Hi and welcome back for my 11th blog. NOTE – I received a question on the last blog – Lawlessness… you can go back and read the question and my response if you would like. My response to the question on the last blog will help to explain the difference between the first and second deaths.
I am glad you are here because I believe this is one of the most important Biblical truths of our time – end of time events. Jesus made a solemn promise before His death and resurrection. Jesus promised his followers that He would come again and take them to be with Him. (John 14:3) Most of us know and look forward to the Second Coming. But what details does the Bible give us concerning the method of His coming? This is what I want to focus on today.
Again, before we start, I would like us to join in prayer, praising God and asking the Holy Spirit to enlighten our minds concerning the Scripture and give us a visual understanding of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I pray that God will fill us with a yearning to be ready when Jesus comes and that we would hunger and thirst after righteousness. (Matthew 5:6) In Jesus name we thank You for hearing our prayer, Amen!
Let’s back up a bit to the very beginning. I want us to have a broad picture of Jesus’ involvement with humankind. (John 1:1-5) tells us that “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” This verse clarifies Jesus’ divinity and His power to enact great change. Jesus was with God and was God of the creation week which took place approximately 6000 years ago. He created humankind, on the 6th day, and made them in His image. And He said it was good. (Genesis 1:26-31)
Then approximately 4,000 years later, Jesus came to the Earth as a babe. He came to save us and give us the hope of eternal life. (John 3:17) After 3 1/2 years of ministry, Jesus was crucified upon a cross on Friday, which is the preparation day. (Luke 23:33-43 and John 19:31) Joseph of Arimathea, asked Pilate for Jesus’ body and placed His body in a tomb. Jesus rested over the Sabbath day and rose on the 3rd day as prophecy foretold. (Luke 9:32) Jesus + resurrection = Victory! But what does His victory give us.
Well, you see, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection – which He did not deserve – we are given the gift of eternal life – which we do not deserve. The war of good vs evil, God vs Satan, was won on the Cross of Calvary. Jesus paid the penalty for sin by dying the second death (Romans 6:23) and Satan, as the scapegoat, will pay the debt for the sins of all God’s children who are ready to go with Jesus at the time of the 2nd Coming. Jesus secured eternal victory for all who will believe and follow Him and Satan is going about like a “roaring lion seeking whom he may destroy” (1 Peter 5:8) before his final and eternal destruction – the second death, eternal death.
I have taken us on a journey so that we can understand how important the 2nd Coming is to God and why it is critical for us to understand in exact detail. We need to understand the events and circumstances surrounding the 2nd Coming of Jesus. Satan is seeking to destroy us with lies, partial truths, false goodness, deceptive false hope – to deceive, if possible, even the elect (us/believers). (Matthew 24:24) He knows the scriptures and is twisting them in such a way that his lies sound reasonable and he has used this ploy for centuries. The false truths have been around so long that most of us just accept them as truth because, in our minds, that’s how these false truths have always been presented to us – as truth. But, many times in Matthew 24, Jesus warns us not to be deceived. Are we being deceive about the real truth concerning the 2nd Coming, and if so, how can it impact our salvation?
I believe Satan’s false truth has the potential to prevent us from receiving the gift of eternal life. Remember, he is the father of lies, he is very good at it or he wouldn’t be able to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Matthew 24 and verses 5, 11, 23, 24, 26 all speak to the appearance of false messiahs and false prophets in the last days. Jesus councils us not to be deceived, not to go out to find these false messiahs, not to believe the lies. These same warnings can be found in Mark, Luke, John and many other books of the Bible. So if Jesus can’t be found in the wilderness or the inner room, where can He be found? What does scripture say?
In Matthew 24:27, Jesus tells us we don’t need to run anywhere to see His coming. “For as lightening that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man.” Wow that will be an awe inspiring sight for those of us that long to see Him.
In 1st Thessalonians 4:16-18, we are told that Jesus will come in the clouds of glory and the dead in Christ will rise up to meet him first and then the living in Christ will join them in the clouds. Did you catch that? We are taken up in the air to meet Him, Jesus does not come down. Jesus’ feet never touch the Earth at His 2nd Coming. We, the saved, are caught up together to join Him. Quite different from the false truths Jesus warns us not to believe. All His glorious pomp and circumstance happens in the air, not on the ground. Please prayerfully consider what God is telling us through His word. He is giving us the opportunity to have no doubt concerning the way in which His 2nd Coming will happen.
This is a very important last day truth so, as the Holy Spirit convicts you, please share with your loved ones. It is crucial to know how Jesus will return so we will not be drawn into false worship.
Please ask questions if I didn’t make something clear. If what you read prompts more thoughts and questions, please share.
Until we meet again, may our Victorious Lord give you the discernment of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:14)