There is no more prominent theme set forth in all the Holy Scriptures than the coming of the Lord. There are more than 300 passages in the New Testament dealing with this all-important event. The second coming of Christ is the stabilizing hope of the Christian. Someone has said that more than six million saints have given their lives in hope for this coming.
Yet, it is possible for men to die in error. Pure sincerity about a thing is not enough. In order to be true and factual, the second coming of Christ must be a valid belief. How then can we know?
Consider the following:
- Jesus Christ said He would return again.
- Prophecy of the Bible says He will come again.
- The signs of the time indicate the end of the age.
If His second coming is not true, Jesus Christ is an imposter. He said, “. . . I go to prepare a place for you, And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again. …” John 14:2, 3.
He emphasizes the point even more in His parable about the ten virgins. In that parable the Bridegroom did come. Those who were ready to meet Him went to the marriage.
Perhaps even more pronounced are the words of the two men who appeared to the disciples on the Mount of Olives as they stood looking after their ascended Lord. “. . .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. …” Acts 1:11.
The prophecy of the Bible clearly states that Jesus will come again—this time as Ruler and Judge. ”… Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all. . . .” Jude 14, 15.
It shall be at this time that the prophecy of Zechariah 14:3, 4, 5 is fulfilled. Prophecy in the New Testament portrays His coming as one of “power and great glory.” Matthew 24:29, 30. Then will the prophecy of Matthew 25:31, 32 be completed, for He shall ‘‘sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all n aliens. …”
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth. . . .” Revelation 16:15. “Behold, he comoth with clouds; and every eye shall vsee him. …” Revelation 1:7.
These Scriptures speak of the second coming of the Lord. But they speak of two different aspects of that coming. The first passage speaks of His Advent when He comes to resurrect the dead saints and catch away His Church. Many will be caught napping; but His Church will be awake, ready and waiting.
The second passage speaks of the last phase of His coining, when He comes with His Church to rule the world. Without a careful examination of all Scriptures about the second coming of Christ, it would appear that there are contradictions. But by careful analysis, we learn that the second coming has two well-defined parts: first, to resurrect the dead in Christ and rapture the Church; second, to return to earth and rule the world in a thousand year reign of peace.
The signs of His coming are all around. The arise of false christs, antichrists, demigods, cults and isms are but paving the way for the crowning of all false systems —the emergence of the antichrist. The war spirit that permeates the whole world must also be a “sign.” Jesus says, ”… for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Matthew’ 24:6.
Another sign of the end of time will be the increase in famines, pestilences and earthquakes in different places. The writer Luke assures us that “. . . there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars.” Luke 21:25. Never in the history of man has he known more about outer space. Man not only is able to predict with precise accuracy the schedules of the planets, but also he walks on the moon and has target dates for Mars and other planets.
Finally, and perhaps foremost, the reestablishment of Israel and the control of Jerusalem have brought the world breathtakingly close to the fulfillment of Luke 21:24. Even a casual study of the prophecies in Isaiah, Ezekiel and Jeremiah point clearly to the arise of Israel at the time of the end.
While not even the angels of heaven know’ “that day and hour”—it is reserved for God alone—we may be certain that the Church of God will not be caught sleeping. The Church will be ready, for it is a certainty that the Lord will return for His Church and the dead in Christ. Ephesians 5:25, 27.
The Church will be ready. The prophecy of Revelation will then be fulfilled: “… the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.” Rev. 19:7.
Many people have all sorts of fake ideas about for whom the Lord is returning. But we must agree to accept God’s Word on the matter. It declares that He is returning for His own —the Church.
We recognize that the dead in Christ will be raised first as the Word declares. The living saints, who at that time will be united in faith, doctrine, and government in God’s Church, will be “changed in a moment” and caught up with them to meet the Lord in the air. Nothing will keep it from happening; it is a certainty! God has spoken.
Jesus is the Son of God. It is He who came to redeem us from the power of sin and of death. He conquered the grave and pulled the stinger out of death, and He shall put down death totally as the last enemy of man. It is this same Jesus who is coming again to catch away the Church and to raise the “dead in Christ.”
Preparation by both individual and Church is necessary. You should not delay. The first step for the individual is a born again experience. Read John 3:3.
The contents of this tract are from The Promise of His Coming.