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 and the King of kings, 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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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”?
. . .
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.
HEBREWS 9:28 ESV
until Christ returns.
It is for the final act
in the great drama
that the church
awaits with longing.
What Does the Bible
Say About Jesus' Return?
How many times is the return of Jesus
talked about in the Bible?
George Sweeting answers this question well,
and we've broken down his explanation
into a visual format for you in this graphic.
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.
For as the
in the east
and shines to the west,
so it will be
Son of Man comes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The end of
and of sober mind
you may pray.
Let me start, however, with a word of caution. In discussing this matter and examining Paul’s words, we will not agree upon a specific interpretation. In other words, you might think Paul is saying Jesus will return imminently. I might think that his return is not imminent. What we need to agree upon, however, is this: Jesus Christ will return. As long as we affirm with the Apostles’ Creed that Jesus Christ will “return again to judge the living and the dead,” we can disagree on exactly how that will take place. So our interpretation of this passage [2 Thessalonians 2] is not a matter that decides whether someone is a Christian. Christians have different views and perspectives about the second coming of Christ, and as long as we affirm that he will come, we should be open and honest about these various views.
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.
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.
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.
This message, preached many years ago, exhorts us from Matthew 25, where 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.
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.
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.”
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!
“The recurring theme
of Scripture concerning the
second coming is to be ready,
and Scripture is not silent
on how to prepare.”