What Does the Bible Say About the Second Coming of Jesus?
- When will Jesus return to earth? What is the Great Tribulation, and how does it work? What happened to those who lived before to the birth of Jesus
- Those who will be evaluated in the Final Judgment are as follows: What are the telltale signals that the end is approaching
- What is the sequence of events that will take place at the end times
- What will be the end of the world
- Will individuals get a second chance to repent and be saved when Jesus returns? Do we believe that we are living in the latter days?
Introduction Jesus Will Return in Power and Glory When Will Jesus Return to Earth? Prepare for the worst! Resurrection Conclusions and Recommendations The Creation of a New Heaven and Earth Topics that are not specifically related to one another The Antichrist is a figure who appears to be a threat to the world. The Time of the Great Tribulation The millennium is upon us. The apocalypse In popular culture, the Second Coming is referred to as
According to the Bible, Jesus will return eventually, and the world as we know it will come to an end at that time. There are many different beliefs and perspectives concerning the end of the world, but the Bible only provides a few specifics about what will happen. The Bible does not provide a clear response to the majority of issues. We are instead encouraged to be spiritually prepared for judgment at any time and to place our faith in God, knowing that He will make things right in the end.
Jesus Will Come Again
A continuous process of redemption is depicted in the Bible as God’s redemptive effort. Throughout the Old Testament, He directs His chosen people in the direction of righteousness and truth. Jesus’ first arrival marked the beginning of the last phase of the process of salvation, which would climax in the events surrounding His Second Coming. A final judgment will be passed on all persons, alive and dead, at the end of time. The devout will be given new spiritual bodies in preparation for eternal life, while the wicked will be sent into hell for their sins.
The kingdom of God will be brought to completion at some point in the future.
You put your faith in God; now put your faith in me.
If this were not the case, I would inform you straight away.’ When everything is finished, I will come and pick you up so that you will always be with me no matter where I happen to be.” (New Living Translation, John 14:1-4) Associated scriptures include: Matthew 23:39, Luke 18:8, John 14:18, 28-29, Acts 1:11, 3:12-21, 1 Corinthians 11:26, Philippians 4:5, Colossians 3:4, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 2:19, 3:13, 5:23, 2 Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 9:28, James 5:7-9, 2 Peter 1:16, Revelation 3:11, 22:12, 22:20, Revelation
When Will Jesus Come Again?
Many events that will take place before to the Second Coming of Christ, and which will serve as indicators that the end is close, are described in the Bible. There will be wars, famines, earthquakes, false prophets, persecutions, and an increase in evil, to name just a few things. First and foremost, the Gospel must be preached to all countries. The temple in Jerusalem would be completely demolished. However, the temple was ultimately demolished by the Romans in 70 AD. Many of Jesus’ disciples believed that He would return within their lives, and this anticipation was confirmed by multiple passages in the Bible, including: “In all seriousness, I assure you that this generation will not pass away until all things have taken happened.
There has never been a wholly adequate explanation to these discrepancies in the Bible, and the timetable of the Second Coming has been a source of heated discussion among Christians since the beginning of time.
Keep your wits about you!
You have no way of knowing when that moment will arrive.” (New International Version, Mark 13:32-33) The event, when it occurs, will be rapid and unexpected: As a result, you must be prepared as well, for the Son of Man will arrive at a time when you do not anticipate him to arrive.
There have been a plethora of prophecies that the Second Coming of Christ is on the horizon. Everyone has been proven incorrect. Verses that are related: Matthew 16:27-28, 24:1-51, 26:24, Mark 9:1, 13:1-36, 14:62, Luke 9:26-27, 21:5-36, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, 2 Peter 3:8-14, Revelation 1:7.
Because no one knows when Jesus will return for the last judgment, we must continually be on the lookout for his return. This concept is made explicitly in Jesus’ Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), and a number of other of His sayings reinforce this point as well. Verses that are related: Matthew 24:42-51, Mark 8:38, 13:33-37, Luke 9:26, 12:35-47, 21:34-36, 2 Timothy 4:8, Hebrews 9:28, 1 Peter 1:17, 13, 4:13, 2 Peter 3:10-14; 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3.
Everyone who has ever lived will be brought back to life in some way in order to stand trial alongside those who are still alive at the end of time: Without a doubt, I say to you, the hour has come, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear him will live. Due to the fact that the Father possesses life in himself, He has also provided the Son the ability to posses life in himself, and He has delegated to Him the authority to execute judgment as well, since He is the Son of Man.
John 5:25-29 (New King James Version) Associated verses: Mark 12:18-27, Luke 14:12-14, Acts 4:2, 17:18, 29-32, 23:6; 24:15-16,21, Romans 4:17, 5:17, 6:5, 8, 8:11, 11:15, 1 Corinthians 6:14-15, 15:23, 2 Corinthians 1:9, 4:14, 5:1-10, Philippians 3:10-11, 21, Colossians 1:18, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2
We have every chance to repent while we are still alive, or until Jesus returns to take us home to be with Him (change our ways from evil to good). However, at the end of the day, we shall all be judged. Everyone, both the living and the dead who have been resurrected, shall be subjected to God’s judgment. Even individuals who claim Christianity will be evaluated on the basis of the acts they have committed during their lives (Matthew 7:21-23, 2 Corinthians 5:10). All of those who have led good lives will be awarded eternal life, while those who have lived evil lives will be sentenced to an eternity of suffering (Matthew 5:29-30, 25:31-46, Mark 9:43-48).
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the physical body and at home with the Lord rather than in the flesh.
Because we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may get what is due him for the things he has done while in the body, whether good or bad, while we are alive.
The same will be true in the case of the resurrection of the dead.
1 Peter 4:1-6, Jude 1:14-15, Revelation 2:20-23, 20:11-15, 22:12-13, 2 Peter 4:1-6, Jude 1:14-15 More information may be found in this article: What does the Bible teach about salvation?
The New Heaven and Earth
The ultimate effect of the Second Coming will be the fulfillment of all of God’s promises to those who have believed in Him. In the end, Satan will be annihilated, and sin, pain, and death will all be eliminated from the world. And the devil, who had misled them, was cast into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had previously been cast. They will be tortured day and night for the rest of their lives. (New International Version, Revelation 20:10) “Just as the weeds are plucked out and burnt in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.’ ” It is the Son of Man who will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that leads to sin and everyone who is wicked in nature.
- Then, in the kingdom of their Father, the righteous will shine brightly like the sun.
- It appeared to me that the Holy City, or the new Jerusalem, was descending down from heaven from God, prepared like a bride who had been exquisitely clothed for her husband.
- Each and every tear will be wiped from their eyes by him.
- (New International Version, Revelation 21:1-4) Matthew 8:11, 19:28-30; Mark 14:25; Luke 13:29; John 14:2-3; Romans 8:18-21; 16:20; 1 Corinthians 2:7-10; 13:8-13; 15:20-26; 45-49; Colossians 3:4; Revelation 7:14-17; 11:15; 19:19-20; 22:1-5;
Some issues are mentioned in the Bible on a less frequent basis than the topics listed above, but they may give further insight into the events leading up to Jesus’ Second Coming. In part because these themes are not thoroughly described in the Bible, a variety of diverse interpretations have developed, many of which go well beyond any biblical foundations.
(See also 1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3, and 2 John 1:7) The antichrist is defined as one who lies and deceives, denying that Jesus is the Christ. (See also 1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3, and 2 John 1:7) As of the writing of 1 and 2 John,at the end of the first century, numerous antichrists were claimed to be already presentin the world. It is not obvious, but there may be another antichrist to come whosespirit is currently present in the globe. The antichrist is often supposed to be the animals of Daniel 7:1-12, the beastof Revelation 13:11-18, or the “lawless one” of 2 Thessalonians 2:3, butthose interpretations are not clear.
Those who have beenso called include the Roman emperors Caligula, Titus, Nero and Claudius, Muhammad(the prophet of Islam), popes, Protestant theologians, political leaders, and manyother persons.
However, such accusations seem to be founded on little more thanprejudice and hostility. The Bible does not disclose any indications concerning the identity of theantichrist and does not promote conjecture.
The Great Tribulation
The Severe Tribulation (Revelation 7:14) is a period of great suffering and anguish that will come in connection with the Second Coming of Christ. It will last for three years. It is frequently seen as a fulfillment of the prophesy of Daniel 9:24-27, which is found in the Old Testament. Psalms 2:1-12, Matthew 24:15-51, Mark 13:14-25, Revelation 9:1-11, 16:13-16 are examples of related scriptures.
Before the last judgment, the Millennium (Revelation 20:1-10) is depicted as a thousand-year era during which Satan is restrained and the resurrected believers reign with Christ before the end of the world. The Bible makes no other explicit reference of the millennium other than this one. Among Christians, there is a considerable deal of disagreement concerning the nature of the millennium, and ideas about it may be divided into numerous categories:
- Those who believe in amillennialism see the millennium as a metaphor of our current period, in which the Church continues Christ’s ministry and the bound of Satan has already been completed by Jesus in the past. It holds that the millennium will be a future era during which the gospel message will abolish evil from the globe and Christ will rule spiritually for a thousand years before the Second Coming. Those who believe in premillennialism believe that the millennium will be a thousand-year era between the Second Coming and the last judgment. There are two subtypes of premillennialism that may be distinguished:
- Premillennialism, as practiced historically, sees the millennium as the next step in the expansion of God’s reign, after the current era of the Church and preceding the appearance of the new heavens and earth. Dispensationalism considers the millennium to be a time period during which the promises made to the people of Israel in the Old Testament would be fulfilled. According to this point of view:
- Israel’s establishment as a sovereign state in 1948 is evidence that the Second Coming of Christ is coming. Christian believers will be rescued before the Great Tribulation begins (see below), allowing them to avoid the wrath of God during that time of misery
The Rapture (as described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17) is the departure of faithfulChristians (the Church) to meet the Lord in the air, according to the Bible. In terms of when the Rapture will take place, there are three theories:
- Before the start of the Tribulation, the rapture occurs when John ascends to heaven (Revelation 4:1-2)
- During the Tribulation, the rapture occurs when the two prophets ascend to heaven (Revelation 11:11-12)
- After the Tribulation, the rapture occurs when the two prophets ascend to heaven (Revelation 20:11-12)
- And after the Tribulation, the rapture occurs when the two prophets ascend to heaven (Revelation 21:11-12). The rapture will take place at the conclusion of the seven bowls (Revelation 16:17-21).
The Second Coming in Popular Culture
In recent years, the second coming of Jesus, the Rapture, and other Bible prophesies have produced a large business dedicated to these topics. The Late Great Planet Earth, written by Hal Lindsey in 1970, as well as the Left Behindseries by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, have been at the vanguard of this movement. Other resources include websites, television evangelists, lecture series, movies, and videos, among other things. In certain cases, Bible prophesies are embellished with inventive and colorful embellishments that are mixed with modern political and social views.
The Bible has something to say regarding the Rapture, which you can read about here.
When Is Christ Coming?; The Twenty Signs Of the Bible Give Us a Clue (Published 1970)
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- Millions of Americans are engulfed in a frantic quest to predict the future that has taken many by surprise.
- I had brunch with Walter Reuther a few of years ago, and it was a great conversation.
- “There is one fault,” I pointed out.
- There is no evidence in the Bible that a world of progressive development toward a materialistic paradise is in store for mankind.
- The term “the end days” or “that day” or “the day” or “the day of the Lord” appears often throughout the Bible, denoting in most cases a “X” time in history during which dramatic events would take place.
- The Bible does not teach that the planet or the human race will come to an end at any point in the future.
- This fire will consume all that is bad and will prepare the earth for the coming of the Kingdom of God.
- Social injustice, war, poverty, sickness, and racism will all be abolished, as will all forms of discrimination.
“Do you believe His return is imminent?” According to Marcel Lin Berthelot, a French scientist who lived in 1860, “Within a hundred years of physical and chemical study, man will understand what the atom is.” “I believe that when science reaches this point, God will descend to the planet with His large ring of keys and announce to humanity, “Gentlemen, it is closing time.'” On one particular morning on the Mount of Olives, while the disciples were alone with Jesus, they both posed the same question: “Tell us, when will these things take place?
- What will be the sign of Thy arrival, as well as the indication of the end of the world?” On at least two times, Jesus cautioned them against establishing dates for important events.
- Over twenty separate signs left by the prophets, Jesus, and the apostles are to be looked for by those who follow the path laid out for us by God.
- To give an example, Jesus described the mental state of the world just preceding His coming.
- To be distressed is to be under strain; to be perplexed means to be perplexed and bewildered.
- It is also possible that the moral situation of the globe is another example.
- In Luke 17:26–27 we read that “they did eat, they drank, they wedded women, and they were given in marriage.” This indicates a collapse in the family unit as well as highly lax morality.
- The prophet said that there would be battles and rumors of warfare, since “country would rise up against nation” (Matthew 24:67).
Ultimately, all of these battles will culminate in what is referred to as “the battle of Armageddon.” In addition, the term “peace” is given a tremendous deal of prominence.
Never before has there been so much discussion about peace.
For the first time in history, the Gospel is being broadcasted over the world through radio, television, and the printed page.
In the Bible, it has been predicted that the last events of history and the Second Coming of Christ will be centered around the country of Israel for more than three thousand years.
In Luke 21:24, Jesus predicted that “Jerusalem shall be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles have been fully accomplished.” Numerous passages in the Bible imply that Israel will reclaim the center stage in international events at some point in the future.
It is incorrect and unbiblical to attempt to predict the date of Christ’s second coming.
Nonetheless, the Bible states that He will return to our planet.
So communism does not have a future in the modern day! Capitalism does not have a future in this century! God is in charge of the future!
5 Things The Bible Says About Jesus’ Return
When it comes to the end of the world and Jesus’ second coming, there appears to be considerable skepticism and ambiguity regarding what to expect when Jesus returns. Despite the fact that we will never fully understand God’s plan for the end times, He has made promises to us in His written Word regarding what will happen at that time. According to Billy Graham, the end “shall occur with the coming of Jesus Christ. It is for this reason that a Christian can be an optimist. That is why a Christian may have a positive attitude despite all that is going on.
Don’t trust anybody who tells you, “There He is, out in the wilderness,” or “Here He is, in the inner chambers,” or “There He is, in the inner rooms,” or “There He is,” or “There He is.” Because, just as lightning that comes from the east is seen even in the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be apparent even in the east.
- And there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity due to the roaring of the sea and the waves, and people will faint with fear and foreboding of what is about to befall the world.
- And then they will see the Son of Man appearing in a cloud, surrounded by tremendous power and glory.
- Luke 21:25-28 (KJV) (ESV) However, no one, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father, is aware of what day or hour it will be.
- Matthew 25:13 (NIV) As a result, Christ will visit a second time, this time not to deal with sin, but to save those who are anxiously awaiting His return.
- Even so, it’s a good thing.
- Revelation 1:7 (New International Version) (ESV)
Second Coming of Jesus Christ
The second coming is on the horizon. It is true that Jesus told His disciples that He will return one more time. “Do not let your heart be worried,” the Bible states in John 14:1-3. There are many mansions in My Father’s home; if this were not the case, I would have informed you. I’m going to go set up a space for you. Moreover, if I depart to make a place for you, I will return to take you into Myself, so that where I am, you may be as well.”
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- When is Jesus going to return? What is causing Jesus to take such a long time to return? Is it possible that Jesus will return in secret? What should we do with our time while we wait
- What will be the method through which Jesus returns
- Will the angels accompany Jesus on his return? What is the reason for Jesus’ return?
When is Jesus coming back?
Jesus will return in a short period of time. No one, however, is certain of the precise hour when Jesus will appear again. The Bible says in Mark 13:32, “But no one knows when day or hour it will be; not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father knows.” It’s interesting to note that the disciples asked Jesus the same question right before He ascended to the Father’s presence. At that point, Jesus informed them that it was not their responsibility to know the times or seasons that were under the jurisdiction of the Father.
As a result, what does this mean for you and me is unclear.
Keep an eye on Jesus and keep your attention on him because the devil is attempting to divert mankind’s attention away from the indications and the nearness of Jesus’ return. Get your free Bible prophecy guide by clicking on the following link: Signs of the Second Coming of Jesus
Why is Jesus taking so long to come back?
When Jesus returns, He will do it with patience, because He wants to give humanity the greatest amount of time possible to select and follow Him. Jesus desires that as many people as possible repent and follow Him to the heavenly kingdom. According to 2 Peter 3:8-9, “However, dear, do not forget this one thing: that with the Lord, one day is equal to a thousand years, and a thousand years are equal to one day.” When it comes to His promise, the Lord is not slack as some believe, but is patient with us, not wanting any to perish but wanting everyone to come to repentance.” Additional materials can be found at: Topics related to the Bible Questions about the Bible Signs of the Second Coming of Jesus What is the meaning of the rapture?
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Warnings about the second coming of Jesus?
There are a slew of confused non-biblical views concerning the second coming of Christ that are causing confusion among many believers. Will He merely present spiritually to a small number of people? Will Jesus’ second coming take place exclusively in specific geographical locations? Is it possible that Jesus will emerge in the desert? Deceptions will be perpetrated in the final days, according to Jesus. In fact, in Matthew 24:4-5, Jesus warns Christians not to be mislead by those who come in the name of Jesus and claim to be the Christ of the New Testament.
Will Jesus come back secretly?
Many people wonder how many people will see Jesus’ return when He comes. Christ’s second coming will be a dazzling display of color, sound, and splendor. This event will not be hidden; every person on the Earth will be able to see Jesus. He will return, both personally and metaphorically. “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him,” the Bible states in Revelation 1:7. There will not be a single person on the face of the globe who is oblivious of Jesus’ imminent coming. The way in which Jesus will appear is described by Him Himself.
The return of Jesus is described in verses 30 and 31 of the same chapter as being accompanied by tremendous power and splendor, as well as the sound of a huge trumpet, which wakes the righteous dead, who are then collected from all corners of the globe.
How should we live while we wait?
Christians should remain on high alert, keeping watch and praying until the coming of the Lord. “But take watch to yourselves, lest your hearts be burdened down with carousing, drunkenness, and the concerns of this life, and that Day come upon you suddenly,” the Bible states in Luke 21:34-36.
Because it will act as a trap for everyone who lives anywhere on the face of the entire planet. As a result, keep your eyes peeled and your prayers constant in order to be deemed worthy of escaping all of the events that will transpire and of standing before Jesus Christ.”
How will Jesus come back?
We know that Jesus’ second coming will be a literal occurrence, and that it will be exactly like the first time He departed to heaven. When He had finished speaking, while they were looking on, He was taken up into the clouds out of their sight, as recorded in Acts 1:9-11: “Now when He had finished speaking these things, while they were looking on, He was taken up into a cloud out of their sight, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” And while He was ascending, two men in white robes approached them and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why are you standing here looking up into heaven?’ It will be exactly the same Jesus who was carried up from you into heaven who will return in the identical manner in which you witnessed Him ascend into heaven.”
Will the angels come back with Jesus?
Those who have died in Christ, according to the Bible, will be gathered from all across the world when the angels return with Jesus and the sound of the trumpet heralds their arrival. – (Matthew 16:27, 24:31, and 25:31)
What happens to the righteous at the second coming?
Righteous dead will be brought to life and transported to heaven with the righteous who are still living on the earth at the time of Jesus’ second coming, according to the Bible. ‘For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a mighty cry, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God,’ says 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. And the first to rise will be those who have died in Christ. Afterwards, we who are alive and still living will be taken up with them in the clouds, where we will be with the Lord in the air.
Are the wicked destroyed by Christ’s coming?
It is predicted that when Jesus returns to earth, the wicked who are still living would cry out for the rocks and mountains to fall on them because they will be unable to gaze at the face of the Savior (Revelation 6:15-17). As a result of their refusal to acknowledge God or embrace the message of the Lord Jesus Christ, the wicked shall be annihilated with eternal ruin (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
When will we get immortal bodies?
Because they are unable to gaze at the face of Christ when Jesus returns to earth, the wicked who are still living will beg for the rocks and mountains to fall on them (Revelation 6:15-17). As a result of their failure to recognize God and accept the message of the Lord Jesus Christ, they will perish in eternal punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
Why is Jesus coming back?
According to the Bible, Jesus will return to earth to reward the inhabitants of the planet and to take many of them back to heaven with Him (Revelation 22:12). “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,'” according to Matthew 25:34. Jesus, above all else, longs to spend time with you and your family. He invites you to return with Him to heaven, where you will be able to enjoy an eternity free of tears, pain, and suffering.
What would keep you from putting Him first in your life? What would be more significant than proclaiming, “I want to pattern my life after Jesus and eventually live with Him forever?” Original article located on Bibleinfo.com: Second Coming of Jesus
When Is Jesus Coming Back? Is it Soon?
In one popular argument to Christianity, non-Christians assert that because Christians think Jesus is returning soon and that He has not returned, it follows that He will not return at all. Today, many people associate the phrase “coming soon” with the act of driving through the drive-thru at their favorite fast-food restaurant. They thus believe that Jesus will return in a short period of time when asked the question “Is Jesus coming back soon?” When Jesus talked of His return, He used the word “soon” rather than the word “immediately,” implying that He would return in the near future.
“Come, Lord Jesus,” the choir sings.
When Is the ‘Soon’ for Jesus’ Return
The Greek word for “soon” is tachu, which may be rendered as “as soon as possible” or “without undue delay.” Throughout the New Testament, the word tachu is most frequently used in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 2:16; 3:11; 11:14; 22:7,12,20). By “soon,” we mean that the sovereign events of history have been put in action, ensuring that Christ’s coming will take place without any additional delay. Thus, history is progressing in accordance with God’s schedule, who is in complete command of the entire historical narrative.
Speaking about Christ’s second coming, Peter writes in 2 Peter 3:9 that the Lord is not slow to fulfill his word as some regard it as such, but is patient with you, not desiring for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
The Return of the Lord Jesus Is Imminent
This means that the Lord Jesus’ return is not only impending, as we must comprehend, but it is also immediate in the sense that it might occur at any time. The apostles even speculated that the Lord Jesus’ return would occur within their lifetime, referring to the Lord Jesus’ return as occurring in the end days (1 Corinthians 10:11; 1 Peter 1:20; Hebrews 1:2), and urging the people of God to be prepared and on the lookout for signs and wonders. Because Jesus employed the language of being “ready,” He means for the people of God to think that He is about to return at any moment (Luke 12:40; 21:34-36;Mark 13:33).
- Jesus desires that every generation live in the consciousness that He may visit unexpectedly and that all individuals will be required to give an account of how they will locate them when He does.
- In Acts 1:7, Jesus reiterates the teachings of Matthew 24:36, in which he tells the disciples, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons which the Father has determined by his own power.” Jesus said this when the disciples inquired as to whether or not He intended to rebuild Israel.
- Anyone who believes in Christ is able to predict when He will return, because Scripture is quiet on the specific day and time of His return.
- Christians, on the other hand, are instructed to “.remain alert, for you do not know on when day your Lord will come” (Matthew 24:42).
- According to the teachings of Matthew 24:36-44, no one can predict the day or time of the Lord Jesus’ second coming.
- Despite the fact that several dates have been offered, all of them have been and will continue to be incorrect.
- It is reasonable to conclude from Matthew 24:36 and Acts 1:7 that God does not wish for Christians to calculate the precise day or hour of Christ’s return, and that anybody who attempts to do so is deceived by the Scriptures.
What is essential is that the people of God live their lives in light of the Lord Jesus’ approaching return to earth (2 Timothy 4:8).
The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus
The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus is referenced 1,500 times in the Old Testament, and one out of every twenty-five verses in the New Testament makes reference to the Lord Jesus’ Second Coming, which is a significant number. When it states in Amos 3:7, “For the Lord God does nothing but reveal his secret to his servants the prophets,” this passage draws attention to this topic. What Amos says is important because it helps Christians comprehend that the return of Christ heralds the establishment of God’s Kingdom, which is defined as God’s total authority over all of His creation.
- The book of Revelation 19:11-16 describes how the Lord will be prepared for battle, and how the nations will gather to fight against the city of Jerusalem.
- Furthermore, this will be the day that the Bible predicts in Revelation 19:6-7, when the enemies of God, including the Antichrist and the false prophet, will be completely vanquished (Revelation 19:20).
- Jesus will judge those who are living at the time of His Second Coming as part of the process of establishing His Kingdom.
- A thousand years of peace will be enjoyed by those who survive this judgment as a result of their trust in Jesus Christ.
- (Matthew 25:41).
- In addition, there will be a resurrection of all Christians (Revelation 20:4-6).
- At the conclusion of the thousand-year period, Satan will be freed, and a final fight will take place, which will be conquered by the Lord Jesus Christ on the spot (Revelation 20:7-9).
- Then there will be a second resurrection, followed by another judgment.
Two Different Eternities
There are two eternal fates, one with the Lord Jesus and one without Him, as a result of the Lord Jesus’ return being a reality (Malachi 4:1-2). When the Lord Jesus returns, evil will be destroyed, the planet will be restored, and the Lord will triumph! If you believe in the first coming of the Lord Jesus, your response to his return will reveal whether or not you believe in the second coming of the Lord Jesus. Christian believers have a great hope in that they will not only be admitted to heaven, but that they will also be with the Lord Jesus for all of eternity in heaven.
Your response, dear reader, to the topic “Is Jesus Coming Back Soon?” is critical because it expresses your understanding of the Lord Jesus’ first coming as well as your understanding of His finished and adequate work.
We Are Not Promised Tomorrow
We cannot guarantee tomorrow, and the Lord knows not just the number of hairs on your head or the content of your thoughts at any one time, but also the length of all of your days. God longs for your repentance, for you to turn back to Him, and for you to put your confidence in Christ – because Jesus is mighty to save by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone — and that is why He sent His Son to die for you. You must not cower in fear, but instead must stand firm on the Lord Jesus and proclaim the glory of Christ to everyone.
Will Jesus Really Return to Earth?
As Christians, we gladly proclaim that Jesus Christ will, in fact, return to the world again and again. It’s critical for us to remember that Jesus Himself stated that He will return to the world at some point. His disciples gathered on the Mount of Olives when He spoke to them, and He promised them that He would come in might and great splendor. According to the angels, Jesus Christ would return. As mentioned in Acts Chapter 1, when Jesus ascends to His Father, angels appear and proclaim, “He will return in the same manner that He has gone.” When you look at church history, one of the intriguing things you will see is that, although though various Christians throughout church history have had diverse viewpoints on the end of time, they have always agreed on some fundamental truths concerning the end of the world.
- And one of them was the belief that Jesus Christ will return to the planet.
- It is the belief that Jesus Christ will physically return to the planet.
- And, finally, that Jesus Christ will bring about a restoration and a fresh beginning in the world.
- All of these considerations are critical.
- It’s even a part of the Apostles’ Creed, which was written in the fourth century.
- He will then return to judge both the living and the dead once His time on earth is through.
- Is it possible that Jesus will return?
- Not unwillingly because we believe, “Oh, He’s going to return,” but joyously, we as Christians proclaim this truth.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus, since Jesus Christ will truly return. Credit: iStock/Getty Images Plus/Tinnakorn for the photo. Jorruang Dave Jenkins and his wife, Sarah Jenkins, are in a happy marriage. He is a writer, editor, and public speaker who resides in the lovely state of Oregon.
Bible Q&A: Did Jesus appear in the Old Testament?
Our Bible Q & A series delves into the questions you’ve sent us regarding the Bible and how it may help you. This article expresses the author’s own point of view on a subject. It is consistent with the ideals of the Bible Society, but it is not intended to convey our viewpoint as an organization.
The question is, how did the tradition that Christ appeared four times in the Old Testament prior to his incarnation come into existence? Answer: The Old Testament is replete with predictions concerning Jesus as well as pictures that foretell his arrival on earth. The pre-incarnate Jesus, according to many, can be connected with a specific recurrent character in the Old Testament. This would suggest that the pre-incarnate Jesus appears in both the Old and New Testaments. Tradition holds that Jesus is the Angel of the Lord who appeared to Hagar, Abraham, and Moses, as well as in the books of Judges and Zechariah, amongst other peoples.
The Church Fathers were early interpreters of the Bible, and their work had a significant impact on Church teaching in the first few centuries following Jesus’ death and resurrection.
God has created a race of creatures called angels, who operate on God’s behalf but are not God himself.
- When the Angel of the Lord comes to Hagar, he speaks as God in the first person
- When the Angel of the Lord appears to Abraham on Mount Moriah, he speaks as God in the first person
- And when the Angel of the Lord appears to Sarah, he speaks in the first person. Genesis 32: According to Justin Martyr, the man who wrestled with Jacob was the Angel of the Lord, who had been identified previously in the chapter (Genesis 31). The next day, Jacob claims to have seen ‘God face to face’ after meeting this individual.
There are a plethora of more examples as well. Consequently, the Angel of the Lord talks as though he is God, in contrast to other angels such as Gabriel who refers to God in the third person (Luke 1.11–13). This is understood by Justin (and other early Christians) to mean that the Angel of the Lord is more than just a typical angel, since he is a messenger from God. Is he, then, a distinct individual from God himself? However, according to John 1.18, no one has ever seen God (the Father) face to face.
- Another indication of God’s identity is that the Angel of The Lord is not God the Father, but that he may still be God.
- The conclusion is that Jesus is the Angel of the Lord since the Holy Spirit never takes on a bodily form, and the Holy Spirit does, and the Holy Spirit does not.
- Before the birth of Jesus, Jewish theologians were also attempting to decipher the nature of the enigmatic Angel of the Lord, who they called the Archangel Gabriel.
- In the Gospel of John, the Word of God, or Logos, is expressly connected with Christ, and his pre-incarnation existence is discussed in John 1.1–3, among other places.
Christ, according to the Church Fathers, appeared in a variety of various disguises. Here are three more examples:
The Son of Man was a title that Jesus himself claimed. According to Ezekiel’s book, this is a moniker that was used to characterize him, and it emphasized his human nature. This figure also appears in the book of Daniel, where he is described as receiving all of the kingdom, glory, and dominion over the entire globe. This is a holy figure that appears to be receiving the honor and glory that are rightfully due to God. It’s possible that Jesus was making a direct reference to this individual. Christians, including early Church Fathers such as Tertullian, held firm to their view that the man who accompanied Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the blazing furnace, who was described as “like a son of God,” was in fact the Son of God himself (Against Marcion, Book IV).
According to Theodoret of Cyrus, the evidence “demonstrates that God appeared to Moses.” However, Moses referred to him as a “Angel” in order to make it clear that he was not seeing God the Father – after all, who could be an Angel if not the Father?
According to this interpretation, Jesus can be connected with the Angel of the Lord, because it was the Angel of the Lord who appeared to Moses at Mount Sinai during the burning bush experience.
There isn’t universal agreement on whether the Angel of the Lord was anything more than an angel or if the son of man, or the one who appears to be a son of God/the gods, may be connected with Christ.
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) In addition to Revelation 19:7–9, 14; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; Zechariah 14:9; Revelation 19:15, 1611; and 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 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
Where Is Jesus in the Old Testament? How to Find Him on Every Last Page
Ten years ago, I was in charge of a feedback group for aspiring ministers of the gospel. We were given the opportunity to review an exegesis of Judges 14 by a youth pastor. Towards the end of his speech, Jesus talked of “another Savior who came to deliver his people for all time.” He didn’t make a big deal out of the argument, and he didn’t even mention the word “Jesus,” but he did include the line. During the feedback session, I inquired as to why he had included that particular statement at the conclusion.
- The entire room clapped its hands in appreciation.
- None of these preachers in training could explain why they were being instructed to “change gears to Jesus,” but it appears that there was a regulation in place.
- We have a strong sense that we should consider the Old Testament to be Christian Scripture, but we’re not sure why or how.
- Is this true, though?
The flood and the ark, the Passover and the Red Sea, the wilderness and the Promised Land, exile and return, war and peace, kingdom and kings, prophets and priests, the temple, its sacrifices, and its rituals, wisdom in death and in life, songs of lament and rejoicing, the lives of faithful sufferers, and the blood of righteous martyrs — the Old Testament is extraordinarily shaped by Jesus’ life and death.
The Old Testament is filled with The tale as a whole, as well as each of its individual components, is similar to a fractal.
Although Paul teaches us about the gospel patterns of the Old Testament, he takes care (in lines 4 and 9) to stress us that Christ was not only modeled, but he was also promised and present to the Old Testament believers at the time of Christ’s birth.
The flood and the ark, the Passover and the Red Sea, the wilderness and the Promised Land, exile and return, war and peace, kingdom and kings, prophets and priests, the temple, its sacrifices, and its rituals, wisdom in death and in life, songs of lament and rejoicing, the lives of faithful sufferers, and the blood of righteous martyrs — the Old Testament is extraordinarily shaped by Jesus’ life and death.
The Old Testament is a It’s almost like the tale is a fractal in its entirety and in each of its components.
However, even as Paul instructs us on the gospel patterns of the Old Testament, he is careful to stress us (in verses 4 and 9) that Christ was not only modeled, but also promised and present to the Old Testament believers.
The fact that Christ actually present, rather than merely being modelled and promised, is arguably the most overlooked aspect of the story. It’s astonishing how specific the New Testament authors are about Jesus’ presence in the Old Testament: “Jesus was present in the Old Testament,” they write.
- In Jesus, Abraham found joy (John 8:56–58)
- In Christ, Moses found motivation (Hebrews 11:26)
- In Christ, they found redemption (Jude 5)
- In Christ, they found the Rock in the wilderness (I Corinthians 10:4)
- In Christ, they found the King of Isaiah’s temple vision (John 12:40–41)
- And in Christ, they found the Rock in the wilderness (I Corinthians 10:4).
Jesus is not only foreshadowed and promised in the Old Testament, but he is also present in it. As a result, neither God nor faith have altered in their basic essence from the first covenant to the new covenant, and this is critical. God has always operated in accordance with the Trinitarian model: from the Father, via the Son, and through the Spirit. At Christmas, He did not begin to be triune — that is, the Father did not begin to require a mediator — as a result of the birth of Jesus (John 1:1–14).
True faith does not just abandon itself to a divine design or place hope in distant promises; true faith embraces a promising Person as its center.
The person of the Son is at the heart of saving faith, and he is the source of all faith.
As It Was in the Beginning?
All of the texts that have been quoted thus far have come from the New Testament. It is possible to make a compelling argument based just on these that the Hebrew Bible proclaims Christ. However, it may be claimed that this Christian perspective can only be discovered by going backward from the New Testament. Could reading the Bible backwards, starting with Genesis and seeing the same Christ-centeredness be a possibility as well? Yes, I believe that is the case. Every page of the Hebrew Bible, I believe, has some aspect of Christ, whether it be a pattern, a promise, or an actual presence.
Following are only three of these occurrences, with the goal that they may encourage you to look at the entire Bible through these perspectives.
Jesus Walks in Eden (Genesis 3)
Until now, all of the passages that have been mentioned have come from the New Testament. You can make a compelling case for Christ’s proclamation based solely on these facts and evidence. This Christian interpretation, however, may only be discovered by looking backward from the New Testament, it could be argued. Could reading the Bible backwards, starting with Genesis and seeing the same Christ-centeredness be a viable option as well? Yes, I believe that is the case! Every page of the Hebrew Bible, I believe, contains some aspect of Christ, whether it be a pattern, a promise, or an actual appearance.
It is my hope that you are inspired to view the entire Bible through these lenses after reading just three of them in this article.
When the judgements come tumbling down in the garden, it’s incredible to see anything but the pair is cursed, but it’s not surprising. God, on the other hand, promises “the offspring of the woman.” A miracle birth is implied by this – women do not have seeds (Genesis 3:15, my translation). Despite the fact that he would incur a huge personal sacrifice — his heel would be hit — this kid of the woman would crush the head of the house of the wicked. We get a promise of the miraculous birth and triumphant suffering of “the seed” in this passage of scripture.
In Christ Jesus, both the faith of the fathers throughout the time of the Old Testament and our religion today are one and the same faith.
True believers, whether they live in the past, are currently living, or will live in the future, have always had and will always have the same mentality, the same impression, and the same faith towards Christ. (Commentary on the book of Galatians)
Now we get to the aspect of Christ’s presence that is sometimes neglected. The Lord who walks with his most loved animals in the calm of the day (Genesis 3:8), and who is he, you might wonder. Jonathan Edwards expresses the most widely held belief of the church founders, reformers, and Puritans in the following words: When we read in holy history of God’s actions and revelations towards his Church and people at various times throughout history, we are to realize that these actions and revelations are specifically related to the second person of the Trinity.
(History of the Work of Redemption, chapter 20.) This does not provide a comprehensive solution to all of the questions we may have concerning Old Testament sightings.
Edwards, however, believes that the Father is always represented by the Son, citing Colossians 1:15 and John 1:18 as evidence.
Jesus Speaks on Moriah (Genesis 22)
Here is the ultimate test of faith, but it has put Abraham’s faith to the test as well as anybody else’s. Many people have struggled to understand God’s instructions to Abraham in this chapter: “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and travel to the country of Moriah, and give him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you” (Genesis 22:18). (Genesis 22:2). Until you consider the pattern, it’s a complete and total disgrace. What is the identity of this son?
- This cherished son is the focal point of all of God’s promises.
- — bring him back to life in order to rescue and bless the entire world, and this would be impossible.
- He carries the wood on his back as he makes his way up the hill to the site of the atoning offering (Genesis 22:6).
- When you grasp the pattern — the death and resurrection of the son — Genesis 22 ceases to be a hindrance but rather an enormous boost to one’s religious confidence.
Check out this quote from Abraham, who named the mountain “The Lord will provide,” which is still used today to describe the mountain: “Abraham named the name of that place ‘The Lord will provide,’ and it is still used today to describe it as “The Lord will provide,'” which is interpreted to mean “The Lord will provide.” (Genesis 22:14; 23:15). For hundreds of years, Israelites pointed to that hill, trusting in a future provision — a future atonement — that would be made possible.
They were even aware of the location where it would take place. For decades, the Old Testament saints regarded Christ as promised in this event, and they placed their hopes in accordance with that expectation.
In Genesis 22:11, it is the angel of the Lord who intervenes to prevent the judgment from being carried out. In stanza 15, he expresses himself once more, and he does it with a stunning sense of self-awareness. What kind of angel does this guy believe he is? Despite the fact that he has been sent by the Lord, he speaks as the Lord: “By myself I have vowed, says the Lord. I will definitely bless. I will certainly increase.” (Genesis 22:16–17; 23:16–17). When we come across ordinary angels in the Scriptures, they are quick to point out that they are completely different from God (as in Revelation 22:9).
In the terminology of the creeds, he is referred to as “God from God.” Calvin recounts the history of Christian interpretation that has gone before him on the topic of the angel’s identity: The orthodox doctors of the Church have rightly and intelligently explained that the Word of God was the supreme angel, who then started to fulfill the role of Mediator as if by anticipation, as the Word of God was the supreme angel.
Institutes, I.xiii.10; (Institutes, I.xiii.10) In Genesis 22, this “God from God” intervened to prevent Isaac from being struck by the sword of judgment.
Jesus Burns at the Bush (Exodus 3)
There are several biblical allusions to the burning bush. Plants are frequently compared to God’s chosen ones (or to the king who represents them; Judges 9; Isaiah 5; John 15). The Egyptian people’s hardships are usually referred to as “a furnace” by the media (Deuteronomy 4:20; 1 Kings 8:51; Jeremiah 11:4). During this time of sorrow, we witness God’s people on fire. Yet, in this Christlike pattern, their King and Savior, the great “I Am,” descends into the flames to be with his people and to guide them out of the conflagration.
The exodus itself is a manifestation of the fulfillment of prophecies. Genesis 12 reveals that the “seed of Abraham” will be a blessing and a ruler over all of the nations. There is some uncertainty in the promise – is the “seed” plural (Israel) or singular (Christ) in nature? To put it bluntly, the answer is yes. The “seed” is first and foremost the country of Israel, and at the end of time, it is Christ — the Messiah — who stands alone as the nation’s representative (Galatians 3:16). As the promise progresses, we get to Genesis 15, where the Lord predicts a pattern of suffering and resurrection for the “seed of Abraham”: the seed will be oppressed and tormented, but through judgment, the seed will be exalted to greater glory (Genesis 15:13–15).
While it is true that Israel will be the first to experience death and resurrection, we are witnessing a glimpse of the upcoming gospel drama as we watch the exodus. In other words, the all of Christ’s exodusisa promise is included.
The divine term “I Am” is crucial to our knowledge of God and is used in many religious traditions. Throughout the Hebrew Bible, the phrase “I Am” is preserved in the name “Yahweh,” which is used 6,800 times. The God of Israel is ultimately “he who dwells in the bush,” according to the Bible (Deuteronomy 33:16). And who exactly is he? He is the angel of the Lord, who is also the Lord in his own right (Exodus 3:2, 6, 14). For the sake of this explanation, he is “the Angel of the covenant, the mighty Angel of God’s presence, in whom was the name and character of God.
delivered a people from the land of Egypt” (Jude 5).
Jesus Is Lord of All
What was the problem with the inexperienced preachers grumbling about “we’re meant to” bridge to Christ, you may wonder. What I believe happened was that they failed to see the significance of Christ, and they also failed to recognize that the Old Testament is already Christian Scripture in its own context and on its own terms. It has already been declared to be a proclamation of the Lord Messiah. Certainly, there are patterns to be seen throughout the Old Testament, and this is a fact. The iconography associated with the gospels was built up over ages, layer upon layer.
The genuine and better Joseph, David, Jonah (and so on) are all those who have come to know him.
However, this is not the whole truth.
Jesus is the seed – the seed of the woman, the seed of Abraham, the seed of David — and he is the source of all life on earth.
All of this is correct.
In addition to these viewpoints, we should consider the Son of God as he is depicted in the Hebrew Bible as well.
What exists at the intersection of the Old and the New is more than a plan or a promise; it is a Person.
While he is not present in the Old Testament, he is present on the bench, waiting for his fourth quarter winning play to come up.
His role as the one and only Mediator of God Most High is emphasized throughout the Old Testament, and he is shown as walking inexorably toward his own manifestation.
He’s been like this since the beginning.