Summary: The BIGGEST battle of all time will also be the quickest! Jesus is coming back VISIBLY, VICTORIOUSLY, & w/ a VENGEANCE. Link inc. to formatted text, audio, and PowerPoint.
The King is Coming...Again!
Matt. 24:27-31; Rev. 19:11-21
One day Napoleon looked over the plains of Megiddo in Israel and remarked that it was “the most natural battlefield of the whole earth.” That may be true, and it certainly is the location of the Battle of Armageddon, where the end of the world as we know it will culminate.
It will be the greatest battle ever fought, the most decisive victory ever achieved, and the greatest defeat ever suffered. The armies of the world will converge on this region, on a collision course with one another, but their intent and objective will change when the Lord Jesus appears in the sky. Instead of contending with each other, the armies of the earth will turn and unite to fight the army of heaven.
Remember, this isn’t the rapture, [beginning of tribulation] but the Revelation [end of tribulation].
At the rapture Jesus comes to claim His bride, but at His Second Coming He will condemn all blasphemers, and unbelievers. At the rapture He comes ‘in the air’, but at His revelation He touches down on earth. At the rapture the saints go to be with Christ, at the Revelation the saints return to earth with Christ! The effect of the rapture is the glorification of the saints, but at the Revelation the effect is the consummation of the sinners.
So, at the end of the tribulation...
1. Jesus is coming back visibly.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. [modern technology will allow for this!]
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
This is a description of a powerful storm, a very public affair that everyone is aware of and afraid of. And though His second coming is different from the first coming, they go hand in hand together. There is no purpose for His incarnation without His coronation eventually taking place. Why redeem fallen man if you won’t follow thru and be their ruler?!
Ill.—a tired salesman in the 1920s got a second floor hotel room about bedtime, plopped down on the bed, pulled off his shoe and just dropped it on the wood floor w/ a loud thud. He thought to himself, “That wasn’t very nice, someone may be sleeping below me.” So he gently removed the other shoe and placed it on the floor. He crawled into bed and went to sleep. About midnight a knock came on the door. He opened the door and there stood a tired looking man w/ dark circles under his eyes who said, “Would you please drop the other shoe? I’m waiting!”
The world is groaning, and just waiting for the dropping of the other shoe. We will finally be able to rest, finally home! The incarnation took place, and the coronation will take place as well!
Jesus Who came to earth as God in the flesh will return as God in charge, the King of Kings and LORD of Lords.
2. Jesus is coming back victoriously.
His second coming is quite different from His first coming.
Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
When Jesus was being led away to crucifixion, weeping women lined the pathway, and Jesus looked at them and said, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves. This is YOUR hour, but MY hour is not yet come.
The first time was for a crucifixion, the second time for a coronation...
Cross / crown – tree / throne – stood before Pilate / Pilate stand before Him – in shame / in splendor – to redeem / to rule and reign – as a servant / as a Sovereign.
• Notice His victorious nature.
v. 11 “Faithful and True” – [capital letters!] He will always keep His word, His promises. Refreshing during election season!
MacArthur left the Philippines in WWII and said what? [I shall return]…Jesus said the same, and as surely as a man named MacArthur kept his promise, all the more Jesus will!
• Notice His victorious name.