Summary: The Bible in the Old Testament foretold the first coming of Jesus Christ and it was fulfilled but Bible also fortells the second coming of Jesus Christ. For some it will be a day of joy but for some it will be time of grief, pain and suffering. Jesus is
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
“…I will come again.”
Daniel 12:1-4; John 14:1-4; Matt. 24:3-44
Biblical prophecy provides some of the greatest encouragement and hope available to us today. Just as the Old Testament is saturated with prophecies concerning Christ’s first advent, so both testaments are filled with references to the second coming of Christ. One scholar has estimated that there are 1,845 references to Christ’s second coming in the Old Testament, where 17 books give it prominence. In the 260 chapters of the New Testament, there are 318 references to the second advent of Christ—an amazing 1 out of every 30 verses. Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event. For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ’s first advent, there are 8 which look forward to His second!
Acts 1:10,11 describes the ascension of Jesus as being…
4. power (glory)
1st coming of Jesus, the Savior, was in humiliation – SERVANT (in humility).
2nd coming of Jesus, the King, will be glorious – KING (in glory & majesty).
In theology, the study of the last things to happen to earth is called ESCATHOLOGY… Greek eschatos (last) and logos (study).
Now Jesus Christ is in heaven, seated at the right hand of the Father, as our exalted PROPHET, PRIEST and KING, waiting for the time appointed by the Father to return to earth.
3 Greek words used of this event in the NT:
1. parousia (presence) 1 Thess. 3:13
2. apokalysis (revelation) 2 Thess. 1:7-8
3. epiphaneia (appearance) 2 Thess 2:8; Titus 2:13
The coming of Jesus will be nothing less than His ascension into heaven: Acts 1:11
It will be an event of which everyone on earth will be abruptly aware, for it will mean the end things as they are and the universal recognition of the true identity of Jesus of Nazareth: Matt. 24:27; Rev. 1:7
In the study of the return or Second Coming of Christ, scholars hold that Jesus Christ will come in 2 Stages:
1. secretly to gather His faithful people –
1 Thess. 4:15-17
2. then, (seven) years later openly to be seen by all – Rev.1:7
A. Prophecies of Christ’s Second Coming
Jesus Christ coming was prophesied and those prophecies came to pass literally. This gives us great confidence that the prophecies of His 2nd coming will also be fulfilled literally… not figuratively or in a spiritual sense. It was foretold by:
1. The prophets – Daniel 7:13
2. Jesus Himself – Matt. 25:31
3. Angels – Acts 1:10,11
None of these prophecies were fulfilled in His 1st coming because they are meant to be fulfilled in His 2nd coming.
Promise of Christ’s return…
John 14:1-3 - Christ Himself promised His return
2 Pet. 3:9,10-13 - a disciple’s witness of Christ’s promise
B. Purpose of Jesus Christ’s 2nd Coming (Why?)
1. To complete the salvation of saints – Heb. 9:28
He has delivered us from the power and penalty of sin but then He shall deliver us from the presence of sin.
2. To be glorified in His saints – 2 Thess. 1:10
3. To bring to light the hidden things of darkness – 1 Cor. 4:5; 5:10 “… make manifest the counsel of the heart.”