I Believe in the Return of JesusJuly 17, 2017
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There are many different opinions about the end times. How will Jesus return? When will Jesus return? What will the world be like when Jesus returns? What will happen when He comes back? Will there be a millennium? Who will be the anti-Christ?
Although there is much debate about this topic, my goal in this blog is to discuss what Christians agree on with regards to the return of Jesus.
Here's what we know about what will happen at the end of the story:
- We don't know when Jesus is coming.
- The world will know when Jesus arrives.
- Everyone who ever lived will face judgment day.
- The righteous will go to Heaven with new, glorified bodies. The unrighteous will go to Hell.
- Satan will be defeated.
- There will be a new heavens and a new earth.
- We are living in the last days. We must be ready!
We don't know when Jesus is coming.
There have been many people throughout history who have believed they received special revelation from God where they know exactly when Jesus will return. All of these people have been dead wrong.
The Bible tells us over and over again that we don't know the time or hour when Jesus will return (Matthew 24: 36, 42, 44). He will come like a thief in the night.
Don't even try to guess when He will come. Just know it could be today.
The world will know when He arrives.
Matthew 24:30 says:
At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.
When He comes, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 tells us there will be a loud command from the voice of the archangel, and a loud trumpet call will sound. The world will hear and will see Jesus coming from the sky.
All the nations of the earth will mourn because...
Everyone who has ever lived will face Judgment Day.
The final judgment day will be both for the Christian and the non-Christian, for the righteous and the wicked. We will all have to give account for all the sins we have ever done.
2 Corinthians 5:10 says:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Every work, every thought will be judged (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matt. 12:36). All secrets will be made known (Luke 12:2-3) and God will judge them (Romans 2:16).
For those who never put their faith and trust in Jesus, they will be sent to Hell (Romans 2:5,8). On judgment day, Christians have no reason to fear eternal condemnation because their sins are forgiven and there is no condemnation for those who believe in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:1; John 5:24). Instead, they will receive new, glorified bodies (see 1 Corinthians 15:52-53).
The righteous wil go to heaven and receive new, glorified bodies. The unrighteous will go to Hell.
When Jesus returns, Satan will be defeated.
Revelation 20:10 says,
And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
No longer will this world be deceived by the Father of lies, the great Accuser. Instead, he will be thrown into Hell for all of eternity, never to bother us again!
There will be a new Heavens and a new earth.
Revelation 21:1-2 says:
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
I believe Jesus will come to this earth and make this into a new and glorified place. He will restore all the brokenness and will give this world a complete facelift, making it a new heavens and a new earth.
We all know enough about the end of time. We are living in the last days, and we must all be prepared for when He does arrive.
Join me in saying, "Come, Lord Jesus, Come (Revelation 22:20)."