“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:25–28).
Jesus is coming! He is coming swiftly! He is coming suddenly and we must be ready. In Matthew 26 Jesus said, “Nevertheless I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven.”
The angels said He would come again. The Holy Ghost, by the mouth of the apostles said He would come again. Paul said, “But ye brethren are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief.” In the fourth chapter of the book of Thessalonians, Paul wrote “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” The last book of the Bible, Revelation, begins and ends with the theme of His coming. Every chapter relates to this subject. World events revolve around it. Jesus is coming and nothing or no one can stop Him.
The second coming of Christ should be the foremost hope in our minds. It is the key factor in our faith. At the time of His ascension, the angels stood by and spoke to those who had been with him and said, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven.”
At His first coming he put off his glory and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men. He was clothed with the veil of flesh, but at His second coming, he will be clothed with the garments of God. At his first coming, he appeared in weakness, an infant in a manger, but at his second coming, he shall appear in power as the King of Glory, the sign of His exaltation before God the Father.
He is coming in the glory of the Father, He is coming in the glory of the angels as the Captain of the Host of Heaven. He is coming in the glory of the church as the bridegroom with the bride. The Son of God, the root and offspring of David. The Son of Man; born of a woman, the crucified man, the risen man, the infinite eternal man; the one who was God and man—Jesus Christ. He is coming as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. “He which testifieth these things saith, surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).
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