoling vision of the future into a present reality It is God's task to bring about this happy hour and to make it known to all When it does arrive, it will turn out to be a solemn hour, one big with consequences not only for the restoration of the Kingdom of Christ, but for the pacification of the world. We pray most fervently, and ask others likewise to pray for this much-desired pacification of society. Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcani dei Consilioi "On the Peace of Christ in his Kingdom"

 
 
A FUTURE OF HOPE

 
Satan does not have the last say on earth. The times directly ahead of the Church and the world will be difficult. It is a time of purification. But God is completely in control:  nothing happens not even evil that God does not permit in order to bring about a greater good. And the greater good which God is bringing about is the Era of Peace an era which will prepare the Bride to receive her King.

 
 
FURTHER READING:

 
The marking of the angels:  Trumpets of Warning ? Part III  http://www.markmallett.com/blog/?p=257
 
Paralyzed by Fear  http://www.markmallett.com/blog/?cat=10
 
Is the Veil Lifting?  http://www.markmallett.com/blog/?p=375

Protestants, Catholics, and the Coming Wedding  http://www.markmallett.com/blog/?p=64

The Davinci Code ? Fulfilling a Prophecy?  http://www.markmallett.com/blog/?s=+fulfilling+a+prophecy++&submit=Search
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...and the Vision:

A Revelation of Jesus Coming to the Body of Christ

Chris Poole

June 2002

The following account spans a time period from last November 2001
to June 2002. It began during a time period when I was
contemplating some really pronounced changes in the normal pattern of
events in both the ministry I was engaged in and my "tent-making"
endeavors.

Last November, I was sitting in my blue office recliner behind
the desk when suddenly, I heard the voice of the Lord begin to speak
to me in a very pronounced fashion. He said, "Chris, would you be OK if I
told you that we are going to take a trip to the backside of the desert
and in that place, all of what you have come to think of and know as
normal will cease. There will be no meetings, no activity, no
visibility. It will seem as if everything has come to a stop - but -
what you will have is my manifest Presence." There was a brief moment
of silence at this point and then He came back to me and said, Chris,
if all you have is Me and Me alone, would I be enough for you?"

As soon as Jesus finished asking this question, I immediately
knew that the right answer was "Yes" but something in me prompted me
to stop and think about the question and not answer hastily. It was as if
what I said was going to prophesy what would happen - and it would be
set in motion immediately after I spoke it. For a brief moment, I
contemplated what a "No" answer would be saying ("No, Jesus, You would
not be enough. We desire the ministry more than we desire You") but
this was so ludicrous that I was ready to answer yes to His question
even though there might have been an twist to it that I had not
thought about. I knew that any ministry worth engaging in MUST always begin
with and end with Jesus.

So, I said "Yes Lord, You alone would be enough". There was
another moment of silence and then He simply said, "OK". The intensity
of His Presence left and I did not experience another visitation like
this again until the end of June 2002.

One morning near the end of June 2002, I was sitting in exactly
the same chair in my office working and the Lord again came to me as
He had last November. Although it had been several months since the last
"meeting", He spoke to me as if we were still engaged in our last
conversation. He said, "Chris, if I had given you the things you
thought you wanted in ministry, you would have come to despise them
even more than you despised the aspects of business that you felt were
competing for your time and hindering My call on your life - making it
difficult for you to walk out what I had called you to do."

As He was speaking this to me, suddenly I was no longer in my
office but found myself in an outdoor setting looking straight ahead.
It was obvious that I was outside but yet, I could not see past about
20 feet in any direction and it was clear that there was nothing
important to be noticed beyond that distance. As I looked straight
ahead, I saw the "body" of a person standing on two stones facing me
about 15 feet in front of me.

As I looked at this person's body, there were several things
that immediately stood out to me. First, the stones were separated enough
such that the person's legs were at a 45 degree angle to each other.
Next, the person had on generic clothing such that it was not clearly
either make or female. This is because I believe it represented both
male and female. Also, I could not see above the person's neck but
yet, I knew it was not a headless body. It was very much alive and able to
think, see, speak, and hear.

As I was contemplating this body standing spread-legged on these
two large stones, I also was aware that Jesus was standing about 10
feet from me about 30 degrees to my left and He was looking at this
person standing on these rocks also.

I again looked at the person in front of me and my attention was
drawn to the rock under the right foot. Immediately, I knew this rock
represented Jesus, the true foundation. Even as I thought this, Jesus
knowing my thoughts said, "Yes, I Am the true foundation. What does
the other rock represent?" As I looked at it, I felt as if I
was "impacted" with revelation and I suddenly knew that it represented all the other
things that were about Him - but they were not Him.

Again knowing my thoughts, Jesus looked straight at me with a
rather piercing look and said, "Yes, you are right. Chris, this rock
represents THE PROPHETIC... (I was almost pushed backwards by the
forcefulness and volume of His voice and I felt for a moment that He
was angry with me. Then, He lowered the tone of his voice and
continued... ), it represents "full time" ministry, it represents "call
to the nations", it represents the callings and destinies of My
people..., it represents all the things other than Me over which My
people have become so passionate and consumed." Then, lowering His
voice even more, He said, "Unfortunately, all these things represent
the good things about Me which have replaced Me."

I saw Jesus lower His head and there was a moment of silence.
Then, He looked at me again and said, "Now that you understand this,
you will understand what I must now do." Having said that, He walked
across in front of me and stopped in front of the rock under the left
foot of the "body". What happened next took place so quickly that I
was not able to see all that happened, but Jesus suddenly kicked the rock
out from under the left foot of the body of the person and it was
gone.
Almost immediately, the body fell to its left and did a perfect
belly-flop and impacted the ground hard - hard enough to produce a
loud grunt - as the wind was knocked out of it. Then, it just lay there
motionless.

{Let's stop for just a moment and think about the scene
presented. If a person is standing three feet up in the air because of
the size of these rocks and they are spread-legged with their body
above and between the rocks, they will have equal weight on each foot.
Try this and you will see that it is impossible for this not to be so.
If one of the rocks suddenly comes out from under one foot, it will be
impossible to regain stability and a bad fall will result.)

I was really concerned for the "body" because of the fall and
Jesus simply looked at me and said, "Just observe...". So I just stood
still and watched. As I looked, the body slowly began to stir and to
regain its breath. It slowly stood to its feet and looked at its
condition. I saw it hold out its arms and hands and examine the dirt
on
them and then I saw it look at its soiled clothes, all covered with
dirt and debris. As it stood there realizing its condition, it slowly
walked over to Jesus and held out its hands and arms to Him, allowing
Him to see all the dirt and debris on its clothes and said, "Jesus, we
are so sorry we have done this to You. We are so sorry...

At this point, the body was weeping and quivering before the
Lord
having realized its condition. Then I heard it say, "Lord, please
cleanse us of what we have done and heal us of our condition. We are
so
sorry..."

Suddenly, I am back in my office and no longer in the outdoor
scene. Again, I hear the Lord's voice but no longer see anything. He
said, "In the coming days, My people's greatest desire will be just to
sit at My feet and enjoy sweet fellowship with Me. No longer will they
have their passions wrapped around the things they do for Me. I will
be
their greatest passion. Then, I will say to this one, will you go and
deliver this message to this group, and I will say to that one, will
you go and help this one on the street who is in great need, and I
will
say to another, will you go and encourage this one who is My sheep.
Because of their passion for Me, they will have no desire to leave
their place at My feet but they will do as I ask out of their great
love for me. They will all go and complete their assignments exactly
as
I instructed, but when they have completed what I told them to do,
their only desire will be to quickly return to their place, sitting at
My feet. Never again will they displace their passion for Me to those
things that they do for Me. I alone will be their passion."

Then the Lord said, "I am about to give My Body a new revelation
of Me". With that, the vision ended.

Note 1: You may wonder about the part where the Lord spoke to me
so sternly regarding the prophetic. I am pretty sure that the
prophetic was one area where at some point over the last 10 years, I was
personally guilty of the very things the Lord was after in this
vision.
Please do not interpret that part as the Lord not being in favor of
the prophetic ministry since that would not be consistent with the written Word.

Note 2: After having the vision, the Lord said later that the
reason I could not see the head on the Body was that He was the Head.
The Body was not taking its direction from its Head and so it was
disconnected from the Head - doing things apart from the Lord's
direction. This new revelation of Jesus would re-connect the Body to
its real Head.

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