Jesus’ return – the Second Coming
According to Christian belief, Jesus Christ will return at some point in the future, and when this occurs, everyone will be informed of it. His reappearance is referred to as the Second Coming. It will be a remarkable and unparalleled event in history, in stark contrast to his first appearance in Bethlehem as a defenseless infant. There are hints in the Bible about what it could be like, but there is no indication as to when it will occur. In the days leading up to his crucifixion in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago, Jesus talked of his return to the earth.
‘ This same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven will return in the exact same way that you have witnessed him ascend into heaven.’ The final hours of Jesus’ earthly life also provide a hint concerning the Second Coming.
During that time period, he was seen by more than 500 individuals.
The ascension of Jesus is the name given to this occurrence.
- According to the book of Acts, they assured the disciples that ‘this same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven would come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven’ would return in the same manner.
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- Jesus had warned his disciples that no one, other than God, could predict the exact moment of his return, but he also instructed them to make certain that they were always prepared in case it did.
- Christian scholars have examined passages of the Bible that talk about the future during the centuries that have followed to attempt to determine the conditions under which Jesus would return.
- It is a description of a complicated, lyrical vision that John has received.
- It talks not only of the present, but also of the future – including a time when the existing heavens and earth will be destroyed and replaced by a new heaven and a new earth – as well as of the present and past.
- Because the old order of things has gone away, there will be no more death, sorrow, weeping, or suffering.
- Others believe that all believers, even those who have died, will be immediately evacuated from the world and will join God in heaven, where they will be joined by all other Christians.
- According to some interpretations, the allusion to a period of 1,000 years refers to a period of just and peaceful world leadership by the Christian church, which will be followed by a horrific apocalypse involving evil.
- There is a third school of thought that holds that the symbolic events described in Revelation do not foreshadow concrete occurrences.
- There are several variants on these views, but the Bible instructs Christians not to get obsessed with these events and their timing, but rather to take comfort in the confidence that Jesus will return to make all things new.
‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,’ says the Bible, which is virtually its final words. Because the old order of things has gone away, there will be no more death, sorrow, weeping, or suffering.
Theology Thursday: He Will Come Again to Judge
In the Apostles’ Creed, it says, “He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” Jesus is on his way back to earth. His “second coming” is also referred to as such. The “first coming” of Jesus occurred when he took on the form of a human person, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. The second coming is the time when Jesus comes to judge all of humanity — both the living and the dead. All those who will be alive when he returns are considered to be among the living.
Every person who has died will be resurrected from the dead and judged, according to Jesus’ words (John 5:26-29).
The Good News
Christian believers will benefit from this decision. Our understanding of Jesus’ final destination comes from Revelation chapters 21 and 22, where he will take Christians to the New Jerusalem, where they will live eternally in the presence of God and where all sin, disease and sorrow will be eradicated. When Christians are living through terrible times, the return of Christ provides them reason to be hopeful. When we are going through hardships, Peter writes that we should be joyful because Jesus Christ will be revealed when he comes back.
The Bad News
The return of Jesus as judge, on the other hand, is bad news for those who are not Christians. If I do not believe in Christ, then I have not had my sins forgiven, and I will be held accountable for my misdeeds in the future. This signifies that I’m in serious danger right now. It is the cost for sin to be separated from God, and because God is everlasting, this separation will last forever. If I have not been forgiven of my sins via the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, then the return of Christ is the worst news imaginable, for my sins will lead me to be driven out of God’s presence for all eternity.
God has Provided the Solution for Everyone
However, God has supplied a remedy for my sin issue, which is found in the first half of the same portion of the Apostles’ Creed, where it states that Jesus Christ “was crucified” before rising from the dead on the third day as a result of his death. Jesus took the punishment that we deserved for our misdeeds and paid it for us. Whoever turns from sin and places their confidence in Jesus Christ as their sin-bearer receives forgiveness of sins and is able to dwell in God’s presence is said to be in God’s presence.
Finally, at the conclusion of the book of Revelation, the last words are a prayer: “Amen.
He is pleading with Jesus to return and “judge the living and the dead,” as he put it.
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Judgement Day and the dead are rising: it must be Saturday
According to the Christian cult Familyradio in the United States, Judgement Day has arrived – precisely on May 21. So, what does this signify, and what can we expect as a result?
Can you explain the Rapture?
The second coming of Jesus is mentioned in the Christian New Testament in a verse from 1 Thessalonians chapter 4: “For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” When that happens, we who are still living and who are left will be taken up in the clouds with them, and we will be with the Lord in the air for all ever.” Specifically, the Bible is speaking about what will take place at the end of time when Jesus comes, on the day that has historically been referred to as the Last Judgment.
The interpretation of certain organizations of this text is that the dead will rise and walk around, and those Christians who are being rescued will be physically hoisted into the heavens, while everyone else will be subjected to eternal punishment and destruction, as stated in the Bible.
So why May 21?
Last year, an 89-year-old evangelist from the United States named Harold Camping predicted that the rapture will take place on May 21, 2011, five months before the final destruction of the earth. As far as we know, Camping has attempted to determine an approximate date a handful of times in the past and has come up short. In an attempt to determine when the world was formed and when it will all come to an end, numerous numbers and dates stated in the Bible have been used for centuries. The year 2011 is derived from a computation that predicts that the world would be destroyed 7000 years after the Great Flood, which happened during the period of Noah and the Ark and occurred in 3990 BC.
To be honest, if you must have such dates, I prefer Archbishop Ussher, who lived in the 17th century and said that the world was founded at 8 a.m.
What happened to get us to the hour of 6 p.m.
How seriously should we take this?
That we could predict when the rapture will take place is something that the great majority of Christians would reject out of hand. After all, Jesus himself is recorded as stating that “no one knows the day or hour on which the Son of Man will appear” (Matthew 24:36) and that “the Son of Man will appear at an unexpected hour” (Luke 12:40). The opportunity to have a wonderful time is definitely there – especially when we wake up on Sunday morning and discover why the timing wasn’t quite perfect this time.
Twitter is afire today with the zombie apocalypse. Do weneed to be carefulabout flesh-tearing, brain-eating undead tomorrow?
I wouldn’t be shocked if we see quite a few animals that resemble zombies roaming about the streets tomorrow; a pleasant wave and a hello would be all that’s required.
If you are concerned about the rapture, you might want to think about what you would wear if you are one of the fortunate ones who gets lifted into the sky by the angels.
Any tips on coping with a zombie apocalypse if it does happen?
When it comes to surviving the zombie apocalypse, it’s probably too late to do anything but “eat, drink, and be merry,” as Ecclesiastes suggests.
Unsettling signs of Jesus’ return
Following up on what I shared with you last Friday, Jesus provided His people with indicators that would allow them to know when the time of his return was approaching. Take a look with me at Matthew 24 of God’s Word as we study the indications that He has given us. 4th and 5th verses “.be careful that no one deceives you. ” For many will come in My name, claiming to be Christ, and many will be deceived by their claims.” The following are citations from Wikipedia: List of Messiah Claimants and List of People Claimed to Be Jesus.
- 6th and 7th verses “Moreover, you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; take care that you are not alarmed: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Because “country will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,” as the saying goes.
- This is the first and most crucial subject I want you to focus on completely and completely.
- Psalms 61:1-5 and 62:6-8 are other good verses to hold on to.
- “He alone is my rock and my salvation,” I declare.
- According to the facts and numbers – taken from the Wikipedia list of continuing armed conflicts – if you only consider conflicts that have resulted in at least 100 deaths in the last two years, there are now 32 wars involving 64 nations.
- And, according to verse 7, “famines, pestilences, and earthquakes will be experienced in many (other) locations.” adapted from Wikipedia – famines From 1980 until the present, around 3,000,000 people have died as a result of starvation.
- Pestilence is defined as “any virulent (deadly) sickness” according to Webster’s dictionary.
Is anyone still remembering the Ebola outbreak in 2012?
As reported by the World Health Organization, the total number of fatalities due to malaria, cholera, measles, hepatitis B, influenza, and rotavirus in a single year totals 1,504,200.
I used the important earthquakes list on usgs.gov to do my study, focusing on earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.0 and above.
earthquakes have occurred five times more frequently in the first ten years of the twenty-first century than in the first ten years of the twentieth century!
According to Open Doors USA, the most recent available numbers reveal that there were 2,983 recorded Christian martyr killings in the year 2019.
According to the FBI’s crime in the United States report, there were 1,203,808 instances of violent crime in the country in 2019.
Take into consideration the cold-blooded death of innocent infants as well.
God has not ceased counting, despite the fact that America has.
Please, don’t give up hope, my friends.
“Thou will maintain him in perfect peace, whose mind is remained on thee: because he trusts in thee,” reads Isaiah 26:3, in reference to a person whose attention is fixed on God.
Next week, I’ll share with you some encouraging news about “the excellent indicators.” God’s blessings and protection upon you as you pursue him. At Rocky Ford Christian Church in Cana, Virginia, George Randall Jr. serves as the minister to the young people.
Meet Five Men Who All Think They’re the Messiah
A version of this article appeared in the August 2017 edition of National Geographicmagazine. It is certain that I will be arriving shortly.’ The last passage of the Bible, which predicts the coming of Jesus Christ, has always held a fascination for me. When do you mean “soon”? And who exactly is “I”? I’ve been following seven individuals who claim to be the Second Coming of Christ for the past three years (five are shown here). Using their insights as a source of inspiration and spending time with their disciples as a source of inspiration, I’ve attempted to create pictures that express the human desire for faith, meaning, and redemption.
- However, I’ve always loved reading the Bible, and my interest in it has risen significantly over the past decade or so.
- As a Christian, I’ve pondered what Christ would think of the world we’ve built if he returned today to accomplish his mission on earth.
- Having these ideas whirling about in my brain, I made the decision to begin searching for messiahs.
- You may expect that there would be a greater number of persons who profess to be Christ.
- Each of these gentlemen is distinct.
- For the vast majority of individuals, belief in a greater power is a purely abstract concept.
- They have the ability to touch their belief.
- One thing that impressed me about some of these messiahs is how steadfast they are in their beliefs.
- In some respects, they’re more cohesive than the Scriptures that we have available to us.
- However, I’ve always believed that the arrival of a messiah is a key aspect of the Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and that this is a vital part of their beliefs.
- So, if one accepts that, why couldn’t it be one of these gentlemen instead?
I hope it will inspire others to think about their own beliefs and who has the authority to define them in the same way. The Last Testament, a novel by Jonas Bendiksen, will be released by Aperture/GOST in September of this year.
Why Christians Stopped Talking About Jesus’ Second Coming
This past Sunday marked the beginning of the season of Advent. However, while the season is widely seen as a period of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth on Christmas, traditionally, the emphasis has been on the Second Coming of Christ. In Christian theology, the notion of Jesus’ Second Coming has historically been a primary focal point: it has served as a motivating factor for missions, a source of hope for Christians who are suffering, and a framework for Christian worship. Christians, particularly evangelical Christians in the United States, have been affected by discussions of Jesus’ return.
Beginning with Hal Lindsey’sLate Great Planet Earth in the 1970s and continuing through the Left Behind novels of the 1990s, Baby Boomer evangelicalism has been particularly fixated on the End Times.
Quick to Listen this week focused on why that would be the case and how having a firm grasp of the Second Coming might be beneficial as we manage the pandemic and other crises.
Vince Bacote is an assistant professor of theology at Wheaton College, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics.
To talk about why Christians aren’t talking about the Second Coming as much these days, Bacote sat down with global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss how these conversations can benefit us during the pandemic, and what it means to talk about the End Times responsibly.
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What will happen when Jesus returns / comes back?
QuestionAnswer It is mentioned several times in the Bible, with approximately 1,500 passages in the Old Testament and one out of every twenty-five lines in the New Testament alluding to the Messiah’s second coming of Christ. God’s statement in Amos 3:7, “Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets,” is reinforced by the huge quantity of material devoted to this significant event. Overall, the coming of Christ ushers in what is referred to in Scripture as the kingdom of God—total God’s reign over all of His creation, including people.
When Jesus returns, He will be prepared to wage battle (Revelation 19:11–16), according to the Bible.
The day of Jesus’ return, however, will be marked by the following events: “His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives to the east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be divided in two from east to west, producing a huge valley, with half of the mountain going north and half moving south” (verse 4).
- a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night.” It will be bright when the evening approaches,” says the Bible (verses 6–7).
- Jesus will establish His kingdom on earth, and “the Lord will reign as king over the entire globe” (Zechariah 14:9).
- This is referred to as the “judgment of the sheep and the goats” or the “judgment of the nations” (Matthew 25:31–46), and it represents the culmination of Jesus’ ministry.
- In this judgment, those who are determined to have committed a crime are condemned and sent to “the everlasting fire reserved for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).
- At this time, there will also be a resurrection of all believers in God, according to the book of Revelation (Revelation 20:4–6).
- Once Satan has been unleashed, there will be a last fight that will be quickly won by Christ (Revelation 20:7–9).
- Satan is subsequently doomed for all time to the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11).
People who do not believe in Jesus will be resurrected and judged in what is referred to as the great white throne judgment; they will be sent to the lake of fire based on their deeds (Revelation 20:11–15).
These two passages from the book of Malachi express the essence of this truth: “Unquestionably, the day is approaching; it will be hot as a fire.” All of the haughty and all of the evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them ablaze.
In contrast, the sun of righteousness will rise in your honor with healing in its rays, because you revere my name.
What will take place when Jesus returns?
How you react to Jesus’ return will be determined by your relationship with Him.
The distinction is made by one’s faith in Christ.
“However, when the Son of Man returns, how many people will he find on the face of the earth who believe?” (Luke 18:8, New Living Translation) Questions regarding the End Times (Return to: Questions about the End Times) What will take place when Jesus returns / returns to earth?
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Is Jesus Coming Soon?
The question, “Is Christ returning soon?” was posed to me early in the pandemic’s progression. In the wake of huge, catastrophic catastrophes – whether caused by humans (wars, anarchy, genocide, widespread human depravity, global economic recessions) or by “acts of God” – this is a genuine issue that is frequently raised by the public (earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, drought, blood moons, and yes, pandemics). What caught my attention was the word’soon’ that was put on at the end of the inquiry.
- When Jesus appeared in the final book of the Bible, in the final chapter, He said: “Behold, I am coming shortly.
- In these statements, and whenever the subject of His second coming was brought up, the Lord and the Scripture authors highlighted how we should live in light of the truth of His coming, rather than the time of His arrival.
- His arrival will take place without undue delay and at the precise moment determined by the Lord.
- The inquiry, “Is Jesus coming soon?” may indicate that a person is interested in knowing whether or not they should begin to take their connection with the Lord more seriously.
- So, if He is not coming soon, we may probably relax and go about our business as if there is no pressing need to attend to.
In addition to providing us with some indications of what life will be like as we get closer to the end of history, Jesus also directed us away from fruitless speculation about when He would return and toward fruitful living in which we are prepared at all times to meet Him when He does come back again.
- Christ’s return, regardless of when it occurs, offers us with the comfort that Satan will be defeated in the end.
- Satan does not have the last say, and we are united with the Lord of Hosts in our pursuit of triumph.
- The most important thing to remember about Jesus’ second coming is that we must be prepared.
- Instead, they were to serve as His witnesses all across the globe, according to the Bible (Act 1:6-8).
2For people will be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, lacking self-control, brutal, not loving good,4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,5having the outward appearance of godliness but denying its power Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
However, it is not our role to criticize or condemn the world, but rather to show witness to Christ via our gracious words and compassionate acts.
9I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—10not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, because then you would have to leave the world—because you would have to leave the world if you continued to associate with them.
- 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 is a biblical passage.
- If this is the case, then the sin must be dealt with in a kind and honest manner, as well.
- However, if the individual is a nonbeliever, we do not distance ourselves from them; rather, we become acquainted with them, love them, share with them, and minister to them!
- We are unable to cope with our own sins, but we are eager to point out the sins of the rest of the world to others.
- Christians are frequently obliged to maintain God’s righteousness by denouncing the sins of the world, and this is understandable.
- He wasn’t implying that adultery was okay; rather, he was demonstrating the power of mercy triumphing over the force of justice.
If we want to be salt in a decaying world and light in a darkening world, we must prepare ourselves by becoming salt and light in a world that is descending into darkness. Let us go and make disciples of all nations.
Not Forgotten: The Promised Return of Jesus
The term “Second Coming” alludes to the return of Jesus Christ, as described in the books of Revelation, Hebrews, the Gospels, and other biblical texts. When Jesus initially arrived on the planet, He was merely a little child. Upon completion of His earthly career, including the crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus went to Heaven “to prepare a place” for His disciples (John 14:3). He also promises His return (1 Corinthians 15:23), during which the first resurrection will take place, He will take His disciples to heaven with Him, and sin and Satan will be annihilated for all time.
The expectation of the Second Coming is something to look forward to.
It’s the climax of God’s plan of redemption, after all.
- What it will be like when the Second Coming occurs
- When is the Second Coming going to take place? Prophecies regarding the Second Coming of Christ in the Bible
- Describes how the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the ultimate hope of Adventists
- The role that the truth concerning the Second Coming played in the formation of the Adventist denomination
- How to prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Belief 25: The Second Coming of Christ
Ultimately, the second coming of Christ is the church’s glad hope, as well as the great conclusion of the gospel message. When the Saviour comes, it will be literal, personal, visible, and all-encompassing. In the event of His return, the righteous dead will be raised from the grave, and they, along with the righteous alive, will be exalted and transported to heaven, while the wicked will perish. When combined with the current state of the world, the practically perfect fulfillment of most lines of prophecy points to the nearness of Christ’s return.
- 15:51-54; 2 Thess.
- 3:1-5; Titus 2:13; Heb.
- 1:7; 14:14-20; 19:11-21.)
What Will the Second Coming Be Like?
Exclusively the most educated are aware of the Second Coming, nor is it a reward only available to the wealthy. Unlike what many Christian communities traditionally thought, it is neither a metaphor or a symbol, nor is it occurring solely on a spiritual plane, as was previously believed. It is and will continue to be a literal occurrence as stated in Scripture.
- The virtuous dead will rise from their graves and ascend to the cloud with Jesus
- The righteous living will ascend to the clouds with Jesus and “always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 ESV)
- And Jesus will descend on a cloud.
Adventists hold this belief to be true in its most basic form. Jesus will come on a cloud, and he will remain in the skies the entire time. He has made the decision not to step on the ground. The dead in Christ will rise with Him, and the living will shortly follow, as we are all “taken up together” in the same moment in the same place in the same time (1 Thessalonians 4:17). “When Christ, who is your life, comes, you will also appear with him in glory,” says the Bible (Colossians 3:4, ESV). This is further confirmed by Acts 1:11, in which an angel addresses Jesus’ followers after they had witnessed His ascension, confirming the visible way of His return.
The purpose of Jesus’ coming is to reunite Himself with us. His disciples were notified that He was rising back to heaven, but that He would be preparing a home for us in the meanwhile (John 14). . if I go and make a place for you, I will return and bring you to myself, so that where I am, you may be as well” (John 14:3 ESV). Our ascension to the skies with Jesus will not only be our last destination, but we will also be with Him for all of eternity. Philippians 3:20 reminds us that“our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (ESV) (ESV).
“Behold, I am standing at the door, knocking.” In the event that someone hears my call and answers the door, I will enter inside his home to dine with him, as well as he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
According to Revelation 1:7, “every eye shall see Him” (ESV). The question of whether or not this is genuinely Jesus will no longer be a guessing game. We will be able to “see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great splendor” no matter where we are (Matthew 24:30, ESV). He said to the high priest just before His crucifixion that he would “from now on see the Son of Man sitting at the right side of Power” and “come on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64 ESV). Jesus will be visible to everyone, including those who have wronged Him, those who have chosen to believe in Him, and those who have chosen not to believe in Him.
We can see from the Bible that the Second Coming is not just a literal event, but also a worldwide phenomenon. As stated in the preceding section, “every eye will see Him”—regardless of the time zone, continent, or other geographical location. Even if it’s difficult to picture something like this happening, with God, nothing is impossible! “For as the lightning bursts and illuminates the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in His day.”, we are informed in the Bible (Luke 17:22, ESV).
No one knows “the Day or the Hour” of the Second Coming
Even while Jesus made it apparent that He will return, He also made it clear that we would not be privy to the specifics of when He would do so. However, no one, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father, is aware of the day and hour in which it will occur (Matthew 24:36 ESV). Even the angels are unsure of the exact day on which Jesus will return. This is analogous to how Noah knew that the rain would come, but he didn’t know when it would start to pour. A deluge would be sent by God to purge the earth of corruption, as He had foretold to Noah (Genesis 6).
- No creature on the face of the earth will be able to predict when Christ will come, just as no creature on the face of the earth could predict the deluge of Genesis.
- Jesus utilized parables as lessons and examples to prepare them for what was to come.
- According to the tale Jesus narrates, there are five wise virgins and five stupid virgins among the twelve virgins.
- The wise carry extra oil for their lamps, whilst the dumb bring none whatsoever.
- It was during their absence that the bridegroom arrived.
- When the five foolish virgins returned, they were unable to enter the building (v.
- “Watch therefore, for you do not know the day or the hour,” Jesus concludes His warning by instructing them to “keep watch” (v.
It is not our responsibility to know when anything is going to happen since our duty is not to be concerned with “when.” Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, take the Great Commission seriously, and live as a walking testimony – knowing that Jesus will actually return to redeem us and put a stop to all sin and evil for all time is our goal.
Because many will come in my name, claiming to be the Christ, and they will lead many astray, I warn you (Matthew 24:4, 5 ESV).
The events of the second coming are unknown to everyone save God the Father, who knows when they will take place. This implies that anybody claiming to be knowledgeable is either incorrect or attempting to deceive others.
Bible Prophecies Proclaim Christ’s Second Coming
The book of Revelation is written by the author, John, who describes his vision of Christ’s return. “Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who wounded him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him,” he declares (v. 7 ESV).
In Revelation 14, he recounts other images from his vision
In this vision, John saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion with 144,000 others, a number that represents the number of Christians who will stand with Jesus at the end of time on earth, according to the Bible (v. 1). This vision lasts until John sees Jesus riding on a white cloud above him. He descends to the world on a cloud, holding a sickle in His hand, and “swung his sickle across the ground, and the earth was harvested” (Hebrews 4:15). (v. 16 ESV).
In vivid word pictures and poetry, the Bible tells of the triumphant coming of Christ in Revelation chapter 19.
“Then I saw heaven opening, and there before me was a white horse!” exclaims John. The one who sits on it is known as Faithful and True, and he judges and wages war in the name of righteousness.” (v.11) The heavens will open like a throng separating to make way for royalty, and Christ will ride into the sky on a white horse, triumphantly riding into battle. He brings with Him angelic troops, and He will fulfill His promise to redeem and judge the world. “His eyes are like flames of fire, and he wears several diadems on his head, and he has a name engraved on his chest that no one else knows but himself.” (See also v.
- When Jesus looks into our hearts, we can’t conceal anything from Him since He has piercing eyes.
- His robe is stained with blood, and his name is “The Word of God,” which means “God’s Word” in Hebrew.
- While some believe the blood on His robe depicts the blood of His adversaries, it is more probable that the blood signifies His triumph at Calvary, according to scholars.
- (See v.
- When Jesus returns, He will be accompanied by an army of celestial creatures who will also be riding white horses and wearing pristine, pure white garments when they arrive.
- “He shall tread the winepress of the wrath of God the Almighty,” says the prophet.
- Jesus’ victory over the nations is a result of the power of His words, which emanates through His lips.
- A shepherd would use a staff to guide his flock, but the rod will be constructed of iron to ensure that even the most defiant will bow to his authority.
“King of kings and Lord of lords” is inscribed on his robe and on his thigh, and he is referred to as such (v. 16). As a result, the names King of kings and Lord of Lords are inscribed on Jesus’ robe as well as His thigh, so that it may be seen clearly from His vantage point on the white horse.
Symbolism in Revelation
It seems like there is a lot going on in Revelation, and most of it is depicted in symbolism because we do not yet have a frame of reference for the events that will take place. We are aware that symbolism and prophecy are techniques of communicating the most essential truths and expressing the greatest hope for mankind. When it comes to the gospel, which is Jesus’ death on the cross and the promise of His Second Coming, it is a beacon of light in a dark world. Many people see the book of Revelation as cryptic and frightening, yet it is truly a narrative of hope and love.
Revelation does not herald the end of the world; rather, it represents the culmination of the entire tale of human life as a whole.
And throughout it all, the concept of Jesus and His compassion for people is there.
The Second Coming is the Hope of Adventists
It is so significant to Seventh-day Adventists that it is included into their name: the term Adventmeans “arrival.” Jesus initially came to earth as a baby in a manger over 2000 years ago, and the second coming is just as vital to them. This is the first Advent, and it is for this reason why Advent calendars are sometimes referred to as “Christmas Calendars.” The second advent, or the second coming, is not only the hope of Adventists, but of all Christians. Jesus pledges to return, which gives us reason to be hopeful.
- There are several rooms in my Father’s house.
- It is said in the Bible that Christ will return to gather his followers to himself.
- It will be a victorious return of a king, as the saying goes.
- It is not the end of the world, but rather the beginning of the way life was supposed to be from the beginning.
Christ’s Return as a Key Topic in Adventist History
Prior to the Advent movement becoming a worldwide church, the majority of churches thought that the second coming would be a spiritual or symbolic occurrence. It’s probable that it wasn’t even brought up very much. Nevertheless, shortly after the Second Great Awakening occurred in the United States, a Baptist named William Miller resolved to devote more time to studying the Bible after returning home from battle. Miller discovered that Christ’s second coming must be a literal occurrence as a result of his study of Daniel and Revelation.
- It altered the way Christians saw the present and the future after the Second World War.
- Miller’s message, on the other hand, had one flaw: it was ambiguous.
- Despite the fact that it became evident that Miller’s prognosis was erroneous, many individuals wanted to conduct more research to see where he went wrong.
- To an extent, Miller’s blunder contributed to the resurgence of personal and small group dedication among Christians.
Many of the Seventh-day Adventist ideas were uncovered as a result of in-depth research conducted after this period. In addition, when Christians learned more about the Bible and God’s truth, they became more determined to obey the Word and to continue their studies of it.
How to Prepare for the Second Coming
We must be ready for the bridegroom’s arrival, just as the 10 virgins in Jesus’ story were before him. We are all sinners in desperate need of His forgiveness. It is only by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we might be admitted to the “wedding feast” (heaven). This preparation is made possible by Jesus, and as long as we have a personal relationship with Him, we will be prepared for His return to earth. If we commit a minor blunder, we will not be disqualified from entering paradise. We won’t have to be concerned about the end of time.
- We are all guilty of sin and fall short of the glory of God, according to Scripture (Romans 3:23).
- We are left with the alegacy of sin as a result of mankind’s fall in the Garden of Eden.
- For this reason, Paul continues in Romans 3 by assuring us that we have been “justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (vs.
- Additionally, the Bible states in Romans 6:23, “For the price of sin is death, but the free gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- It was Jesus who took our death upon Himself, dying in our place and rising from the dead so that He could return to heaven and serve to us there.
- Preparing for that life is the same as preparing for His return.
- We need to get to know Him.
- Some things that may be done to assist us in this endeavor include:
- Pray every day, all throughout the day. Pray for the well-being of others. Pray together as a family. Pray in the name of Jesus, who intercedes for you in the presence of the Father
- Make time to read your Bible. Read the Bible every day so that you can spend time reflecting on God’s Word. In your own prayer practice, make use of scriptures and Bible promises to help you. Recall scripture and make links between it and your contemporary life and experiences
- Pay attention to sermons and teachers. Make use of free internet platforms to listen to inspiring messages and Bible lectures from all around the world. Find dependable mentors who can teach you profound Bible concepts
- Attend services at the church. Locate a local church that is comprised primarily of Bible believers. Develop friendships with like-minded Christians who will encourage and support you in your spiritual journey. Keep your exposure to the outside world to a minimum. You are the only one who truly understands how secular activities and experiences affect you. Precaution should be exercised, and exposure to anything that can entice you or interfere with your connection with God should be limited.
Prayer and personal Bible study are highly vital in helping us to grow in our faith in Jesus and in our connection with Him. Bible study and prayer, carried out under the power of the Holy Spirit, serve as our direct line of communication with the Savior we are waiting for. It is the most effective method of preparing for His imminent arrival. Walking this road alongside other Christians is an important aspect of the whole experience of becoming a Christian. Yes, the world is in a state of turmoil.
Sin has taken over the world.
Despite the fact that everything is working against us, we still have hope.
His reappearance will mark the beginning of the process of transforming this planet into the perfect world that it was always meant to be.
The Advent movement got its start as a result of the expectation of Christ’s return. At this point, the Seventh-day Adventist Church places all of its trust in Christ, in His promises, and in the coming of the Lord.
The Second Coming of Christ
It is our belief that Christ will return a second time; Our Lord’s return from the heavenly realm will be personal, visible, and spectacular; it is a joyful hope for which we should keep vigilant and pray continuously. Prior to establishing His reign on earth, Jesus will return to gather His Church, an event known as the “Rapture” in the Christian community. At that point, the dead in Christ will be resurrected to life, and those who are alive will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and be with Him for all ever.
Those who have died in Christ will be raised from the dead in a body that will be comparable to Christ’s glorified body, with their redeemed souls and spirits being joined with the body of Christ.
3This anticipation serves as a source of inspiration for leading a holy life as well as a source of consolation.
Five years after the Church has been caught up in the Rapture, Christians will be hauled before the judgment seat of Christ.
6This is not a judgment in which their salvation is determined, but rather a recompense for their effort on Christ’s behalf.
8Israel, as well as all nations, will be affected by this period of exceptional struggle.
9At the conclusion of the Tribulation, Jesus Christ, accompanied by the armies of heaven and the Church, will come to earth to establish the Messianic Kingdom.
When Christ returns, Satan will be chained for a thousand years in the Lake of Fire, and the Antichrist will be tossed into the Lake of Fire.
13Israel will be returned to her country, and she will never be driven from it again.
15Because the curse that has been placed upon the world will be lifted, his dominion will be defined by material and spiritual benefits.
Seventeenth, God will put an end to this revolt in the last battle of all time, and Satan will be cast into the lake of fire.
19They will be judged by Christ and hurled into the lake of fire, where they will endure ultimate and eternal torment, as well as the suffering of the living.
A new Jerusalem will be built, as will the everlasting presence of God among all those who have repented.
Scripture references: Revelation 6:17; 7:14; Jeremiah 30:79 The book of Zechariah (12:2, 3; 14:1–310) Revelation 19:7–9, 14; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Zechariah 14:9; Revelation 19:15, 1611 Revelation 20:2, 4–612Revelation 19:20; 20:1–313Revelation 19:20; 20:1–313 3:3; Matthew 2514; Joel 3:3 Amos 9:15; Ezekiel 34:2815; Hosea 6:15 (See also Psalm 2:9 and Isaiah 11:416.) Romans 8:19–2117 (KJV) The book of Revelation 20:7–918 Revelation 20:1019 is a verse from the Bible.
Revelation 20:11–1320 (also known as the Book of Revelation) The Book of Revelation 20:14-15; Mark 9:48212; Peter 3:1322 Revelation 21:2, 3; 2:3–5; 21:2, 3; 2:3–5