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The Second Coming of Christ
“In My Father’s House are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:2-3.
There is no fact in history more clearly established than the fact of the “First Coming” of Jesus Christ. But as His “First Coming” did not fulfill all the prophecies associated with His “Coming, ”it is evident that there must be "Another Coming” to completely fulfill them.
It was because the religious leaders of Jesus Christ’s day failed to distinguish between the prophecies that related to His “First Coming,” and those that related to His “Second Coming” that they rejected Him.
Peter tells us (IPeter.1:10,11) that the prophets themselves did not clearly perceive the difference between the “Sufferings” and “Glory” of Christ. That is, they did not see that there was a “TIME SPACE” between the “Cross” and the “Crown,” and that the “Cross” would precede the “Crown.”
But we have no such excuse. We live on this side of the “Cross,” and we can readily pick out all the prophecies that were fulfilled at Christ’s “First Coming” and apply the remainder to His “Second Coming.”
We cannot plead ignorance - because we have read the works of JESUS CHRIST, the PROPHETS AND APOSTLES - their EXPERIENCES and the DOCTRINES they shared - and for this reason - those of us in this age will be held more accountable for not having lived greater lives than they did. Did not Jesus say?
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and "GREATER WORKS THAN THESE SHALL HE DO; because I go unto my Father" - John 14:12.
So what will our excuse be for DOING SO MUCH LESS?
It is clear then that Christ’s “First Coming,” important as it was, is not the “doctrinal centre” of the Scriptures, that is, Christ’s “First Coming” was not the center of a circle that contains all doctrine, but was one of the foci of an ellipse of which the other is the “SECOND COMING.”
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
While the First and Second Comings of Jesus Christ are separated by this Dispensation they are nevertheless not complete in themselves, the Second necessitated the First, and the First demands the Second.
They are both necessary to complete the Plan of Salvation. The First Coming was for the salvation of my “SOUL” the Second is for the salvation of my “BODY,” for there can be no resurrection of the body until Jesus Christ returns.
THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF ABOUT HIS OWN RETURN:
“For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels, and then he shall reward every man according to his work.” Matt 16: 27. “When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the Holy Angels with him, then shall he sit upon the `Throne of His Glory’ and before him shall be gathered ALL NATIONS; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.” Matt. 25: 31, 32.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye maybe also.” John 14:2, 3.
THE TESTIMONY OF HEAVENLY BEINGS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST'S RETURN:
“And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 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.” Acts 1: 10,11.
This passage declares that the SAME JESUS shall return IN LIKE MANNER as He went, that is, that His return will be visible and personal. The two “men”that “stood by” were probably Moses and Elijah. They appeared with Jesus on the Mt. of Transfiguration, they were doubtless the“two men” who testified to the women at the tomb that Jesus had risen (Luke 24: 4, 5), and they will be the “Two Witnesses” that shall testify during the Tribulation. Rev. 11: 3-12.7
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST BY THE TESTIMONY OF THE APOSTLE PAUL:
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our vile body, that it maybe fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” Phil. 3: 20, 21. “Looking for that `Blessed Hope’ and the `Glorious Appearing’ of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.” Titus 2: 13. “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall he appear the ‘Second Time’ without sin unto salvation.” Heb. 9: 28. JAMES. “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.” James 5: 7.
PETER “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of His majesty.” II Pet. 1: 16. Peter here refers to the Transfiguration of Christ on the mount (Matt. 17: 1-5), which was a type of His Second Coming. Moses was a type of the “resurrection saints,” and Elijah of those who shall be translated without dying.
Peter, James and John were a type of the Jewish Remnant that shall see Him when He comes, and the remaining disciples at the foot of the mount, unable to cast the demon out of the boy, of those professed followers of Jesus who shall be left behind at the Rapture, and who shall be powerless to cast the demons out of the demon-possessed people of that period.
JUDE “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoke against him.” Jude 14: 15.8
THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN:
“And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” I John 2: 28. “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. Rev. 1: 7
A brief prayer:
"Father, help me to stand on Your Word and to live a life that pleases You. To come out from the world and to honor You with my whole life. Even more so, help me to remain focused on you when so much is happening around me that you would seem furthest from my mind. Teach me how to pray and show me how to lift up YOUR standard in my life so that it is pleasing in Thy Sight.
Forgive me of all my sins and fill me with Your Spirit and Power so that when Jesus Christ Returns - I will be among those who will have studied to show myself approved unto God - and will not be ashamed.
In closing Lord, let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight O' Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.
I ask these mercies in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and Soon Coming King."