The Return of Christ
It's in the news - wars and rumors of wars, famine, disease, earthquakes and other natural disasters. What does it all mean? Is Jesus returning soon? For decades, Christian ministers have been proclaiming that Christ could return at any time. Yet Christ has not returned. The Bible indicates what must first come to pass before Jesus returns to rule this Earth for 1,000 years. Study these things so that you can avoid being caught up in mis-guided teachings about when Jesus will return.
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Jesus Is Coming Again
by George Clark
"Let not your heart be troubled. Ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-4)
...and a cloud received him out of their sight. (Acts 1:9)
Jesus is coming again! That "the coming of the Lord draweth nigh" is being borne witness as never before. Even unconverted people on the street feel that something is taking shape. The people of God know what it is: the "last days" of man's rule on earth and the return of the Lord. Sincere children of God everywhere are putting on "the whole armour of God" that they may "be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" in this evil day, for they know what lies ahead.
Jesus told his disciples that his saints would suffer great tribulation in the last days, and that "after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth, to the uttermost part of heaven" (Mk.13:24-27).
The return of Jesus is being heralded in perhaps an unprecedented manner. The saints of God every where are waiting, watching, and praying for the time when they shall see Jesus, "who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body" (Phip.3:21). "But of that day and that hour", we are told, "knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray, for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house [the body of Christ], and gave authority to his servants [ministers], and to every man [member] his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore, for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning, lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all: 'Watch'" (Mk.13:32-37).
Those who believe in a visible, personal coming of Jesus are not following "cunningly devised fables", for our Lord repeatedly stated that he would return to earth and receive the faithful unto himself. Yes, our Lord promised to return for his bride, the faithful of the body of Christ, and this he will do at the close of this age.
The writer of Hebrews tells us, "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many. And unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation" (Heb.9:27-28). Just before he faced death, that old warrior, the apostle Paul, joyfully exclaimed, "There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day - and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing" (2Tim.4:8). Oh, how those thrilling words have echoed in the souls of godly men through the centuries, and that echo has revived hope and encouraged the hearts of all who are seeking to be counted worthy of God's eternal rest. We understand from Paul's words that the faithful saints' expectation of the personal return of Jesus may grow beyond a mere longing, even to the point of loving his appearing. Reader, such a love is demonstrated by obedience to his commandments, including his charge to "Take ye heed, watch and pray."
Paul tells us, "The day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. . . . But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. . . . Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night, and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ" (1Thess.5:2-9).
The hope of our Lord's return vibrates through and touches the tenderest chord in the heart of each child of God. The thought of his coming sets on fire the passions of praise and gives hope and faith to all who are watching and praying. The bride cherishes the thought of the bridegroom's coming, anxious to see the one she loves. Beloved, "it is high time to awake out of sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Indeed, "the night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness", as Paul further entreats, "and let us put on the armour of light" (Rom.13:11-12), for our king is coming to punish the wicked and to reward the righteous.
The angels confirmed Jesus's promise to return the second time by saying to his followers, "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11). This is worded to meet the requirement of the most exacting legalist. "In like manner" means "exactly as" or "in the very same way".
We are told that "a cloud received him out of their sight"; and Jesus declared in Mark 14:62, "Ye shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven." Angels were present when he went away, and of his second coming we read in Mark 8:38, "The Son of man . . . cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." Our Lord ascended from the Mount of Olives, and Zechariah (14:4), speaking of our Lord's return, tells us, "His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives". Is not this "in like manner," or "in the very same way"? The most technical scholar could not ask for a more perfect wording than we have here, concerning the promise of our Redeemer's return to earth.
Listen to a few biblical testimonies concerning the second coming of Jesus:
Paul's Testimony On Jesus's Return
1Thess.4:15-18 - "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not precede them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
Peter's Testimony On Jesus's Return
Acts 3:19-21 - "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you, whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by all His holy prophets since the world began."
James's Testimony On Jesus's Return
James 5:7-9 - "Be patient brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient. Stablish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned. Behold, the judge standeth before the door."
John's Testimony On Jesus's Return
1 John 3:1-3 - "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God. Therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be. But we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure."
Jesus's Testimony On His Return
Matthew 24:26-27 - "If they shall say unto you, "Behold, he is in the desert", go not forth. [Or if they say] "Behold, he is in the secret chambers", believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, so shall the coming of the Son of man be."
The Scoffer's Testimony On Jesus's Return
2 Peter 3:4 - (The scoffer's testimony is in the form of a question:) "Where is the promise of his coming?" Failing to dissuade the children of God from looking for the return of their Savior, scoffers now spiritualize his return, making it a mere metaphor, thus attempting to rob the saints of their hope of eternal life. Child of God, pray, for Satan would tell you, through misguided believers (scoffers), that the coming of the holy Spirit, or some other spiritual experience, is the second coming of Jesus. This is utterly untrue. He was here in spirit before his birth in Bethlehem (1Pet.1:10-11); yet, it was his personal, visible appearance that we call his first advent. It will also be his personal, visible appearance (in a glorified body) that will fulfill the prophecy of his second advent. He came first and sowed the seed of his kingdom. He will come the second time to gather the harvest.
The second coming of Jesus will not be at all a secret. All the world will witness Jesus's return, not merely the righteous who are expecting him. In Matthew 24:30 we read, "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven. And then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." John agrees that Jesus's return will be witnessed by all men when he says, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and EVERY EYE shall see him, and they also which pierced him. And all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him" (Rev.1:7).
My friend, what will you do, "When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ"? Are you ready to join in the song of the redeemed at his coming? Is your heart burning with loyalty? Are you living in such an attitude toward his coming that you will receive, with Paul, a crown of righteousness that is laid up for all who love his appearing? Are you ready for that joyful benediction: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of the Lord"? Child of God, you should be thrilled to know that you will soon be meeting with the saints of all ages, keeping company with angels, and singing and shouting around the throne of God!
"Behold thy King cometh!" This time, in the clouds of heaven, in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. "Watch therefore, for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready, for at such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh."
Editor's Note: This tract was written over 20 years ago by the late George Clark. He was a "pillar" of Pentecost, and the body of Christ has known very few preachers like him, both in his, and in our day. While Brother Clark spoke of the SURE return of Jesus in this tract, he was not teaching that Jesus's return was IMMINENT (i.e. "very near, and about to happen any moment"). We reject the teaching prevalent in most Pentecostal circles, that, as they say, "all things have been fulfilled, and Jesus could come at any moment". All things have NOT been fulfilled, and the coming of Jesus is years away according to the Spirit of God, and according to the very scriptures which false teachers use to justify this false doctrine. To get more information on "WHEN" Jesus will return, please read our tract: "The Time Draws Near?", which explains in depth why this false doctrine of "Jesus's imminent return" is taught (and received) among God's people.
Jesus Is Coming Again
George C. Clark, Sr.
His coming is certain; there's never a doubt
In the hearts of the saints who are true.
Their Savior will take them on a trip through the sky,
So, hold to the faith and endure.
Jesus is coming again. Yes, Jesus is coming again.
Oh, what if tonight our Savior should light
on this world and find you in sin?
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Our Savior ascended in clouds long ago,
As wond'ring disciples looked on.
We're told he'll return at the close of this age
In the manner in which he has gone.
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He's coming for those who are looking for him,
So be not deceived and be left.
I know we shall see him if true to the cross;
His coming is really no myth.
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And since he has gone to prepare us a place,
He'll come and receive us, we know.
There're mansions in glory for all who believe;
His glory we then shall behold.
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From heaven the Lord will descend some sweet day,
With a shout and the angels of praise.
The trumpet of God will be sounded and, then,
Those sleeping in Christ will be raised.
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And we who remain here alive until then
Will surely be caught up above.
In clouds we shall meet him, together with those
Who now are asleep in his love.
(TUNE: Something Got Hold of Me)