We all know that the second coming of Christ is a glorious event that will happen during our lifetime. Did Christs return happen before 1988? This is today’s question. The answer is an overwhelming YES!! According to the Bible, Christ definitely returned to us by the year 1988 and is currently reigning over us for 1000 years.
I am always reading scriptural studies by the great Godly men that God has sent to us. Recently I read the prophetic work of Colin Hoyle Deal “Christ Returns By 1988” a true book filled with Gods wisdom! This was a National Best Seller, and Colin is a Spirit-led preacher of the Bible. What a blessing to study this work!
Written in 1979, Colin Hoyle Deal lists 101 reasons why Christs return will happen by 1988. Lets try to cover as much as we can.
1 Thessalonians 5:4
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
According to Colin Hoyle Deal there are 318 references to the return of Jesus Christ in the New Testament alone. Christ Returns By 1988 starts by pointing out that God wants us to know when he will return. We only have to open our eyes and read the Bible, and our views will be supported.
20 When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.
27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
32 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
Chapter 96 shows how Israel is the “Fig Tree” and how Luke 21:29-32 tells us the fig tree will shoot forth. Colin Deal explains “Christ said that the generation of people living at the time of the rebirth of this Jewish nation would see all the fulfillment of Luke 21. Israel being formed in 1948 means that the end times described in Luke 21 are coming within a generation.
Colin Deal says “According to Jewish genealogy (Mathew 1:17), the Bible (Psalms 95:10), and the Dead Sea Scrolls (under Religious Belief and Practices) a generation is 40 years”
1948 + 40 years = 1988, this is truly convincing and backed fully by scripture!
In chapter 97 of Christ Returns By 1988 he traces the history of man back to 6000 years ago when God created us.
2 Peter 3:8
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
Some parts of the Bible are figurative, however Colin Deal knows that Peter 3:8 is to be taken literally. And in Revelation 20:1-9 we learn that Christ will reign for 1000 years. 7 is God’s number. So 7000 must also be Gods number (we have to assume). 6000 + 1000 = 7000. So this means that Christs reign must be starting in 1988 so he can reign for 1000 years. As I am writing this it is currently it is the year 2016, I am so excited to be living in the 28th year of Christs 1000 year reign!
In chapter 98 Colin Hoyle Deal has even more math to prove how Christ returned in 1988. In 1968 Israel and Gods chosen people recaptured Gods city of Jerusalem and fulfilling prophecy in Zechariah 12:6.
24 Seventy sevens are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. 25 Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven sevens, and sixty-two sevens. It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two sevens, the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.
On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.
Using Daniel 9 and Zechariah 12 and Nehemiah 2:1-6 Colin Hoyle Deal counts down the days to Christs return. 434 years + 37 years + the age of the church points to 1968 Israel, and only 19 years past that is 1987. And 1987 is before 1988, meaning that Christ must have returned by 1988! Christ Returns By 1988 doesn’t go into any detail on what the Church Age is but you know he must be right because he is a man of God.
I’ve only covered 3 chapters in this Christ Returns By 1988 and already we have proved that Christ returned in 1988. If we had the time, there are 98 more chapters of proof. Large numbers of words arguing for an idea always make that idea true. Imagine how many words are in 98 chapters of words! There is no way that Colin Hoyle Deal is wrong. He is full of information and confidence to defend his views. Thank Christ and praise the Lord God for his return!
I hope you enjoyed this Bible study, and I hope we all have learned something from Colin Hoyle Deal. Amen.