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THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

The second coming of Christ is an often discussed Bible subject. In spite of this, there is much misunderstanding and speculation about that glorious event. Following are some clear Bible facts about Christ’s second coming.

1. Christ, indeed, will come again. To His apostles He said,

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am there you may be also” (John 14:1-3, NKJV, emphasis mine, hf).

2. Christ will come as He went (ascended) to the Father. When Jesus returned to the Father “He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their (the apostles’) sight” (Acts 1:9). Two angels in the form of men stood by and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).

3. The time of Christ’s second coming has not been revealed and is known only to the Father. Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36). That the “day and hour” referred to in this verse is that of the second coming of Christ is clearly evident by both the immediate and larger contexts. In verse 42 Jesus says, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” In verse 44 He admonishes, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect Him. In the following chapter, Jesus again warned, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming (Verse 32) For hundreds of years speculators, would-be “prophetic scholars,” and those who think they have some kind of inside track on when the second coming will take place have foolishly set dates, only to be proved wrong time and time again! In outright rejection of the plain words of Christ, they push ahead with their “end-times” prognostications. In the words of the old apostle, “I marvel” at their brazen unbelief of the words of Christ.

4. When Christ comes again the physical, material world will be utterly destroyed.

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (II Peter. 3:10).

5. At the second coming of Christ all the dead (the good and the bad) will be raised at the same time.

“Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forththose who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28-29).

6. Those who are living when Christ comes again will have their mortal, corruptible bodies changed into immortal, incorruptible bodies (bodies that will never die). Paul wrote,

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (metaphor for physical death, hf), but we shall all be changed (both the dead and the living, hf)in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead (ALL the dead, hf) will be raised incorruptible, and we (ALL the living, hf) shall be changed (from having mortal, corruptible bodies to having immortal, incorruptible bodies, hf)” (I Corinthians 15:51-52, emphasis mine, hf).

7. When Christ comes again all humanity will stand before God to be judged.

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. And all the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, and the goats on the left” (Matthew 25:31-33).

“And these (the goats, hf) will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous (the sheep, hf) into eternal life” (Verse 46).

8. The second coming of Christ will come suddenly and unexpectedly.

“For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes on them, as labor pains on a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape” (I Thessalonians 5:2-3).

However, Christians, knowing what the Scriptures teach about the reality of the second coming, will not be caught unprepared for this cataclysmic event. “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that this Day should overtake you as a thief” (verse 4).

(Far from being a proof-text that Christians can know the date of Christ’s second coming, this verse is a sober reminder of the importance of being prepared for that eventuality at all times, whenever it might occur!)

May these biblical truths about the second coming of Christ motivate us all to a state of constant preparedness for that event.

Hugh Fulford

November 24, 2015

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