Many debates occur over the doctrine of end times (eschatology). Sadly, some get so caught up in debate over speculative matters, that they miss the whole point of this glorious doctrine!
Regardless of one’s eschatological conviction, when discussing the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to recognise that it is a certainty. boldly says, “Behold, He is coming…”. The word “Behold” has the idea of “look!” Or “see!” What is it that John is emphasising and wanting his readers to see? This is a clear reference to the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Scripture warns us that there will be those who will question and mock the teaching that the Lord Jesus will return again (see ). Despite the rise and increase of scoffers and their rebellious rejection of biblical truth, the second coming of Jesus Christ is certain. It is certain simply because God said it is going to happen. The reality and certainty of our Lord’s Second Coming is called the church’s “blessed hope” (), because it is a reality that provides spiritual blessedness to the believer.
In what manner will He come? John adds that His coming will be “with the clouds.” In the Bible clouds are often a symbol of God’s presence and glory. For example, in the Old Testament when the tabernacle () and the later the temple () was covered with the cloud, this meant that God filled them with His glory. So when the Lord Jesus Christ returns, He will be returning with the blazing and radiant glory of God (see also ).
Our Lord told His disciples that He is coming back. On one occasion He said,
“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (emphasis mine).
Two angels declared to the disciples as they were watching the Lord Jesus ascend into the glory of Heaven,
The return of the Lord Jesus Christ is certain. Are you ready for Him? In my next post I will briefly discuss the consequences of His coming.
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7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.
10 And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.
2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”