Jesus Christ 9 (the finale)

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Finally we come to the last segment, the second coming of Jesus Christ to collect his people. First we come to Matthew Chapter 24.

Verse 3: Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?

-In Greek, the section that reads “end of the world”, could also read: “end of the age”. The conclusion of the Earth’s life. The end times. This verse is referring to or prophesying that Jesus will return during the end times. It is during the Great Tribulation (the last half of the 7 years) that Jesus will return in what is called the Glorious Appearing.

Verse 27: For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. 

-Notice that Jesus uses the title Son of Man for himself, this was to be a reminder that the very same Jesus the disciples knew was going to return. Jesus’ second coming is a two-part event. First will be the “thief in the night” part where he collects his believers in the rapture. The second part is (as written above) at the end of the tribulation. When the final battle of good versus evil takes place, and Jesus and his heavenly army of people raptured defeat Satan and his minions.

Verse 43: Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into.

This is the “thief” verse referred to above, the fact is, if you knew your boss was coming for a surprise visit you would be prepared. If you knew someone was coming to rob your house tonight you would be at the door with a shotgun….Jesus wants us to be ready at ALL times. If not, then we could live evil lives, wrapped in sin right up until the very moment before he came back and then ask forgiveness. It isn’t a game, there are no cheat codes that buy you some free time before it happens. When it happen, if you aren’t ready, then be prepared to find tons of your loved ones empty clothes and jewelery lying around when they are gone. There will be no goodbyes, no conversations, it will happen in the blink of an eye and that is that. Now let’s move on to some of John’s writings, from Revelation, on the second coming of Christ.

10:1 I (John) saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, surrounded by a cloud, with a rainbow over his head. His face shone like the sun, and his feet were like pillars of fire.

-This “angel” is hinting that Jesus is in fact already on his way back for the final battle of Armageddon. But, at this time he is still hidden from the eyes of those left behind after the rapture, until his appointed time. Later study reads that he is coming “on the clouds with fire” the fire indicates a measure of anger and/passion for the battle that is about to take place, but this verse clearly is speaking about before he is on the cloud and visible to mankind’s remnant.

14:14 Then I saw a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was someone like the Son of Man. He had a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.

-Here we see Jesus ON the cloud and preparing for battle, this will be the absolute end of the planet, in the sense that we know it now.

This concludes the series on Jesus Christ, I hope you have enjoyed learning as much as I have enjoyed studying. Below are a few verses that (continuing from the bottom of part 8) remind us that our God is an “all-inclusive” God.

And now in these final days, HE has spoken to US through HIS Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son HE created the universe.  The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and HE sustains everything by the mighty power of HIS command. When HE had cleansed US from OUR sins, HE sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave HIM is greater than THEIR names. For God never said to ANY angel what HE said to Jesus: “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father (The same in Greek as: “Today I reveal you as my Son.” Also see Psalm 2:7 ).” God also said, “I will be HIS Father, and HE will be MY Son.” Hebrews 1:2-5

Stay blessed,

Chris

 

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