PROOF JESUS IS COMING BACK
Fifty years ago, when I was a young Christian, prophecy and Jesus’ return were common topics of books, sermons and conversation. That seems to have taken a back seat during the present time. Does that mean that those who have been expecting Jesus to return were mistaken? Is He not going to come back? Despite what scoffers say (2 Peter 3:3-10), He will be back. You can count on it. Here’s proof we can now that for sure.
God Promises Jesus will come back. The Old Testament is full of Messianic promise–that promised is its main focus. From beginning (Genesis 3:15) to end (Malachi 4:2), the entire Old Testament is filled with prophecies of the coming Deliverer–at least 333 distinct promises, by one count.
There are more than 100 prophecies dealing with the first advent of Christ. All of them were fulfilled precisely, literally. His riding on a donkey, the parting of his garments, the piercing of His hands and feet, and the vivid prophecies of His rejection by men in Isaiah 53–all these might have been interpreted symbolically by Old Testament scholars before Christ. But the New Testament record repeatedly reports that such things were fulfilled in the most literal sense, so “that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled” (Matthew 26:56; cf. 2:15; 4:14-16; 8:17; 12:17-21; 13:35; 21:4-5; 27:35; John 12:38; 15:25; 19:24, 28).
God cannot lie and He will not change His mind (Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2). What He promised will happen.
Jesus Himself promised He would return. Jesus often spoke of His coming to earth again (Matthew 24; Luke 21). He stated: “You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven” (Mark 14:62). One of His last promises to His followers was “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” (John 14:2-3). If He doesn’t return, He will have been a liar.
The inspired Scriptures Promise His return. God’s Holy Spirit led Paul (1 Corinthians 1:4-7; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; etc.), Peter (1 Peter 1:13; 1 Peter 5:4; 2 Peter 3) and John (1 John 3:2) to write in detail about Jesus’ appearance and return.
Jesus will come for His Bride. One of the descriptions of the Body of Believers today is the “Bride of Christ” (Ephesians 5:22-33; Revelation 19:6-9). Marriage is one picture of Christians and Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2) and shows His love and care for us (Matthew 25; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:6-9). That’s why we know He will be back for us, as a groom going for His bride (John 14:2-3).
We look forward to His rescue from this evil world. He will come to take us out of the sin and suffering we face in this world (Matthew 16:27; John 5:28-29). That is our blessed hope (Titus 2:13). His return will bring final and total judgment on sin and sinners (1 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Jude 1:14-15; Revelation 19:11-16).
Satan is now the ruler of this present world system (John 12:31; John 14:30; John 16:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; Ephesians 6:12; 1 John 5:19). But Jesus will take back dominion when He returns and brings eternal judgment to Satan and His demons (Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10).
The Second Coming is not supposed to make us stop what we’re doing to wait for the Lord’s return. And neither should it motivate us to focus all your attention on the events and political developments of this world. Instead, it should prompt us to holiness as we direct our heart toward Christ, whose coming every believer anticipates with joy.
Titus 2: 11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
How often do you think about Jesus’ return? Is it just when you want to escape this life, or is it because you really are anxious to be with Him?
If you knew He was coming today, is there anything you’d want to take care of first? Do it now!
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
(India Outreach, Spiritual Warfare, Family Ministries, Counseling, World View)
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