Monday, January 18, 2010

The Second Coming of Christ

What would you do if Jesus Christ was returning today at 3pm. Something tells me that we'd all be looking our best at 2:45pm. Then why aren't we? What are we waiting for?

Reading all these posts about Bible Prophecy will do no good if we aren't willing to change. We are missing the point.
Revelation 19: 11-17 " I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white hourse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one know but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter. He treads the wine press with his fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." (NIV)

The second coming of Jesus Christ will be public and seen by all-unlike the surprise rapture of the church which takes place in the twinkling of an eye. There will be no question that you are witnessing the return of Jesus Christ.

This will be accompanied by sadness and weeping. There will be mourning in Jerusalem and throughout Israel that the Jews will realize that Jesus Christ really was their Messiah.

Zachariah 12:10, " And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a first born son."

Jesus Christ comes before judgment with the rapture of the church prior to the beginning of the Tribulation, while He comes with judgment when He returns to earth in His Second Coming. In the rapture He comes for His people, and in the Second Coming, He comes with His people.

Looking back at the description of Jesus Christ when we see Him at the Second Coming, his eyes are blazing, He is wearing many crowns, and His robe is dipped in blood.

His eyes blazing with fire, represent His power, His glory, His holiness and His wrath.

His many crowns signifies that He alone is ruler of all the universe.

The robe dipped in blood, signifies the price He paid when He died to save us all from our sins.

Yet Jesus is not coming alone. The scripture states that the armies of heaven are coming with Him. Who are these armies?

Jude 14: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones..." (NIV)

So who are the His holy ones? Colossians 3:4, "For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory."

It is speaking of those of us that believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God. We are the ones that will be accompanying Him. We will all get to see the Holy Land from ring side seats, so if we never get to go during our human lifetime, we will get the ultimate Holy Land tour when we return with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

So what should we be doing in the meantime?

1. Watching for Him - We are to be aware that Jesus could come at any minute. We need to be aware of the signs of the times.

2. Being Ready to Go - We need to make sure that if Jesus came back at any minute, would we be embarrassed or ashamed at where He would find us or what we are doing? If the answer to that is yes, then don't do it.

3. Be Anxiously Awaiting - Do not fear this coming of the Lord, but be excited, joyful and filled with hope. If you have any anxiety, fear or dread, perhaps something isn't right in your spiritual life.

If you aren't 100% guaranteed that your passport to Heaven has your name assigned to it, it's not too late, but you may not have a second change to make this decision. Are you ready to accept God? As a believer, are you ready to recommit your life to serving Him with the time we have left?

Christians. It's time to get right or get left. Ready? Pray this prayer!

Lord Jesus,

Come into my life!
I know that I am a sinner!
I thank You for dying on the cross for me and rising again from the dead.
Now fill me up with Your Spirit and write my name in Your Book of Life,
and help me follow You all the days of my life.
Thank you that my sins are forgiven and that I am now going to heaven.
In Jesus Name I pray! ~ AMEN!

If you just prayed that prayer, you are a new creation and a believer in Jesus Christ. This is the reason for His delaying of the rapture of the church. You will now be part of that ultimate family reunion and I can't wait to welcome you when I see you!

Join me tomorrow when we will look at what happens when Jesus begins His wrath here on Earth, you don't want to miss it!


Denise said...

Bless you for being willing to share this sweet sis, love you.

Mari said...

Another great post. Just imagine what that will look like!

RCUBEs said...

If I wasn't a believer, I would think this is just some kind of fiction. But Jesus' death was seen and recorded. People were there to witness Him and His power, His ministry...Then I know He is for real!!!

And He is an awesome God! Glory to God! Thank you for reminding us of what is to come because whatever trials we are in, we hope for what will unfold, for the future glory...And I know, it's not scary. It is the completion of His wonderful promise...Blessings.

Mich said...

thank you for taking the time to explain this very important topic. May God bless your efforts to share His love and plan.

Darcie said...

You are right...if we are anxious there may be something in our life that has yet to be set right.

Thank you AGAIN for sharing.

Yolanda said...

And that robe dipped in blood....the blood of our sins.

WOW, I am constantly in awe of Him.


Kathleen said...

I love that we are told in the Book of Revelation that "the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy". That places the entirety of scripture - and prophecy in particular - in context; and that context leads us ever nearer His return.

I think, too, of the many admonitions that believers are given to "watch", to "wait", to "look up", to "prepare", to "know". It's as sure as tomorrow's sunrise, and may actually come with it!


He & Me + 3 said...

Love the list of things we should be doing while we are waiting. So so true.

Warren Baldwin said...

You have an interesting presentation of details at the end. I have some question about some of the details, but I do agree with you that Jesus' coming will be victory for believers and we need to be ready at all times! We can not afford to be care-free or unconcerned about our own or another's eternal destiny. Now is the time for us to be preaching and working.

I appreciate your study and devotion. wb

David C Brown said...

There will be no unbelievers then! It isngood to have the light of His coming now. The crown of righteousness is laid up for those who love His appearing - for he will reign!