Second Coming Christ Appears From the EastAugust 16, 2022
To understand how we can receive Christ who comes again in the last days, let us understand the prophecy about Christ coming from the East.
When Jesus Christ appeared 2,000 years ago, He came in accordance with the Bible prophecies so that God’s people could receive Him. For example, the Bible testified that Jesus would be born of a virgin, so it was fulfilled through the Virgin Mary (Mt 1:21-23). Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, and this too was fulfilled (Mi 5:2). In order for us to recognize Second Coming Christ correctly, we must understand the Bible prophecies which testify about Him.
The Work of Salvation Starts from the East
The main purpose of Christ appearing a second time is to bring salvation to His people who are waiting for Him (Heb. 9:28). Then, where does the work of salvation begin in the last days? Let us examine one prophecy in Revelation.
Revelation 7:1-3 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”
This scene portrays the last great work of salvation that is to be carried out in the last days before the final destruction. As the four angels are holding back the four winds that will cause harm and consume the whole earth, we come to see the importance of the seal of God, which comes from the East and will be placed on the foreheads of God’s people as a mark of redemption.
The sealing of God’s people, shown as the last work of salvation, starts from the East. Thus, we can conclude that Christ must appear from the East since Christ and the work of salvation go hand and hand.
Second Coming Jesus Appears from the East
Before the sealing work of salvation can begin, there are some prophetic signs that must take place. These signs are recorded in the prior chapter of Revelation.
Revelation 6:12-13 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.
The Bible illustrates that there must be signs in the sun, moon, and stars before God’s redemption work begins from the east in the last days. Similarly, Jesus Christ mentioned the same signs when discussing His second coming to His disciples.
Matthew 24:29-30 “Immediately after the distress of those days “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.
When we compare the prophecies about God’s sealing work and Christ’s second coming, we can see that they both share the same preceding signs in the sun, moon, and stars. This indicates that the two events are the same. When Christ comes a second time, He will bring salvation to His people by placing the seal of God on their foreheads.
As this sealing work starts from the east, then it clearly proves that Jesus will appear from the East at His second coming.
Christ Comes as a Man
God’s coming from the East in the last days was also prophesied in the Old Testament.
Isaiah 46:10-11 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.
Why does God call a man from the East? It is to fulfill His purpose. From the beginning of the Bible to the end, God’s ultimate purpose has been to give salvation to His children, so it is God Himself who will come from the East in the appearance of a man in the last days to carry out His salvation work.
To show God’s earnest heart to save His children from sin and death, the Bible compares God to a bird of prey that will carry out His work of salvation swiftly (Ex. 19:4)
God showed us His firm will for His coming from the East by testifying to it once more in the book of Isaiah 41.
Isaiah 41:2-4 “Who has stirred up one from the east, calling him in righteousness to his service? He hands nations over to him and subdues kings before him. He turns them to dust with his sword, to windblown chaff with his bow. He pursues them and moves on unscathed, by a path his feet have not traveled before. Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord—with the first of them and with the last—I am he.”
Here, God has stirred up one from the East calling him to His service. Some people interpret this prophecy to refer to King Cyrus who appeared after the time of Isaiah to liberate the Israelites from Babylonian captivity. However, we can confirm this prophecy is speaking about Christ because the Bible says the one who comes from the East will make rivers of water flow in the desert.
Isaiah 41:17-18 “The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.
Since it is only God who is the source of the water of life, even making the water appear in the spiritual desert, this prophecy can only be fulfilled by God coming as a man.
The Prophesied Land in the East Refers to Korea
Points of Reference: Patmos and Israel
After seeing numerous prophecies repeatedly mention that God will appear from the east, should we not decipher what country the east specifically refers to? In order to do so, we must consider the contexts in which the prophecies were written.
The Apostle John was imprisoned on the Greek island of Patmos when he received the Revelation from Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:9). As he saw God’s sealing work starting from the east, the work of salvation that Jesus carries out must begin in a land east of Patmos.
Some believe that since Jesus appeared in Israel at His first coming, He must surely appear there again. However, the East, where Christ will appear in the last days does not indicate Israel. Since Isaiah was prophesying in Israel when he mentioned the Savior coming from the East, then it must indicate a far-off land east of Israel.
The County Where The Passover Appeared
Though there are many countries located east of Patmos and Israel, the prophesied land in the East must be the place from which the truth of the seal of God appears. Of all the nations in the eastern hemisphere, Korea is the only place in which the New Covenant Passover, the seal of God, appeared.
According to the prophecy of Christ coming from the East at His second coming, Christ Ahnsahnghong appeared in Korea and restored the truth of the New Covenant Passover to give us salvation. Let us receive the seal of God on our foreheads by partaking in God’s salvation and believe in Christ Ahnsahnghong who has come from the East in accordance with all the prophecies in the Bible.