THE SECOND COMING
We have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge“.
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” Revelation 22:12
The second coming is soon. In fact, Jesus promised His disciples that He would come again. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
“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.” Matthew 25:34
Existence of the general judgment
- Few truths are more often or more clearly proclaimed in Scripture than that of the general judgment. To it the prophets of the Old Testament refer when they speak of the “Day of the Lord” (Joel 3:4; Ezekiel 13:5; Isaiah 2:12), in which the nations will be summoned to judgment. The Savior Himself not only foretells the event but graphically portrays its circumstances. Matthew 24:27; 25:31
- “He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead” Nicene Creed. Several Fathers of the first four centuries advanced the theory of a thousand years’ terrestrial reign of Christ with the saints to precede the end of the World
- Justice demands that, in order to form a proper estimate of the good or bad actions of all, a general judgment should take place. Not only that rewards and punishments should await us in the next life but that they should be awarded by a public and general judgment.
Signs that are to precede the general judgment
The Second Coming, however, is a climax of what God is doing with the world to prepare it for Christ’s millennial kingdom. The Second Coming of Christ is preceded by a number of world-shaking events that must occur before Christ can return.
The Scriptures mention certain events which are to take place before the final judgment. These predictions were meant to keep the end of the world present to the minds of Christians.
Here are seven signs of the last judgment:
General preaching of the Christian religion
Concerning this sign the Savior says: “And this gospel of the kingdom, shall be preached in the whole world, for a testimony to all nations, and then shall the consummation come”. Matthew 24:14
Conversion of the Jews
“That blindness in part has happened in Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles should come in. And so all Israel should be saved as it is written: There shall come out of Sion, he that shall deliver, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob”. Romans 11:25-26
A Great Apostasy
There first must come a revolt or apostasy. The Fathers and interpreters understand by this revolt a great reduction in the number of the faithful through the abandonment of the Christian religion by many nations. “But yet the Son of man, when He cometh, shall He find, think you, faith on earth?”. Luke 18:8
The Reign of Antichrist
Paul indicates as another sign of the day of the Lord, the revelation of the son of perdition, “The man of sin” 2 Thessalonians 2:3 “it is the last hour, and as you have heard that Antichrist is coming.” 1 John 2:18. There will arise a powerful adversary of Christ, who will seduce the nations by his wonders, and persecute the Church.
Extraordinary Unnatural Disturbances of Nature
The judgment will be preceded by unwonted and terrifying disturbances of the physical universe Matthew 24:29; Luke 21:25-26. The wars, pestilences, famines, and earthquakes are foretold.
A Universal Conflagration
A general conflagration will not annihilate the present creation, but will change its form and appearance (2 Peter 3:10-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; Revelation 3:3; 16:15). Natural science shows the possibility of such a catastrophe in the ordinary course of events; yet this origin will be entirely miraculous.
The Trumpet of Resurrection
A voice or trumpet will awaken the dead to resurrection: “in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye … a trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:52; (1 Thessalonians 4:15; John 5:28) “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:30 There will be an appearance in the sky of the Cross on which the Savior died or else of a wonderful cross of light.
Circumstances accompanying the general judgment
The Disciples asked the Savior, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” He answered: “It is not for you to know the times or moments, which the Father hath put in His own power” Acts 1:6-7. The uncertainty of the Day of Judgment is continually urged by Christ as an incentive to vigilance. The day of the Lord will come “as a thief” (Matthew 24:42-43), like lightning suddenly appearing (Matthew 24:27), like a snare (Luke 21:34), as the Deluge (Matthew 24:37).
Place of the Judgment
All the texts in which mention is made of the Second Coming imply clearly that the general judgment will take place on the earth. “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them” Joel 3:1, 2. According to Jewish tradition, the Valley of Jehoshaphat is that part of the Kidron Valley lying between the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives. The name Jehoshaphat means “Jehovah is Judge.”
The coming of the Judge
At the Second Coming Christ will appear in the heavens, seated on a cloud and surrounded by the angelic hosts (Matthew 16:27; 24:30; 25:31). The angels will minister to the Judge by bringing all before Him (Matthew 24:31). The elect will aid Christ in a judicial capacity (1 Corinthians 6:2). The lives of the just will in themselves be a condemnation of the wicked (Matthew 21:41), whose punishment they will publicly approve.
Those to be judged
All men, both good and bad, will appear in the judgment to give an account of their deeds. The sentence pronounced will have a corresponding effect on the angels because they have exercised a certain influence over the fortunes of men.
Object of the judgment
The judgment will embrace all works, good or bad, forgiven as well as unforgiven sins, every idle word (Matthew 12:36), every secret thought: “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God”. 1 Corinthians 4:5
Form of the judgment
In the last judgment the conduct and deserts of each individual will be made plain not only to his own conscience but to the knowledge of the assembled world. No words will be spoken in the judgment, but that in one instant, through a Divine illumination, each creature will thoroughly understand his own moral condition and that of every fellow creature. Romans 2:15
Results of the general judgment
With the fulfillment of the sentence pronounced in the last judgment, the human race will attain its final destiny: “When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 1 Peter 5:4
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” Philippians 3:20
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17 (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
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