Prior to Jesus’ departure from this earth He, on numerous occasions, spoke of His return (Matthew 16:27; 24:30, 44; 26:64).  As He ascended into the heavens, two “men” in white apparel, commonly believed to be angels, announced His return (Acts 1:9-11). In fact, every New Testament writer makes reference to the return of Christ – Matthew (25:13); Mark (8:38); Luke (21:27); John (14:3); Paul (1 Thessalonians 4:16); James (5:8); Peter (1 Peter 5:4); and Jude (14, 15).  As such, those who accept the inspiration and authority of the Scriptures do not doubt that Jesus is coming again. In this article we want to give consideration to Christ, the coming One.

FIRST, WHAT WILL BE THE MANNER OF HIS COMING? – His coming will be with great demonstration and power (Mark 13:26). In fact, the resurrection of the dead, and the destruction of the heavens and earth are connected with the coming of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:10-12).

His coming will be with great glory (Matthew 16:27; Luke 21:27). What a sight it will be to behold, the appearance in the skies of Jesus and his “mighty angels.” His coming will be a glorious event when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, when His shout will be heard throughout the domains of the earth; when the voice of the archangel will speak; and when the harp of God will be heard (2 Thessalonians 1:10).

His coming will be with the clouds (Revelation 1:7). As the clouds transported Him through the skies back to His heavenly home, so the Scriptures teach that He will come again (Matthew 24:30; 26:64).

His coming will be unexpected, as no man knows the day or the hour of His return (Mark 13:32; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5). Like a thief in the night, His coming will come upon the world. On the other hand, while Christians do not know the time of His coming, in one sense it will not overtake us as a thief, as we expect His coming some day

His coming will be universally visible (Revelation 1:7; Matthew 24:26, 27).

SECONDLY, THE SECOND COMING WILL BE RECEIVED IN TWO WAYS – The righteous will welcome the second coming. The Apostle Paul wrote of Christ’s appearing as the “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13). The Scriptures represent Christians as looking for, or waiting for, the coming of Christ (2 Timothy 4:8; Hebrews 9:28; 2 Peter 3:11, 12). With the coming of Christ will be ushered in those things that will consummate redemption. As the redeemed, with purified spirits and glorified bodies, we shall dwell forever with the Lord.

On the other hand, the day of the Lord will be a day of calamity for the wicked. The thought of the second coming of Christ, and of judgment, has always been the fear and dread of the world.

Those who have grown up under the influence of Christianity, but who have not yielded their lives to God, are not able to be at ease because of this thought. And, truly, it should fill their souls with anxiety. On that day, Jesus will be revealed to them, not as the One for whom they are longing, but as the One who comes in vengeance and flaming fire (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 14, 15).

THIRDLY, THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT THE DAY OF THE LORD:

                        It will be a day of eternal separation, even of loved ones (Luke 17:34-36).

The opportunity of salvation will be forever withdrawn (Luke 13:24, 25).

The angels will sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them

into eternal fire (Matthew 13:49, 50).

The angels will gather together the saved to be with the Lord (Matthew 24:31).

The dead will be raised (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).

It will be a day of great sorrow and weeping (Luke 13:28).

It will be a day of great joy (Revelation 22:12).

FOURTHLY, WE ARE TO WATCH AND BE READY FOR HIS COMING – Jesus did not place emphasis upon the time of His coming, but upon the necessity of our being ready for His coming (Matthew 24:42). Because we do not know the time of His coming, we are exhorted to be ever ready. The parable of the ten virgins was taught for the express purpose of teaching the necessity of always being prepared for Christ’s return (Matthew 25:1-13).

Christ is coming again. That is not the question. The question is will you be ready when He comes?

 

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