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The Second Coming of Christ

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The Second Coming of Christ

The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is the Church's great hope. We, as Christians, all look forward to this event with great anticipation. The Second Coming gives us a striking expectation of the great and glorious things that will take place at His appearance. It also provides us with a faith picture of how we will be changed in the twinkling of an eye to be wholly conformed into Christ’s image. We will be delivered and freed from the bondage of this flesh, as the passage below details.

1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.

There are many views amongst Christians as to when Jesus will return. The objective here is not to lift one view above another, but to simply look at the fact that Jesus will return in the near future and how we must prepare ourselves for this momentous event the Church has been anticipating since the ascension of Jesus to the Father following His resurrection from the dead.

Acts 1:9-11 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."

Let’s keep in mind that no one knows the day nor the hour, but that doesn’t mean we should be ignorant of the season as Jesus reminded us, when He said, "But of that day and hour, no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

Even though we won’t know the day or the hour of His return, God expects us to be aware of our seasons. We see where Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and the Sadducees for not being able to discern the signs of the times.

Matthew 16:2-3 He answered and said to them, "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red'; 3 "and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

Jesus wants us to be like the sons of Issachar, who understood their times, and knew what Israel should do. There must be those in the Church today who understand the times, who also know what the Church should do to prepare for the second coming of Christ. Many of the signs Jesus and other Bible writers said would precede His coming seem to be apparent in our current season of time. It could be that we are now in the season Jesus spoke of concerning the coming birth pangs

Mark 13:7-8 "But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. 8 "For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.

With an understanding that we are most likely at the beginning of the birth pangs Jesus spoke of, we must make sure we prepare ourselves for His coming, lest we get caught sleeping. We don’t want to be caught unprepared like the foolish virgins Jesus spoke of in His parable.

Luke 21:34 "But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.

Before the Second Coming of Christ, the great challenge for the Christian will be to maintain a state of readiness. Because, when Jesus returns, He’s coming for a bride that has made herself ready and is full of faith.

Revelation 19:7 "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."

Matthew 25:10 "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

Jesus’ parable of the ten virgins reveals that the determining factor in being ready is the amount of oil in our vessels. Oil is always symbolic of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Therefore, we must have an ongoing vibrant relationship with the Holy Spirit, keeping ourselves stirred up in the faith if we want to be among those who will be ready when the Bridegroom comes for His bride.

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