The Second Coming of Christ
The first coming of Christ guarantees His second coming. All the fulfilled Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah show without a shadow of doubt that the end time prophecies will also come to pass just as they were predicted. The Bible contains around 1,800 prophecies. And for every Old Testament prophecy that speaks about the first coming of Jesus, eight prophecies predict His second coming. References to the coming of the Lord appear once in every five verses in the New Testament.
The Messiah’s first coming to Earth was to conquer sin and death. “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15). If Jesus had not won a full victory over Satan, why would Christians have any reason to believe He would come again to destroy Satan’s dominion over this planet and end the sin problem?
By His suffering and death, Jesus proved His deep love for humans and His eternal commitment to end the great war between good and evil and make all things new. Jesus will certainly return to end all suffering, pain and death. For He promised, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3). Jesus’ promise is true.
To assure us of His second coming, Jesus gave us the many signs, the exact manner of His return, and what happens just before the end of the age. These signs were recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 17, 21. The Lord also gave many end time parables to encourage people to be ready for His return, such as the parable of the faithful and evil servants (Matthew 24:45-51), the parable of the wise and foolish virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), and the parable of the sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31-46).
When Jesus ascended to heaven, angels appeared and assured His disciples saying, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gaze into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven , will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). Just as Jesus came the first time on time, He will, likewise, come the second time and also on time as He promised.
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