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SIH STSTA ICON(Christ’s Coming… One Event, Many Aspects)

 

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? 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 1:9-11)

 

The literal, personal second coming of Christ to the earth is a very clear doctrine presented to us in the Holy Scriptures.  In our text, we can see this truth presented in the following verse…

“…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.

 

Please note in this text, the following basic truths are very evident …

  1. “this same Jesus” – it will be Christ Himself
  2. “will so come in like manner” – Christ will physically (bodily) return
  3. “as ye have seen him go into heaven” – Christ will descend from heaven to earth

 

 

This event is of such importance to the Christian that the Word describes it as “the blessed hope” for the Christian…

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”  (Titus 2:13)

 

Because of the certainty and importance of this event, I would like to take some time to study what will be involved with this second coming of Christ to the earth.

 

This study involves the basic events surrounding the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed to us in the New Testament scriptures.  Let’s take a few moments to see the major events of the second coming of Christ….

 

THE STUDY:

 

In the New Testament Scriptures we find much teaching about the second coming that includes:

 

  • The Saint’s Preparation For His Coming Includes:
    1. Be Prepared For His Coming By Watching Diligently
      1. (Matt 24:42; Matt 25:1-13; Mark 13:24-37; Mark 13:33-37; Luke 12:35-38; Roms 13:11; Phil 3:20)
    2. Be Prepared For His Coming By Being Faithful In Our Responsibilities
      1. (Matt 25:19-31; Luke 12:39-46; Luke 19:11-27)
    3. Be Prepared For His Coming By Living Holy Lives
      1. (Luke 21:34-36; Roms 13:11-12; 1 Cor 1:4-8, Phil 1:6-10)
    4. Be Prepared For His Coming By Living Moderate Lives
      1. (Phil 4:5)
    5. Be Prepared For His Coming By Preaching, Warning and Teaching All Men
      1. (Luke 14:21-23; Col 1:27-28)
    6. Be Prepared For His Coming By Rejoicing In Hope
      1. (Roms 5:2, Col 1:27-28)
    7. Be Prepared By Patiently Waiting
      1. (1 Cor 1:7)
    8. Be Prepared By Praying
      1. (Mark 13:33)
    9. Faithfully Observe The Lord’s Supper
      1. (1 Cor 11:20-29)
    10. Be Prepared By Having Spirit Indwelling Us
      1. (Col 1:27-28)
  • The Signs Of The Second Coming Throughout The Last Days
    1. These Signs Do Not Reveal The Exact Time Of His Coming
      1. (Acts 1:7; Matt 24:36; Mark 13:22-23)
    2. False Christs
      1. (Matt 24:5,23-28; Mark 13:6,21-23; Luke 17:23; Luke 21:8)
    3. Wars, Rumours Of Wars and Commotions
      1. (Matt 24:6; Mark 13:7; Luke 21:9)
    4. Rivalry Between Nations and Kingdoms
      1. (Matt 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:10)
    5. Famines
      1. (Matt 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11)
    6. Pestilences – Deadly Diseases
      1. (Matt 24:7; Luke 21:11)
    7. Earthquakes In Diverse Places
      1. (Matt 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11)
    8. Fearful Sights
      1. (Luke 21:11)
    9. Great Signs
      1. (Luke 21:11
    10. Troubles
      1. (Mark 13:8)
    11. Persecution and Martyrdom and Other Abuses Upon Christians
      1. (Matt 24:9-10; Mark 13:9,11,13; Luke 17:25; Luke 21:12-15,17)
    12. False Prophets
      1. (Matt 24:11,24; Mark 13:22)
    13. Love Wax Cold
      1. (Matt 24:12)
    14. Family Members Betrayed
      1. (Mark 13:12; Luke 21:16)
    15. Children Rebel Against Parents
      1. (Mark 13:12)
    16. Gospel Into All World
      1. (Matt 24:14; Mark 13:10)
    17. Persecution Upon Physical Jews Beginning in70AD
      1. (Matt 24:15-2; Mark 13:14-20; Luke 17:28-32, Luke 21:20-24; Acts 2:19-21)
    18. False Miracles
      1. (Matt 24:24; Mark 13:22)
    19. Similar To Days Of Noah (No Expecting His Wrath To Fall)
      1. (Matt 24:38-39; Luke 17:26-28)
    20. Similar To Days Of Sodom
      1. (Luke 17:28-30, 32)
    21. Christ Ruling In World Events (Pentecost, Power Of Gospel In World , Changed Lives Etc.)
      1. (Matt 26:64; Luke 22:69)
  • Signs Immediately Proceeding The Second Coming
    1. Sun Darkened
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:24, Luke 21:25, )
    2. Moon Shall Not Give Her Light
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:24. Luke 21:25; )
    3. Stars Fall From Heaven
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:25. Luke 21:25)
    4. Distress Of Nations
      1. (Luke 21:25)
    5. Sea and Waves Roaring
      1. (Luke 21:25)
    6. Hearts Failing Due To Fear
      1. (Luke 21:26)
    7. Powers Of Heaven Shaken
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:25)
  • His Second Coming
    1. General Truths
      1. Affirmed By Christ
        • (John 21:22)
      2. Sent By The Father
        • (Acts 3:19-20)
  • Described As Christ Appearing
    • (Col 3:4)
  1. Described As Christ Revealed
    • (Luke 17:30)
  2. Unannounced
    • (Matt 24:42; Matt 25:13; Mark 13:25; Luke 12:39-40)
  3. Described As Son of Man Coming In His Kingdom
    • (Matt 16:28)
  4. His Appearance
    1. Coming In Clouds Of Heaven
      • (Matt 26:64, Mark 13:26, Mark 14:62, Luke 21:27)
    2. Christ Coming In Power and Glory Of Father and Himself
      • (Matt 16:17; Matt 24:30; Matt 25:31; Mark 8:38, Mark 13:26, Mark 14:62; Luke 9:26, Luke 21:27; Rom 5:2)
  • Coming With Holy Angels
    • (Matt 16:17; Matt 24:31; Matt 25:31; Mark 8:38; Mark 13:27; Luke 9:26)
  1. Lost On Earth Will Mourn
    • (Matt 24:30)
  2. Lord’s Coming Like Lightning
    • (Luke 17:24)
  3. In Like Manner As He Ascended
    • (Acts 1:11)
  • Sit On The Throne Of His Glory
    • (Matt 25:31)
  1. Lord Taking Saints / Leaving Lost
    1. Lord Gathering Saved / Leaving Lost On Earth
      • (Matt 24:28-31,40-41; Mark 13:27; Luke 17:33-37, Luke 21:28)
    2. Sending Angels To Gather Saints
      • (Matt 24:31; Mark 13:27)
  • Trumpet Sounding To Gather Saints
    • (Matt 24:31)
  1. Worldwide Gathering Of Saints
    • (Matt 24:31; Mark 13:27)
  2. Resurrection Of Dead Saints
    • (Mar 12:25; John 5:28-29, 6:39-40,44,54; John 11:24-25; Roms 6:5, 8:11; 1 Cor 6:14; 1 Cor 15:23; 1 Cor 15:29-32; 1Co 15:51-52; 2 Cor 4:14, Phil 3:11)
  3. Glorification Of Saints Bodies
    • (Roms 8:17-23,13; 1Co 15:51-52; 2 Cor 5:1-4; Eph 1:14; Phil 3:21)
  • Appears With The Saints
    • (Col 3:4)
  • Described s Eagle (saints) Gathered To Carcass (crucified Christ)
    • (Matt 24:28; Luke 17:37)
  1. Described As Day of Redemption
    • Eph 4:30
  2. Resurrection Of Lost
    1. (John 5:28-29, 1 Cor 15:29-32)
  3. The Final Judgment(s) Of Saved and Of Lost
    1. Jews Acceptance of His Righteous Judgment For Their Rejection Of The True Messiah
      • (Matt 23:34-39, Luke 13:35; )
    2. The Lord Will Bring Hidden Things To Light
      • (1 Cor 4:5)
  • The Lord Will Bring Counsels Of Heart To Light
    • (1 Cor 4:5)
  1. Every Man Will Receive Praise Of God
    • (1 Cor 4:5)
  2. Judgment of Lost Who Deny Christ
    • (1 Cor 16:22)
  3. Saved (All Elect) Will Be Delivered From Wrath
    • (Matt 25:19-23; Luke 12:35-44; Luke 19:11-19 Roms 10:13, 11:11-27)
  • Saved Share In Christs Rule
    • (Luke 12:44, Luke 19:17,19)
  • Saints Presented To Christ
    • (Col 1:27-28; Eph 5:27)
  1. According To Works
    • (Matt 16:27; Luke 14:13-14)
  2. Judgment Of Lost Consigned ToLOF
    • (Matt 25:24-30; Luke 12:44-46; Luke 19:23-29 )
  3. The Final State Of Blessedness For Believers (1000 Yr and Eternal Kingdom)
    1. Described As Glory
      • (Col 1:27-28)
    2. Christ On Right Hand Of God
      • (Luke 22:69)
  • No Marriage
    • (Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-38)
  1. Genderless Beings
    • (Mark 12:25)
    • (Luke 20:36)
  2. Described As The Joy Of The Lord
    • (Matt 25:21,23,)
  3. Prepared By Lord Himself
    • (Luke 12:37)
  • Pictured As Feasting With Lord (Lord’s Supper)
    • (Matt 26:29, Mark 14:25; Luke 14:15, 21-23; Luke 22:16-18)
  • Includes Jewish Saints and Gentile Saints
    • (Matt 8:11; Luke 13:29-30; Roms 11:11-27)

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

 

Although this lesson helps us to see many of the details the New Testament reveals to us about the second coming of Christ, it is important for us to not lose sight of the most important principle presented in this study… the vast number of texts that clearly refer to the second coming of Christ.

 

Folks, after looking at this list of truths about the second coming, how can anyone doubt the validity of this teaching?  Christ IS coming again someday… are we ready?

 

 

Col 1:27-29 KJV

(27)  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

(28)  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

(29)  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    The other day during evangelism someone told me he thinks the second coming of Jesus doesn’t do anything for him. I think it has huge ramification for the Christian life now; and also for the non-christian to repent. I appreciate you stating that the second coming has implications for present responsibilities.

  2. Eliza says:

    Shouldn’t we warn others about the coming delusion and outpouring of God’s wrath upon this fallen world and point them to Christ? Shouldn’t we warn sinners that there is coming a Day when all will answer to God whether at Christ’s return or upon their death? Warning about the coming wrath of God is an excellent way to awake sinners to their need for the Savior Jesus Christ, because unless we are His, we will experience that wrath. The fact that Jesus Christ is coming first for His saints and then to execute judgment upon this fallen world is God’s powerful message to this fallen world of lost sinners. May Christ redeem many through the truth of His imminent return and all that accompanies this doctrine. Amen!

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