(The following teachings are from the exact words of Jesus as found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the first chapter of Acts — they are simply combined here to delete repetition. This is what Jesus himself said about his coming again and was the only teaching the early church and believers had. Additional writings in the New Testament that relate to Jesus’ coming again came much later)
“Jesus came out and departed from the temple. His disciples came to him to show Him the building of the temple how it was adorned with beautiful stones and decorations. One of His two disciples said “Teacher see what manner of stones!” “What buildings are here!”
Jesus said “Do you not see all these things, these great buildings. I say to you not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”
Now as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John and Andrew asked him privately.
“Tell us when will these things be? And what will be the signs of your coming and the end of the world?”
“Take heed that you be not deceived. For many will come in My name saying ‘I am He, I am the Christ’ and will deceive many.” “The time has drawn near. Therefore do not follow after them. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars and commotion’s do not be terrified; all things must come to pass but the end is not yet.
Nation will rise against nation, Kingdom against kingdom,
There will be pestilence’s, Earthquakes, Troubles, Fearful sights. Great signs from heaven. These are the beginnings of sorrows (birth pangs) Before all these things,
Watch out for yourselves! They will lay hands on you,
They will deliver you up to tribulation, Persecute you,Kill you. They will deliver you up to synagogues, councils and prisons. You will be beaten in synagogues. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake for a testimony against them. When arrested do not worry what you will speak. Do not plan your defense. I will give you a mouth and wisdom which your adversaries cannot withstand. It is not you but the Holy Spirit who will speak.
You will be betrayed by parents, relatives and friends!
Brother will betray brother to death. Father will betray child to death. Children will rise up against parents causing them to be put to death. They will send some of you to your death. You will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. Then many will be offended, betray one another and will hate one another. But not a hair of your head shall be lost! He who endures to the end shall be saved. In your patience possess your souls. Then many false prophets will rise up to deceive many. Lawlessness will abound. The love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.This gospel of the kingdom will be preached to all the world as a witness to all nations, then the end will come. When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies the desolation is near, therefore when you see the abomination of desolation spoken by Daniel the prophet standing in the holy place, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, those on the housetop take nothing out of the house. Let those in the field not go back to the house for clothes. Woe to those who are pregnant, those who are nursing babies, pray that your flight may not be in winter, or on the Sabbath. Those in Jerusalem depart. Those outside do not enter. These are the days of vengeance that all things which are written may be fulfilled. For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and will be led away captive into all nations. Jerusalem will be trampled by gentiles until the time of the gentiles are fulfilled. For in those days there will be tribulation such as has not been from the beginning of creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. Unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days. Then should anyone say to you
‘Look, here is the Christ! Look, He is there!’ Do not believe it. For false Christ’s and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible even the elect. (chosen ones) Take heed, see I have told you all things beforehand. Therefore if they say to you
‘Look, he is in the desert!’ Do not go out. Or ‘Look, he is in the inter rooms!’ Do not believe it. For as the lighting comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is there the eagles will be gathered together.
Immediately after the tribulation the sun will be darkened,
the moon will not give its light, stars will fall from heaven for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, in the stars and on earth distress of nations, with perplexity the seas and waves roaring; Peoples hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth.
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn. Then they will see the Son of Man coming on (in) the clouds of heaven with great power and great glory. He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet and they will gather together His elect (chosen ones) from the four winds, from the farthest part of the earth to the farthest part of heaven.
Now when these things began to happen, Look up! Lift up your heads! Because your salvation draws near! Look at the fig tree and all the trees when they are budding and putting forth leaves. You know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you likewise, when you see these things happening, know that He, the kingdom of God is near, at the very door. Assuredly I say to you this generation will by no means pass away till all things are fulfilled, till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only My Father. Take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighted down with carousing, drunkenness and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man. Take heed, watch and pray for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming; In the evening? At midnight? At the crowing of the rooster? Or in the morning? Lest, suddenly, he find you sleeping! What I say to you, I say to all: Watch! As the days of Noah were, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the art, and did not know until the flood came and took the all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming’, and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him! Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out’. But the wise answered, saying ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves’. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled the accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them’. His lord said to him, ‘Well, done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’. He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look , I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’. Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not won, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours’. But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
Therefore you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’. Then He will also say to those of the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
For I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me. Then they also will answer Him saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 24:3 to 25:46
Mark 13:1-37; Luke 21:7-36
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’ Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 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”.
“Behold I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. I, Jesus have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I Am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.
Surely, I am coming quickly!” Revelation 21:12,13,16 and 20.