The Second Coming Of Christ…
Rev 1:7-8 KJV
(7) Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
(8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
John now sees Christ coming in His Wrath:
1. The World’s Reaction To His Coming (v 7)
2. Christ’s Description of Himself (v 8)
John now presents to us Christ in His authoritative greatness. His second coming is being used to reveal Christ as the Eternally Almighty God. One of the ways He will show His greatness to us is through the judgment of those who have rebelled against Him.
THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:
Revelation 1: –
(7) Behold, he cometh with clouds;
John now allows us to “look” and “place our attention upon” Christ. In this vision, we can see Christ coming during His second coming. He is said to be coming “with the clouds”.
This is a direct reference to the promise given at His ascension when the apostles were told that “…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11 KJV). When Christ ascended to heaven, we are told that “He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9). In fulfillment of the promise given to us (Acts 1:11) we are told that, when He returns, He will come “with the clouds”.
This is one of the great hallmark proofs of the authentic Christ coming back to earth. Many throughout the years have claimed to be the returned Christ, but none have been seen coming back in the clouds of heaven. The authentic Jesus, the Son of God and Savior of His people, will be seen coming back in the clouds, which will be one proof of several that will validate His identity.
Also, we need to keep in mind that many times the Lord is described as “coming in (or with) the clouds”, the Bible uses clouds to represent His exalted position and dominating authority which will be displayed at His second coming (Ezekiel 1:4-28). In the following verses, we will see several ways in which His authority is declared at His second coming…
and every eye shall see him,
After Christ comes back in the clouds, “every eye” (every man who is living upon the earth) will “see” Him (gaze at Him in amazement with eyes wide open). Who will be living on the earth at this point in time? This group includes both lost and saved mankind. As He first appears in the sky, all men will see Him. Then, just prior to His judgment falling upon the lost, Christ will take up His saints to be with Him, keeping them protected from the wrath that will then fall upon the lost …
Mat 24:26-31 KJV – “Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
1Th 4:16-17 KJV – “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
It is only after this taking of His people, that His judgment will begin to fall upon sinful man.
and they also which pierced him:
“They which pierced Him” are describing the living Jews. They will be a part of the group that are living on the earth at the time of His second coming. As a nation they are responsible for crucifying their Lord and have rejected Christ as the True Messiah(Zech 12:10, Luke 13:34-35, Matthew 23:34-39).
Although in the OT times the Jews were God’s physically chosen people and were used by God in great ways, John is reminding them that this will not give them “a free pass” to escape the judgment of God that is about to fall. They will be present at His second coming, and if they have not trusted in Him, they will face the same wrath as the Gentile unbelievers alive at His coming.
Note: There will be some Jews who are saved prior to His coming and these will be taken and protected by Christ. However, based on the next section we are told that there will be many physical Jews that will still be in their sins and facing eternal judgment…
and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.
John reveals to us that the living lost (those who are left after the taking out of God’s people) will be made up of individuals from every family upon the earth. This helps us to understand that these sinful people include individuals from every race, nationality, dialect and bloodline. There will be multitudes of both Jews and Gentiles who will still be in their sins when Christ returns to the earth.
All the lost are said to “wail” at His return. They will not be wailing and mourning over the sins they have committed. They will be crying out, beating their chest in sorrow, selfishly, as they now understand that judgment has now come upon them. Following the removal of His people from the earth, the God’s wrath upon the lost mankind will begin shortly.
Keep in mind, this text is describing one aspect of His second coming…His second coming and its effects on the lost. As we have seen in the First Thessalonians passage (and others throughout the Bible) His second coming will also affect the saved. For the saved, it will be a great time of blessing and joy; but for the lost it will be a great time of harm, sorrow and fear…
Rev 6:15-17 KJV – “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
Even so, Amen.
“Truly, so be it”.
John concludes this verse by emphasizing:
1. “Even so” – the truthfulness of this teaching
2. “Amen” – the need to recognize this is the Lord’s will, He knows what is best and, therefore, we should willfully accept that this will take place.
Although we like to think that the second coming will be a great time of joy and blessing for the saved, it is equally important to understand and accept that it will be a great time of judgment and sorrow for the lost.
(8) I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord,
Christ as Creator of Heaven and Earth and the New Heavens and Earth…
This returning Lord describes Himself as the One who has brought into existence, and will bring to an end all things…
1. “Alpha and Omega” – the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet. Just as Alpha begins the Greek alphabet, Christ begins all things. Just as Omega ends the Greek alphabet, Christ will be the ending of all things as well.
2. “The beginning and the ending” – He began it all and will bring an end to it all. He is our Creator and He will bring this current sinful creation to an end by remaking the heavens and the earth. This renovation will take place using the fire of His judgment against sin to bring into existence a new purified heaven and earth wherein will dwell eternal righteousness…
“Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (2 Peter 3:12-13)
He speaks these words as “the Lord”, the One who possesses all authority and power.
which is, and which was, and which is to come,
Christ as the Eternal God…
He describes His eternal existence by looking at the three main segments of existence… past, present and future. He existed in all three. He existed in eternity past, He exists in the present time, and He will exist into eternity future. As Lord, He is in control of all three segments of existence.
This helps us to understand His eternal existence and, by implication, His deity, as God is the only one that eternally exists. As God, He is in control of all history, from eternity past to eternity future, and everything in between.
Christ as the All Powerful Lord…
The title “Almighty” literally means “One who possesses strength or control over all”. This title is is normally used to describe God (in many cases, God the Father) but it is applied to Christ in this verse. This same relationship between the Son and the Father are given to us in Isaiah 9:6-7 …
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
At His second coming His great authority and power will be on display…
Dan 7:13-14 KJV – “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
In this text, we can very easily see that Christ is presented as the Authoritative God over all…
1. Christ holds supreme authority over all creation. Christ is shown as coming “in the clouds” (an outward display of His supremacy over all) (v 7)
2. Christ will execute certain judgment of the lost. The lost will mourn when Christ appears in the clouds. They know His judgment is certain . (v 7)
3. Christ declares He is the beginning and ending of all creation and all truth. (vs 8)
4. Christ declares He eternally exists and controls all events in history (vs 8)
5. Christ declares He is the Almighty God (vs 8)
THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY):
May we all see in these verses the deity of Christ and His absolute authority over all His creation. This same eternal God is coming again with the promise of eternal safety to His people and eternal judgment for those who have not repented of their sin and trusted in Him as their Lord.
May we make certain of our salvation and have hearts burdened to take the gospel message through our words and actions to the lost around us before it is eternally too late.
May we all with thankful, reverent hearts open its pages and come to a greater understanding of its teachings.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.
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