Summary: This sermon reveals the preparations that we all need to make to welcome the coming King of Kings, and Lord of lords.
THE KING IS COMING
Text-2nd Thessalonians 2:1-12
"Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ, and by our fathering together
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled,
neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as
from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that
day shall not come, except there come a falling
away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the
son of perdition:
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that
is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he
as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing him-
self that he is God.
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I
told you these things?
And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be
revealed in his time.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:
only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken
out of the way.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the
Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth,
and will destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Even him, whose coming is after the working of
Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in
them that perish; because they received not the
love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong
delusion, that they should believe a lie:
That they all might be damned who believed not
the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
Elaborate preparations are always made when the
President of the United States visits a city, or
1. First, there is a clean-up, beautification eff-
ort, to make the city look its best.
2. Then, there is also a heightening of security,
so that the President will not be endangered.
A route is planned for his travel, and an emer-
gency situation is considered. Special agents
are scattered everywhere-on the tops of buildings,
in the crowds, etc. to give maximum security.
3. Hospital preparations are made in the event of
some terrible tragedy, and doctors and medical
staff prepared for an emergency.
4. Then, meals have to be considered, and his
lodging, and other considerations.
All of this was evident to me one day when Pres-
ident George Bush came to Meridian, Mississippi.
I was in the crowd when Airforce 1 landed on the
runway. I was privilaged to meet the President,
and shake hands with him; however, I was ever
conscious of the fact that I was being watched,
as was everyone by the secret agents. When
Airforce 1 was about to land, the excitement was
evident in the crowd. It intensified as the
crew and passengers exited the plane, and then
as the President appeared and greeted the crowd.
There stood the most powerful man on earth, in
our city. When he was seen, the crowd applauded
and cheered. It was an exciting moment. Yet,
I couldn’t help but think what it will be like
when our Lord Jesus Christ returns. He’s not
coming on Airforce 1, but in Heavenforce 1, with
power and great glory. Nothing will ever compare
with the splendor of His appearing when He returns
to this earth.
By the way, I also got to see Richard Nixon one
day when he visited Meridian, and all the Water-
gate gang was there on the stage with him. You
could just sense the power and glory of the
Presidency when Nixon shook his fingers with that
so familiar "V" shaped sign.
We need to know about our Lord’s return, and the
reasons He is returning. He doesn’t want us to
be in the dark about His 2nd coming. Why is He
I. First, HE IS COMING BACK TO DRAW HIS PEOPLE UNTO
1st Thessalonians 4:16-"For the Lord himself shall
descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice
of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and
the dead in Christ shall rise first."
Most scientists say that the world began with a
"Big Bang." I don’t know if that is true, or not,
but I do know that it is going to end with one.
With a shout! With the voice of the archangel!
With the trumphet of God! Talk about fanfare!
You an’t seen nothing like the show God is going
to put on.
1st Thesssalonians 4:17-"Then we which are alive
and remain shall be caught up together with them
in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so
shall we ever be with the Lord."
This, of course, refers to the rapture of believers
when Chrsit returns. We will join Him at the