THEME: “Behold JESUS CHRIST is coming soon”!
TEXTS: Revelations 22:12-14,20; 1:7; 1 Thess. 4:16-18.
The Second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the greatest mystery of the entire Bible yet to be fully disclosed to the people of the world including a greater section of Christendom.
It is the greatest news that carries the greatest hope, comfort and joy to true Christians who are ready and waiting for Christ’s imminent return. At the same time it casts fear, sadness and gloom for all sinners, those who have not as yet accepted JESUS Christ as Lord and their Savior (Thessalonians . 4:16-18 vis-a-vis Revelations 1:7).
The texts we read about the Second coming of Christ (Rev. 22:12, 20; 1:7) convey a meaning of a great Master or Lord who has left His estate or territory or business in the hands of some people to manage on His behalf for a very long time with a great desire to come back to see how things are going in order to reward faithful and hardworking servants and punish the wicked and lazy ones. Jesus Christ commissioned His Disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything He had taught them (MATTHEW 28:19-20).This purpose summarizes the subject, “Eschatology”.
In the first place God created this beautiful world and everything in it perfect for the man made in His image to enjoy and rule over it with His blessings to be fruitful, multiply and fill it. God placed man in a very beautiful garden to work and keep it with the command to eat every fruit of the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Man enjoyed God’s presence on a day to day basis, as long as he obeyed God’s command, until Satan found his way to enter the Garden to seduce both the man and wife to eat of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.
Mankind has since been in bondage to satan, sin and death after Adam’s disobedience and his consequent separation from God. The world has never been beautiful and perfect ever since, and Leaders of nations, communities and institutions have failed to rule God’s people with love, faithfulness and sincerity to glorify God. This has caused hatred, jealousy, strife, wars, famine, diseases, murder, robbery and many other forms of wickedness that touches and saddens the heart of God.
God sent JESUS Christ some two thousand years ago to rescue mankind from the bondage of Satan, sin, and death through His atoning death on the Calvary cross. All who believes in CHRIST accomplished redemptive work on the cross are indeed saved and born again into the kingdom of God. These believers constitute the Church on earth entrusted with the great commission to preach the message of CHRIST’s redemption on the cross to save those who repent and believe the Gospel message.
It is for this Church that CHRIST Jesus is coming again to take home in heaven to be rewarded for the faithful service of each member.
After seven years transit and honeymoon in heaven after the rapture, CHRIST will come with the saints to rule this world for one thousand years, called the Millennial Kingdom of Christ Jesus. It will be the golden age of this world history as Satan will be cast into the abyss for the one thousand year period. That time, there will be no death, sickness, famine, wars, or anything harmful to threaten the security of the inhabitants of the Millennium. After the Millennium God will destroy this present earth and heaven and create a new earth and a new heaven with the new JERUSALEM for the righteous saints to live in eternally with God. This is God’s eternal plan and purpose for JESUS Christ Second coming.
But for all unbelievers (sinners), God will pour out His wrath and severe punishment after the rapture of the saints as revealed to Apostle John in Revelations chapter 6 and 16. So terrible and intense shall be man’s suffering that mankind and satan himself will begin to curse God who controls those plaques. As CHRIST returns in His glorious appearance, Satan and the anti-CHRIST together with the unbelievers of the tribulation period shall join forces to fight JESUS in the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16: ). Many of satan’s army will die and himself shall be cast into the abyss for the 1,000 years while the anti-CHRIST and the false prophet shall be cast into the Lake of fire.
Then after the thousand years when Satan shall be released from his prison, he shall gather all the unbelieving kings, and people of the Millennium to fight the last world war with CHRIST at the battle of Gog and Magog. Here satan shall be defeated and finally cast into the Lake of fire.
After this battle God will set up the Final white throne to judge the living and the dead who shall be resurrected (Rev. 20:11-15). All whose names were not found written in the Lamb’s book of life were cast into the lake of fire.
Then God will destroy the present earth and the present earth and create a new earth and a new heaven as mentioned earlier for the righteous saints to live in the New JERUSALEM with God eternally. This is the end story of the Good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that all must hear, or read on the various media platforms.
CONCLUSION: My dear brother and sister, the love of God is waiting for you to be saved today if you will only repent and believe the gospel of the Second coming of Jesus Christ. Why do you want to remain unrepentant to face the wrath and the severe suffering from God during the tribulation period. What can you do if the rapture comes while you may be travelling by air, rail, or lorry, granted the pilot or driver is raptured? The grace of God is open wide for you to accept JESUS Christ as your Lord and Savior now. It is a very hard journey to walk through this world without Christ. Life without Christ is crisis. Come to Him now and you shall forever be saved and free.
There is no other name given among men by which we must be saved apart from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
Faith in the atoning death of Jesus Christ that brings salvation and new birth is the passport you need for the rapture of the saints to heaven. The only Person who gives the visa to make that glorious journey for the Seven-year transit in Heaven is the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in our hearts the moment you believe and confess CHRIST as your Lord and Savior. His Indwelling is your visa (Stamp) guaranteeing our eternal inheritance and citizenship in heaven (Ephesians 1:13,14- paraphrased).