Featured in the April, 2005 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
The most spectacular event on the prophetic calendar is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This was promised by Christ himself (John 14:3), proclaimed by angels (Acts 1:11) and preached by
Peter (II Peter 3:3,4), Paul (1 Thessalonians 3:13) and the apostle John (Revelation 1:7).
Since the prophecies of
His first coming were literally fulfilled, we can expect the prophecies of His second coming to be literally fulfilled.
The second coming of Christ will be personal. This does not refer to some turn in history or to some
unusual event. It is not some great spiritual revival or the wonderful success of some missionary project.
It is the personal appearance of Jesus Christ himself, for he said, “I will come” (John 14:3).
His return will not be some spiritual manifestation but an actual bodily appearance. When he came the first
time it was a bodily appearance. It was his body that was crucified on Calvary, buried and his body that rose from the dead.
His ascension into heaven was a physical ascension. The apostles saw him leave the earth as “he was taken up
before their very eyes” (Acts 1:9). It was then that two angels appeared and said to the apostles, “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). It was a bodily ascension and it will be a bodily return.
No one will have to announce the second coming of Christ, as it will be plainly visible to everyone. Jesus
warned that if somebody says that he is “out in the desert” or he is in some room, “then do not believe it” (Matthew 24:26).
Everyone on earth will know He is returning, “For as the lightning comes out from the east is visible in
the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:27).
The Bible is very specific. Jesus ascended from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:12). When he returns, “His feet
will stand on the Mount of Olives east of Jerusalem” (Zechariah 14:4).
Jesus said, “They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).
It is John the apostle who gives the description in Revelation 19:11-16. “The heavens burst open and Christ
returns to judge and make war.” “His eyes are like blazing fire and on his head are many crowns.”
“He’s followed by the armies of heaven and he is the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS”.
Though many supposed Bible students have made fools of themselves setting the time of Christ’s return, it was
Jesus himself who said, “You do not know the day or the hour” (Matthew 25:13). However, there are repeated warnings
that His coming will be a surprise to most people. By receiving Him as Savior now, you will not meet Him as judge then!