by Omolola Oriogun
A friend of mine asked me to come minister at a program he organised, and the topic he gave me was “the Coming of CHRIST”. For days, I could not put down any write up. Not because I don’t know what to write or google for, but I wanted the Spirit of GOD to minister to me HIMSELF.
Let’s together go through the Bible so as to know what it says about the Second Coming of CHRIST.
The Bible says JESUS will come again someday, and the world as we know it will come to an end. There are many ideas and opinions about the end-times, the Bible has given us details of exactly what will happen. We are advised to be spiritually prepared for judgment at any moment and to put our trust in GOD that HE will make everything right in the end.
JESUS Will Come Again: The Bible presents GOD’s work of redemption as an ongoing process. Throughout the Old Testament, HE lead HIS chosen people toward truth and righteousness. The final phase of the process of redemption began with the first coming of JESUS and will culminate in the events surrounding HIS Second Coming. There will be a final judgment of all people, living and dead. The faithful will receive new spiritual bodies for eternal life; the wicked will be cast into hell. There will be a final defeat and destruction of all evil – Satan, sin, suffering and death. The kingdom of GOD will come to its fulfillment at last.
JESUS left no doubt that HE would return again to complete HIS mission of salvation for mankind – John 14:1-4, Matthew 23:39, Luke 18:8, John 14:18, 28-29, Acts 1:11, 3:20-21, 1 Corinthians 11:26, Philippians 4:5, Colossians 3:4, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 2:19, 3:13, 5:23, 2 Thessalonians 2:8, 1 Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 9:28, James 5:7-9, 2 Peter 1:16, 1 John 2:28, 3:2, Revelation 3:11, 22:12, 22:20.
When Will JESUS Come Again? The Bible tells of many events that will occur before the Second Coming of JESUS, which will be signs that the end is near. There will be wars, famines, earthquakes, false prophets, persecutions, and an increase in wickedness. The Gospel must first be preached to all nations. The temple at Jerusalem would be destroyed. (The temple was in fact destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.)
Many of JESUS’ followers, i.e., Disciples expected HIM to return within their lifetimes (Luke 21:32-33). On the other hand, JESUS made us understand that, before HIS Second Coming, the gospel should have been preached all over the world (Matthew 24:14).
No completely satisfactory resolution of these differences in the Bible has ever been found, and the timing of the Second Coming has been a subject of hot debate within Christianity from the beginning. JESUS said no one would be able to predict exactly when HE would return (Mark 13:32-33).
The Second Coming of CHRIST will be swift and unexpected just like the Bible says in Matthew 24:43-44.
Over the past 2000 years, there have been countless attempts to interpret current events according to the signs in the Bible. There have been innumerable predictions that the Second Coming was imminent. All have been wrong. See Matthew 16:27-28, 24:1-51 26:24, Mark 9:1, 13:1-36, 14:62, Luke 9:26-27, 21:5-36, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10, 2 Peter 3:8-14, Revelation 1:7.
Be prepared because no one knows when JESUS will come again for the final judgment, we must always be prepared. JESUS’ Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 speaks directly of the need to be spiritually prepared for the final judgment, and a number of HIS other sayings make the same point. Study: Matthew 24:42-51, Mark 8:38, 13:33-37, Luke 9:26, 12:35-47, 21:34-36, 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3, 2 Timothy 4:8, Hebrews 9:28, 1 Peter 1:7, 13, 4:13, 2 Peter 3:10-14.
The Antichrist: written of 1 John 2:18, 22, 4:3, 2 John 1:7, is identified as a liar and deceiver who denies that JESUS is the CHRIST. Regarding the writings of John in 1 and 2 John, at the end of the first century, many antichrists were said to be already present in the world, i.e. men operating in the spirit of the antichrist. It is obvious from the Bible that the man of sin must first be revealed to the entire world, though his spirit is already in operation in the children of disobedience, who knowing GOD but worshipped HIM not as GOD (Romans 1:21-32), before the appearance of CHRIST in the air.
The antichrist is sometimes said to be the beast of Daniel 7, the beast of Revelation 13:11-18, or the “lawless one” of 2 Thessalonians 2:3.
The Rapture: In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, rapture refers to the departure of faithful Christians (the Church) to meet the LORD in the air. Rapture will take place three and half years after the man of sin has been revealed to the world as the man of “peace”
The Great Tribulation: of Revelation 7:14 is a period of great suffering and distress which will occur in conjunction with the Second Coming of CHRIST. It is often seen as a fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27, Psalms 2:1-12, Matthew 24:15-51, Mark 13:14-25, Revelation 9:1-11, 16:13-16.
The Resurrection: Everyone who has ever lived will be brought back to life in some form to face the final judgment along with those still living – John 5:25-29, Mark 12:18-27, Luke 14:12-14, Acts 4:2, 17:18, 29-32, 23:6; 24:15-16, 21, Romans 4:17, 5:17, 6:5, 8, 8:11, 11:15, 1 Corinthians 6:14-15, 15:23, 2 Corinthians 1:9, 4:14, 5:1-10, Philippians 3:10-11, 21, Colossians 1:18, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Timothy 2:18, Hebrews 6:2, 11:19, 35, Revelation 20:12-13.
The Millennium: In Revelation 20:1-10, it is described as a period of a thousand years during which Satan is bound and the resurrected saints reign with CHRIST before the final judgment.
Final Judgment: While we are still living, or until JESUS comes again, we have every opportunity to repent (change our ways from evil to good). But in the end we will all be judged – Matthew 7:21-23, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Matthew 5:29-30, 25:31-46, Mark 9:43-48, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10. The righteous who are granted eternal life will receive new spiritual bodies that are in some ways similar to the old earthly body and in some ways different – 1 Corinthians 15:42-44, Matthew 7:1, 21-27, 16:24-27, John 3:16-21, 5:21-30, Acts 10:39-43, 17:29-31, Romans 2:5-16, 1 Corinthians 4:5, 15:23, 2 Timothy 4:1-8, James 2:12-17, 4:11-12, 5:7-9, 1 Peter 4:1-6, Jude 1:14-15, Revelation 2:20-23, 20:10-15, 22:12-13. While those who are condemned will be cast into the lake that’s burning with fire and brimstone – Revelation 20:10-15 and 21:8.
The New Heaven and Earth: The final result of the Second Coming of CHRIST will be the fulfillment of all the promises of the kingdom of GOD. Satan will be destroyed, and there will be no more sin, suffering or death – Revelation 20:10, Matthew 13:40-43. The following scriptures shows that we that endured to the end with CHRIST will reign with HIM in HIS kingdom, forever enjoying eternal life – Revelation 21:1-4, Matthew 8:11, 19:28-30, Mark 14:25, Luke 13:29, John 14:2-3, Romans 8:18-21, 16:20, 1 Corinthians 2:7-10, 13:8-13, 15:20-26, 45-49, Colossians 3:4, 1 John 2:17, Revelation 7:14-17, 11:15, 19:19-20, 22:1-5.
In conclusion, yes JESUS is coming again and HIS Second Coming is so at hand. Events all over the world are pointing to that fact. Dearly beloved, Be Ready!!!