The Second Coming of Christ
Beginning Bible Studies, Lesson 14 of 15
Jesus is coming again! This is clearly taught in the New Testament. "In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:2,3).
WHEN IS CHRIST COMING AGAIN?
When is Christ coming again? Since the time that Jesus went to Heaven, men have tried to say when He will return. Yet the Bible clearly teaches that no man knows when Christ will return. "But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only" (Matthew 24:36).
When will Jesus come again? The angels in heaven do not know. Jesus did not even know. No man knows. Only God knows. We must not say when Jesus will return because we do not know. We only know that He will return. We must believe this! "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night" (1 Thessalonians 5:2).
The "day of the Lord" refers to the second coming of Christ. Christs second coming will be like a thief in the night. When does a thief steal? When you expect him to steal? No! A thief steals when he is not expected. So it will be with the second coming of Christ. Christ will come again when He is not expected.
HOW IS CHRIST COMING?
The apostles were told by the angels that Jesus would return the same way He went into Heaven. " Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye looking into heaven? this Jesus, who was received up from you into heaven shall so come in like manner as ye beheld him going into heaven" (Acts 1:11).
It was Jesus who went into Heaven. It is Jesus who will be coming from Heaven.
Some people teach that Jesus has already returned. They teach that He returned in 1914, but many did not see Him. This teaching is not what the Bible says. The Bible says, "Behold, he cometh with the clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they that pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn over him. Even so, Amen" (Revelation 1:7). Has Jesus returned yet? Have you seen Him? No! When Jesus comes again, every one will see Him. Those in the cities will see Him. Those in the villages will see Him. No one will miss seeing Him!
Again, we are told that when Christ returns He will be heard by everyone. "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first" (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
Just as everyone will see Christ, everyone will hear Him too. The "shout," "the archangels call," and the sound of the trumpet of God" all show the authority Christ has. They also show He has an important announcement to make.
WHY IS CHRIST COMING AGAIN?
The Bible gives several reasons why Christ is coming again. He is coming to raise the dead. Some people teach that the bad will never rise from the grave. Others teach that the good and bad will be raised at different times. But the Bible says: " the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment" (John 5:28,29).
All faithful, obedient Christians will meet Christ in the air. From there they will go to Heaven with Him. " For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).
When Christ comes again, He will deliver up the kingdom to God. He is not coming to set up the kingdom. The kingdom is already here. The kingdom is the church.
"Then cometh the end, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power" (1 Corinthians 15:24).
The world will be destroyed at the second coming of Christ. "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up" (2 Peter 3:10).
When Christ comes again, people will no longer live on the earth. The earth will be burned up by fire.
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