When does Jesus, who is the Word of God, say that He will return?
Hosea 5:15 I will go away and return to My place Until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
This is Jesus telling Israel when He will return for them. And His return to His place obviously implies and follows His first coming. So His return will not be until they seek His face in the midst of their affection. He actually confirmed this before His crucifixion.
Matthew 23:37-39 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
Hosea wrote to the Jews of the Assyrian captivity. These Jews were never recorded as being returned to the land. But it will happen. In Micah 5:2-3, He calls all the earths attention to what He intends to do. These following scriptures tell what He will do. (Micah 4:11-12 Micah 1:2-4 Micah 3:5-6, 11 Micah 2:12-13). In Micah there is His warning: “Hear, O peoples, all of you; Listen, O earth and all it contains, And let the Lord God be a witness against you, The Lord from His holy temple.”
“But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” For behold, the Lord is coming forth from His place. He will come down and tread on the high places of the earth.
Then He tell us what He will do to the nation: “Therefore He will give them up until the time When she who is in labor has borne a child. Then the remainder of His brethren Will return to the sons of Israel. The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split, Like wax before the fire, Like water poured down a steep place.”
this one passage covers Israel’s demise as a nation and her rebirth associated with Messiah’s coming. Then another warning: Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray; When they have something to bite with their teeth, They cry, “Peace,” But against him who puts nothing in their mouths They declare holy war. Therefore it will be night for you—without vision, And darkness for you—without divination. The sun will go down on the prophets, And the day will become dark over them. Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the Lord saying, “Is not the Lord in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us.” “And now many nations have been assembled against you Who say, ‘Let her be polluted, And let our eyes gloat over Zion.’ “I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the fold; Like a flock in the midst of its pasture They will be noisy with men. “But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, And they do not understand His purpose; For He has gathered them like sheaves to the threshing floor.”
In these verses Jesus tells them that once they are a Nation regathered they will be purged, refined, and all this to prepare them to call out for Him.
“The breaker goes up before them; They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, And the Lord at their head.”
Matthew 24:3-4, 8, 14, 29-30 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory.
Yes Jesus said to the disciples “do not let anyone deceive you”. Later He said:
Matthew 28:16, 18-20 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
The question that you must ask yourself is this– is the command that Jesus gave the disciples on the Temple Mount — let no one deceive you — a command that they passed on to you and I?
Peter in his first sermon recorded in Acts told us what must happen in order that Jesus would return and it was put forth in a message to Israel:
Acts 3:12, 19-21 But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?… Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.
Do these verses carry a message just for Israel? Is this not to tell us also of Israel’s roll in the timing of the Lord’s return.
If Jesus the word of God after having rejected Israel is awaiting her return to Him before He restores all things exactly what does that mean? In Hosea 5-15, He says that He will remain in His place until Israel calls for Him in her distress.
The scriptures prophecy God’s rejection of the nation of Israel. Did this occur? Listen: Matthew 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, the Kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
Here Jesus took the kingdom from one nation and gave it to another.
What does that mean? What nation?
Paul says in Romans 11: 1-5, that not all Israel is rejected. The remnant of Israel remained in the chosen olive tree. So what does scripture say about God’s holy nation today?
1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
We are now that Holy nation, following in the tradition that Abraham established. Men and women of faith, made up of a multitude of nations. This was God’s promise to Abraham when He changed his name, and this is the kingdom gospel. You and I, one with the Saints of Israel, ruling from Israel with Messiah.
Only part of that former nation was cut off. The rest the remnant were left, and we were grafted into that collective forming a multitude under Israel’s commonwealth.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
If Jesus Himself promised to return to His place until Israel repents and calls on His name, and if Peter speaking to the men of Israel confirmed that in his sermon; then you and I will see the great Tribulation, which will result in the revealing of the sons of God. For Peter was inviting Israel to join the remnant in the Olive tree.
We will either view the Tribulation from earth as it is leading us to the kingdom, or we will view it from paradise as we await the resurrection.
Pre-Trib dispensationalists who claim to believe a literal interpretation of scripture, get around the literal statements of scripture by claiming everything about the church to be a secrete revealed to Paul. Listen Don Samdahl of doctrine.org says:
Paul spoke of several secrets. A secret is something unknown. The 12 [apostles] knew nothing of the Church, the body of Christ (they never mention it), salvation by faith alone, that Christ’s death and resurrection solved man’s sin, the pre-Tribulation Rapture, the blinding of Israel, etc. (note: he says none of this was known by the twelve Apostles).
If you read my other blog posts about Paul and Paulinism I answer his issues in those articles. Dispensationalism has evolved over the past almost two centuries. This was an evolution conducted in order to refute literal scriptural arguments against their positions. Their evolution has brought many of them (not all) to the above understanding. Should you wish to explore further — scriptures answeres to these positions see the other articles on this site. Many prophets still engage in teachings which defy the Scriptures. The above words from The Word of God which is Jesus tell us these things will occur to fulfill all that is written.