Part Two – The Second Advent of Jesus, The Messiah
Lord Jesus’ SECOND ADVENT is approaching. This is when He physically returns to the Earth.
When Lord Jesus read Isaiah 61 to announce that that He was the Messiah, He stopped half way through verse 2 where it says “to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord” and did not read the second half of the verse which says,
“And the day of vengeance of our God…” Isaiah 61:2b
If He had read the second part He could not have said, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Because the second part has to do with His return to Earth as a Warrior King-Priest to reveal Himself to Israel and save them from the armies of all the nations of the Earth who will try to destroy her.
In God The Father’s plan, this day of vengeance had not arrived when Jesus was speaking in His hometown synagogue. By reading verse 2 and 3 we see what His Second Advent involves:
“The SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, FOR HE ANOINTED ME…TO PROCLAIM..
“…the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:2b-3
This section of Scripture reveals a SECOND ADVENT and reveals the specialized task the Messiah, Jesus, will perform as Warrior King-Priest:
- …to proclaim…the day of vengeance of our God
- …to comfort all who mourn… in Zion
- …giving a garland instead of ashes
- …giving the oil of gladness instead of mourning
- …giving a mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting
- He will make the people of Israel into oaks of righteousness
- He will cause glory to rebound unto God, by the changes in the people of Israel.
The specialized task deal with two things: the day of vengeance and the salvation of Israel physically and spiritually. This is after the church as been raptured and almost at the end of the future Anti-Christ’s rule.
First, why the need to minister to the mourning?
The setting is the end of the seven years of tribulation and the Battle of Armageddon is ongoing. Armies from all the nations of the earth are besieging and close to overwhelming the defenders of Jerusalem. Some of Israel has fled to the wilderness (Petra), some have been killed by the invading armies and some are besieged in Jerusalem. Zechariah 13: 9 tell us that two-thirds of the people in Israel will die during this time but much of the Jewish population will have already fled to the safety of the wilderness. The one-third remaining in Israel will be refined or purified by the Lord.
It is my understanding that at that point in the battle, Jesus will physically set His feet on the Mount of Olives coming to help Israel and will reveal Himself to Israel. They will understand that He was their Messiah all along. This is why the Messiah’s specialized tasks mention mourning, ashes, and fainting. Listen:
Zechariah 12:9-14 NASBS
 And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.  “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.  In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo.  The land will mourn, every family by itself; the family of the house of David by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself and their wives by themselves;  the family of the house of Levi by itself and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites by itself and their wives by themselves;  all the families that remain, every family by itself and their wives by themselves.
Ezekiel 20:43-44 NASBS
 There you will remember your ways and all your deeds with which you have defiled yourselves; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for all the evil things that you have done.  Then you will know that I am the LORD when I have dealt with you for My name’s sake, not according to your evil ways or according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD.'”
Concerning those who have fled to the wilderness:
Ezekiel 20:33-38 NASBS
 “As I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “surely with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out, I shall be king over you.  I will bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered, with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out;  and I will bring you into the wilderness of the peoples, and there I will enter into judgment with you face to face.  As I entered into judgment with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will enter into judgment with you,” declares the Lord GOD.  “I will make you pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant;  and I will purge from you the rebels and those who transgress against Me; I will bring them out of the land where they sojourn, but they will not enter the land of Israel. Thus you will know that I am the LORD.
Think about what this will be like? For the Jewish people to realize that Jesus of Nazareth was their Messiah all along. To realize that all the judgements that they as a people had endured over 2000 years could have been avoided. Is it any wonder that Ezekiel 20:43 says speaking about the Jewish people who realize this, “you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for all the evil things that you have done.” The shock of the realization and then the remembering of all they had done individually and nationally. It will be a time of “being stunned” by what is being revealed to each individual.
But…now we see the reason that the Messiah will comfort all who mourn in Zion, giving a garland instead of ashes and a mantle of praise for the spirit of fainting! Though this realization that Jesus is the Messiah will happen to the whole nation, it is through personal repentance and faith in Jesus The Messiah, that the Jewish remnant will be born again. That is what “…by themselves…” in Zechariah 12:12-14 means.
It will be a glorious transformation of Israel that will rebound to God’s glory!!!!!
Ezekiel 39:25-29 describes this time:
 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name.  They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid.  When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified through them in the sight of the many nations.  Then they will know that I am the LORD their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer.  I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD.
Isaiah 61: 4-9 describes what the Lord will do for Israel after they acknowledge Him and repent:
 Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins, They will raise up the former devastations; And they will repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.  Strangers will stand and pasture your flocks, And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.  But you will be called the priests of the LORD; You will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, And in their riches you will boast.  Instead of your shame you will have a double portion, And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion. Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land, Everlasting joy will be theirs.  For I, the LORD, love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering; And I will faithfully give them their recompense And make an everlasting covenant with them.  Then their offspring will be known among the nations, And their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them Because they are the offspring whom the LORD has blessed.
The second task of Jesus during His second advent is to proclaim the day of vengeance. To understand this let us begin with Isaiah 63: 1-6 which is a picture of Lord Jesus on this day. Note what Lord Jesus says in verse 4.
 Who is this who comes from Edom (modern day Jordan)
With garments of glowing colors from Bozrah (Petra),
This One who is majestic in His apparel,
Marching in the greatness of His strength?
“It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
 Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press?
 “I have trodden the wine trough alone,
And from the peoples there was no man with Me.
I also trod them in My anger And trampled them in My wrath;
And their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments,
And I stained all My raiment.
 “For the day of vengeance was in My heart,
And My year of redemption has come.
 “I looked, and there was no one to help,
And I was astonished and there was no one to uphold;
So My own arm brought salvation to Me,
And My wrath upheld Me.
 “I trod down the peoples in My anger
And made them drunk in My wrath,
And I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”
Did you notice in verse 4 that Jesus said the day of vengeance was in My heart? Remember in Isaiah 61:2b the Messiah would proclaim the day of vengeance? Here we have Jesus The Messiah proclaiming this when He physically comes to Earth to destroy all the armies intent on wiping out Israel and the Jewish people.
After the day of vengeance is finished, Lord Jesus will establish His earthly kingdom in Jerusalem for a thousand years. The new temple described in Zechariah will be built and from there He will rule all nations. Isaiah 61: 10-11 describes the Lord Jesus at this time:
 I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.  For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
After the thousand years, the end of time will come and the final judgement. Those who have rejected Lord Jesus will be sent to the place prepared for the devil and his angels forever, the ones they knowingly or unknowingly served/followed in their earthly existence.
The disciples of Jesus Christ will inherit a new heaven and earth where they will dwell forever.
Where will you be at this time?
So we have looked at the two advents of the Lord Jesus and the difference of each. We are in the first and the second advent is steadily approaching.
Even so, Amen. Come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20)