Base 19: The Second Coming of Christ
MEGA ZOÉ (ABUNDANT LIFE) CHURCH
TRAINING SCHOOL FOR DISCIPLES AND LEADERS
SECOND LEVEL – BIBLICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR AN ABUNDANT CHRISTIAN LIFE
Study Num. 10
THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
Introduction: The first coming of Christ was His incarnation as the Verb of God in Mary’s womb. His coming to dwell among us is to say, among the people here on earth (John 1:1, 14). He lived and suffered here, was crucified, died, resurrected and ascended to Heaven, and now He is seated at the Father’s right hand (Acts 1:6-11; Mark 16:19; Acts 7:56; Romans 8:34; Colossians 3:1).
When the Lord Jesus said goodbye to His disciples to return to His Father, He made a promise. This is our blessed promise. “I go and prepare a place for you; I will come back and take you…” (John 14:1-3).
The second important thing that appears in His promise is: “…and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
In Matthew 26:64, the Lord predicted that He would return. We also see it in Luke 21:27. The angels that came to comfort the disciples who were looking up at the Lord’s departure from the Mount of Olives also announced that the Lord will have to return to the Earth (Acts 1:11).
In Hebrews 9:28 and in 2 Peter 3:10 it tells us also that the Lord will come for the second time to the Earth to look up for those who are waiting for Him.
The Lord left clearly established that to go with Him when He comes for His church, we must be prepared and be on the alert, because no one knows when He will come (Matthew 24:27; 24:36; Luke 12:40; 1 Thessalonians 5:2; Revelation 16:15).
We, who want to find grace before His eyes to be blessed and to be able to dwell with Him, must:
1. Be well-prepared (Matthew 24:44).
2. To work and administer what He has given us, knowing that He will ask for our accounts (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:13).
3. To wait patiently (2 Corinthians 1:7; Hebrews 12:1).
4. What we do not understand now, He will clear it out when we would be with Him (Deuteronomy 29:29; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 13:12).
5. Search for our total sanctification (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
6. Obedience to the Word (1 Timothy 6:14).
7. Waiting with longing (Titus 2:13).
8. Firm in faith and hope (1 John 2:28).
The reward that we, who persevere and will go with the Lord when He comes for His church, will be:
1. We will be honored by the Lord (Luke 12:37).
2. We will dwell with Him (John 14:3).
3. We will have our eternal citizenship (Philippians 3:20).
4. We will be transformed to a glorious body, incorruptible (Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52).
5. We will obtain His glory (Colossians 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 4:16).
6. We will obtain the prize (1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 2:10; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Corinthians 9:25).
7. We will see Him such as He is (1 John 3:2).
8. We will always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
The church of Jesus is waiting to the Lord so He could call us to be with Him. This event is the next thing that will happen in the divine calendar. The Lord will come and will stay in the air; He will not come to earth physically. We will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will be with the Lord forever (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
And when the church is celebrating the wedding of the Lamb with Christ (Matthew 25:10; Revelation 19:7, 9), which will last about seven years, there will be great tribulation on earth, because the antichrist has risen to rule over the earth’s dwellers; those who were not prepared to go with the Lord will be left under the antichrist’s government, who is called the Beast, for his savage and inhuman character (Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 4:10; Revelation 13:1-18).
Then, at the end of the seven years, the Lord Jesus Christ will appear literally in His second coming to the earth, where every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7; 19:11-16; Jude 14,15).
The Lord will defeat the antichrist’s forces in the war called Armageddon (Revelation 16:13-16). He will seize the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bind him for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1, 2). This period of time in which the devil will be bound is called the millennium. Christ will reign here on earth for those thousand years. After the millennium Satan will be loose for a short time and finally he will be thrown into the lake or burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever (Revelation 20:10). After that, the judgment of the great white throne will take place (Revelation 20:11-15), and then the eternity with new heaven and new earth will come:
“No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him. They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:3-5). Amen.