It’s a Resurrecting event. First Thessalonians 4:16 “… and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”
It's a glorious event. Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:”
Last week we thoroughly discussed the scriptures that deal with the ones who are taken and those that are left. We showed that those who are taken are taken to their destruction and represent the lost. Those that are left are the living saved.
In Noah’s time it was those outside the ark that were taken to their destruction. Those who were left were alive inside the ark. Jesus made this clear in Matthew 24:37-39 “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe 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.” Luke 17 Verse 28, "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and (again did what?) destroyed them all." The inhabitants were taken to their destruction while Lot, his wife and daughters were left alive, of course Lot’s wife was not left alive very long.
Verse 30, "Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. " (Notice it doesn't say "concealed!")
Jesus prayed in the prayer of John 17:15 "I pray not that thou shouldest take them (the church) out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil." Jesus was not asking the Fahter to take the church out of the world, He was aking the Father to keep them from the evil one. When Jesus comes for the second time, it will be after the church has gone through a great tribulation period and the world has gone through the seven last plagues. His coming will not be secret with people plucked out of driver’s seats and pilots disappearing into thin air, rather the second coming of Jesus will be a very audible and very visible event. And absolutely there will be no second chance.
1 Peter 1:13, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Peter is speaking here, of the one and only second coming of our Lord Jesus, and he calls this coming the “revelation.”
Titus 2:13 says, "Looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." It will be a powerfully majestic, spectacular, glorious appearing.
Luke 21:26, 27 At a time when “Men's hearts are failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” “And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Jesus returns in power and great glory!
Luke 21:28 “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Matthew 24:27 “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The futurists say that the anti-Christ will come after the rapture, but read what scripture says, 2 Thessalonians 2:8 “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:This tells us that the lawless One, the Antichrist is destroyed by Jesus' coming!
The seventh truth about Jesus’ second coming is that it will be a climatic event . This will be a declaration from Jesus prior to His second coming, and it will announce the end of probation for this world today: Revelation 22:11 "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give (to how many people?) every man according as his work shall be." Do you see, judgment is over, Jesus has His reward for every man when He comes the second time. There is no second chance.
The additional truth about the second coming is that It is a Decisive event!! That whole theory about a second chance is nowhere taught in the Bible. It's a man-made deception to lure people into a false security and they think, "Oh, if I don't make it in the 1st opportunity I'll still have another chance." The Bible teaches just the opposite. People will say they don't need to study the Bible, they'll get ready when the rapture comes. Jesus gave repeated warnings about last day deceptions in Matthew 24, and these people who believe there is a second chance have bought Satan’s deceptions.
What did Paul teach us in 2 Corinthians 6:2? “For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”Truth leads us to prepare for the Lord, falsehood leads into an unprepared complacency.
Is there an urgency? Jesus said in Matthew 24:36 “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.”And in verse 33 “So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. There is no second chance after Jesus comes.
There are a lot of deceptions about the second coming of Jesus. God’s people need never be deceived so long as they are reading, studying and preparing for this event which will take place, ever so soon. Are you ready?