The End of the world – Jesus is coming again. Part I
The end of the world – Jesus is coming again. Part I
The end of the world, and Jesus is coming again – are these two statements related? It is just amazing to note that by searching for these statements in Google, there are more search results for “end of the world” than for “Jesus is coming again.” Perhaps, many are probably searching or are more aware about the end of the world than Jesus is coming again.
If you are a believer in God, in Jesus Christ, in His words – the Holy Bible, or probably you are still searching for truths, I would just like to share what I have discovered and known. There are many different Bible verses that tells that Jesus is coming again which we cannot just simply ignore but is worth considering.
Most of the Bible texts I would like to share below are in the King James Version format. By the way, before reading any further, would you be willing to pray for a moment? Can you pause now and pray first? Thanks.
Now let’s move on and examine the verses presented here. First,
JESUS SAID, "I WILL COME AGAIN."
John 14:1-3: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 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.
3 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.”
Revelation 22:12 – “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according
as his work shall be.”
Revelation 3:11 – “I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.”
If in doubt, how about searching your own Bibles yourself. As I have printed in red the statements in the above verses, Jesus said in John 14:3, “I will come again.” In Revelation 22:12, Jesus Himself said, “I come quickly.” In Revelation 3:11, He again confirms, “I am coming soon.”
Okay, there’s no argument that Jesus said those words. Would you? However, some people may argue, why should I believe that? In John 14:1, as printed in green above, Jesus tells His disciples, “believe also in Me.” There must be a purpose why Jesus said these words, “believe also in Me.”
If I won’t believe Jesus, I would become like His disciple Thomas who doubted the stories of the other disciples who saw Jesus alive after His death! This is specifically recorded in John 20:24-29. He probably did not believe whatever Jesus told before the crucifixion. If one of His very own disciples doubted Him when He was with them, how much more today? He knows the future, and He knows there are those who won’t believe Him.
In John 20:29, Jesus gave a blessing by saying, “blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” So, is it a good thing to be blessed by Him because we believe? If Jesus said it, I must believe it. Would you do the same?
As a believer in Jesus, I believe what He says. He said “I will come again,” “I come quickly,” and “I am coming soon.” Now I believe that He said those words.
The angels said He is coming again:
Acts 1:11 - 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
This statement of the angels was recorded in Acts 1:9-11. This happened days after the resurrection of Jesus and while Jesus was teaching His followers, that He was taken up into heaven. While the people kept gazing on Jesus in His ascent to heaven, according to the record, two men in while apparel stood beside them and asked them, why do you stand looking up into heaven?
As I have printed in red the statement of the angels above, they said “this same Jesus…. Shall so come.” They were telling the followers of Jesus that He will come again in the same manner as they have seen Him go into heaven. So, while they saw Jesus taken up to heaven with clouds, by logic, He will come back again with clouds.
More discussion about this in part II of this blog, but for now, I simply would like to point out that these Angels also said that Jesus will come again in the very same way as He went to heaven. Not by any space ship, space shuttle, aircraft, or time machine, but in the same way as His followers saw Him ascend.
Bible writers/apostles/disciples said He is coming again:
Revelation 1:7 - “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.”
This is a statement by John, the Revelator, or the author of the last book of the Bible which is also the last book of the New Testament. This last book of the Bible is called Revelation which is also called Apocalypse in some other Bible versions.
John is the disciple who was exiled into the Isle of Patmos during the peak of the greatness of the Roman Empire. According to some records, John was exiled after the Romans tried to burn him in a big pot of boiling oil, but he didn’t get fried or cooked. He was never burned by the boiling oil and thus survived. A big miracle that simply humiliated the Roman army. So, while he was exiled in Patmos, it was there where he received many visions from the Lord.
John’s statement – “Behold, He cometh with clouds” - does coincide with the statement of the angels that Jesus will come with clouds.
James 5:7 - Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman
waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the
early and latter rain.
This is one of the statements of James, an apostle of Jesus Christ. As printed in red, James too believe in the coming of the Lord. Even though James may have written a short epistle consisting only of 5 chapters, yet he believed what he may have heard from Jesus. And he is one of those who are waiting for the coming of the Lord.
Titus 2:13 - Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour
1 Corinthians 11:26 - For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
Paul is the very person who got converted into Christianity. He used to be called Saul who was persecuting the Christian believers, the very person who consented to the death of Stephen (Acts 8:1-3). But as he went farther to persecute the early Christians, an event happened where He was confronted by Jesus on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:1-9) – a turning point in his life where he became a servant of Jesus.
The Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians and his Epistle to Titus are just a few of the many epistles that Paul wrote to become part of the New Testament of the Holy Bible. As printed in red above, he believes that the coming of Jesus Christ is a glorious one. And he calls that coming even a blessed hope.
Now, if you have been participating in the Lord’s supper also known as communion service, Paul declared that “as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.” So, because you do participate in this ordinance, do you believe that Jesus will come? Have you known about this matter?
So far, here’s my take on the subject we have discussed thus far. If Jesus said He is coming, I would believe it. There’s nothing for me to lose by believing on Him, right? In fact as He said, you would be blessed if you believe even without having seen Him yet! (John 20:29).
The angels, during the ascension of Jesus, said that He will come again. The disciples and apostles of Jesus believe that Jesus is coming back. Now who are we not to believe when the angels believed and early Christians including the disciples and apostles believe it. Is a minister or a priest way better than a holy angel of God?
It will be seen and glorious:
Matthew 16:27 - 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 works.
Matthew 25:31 - 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:
When Jesus was yet here on earth with His disciples, whenever He describes Himself in the third person, He calls Himself or has adapted a title for himself as Son of man – Son with the capital letter S. This is evident in many verses just like Matthew 16:27 and Matthew 25:31 above. While Jesus has many names and titles to Himself like Immanuel, Messiah, Son of God, and others, the name Son of man may be an entitlement considering that He is God who took on humanity in flesh and blood. He was born into the human race through the virgin Mary – something beyond human comprehension or scientific explanation which is only possible with God.
Now let’s dig a little deeper on the two verses of Matthew 16:27 and Matthew 25:31 (as above). In the first verse, Jesus described Himself as the Son of man who shall come in the glory of the Father (Matt. 16:27). On the second verse, He described Himself as the Son of man who shall come in his glory (Matt. 25:31).
The word glory is really hard to exactly describe. But here are some Biblical examples. In Proverbs 20:29, it says, “The glory of young men is their strength:… “ In 1 Corinthians 11:15, it says, “But if a woman have a long hair, it is a glory to her:….” So what is glory? In Exodus 33:18, Moses asked God to show him His glory. The story of this encounter is in Exodus 33:18-23 whereby God told Moses that he cannot see His face because he will not live (verse 20). However, God allowed Moses to see His back.
I have read and heard somewhere that God’s glory is His character. But I don’t have the exact references right now. But here’s what I know of the effect of God’s glory – it has a shining effect (shines) and is bright.
In Exodus 34:29-30, while Moses was with the Lord in Mount Sinai to receive the 10 commandments, it was recorded in this verses that Moses came out of the encounter with God with his face shining. Did he catch on the glory of God?
One specific text I can share is Luke 2:9 – “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.” This scenario is found in Luke 2:8-11 whereby the angel showed himself to the shepherds in the field during the birth of Jesus. One angel with the glory of the Lord can really shine bright.
When one angel came to open the grave of Jesus, he was shining so brightly that scared the Roman soldiers that were on guard.
Think of this carefully. How many angels are there in heaven? There is a text in Revelation 5:11 which says, “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.” The author John was able to state the exact figure of how many angels he saw. There’s just too many.
In Matthew 25:31, it says all the holy angels will be with Jesus when He comes (see phrase printed in red above on this text). Can you just imagine how brightly lit the skies would be when there are 1,000 angels flying in the sky? How about if there were 10,000 angels passing by. How much more if all the holy angels are here on the coming of Jesus? Definitely, this will be a big event!
If the Parade of Roses in Pasadena that occurs once a year can be seen by many people, how much more when Jesus and all His angels are coming so brightly. Definitely, the return of Jesus can be seen by many. It won’t be a secret occurrence after all!
Here’s how Jesus described this event in Matthew 24:27, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Just as a lightning can be seen by many, the return of Jesus is a literal event that can be seen by everyone. So, how can it be a secret rapture?
It can Be Heard:
1 Thessalonians 4:16 - For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.
And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Here’s a text that definitely describes that the coming of the Lord is not a silent one. Since the Lord does not use electronics, no amplifiers or microphones are involved when He does His cry of command. One thunder alone is so loud, how much more for the possible voice of an archangel?
As we all know, a trumpet is a very loud musical instrument. But using one human trumpet cannot reach the distance of more than a mile away. The trumpet of God that Paul describes must be a very strong sounding instrument that can be heard by millions of God’s angels.
When a marching band sounds during a parade, it is really audible. How much more for the trumpet of God when He comes? Just remember, nothing is impossible with God!
Because my discussion about the coming of Christ will be a very long one, I will simply divide this into different parts. Please come back for part II.
Part I Summary:
Jesus Himself said that He is coming again. The angels said it, the disciples and apostles said it too. And we can definitely believe it. It will be a very big event that can be seen and heard by all the people of the world.
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