Review of the Last Lesson:
In the last lesson (Lesson 3: Why every Christian should be able to Discern the Time and Season of our Lord’s Second Coming), we started the discussion with the assumption that it is indeed very possible for us to discern the time and season of our Lord’s return! Three key words were given concise definitions, and five reasons were given to justify the Biblical assumption given above.
Now that we know from Lesson 3 that every Christian today should be able to discern the time and season of our Lord’s Second Coming, we will proceed with a Biblical Truth that is still hidden to most Christians, and the one that may arouse hostility to the Eschatology student: Jesus Christ is coming back in our generation, in fact in the year 2028.
Again, I am pleading with the reader to prayerfully consider the Biblical arguments that I will give in support of Jesus Christ’s return in 2028. These arguments will include End Times prophecies and some Bible Math. I must confess to the reader that I am not good in Math (the Bible Math that I will present however is very basic), nor did I arrive into these findings by myself. I praise the Lord that He is using several men of faith to guide me in this regard. The one person that He is using the most to help me understand Jesus’ return in 2028 and other End Times Bible Prophecy is Bro. R.H. Vargo, and you may find what he believes through his website www.christsreturn2028.com. The arguments that I will present are mostly what I have learned thru Bro. Vargo’s many years of study in End Times Bible Prophecy, and you may find similar studies and findings by searching on the internet, for God has already revealed His plan of Jesus’ return in 2028 to many of His servants around the world. Hallelujah, all praises to Almighty God!
Now let us open our Bibles and keep an open mind and a prayerful heart like a modern Berean (Acts 17:10-11) as we will look to the evidences on how the Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is indeed coming back in our generation – in the year 2028!
1.) The evidence of the Fig Tree Generation points us to the return of Jesus Christ in 2028.
Matt 24:32-35 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
The Fig Tree Generation teaching of Jesus is one of the most popular pointers that Bible scholars and theologians use to determine the time and season of the Lord’s return. However, a saint is truly blessed, because we don’t have to be a scholar to use the same pointer. Basically, what the Scripture reference given above means: The generation that sees the fig tree’s branch becoming soft and putting out its leaves will see the return of Jesus Christ.
Now, let us digest this statement into three questions that will lead us to the 2028 return of Jesus Christ: What is the fig tree? What does it mean for the fig tree’s branch becoming soft and putting out its leaves? How long is one generation?
What is the fig tree?
The fig tree in the Bible pertains to the Nation of Israel:
Hos 9:10 Like grapes in the wilderness, I found Israel. Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers.
For at least three (3) occasions, Jesus pointed out to the Nation of Israel as the fig tree:
a. The Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:6-9): For three years Jesus was looking for true spirituality from the Nation of Israel and found none;
b. The Cursed Fig Tree (Mark 11:12-17): Because the Nation of Israel was fruitless, Jesus cursed it. In 70 A.D. the curse was fulfilled as the Romans annihilated Israel, destroyed the temple, and the Nation of Israel ceased to be a nation; and,
c. The Replanted Fig Tree (Matthew 24:32-34): Israel once again became a sovereign nation on May 14, 1948, thus, replanted.
What does it mean for the fig tree’s branch becoming soft and putting out its leaves?
For many years, starting in 70 A.D. up to May 13, 1948, Israel lost its sovereign rights as a nation. But as God was fulfilling His end times prophecy, on May 14, 1948 Israel once again became a sovereign nation. Thus, on that special date Israel was replanted, the fig tree’s branch becoming alive beginning to bring forth leaves.
How long is one generation?
The first two parts (the identity of the fig tree and the fig tree’s branch becoming soft and putting out leaves) were relatively easy for most to identify. However, the real difficulty begins in trying to determine how long is one generation (in respect with this End Times prophecy). This third part of determining the proper length of one generation became one of the reasons why many have failed in determining the year of the Jesus Christ’s return. The Biblical premise is that once we have determined when the fig tree becomes alive again (which was on May 14, 1948), it becomes the starting year for the generation that will witness the return of Jesus. Thus, if we can determine the exact length of one generation, we just add that up to the year 1948 to determine when will Jesus return.
One of the most common length given for one generation is the number forty (40). In the Bible, the number 40 basically means a period of trial and testing (Deut. 8:2; Num. 13:26; Luke 4:1-14). However, if we add 40 to 1948, it leads us up to the year 1988 and in that year Jesus Christ did not return.
Another popular given for the length of one generation is the number seventy (70). In the Bible, the number 70 could mean perfect spiritual order, or a generation (years, Psa. 90:10). We see the number 70 appear in Psalm 90:10,
Ps 90:10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty
In the Scripture reference, two numbers are given: seventy (70) and eighty (80). Taking the number 70 and adding it to 1948 takes us to the year 2018. Though much is happening in the world since that year and onwards, Jesus Christ did not return in 2018. So, we take now the number 80. Let us read now the whole verse:
Ps 90:10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
The verse implies that the average age a man could have at most is eighty, but it also marks a point of life that is full of toil and trouble, but soon gone, flying away. Prophetically, we may infer from this Scripture that the generation that will witness the coming of Christ is 80 years from the fig tree having leaves again (1948 + 80 = 2028), and the people living in the last years up to 2028 will experience toil and trouble (the 7-year Tribulation), and will soon be gone, flying away (the Rapture, or the Resurrection? We will know in the coming lessons).
So, we arrive at the year 2028 as the year when Jesus returns. We know from Scriptures that the 7-year Tribulation will come first before the return of Jesus Christ (Dan. 9:25-27), so 2028 – 7 = 2021. In the year 2021, the Tribulation begins that ends in 2028, the year Jesus Christ will return.
2.) The evidence of the completion of man’s 6,000 years points us to the return of Jesus Christ in 2028.
Gen 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
2Pet 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Let us examine how the two Scriptures work together to point to the soon return of Jesus in 2028. Genesis 2:1-3 is about God’s work of creation done in six (6) days and His rest on the seventh (7th) day; while 2 Pet. 3:8 tells us that to the Lord, a day is a thousand years and vice-versa. Please keep in mind that the whole context of 2 Pet. 3:1-8 is about the second coming of Jesus Christ, which was in the days of the Apostle Peter was being ridiculed by unbelievers because of its seemed ‘delay’.
Now, there are many Scriptures throughout the Bible that reveals the whole Timetable of God for man and His Eternal Kingdom in a nutshell, and these verses from Genesis 2:1-3 is one of them. These verses tell us that for six days (or six thousand years, cf. 2 Pet. 3:8) God will allow man to live a life facing both blessings (by obedience to God) and curses (by disobedience to God), and then on the seventh day (7,000th year, cf. 2 Pet. 3:8), all of creation will enter into God’s Rest. This Rest will be the future mirror of the original Sabbath Day as indicated in Genesis 2:1-3, but this time it will be one thousand years in length, because of the truth applied from 2 Pet. 3:8. And this one thousand year reign is what is known as the Millennial Reign of Christ (Rev. 20).
From creation of Adam to Abraham = 2,000 years (Times of Adam)
From Abraham to the Birth of Jesus = 2,000 years (Times of the Jews)
From the Birth of Jesus to His Return = 2,000 years (Times of the Gentiles)
+ Jesus Christ’s Millennial Reign = 1,000 year (God’s Millennial Rest)
7,000 years in Total (1)
So, during the 6,000 years all of creation groan as they wait for the Return of Jesus and the unveiling of His Saints, then for 1,000 years, Jesus will rule on Earth known as the Millennial Reign of Christ. This 1,000 years will also be a Sabbatical Rest of God. After the completion of 7,000 years, Heaven and Earth will be renewed (Rev. 20 and 21:1), and the saints will live with God in perfect love and holiness, as if sin never existed in human history. This is the summary of God’s Plan for His Eternal Kingdom and for man, as summarized in Genesis 2:1-3 and 2 Peter 3:8.
Now, one final truth must be clarified to establish this second evidence on how the Bible is telling us that Jesus Christ will return in 2028: How do we know that in the year 2028, we are in the end of exactly 6,000 years since Creation, that points also to the return of Jesus? This can be proven in several ways, and my friend R.H. Vargo provides them, please see the footnote below.
There are at least ten (10) ways or methods to prove Biblically thru End Times Prophecy, Bible Math and World History that Jesus Christ will return in 2028. If you want to know all of these ten methods, please see the Why 2028 link below in the Sources.
In the next lesson, we will discuss the nature of End Times Bible Prophecy and how it affects our understanding and confidence in the end times prophecies of the Bible.
Let us pray:
“Lord God our Father, thank You for opening our spiritual eyes and sharing to us this wonderful truth that indeed Jesus is coming so soon. Help us so to be watchful and faithful, and to tell this Blessed Hope to everyone, in Jesus’ Name. To You alone be the Glory, forever and ever, Amen!”
(1) Actually, according to R.H. Vargo, author of the books “2028” and “Tribulation”, 2,000 years are really 2,029 Prophetic Years and two months. Thus, there were 2,029 yrs. from Adam to Abraham, 2,029 yrs. from Abraham to Jesus’ birth in 2 B.C. and 2,029 yrs. from the birth of Jesus to his return in 2028 A.D (Computation: -2 B.C. + 2,029.1666 years + 1 year for the BC/AD transition = 2028 A.D. Negative numbers are used for B.C. dates.) For further elaboration, please see this link, Why 2028.