19. The First 'Second Coming' of Jesus Christ happens now.

"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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Declaration

Jesus Christ will come four times. 1: He became God at his ascension; and came back to turn us away from iniquities. If you are hardening your heart, you will hear him any day. 2: It is the rapture. 3: It is Millennium. 4: End this world; and open heaven and hell. All the four are called, as 'Second Coming'.  

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This is, Declaration of Faith #19. Topic is: The First 'Second Coming' of Jesus Christ happens now.

Explanation

There are four Second comings of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ was God the Word. He became a man of flesh, came to the world, sacrificed himself on the cross, and became the author of salvation to the whole world. This was his first coming. He was resurrected after his death, ascended to heaven, and he has become God in the omnipotent Spirit as before. The Scripture says that Jesus Christ will come to the world again, not as a man like before, but as God to deal with people. We refer his visits as the Second Coming. Jesus Christ will come for four times for four different reasons. The funny part is that the churches do not distinguish the differences, but they call all of them as one second coming. In the process, they make a lot of errors. Anyhow, let us study it as four second comings.

1. Jesus Christ has already come.

Acts 3:26 says, "God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." So, soon after his resurrection, God the Father reinstated him as God in the Omnipotent Spirit body as before, and sent him back to the world again for another mission. It is to turn people away from their iniquities. So, Jesus Christ has come, and he is here in this world. This is Second coming. This is the first second coming that has happened. Bible teachers read the pertinent scriptures and say that he may come at any time, without realizing that he has already come. Now, Jesus Christ is in heaven on the right hand of the Father, and at the same time, he is on the earth as omnipresent God doing his mission. If we accept Jesus Christ as God, he will turn us from our iniquities now. "Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 ... 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." This work is done by God Jesus Christ in us supernaturally. Now, he gives us grace, or he gives himself as grace, and he is teaching us how to live in verse 11&12. Verse 14 refers to what he is doing now in us. So, he is doing work in us, and we are doing good works for him, he and us, both are doing work. Some preachers preach that it is done by him alone, Jesus alone, etc, but that is deception. It is the work of both. However, if we do not respond to him, he will give us a severe warning. Let us see two scripture references.

"Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. The context is, Jesus is talking to the churches in chapter 2&3. In 3:14-22 he is talking to the church of the Laodiceans. So, this message is to; a back sliding church. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. It appears that the message is to the whole church. Yes, it is for the church, but it is individual message to each and everyone personally. If any man, come into him, sup with him, he with me, it is personal. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." He points out that he overcame and that is why he is sitting on the throne. Then, he rebukes and chastise them. It is that, we still have the spirit, but we do not follow the spirit. So, Jesus Christ gives us the choice to accept him or not. How? Open the door to feast with him, what is the feast, What is the dinner? It is his word and instructions saying how to follow him. If you do not open the door, or do not accept him, he will just walk away, meaning that the holy spirit will be taken from us. If we feast with him, we will understand his word, receive spirit and power. If we do; we may overcome sin, flesh and the world. Then we will inherit his kingdom. So, his visit on this day will be the most important one in your life. This is the day that either he will accept you, or reject you for ever. This is personal to you, yet this is his "second coming" to you. If he has not visited you so far, he may visit you on any day. This will be the only "second coming" we will ever see.

The next scripture is Hebrews 3: "7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14... 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." This is a warning, with an example in the old testament. They all fell in the wilderness and died one by one. This is a sad example. Now he says to you; today if ye hear his voice, harden not your heart. It is serious. If we have not turned away from our sins yet, he may visit your soul any day. This will be his personal second coming to you. "Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." You may read Matthew 25:1-13. Verse 13 says, "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." This is about the personal second coming, but not the end of the world. This particular day will be intense and you will know it. You may make it, or lose it, on this day. It will not be a dream, but it will be real. Your eternity is at stake. So, make up your mind now, so that, it may not be a total surprise. God says, therefore be ye also ready.

There are three more second comings

We just saw the first second coming. The second one is to rapture his church. Jesus Christ will first raise the dead in him. Then he catch them up, who are alive and remain in him, and he will take them in the clouds. This is the second "second coming." We call it as "Rapture." The word rapture is not in the Bible. Some people make an issue out of it. But the incident is important than the name. Churches preach that the rapture may happen at any time now. But scripture says, that it will not happen until Satan is revealed, who shows himself as God and is worshipped. Bible says, Satan will not be revealed at least for another 300 years. So, we will not see rapture. If we listen to the preachers, at rapture, half of the air planes will have no pilots, half of the drivers on the express ways will disappear, and so on. But scripture says that only those who are in Christ will be caught up, but not those who are in air planes and cars. In the rapture, there may not be many, and the world may not even recognize the event. So, rapture will come and go without notice. However, it will be 300 years away, but not now.

The third is to reign in the Millennium. Soon after the rapture, there will be the great tribulation. True Christians and the Jews will be crushed almost to nothing. At the end of this tribulation, Jews will recognize that Jesus Christ is their Messiah and will call upon him to save them. Christians will also call upon him. Jesus Christ will strike the persecutors as God, and deliver the Jews and Christians. Also, he will come with his saints and will reign in the promised land for a thousand years. It will be the third "second coming." Satan will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit for this thousand years, and so he cannot deceive anybody during this time. Millennium is only on the land promised to Abraham, but not on the entire world.

His fourth and the last "second coming" is to end this world. Our heaven and earth, which is the present solar system, will be dissolved by fire. Jesus Christ will bring a new earth and new heavens. That day will come as a thief in the night, as men least expect it. However, it will not happen for another 2100 years, according to scripture. Then, Jesus Christ will judge everyone in truth and in righteousness, according to their works. 'The righteous' will be taken to heaven, 'the evil' will be cast into hell and then thrown in the lake of fire. It is the end of the present world, and the beginning of eternal kingdom of God.

These are the four second comings. Rapture and the end of the world are very common and famous among Christians. They preach that these may happen at any day now and the signs of the end is here. Well, what to say. No, these won't happen now according to Bible. I will explain the last three second comings in detail, on the next session, which will be declaration #20.

Thank you for listening, God bless you and be with you. Amen.

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