THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

I Thess. 4:13-18

As Christians, we find great comfort in the fact that Christ is coming again.

1. Christ is coming for those “who look for Him(Heb. 9:28).

2. When Christ comes for His own, He will change their vile bodies into the likeness of His glorious body (I Jn. 3:2).

Note some truths concerning the Second Coming of Christ.

I. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT TRUTHS IN THE BIBLE

A. One out of every 30 verses in the Bible mentions the Second Coming of Christ.

B. The Second Coming is mentioned 8 times to every one time the first coming (the incarnation) is mentioned.

C. It is the theme of Old Testament Prophecy.

D. Jesus spoke many times concerning His Second Coming. Jn. 14:1-3; Mt. 25:13; Lk. 21:25-28.

E. The apostles proclaimed the Second Coming of Christ. Acts 3:19-21.

F. The angels testified to Christ’s Second Coming. Acts 1:11.

II. THE SECOND COMING IS THE BLESSED HOPE OF THE CHRISTIAN  Tit. 2:13

A. The Second Coming is a doctrine of great comfort. I Thess. 4:18.

B. The Second Coming is comfort in time of persecution. II Thess. 1:6-10.

III. THE EVENTS OF THE SECOND COMING

Note some things that will take place when the Lord comes.

A. His return will be personal and visible. Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16

B. All the saints that have died will be resurrected at Christ’s return. I Thess. 4:16.

C. The Christians who are alive will be caught up together with the resurrected dead to meet Jesus. I Thess. 4:17; I Cor. 15:51-53.

IV. THE TIME OF THE SECOND COMING

A. The Lord will come at a time of great wickedness and immorality.

The days before His coming are compared to the days of Noah and Lot. Lk. 17:26-30.

B. The time of Christ’s Second Coming will be a period of worldwide mockery. II Pet.3:3-4.

C. Christ is coming when He is least expected. Mt. 24:42-51; Mt. 25:13.

SUMMARY

All prophecies in the Scripture concerning Christ Second Coming have already been fulfilled.

His return will mark the end of the church age, which will be followed by the Tribulation period of seven years.

Following the Tribulation, Jesus will come in glory with His saints, to establish His kingdom of a thousand years (Millennium).  This phase of His Second Coming is known as His “coming in glory,” or as His “revelation.”