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The Second Coming and the Solar Eclipse

The Second Coming

The Second Coming of Jesus is real. It stands today as certain Bible prophecy. Jesus Himself said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3). No Christian denies a return of Jesus at some point. But, and this is important, Scripture never specifies when Jesus will return. Instead, He tells his disciples to watch and be ready for His return (Matthew 25:13, Luke 21:34).

The certainty of Jesus’ return and the uncertainty of the date give rise to a roiling ocean of foolishness and false teaching. It hurts and disappoints those who trust in it, but it is also fodder for news reports that poke fun at all Christians.

The solar eclipse of April 8, 2024, is the latest “sign” that Jesus is about to return. Eric Vanden Eykel of Ferrum College writes about the constant predicting of Christ’s return through atmospheric and celestial signs. He writes, “Religious theories surrounding this eclipse are part of a larger pattern of attempts to find meaning in astronomical events that goes back thousands of years.” In other words, people were erroneously predicting the Second Coming long before our modern-day charlatans.  

But Jesus said, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only (Matthew 24:36, c.f. verse 50). Clearly, these preachers must think Jesus was mistaken!

Book authors and televangelists like Hal Lindsey and John Hagee frequently promote random events as signs of Jesus’ near return. The passage of time debunked Lindsey’s claim that Armageddon would come in the 1980’s. Eykel writes, “Lindsey was wrong, of course; the 1980s did not bring about the apocalypse. But this way of thinking – of seeking to find significance in various random events like eclipses – persists among some Christians.” Hagee is just as wrong.

Christians should vigorously oppose nonsensical end-time teaching. First, because it’s wrong, and second because it harms the faith in the eyes of the lost.

However, stunning phenomena like a total eclipse, a meteor, or a hurricane, bear witness to the power of the Creator. The perfectly tuned Universe which allows for precise predictions of the eclipse’s path and timing, speaks to the demand for a designer. God’s glory is on full display. Why would anyone want to add such silliness to what will be evident in the heavens?

The Bible says Jesus is coming again. The Bible does not say when. Be satisfied in Christ now and live watchfully and expectantly. It’s time for the speculation to pass.

Second Coming / Rapture Primer

With all the interest in end times events, modern prophetic fulfillment, blood moons and eschatology, we offer a collection of articles on various subjects relating to the Lord’s return. These are just some of the two dozen plus articles we have prepared on the subject. Us the search box to find more.

Prepare – Are we ready for Jesus’ return?

Jesus Is Coming, Are You Ready for the Alarm? – Don’t ignore what you know is coming!

Expired – The importance of being ready.

The Rapture – What is this doctrine?

The Rapture Package – Understanding how it all links together.

Apocalyptic Literature – Caution is required when interpreting this genre of biblical literature.

Harold Camping and the Rapture Bust – A date-setter who was wrong again!

Second Chance Salvation; A Danger of Dispensationalism – Believing the whole rapture, 1,000 year reign discussion has a pretty serious spiritual impact.

May God bless your studies and aide you as you prepare for the Lord’s return!

Bryant Evans may be reached at bryant at bryantevans.com. You can follow Bryant on Twitter @jbevans.



It did not freeze last night. Contrary to some weather forecasts, it only dropped to about 37 here in Daphne. But I did notice my neighbors covering their plants yesterday. And even though they will awake to realize their work was not needed, they will still take similar preparations next time. When living in the Tuscaloosa area many years ago it was almost comical to watch people strip the stores of every last loaf of bread and every last gallon of milk just because a forecaster uttered the frightful word, “snow.” The people there took weather preparations seriously, as they should.

It’s sad that people do not take seriously spiritual warnings and prepare for their spiritual future. So many will face the reality of judgment without preparation. Why? I think I have some ideas.

Preparation suggests belief

The only reason people prepare for  snow or for a freeze, is because they believe it is plausible that snow or freezing temperatures will come. People hear the warnings and they may not be certain, but they do not want to be caught unprepared. They believe the words of the forecaster and act appropriately.

Today, many do not prepare for the Lord’s return because they do not believe it will come, or, they believe they have more time. Jesus himself declares the inevitability of his return. He says, “the son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44). Peter speaks the same, “the day of the Lord will come like a thief and then the heavens will pass away with a roar…” (2 Peter 3:10). Paul echoes the thought, “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night…” (1 Thessalonians 5:2). The warnings are given but belief is lacking.

Preparation suggests experience

The reason people prepare for bad weather is because they have seen what can happen when you are not prepared. When snow strikes the deep south it is always trouble. We are not prepared for snow drifts and impassable streets. We have been in that condition before and do not wish to repeat that mistake again.

Spiritually, we have historical events which ought press us to both believe and to prepare for the future coming of the Lord. While Jesus has not come to bring an end to the world before, he has come in judgment. Matthew 24:1-35 is a lengthy, detailed warning of the coming of Jesus in judgment against the nation of Israel. About 40 years after that warning, Israel was destroyed. The AD 70 assault by Rome leveled the city and destroyed the Temple. It was a defeat from which Israel never recovered.

Time and again in Scripture, God warned of his coming judgment. Not once did he fail in his promises. Let us read and learn so that we can believe the warnings of eternal judgment. Let not one of us fail to be prepared for his return. For the saved, the return of the Lord is a glorious moment of deliverance. But for the unbelieving, only dreadful unending punishment is in store.

I do not know if it will freeze tonight. But I do know the Lord will come. I will be ready, will you?


Bryant Evans may be reached at bryant at bryantevans.com. You can follow Bryant on Twitter  @jbevans.

Identity of the AntiChrist

The identity of the Antichrist is a subject of great and growing interest among both religious and non-religious people. So much has been said about the Antichrist that people are seeking answers to identify this horrendous being and to learn what to expect from his devilish devices.

The Bible is the only reliable source for a study of the Antichrist. You will soon see that the Biblical account of Antichrist is greatly different from what the popular religious press and the entertainment industry present. In fact, religious groups have wrested the entire concept of Antichrist from its Biblical moorings and created a cartoon-like character which has little to do with the real Antichrist.

Antichrist in the New Testament

The term “Antichrist” occurs only 5 times in all of Scripture. The occurrences are found only Continue reading Identity of the AntiChrist