Matthew 23:39 & Luke 13:35 For I tell you, you will not see Me again until you say: Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord.”
Luke 18:8…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?
Who are the inhabitants of Israel and Jerusalem at the time of Jesus’s Return?
Zechariah 13:7-9… says how the Lord will judge Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. Two thirds will die and the remainder will be refined, they will call on the Lord and be accepted as His people. Ezekiel 21:1-7, Ezekiel 22:17-22. Isaiah 6:11-13, Jeremiah 12:14
Ezekiel 20:30-38 The House of Israel, the people that we know now refers to every true Christian, Isaiah 51:1-2, Romans 9:6-9, Galatians 3:26-29, are told how they have defiled themselves. Then, how they will be brought out of the peoples and lands where they have been dispersed to. They are judged and the righteous will be allowed to enter and settle into all of the Promised Land. Isaiah 62:1-5, Isaiah 66:15-21, Ezekiel 34:11-31
Note, in v36…the same as I did in Egypt – see also Ezekiel 20:9….the Lord says- how I revealed Myself to the Israelites. That was in a cloud, not as a visible Person. So, these judgements are before the Lords Return.
Zechariah 14:1-3 A Day is coming for the Lord to act and plunder taken from you will be shared out, while you stand by. I shall gather the nations to make war on Jerusalem- the city will be taken, houses ransacked and women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, the rest will stay…. Then, the Lord will Return in glory. He will destroy the armies of the nations. Revelation 16:13
Verses 1-2 only fit at the time the Anti-Christ and his army comes to the holy Land, Daniel 7:25, to the new nation of Beulah, Isaiah 62:1-5, 3½ years after he has made a peace treaty with them. He will set up his image in the Temple at that time. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, Daniel 11:31
Those who go into exile are righteous Israel are the ‘woman’ of Revelation 12. Those who remain must face further refinement and testing. Daniel 11:35 During this 3½ year Tribulation period, the two witnesses will preach in Jerusalem to them. When the two witnesses are killed and taken up to heaven there is an earthquake that kills 7000 people. Revelation 11:13
Those who remain are the royal house of priests, who will reign with Jesus on earth. Revelation 5:9-10. THEY will welcome Jesus as He Returns in His glory, at the end of the Tribulation and the armies of all the nations will be there, Revelation 16:12-14, under the command of the Anti Christ. Revelation 19:19 Jesus destroys them and chains up Satan. Revelation 19:20-21
2 Esdras 13:11-13 A stream of fire, the breath of flame poured from His mouth and fell on the enormous army advancing to attack. They were totally burned up. After that, the Man, (Jesus) came down from the mountain and brought to Himself a peaceful company of people, some with joy on their faces, some with sorrow.
Psalms 68:28-31 Summon Your power, show Your strength, O God, as you have done before. Kings will bring gifts to Your Temple.
Rebuke those wild beasts, scatter those nations who make war. Envoys will come from the other nations in submission to God. Reference, REB, some verses abridged