When will Jesus return?

Author: BibleAsk Team


The question of when Jesus will return has been a subject of inquiry for centuries. It’s a topic that has intrigued believers and non-believers alike, prompting numerous predictions throughout history. While the exact timing of His return remains a mystery, Christians find guidance and insights about this event within the pages of the New Testament, particularly in the words of Jesus Himself and the writings of His apostles.

To delve into this topic, we must examine key passages from the New Testament that shed light on the timing and circumstances of Jesussecond coming. The Word of God offers explanations for those seeking to discern the truth about this profound and momentous event.

When Is the Second Coming?

All through the ages people have wondered about the date of Christ’s return to earth. He answers, “… for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13). “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Mathew 24:36).

And in Mark 13:32, Christ adds that He himself as a human doesn’t know the exact hour, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” As a man on earth, Christ voluntarily limited His knowledge and power to the capacities of human beings. He did that so His own perfect life might be an example of how we should live, and that His life might be an example we could follow, helped by the same divine strength that were His, which is available to all that seek it (Luke 2:52).

Those who are tempted to calculate precisely how many years remain before the appearance of Christ would do well to think of the instruction here given. “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority” (Acts 1:7).  For it is the privilege and duty of believers to remain alert, to watch for the signs of His return, and to know when His coming is near.

The Sings of the End

We may not know the day nor the hour but the Lord wanted His believers to know the time-frame of His coming that they may get ready. That is why He gave us signs of the times which are listed in Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21. He said when you see these signs being fulfilled know that my coming is near even at the door (Matthew 24:33).

Matthew 24:3-44

In Matthew 24, the Savior delivers what is commonly known as the Olivet Discourse, where He speaks about the signs of His coming and the end of the age. He cautions His disciples against being deceived by false christs and false prophets who will arise and perform signs and wonders. He speaks of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, and persecution that will precede His coming. Jesus emphasizes the importance of enduring faith amid tribulations and remaining watchful, for His return will come suddenly, like a thief in the night.

Mark 13:5-37

Similar to Matthew 24, Mark 13 records Jesus’ teachings about the signs preceding His return. Jesus warns against deception, instructing His followers to be on guard and not to be troubled by wars and rumors of wars, for such things must happen but are not the end. He speaks of persecution, betrayal, and the proclamation of the gospel to all nations before the end comes. Jesus emphasizes the necessity of staying awake and being prepared, as no one knows the day or hour of His return except the Father.

Luke 21:5-36

Luke’s account of Jesus’ teachings on the Mount of Olives parallels Matthew 24 and Mark 13, focusing on the signs of the end times and the importance of readiness. Jesus foretells the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and warns of wars, upheavals, and cosmic signs that will precede His coming. He encourages His disciples not to be terrified but to stand firm in their faith, knowing that their redemption is drawing near. Jesus exhorts vigilance and prayerfulness, urging His followers to be counted worthy to escape the tribulations that will come upon the earth.

Apostolic Teachings on the Second Coming

1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

In his first letter to the Thessalonian church, the apostle Paul addresses questions regarding the fate of believers who have died before Jesus’ return. He assures them that those who have fallen asleep in Christ will rise first when the Lord descends from heaven with a shout, accompanied by the sound of the trumpet of God. Believers who are alive at that time will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus they will always be with the Lord. Paul emphasizes that this event will occur suddenly and unexpectedly, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and he exhorts the Thessalonians to remain watchful and sober, not to sleep as others do but to be alert and self-controlled, putting on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of the hope of salvation.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

In his second letter to the Thessalonians, Paul addresses concerns regarding the day of the Lord and the coming of Christ. He warns against being deceived by false teachings suggesting that the day of the Lord has already come, clarifying that certain events must occur first, including the rebellion and the revelation of the man of lawlessness, the son of perdition. Paul reassures the Thessalonians of God’s faithfulness and encourages them to stand firm in the truth, holding fast to the teachings they received from him, whether by word or by letter. He prays that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, would comfort their hearts and establish them in every good word and work.

Revelation 1:7, 22:7, 22:12, 22:20

The book of Revelation, written by the apostle John, contains vivid imagery and symbolic language depicting the end times and the return of Christ. John proclaims that Jesus is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Jesus Himself declares, “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” He also assures, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”

Almost all the signs have been fulfilled and we are living now at the very closing days of Earth’s history.  And Jesus is coming back very soon. John concludes the book with a final affirmation of Jesus’ imminent return, declaring, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).

Conclusion

The New Testament provides valuable insights into the timing and circumstances of Jesus’ return, emphasizing the importance of readiness, vigilance, and faithfulness. While specific details about the exact timing remain unknown, believers are called to live in anticipation of His coming, maintaining a posture of watchfulness and obedience. As Jesus Himself declared, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Matthew 24:42 NKJV). May we heed His words, remaining steadfast in our hope and eagerly awaiting the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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