The second coming of Christ is mentioned 318 times in the 260 chapters of the New Testament; and it occupies 1 in every 25 verses from Matthew to Revelation.
The Bible contains over 300 predictions about the FIRST coming of Christ as Saviour; but it contains 2,500 references to HIS second coming as King.
Can we just pause here and see and understand how important this subject is in the plan of God
The 1970’s , 1980’s and 1990’s seen an increase of false Christs and doctrines that would lead people away from Jesus and his truth.
The Church in the west today has shied away from the topic in fear of dividing the body of Christ through escheologitical differences.
Some people take it too the extreme and some people are passive about it.
We need to agree on one thing:
Christ’s second coming will be physical, bright, loud and glorious. This event cannot be hidden, every human on planet earth will see Jesus. He will come back personally and literally. Revelation 1:7 says, “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him.” There will not be a person on earth who is unaware of Jesus’ return. Jesus Himself describes the manner of His coming. Matthew 24:27 states that the return of Christ will be like the brightness of lightning illuminating the entire sky from the east to the west. Verses 30 and 31 of the same chapter describe Jesus coming with power and great glory and with the sound of a great trumpet, that awakens the righteous dead who are then gathered from the ends of the earth. Nothing secret about that!
The MANNEROF HIS COMING WILL BE:
1 Thess 4:16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven
LITERALL Acts 1:11 , will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven
- VISIBLE 1 John 3:2 “But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Luke 21:27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Rev 1:7 “Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.
29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 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. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Matthew 24-25: Luke 21 and Mark 13
1Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
The disciples asked Jesus 3 questions:
- Destruction of the temple
- Sign of His coming
- End of the Age
Then Jesus gives signs to his coming and the end of the age………..
We really need to understand this.
- Jesus says wars and rumours of wars…one time
- Increased Famines….one time
- Increased Pestilience….one time
- Jewish return to Isreal….one time luke 21
- Increased inter racial conflict…one time “ethnos against ethos”
- Increased Lawlseness…one time
- Betrayal…one time
But he speaks against DECEPTION against us 4TIMES!!!!!
False Prohpets/ false prophecies
False signs and wonders
The first words out of Jesus’ mouth was “ LET NO ONE DECIEVE YOU””?? why???
He warns against us being deceived 4 times more than anything else
And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
DO NOT BE ALARMED!!!
We know that the destruction of the temple was in AD 70
Do you know more Christians have been killed in the last 75 years than in all of Church History
Jim Jones who said he was Jesus, Buddha and Ghandi reincarnated – led 918 people to their deaths by suicide in 1978.
David Koresh led 76 people to their death in the Wako siege in 1993
Marshall Applewhite founder of the Heavens Gate Cult led 38 people to their death by suicide in 1997.
Tsunamis…earthquake increases, Chinese famines 100s of millions of people have died
- False Teaching
“The past several decades, we have seen a dramatic decline in doctrinal and biblical preaching. We have gone from Theology to therapy in the pulpits. In the past decade, we have went from therapy to motivational speaking instead of preaching and it is getting worse”
Rejection of Rapture my major Evangelical leaders….
Our Gathering together Harpazo in the Greek 1 Thesseoinans 4:15-18
13Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words
this is a direct Biblical teaching
Daniel 12 tells us those whos name is written in the book of life will be rescued
There will be a rescue Church!!
If you don’t believe in a rapture, you wont worry about being raptured!!!!
Major charismatic and Pentecostal leaders say that the rapture is a myth??
- 1 Peter 2:1
- But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping
Greek word here means Parasoxiuon
They put truth next to error!! Peter puts them together….teachers prophets.
If your doctrine and theology are wrong………..i would not accept a prohesy
“Well….there is some truth in it!!”
It has to be all truth….not just some!!
2 Timothy 3
3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
difficult to cope with because so harsh
2 Timothy 4
Preach the Word
4 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at[a] His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
People that do not want conviction
People that offended and want a Gospel that does not offend
The Gospel is an offence
Francis Chan says that if preachers are not getting people offended then we are leading people astray
Do you worry if someone cant pay their rent and gives to your ministry….”no I don’t worry about that”
People who are sick, poor and desperate are made to feel guilty that the position they are in is because they are not giving…they give and no change, but there is a massive change to the one who receives..
The bigger the sicknesss, the bigger the giving……….pressure out on….THIS IS NOT THE GOSPEL!!!!
The bigger your need, the bigger you need to sow!!
Sowing and reaping is a biblocal principal, but most of all, sowing refers to seed…what seed??
“ When God restored the truth of prosperity, the devil holds up a sign and says “ heresy” devil doesn’t want us to know truth and keeps us away from truth”
When your wealth is from distorting the gospel, then there is a lot wrong with that!!!!
Paul says in Galatians 1:8
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
Evangelialcals turning away from sound doctrine and now liberal in their theology to gain more acceptance….with the world.
Acceptance of homesexual marriages and Ministers of the Gospel.
Apostasy in the Church is an overwhelming sign of the last days!!!!
Satan does not want us to be ready to pave the way for Christ’s return
Faith word movement has been in the middle of this along with otghers leading people astray and turning people into proud beings instead of humble followers.
“ We control the weather” we look at a tornado and say “ stop” and it stops. “ But we don’t fly in bad weather?????
“ You are what you say you are…. Speak it into being….claim it, you have a right to”??
Ex nilo ….out of nothing. God said “ let there be light and there was light”
We have the ability to do this “ We are little Gods small “g”
We create our own realities with the words we speak????
Only God has the ability to speak something into existence,,,,we have something called “ Faith” that we ask God in the name of Jesus to make something happen out of nothing…. God is
God has to have faith to make something out of nothing.
Hebews 11 …open it up and in context
There is many ways to God………………….??? Hindus love God, Muslims love God….inclusiveness
There is no name under heaven to which men can be saved????
Jesus died for your healing 2000 years ago on the cross, how can you doubt you are not healed and say “ Im sick”???
The devil wants us to be Biblically illiterate to follow error.
1 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
It doesn’t have to be in the bible for it to be true??
2 Timothy 2:15
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,[a] a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth
I fear when I put a sermon together
You cannot even question it “ You are a Pharisee, you have a religious spirit, you are resisting the holy spirit”
We are to Test all things
I know that’s not what it says, but I “ Feel it”
They spiritualize scripture, I had “ Divine revelation”
Joseph Smith had a divine revelation at a young age and its one of the biggest cults in the World…Mormonism”
Did you feel that ? Well it must be true!!
Jesus says “ I have told you things beforehand”
The bible is truth, every single word
Every detail examined, every word in context
Small words, greel Hebrew, before passage and after passage to get in complete context
Know the word of God Church!!!