A description of the Second Coming

Just as the Old Testament is saturated with prophecies concerning Christ’s first coming, so both testaments are filled with references to the second coming of Christ. One scholar has estimated that there are 1,845 references to Christ’s second coming in the Old Testament, where 1 … More

Second Coming

We find in this passage a definite description of the Second Coming of the Son of Man. It is going to be preceded by huge catastrophe events in nature (vv. 24-25). Then Jesus is going to come in the clouds in great power and great glory (v. 26). He will send His angels to gather his people from all over the earth, to set up the Millennial Kingdom (vv. 27-29). 

The interpretation of the phrase “this generation shall not pass, til all these things be done,” has caused much comment over the years (vv. 30-32). It would seem that the word “generation” means Jewish race.  The Jewish nation will not pass away until  all of these things are fulfilled. This certainly takes on added meaning as we remember Hitler’s determination to destroy all Jews. Jesus also states that He does not even know the day or the hour when He will come again. We are like men who know that their master will come, but do not know when. We just need to live so that it does not matter when He comes, but will be ready to meet Him face to face. No one can predict by Scripture or by science the exact day of His return. Jesus is teaching that preparation, not calculation is needed.

In Jesus’ day the world seemed concrete, dependable and permanent. Presently, many people fear the destruction of the earth by a nuclear war. Jesus tells us, however, that even if the earth passes away the truth of His words will never be changed or abolished. God and His Word provide the only stability in our unstable world. How foolish it is for us to spend all our time learning about this temporary world and accumulating its possessions, while  neglecting the Bible and its eternal truths!

Application

Months of planning go into a wedding, the birth of a child, the purchase of a home or a career change. Do I place the same importance on preparing for Christ’s return which is the most important event that may happen in my life time?  It’s results will not just be for a life time but for all eternity.

Mark 13:24-32 (English Standard Version)

"But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. "But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

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