Preparing for the Second Coming of Christ
In the Book of Mormon, it is stated that six years before the birth of Jesus Christ, Samuel, a virtuous Lamanite, prophesied to a Nephite nation who had by that time become mostly apostate1of the signs that would herald the arrival about our Savior. Unfortunately, the majority of Nephites disregarded the signals because it was “not logical that such a being as a Christ should arrive.” According to the Bible, many Jews, in a similar fashion to the rest of the world, did not accept the fact that an obscure Galilean named Jesus, from a provincial region with little respect for its people, was in fact the long-awaited Messiah.
When lessons or miracles do not align with an individual’s preconceived notions, wishes, or desires, this is especially true.
Please make a comparison between the two scriptures.
As a result, men will be lovers of their own selves; covetous; boasters; proud; blasphemers; disobedient to parents; disobedient to God; unthankful and unholy; “without natural affection; trucebreakers; false accusers; incontinent; fierce; despising those who are good;.”Ever learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 6 The following is an excerpt from Alma, which states a fundamental principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ: “Now ye may suppose that this is folly on my part; but behold I say unto you, that great things are brought to pass by small and simple things; and small means, in many instances, confound the wise.” 7We live in a technologically advanced society that is brimming with information and skill.
Despite this, these items all too frequently serve to conceal the shaky basis upon which they are constructed and maintained.
Eighth, we are strongly reminded of our Lord’s words to Thomas and the other Apostles on the night of His atoning sacrifice: “Jesus says unto him, I am the way; no one comes unto the Father except through me.” 9For those of us who have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to feel, we are now more than ever needed to confront the fact that we are drawing ever closer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and we must do so with courage and conviction.
- True, huge problems still lie ahead for those on the planet when He returns, but the faithful need not be concerned in this respect.
- “Those who are intelligent and have received the truth, and who have adopted the Holy Spirit as their guide, and who have not been fooled — truly I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and tossed into the fire, but they shall endure the day,” the Lord revealed.
- 11 We can take heart from the words of President Russell M.
- ” Because of the Savior’s Atonement, the gospel of Jesus Christ serves as an invitation to continue changing, developing, and becoming more pure in our lives.
- As a result, the gospel is a joyful message!
- While it is true that many spiritual experiences go unspoken about, this is partly due to the fact that they have a heavenly origin and so run the risk of being ridiculed by those who do not know any better.
Courage, my brothers and sisters, and up, upward, to triumph! “Rejoice and be very pleased in your hearts,” says the Lord. 14 In the name of Jesus Christ, I put my signature to this declaration, amen.
Chapter 24: Preparing for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ
Take these principles into consideration while you study the chapter or as you prepare to teach it. See pages v–ix for further information.
- When you are studying the chapter or preparing to teach, keep these points in mind. See pages v–ix for further information.
Scriptures to Consider: D C 45:15–75; Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:21–55; D C 45:15–75
How Do We Prepare for the Second Coming?
Transcript of the audio What steps should we take to prepare for Christ’s second coming? The question is a good one, and it is one that is constantly pertinent. And it comes to us today from Sarah, a podcast listener who has shared her thoughts with us. Her message to Pastor John reads, “Thank you for this podcast.” “Can you tell me how to properly prepare for the second coming of Christ?” What can I anticipate from this experience? What is in store for us? While I anxiously anticipate his return, what do you recommend I do in the meantime?” The following are three impulses that assist us in preparing for the second coming of Christ, to give you an idea of how we might summarize our preparation:
- Transcript of the Audio What steps should we take to prepare for Christ’s return? Despite its age, the topic is still important now and in the future. She has shared her story with us today through the podcast, which we are grateful for. Her message to Pastor John is: “Thank you for this podcast.” What should I do to properly prepare for Christ’s Second Coming? In terms of expectations, what can I anticipate? Was there a surprise in store for you? While I eagerly anticipate his return, what do you recommend I do? The following are three impulses that assist us in preparing for the second coming of Christ, to give you a sense of how we are preparing:
In order to address the question “How do you prepare?” allow me to demonstrate each of these three impulses. You begin by reacting biblically to the first three impulses that come to mind.
1. Pursue Christlikeness now.
First and foremost, there is the excitement that comes with the prospect of seeing the Lord. First 3:2–3 (John 3:2–3): We are God’s children right now, and we do not yet know what we will become; but, we know that when he emerges, we will be like him because we will see him for who he truly is. And everyone who places their faith in him cleanses themselves in the same way that he is pure. When it comes to being like Jesus and seeing him when he returns, “you’ll desire being like him now,” says the author.
In the phrase “everyone who so hopes in him,” the speaker is alluding to anyone wishing to be like him.
To summarize, if you genuinely want to be like him by seeing him when he comes, you’ll start pursuing your goal of becoming like him right away.
As a result, the impetus to become a fundamentally pure, holy, loving, sacrificial, Christlike person now stems from an enormous hope and longing for this to occur when he returns and we meet him for the first time.
2. Ready yourself for suffering.
In the second place, there is the impetus that comes from the necessity of suffering prior to the arrival of Jesus. Because Paul stated that “we must go through many sufferings in order to reach the kingdom of God,” I am referring to all Christian suffering at this point (Acts 14:22). Furthermore, when Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 2:8, “The lawless one will be exposed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and destroy with the appearance of his arrival,” I think of the misery that will intensify near the end of the world.
- And, as a result of the rising lawlessness, many people’s feelings for one another will become frigid.
- A word on how this applies today, possibly more than at any other point in history, and how you might use it.
- The ability to claim plausibility for constructing our own reality, constructing our own good and wrong, and constructing our own identity has been discovered.
- You may do whatever you want as long as it is legal.
- That is what Jesus means when he says “lawlessness.” In addition, it is doubled and expanded.
To be prepared for the second coming and the sufferings that will precede it, we must subject ourselves with intelligence, understanding, and delight to the absolute norms of God’s law, and this for the purpose of warm love, not frigid love as some have suggested.
3. Work faithfully for Christ.
We must be found loyal and watchful in our specific callings in order to be ready for the second coming, which is the third motivation to be prepared. Over and over and over again in the New Testament, we are reminded to be on the lookout, to be alert, and to be prepared. What exactly does this mean? The parable of the 10 virgins, in my opinion, is an excellent illustration of what it implies. The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who each took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom at the wedding feast at Cana.
- Because when the ignorant took their lights, they did not take any oil with them, whereas the wise brought flasks of oil with them when they took their lamps.
- However, around twelve o’clock, there arose a yell, “Here comes the bridegroom!
- “Can you please give us some of your oil, because our lamps are burning out?” the ignorant demanded of the wise.
- And just as they were about to make their purchase, the bridegroom arrived, and those who were ready followed him into the reception hall, where the door was closed behind them.
- (Matthew 25:1–13; Mark 10:1–13) So, the end of the entire narrative is a response to the question, “How do you prepare?” Therefore, keep an eye on things because you don’t know what time it is.” So, what exactly does that mean?
- That isn’t an issue at all.
- “The Master has assigned each of us tasks to complete while he is away – tasks involving gifts, resources, abilities, money, and interpersonal connections.” To watchmeans to execute your work exceptionally effectively for the sake of Christ.
- Make sure you have your oil.
- Make a path for the bridegroom to come in.
- They were morally, spiritually, and, one might say, professionally awake.
- They carried out their responsibilities in the manner in which God intended.
The Master has assigned each of us tasks to complete while he is absent – tasks involving gifts, resources, abilities, money, opportunities, relationships, and spiritual disciplines, among other things. All of them are areas in which we are committed to doing our jobs with integrity and dedication.
In my years as a pastor, and even now, Luke 12:42–44 has been and continues to be one of the most important texts for me. He says (and I’m hearing this spoken directly to me, John Piper), “Who then, is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?” When his master returns, he will find his servant in this state of mind, and he will be blessed. Yes, I truly believe that he will appoint him as his personal representative over all of his assets.
So, “Piper, work your devoted fanny off to express the truth about this matter.” Inquire with Pastor John.
Allow the following impulses to drive your life: (1) the urge generated by the prospect of meeting the Lord, (2) the impulse generated by the necessity of suffering, and (3) the impulse generated by the desire to be found trustworthy, watchful, and full of love for Christ in our individual callings And then we’ll hear him say, “Enter into the pleasure of your lord,” and we’ll know it’s true (Matthew 25:21, 23).
7 Ways to Prepare for Jesus’ Return (Session 11 – Mark 13:24-37)
Jesus is on his way back to earth. He is returning in a personal and visible manner. When He returns, He will do so in great power and glory, having completed his redemptive mission and establishing His eternal kingdom. Although Bible-believing Christians may disagree on some details surrounding the end of the world, we can all agree on one thing: Jesus is coming back. The lesson for this week’s Explore the Bible looks at Jesus’ teachings about His return in the book of Mark. Allow me to remind you that the primary purpose of God’s teachings on end-time events is not simply to satisfy our curiosity about what will happen at the end of the world.
As you read through Mark 13, keep an eye out for exhortations such as “watch out,” “be on guard,” and “stay awake!” Please pay particular attention to the final verse of the chapter, in which Jesus stated, “And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Be alert!” (See v.
It is in this verse that the emphasis is placed.
1. Live in the light of His first coming.
Do you want to be well-prepared for Jesus’ second appearance on the scene? Then live as if His first coming was significant. Jesus used parables to communicate about His return. Luke 19:11-27 has a story of a nobleman who journeyed to a distant land in order to become king. When this nobleman summoned 10 of his slaves, he handed each of them a mina (coin) and instructed them to “engage in my business until I return” (v. 13). When the nobleman returned as king after an unknown amount of time, he called upon his slaves to give an account of their fidelity to him.
Another servant, on the other hand, had done nothing.
His error was that he did not act on the principles that he promised to uphold.
He declared something about his master but did not live up to his profession, and as a result, he was disqualified from receiving his award (vv. 21-23). When Jesus returns, those who confess Christ as Lord and live their lives in accordance with their profession will be rewarded greatly.
2. Be discerning.
In Mark 13, Jesus warns His followers twice about being led astray by false claims: “Be on the lookout that no one deceives you. ” and “Be on the lookout that no one deceives you. ” False prophets will appear and produce miracles and wonders in order to mislead, if at all possible, the elect” (vv. 5-6,21-22). “Now, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him. Do not allow anybody to mislead you in any way,” Paul admonished the church (2 Thess. 2:1-3). There is a recurring warning in the Bible: take caution when listening to individuals who profess to know everything about the end times, and avoid those who resort to date fixing end time occurrences.
3. Accept the uncertainties.
“However, neither the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father, knows what day or hour it will be. ” Watch! Keep your eyes peeled! Because you have no way of knowing when the time will come” (Mark 13:32-33). If Jesus was willing not to know the day or the hour, then we should refrain from making assumptions about them. Allow yourself to be satisfied with “no one knows. just the Father.”
4. Don’t lose hope.
Titus was reminded by Paul that Jesus’ first coming provided redemption, and that it also informs us on how to live “sensible, righteous, and godly” lives in our current day. It is our “glad hope”—the expectancy of Jesus’ return—that motivates us to act in this manner (Titus 2:11-13).
5. Encourage one another.
When the Bible promises that “the Lord will descend from heaven with a shout,” it is immediately followed by the command: “Therefore encourage one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). (1 Thess. 4:18). It is repeated in 1 Thessalonians 5:2 that “the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night,” and the encouragement is repeated: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up” (v. 11). The teachings of Scripture regarding the second coming are not provided to fulfill our own obsession with future events, but rather so that the body of Christ may be encouraged by the promises.
6. Live as if today was the day.
It is possible that the delay in Jesus’ coming will tempt us to become complacent if we are not watchful. The knowledge that He may come at any time pushes us to live each day as if it were our last, in preparation for what really matters—for eternity.
7. Keep on doing the work Jesus left us to do.
The Lord forewarned of terrible events that would occur as the era came to a close, including persecution of Christians (Mark 13:7-9). Then He went on to say that nothing, not even persecution, should keep us from doing the one thing that is absolutely necessary: preaching the gospel to all countries (v. 10). When Jesus ascended into heaven, he gave his followers the following instructions: “But you will receive authority when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, as well as to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Two angels arrived and delivered the words that the church needs to hear today: “Why are you standing there staring towards heaven?” they inquired of the congregation.
Get ready for Jesus’ return by getting busy! (Verses 9-11) Mike Livingstone is a content editor for the Explore the Bible programs at Lifeway Christian Resources, where he has worked since 2003.
4 Practical Ways to Prepare for Christ’s Return
You have arrived to the following page: Four practical steps you may take to prepare for Christ’s return are outlined in this article. In honor of one of their sons’ homecoming from the war in Afghanistan, his parents hosted a celebration unlike any other you’ve ever witnessed. The presence of the soldier’s father was probably the most memorable feature of the celebration. Richard was an engineer who ticked all the boxes on his job description. He was considerably more likely to be seen than to be heard, and he would do anything to avoid being both if at all feasible.
- Richard was giddy with pride as he recounted his son’s acts of valor, which had “brought every one of his soldiers back safely to the family.” He displayed hand-crafted posters of his son’s battalion, identifying each member as he went along, which he displayed in his home.
- It had been a beautiful day.
- Everything that has gone wrong will be set right.
- Not a single one of God’s people will perish.
- “The Son of Man will come in the glory of Their Father with His angels, and then He will repay each person according to his actions,” says Matthew 16:27.
- To put it another way, we have work to do!
- Now let us consider four methods in which we might begin preparing for Christ’s Second Coming right now.
We Can Prepare by Recognizing Christ’s Passion and Patience
The grace of God, which brings salvation, has been revealed to all people, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age, looking forward to the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works, in the last days.
- Paul writes in Titus 2:11-14: The majority of people today do not have a complete understanding of the sort of person Jesus was.
- “Some believe it was John the Baptist, some believe it was Elijah, and still others believe it was Jeremiah or one of the prophets,” they responded (verse 14).
- The fact is that if Jesus had been as quiet as He is frequently depicted, He would never have been mistaken for such folks.
- A large number of Jews were preparing for the Passover Feast in Jerusalem, which was jam-packed with them.
- Seeing His Father’s emissaries take advantage of people, Jesus was filled with righteous fury that we do not see anywhere else in the Bible (verses 15-16).
- By whipping the animals, vendors, and moneychangers out of the temple court, He turned their tables over and spilled their coins all over the ground.
- It was He who accused the priests of converting His Father’s house into a “house of commerce” (ESV).
When Jesus heard that dishonest priests were defaming the temple of God, he couldn’t stand it any longer. His passion for the house of the Lord reminded the disciples of David’s zeal for the house of the Lord, which is mentioned in Psalm 69:9, which they had read earlier.
- What is it in Jesus’ enthusiasm that points to God’s majesty? Look for passages in the Bible that include the words “zeal” or “zealous” by using a Bible concordance. What is it that they believe Christians should be fanatical about
- And why does Jesus appear to be waiting to judge the world? (See also Romans 2:4 and 2 Peter 3:8-9) How does His patience offer you reason to be hopeful?
I cry out to You, Lord, as the great Judge who preserves justice and kindness throughout the world. You will bring forth justice and annihilate evil when the moment is appropriate. When the time comes, Your truth will be broadcast throughout the entire globe. God, I put my faith in You to avenge me. Thank You for relieving me of the obligation of bringing about final justice. I shall make every effort to live in harmony with everyone, knowing that retribution is Yours. I put my faith in Your time, Your strength, and Your promises, Lord.
Your fervor for righteousness is unquenchable, yet You are patient with sinners, patiently waiting for their repentance.
We Can Prepare by Reflecting Christ’s Servanthood
He who is the greatest among you should be treated as the youngest, and he who leads should be treated as the one who serves. Who is more important: the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? Isn’t he the one who takes a seat at the table? Nonetheless, I am present among you as the One who serves. Luke 22:26-27 (KJV) In order to demonstrate Christ’s humility when He came to earth, Paul provided one piece of evidence: He adopted “the shape of a bondservant” (Philippians 2:7). Between humility and service, there is a spiritual relationship that must be acknowledged.
- (Mark 10:45).
- In reality, there is a hierarchy of promotion: servanthood comes first, followed by sainthood (Matthew 20:26-27; 23:11).
- The pyramid, on the other hand, is reversed in the kingdom of God; the leader is now at the bottom, serving as the main servant of everyone else.
- Your gaze is drawn away from yourself and onto others whom you have dedicated yourself to serve.
As Paul said before to his presentation of Christ and His humility, “let everyone of you see others as better than himself in lowliness of mind.” Make it a point for everyone of you to look out not just for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.” -A Study Guide for A Life Beyond Amazing
- What do you make of the following verses as they relate to establishing Christlike humility?
- 1 John 3:16-18
- Romans 12:3, 16
- James 4:10
- Psalm 119:22-24
- Matthew 5:38-42
- Luke 18:16
- Luke 22:26-27
- 1 John 3:16-18
- One method to serve God is to help others by identifying a need and addressing it on their behalf. Inquire of God to reveal a specific need that you can address
- Would you be willing to deliver a dinner to someone who is getting medical treatment or suffering from a long-term illness? Is there a single mother in your community that might need some assistance with yard work? Perhaps you could help out at a local school, a hospital, a nursing home, or a food bank.
- How can studying humility assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the Lord? What role does His servanthood play in revealing His majesty?
We Can Prepare by Revering Christ’s Honor and Glory
Let honor and grandeur, dominion and power be given to God our Savior, who alone is wise, for He is able to protect you from stumbling and to present you faultless in the presence of His glory with wonderful delight in the now and in the future to come. Amen Jude 24 and 25 When our souls are confronted with the imponderable, it is at these times that we require the Lord’s help the most. When we are faced with difficulties that we are unable to overcome, we may begin to wonder whether we are the only ones who have ever questioned God’s existence.
The prophet Habakkuk was a guy who had doubts about God’s existence.
By the time you get to the end of the book, Habakkuk has gone from wondering to worshiping, which is one of the most amazing passages in all of Scripture.
Habakkuk’s devotion transcends the circumstances in which he finds himself.
And where does he get the internal fortitude necessary to move from tragedy to success in only three short chapters? Habakkuk grasped a profound truth: you worship the One in whom you have faith, and you have faith in the One whom you know. -My Heart’s Desire study guide for the novel
- Take a look at the book of Habakkuk. Is there anything that stands out to you about Habakkuk’s path from why to wonder to worship? Listen to worship songs and meditate on Scripture that will heighten your sense of God’s grandeur and awe.
We Can Prepare by Remembering Christ’s Promises of Heaven
As a bride adorned for her husband, the holy city of New Jerusalem descended from heaven to meet me, John, on the day of Pentecost in the year of our Lord. A loud voice from heaven said to me, “Behold, the tabernacle of God has come down among mankind; He will live among them, and they will be His people.” God himself will be among them and will serve as their God and their protector. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying in the world again.
- Consider the case of two persons who lived just across the street from one another.
- His favorite thing to do on such evenings was to sit on his porch and ponder about paradise.
- However, the man’s next-door neighbor never considered going to paradise.
- These two guys lived on the same street, yet they were from two very different worlds.
- Which of the two men have the most fulfilling life?
- Which of these individuals occupied himself with uplifting acts of goodness?
- It’s not difficult to guess.
- Heaven on our minds preserves hope in our hearts and the Gospel in our tongues as we go about our day.
- We will never find enduring happiness on this planet if we continue to look for it. What reason(s) do you think Ecclesiastes 3:11 is trying to tell us? The resurrection of Christ is presented in First Corinthians 15 as a fundamental truth of Christianity and as the foundation of our hope. Learn more about the Resurrection of Christ by reading this chapter and explaining it in your own words.
Attempting to obtain long-term happiness on this planet will result in disappointment. Why do you think Ecclesiastes 3:11 is so important? The resurrection of Christ is presented in First Corinthians 15 as a fundamental truth of Christianity and as the foundation of our optimism. Learn more about the Resurrection of Christ by reading this chapter and explaining it in your own words;
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When it comes to how end-time Christians should live and prepare for Christ’s coming, the Bible is replete with guidelines. Because it is not all in one location, we must go out of our way to find it. First and foremost, we should be prepared as if Jesus were to appear today, since we never know when it could be our final day on this planet to live. “.Give diligence to make your calling and election certain: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for an abundant entrance shall be ministered unto you into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” “.Give diligence to make your calling and election certain: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus 2 Peter 1:10–11 (New International Version) Asking Jesus to cover us with His righteousness and fill us with His Holy Spirit may be done on a daily basis by praying to Him.
God’s children, according to John, are individuals who have the confidence of salvation today while also acknowledging the need to grow in character as their days are prolonged: It is not yet clear what kind of sons of God we will be; but, we know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is.” “Beloved, now that we are God’s sons, it is not yet clear what kind of people we will be.” And every man who has placed his trust in Him purifies himself in the same way that He is pure.” 1 John 3:2–3 is a biblical passage.
As explained by the apostle Peter, the current lives of all individuals who believe in the Second Coming of Jesus, even if He does not arrive within their lifetime, are as follows: Because all of these things will be destroyed, what kind of people should you strive to be in all of your pure speech and godliness, as you await and hasten the coming of the day of God, when the heavens will be consumed by fire and the elements will melt with fervent heat?
- Nevertheless, we look forward to new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will reign, as promised by God.
- 2 Peter 3:10–14 is a passage of scripture.
- The first Christians hoped and prayed that Jesus would return in their lifetime.
- Mark 13:35–36 is a passage of Scripture.
- Luke 21:34–35 is a passage of Scripture.
Observe how the farmer patiently awaits the valuable fruit of the land, which he will not obtain until he receives both the early and late rains, as shown in this illustration. Be patient, and strengthen your hearts, since the day of the Lord is drawing near.” 5:7–8; James 5:7–8
7 Ways to be Prepared for Jesus’ Second Coming — Elevate
What is it about us that we can’t seem to catch a break? I had hoped that 2020 would be a marked improvement over 2019, but then came the Covid-19 virus, which essentially brought the entire globe to a grinding halt, followed by the violence and hatred that we continue to witness across the world. It just seems like these occurrences are becoming more regular and more terrible as time goes on, year after year. I understand that many of us are worried, that many of us are being laid off from our jobs, and that many of us are uncertain about the future, but as a believer in God, I want to remind you that God is in control even during difficult times like these.
- So, here are seven ways in which we might prepare for these difficult times and, eventually, the return of our Lord and Savior.
- When this nobleman summoned 10 of his employees, he handed each of them a sum of money and instructed them to “invest more into my kingdom till I return.” As a result, the monarch left some money in the hands of his 10 servants, allowing them to invest and expand his realm.
- The first two servants made a cumulative profit of 15 times higher than the second two servants.
- He obtained the money and kept it hidden, never ever using it to further the expansion of the empire.
- He claimed to labor and to follow his King, but he did not live up to his vocation, and as a result, he was denied his prize.
- Let us conduct our lives in accordance with Jesus’ example, filled with love and enthusiasm for the Gospel and for others.
- In Mark 13, Jesus cautioned His disciples against being misled by false claims, saying, “Be on the lookout that no one deceives you.” False prophets will spring up and produce miracles and wonders in order to deceive, if at all possible, even God’s own people into believing their lies.
Even though the Bible contains accounts of events that lead us to believe that we are living in the end times, we must exercise caution when individuals begin to predict the specific day and time of Jesus’ second coming.
Realistically speaking, even though we as Christians have the Bible as our basis and direction for life, we truly live in a state of uncertainty about our destiny on this planet.
I understand that accepting the uncertainties of life is difficult, but doing so helps us to put our faith in God even more.
“For I know the plans I have incomparably you,” declares the Lord.
This is one of my favorite Bible verses because it serves as a constant reminder to me that God’s plans are much superior to anything I could ever devise.
As a result, in 1 Timothy 4:16, after the explanation and promise of Jesus’ second coming, there is a command: “Therefore encourage one another with these words.” The teachings of Scripture regarding the second coming were not provided to us to fulfill our own interest with future events, but rather so that we, as followers of Jesus who are looking forward to His imminent return, can encourage one another with promises and hope in the days ahead.
If we are not careful, the delay in the return of Jesus will tempt us to become complacent in our faith.
In Mark 13, Jesus forewarns of difficult events that would occur as the end of the world draws closer, including persecution of Christians.
Then He went on to say that nothing, not even persecution, should keep us from doing the one thing that is absolutely necessary: spreading the Gospel to all countries.
The First Coming…Preparation for the Second Coming
“We argue that the two circumstances stated by the prophets regarding Christ correspond to the same number of advents,” says the author. To begin, he had to be a victim of his own birth. He was born to be herded around and slaughtered like a sheep. Now, these manifestations of humility are consistent with His First Coming. The elements of His grandeur, on the other hand, are reserved for His Second Advent.” The year is 207 AD, and Tertullian is writing. The prophets of the Old Testament predicted that the Word of God would become like us, would take on a body similar to ours, and would join Himself to us in a way that is beyond our understanding.
- A boy has been born to us, according to Isaiah 9:6 in the Holy Book.
- And He carries the burden of the law on His shoulders.
- He was born as a boy, to the Virgin Mary, and raised as a son of the Virgin Mary.
- The shepherds received excellent news of this wonderful birth from a swarm of celestial angels, who announced that a Savior had been born in their midst.
- The Magi traveled a long distance to pay their respects to the baby Lord Jesus.
- “I will not lie down upon my bed,” says Psalm 132:3-5 in the Holy Book.
- He wished to be able to predict the location of the Lord’s birth.
- We came across it amid the woods’ fields of grain.
- If the “God of Jacob” is descended from a woman, then the holy Virgin is unquestionably known as the “Mother of God,” according to another interpretation of this text.
- “God will arrive from Teman, and the Holy One will come from Mount Paran,” says the prophet.
- According to Origen, the two living things mentioned in this line are the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, respectively.
Because it is declared of the Son that ‘no one knows the Father save the Son, and he to whom the Son will disclose him.’ (John 14:6) In the same way, when Paul says, “God has revealed them to us by His Holy Spirit; because the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God,” he is saying that God has revealed them to us by His Holy Spirit (Origen, On First Principles 1.3.4; ANF 4:253).
- “In Zechariah, Christ is depicted in a double garment, which prefigures His comings,” says Tertullian in c.
- The first thing that caught my eye was that He was dressed in’sordid clothes,’ which reflects the lowliness of changing and mortal flesh.
- This signifies the beginning of the Second Advent.” Although the Church has long anticipated the First Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is also a sincere believer in the anticipation of the Second Coming.
- Basil’s Divine Liturgy, which is in accordance with the teachings of the New Testament, affirm the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, as we commemorate His Holy Passion, His Resurrection from the dead, His Ascension into the Heavens, His sitting at Your right hand, O Father, and His Second Coming from the Heavens, awesome and full of glory, we offer unto You Your gifts from what is Yours, for everything, concerning everything, and in everything,” we pray in the Institution Narrative of the Divine Liturgy.
- The Glorious Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ is documented in the New Testament, just as the Old Testament promised that the First Coming would be followed by the Second Coming, and the future actuality of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is confirmed in the New Testament.
- “According to the Scriptures, there will be two comings of our Lord and Savior,” says Hippolytus in the year 200.
- It is predicted that His second coming would be spectacular, as He will descend from Heaven with an army of angels,” explains the Bible.
- Paul wrote in the Holy Book of Titus 2:12-14.
- “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and those who pierced Him will also see Him,” says the Bible’s Book of Revelation 1:7.
- 197, referring to the presence of the Lord.
- He is the last Adam, but He is also the first and most important Word.
Because He will be identified even by those who wounded His body.” The conception of the Lord Jesus Christ not only fulfilled the birth of the Word and His dwelling among us, but it also marked the beginning of the Lord Jesus Christ’s First Coming, in which the Lord Jesus Christ affirmed His mission, which was to prepare us for His Second Coming, for the entire history of mankind.
Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyous celebration of the Nativity, as well as a rekindling of the hope of restoration via our Lord Jesus Christ’s Second Coming on this joyous day. Bishop Youssef of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States, H.G. Bishop Youssef Source:
How Can We Prepare for the Return of Christ?
This will be a basic introduction to the subject of biblical prophecy. What is the best way to study and understand the numerous prophesies found in the Bible? Instead of focusing on the possible function of a prophet in our time (there are many who claim to be prophets today), or on the gift of prophecy referred to in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, which is an important study in its own right, this course will focus on prophecies spoken in the Bible and how to respond to them. What criteria do we use to evaluate prophecy according to the Bible?
- If this is the case, we must not only pay great attention to what is being stated, but we must also refer back to the Bible in order to balance and analyze these assertions.
- When this did not occur, he shifted the date to September of 1989 to make up for it.
- In this case, biblical prophecy has not been fully understood or heeded, as has occurred recently.
- “No one, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, nor anyone else, but only the Father, knows what day and what hour it is” (Matt.
- Then, just a few lines later, Jesus said, “The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not anticipate” (v.
- In addition, while most forecasters of the time of Christ’s return do not specify the day and hour (although some have done so), they do specify the season; yet, this does not prevent them from going against Jesus’ instructions.
- Jesus cautioned against anyone who would do such a thing “‘Lo, there!’ or ‘Lo, here!’ will be said to you by someone.
For just as lightning bursts across the sky, illuminating the entire expanse from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day ” (Luke 17:23-24).
24:24; Mark 13:22).
24:3); but, he also makes it apparent that His return will be unexpected.
24:42; also 25:13).
He who came in the flesh two thousand years ago will return in the same manner as he did before.
According to Titus 2:13, Paul speaks of “waiting for our wonderful hope, the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”; while Peter encourages believers to “set your trust totally upon the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:13).
- 1:7, 8, 10).
- Excitedly anticipating According to the New Testament, one of the most frequent attitudes of Christian believers is one of eager anticipation.
- ‘Our citizenship is in heaven,’ Paul writes to the Philippians, “from whence also we eagerly await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (3:20 nasb).
- Furthermore, when Christ returns, “He will convert our humble body into something like His beautiful body” (v.
- This is a fantastic proposition, to be sure!
- 1:7 nasb).
And thus it continues to be: the spiritual presence of Christ through the gifts (and, of course, in many other ways) is only a foretaste of the revelation that is still to come, despite all of its wonder.
Hebrews 9:28 is just another Scripture text, among many, that speaks to the subject of eager waiting.
Salvation in the future no longer refers to one’s original salvation from sin, but rather to the totality of benefits in Christ, which will be accomplished when He comes back.
1:10 of Jesus as He “who delivers us from the wrath to come,” a wrath to be poured out on a sinful and disobedient human race).
Surely, our current state of anticipation must be one of eager expectation!
Delighting in Christ’s appearance Another great New Testament element is the fact that He is not only eagerly awaiting His appearance, but also loves it when He does.
4:8, also nasb).
Perhaps you have family members who live in a different nation than you do.
You adore their appearance; how much more so will Christ our Lord and Savior be adored when He returns?
Developing a sense of patience Ah, certainly, eagerly anticipating and adoring His appearance, but also practising patience in the meantime.
It is not always easy to patiently await the Lord’s return; at times, it may feel as if there is an unending period of time between now and then.
In this case, however, Peter reminds us that “do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”; furthermore, the Lord’s presumed delay is not a failure in His promise to return, but rather a period of time during which “all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:8-9).
The day of salvation will be over when He returns, so let our longing for His coming be mingled with compassion for those who have yet to find Him in this life.
Let us hear from John for a moment: “Remain in him so that when he arrives, we may face him with confidence rather than fearing him or feeling embarrassed by his presence.
Will we be prepared when the Lord comes back?
Consider this: the Lord who comes is holy and pure; will we meet Him in our unholiness and impurity of life, or will we meet Him in our holiness and purity of heart?
If we are struggling and pursuing holiness and purity in our lives, we will not be ashamed when the Lord appears in His glory.
Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:1-2 niv.
We are not only to anticipate the Lord’s return with bated breath and prepare ourselves as best we can for his coming.
Regardless matter how eager we are for the Lord’s coming, we are not to spend our time staring into the skies; rather, we are to get on with the business of testifying, desiring (which is first and foremost the Lord’s goal) that all people come to repentance and redemption.
When studying prophecy from the Book, the most certain thing to conclude is that Christ will return.
However, just as He came in the Incarnation, Jesus will return in the Consummation of all things with same certainty.
J. Rodman Williams, Ph.D. has copyright protection for the year 2003. Permission has been granted to use. Originally offered as “Prophecy by the Book,” a series of eight speeches on prophecy delivered at CBN by Dr. J. Rodman Williams, originally titled “Prophecy by the Book.”