7 Reasons We Should Preach About the Second Coming
We should be aware of the signs of the times!
It was said of the men of the tribe of Issachar that they could discern the signs.
“And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32).
Jesus chided the Pharisees because they could discern the sky – but not the SIGNS OF THE TIMES.
“He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” (Matthew 16:2-3).
As God’s people, we should be sensitive to the moving of the Lord. Able to see that these days are the LAST DAYS!
It is the culmination of the whole story!
In the Old Testament it is seen in Types.
By typology, we mean a special kind of symbolism. A “type” in the Old Testament is a person or thing that foreshadows something in the New Testament.
For example “righteous” Lot is a type of the “rapture” or catching away” of the Lord’s People when Christ returns.
Lot lived in Sodom. Every day his soul was grieved because of the abominable sinful acts of the Sodomites. Then the angels of the Lord came, without warning, and snatched Lot away before they brought judgment on Sodom: fire and brimstone!
That is a type of Christ’s Second Coming when He will come and snatch away His People from this evil age in which we live.
It is the message of Christ Himself!
The message of the Second Coming is seen throughout many of Christ’s Parables:
For instance, Jesus told this parable: “Of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” (Mark 13:32-37).
Here’s an insight into how to study the Bible. We need to figure out to whom the words are addressed. Otherwise we shall fall into the danger of writing ourselves into every narrative. That’s the danger when we read someone else’s mail, and think it refers to us.
There is nothing wrong about considering to whom the words are addressed: Peter queried to whom the Lord was speaking, “he said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?” (Luke 12:41 KJV).
So we need to make certain whether the prophecy is addressed to us as Christians, or to the Jewish nation, or to the world.
Jesus looked the rich young ruler in the eye and told him: “You lack one thing: sell all that you have, and distribute unto the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me!” This was meant for an individual. God deals with each one of us in different ways!
But in Mark 13:37 Jesus’ message is to EVERYONE – even YOU – “What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
I want us to be ready, because in an hour when we think not: Christ will come!
The Message of the Second Coming is obvious throughout the Bible in Prophecy & Plain Speech!
“His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God.”
Jesus said: – “For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:38-44).
Jesus spoke about His Second Coming plainly, with no possibility of misunderstanding. He told His disciples: “If I go, I will come again!” “And I will receive you unto Myself!”
The Second Coming of Christ is the main message of the Bible. It is the event most documented
It is the Blessed Hope!
In fact, it is our only hope!
Paul said that if there is no resurrection we are of all people most miserable.
The Lord Jesus Christ is our Prophet Priest and coming King!
And when He comes He will deliver those who have believed on Him from “the Great Tribulation.” A time of horror like the world has never seen before.
Oh! What grace, that we have this BLESSED HOPE!!
Grace was not such an obvious thing in the Old Testament days, when “every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward” (Hebrews 2:2).
Ezra recognised that “for a brief moment, grace had come from the Lord our God to preserve” God’s people.
But today is a Day of Grace: we can boldly come near to Him Who sits upon the throne because of Jesus Christ our Lord. His throne is a throne of GRACE not Judgment for those Christ has redeemed. Hallelujah!
And while the world faces the Great Tribulation, His Church will be saved: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Revelation 3:10).
The Second Coming is an Angelic message!
On that Ascension Day the angels affirmed This SAME Jesus shall come in like manner. The disciples watched Him ascend in a cloud. They were reminded of the words of the Lord Himself: “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Luke 21:27).
Don’t think for a moment that this cloud is any ordinary cloud!
It will be like the pillar of cloud that overshadowed the Tabernacle in the wilderness.
The cloud that led the Hebrews by day! “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:1-4).
It will be a magnificent cloud like the cloud of glory that filled the Temple, so overwhelming, that they could not minister.
It will be like the awesome cloud that overshadowed them on the mount of Transfiguration. An experience that made them tremble.
The Second Coming Message is a comfort to the Lord’s people!
Paul tells us to share the message with each other:
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
“Comfort one another with these words.
They that mourn shall be comforted. It’s OK to mourn but not such a good idea to moan!
This message is comforting!
It brings joy and comfort.
There is no sadness like the loss of loved ones. But as Christians we have comfort. We know that one day soon, the One Who gave His life for us will pierce this darkness, and return to this world. And God shall wipe all tears from our eyes.
Christ is the Mighty Conqueror. He has defeated both death and hell. This is the message the world needs to hear. This is the message you and I need to hear.