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What Is the Second Coming?

The Bible opens and closes with the same event—a voice crying out.
At the beginning of time, it shattered the darkness with, “Let there be light.”
At the end of time, this same voice will break into a slumbering world with a loud cry, and a trumpet blast.
Jesus, the hero of the Bible, will return to welcome God's people into an eternity with him, to punish evil once and for all, to judge the living and the dead, and to make all things new.

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The return of King Jesus

Like a prince pursuing his princess, the Lord Jesus will return to take his people home with him to live happily ever after, but will also judge his enemies.

Theme Verse
Hebrews 9:28 ESV

So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

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What Happens When Jesus Comes Back?

In The Chronicles of Narnia, a hopeful beaver speaks the profound words of a prophecy about the return of Aslan, the Great Lion and ruler of their world. And Mr. Beaver’s words ring true for every hopeful heart that has believed the story of the Bible and put their trust in our King, Jesus.

Wrong will be right,
when Aslan comes in sight,

At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth,
winter meets its death,

And when he shakes his mane,
we shall have spring again.
(C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

What if every wrong were made right—every unjust deed brought to true justice? What if there were a day when sorrows ceased—a day when you’d never have to say goodbye again? What if all that hardens your heart, frustrates you, and chills your attitude were banished from existence, so that it was always summer as the season of your soul? What if there were no more death, no more bidding farewell to good things, but instead, always, always life? What if all that’s sad and wrong were, as one author puts it, “to come untrue”?

What Happens at the Close of Our Story?

It feels like a fairytale, doesn’t it? We end all our fairytales this way. “And they lived happily ever after.” Why is that? Because we know the hope of a happy ending is not just the stuff of make believe—it’s our story (Revelation 21-22). We long for happy endings because a happy ending is what God created us for—it’s what’s coming.

But we forgot something which Mr. Beaver’s recitation included—The arrival of the King. We leave him out of our fairytales—except sometimes we do include him under the guise of the prince.

There is a close to our story—the story of this world—just like there’s a close to all other stories. It closes with the coming of our King (1 Thessalonians 4:16). He will close the chapter of this weary broken world and bring those who love and trust him into a new chapter—one that never ends and is far better than the first.

God has always planned for his visible Kingdom to be among us. But the only way to reunite heaven and earth was to restore rebellious hearts to a right relationship with him through a substitutionary sacrifice for our sin. Jesus, the King of kings and Son of God went to the cross “for the joy set before him”—to pay for the sins of all who will trust in him, and to give them new hearts that are ruled by His Spirit, who can enjoy his presence and loving relationship for all eternity (Hebrews 12:2). 

A Reckoning at the King’s Return

But all this beauty and delight and peace in the Bible and that Mr. Beaver speaks about are preceded by a reckoning and a roar. Before the Lion shakes his mane, he bares his teeth. So it will be with the true end of all things.

When the true King of Righteousness returns, all who have put their trust in him, who have humbly let him clothe them in his righteousness, who have lived in loyalty to him and obedience to his Word, and who have awaited his return in love—they shall “love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).

But so there will be many who have denied his existence, defied his Word, rejected his good news of free forgiveness, who will shake their fists and receive the due reward for rebelling against the King of kings (Revelation 19:11-15).

Evil will meet its death, and evil includes those who have refused to accept his cleansing and his reign in their lives. He promises to put away all that is not good, and to punish those who have contributed to the evil in the world by putting them outside his kingdom for an eternity in hell. When the King comes, he establishes his kingdom, but he also rids the world of tyrants and traitors (Revelation 20; 1 Corinthians 6:8-10; Matthew 7:21-23).

A Happy Ending for All Who Love the King

The curse, or “winter” as Lewis describes it, that lies over our world will be lifted and replaced with the glories of the new Creation. The end of the story will start just like the beginning—no death, no pain, no tears, just life on earth delighting in God’s presence and his gifts (Revelation 21:4). When the King comes, will you recognize him? Will you be looking for him? Will you love his appearing?

He wants you to come into his kingdom (Revelation 3:20; Romans 10:9; Acts 4:12). Do you know you need his mercy, his forgiveness, his righteousness, and his love? He is ready to welcome you in, if you will bow your heart before him and ask him to help you love him with the love he is worthy of.

by Bibles.net

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YOUR BIBLE

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He ascended to heaven
and is seated
at the right hand
of the Father.

He will come again
with glory
to judge the living
and the dead.

His kingdom
will never end.

What Is the Second Coming?
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Redemptive history
remains incomplete
until Christ returns.
It is for the final act
in the great drama
of redemption
that the church
awaits with longing.

Robert Mounce
Verse
Revelation 1:4-7 ESV

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

Article: 15 Min

What Is the
Book of Revelation
About?

"The revelation of Jesus Christ”
must be the lens through which
we
 look at “the things that must
soon take place."

by Frank, a Friend of Bibles.net

Messages: 47 Min

The Coming of the Lord

by Alistair Begg

Video: 4 Min
by Andrew Peterson,
performed by Fellowship Church
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For as the
lightning
flashes
in the east
and shines to the west,
so it will be
when the
Son of Man comes.

Matthew 24:26-28 NLT
Video: 4 Min
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When Jesus Comes Back, Whose Side Will You Be On?

by C.S. Lewis in his book "The Case for Christianity"

Well, Christians think he [God] is going to land in force; we do not know when. But we can guess why he is delaying. He wants to give us the chance of joining his side freely...

God will invade. But I wonder whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our world quite realize what it will be like when he does.

When that happens, it is the end of the world. When the author walks on to the stage the play is over.

God is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on his side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else—something it never entered your head to conceive—comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left?

For this time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. It will be too late then to choose your side. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up.

That will not be the time for choosing; it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized it before or not.

Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last for ever. We must take it or leave it.

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The first time
[Christ] came
to slay sin in men.
The second time
he will come
to slay men in sin.

Verse
Revelation 19:11-16 ESV

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.

His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.

And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses.

From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron.

He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

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Maranatha

by Dalton Thomas
Verse
John 5:28-29 ESV

Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.

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The Lion and the Lamb

by Big Daddy Weave
Article: 7 Min

The Coming
of Jesus
in Our Midst

by Dietrich Bonhoeffer at Plough

Verse
Philippians 2:9-11 NIV

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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2nd Coming

by Flame feat. Shai Linne
Messages: 44 Min

Living with One Foot Raised

by Beau Hughes

When Is Jesus Coming Back?

Chill & Relaxing

Soon

by Hillsong UNITED
Verse
Acts 17:31 ESV

Because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.

When is Jesus coming back
Video: 3 Min
Verse
Mark 13:28-29 ESV

From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

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How Do You Think About Jesus' Return?

by Kent Hughes

Brothers and sisters, the coming of Christ is near. The ultimate epiphany is just around the corner. If we think otherwise, we tragically impoverish our souls. Most Christians think little of Christ’s return, or if they do think about the day they will see Christ, they associate it with the day of their death. This is a proper hope, but death is not a pleasant thing, and thus the expectation of seeing Christ is mixed with a certain fear of the dark veil. But it is not so with his second coming. It is all joy! And that singular joy is meant to be a boon [a blessing] to our souls.

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The end of
all things

is near.
Therefore
be alert

and of sober mind
so that
you may pray.

1 Peter 4:7 NIV
Are You Ready for Jesus to Return?
Verse
Titus 2:11-14 NIV

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

Quote

Learn to wait,
because he has
promised to come.

Article: 40 Min

The Ten Virgins

In Matthew 25, Jesus tells
a parable about ten virgins
waiting for their groom,
to help us think about whether
we are ready for the day
he returns.
This sermon, preached
many years ago, engagingly
challenges us today
as it explains Jesus' parable.

by Robert Murray McCheyne at Monergism

Contemporary

Burn for You

by Rivers & Robots feat. David Brymer
Verse
Luke 21:34-36 ESV

But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.

Article: 7 Min

7 Ways to
Prepare for
Jesus’ Return

“The recurring theme
of Scripture concerning the
second coming is to be ready,
and Scripture is not silent
on how to prepare.”

by Mike Livingstone
at Explore the Bible

Contemporary

Carry My Soul

by Phil Wickham
Video: 8 Min
by Greg Laurie at Harvest
Verse
Luke 12:16-21 NLT

Then he told them a story:

“A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops. He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’

Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods. And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”

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Quote

To “be ready”
for Christ’s return (Matthew 24:44)
is to be faithfully
obeying him
in the present,
actively engaged
in whatever work
he has called us to do.

70’s | 80’s | 90’s

To Obey Is Better Than Sacrifice

by Keith Green
Article: 7 Min

The Swift and
Sudden Coming
of the Lord Jesus

The following article is
a reflection on a single verse
in Revelation about the coming
of the Lord Jesus.
It's written by Horatius Bonar,
a Scottish hymn-writer
from the 1800s. 

by Horatius Bonar, adapted by Bibles.net

Contemporary

The King Is Coming

by Newsboys
Verse
2 Peter 3:11-12 ESV

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!

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