Summary: What will Jesus' Second Coming be like? (Material adapted from David Vaughn Elliott's book, Nobody Left Behind, Chapter 19, pgs. 304-316)
Herbert Washington, whom co-workers at Significant Plastics Inc. say was unduly concerned with the rapture and the second coming of Christ, suffered a serious heart attack when co-workers pretended they'd been caught away without him. "We didn't mean to scare him to death," said one woman. "He's just always talking about it, so today we decided to turn the tables on him." Washington underwent bypass surgery and is recovering well and "digging into the Bible like never before," says his wife.
Talked a few weeks ago about the Return of Christ, the Second Coming. More on that
Popular teaching today is the Rapture, after the Rapture and the Great Tribulation, the Lord will come back to set up a physical kingdom on earth, after 1,000 of this kingdom the Lord will come back again to take us to our eternal home. This is confusing and unnecessary.
"Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man.” "It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building.” Luke 17:26, 28, NIV. Notice when Noah got into the ark, all those left outside the ark drowned. When Lot escaped from Sodom, all those left behind were burned alive.
When Jesus returns that is the end of this life and the beginning of a new life. We do not have a detailed or clear account of all that will happen before Christ’s return, that is on purpose. However, we have many Bible verses that declare that there is one second coming of Christ.
“There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to one hope when you were called--” Ephesians 4:4, NIV. We have one hope, one Second Coming.
Thesis: What will His coming be like?
Coming Visible to All
“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.” Revelation 1:7, NIV. Even the wicked will understand what is happening and they will mourn
Jesus said that any news report of His coming if proof that He has not yet come. Any explanation that He has come is automatically proof that He has not come. When he does come, everyone will know it. Matthew 24:23, 26, 27, 30
From Matthew 24 we see that he is coming with power and great glory. This is in contrast to His First Advent, Coming where he came humbly as a baby. “so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:28, NIV.
II. Coming to Judge the world
Jesus’ coming will bring blessing and cursing, hope and dread, promise and punishment. It will be wonderful and terrible? How? Time of judgment for righteous and wicked:
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10, NIV.
Jesus is coming to eternally punish the wicked at the same time He glorifies His saints.
Believers- Christians will go to the New Jerusalem, New Creation. John 14:1-3, NIV.