CHRIST’S IMMINENT RETURN
May 10, 2009
The doctrine of Christ’s imminent return has been under attack for a long, long time. Jesus exhorts His believers to be busy spreading the Gospel and never forget that He could return at any moment. We do not know the hour or the day of His return, neither do we know when we might be called home to glory if we are called before the rapture of the church. Therefore Jesus says “keep watching”.
THE GREAT ESCAPE
LUKE 21:34-36 Jesus admonishes Christians not to be preoccupied with the cares of this life. He promises that the faithful will be accounted worthy to escape the terrible things that will come on the earth after the rapture.
Luke 17:28-30; Matthew 24:38-39 On the Day He is revealed it will be like any other average, boring day. People will be building, buying, selling, eating and drinking. As in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the days of Noah, people will be so caught up with the everyday cares of this life that they will neglect the warnings and cries of God’s people until it is to late for them.
Matthew 24:42; 25:13 The obvious teaching here is that Christians are to be alert at all times and aware that Jesus can and will come at any moment, therefore we are “to watch”.
DISCERNING THE SIGNS
Luke 12:40, 54-56 In this section of Scripture, Jesus warns us that He will come without warning. He also illustrates that there will be very few that can use their reasoning abilities to view what is happening regarding spiritual matters pertaining to His return.
Hebrews 11:13-16 This wonderful section of the Bible has been here for thousands of years yet people do not understand that these people were real and they believed God’s promises and knew that this earth was not their permanent residence. These “heroes of the faith” are part of God’s testimony that Christ is coming again and take us to our “permanent home” which is called “New Jerusalem”.
ARE WE WATCHING?
Matthew 24:43-47 Jesus makes it clear: He is coming when you don’t expect it. Those who are busy about the master’s business will not be caught by surprise, and will be rewarded accordingly.
Matthew 24:48-51 The opposite of good is bad, so here we see people who willfully refuse to be saved and have no clue to ever look and watch for our Lord’s return.
Revelation 3:3 Here in the last book of the Bible, Jesus gives this church direct orders to always be on the “watch” because if we do not “watch” we will not discern the time of His coming.
I Thessalonians 5:2-9 Here we see the Apostle Paul teaching that Christians will escape the Day of The Lord. The “Day of The Lord” is synonymous with the Tribulation Period, or the time of the Wrath of God on the unbelieving world.
II Peter 3:3-6 The Apostle Peter tells us that in this church age (the last days) there will be scoffers that will laugh and make fun of believers who wait and watch for the rapture of the church and those of us who know that after the rapture Jesus will rain down His wrath upon an unbelieving world.