In these weary days of a pandemic, one relevant question that comes to mind is whether Jesus Christ will return a second time as promised. People are looking for hope, and whether they believe it or not, the only real hope in this life is the establishment of God’s kingdom righhjt here on earth. More pandemic will come, more natural disasters, more war, violence, and crime, but the real solution lies in the Second Coming of the Jesus Christ.
There are many people, professing Christians, and non-Christians alike, who believe Jesus Christ, will not return as promised. The Jesus Seminar, a group of Christian scholars, for example, claim He never promised to return while others say it’s just a theory created by His followers. Yet others say much of the reference used to justify His coming are merely allegories.
However, how do you square off that thinking with the many references in the Holy Bible about the Second Coming? Are they just figurative language not to be taken literally? Hardly, not when the vast majority of these texts are clear, precise, and used in the appropriate context.
Here are a few: Heb. 9:28 So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Rev. 1:7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
Matt. 24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
I Thess. 4:16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
Titus 2:13 Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jam. 5:7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.
Col. 3:4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
There are many other scriptures to prove the Second Coming, but space does not allow them to be used here. However, the other truth is without the return of Jesus Christ humanity is doomed. We will remain dead in our graves with no hope, no future, but the sacrifice of God’s only begotten Son changes everything. Jesus was the “firstfruit,” of the resurrection. “As in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; then at His Coming, those who belong to Him. Then the end will come…” (1 Cor. 15:22). He must return, as promised, because God cannot lie (Titus 1:2).
Jesus promised to establish an everlasting kingdom on Earth when He Returns and that kingdom is not here yet. Mark 1:15 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Furthermore, humanity is heading for destruction–human civilization is in decline. Even scientists agree the universe is heading for a big crunch. Unless God intervenes, annihilation stares us in the face (Matt. 24).
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be,” Rev. 22:12. For more on the subject of Christ’s return, download our FREE booklet WHY CHRIST MUST RETURN.