The coming again of Jesus Christ
Revelation 2:25-28 - But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star.
Another topic which can cause a row among believers due to no clear understanding is the second coming of Christ.
Some of the points which all believers are very clear with:
1) Jesus Christ is going to come the second time
2) Christ and His saints are going to rule the nations for a thousand years
3) Jesus Christ's coming is towards the end of this world
4) Jesus Christ is going to judge mankind
5) Those who are found good and righteous will enter Heaven
Now the problem comes, when the events are put in a timeline.
1) Is it after Jesus Christ appears on the clouds that He is going to rule the nations for thousand years?
2) Is it after the thousand years that He is going to Judge mankind and then those found good are going to enter Heaven? If so when are they going to rule the nations?
3) Is Jesus Christ is going to judge as He comes and segregates the good from the bad and after a thousand years then good are going to enter Heaven?
4) If people have entered Heaven before the second coming of Jesus Christ, then whom is Jesus Christ going to judge? Some state as those who remain in the end days. Now the end days are the days of sorrow, so mostly the worst of the lot will be there in the last days when Satan is set free. So is Jesus going to these alone?
5) About Satan being set free, is it before the coming of Christ or on the day He judges?
6) It is written that Satan after he is set free will rule for nearly 3 and half years after which Jesus Christ will come on a cloud with His Angels and destroy Him and his armies. When will this happen in the timeline?
7) What about the two witnesses where are they in the picture?
8) When is the Heavenly marriage going to take place if people enter Heaven before the Judgment Day?
9) What about the Book of Life and Judgment before the throne?
10) What about the 1st resurrection (Rev. 20:4-6), the 14,400?
11) When is the Temple of God going to decent from the Heaven of Heavens?
12) When is God the Father going to reveal Himself and dwell among his people?
If we really study along with the Lord you will realize all the scriptures are perfectly inline and there is no contradiction between them. It is called the Word of God; one word, not words of God.
Surprisingly even before the Lord started teaching me about patience, authority, image of God in us, working of the Church etc., He cleared most of these queries for me.
We should not be like the Jews who waited for the Savior when Jesus was among them and are still waiting for Him. We should be like the wise men who studied the scriptures and got the privilege to see the glory of God with naked eyes when they visited Bethlehem.
We should not be like farmers sleeping in the harvest season and get up when the crops have died. I have raised this matter not for you to come and debate with me on this, but for you to thirst to know the truth.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You gave us your Spirit - Spirit of Truth. You know that without the Word and your grace we will be destroyed like ants. It is your Spirit, Who reveals the Word unto us and builds us in You. We pray that your people come out of confusion and know You better...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
33 Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
34 But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved.
35 He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.
37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
1 Corinthians 6:2-4
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.
23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
2 Peter 2:9
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
2 Peter 3:7-8
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
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