6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: When Christ returns to take control

“Christ Returns To Earth”

Acts 1:6-11

Ever since that day people have been discussing the Second Coming, the day in which Jesus once again sets foot on the earth.

And notice how Jesus left; bodily, physically, and visibly.

In the 14th chapter of Zechariah the prophet predicted that Christ foot would first touch the earth at the Mount of Olives. That is the exact place He left from.

So Jesus is coming back in the same way to the same place.

The first time he came was the same as we all came only His was much more humble.

He was born of His mother, grew up as a child like all of us, and He left this world at an

early age a King.

This time He returns as He left but with much more fanfare than when He came the first

time. Because this time when He returns as King it is to set up God’s Kingdom on earth.

Revelation 19:11-16

Notice how John describes Jesus as a fierce warrior executing judgment on those who

have rejected Him.

A much different Jesus than when He came the first time as the Lamb of God to save and

take away the sins of the world.

He comes riding on a white stallion, which has always been the symbol of conquest.

Illustration: Western Heroes.

And when He comes this time every single eye will see Him and those eyes will see the

scars in His hands from the nails where He hung on the cross.

And those eyes will see the scar from the sword that pierced His side and the scars from

the beatings He received during the crucifixion.

And the eyes of Jesus will flash vengeance as He righteously judges those who

slaughtered His people.

And He will be faithful to every promise and warning that is written in God’s Word.

In verse 13 we are told that He is wearing a white robe but that it is stained with blood.

The blood of His enemies which fulfills what Isaiah had seen in a vision. Isaiah 63:1-4

In verse 16 we read that written on His robe is “King Of Kings And Lord Of Lords”.

This is not to inform, people will know who He is, this is written to honor Him.

To all the great and famous leaders be it kings, presidents, governors, generals or

whatever the title past and present there are none with the greatness of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 19:17-21

The hardness of men’s hearts now reaches an all time high as everyone who opposes

Christ’s return joins forces against Him.

And upon Christ’s return the Antichrist and the False Prophet are immediately judged and

cast into the lake of fire.

In other words the evil of these two is so great that they are sent immediately to begin

their punishment.

Then Christ will judge all of those still alive on earth who have rejected Him.

Jesus spoke of this very judgment in the 25th chapter of Matthew.

Matthew 25:31-46

The sheep are those who followed Jesus and the goats are those who didn’t.

It is as simple as that.

The second coming of Christ will begin the millennium or the 1000 year reign.

Millennium comes from the Latin words milli meaning 1000 and annum meaning year.

Now over the years there has been a theological dispute as to whether this will be a literal thousand years.

The big issue is whether or not God ever promised such an earthly kingdom, and if He did, will He keep His promise literally?

There are more prophecies in the Bible about this kingdom and its significance to the believing Jew that any other theme of prophecy.

The message in the prophecy from the Old Testament is that the Messiah would come and set up an earthly kingdom over which He would rule from the throne of David.

The important detail concerning this prophecy in the book of Revelation is the duration which is said to be 1000 years.

There are four phases that happen during this period and they are described in chapter 20.

Revelation 18:1-3

Phase one is where Satan is put away by a powerful angel that does six things to him.

1) He seizes him 2) He ties him up 3) He throws him in the bottomless pit 4) He locks it with a key 5) He seals it 6) He releases him after the 1000 years.

Phase two is the resurrection. Job speaks of this resurrection.

Job 19:25-26 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.

In the New Testament resurrection is used 40 times and always means bodily resurrection.

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