The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the grand theme of the Bible. In fact, one verse out of every eleven verses in the New Testament talks about this climatic event. Evangelist Dwight Moody said that the event was spoken of 2500 times in Scripture!
Personally, I am so ready for Jesus to come back and take me home to heaven. I’m tired of the sickness and sorrow, the pain and grief of this world. What about you? Are you excited about the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior?
When Jesus came the first time, it took the religious people of the day by surprise. They were not prepared to welcome Jesus come despite the hundreds of prophecies describing the first advent. They didn’t understand the prophecies and were applying the prophecies incorrectly.
People today are often in the same boat. They don’t understand the prophecies and/ or they are applying the prophecies incorrectly. Some folks believe that the book of Revelation is sealed and that there’s no point in trying to understand the baffling symbols and prophecies. Like the people of the Old Testament, there may even be church leaders who misunderstand the prophecies and are applying them incorrectly.
But I want to share the good news with you! We can understand the book of Revelation. The Bible always explains itself.
Revelation 22:10 says, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.”
Matthew 24:4 says, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” He went on to say in Matthew 24:24 that it would even be possible for the “very elect” (Christians) to be deceived.
You see, Satan isn’t so worried about deceiving the lost people of the world. He already has them right where he wants them. However, he desperately wants to deceive God’s people, “the very elect.” He wants to you and me to be lost!
So, let’s look at what Jesus’ return will be like.
Acts 1:9-11 says, “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
What do these verses tell us about the Second Coming?
- He will be visible.
- He will return in a cloud.
- He will be flesh and bones.
- His ascension was literal, personal, bodily, and visible.
When Jesus returns, he will come back in the clouds just like he went up to heaven in the clouds.
Revelation 1:7 says, “Look he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.”
Revelation 14:14 says, “I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one ‘like a son of man’ with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.”
Jesus will be surrounded by thousands and thousands of angels when he returns.
Psalm 104:3b says, “He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.”
Psalm 68:17 says, “The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands.”
Matthew 25:31 says, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.”
There will be no mistaking the Second Coming. Every person, including those who are saved and those who are lost, will see it happen!
Remember, Revelation 1:7 told us that, “Look he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.”
Matthew 24:30 also says, “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.”
When Jesus returns, the angels will gather God’s people together to take them home.
Matthew 24:31 says, “And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
When Jesus returns, and the angels spread out to gather his people together, what happens to the dead in Christ or rather, God’s people who have passed away?
1 Thessalonians 4:16 says, “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”
1 Corinthians 15:52 says, “For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”
The dead in Christ will rise first! And then what happens? Those who are still alive who have given their hearts to Jesus will be caught up in the clouds to meet Jesus!
1 Thessalonians 4:17 says, “After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
We will be given new bodies. Bodies that will never get sick, grow old, or die.
1 Corinthians 15:53, 54 says, “For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’”
Philippians 3:20, 21 says, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
I’m looking forward to the day when I get to meet Jesus face to face. And, I can’t wait to be changed “in the twinkling of an eye!” I’m kind of looking forward to a perfect body!
Can you even imagine such a glorious event?
Many wonderful, God fearing Christians believe that the Second Coming, or the Rapture, will be a secret event. Maybe you have read the Left Behind series of books or even seen the movie. The “Secret” Rapture is portrayed as a sudden event where all of God’s people are snatched up, leaving the unsaved souls behind. Airplanes fall out of the sky, cars pile up on the freeway and loved ones wonder where their family members have disappeared to.
Sweet friend, this is not what the Bible says. There is no secret Rapture. Let’s look again at what we know so far about the Second Coming.
- It will be visible. Every eye, every nation will see Jesus coming in the clouds.
- He will be accompanied by ten thousand and thousands and thousands of angels.
- People around the world will hear Jesus return. There will be a loud trumpet call.
- The angels will gather the “very elect,” God’s chosen people together.
- Jesus will return just as he left – in the clouds and in person.
- God will not be silent. The whole world will hear him coming.
- The dead in Christ will rise first. Then, those believers who are still alive will be caught up in the air.
- In the twinkling of an eye, we will be given perfect bodies that will never get sick, grow old, or die.
Tomorrow, we’ll continue our look at The Second Coming. Don’t miss this fascinating look at Scripture!
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