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What Does the Bible Say About Jesus’ Return?

Introduction

As Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ will return to earth in the future. This event, commonly referred to as the Second Coming, is a central tenet of our faith. Throughout history, many people have been fascinated by the idea of the end times and what the Bible says about Jesus’ return.

In this blog post, we will explore what the Bible says about Jesus’ return, including signs of his coming, the Second Coming, the Rapture, and Judgment Day. We will also examine the different interpretations of these events and what they mean for Christians today.

Whether we believe that the end times are imminent or far off in the future, the promise of Jesus’ return should be a source of hope and comfort for us. As we explore these biblical concepts, may we be encouraged to live our lives in a way that honors God and prepares us for the day when we will see our Lord face to face.

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Background on Jesus’ Return

Explanation of the Concept

The idea of Jesus’ return is based on several biblical passages, including John 14:3, which says, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” This promise of Jesus’ return has been a source of comfort and hope for Christians throughout history.

Biblical References

Other biblical references to Jesus’ return include:

  • Matthew 24:27 – “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
  • Acts 1:11 – “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
  • Revelation 22:20 – “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”

Historical Interpretations

Throughout history, Christians have interpreted Jesus’ return in different ways. Some have believed that it will be a physical event that will occur at a specific time, while others have viewed it as a spiritual event that is ongoing. Still, others have seen it as a metaphorical event that represents a new era of spiritual growth and awareness.

Signs of Jesus’ Return

Biblical References

The Bible provides several signs of Jesus’ return, including:

  • Matthew 24:6-8 – “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
  • Luke 21:25-26 – “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
  • 2 Timothy 3:1-5 – “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

Interpretation of Signs

Many Christians interpret these signs as indications that the end of the world is near and that Jesus’ return is imminent. However, others view these signs as ongoing indicators of the spiritual condition of the world and the need for repentance and spiritual growth.

For example, the sign of wars and rumors of wars may represent the ongoing conflicts and tensions that exist between nations and individuals. The signs in the sun, moon, and stars may represent the natural disasters and celestial events that occur throughout history. The increase in wickedness and ungodliness may represent the spiritual decay that exists in society and the need for a revival.

The Second Coming of Jesus

Biblical Descriptions

The Bible provides several descriptions of the Second Coming, including:

  • Matthew 24:30 – “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
  • Revelation 1:7 – “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.”

Interpretation of Descriptions

These descriptions suggest that the Second Coming will be a dramatic and visible event that will be witnessed by everyone. It will involve the return of Jesus Christ to earth in power and glory, accompanied by the resurrection of the dead in Christ and the rapture of believers who are still alive.

The Second Coming of Jesus will be a time of judgment for those who have rejected Him and a time of reward for those who have accepted Him. As 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 says, “and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Rapture

Biblical References

The concept of the rapture is based on several biblical passages, including:

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
  • 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 – “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Interpretation of the Rapture

The rapture is the belief that believers in Christ will be taken up into heaven before the Second Coming of Jesus. This event is viewed as a way for believers to escape the tribulations of the end times and to be with Christ in heaven.

However, the idea of the rapture is a controversial one within Christianity. Some Christians believe in a pre-tribulation rapture, which means that believers will be taken up into heaven before the seven-year tribulation period described in the book of Revelation. Others believe in a post-tribulation rapture, which means that believers will be taken up into heaven after the tribulation period. Still, others believe in a mid-tribulation, or pre-wrath rapture of the church where the rapture happens before the bowls of wrath mentioned in Rev. 15:7 are poured out.

Judgment Day

Biblical References

The concept of Judgment Day is based on several biblical passages, including:

  • Hebrews 9:27 – “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”
  • Revelation 20:11-15 – “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Interpretation of Judgment Day

Judgment Day is the belief that all people will be judged by God based on their actions during their lifetime. This judgment will determine whether a person will spend eternity in heaven or hell.

As Christians, we believe that the Bible teaches that the only way to avoid the punishment of eternal separation from God in hell is to place our faith in Jesus Christ. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” This means that those who believe in Jesus will have eternal life in heaven, while those who reject Him will be judged and punished.

Conclusion

The Bible provides several references to Jesus’ return, including signs of his coming, the Second Coming, the Rapture, and Judgment Day. As Christians, we believe that these events are certain to happen and that they represent the ultimate fulfillment of God’s plan for humanity.

While there is much debate and disagreement about the details of these events, we can be confident in the promises of God and the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. As 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 says, “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”

As we await the return of our Lord, may we be vigilant, faithful, and ready for His coming, always seeking to live according to His will and to share His love with others.

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Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.