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The Certainty of Christ's Return

The Certainty of Christ’s Return

          On the time line of human history, there are five major events that stand out and shine above everything else because of the tremendous impact they have had or will have on the world. Each of these events in history has marked or will mark the end of an age or era of time. The first three events are the Creation of Adam and Eve, the Flood of Noah, and the first Coming of Christ, including His death on the Cross, and HHHis Resurrection from the dead and ascension into Heaven. This was about 4,000 years of human history. The fourth and fifth events are Jesus Coming to get His Bride the Church called the Rapture of the church and 7 years later His second coming to the earth. There are many important events that have taken place in history but none are equal to these five events.

          It is interesting to note that each of the first events are a part of the Great Conflict between God and Satan for the love and devotion of mankind. The first three events made a significant impact on the generations that followed. With the Cross of Jesus Christ, His death, burial and resurrection, he impacted our lives. With the Advent of the Holy Spirit to Birth the Church came the “Helper.” This changes our lives to live for Christ. John 14:16, John 15:26

          The first three chapters of Genesis we find the Creation of Adam and Eve and God gave them a choice or free will. God gave them instructions not to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. Yet, Satan comes along and tempts them and the fall of mankind occurs. Rom. 5:12. In chapter three of Genesis we find the prophecy of God’s plan of Redemption. Genesis 3:15

          This disobedience plunged the world into sin and corruption. Over the next 1000 years the world was so corrupt that God used the flood to destroy everyone except Noah and his family on the ark. Gen. 6:11-13. This was a worldwide flood. The flood was the second great event in human history.

          The third event is the first coming of Christ to redeem mankind. We will soon be celebrating His first coming at Christmas. His mission was the Cross. He came to die on the Cross to redeem mankind. The Cross is one of the most famous and recognized symbols in the world. The Cross points to His sinless life and resurrection from the dead. This makes salvation possible for us. This event ended the Age of law and began the Age of the Church or grace. We are now in this Age or dispensation, but it is drawing to a close. Right at 2,000 years of grace, the longest of God’s dispensation.

          The fourth event is the Rapture of the Church, I Thess. 4:14-17 and I Corinthians 15:51-55. This is the catching away of the Church to Heaven. This is the next major event for the world. All believers will be caught away to Heaven to be with the Lord. This event is imminent, it can happen anytime. Jesus told us always to be watching and praying. Luke 21:36, there will be 7 years of tribulation on the earth while the church is in Heaven.

          Seven years later Jesus will return to the earth. This is the second coming of Christ. Zech. 14:4. His feet will touch down on Mt. of Olives. In Acts 1:11 the angels tell the disciples Jesus will return “in like manner.” In John 14:3, Jesus said “I will come again…” His second coming is mentioned 329 times in the Bible, so it is very important. After the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith. Eph. 2:8. The second coming of Jesus is the net most popular doctrine of the church for over 300 years. The early church up until Constantine taught the second coming of Christ. During the dark ages, this doctrine lost its importance. After the Reformation it started coming back and in 1830 Dr. John Darby wrote on it and taught on it and it now has been restored; many prophecy teachers came back to teaching it. So for us we have this hope of the coming of the Lord for His Church. I John 3:3, Titus 2:11-14. We are to live Godly lives looking for His coming. Twenty three of the twenty seven books of the New Testament refer to the coming of the Lord to the earth again. If you believe the Bible you must believe in the second Coming of the Lord. There are so many signs of the Times that tell us His coming is soon! You must get your life in order and set your priorities to serve the Lord.

For he said, “I will come again…” are you ready to meet the Lord? We must always be ready. II Thess. 1:11-12- “That you be worthy of this calling...”

Things to do:

1. Pray more- develop your prayer life, spend time with the Lord

2. Read and study God’s word. Put it in your heart.

3. Be a strong witness for the Lord. The time is short. Be bold and tell people about the “Blessed Hope.”

4. Be faithful to the Church. Have fellowship with one another (Heb. 9:25 says, “Do not forsake the assembly together but exhort one another all the more as the Day (Rapture) approaching.”

As we do these things we will always be ready—Jesus is coming soon!

Amen!