Last Things

Last Things

SECOND COMING OF CHRIST- Matthew 24:36/Luke 17:20-2/1 Thessalonians 5:1-10/2 Peter 3:4-13

This is also called the parousia meaning arrival of presence.  We can also call it the second coming of Jesus Christ.  Only the Father knows the exact time of this.  It is not for us to try to discover when this will take place, and much less are we given the task of hastening this time.  What we are to do is truly believe the our Lord Jesus will reign, and that God’s kingdom of peace and justice will come and in fact it is already within our midst.

 

BUT CONCERNING THAT DAY AND HOUR NO ONE KNOWS, NOT EVEN THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN, NOR THE SON, BUT THE FATHER ONLY.  MATTHEW 24:36

 

BEING ASKED BY THE PHARISEES WHEN THE KINGDOM OF GOD WOULD COME, HE ANSWERED THEM, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT COMING IN WAYS THAT CAN BE OBSERVED, NOR WILL THEY SAY, LOOK, HERE IT IS!  OR THERE! FOR BEHOLD THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS IN THE MIDST OF YOU.  AND HE SAID TO THE DISCIPLES, THE DAYS ARE COMING WHEN YOU WILL DESIRE TO SEE ONE OF THE DAYS OF THE SON OF MAN, AND YOU WILL NOT SEE IT.  AND THEY WILL SAY TO YOU.  LOOK, THERE! OR LOOK, HERE!  DO NOT GO OUT OR FOLLOW THEM.  FOR AS THE LIGHTNING FLASHES AND LIGHTS UP THE SKY FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER, SO WILL THE SON OF MAN BE IN HIS DAY.  LUKE 17:20-24

 

1 THESSALONIANS 5:1-10-NOW CONCERNING THE TIMES AND THE SEASONS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, YOU HAVE NO NEED TO HAVE ANYTHING WRITTEN TO YOU.  FOR YOU YOURSELVES ARE FULLY AWARE THAT THE DAY OF THE LORD WILL COME LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT.  WHILE PEOPLE ARE SAYING, THERE IS PEACE AND SECURITY, THEN SUDDEN DESTRUCTION WILL COME UPON THEM AS LABOR PAINS COME UPON A PREGNANT  WOMAN, AND THEY WILL NOT ESCAPE.  BUT YOU ARE NOT IN DARKNESS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, FOR THE DAY TO SURPRISE YOU LIKE A THIEF.  FOR YOU ARE ALL CHILDREN OF LIGHT, CHILDREN OF THE DAY.  WE ARE NOT OF THE NIGHT OR OF THE DARKNESS.  SO THEN LET US NOT SLEEP, AS OTHERS DO, BUT LET US KEEP AWAKE AND SOBER.  FOR THOSE WHO SLEEP, SLEEP AT NIGHT, AND THOSE WHO GET DRUNK, ARE DRUNK AT NIGHT.  BUT SINCE WE BELONG TO THE DAY, LET US BE SOBER, HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF FAITH AND LOVE, AND FOR A HELMET THE HOPE OF SALVATION.  FOR GOD HAS NOT DESTINED US FOR WRATH, BUT TO OBTAIN SALVATION THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO DIED FOR US SO THAT WHETHER WE ARE AWAKE OR ASLEEP WE MIGHT LIVE WITH HIM.

 

2 THESSALONIANS 1:5-12- THIS IS EVIDENCE OF THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT OF GOD, THAT YOU MAY BE CONSIDERED WORTHY OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD, FOR WHICH YOU ARE ALSO SUFFERING- SINCE INDEED GOD CONSIDERS IT JUST TO REPAY WITH AFFLICTION THOSE WHO AFFLICT YOU, AND TO GRANT RELEIF TO YOU WHO ARE AFFLICTED AS WELL AS TO US, WHEN THE LORD JESUS IS REVEALED FROM HEAVEN WITH HIS MIGHTY ANGELS IN FLAMING FIRE, INFLICTING VENGEANCE ON THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW GOD  AND IN THOSE WHO DO NOT OBEY THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS.  THEY WILL SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF ETERNAL DESTRUCTION, AWAY FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD AND FROM THE GLORY OF HIS MIGHT, WHEN HE COMES ON THAT DAY TO BE GLORIFIED IN HIS SAINTS, AND TO BE MARVELED AT AMONG ALL WHO HAVE BELIEVED.  TO THIS END WE ALWAYS PRAY FOR YOU, THAT OUR GOD MAY MAKE YOU WORTHY OF HIS CALLING AND MAY FULFILL EVERY RESOLVE FOR GOOD AND WORK OF FAITH BY HIS POWER, SO THAT THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS MAY BE GLORIFIED IN YOU, AND YOU IN HIM, ACCORDING TO THE GRACE OF OUR GOD AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. 

 

2 PETER 3:4-13- THEY WILL SAY, WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING?  FOR EVER SINCE THE FATHERS FELL ASLEEP, ALL THINGS ARE CONTINUING AS THEY WERE FROM THE BEGINNING OF CREATION.  FOR THEY DELIBERATELY OVERLOOK THIS FACT, THAT THE HEAVENS EXISTED LONG AGO, AND THE EARTH WAS FORMED OUT OF WATER AND THROUGH WATER BY THE WORD OF GOD, AND THAT BY MEANS OF THOSE THE WORLD THAT THEN EXISTED WAS DELUGED WITH WATER AND PERISHED.   BUT BY THE SAME WORD THE HEAVENS AND EARTH THAT NOW EXIST ARE STORED UP FOR FIRE, BEING KEPT UNTIL THE DAY OF JUDGMENT AND DESTRUCTION OF THE UNGODLY.  BUT DO NOT OVERLOOK THIS ONE FACT, BELOVED, THAT WITH THE LORD ONE DAY IS AS A THOUSAND YEARS, AND A THOUSAND YEARS AS ONE DAY.  THE LORD IS NOT SLOW TO FULFILL HIS PROMISE AS SOME COUNT SLOWNESS, BUT IS PATIENT TOWARD YOU, NOT WISHING THAT ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD REACH REPENTANCE.  BUT THE DAY OF THE LORD WILL COME LIKE A THIEF, AND THEN THE HEAVENS WILL PASS AWAY WITH A ROAR, AND THE HEAVENLY BODIES WILL BE BURNED UP AND DISSOLVED, AND THE EARTH AND THE WORKS THAT ARE DONE ON IT WILL BE EXPOSED.  SINCE ALL THESE THINGS ARE THUS TO BE DISSOLVED, WHAT SORT OF PEOPLE OUGHT YOU BE IN LIVES OF HOLINESS AND GODLINESS, WAITING FOR AND HASTENING THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD, BECAUSE OF WHICH THE HEAVENS WILL BE SET ON FIRE AND DISSOLVED, AND THE HEAVENLY BODIES WILL MELT AS THEY BURN!  BUT ACCORDING TO HIS PROMISE WE ARE WAITING FOR NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH IN WHICH RIGHTEOUSNESS DWELLS.