The Second Coming of Jesus
1 Thess. 4
This morning were going to talk about the second coming of Jesus, which is one of the most exciting subjects in all of the world. I could spend a long time thinking about the glorious return of Jesus. We believe that Jesus is coming again in power and in victory, and when He comes He is going to establish His kingdom upon the earth; He is doing to bring a new heaven and a new earth and glorify Himself in all of the universe. In big, boxcar letters throughout the New Testament and the Old Testament, the Bible is saying, ''Jesus is coming again.''
First, He is coming VISIBLY. For the scripture says, ''Every eye shall see Him. There are some who try to spiritualize or rationalize the Second Coming of Christ. I've heard people say Jesus comes again when we die, and takes us to heaven. No, ''This same Jesus which you have seen taken up from you into heaven will so come in like manner (in the same way) as you have seen Him so.''
Those disciples were standing on the Mount of Olives; Jesus had just descended into the clouds. They were standing there with their mouths gaping open, gazing into the heavens, wondering what had just happened, and the angel of the Lord said, ''Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up into heaven? This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven will so come in like manner as you have seen him go. Every eye shall see him!
Others have tried to say, ''Well, the Second Coming is when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost. Christ came again.''
U-uh. Jesus is coming again, visibly. Every eye shall see Him!
Others try to say, ''Well, it is political.'' Jesus came again when the judgment came on Jerusalem in AD 70. Uh-uh. Jesus said, ''Every eye shall see me and I shall so come in like manner as you have seen me go.''
Second, not only is He coming visibly, but JESUS IS COMING AGAIN VICTORIOUSLY! It seems now that perhaps the Gospel and the Christian life and faith is getting ...
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