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We come to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The Second Coming is a huge event in God’s timetable. There is no question that Jesus is coming again. Think about this now.
Jesus Himself promised to return. (John 14:2-3)
John 14:2–3 ESV
2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
Please don’t miss how personal this is for the Lord. JESUS will come again, JESUS will take us to Himself, so that where HE is, we can be.
Angels promised that He would return. (Acts 1:10-11)
Acts 1:10–11 ESV
10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Acts 1:6–11 ESV
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Acts
The apostles taught that Jesus would return:
Every writer of the New Testament refers to Jesus’ return, and almost every book of the New Testament refers to it, except for Galatians, and the very short letters of Philemon and Third John. Your handout contains a list of verses from each book except those.
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John:
1 John 3:2 ESV
2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
Peter:
1 Peter 4:13 ESV
13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.
James
James 5:7 ESV
7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.
The writer of Hebrews:
Hebrews 9:28 ESV
28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Jesus’ return reveals His Majesty and Glory

How does the Second Coming reveal the majesty and glory of Christ?

Let’s look to . In these verses we see the Second Coming of Christ, and we see how His return reveals His majesty and glory in a number of ways.
Let’s look to . In these verses we see the Second Coming of Christ, and we see how His return reveals His majesty and glory.
Jesus’ Character Reveals His Majesty and Glory

How does the Second Coming reveal the majesty and glory of Christ?

Jesus’ Character Reveals His Majesty and Glory
His is called Faithful and True because He IS Faithful and True (v. 11). He will pronounce judgment and bring judgment against the wicked, but He will do so in perfect righteousness (v. 12).
Jesus’ Actions Reveal His Majesty and Glory
He will rule the nations with a rod of iron (v. 15), which was used for discipline or punishment.
Christ’s Character
Jesus’ Description Reveals His Majesty and Glory
His actions reveal His majesty and glory. Yes, He pronounces and carries out judgment, but He does so in perfectly righteousness (v. 11). He will rule the nations with a rod of iron (v. 15), which was used for discipline or punishment.
Jesus’ eyes are like a flame of fire (v. 12), the same description given of Him in .
His description reveals His majesty and glory. His eyes are like a flame of fire (v. 12), the same description given of Jesus in . On His head are many diadems, symbols of royal power and authority. Satan is described as having seven crowns (), and the Antichrist as having ten crowns (), but Jesus has a vast number of them. He is wearing a robe, an outer garment, that has been dipped in blood. This is not Jesus' blood, but the blood of the wicked. In God says,
On His head are many diadems, symbols of royal power and authority. Satan is described as having seven crowns (), and the Antichrist as having ten crowns (), but Jesus has a vast number of them.
He is wearing a robe, an outer garment, that has been dipped in blood. This is not Jesus' blood, but the blood of the wicked.
In God says,
Isaiah 63:3 ESV
3 “I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with me; I trod them in my anger and trampled them in my wrath; their lifeblood spattered on my garments, and stained all my apparel.
That directly compares with ; Jesus’ robe is dipped in, or immersed in, the blood of the wicked.
Continuing with Jesus' description, from His mouth comes a sharp sword with which He will strike down the nations (v. 15).
This is the Word of God, as Jesus says in ,
John 12:48 ESV
48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.
Continuing with Jesus' description, from His mouth comes a sharp sword with which He will strike down the nations (v. 15). This is the Word of God, as Jesus says in ,
Every word of Scripture stands against the wicked. One of my nights in Colorado I watched an episode of “Cops.” A man was pulled over for speeding. Car registration? Expired. Drivers license? Suspended. Insurance? No insurance. Open container of beer in the car. A search of the car quickly revealed marijuana, methamphetimine, and a meth pipe. “You’re under arrest.” “FOR WHAT?” “Let me explain . . .”
When Jesus returns it will be very much like that; the wicked will be stunned, shocked, taken aback, speechless, but they will be without excuse. He will not hold them accountable for anything that is not in the Word of God, but the Word of God is sufficient for judgment.
Jesus’ Companions Reveal His Majesty and Glory
Jesus is accompanied by the armies of heaven, which we can see is all of His people, the Bride of Christ. We know this because of the description of the Bride of Christ found in , “His Bride has made herself ready; it was granted to her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure.”
Jesus is accompanied by the armies of heaven, which we can see is all of His people, the Bride of Christ. We know this because of the description of the Bride of Christ found in ,
says,
Ephesians 5:25–27 ESV
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
What did Jesus come to do? He came to claim His Bride, chosen by the Father. It cost His own life on the cross, but He gladly, not grudgingly, gave Himself for them. He sanctified His people, making them holy to Himself. He did this by washing them with His word, and did that so perfectly that they are clean, glorious, spotless, perfect, holy, faultless.
And He did it just as the Father will, perfectly. He came for tens of millions of people, and He succeeded every single time.
Our presence with Him is the proof that Jesus accomplished exactly what He set out to do.
Jesus’ Names Reveal His Majesty and Glory
Jesus’ Names Reveal His Majesty and Glory
The people of God, those saved by Jesus' death and resurrection, are the focus of God's saving decree, and the work of Christ. Our presence with Him is the proof of the perfection of His work and the fulfillment of His eternal purpose.
He is Faithful and True (v. 1). He is called The Word of God (v. 13), which takes us back to the Gospel of John,
He is called King of kings and Lord of lords (v. 16). That makes Him the President of presidents, Prime Minister of prime ministers, Caesar of caesars, Ruler of rulers, Sultan of sultans.
He is called King of kings and Lord of lords (v. 16). That makes Him the President of presidents, Prime Minister of prime ministers, Caesar of caesars, Ruler of rulers, Sultan of sultans.
And, Jesus has a name that is known to no one but Himself (v. 12). Does that mean that even God the Father doesn't know this name? Not at all; God the Father gave the Son that name, so He certainly knows it. Back in Jesus makes a promise to those who remain faithful. He says that He will give them a new name that no one else knows. Obviously, He knows that name, since He is the one who gave it. The idea here is that the promised name will be private, between Himself and that faithful person. Likewise here in ; Jesus has a name that is private between Himself and the Father.
And, He is coming back, not as the suffering Messiah, come to die for sin, but as the conquering King of kings and Lord of lords.
says,
Hebrews 9:27–28 ESV
27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:
He is coming for those who are eagerly waiting for Him. Are YOU eagerly waiting for the Lord to return? Jesus told a parable about ten girls waiting for a wedding take place. Five were ready, because they were wise and remained ready, and they remained ready because they were eager. Five were foolish, and were not ready, and they weren’t ready because they had more important things to do.
Be eager for the Lord’s return.

What is the immediate impact of Jesus’ Return?

The wicked unite to overthrow Him - Rev. 19:17-21
This is a futile gesture; the wicked don't have even the slightest amount of success. Even before the battle takes place, God commands that birds gather to eat the flesh of the fallen. In spite of the beast, the Antichrist, gathering the armies of the world against Christ in verse 19, he and the false prophet will be captured in verse 20. Verse 19 simply flows into verse 20 without hesitation. The Antichrist and the false prophet are seized and thrown alive into the lake of fire (v. 20); their judgment is complete. For 1,000 years they will be the only inhabitants of the lake of fire.
Satan is bound and confined - Rev. 20:1-3
This is a futile gesture; the wicked don't have even the slightest amount of success. Even before the battle takes place, God commands that birds gather to eat the flesh of the fallen. In spite of the beast, the Antichrist, gathering the armies of the world against Christ in verse 19, he and the false prophet will be captured in verse 20. Verse 19 simply flows into verse 20 without hesitation. The Antichrist and the false prophet are seized and thrown alive into the lake of fire (v. 20); their judgment is complete. For 1,000 years they will be the only inhabitants of the lake of fire.
"Satan" here means not only the devil, the fallen angel Lucifer, but the entire demonic realm. This is a figure of speech called a synecdoche of the part, if that means anything to you. It means referring to ALL of something by referring to a PART of that thing. We do this all the time. When someone says “Hey, give me a HAND,” they really want the entire person to help. Or someone might talk about Tom Brady defeating the Falcons in the Super Bowl; “TOM BRADY” actually means the New England Patriots.
So here we see that the entire demonic realm, which has sought to influence mankind toward sin and wickedness, will be taken captive and confined to the bottomless pit, the abyss, which is then shut and sealed, for 1,000 years. Why just 1,000 years, and not for eternity? We’ll talk about in a week or two.
Tribulation saints are resurrected -
Those saints that have already been resurrected are given roles within the millennial kingdom. They are granted the authority to judge, which here does not mean the authority to condemn anyone to hell, but rather the authority to rule on earth. And, those believers who died during the great tribulation will be raised from the dead. They are called both blessed and holy. There is no distinction between any believers; even those who came to faith at the very end will receive the full measure of what it means to have eternal life.
The parable of the workers in is a picture of this.
Early in the morning a man hired workers for a denarius. Four more times during the day he went and hired more workers, the last group just an hour before work stopped. When the time came to be paid, they all received a denarius, a full day’s wage. Those who come to Christ perhaps moments before the Second Coming will not be treated any differently from those who had come long before. By the way, this also means that those who come to Christ at the very end of their lives, perhaps even on their deathbeds, receive a full measure of eternal life.
By virtual of the resurrection, the children of God are eternally free from the second death. The first death is physical death; the second death is being cast into the lake of fire.
Those saints that have already been resurrected are given roles within the millennial kingdom. They are granted the authority to judge, which here does not mean the authority to condemn anyone to hell, but rather the authority to rule on earth. And, those believers who died during the great tribulation will be raised from the dead. They are called both blessed and holy. By virtual of the resurrection, the children of God are eternally free from the second death. The first death is physical death; the second death is being cast into the lake of fire.
By virtual of the resurrection, the children of God are eternally free from the second death. The first death is physical death; the second death is being cast into the lake of fire.
These events happen very quickly and in very close proximity. Jesus exercises His authority and majesty and power. Nothing stops Him; nothing slows Him down; nothing gets in His way. Antichrist gathers the armies of the world, but is taken captive in a moment.

How Should We Then Live?

Jesus is returning, not to repeat the events of His first parousia, His first advent, but to bring this age, which began with the fall of both angels and man, to an end.
Do I need to mention that we ought to be able to find joy every day? Jesus return means that the worst things that we experience and suffer will one day lose all their power to sadden us or weigh us down. Those things and memories are part of the world, and the world is going to be judged and condemned. Those painful experiences come to pass, as my wife says; they don’t come to stay.
The Bible tells us exactly how we should live in light of this.
The book of Titus says this,
Titus 2:11–13 ESV
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
titus 2:
Titus 2:11–14 ESV
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
What’s more, we can Renounce the old life
What’s more, we can Renounce the old life
We ought to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, all the things that are part of fallen life on earth. There is always sin to renounce; that’s what is means to be a son or daughter of Adam. It is because of sin that He died; we ought not continue to welcome sin into our lives.
1 Timothy 5:24 CSB
Some people’s sins are obvious, preceding them to judgment, but the sins of others surface later.
Don’t be proud; we are so immersed in the ungodliness of our world that every one of us can find things to renounce. It is because of sin that He died; we ought not continue to welcome sin into our lives.
There is always sin to renounce; that’s what is means to be a son or daughter of Adam. It is because of sin that He died; we ought not continue to welcome sin into our lives.
It is because of sin that He died; we ought not continue to welcome sin into our lives.
Embrace the new life
We ought to live self-controlled, upright, godly lives. That’s the opposite of ungodliness and worldly passion, if you didn’t notice. We have the promise of being exactly like Jesus in eternity, but we aren’t to simply wait for it to happen. We are to both long for that new life, and seek to live it now.
That’s the opposite of ungodliness and worldly passion, if you didn’t notice. Jesus Himself is the very definition of self-control, righteousness, and godliness. We have the promise that we are being made like Him; we should want to be like Him.
Hope most for Christ’s return
Almost everything we hope for eventually comes to an end. Some hope to get through a bad diagnosis. Some hope for a new car. Some hope that their kids graduate from college. Some hope for good weather this weekend. Many of our hopes are for short-term, temporary things, although some hopes – I hope that my grandchildren all come to know and love and serve the Lord Jesus – extend into eternity.
But if we set our greatest hope, our firmest hope, on the return of Jesus, then we will not be disappointed. His return ought to be our best, brightest, most glorious hope.
There is a strong connection between our lives now and the future advent of Jesus Christ. Because of His first advent, when Jesus came to destroy sin and save His people, we can renounce ungodliness and worldly passions. Because of His Second Coming, the future appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, we ought to live with self-control, righteousness, and godliness.
His return must be our blessed hope, our greatest hope. I hope for a lot of things, but you know, many things I hope for will not survive the end of the world. Some things will; I hope for the salvation of my grandchild, because they WILL survive the end of the world. But I need to make Jesus’ return my best hope, my brightest hope, my blessed hope.
There is a strong connection between our lives now and the future advent of Jesus Christ. Because of His first advent, when Jesus came to destroy sin and save His people, we can renounce ungodliness and worldly passions. Because of His Second Coming, the future appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, we ought to live with self-control, righteousness, and godliness.
Let me put it a different way. His first coming made it possible for us to be born again, to be transformed into a different kind of person, the kind of person who can renounce ungodliness and worldly passions. The purpose of conversion is not to enable us to have happy and fulfilled lives here on earth, but to enable us to live in light of His Second Coming.
asks the question, since in His return Jesus is going to bring
Peter
2 Peter 3:11–12 ESV
Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!
Second Peter 3:11-12
With the return of Jesus Christ all the elect will be brought safely to Himself, all the wicked will be condemned, and all of creation itself will be dissolved, and a new heavens and earth will be created. Since this is true, what sort of people ought we to be NOW, HERE, in THIS life? The answer is simple: we ought to be the kind of people who live in anticipation of the end of all things, living in holiness and godliness, waiting for the Day of the Lord, praying for Jesus to return, living in constant readiness for His return.

Review

longing for the Day of the Lord to come sooner rather than later.
Jesus is coming again; that is certain. His return will reveal His majesty and glory, and have an immediate impact. The wicked will unite to overthrow Him, but they will be overthrown by Him. Satan will be bound and confined for the duration of His millennial kingdom. Those believers who died during the tribulation will be raised and glorified.
Every aspect of our lives – how we talk, how we work, how we play, how we relate to others, how we spend our money, everything – ought to be lived in the light of His return.

Making it Personal

What one thing of the world do I need to renounce today?
What things of the world do I need to renounce?
What one area of my life needs improvement in self-control, righteousness, or godliness?
My hope today is in ____________________. My hope is usually in ___________________.
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