An introduction to The Second Coming and End Times Prophecy.
Belief in the message of the New Testament, being summed up perfectly by John..
John 3:16 (KJV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Our Salvation – Jesus’ first coming, ministry, sacrifice, resurrection and ascension fulfilled the prophecy that will be discussed herein.
No amount of detail can do this justice, over time I hope to pass on what God has put on my heart!
In the spirit of introductions, let’s discuss this message in finality. The Return of Christ!
Acts 1:10-11 (KJV)
“And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, 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.”
Context is key to understanding anything, Gods word being such in this case. The Olivet Discourse will be the door to this context. This door being Christ’s prophecy of His own second coming. Found in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.
This prophecy was documented by Christ’s followers and spread throughout the world with the New Testament. All of this is later crowned by John, in his Revelation of Christ.
Matthew, Mark and Luke’s gospels are distinct in that they contain a similar account of Jesus’ teachings. Telling of His Second Coming is in all three, witnessed separately with the same record. This makes Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 parallel.
Take a look quickly at 1st Thessalonians to get some inspiration from Paul. In full embrace, believing the whole truth of these verses.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 (KJV)
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”
The first three verses here should be familiar to most Christians i.e. “the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night”. Time and time again I hear this verse used outside of healthy context, pushing a certain theological stance. Always be careful and study for Your-self. I do believe God’s Word is true so here.. Read the next few verses for the big picture.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-6 (KJV)
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”
It says here that we have been given warnings and we know what to look for. Verse 4 says “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief”. When studying the end times the previous verse shines a light. Not only are we saved by Christ, our future is made apparent, He told us to watch!
Even when John wrote The Lord’s Words to the Church of Sardis during his Revelation, it was said..
Revelation 3:3 (KJV)
“Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.”
The reminder has been there: watch for the Second Coming. This is how Paul guides the believers in Thessalonica. Also, John is told to remind the church of Sardis to watch! Staying alert and mindful, looking for a sign. Part 2 will be a discussion about what Christ himself told us to watch for.
Keep in mind as we go through this series, much of Biblical Prophecy is cyclical in a broad sense. Helping understand the importance of both Old and New Testaments events. The Prophecy explored in this series will go back as far as Eden..
Genesis 3:15 (KJV)
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Let us always remember to remain vigilant, for we are “not in darkness” and we are “children of the light, and children of the day”. I hope you’ll enjoy this series as much as I will.
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In Christ Jesus, Kyle Schumacher