JESUS SECOND COMING
Greetings to you all from Ecuador, by the time you read this article I will be in the multi climate country of Ecuador. Along with pastoring Calvary Chapel of Alpine, I am also privileged to be the founder and director of a ministry known as I.B.S.L.A. (Inductive Bible Studies to Latin America). Every few months I travel to various Latin American countries teaching pastors and Christian workers how to study the Bible systematically and then teach it in an expositional way.
In last weeks article we looked at how the Bible sets itself apart and above all other books by way of prophecy. In particular the over 300 prophecies concerning the first coming of Jesus Christ. In this article Iíd like us to look at some of the many verses that predict His Second Coming. Both Old and New Testament alike tell us of His Second Coming. Although the majority of prophecies are found in the New Testament, there are many also in the Old Testament. Daniel 7:13 tells us how He will return, Jesus quotes from this verse as He explains of His return to His disciples in Mathew 24:30. A few other scriptures from the Old Testament are Zechariah 8:3; 12:10; 14:4, 9, Isaiah 61:2.
Then in the New Testament we are told many things about Jesusí return. Much of Matthew 24 tells us of what would be going on in the world preceding His return. Such things as: many false prophets and false teachers trying to get people to follow them rather than Jesus Christ. There would be wars and rumors of wars, nation rising against nation, famines, pestilence, and earthquakes in various places. Some of the most tell tale signs that we are seeing in our day is that of iniquity as Jesus said; "because iniquity (sin) shall abound or flourish, the love of many will grow cold." We are seeing this in the world and our own society. Words cannot describe how disturbing it is to see the increasing number of people that are able to kill another person and at times in the most heinous of fashion yet show no remorse. To read about mothers giving birth to their babies and then either throwing their babies into a dumpster or discarding them by some other manner as though they were some piece of garbage.
Both Matthew, Luke, and Peter tell us that the days prior to Christís return would be like the days of Noah. We are told in Genesis 6 what it was like in the days of Noah, "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Think with me for a moment concerning the condition of our present society. If you are of the age of 40 or older you have seen some radical changes take place in just a short time, and not all of them for the better. Do you remember a time when a parent did not give a second thought to allowing their child to ride his or her bicycle to the store, go camping with some friends, or go to school without wondering if they would be safe or not? You no doubt know that child molestation and abuse are at an all time high. Our nation ranks number one in the production, consumption, and exportation of pornography. We rank in the top ten of nations that use drugs illegally. Over one million unborn babies are murdered every year in our country through abortion. Parents killing their born children is at an all time high. I could cite many other statistics, but I think these will suffice to get my point across. We are living in the times that Jesus said would precede His return.
One other aspect concerning the time of Noah that I find important. We are told that the people were eating, drinking, and giving in marriage. In other words, right up until the time of Godís judgement on the world by way of the flood, the people were living life as normal, just as if nothing was going to happen. Conditions were like this right up until the time that God shut the door of the Ark. God had been warning them of the coming judgement, through Noah, and the building of the Ark. All the time Noah and his family were testifying of impending judgement, the people were laughing, drinking, and partying hardly. So it is today. People are oblivious to the signs of the times, to Godís impending judgement.
Just as we are able to look back at history and know with certainty that Jesus Christ came into the world just as the Bible predicted, we can also look to the future with the same certainty and know that He is coming again just as the Bible tells us. It is important to note though, that the Second Coming of Jesus will not be like His first. He will not come into the world as a baby in the manger. He will come as the righteous judge and ruler. He will bring into judgement not only every deed but also every thought and every word that we have spoken. This is a frightening reality, to stand before a Holy God and have to give account of every word that you have ever spoken and every thought you have ever thought.
God has given us His Word so that no one need be taken by surprise. Things will continue to get worse. But there is hope. The Bible also tells us that when Jesus does return He will bring peace and righteousness. Sin will no longer be tolerated. That peace can be in your heart today. It comes only through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. When you repent from sin and place your trust in Jesus Christ you have peace with God, (Romans 5:1). Then as we trust Him with our daily lives and needs we receive the peace of God, (Philippines 4:6-7). Trust Jesus Christ today. Read your Bible, if you donít have one and would like one, contact me and we will give you one. You may reach me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine