Musings of a Servant

Archie Miller, D.Min.




Committed to Excellence in Communicating Biblical Truth and it’s Application!

He’s Coming Again!

The month of May brings two significant events to The Church.  May 18th is Ascension Day, followed in ten days on May 28, by Pentecost Sunday.  

At His ascension, the attending angels promised (Acts 1:11 BSB) “Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.”  Jesus also promised (Jn 14:3 BSB) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am.

Jesus’ second coming is one of the most clearly and frequently attested events in the New Testament.  After His ascension His return is the next main event in

God’s plan for the world, and it is the main event of the end time.  Mt 16:28; 26:64; Mk 9:27; Lk 9:27 refer to Christ’s ascension and enthronement in His Kingdom on Pentecost.  The CHURCH is His Kingdom.

   In the New Testament His second coming is always a future event, as Paul states in Hebrews 9:28 (NASB) so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.  Notice that Paul says will appear.  The future tense clearly says it is imminent, not immediate.  Immediate means it will happen now.  Imminent means it  assuredly will happen, but the time is indefinite.  For this reason, James, the  brother of Jesus, reminds us (James 5:7 BSB) Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming.

    Jesus clearly said that we do not know the day nor the hour He will return. (Mt 24:36,42; 25:13; Mk 13:32-33; Lk 12:40) He just as clearly indicates that we should be prepared for His imminent return.

   What we do know is His return will be personal (Acts 1:11); it will be visible (Rev 1:7); it will be sudden and unexpected (Mt 24:27); and it will be glorious (Mt 25:31 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne.

   What will be our response to this glorious event?  That depends on our present relationship with Christ as Savior and Lord.  See 2 Thes 1:8; Rev 6:15-17; and 1 Pet 4:13.

He’s Coming Again!