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Is Jesus Coming Again?

The Bible tells us that Jesus Himself will come again.  "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven (Acts 1:11).  Jesus Himself promised to come again, "I will come again" (John 14:3).  The apostle Paul declared that He would "appear the second time" (Hebrews 9:28).  As children of the kingdom, it is our great joy to look forward to the "blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;" (Titus 2:13).  What a wonderful promise!   The return of Jesus is mentioned 250 times in the New Testament alone, an average of once in every 25 verses.

The Second Coming is closely tied to Christ's first coming.  If Christ had not come the first time and won a decisive victory over sin and Satan (Colossians 2:15), then we would have no reason to believe that He will eventually come to end Satan's dominion of this world and to restore it to original perfection.  But since we have the evidence that He "appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself," we have reason to believe that Jesus "will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation" (Hebrews 9:26, 28).

Amidst all the difficulties that we encountered in this life, the assurance of His promise gives us hope and comfort.  "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18).  "Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him" (Matthew 25:6).

For further study see The Coming of a Deliverer.

 

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