THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: HOW PREPARED ARE YOU TO MEET YOUR LORD?

INTRODUCTION:

Many people non Christians inclusive know the Lord as a merciful and a gracious God.  They know Him as kind hearted. What many easily forget however is the fact that our God is equally a consuming fire.

This teaching is to bring to remembrance the two seemingly opposing nature of God with a view that:

  1. 1.    We no longer take Him for granted
  2. 2.    Learn from the errors of the people of the past.
  3. 3.    Avoid the days of gloom or the WRATH that is coming.
  4. 4.    Prepare and be ever ready for the second coming of Christ.

GLOOM:  This has to do with partial or total darkness, a feeling of sadness.  This is synonymous with MISERABLENESS, MOURFULNESS, SORROWFULNESS, UNHAPPINESS and JOYLESSNESS.

The next and most crucial agenda in kingdom matter is the second coming of Christ in glory.  It is otherwise known as the day of the Lord which Amos describe as a day of Gloom and DARKNESS.

POINTS TO NOTE

God is always ever in the habit of warning His people and indeed all peoples of the world before any impending danger, gloom, doom or wrath.  This is not unconnected with the fact that he does not want nor desire the death of any sinner, but than they should repent and come to the knowledge of the truth.

God’s warnings is sometime through His prophets, through dreams, visions, revelations or even audible voice.

The people of Nineveh availed themselves of the knowledge of the impending gloom, by fasting and praying, they turned from their evil ways (though temporarily) and the intended evil against them was averted.

To us today the coming gloom is imperative as it is the end time dispensation, the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST is nearer than when we first believed – Rom. 13:11.

(a)                Secretly at RAPTURE – 1 Thess. 5:2

(b)               Publicly at the REVELATION – Rev. 1:7.

THE MANNER OF HIS COMING

  1. In the clouds – Matt. 24:30
  2. In the glory of the father – Matt. 16:27.
  3. In His own glory – Matt. 25:31
  4. In flaming fire – 2 Thess. 1:8
  5. With Power and great glory – Matt. 24:30.
  6. As He ascended in bodily form – Acts 1:9-11
  7. With a shout and the voice of the archangel – 1 Thess. 4:16.
  8. With His Saints – 1 Thess. 3:13.
  9. Accompanied by Angels – Matt. 16:27.
  10. Suddenly – Mark 13:36.

 

WHAT IS HE COMING TO DO

  1. To complete the salvation of Saints – Heb. 9:28.
  2. To be glorified in His saints – 2 Thess. 1:10.
  3. To bring to light the hidden things of darkness – 1 Cor. 4:5.
  4. To judge – 2 Tim. 4:1
  5. To reign – Rev. 11:15.
  6. To receive us to be with Himself – Jh. 14:3
  7. To destroy death – 1 Cor. 15:25-26.

 

WHY MUST WE BELIEVE HIS SECOND COMING

(a)                 His first coming was prophesied thousands of years before He was born alongside the events of his life and times all of which came to pass.

(b)                 His coming is a HAPPY DAY for the church and Israel but a SAD DAY for the rest of the world who fail to accept JESUS as Lord and Saviour – Matt. 24:30, Rev. 1:7; Matt. 25:31-32.

(c)                 It is not God’s agenda, for His church to go through the TRIBULATION PERIOD, given His antecedents in this regard as evident in the generation of Noah, the deliverance of Lot from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the preservation of the people of Israel in Goshen while the Plagues in Egypt lasted.

Prov. 19:23, 12:21, 16:4, 16:7, 11:8, 11:21, 12:7, 14:32.

 

SOME OF THE SIGNS OF HIS SECOND COMING

  1. The increase of knowledge – Dan. 12:4.
  2. The automobile sign – Nahum 2:3-4
  3. The Airplane sign – Isaiah 31:5, Rev. 16:17.; Zech. 14:16-17; Isa. 60:8-10.
  4. The Radio and Television sign – Rev. 11:9.
  5. The Atomic bomb sign – Rev. 13:13; Luke 21-26.
  6. The Earthquake sign – Luke 21:11.
  7. The sign of the sea and the waves roaring – Luke 21:25.
  8. The signs fulfilled in Bible lands – Lukes 21:20-24, May 1948 & Jewish state, Rebuilding of Jerusalem Ps. 102:16; Ezek. 36:33-35 Highway.
  9. The Lukewarm church – Rev. 3:15-16.
  10. The Present revival of the supernatural – Joel 2:28-29; Acts 2:17-21.
    1. The sign of Post millennial scoffers – 2 Peter 3:3-4.
    2. The Rise of false cults – 1 Tim 4:1-8.
    3. The sign of spiritualism – 1 Tim. 4:1
    4. The sign of the coming of Antichrists – Matt. 24:24.
    5. The signs of the days of Sodom – Luke 17:28-29.
    6. The sign of Prosperity – Ezek. 16:49
    7. The Noahic sign – Luke 17:26-27
    8. The sign of the lawlessness of youths – 2 Tim. 3:1-2.
    9. The sign of world suicide – Matt. 24:22; August 20, 1953

    Russian Hydrogen bomb explosion.

    1. The sign of men’s hearts falling them in fear Luke 21:26;

                    Heart attack cardiac arrest.

    1. The signs of pestilences – Matt. 24:7.
    2. The capital and labour struggle sign – James 5:1-4.
    3. The sign of the world Evangelization – Matt. 24:14.
    4. The 23 signs listed in – 2 Tim.3:1-7
    5. The 10 signs listed in Matt. 24:5-7; 12-28

     

    HOW TO ESCAPE THE COMING WRATH AND PREPARE TO MEET OUR GOD

    1. Give your life to Jesus Christ. Pursue repentance and reformation.
    2. Acknowledge Him as your Lord and Saviour.
    3. Watch and Pray.
    4. Allow the Holy Spirit to RESIDE and PRESIDE in your life.
    5. Do not be a scoffer – 2 Peter 3:3.
    6. Be ever ready, Do not go on sabbatical.
    7. As we continue our daily work doing exploit in all sphere of our assigned human endeavours, remain conscious on daily basis, work and plan as if He were not coming for another century but live a HOLY and PURE life as if He were to return TODAY – 1 Thess. 3:12-13. Eph. 5:27; 1 Peter 1:19.
    8. Get busy for the Lord, occupy till He comes, shun IDLENESS
    9. Be mindful of your God assigned stewardship and be responsive to your responsibility.
    10. Choose to be FAT.  Faithful Available and Teachable.
    11. Maintain a worthy character.
    12. Enhance and hasten up the work of the Great Commission – Matt. 28:18-20.
    13. Contend for the faith Jude 3
    14. Keep pressing on to higher ground doing new exploits.
    15. Beware of complancency.
    16. Seek the Lord, and seek what is good – Amos 5:4-8, 14-15
    17. .CONCLUSION

    The Saviour’s first coming was in humiliation but the second coming will be glorious.  ARE YOU READY?  HOW RIGHT IS YOUR WAY OF LIFE?