No! He can’t. There are a number of things that have to happen first before the Lord can return. Remember, He said that his Word doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6), and that heaven and earth will pass away, but His word will never pass away (Matthew 24:35).
Let me ask you this. Did Jesus come back earlier today? How about yesterday, did He come back then? What about last week, did He come back then? And last month? Last year? Five years ago? Ten? No, He didn’t. The point here is that if you were saying at any of those times that He could come back, you were clearly wrong. You didn’t see that there were many more things that had to be done before his return.
If you think that Jesus is coming back at the rapture then study and find out when that is. When you realize that Jesus is coming back at the tail end of events that start in Revelation 11:15 thru Revelation 14, then you will recognize that there is much to be done before his return. And there is much that will happen. Very bad things! But don’t worry. You will be long dead and grateful that you are. Because what is about to happen in the coming years is absolutely terrible. Just look around. These are birth pangs, and they are going to get worse.
The most notable thing that must exist at the time of the rapture is found in the first two verses of Revelation 11. If Jesus comes back, as it is clearly stated in Revelation 11:15 thru Revelation 14, then according to John, the writer of Revelation, there has to be a temple in Jerusalem as is clearly stated in Revelation 11:1-2. There is no temple in Jerusalem at this time. But there could be soon.
1 And then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar and those that worship in it. 2 But the court which is outside the temple, leave it out and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles, and they will trample on the holy city for forty-two months. –Revelation 11:1-2 (GFS)
If the rapture is the primary event from Revelation 11:15 – Revelation 14, and if Jesus comes back at the time of the rapture, then according to the scripture above there has to be a temple before He can come back.
Expressed opinions by many about the rapture and other events in the book of Revelation is one of the greatest roadblocks to the average person understanding biblical eschatology (the end-times). Everyone has an opinion, and many are uninformed and uneducated, but people still believe they have the right to share theirs. If they had only read the last three verses of Revelation there would probably be fewer opinions shared by lay persons, at the very least they would now be informed about whether they should share their options about the rapture and any other subject in the book of Revelation.
18 For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book. 19 And if any man takes away fro the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. –Revelation 22:18-19
If your opinions about the rapture are wrong, then you run the risk of falling into the category listed in the scripture above.
coming soon (no pun intended)…..