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Lesson 18 Jesus will come again

"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God,
trust also in me. In my father's house are many rooms
if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to
prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I
will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
(John 14:1-3)


 

  Mary stayed beside the tomb after the other three women left.
  Then Jesus appeared to Mary.
  Mary couldn't see who he was through her tears.
  Jesus asked,
"Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"
  Mary said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him." Jesus said to her,
"Mary!" Then Mary knew that He was Jesus(John 20:15, 16).
 Though Mary couldn't touch the body of Jesus, all her sorrow disappeared and hope and joy overflewed in her heart.
  "Jesus has risen!"

  Jesus' ascension

  
Three days after Jesus was crucified for our sins, He was resurrected showed Himself to the disciples. And after 40 days, he ascended to heaven. When Jesus ascended to heaven, two angels appeared and consoled the disciples;

 

  “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven"(Acts 1:11).

 

  Jesus who ascended would come back on the clouds. How glad the disciples were!

  They worked earnestly to accomplish Jesus' charge, being His witnesses until the end of the world. They will meet Jesus again with joy when He returns.

 

  "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come"(Matthew 24:14).

  This promise is written in the New Testament more than 300 times. There are 25 verses about the Second Coming of Jesus. It is repeated more than 3000 times throughout the entire Bible.

  So what is the reason His Second Coming?

  The purpose of the Second Coming of Jesus

1. In order to get rid of all disease.

  "He will come to save you. Then will the lame leap like a deer and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert"(Isaiah 35:4-6).

 

2. In order to resurrect the dead righteous men.

  "Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed"(1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).

 

3. In order to take the righteous men to Heaven.

  "After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever"(1 Thessalonians 4:17).

 

4. In order to give us the recompense.

  "Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book"(Revelation 22:12).


  The Bible describes the scene of Jesus’ Second Coming like this
"Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him,"(Revelation 1:7).

  "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first"(1 Thessalonians 4:16).

  In these two verses, we can be sure that His second coming will begin with the archangel's call, and all the nations will see Jesus on the clouds.

 

  If we all can welcome Jesus in joy, how joyful it would be!

  Then we shall meet Jesus on the clouds in the air. And we shall enter heavenly home, which Jesus prepared for us. What wonderful news it is! We will travel to heaven on the clouds as Jesus does. How great this trip will be!

  But let's think of people who are not saved.

  They are to be condemned as sinners in the judgment of God. They shall die in the light of the glory of God when Jesus comes to take the saved people. If we reject God's salvation, we will be like them, as well.

 

  Let's resolve to follow Jesus and believe in Him now.

  Then how can we know that such a great day will come? The Bible says about the day, "They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory"(Matthew 24:30).

  We must know when the day is to prepare the glorious day. In fact, the Bible does not teach exactly when it is. Instead of that, Jesus said there would be signs on the earth before He comes, so we can be prepared.

  The signs of the Advent of Jesus

  1. The signs of sky

  1) The signs of sun and moon
  "For then there will be great distress,...... Immediately after the distress of those days 'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken'"(Matthew 24:21-29).

  Jesus said that before His second coming, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the heaven. What do you think about this? Has it already happened or will it happen in the future?

  A strange phenomenon occurred in New England on May 19, 1780. That day, the sun was

 

darkened suddenly one day.
  A famous dictionary explained this under the headline “A dark day.” “Somewhere people couldn't read a newspaper for several hours outdoors. Birds hid and animals got into their stables. People lit candles. The darkness lasted from 10 A.M. to midnight. The cause of this strange phenomenon wasn’t found."

  According to another report, the moon was completely red so people feared it was Judgment Day. This sun-darkened time was "immediately after the tribulation." The "tribulation" pointed to the period of 1260 years from 538 B.C. to 1798 A.D.

  During this period many Christians whose faith was based on the Bible were persecuted. But it was reported in the Bible like this; "those days had been shortened." Actually the way to the freedom of faith was opened at the middle of the 18th century, and the persecution was stopped. The dark day was in1780 A.D., when the actual persecution was finished, but the period of persecution was not finished yet.

  So the signs of the Advent of the Bible were accomplished.

 

   2) Stars Fall

 

       Another sign after the dark day was “stars falling from heaven.”  This prediction was accomplished on November 13, 1833. The great encyclopedia of U.S.A. says under the headline of "Meteors:"

 

"People could see the most wonderful meteors since the earth was created or at least since the dawn of history on the morning of November 13, 1833. It was seen from all over the North America...It was like flakes of heavy snow or a shower."

 

The greatest star shower since the dawn of history was the sign of the Advent of Jesus.


  2. Wars and rumours of wars

  "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars"(Matthew 24:6).
  We will hear many rumors of wars in the last days.
We know that wars occur here and there in the world. The numbers and the size of wars are getting larger and larger.

  3. The society becomes confusing significantly

  "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful..."(2 Timothy 3:1-5).
  This verse says what the people's minds and lives would be like in the last days. They will be wicked and they unable to understand each other. This evil world is the last great crisis.

  We should live prepared for Jesus' second coming with prayer. Otherwise, we will miss Him on that glorious day.

   4. Knowledge will be increased

  The most distinct feature of this age is that knowledge has increased greatly. This is a prominent sign of the real end of the world, Jesus' second coming.

  "But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge"(Daniel 12:4).

  Today, just as the Bible says, knowledge is increasing. Scientific knowledge is also increasing rapidly and we are in the space age.

 

Almost all gadgets of convenience that we use today were invented after the 18th century.

 

  Scientific knowledge is being developed increasingly and people are planning a space travel. Development of such scientific knowledge tells us that the Advent of Jesus is near.

 

  5. The Gospel of the Heavenly Kingdom will be preached

 

  "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age"(Matthew 28:19, 20).

 

  "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come"(Matthew 24:14).

  As these verses said, the preaching of Gospel will increase greatly.

  Today most people can access the Bible easily with a development of the printing press. Moreover The Great Britain Bible Society was founded in England in 1804 and American Bible Society was founded in 1816 as well. So the Bible, which is supplied all over the world, is translated and published into more than 2000 languages.

  Now the gospel is preached everywhere, and we can feel that the end of the world is near. We must prepare for the Advent of Jesus.

  "Now learn this lesson from the fig tree As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door... So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him"(Matthew 24:32, 33, 44).

 

  Jesus will come back soon.

  He said; "you know that it is near, right at the door", He is telling us with all these signs. We should shout together "Surely this is our God we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation." (Isaiah 25:9), and travel through space with Jesus and the angels.

  On that day, welcome Jesus in glory.

 
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