"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
The Bible describes four different events and their purposes for which Jesus comes again. We refer to them all as the "second coming." They are: 1) To turn us from our sins, 2) To rapture his church, 3) To reign in the Millennium, 4) To end the world and to establish the new earth and new heavens.
The four events are: 1. Jesus Christ has already come, soon after his resurrection, to turn away every one of his people from their iniquities. 2. He will come with his people and will catch up the rest. 3. He will come and establish his Millennium reign. 4. He will come, destroy this world, create new earth and new heaven. Anyone of these major events is called as the second coming of Jesus Christ. Rapture, the end of the world are very common subjects among evangelical Christians.
1. Jesus Christ is already here. Preachers say that he may come any time, without knowing that he has already come. Acts 3:26 God having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Matthew 28:20 Jesus Christ tells to teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. As God (omnipresent), Jesus Christ is in heaven and on earth. Second Coming of Jesus is here, turning us from our iniquities, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts. 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. And Jesus Christ may come anytime before a sinner to give eternal verdict according to, Hebrews 3:7-18, etc. But all of them are partially right and most of the rest are totally wrong.
2. Jesus Christ will come to raise and rapture his people. "1 Thessalonians 4:14 them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 16 the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then, we which are alive and remain shall be caught up with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:" So, Jesus Christ will raise and rapture them who were in him. But, the tragedy is, most Christians are taught to say that they are in Jesus Christ, while they are in sin. But no sin can enter Jesus Christ in heavenly places. If we are in sin, we are not in Jesus Christ. It is deception to say we are in Jesus Christ while we are in sin. But he is doing his work in his people now. Ephesians 5:27 says Jesus Christ "might present to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." So, Jesus Christ is converting them to be holy, spotless, without any blemish for himself. Ephesians 2:6 he "hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" That is, Jesus Christ, pulls them out of sin and have their spirits seated in himself in heaven. As they die, they will sleep in him. Jesus Christ is doing this work for the last 2000 years.
3. Jesus Christ will establish Millennium reign. Jews were attacked so many times and challenged even now that they will be eradicated from the face of the earth. Millennium is not the end time, however it will not be in the near future. But, in a short distant future, Jews (Israel) will be crushed almost to non existence. At that time they will realize that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and repent for what the Jews have done to him. They will call Jesus Christ to save them, since he is their Messiah. "Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn." At that time Jesus Christ will come and reign as their Messiah for thousand years. This is called the Millennium reign. One more very important event at this time is this. Satan will be bound during this time and he will be freed at the end of Millennium.
4. The fourth and the last event of Second Coming is the end of the world. Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for 1000 years and he will be loosed as in Revelation 20:1-3. With his influence, the 7 heads and 10 horns will begin to rule. Most Bible teachers say that the 7 heads rule is Pope and the Catholic church. No, it is not. The rule will not even start until Satan comes out of the bottomless pit. Almost 800 years into their reign, Jesus Christ will destroy this world and make all things new. "2 Peter 3:10 the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." That is, Jesus Christ will destroy this world in total surprise.
For more scriptural information, please click on the links. Links are: "Second Coming Video", "Short Lesson", "Rapture". Thank you.
God Bless You