What does “The Coming of Christ” refer to?
When Jesus first came to the world 2000 years ago, He came in the flesh as the Saviour of mankind. He proclaimed the gospel of salvation, died on the cross, resurrected and ascended back to heaven in glory(1 Tim 3:16). The next time He comes, it will be in judgment.The Bible says that every eye will behold Him, including those who crucified Him (Rev 1:7).
The second coming of Jesus is the time when He will return to the world to execute judgment and take the saved believers to heaven. The Bible refers to it as “the day of the Lord” (1 Thess 5:2; 2 Pet 3:10), “the day of God” (2 Pet 3:12), “the day of Christ” (2 Thess 2:2), or, simply, “the/that Day” (Mt 24:36; Lk 21:34; 1 Cor 3:13; 2 Thess 2:3). Jesus describes His second coming in this way: “Then the sign ofthe Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other”(Mt 24:30–31).
What does “The Coming of Christ” signifies?
The Lord’s second coming will mark the end of the corrupt earth, which He will destroy with fire (2 Pet 3:10, 12). In its place will be “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet 3:13; cf. Rev 21:1). Elder Peter reminds us to strive for holiness and godliness so that we will be ready for that day (2 Pet 3:11–14).
When will “The Coming of Christ” take place?
Jesus says, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (Mt 24:36; cf. Acts 1:7).
It is God’s good will for the timing of Jesus’ second coming to remain hidden. Not knowing on our part compels us to stay alert (1 Thess 5:6), to avoid focusing on the transient things of life (2 Cor 4:18; Col 3:2–4), and to keep ourselves holy and blameless (2 Pet 3:14).
Although God does not give us the date, He allows us to know that the Lord is near.
How near is He?
The Bible says, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Mt 24:44). It also warns that not everyone will be prepared. Some people will:
1. Say, “Peace and safety!” whereupon destruction comes suddenly (1 Thess 5:3).
2. Be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the cares of life (Lk 21:34).
3. Be eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting and building (Lk 17:28).
4. Be slumbering when the cry goes out at midnight to meet the Lord (Mt 25:6; Rom 13:11).
5. Say in their hearts, “My master is delaying his coming” (Lk 12:45).
6. Find their lamps going out for want of oil (Mt 25:8).
7. Stubbornly refuse to repent (Rev 2:5; 3:3; 9:21; 16:9, 11).
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