The Second Coming of Christ is the consistent theme of the Bible.
In the New Testament, 1 out of 25 verses deals with the Lord's return, that is 318 times.
It is mentioned in every NT books except Galatians and the very short books such as 2 & 3 John and Philemon.
It occupies a prominent place in the Old Testament as well. Most of the OT prophecies are about the Second Coming of Christ to rule as King of kings.
Jesus Himself spoke a lot about His return. That's why the early disciples were fully convinced and waited eagerly for His return.
Titus 2:13 "looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesu"
It is a blessed hope, i.e. a happy hope!
1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
It is a purifying hope, i.e. a hope that motivates us to live a holy and obedient life for heaven's and eternity's sake.
We don't know when is the exact date of Jesus' return, but we do know that it is very soon, sudden and surprising.
Many Christians have taken things for granted, living life as if there is no heaven, no hell, and no eternity.
But there is heaven, there is hell, there is eternity, and Jesus is indeed coming back!
The question is, are you prepared for His soon coming? If He returns today, right now, are you ready to meet Him?
Not all Christians agree on the details of the end time events, especially in regards to the sequence and timing.
Don't be lost in these minor differences, instead focus on the major agreement and live by it.
7 Great Events of His Return:
1. Rapture of the Church
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Be watchful! Make sure there is nothing that will hold you down and miss the rapture.
2. Judgement Seat of Christ
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
This is the judgement of the believers' work, not about salvation but about service.
Be faithful! Your labour is not in vain in the Lord!
3. Great Tribulation
Matthew 24:15-22 Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place ( let the reader understand), 16 then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17 Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house. 18 Whoever is in the field must not turn back to get his cloak. 19 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20 But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath. 21 For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22 Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.
Be loyal! Fear not, love the Lord your God above all else.
4. Christ's Return on Earth
Revelation 1:7 Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen.
Zechariah 14:4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.
Be joyful! Christ is coming back in His kingly glory and awesome splendor.
5. Millennium Reign of Christ
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
Be prepared! Christ the King is training you to reign with Him.
6. Great White Throne
Revelation 20:11-15 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Be ready! Preach the gospel in season and out of season. By all means save some!
7. New Heaven and New Earth
Revelation 21:1-7 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." 5 And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true." 6 Then He said to me, "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost." 7 "He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son."
Be hopeful! Looking forward to that day when there will be no more death and sorrow, no more tears and pains, the day of eternal blessing with Christ.
Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.