The King Is Coming (2 of 39) by James Merritt

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THE KING IS COMING (2 of 39)
THE KING IS COMING
DR. JAMES MERRITT
REVELATION 1:7-8

INTRODUCTION

1. ONE OF THE THINGS YOU LEARN VERY QUICKLY IN THE
MINISTRY IS THAT IF YOU WANT TO GET A DISCUSSION
STARTED JUST TALK ABOUT THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS. A
WEEK OR SO AGO I WAS WITH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TEACHING
THEM ON A WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND I WAS JUST ENTERTAINING
QUESTIONS FROM THEM AND ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THEY
ASKED, THE QUESTION UPON WHICH WE SPENT THE MOST TIME
ON, WAS "WHAT ABOUT THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS?" I
WANT TO SAY 3 OR 4 THINGS ABOUT THE SUBJECT OF THE
SECOND COMING OF JESUS.

2. THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS IS NOT TO BE A SUBJECT
OF SPECULATION. LOOK AT MARK 13-1-5 AND 928-377 THE
POINT THAT JESUS IS MAKING HERE IS THAT SPECULATION
ABOUT HIS COMING IS BOTH FUTILE AND FOOLISH. HE SAID
THAT EVEN THE SON OF MAN DOES NOT KNOW WHEN HE IS
COMING, WHEN THE HOUR OF HIS COMING IS. AND SO WE ARE
NOT TO SPECULATE ON DATES. WE ARE NOT TO SPECULATE ON
THE DAY. THE HALLWAY OF CHURCH HISTORY IS LITTERED
WITH CORPSES OF FALSE PROPHETS WHO HAD CLAIMED TO HAVE
FIGURED OUT THE EXACT DATE OF THE SECOND COMING OF
JESUS. BEWARE OF ANYONE WHO ENTERS INTO EMPTY
SPECULATION ABOUT THE EXACT DATE OF THE SECOND COMING
OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

3. IT IS NOT TO BE A SUBJECT OF ARGUMENTATION. LOOK AT
TITUS 3:9. THEN LOOK AT, TIMOTHY 1:4. THEN LOOK AT II
TIMOTHY 2:14. NOW THE POINT OF ALL OF THESE PASSAGES
IS THAT THE SUBJECT OF THE SECOND COMING WHILE IT CAN
BE A SOURCE OF DISCUSSION SHOULD NEVER BE A SOURCE OF
DEBATE AND SHOULD 'NEVER BE A SOURCE OF DIVISION. THE
SECOND COMING IS NOT TO BE ARGUED. IT IS TO BE
ACCEPTED. AND AS LONG AS WE ALL BELIEVE THE ONE FACT
THAT JESUS IS COMING AGAIN THERE IS NO REASON WHY WE
CANNOT FELLOWSHIP ONE WITH ANOTHER.

4. IT IS TO BE A SUBJECT OF INSPIRATION. LOOK AT I
THESSALONIANS 4:13-18. PAUL HERE IS DESCRIBING THE
SECOND COMING OF JESUS AND HE DESCRIBES IT FOR THE
MAJOR PURPOS ...


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