Here are four Bible verses that should make you think about Jesus’ second coming.
Revelation 1:7 “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.”
The Book of Revelation is not the Apostle John’s revelation but actually the Revelation of Jesus Christ that He gave to John to record (Revelation 1:1). In this book, John writes that every eye will see Him; this includes those who pierced Him on the cross and also those who rejected Him over their lifetimes. They wail or mourn on account of His appearance because they know they’ll be judged for refusing to believe in Him, which means God’s wrath is to be on them (John 3:36b).
Matthew 25:30-32 “Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.”
To one group, Jesus will say, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34) because “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). But also, tragically, “then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels’” (Matthew 25:41). Which side you’re on at that time depends on if you’ve repented and trusted in Him or rejected Him (John 3:36)
First Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”
This doesn’t really sound like it’s done privately because He comes with a loud cry, like that of a powerful archangel, and the sound of a trumpet. What day that will be, no one knows. We are just told to be ready because the judgment comes at Christ’s appearance or after a person dies (Hebrews 9:27) for those outside of saving faith in Christ; for them, the sound will be a terror. For those who are saved, it will be the most joyous sound ever.
Matthew 24:42-44 “Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Jesus is telling His disciples about the end of the age and that no one on Earth knows when His return will be. This sounds like the military battalions who must be ready at all times, no matter what time that call comes. The Christian doesn’t know when, and self-proclaimed prophets don’t know. Jesus says, “Concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matthew 24:36).
Are you ready for Jesus’ return? Have you ever repented of your sins, which means you have turned away from them and forsaken them? Only then have you placed your trust in Jesus Christ to save you. If you’re not sure, be sure. Talk to a trusted Christian friend, elder, pastor, or whoever else you know who can point you to Christ. You don’t want to get this wrong.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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