THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST
For a couple of thousand years now Christians have been looking forward to and expecting the return of Jesus Christ. Some
people don't think that Jesus is coming back while others claim Jesus already came back. I will approach this subject by the
basic questions that bible students ask themselves while studying the bible. These basic questions are Who?, What?, When?,
Where?, Why? and How? In this case the "who?" is Jesus Christ and the "what?" is his return. Now let us take a look at "why?'
1. Why do Christians expect Jesus to return?
Jesus said he would return. The disciples expected Jesus to return because he said that he would return.
John 14:1-3 "Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. "In My Father's house are many dwelling
places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for 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.
Later we see that Jesus' disciples understood that he would return because they asked him "what will be the sign of Your
Matt 24:3 And as He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these
things be, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
If Jesus was not going to return he should have told his disciples they were mistaken when they asked "what will be the sign of
Your coming?". Jesus answered the question by telling them what things would first take place and then concluding when he
Matt 24:29-30 "But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken, and then the sign of the Son of Man will
appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the
sky with power and great glory.
The bible tells us Jesus will return.
The New Testament is scattered with references of the return of Jesus Christ. We as Christians are not building a doctrine on a
single isolated scripture, but rather a central teaching of the New Testament. Following are just a few of these references.
1 Cor 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming,
1Thes 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of
God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
II Th 1:9-10 And these will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His
power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed-- for our
testimony to you was believed.
Heb 9:28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without
reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.
Rev 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the
earth will mourn over Him. Even so. Amen.
Rev 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
All prophecies have been accurate.
The Bible is full of prophecies that have come to pass just as the bible foretold. Many of these prophecies are concerning
Jesus. For example before Jesus was born;
(1) The bible declared that he would be born of a virgin.
(2) The bible declared that his bloodline would be traced to Abraham going through David, Jesse, Judah, Jacob and Isaac.
(3) The bible declared that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem and he would be proceeded by a messenger. (John the Baptist).
(4)The bible declared that Jesus would be a performer of miracles and teacher of parables.
(5) The bible declared that Jesus would be betrayed by a friend and sold for 30 pieces of silver. Furthermore this money would
be thrown down in the house of the Lord and the money would be used to buy Potter's field.
(6) The bible declared that Jesus' hands and feet would be pierced and they would gamble over his clothing.
(7) The bible also declared that Jesus' bones would not be broken, but his side would be pierced and there would be darkness
over the land.
(8)The bible declared that Jesus would be buried in a rich man's tomb and that he would not remain dead.
(9) Jesus himself declared that he would be killed and that he would rise from the dead. Considering the fact that all of this and
many more prophecies came to pass just as the bible declared; it is then reasonable to expect that Jesus will return just as the
bible declares. Prophecy
The expectation of the return of Jesus Christ has been passed down to us by eyewitnesses.
The writers in the New Testament that tell us that Jesus will return were eyewitnesses of the resurrected Jesus. The disciples
had seen Jesus die and then later they spent time with him over a period of forty days after Jesus rose from the dead. All of the
disciples except John who was exiled; died as martyrs for their belief that this actually happened. These men also heard Jesus
say that he would return. Since Jesus said he would rise from the dead and then rose from the dead just as he said; it is
reasonable to expect him to return just as he said. We have the testimony of eyewitnesses who were willing to die for their
belief that Jesus rose from the dead and said he would return.
Acts 5:30-32 (Peter's statement) "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a
cross. "He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and
forgiveness of sins. "And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey
2 Pet 1:16 (Peter's statement) "For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty."
I Jn 1:1-2 (John's statement) "What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we
beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life, and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness
and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us"
Acts 4:33 (comment from Luke) And with great power the apostles were giving witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,
and abundant grace was upon them all.
People declaring that Jesus will not return was also foretold.
2 Pet 3:3-4 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and
saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the
beginning of creation."
Matt 24:48-51 "But if that evil slave says in his heart, 'My master is not coming for a long time,' and shall begin to beat his fellow
slaves and eat and drink with drunkards; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an
hour which he does not know, and shall cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; weeping shall be there
and the gnashing of teeth.
2 Pet 3:8-9 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not
wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
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