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“Jesus Will Return”


Jesus promised to come
again for His own. Hello, I’m Phil Sanders,
and this is a Bible study “In Search of the
Lord’s Way.” Are you ready for
the second coming? Get your Bible
and stay tuned. In all the hurry and hustle and confusion of modern living, the Lord
has the way. We believe that the Bible is the revelation of His way. We invite you to
join us In Search of the Lord’s Way
with Phil Sanders. Welcome to In SEARCH
of the Lord’s Way! We’re here to search the
Scriptures for God’s will. People have many strange
ideas about what will happen at the end of time,
but the Lord has taught us clearly in Scripture
what will happen. The Scriptures are always
the measure of spiritual truth, and we can do no better than to investigate them daily. Since the Bible will one
day be our judge, we need to know what it says
and take it seriously. Thanks for taking
time with us today. We want to be a part of
your life each week. The Lord Jesus said in
John 14:1 to 3, “Do not let your heart be
troubled; believe in God, believe also
in Me. In My Father’s house are
many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would
have told you; for I go to prepare a place
for you. If I go and prepare a
place for you, I will come again and receive you to
Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”
Jesus went to the Father in heaven to prepare a
place for His followers and will one day
return for them. This is a
precious promise. When Jesus ascended
into heaven after His resurrection, “while they
were looking on, and a cloud received Him
out of their sight. And as they were gazing
intently into the sky (behold) while He was
going, behold, two men in white clothing
stood beside them. They also said, “Men of
Galilee, why do you stand looking
into the sky? This Jesus, who has been
taken up from you into heaven, will come in just
the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven” (Acts 1 verses 9 to 11). When Jesus comes again,
every eye will see Him (Revelation 1
verse 7). We’ll have no doubt, the
Lord keeps His promises! We offer this study,
“Jesus Is Coming Again,” free. If you’d like a printed
copy or a CD of our study and you live in the United
States, mail your request to In Search of the
Lord’s Way, P.O. Box 371,
Edmond, OK 73083 or send an e-mail to [email protected] Or, you can call our
toll-free telephone number. That number is
1-800-321-8633. We also have materials free on line at www.searchtv.org. The Edmond church will now
worship in song, we’ll read from 1 Thessalonians 4:13
to 18, and explore the fact that Jesus is coming again. Our reading today is
1 Thessalonians chapter 4
verses 13 to 18. And Paul is encouraging
the church at Thessalonica about the second
coming of Jesus. But we do not want you to
be uninformed, brethren, about those who are
asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the
rest who have no hope. For if we believe that
Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring
with Him those who have fallen asleep
in Jesus. For this we say to you by
the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and
remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede
those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will
descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of
the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the
dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are
alive and remain will be caught up together with
them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and
so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. That’s a reading
of God’s Holy Word. Let’s pray
together. Oh Father, we’re thankful
that Your son Jesus is coming
back for us. Help us to be prepared
for Him just as He has prepared
for us. And may Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus
name, Amen. Aren’t you encouraged by
these beautiful songs? I appreciate the Edmond
church of Christ and all those who came
to sing with us. Thanks to Larry Owsley
for directing us. The need to sing praise to
God is always important. Hebrews 13:15 says,
“Through Him (that is Jesus Christ) then, let
us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to
God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to
His name.” One day God’s people will gather in
heaven to worship God in song and to praise
His holy name! What joy! As believers, we live with
the knowledge of the Lord Jesus coming again
to receive His own. We’ll meet Him in the air and live with Him there eternally. We meet Him there and
stay with Him there. It’s indeed a precious
promise to know that He cares enough to come for
us and take us to the place that He’s been preparing for us in the Father’s house. We have no basis for
thinking that the Lord Jesus will return earth
once again, on earth. That was not
His promise. Rather His promise was to
welcome us to the place that He
has prepared. Why, that’s
in heaven. He’s preparing for us, and
we need to be prepared for Him. The Lord Jesus said in
Matthew 24:35 to 36 that, “Heaven and earth will
pass away, but My words will
not pass away. But of that day (that is
the day heaven and earth passes away) and hour no
one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor
the Son, but the Father alone.” Mark 13:33 adds,
“Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when
the time is.” No one knows the time when Jesus will
come again; many have prophesied various times,
but all have failed. From as early as 70 AD to
2012 AD, men boldly said the Lord would come and
the world will end, but they didn’t know and they proved to be false prophets. 1 Thessalonians 5 verses 1
and 2, it says this about the time Jesus will come
again: he says, “Now as to the times and the epochs,
brethren, you have no need of anything to be
written to you. For you yourselves know
full well that the day of the Lord will come just
like a thief in the night.” 2 Peter 3 and
verse 10 echoes this statement and gives a
little more information. “But the day of the Lord
will come like a thief, in which the heavens will
pass away with a roar and the elements will be
destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and
its works will be burned up.” What will happen
when Jesus comes again? While we do not know when
He will come, we can be confident of what He
will do when He comes. The Scriptures reveal
several things will occur when
Jesus returns. First, a great sound will mark his arrival at the end of time. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 says,
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the
trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise
first.” Oh, yes the Lord will descend with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the
trumpet of God, we’ll hear Him. Second, when Jesus comes
again, He will not be
coming alone. He’s coming with all
His angels according to Matthew 25
verse 31. He’s also coming with those who are “in Christ” but have died. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 to 14
says, “But we do not want you to be uninformed,
brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you
will not grieve as do the rest who have
no hope. For if we believe that
Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring
with Him those who have fallen asleep
in Jesus.” Third, the dead
will all be raised! While the “dead in Christ
will rise first,” this doesn’t mean they’re the only ones who will rise on that day. The Lord Jesus promised in
John 5:28 to 29, “Do not marvel at this; for an
hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs
will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who
did the good deeds to a resurrection of life,
those who committed the evil deeds to a
resurrection of judgment.” The resurrection of the
righteous will take place at the same hour as the
resurrection of the wicked. There’s only one general
resurrection hour. Paul said in Acts 24 and
verse 15, “there shall certainly be a
resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.”
Some think the wicked will simply cease to exist, but
the Lord says the wicked will face a resurrection
of judgment. Fourth, those still
alive on earth at his coming
will be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:50 to 52
says, “Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a
mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be
changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,
at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound,
and the dead will be raised imperishable, and
we will be changed.” The physical body that you
have now was not designed for heaven but was
designed for this earth . We will have an imperishable and glorified body in heaven. Philippians 3:20 to 21
says, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which
also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus
Christ; who will transform the body of our humble
state (the body we have right now) into conformity
with the body of His glory, by the exertion of
the power that He has even to subject all things
to Himself.” Fifth, 1 Thessalonians 4:16
to 17 says, “the dead in Christ
will rise first. And then we who are alive
and remain will be caught up together with them in
the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we
shall always be with the Lord.” Now, some think the
Lord will set foot for a thousand years on the
earth when He comes again; but there will be no human
life on earth following the return
of Christ. We’ll meet Him in the air
and will always be with Him, and a, we’ll be with
Him there and nothing will
happen here. This planet will be
destroyed by fire. We look for something new,
and that is what the Lord has been preparing for
us, this new place. The future life of the
saints will be in a totally new place,
unlike this one. 1 Peter 1:3 to 4 says,
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused
us to be born again to a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to
obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and
undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in
heaven for you.” Sixth, the final Judgment
will occur. This is an appointment
that we must all attend. Some will stand before the
judgment seat of Christ with confidence, while
others will have great dread, because they know
they have rejected the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5 and verse
10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ, so that each one may be
recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to
what he’s done, whether good or bad.” We cannot
escape this appointment. The apostle John in the
book of Revelation reveals what will happen
at the judgment. Revelation 20:11 to 12
says, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that
sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven
fled away; and there was found no place
for them. And I saw the dead, small
and great, stand before God; and the books were
opened: and another book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those
things which were written in the books, according to
their works.” The basis of our judgment will be the
written word of God. You see the Scriptures
will outlast culture and popular opinions to judge
us on the last day. As we saw in Matthew 24:35
the words of Jesus will last longer than
heaven or earth. The Lord Jesus said in
John 12:48, that, “He who rejects Me and does not
receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the
word I spoke is what will judge him (on) at the
last day.” Seventh, the righteous and the wicked
will be separated and assigned their
eternal destinies. Matthew 25 and verse 32
to 3 says that, “All the nations will be gathered
before Him; and He will separate them from one
another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from
the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right,
and the goats on the left.” Now, some will enter into a resurrection of life, while others will enter a resurrection of judgment. Matthew 25:34 says, and
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come,
you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the
kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
the world.’” You see they cared for others and were
obedient to the Lord. Then Matthew 25:41 says,
“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart
from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire
which has been prepared for the devil and his
angels.’” And those on His left will enter the same
place that God prepared for the devil
and his angels. The Lord Jesus Himself
simply said in Matthew 25:46, “These will go away
into eternal punishment, but the righteous into
eternal life.” Eighth, on Judgment Day the righteous
will enter heaven to live with
God eternally. Revelation 21:3 to 4 says
that God Himself will dwell among His people;
“and He will wipe away every tear from their
eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there
will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or
pain; the first things have passed away.” Only the righteous will dwell in heaven. God promised in Revelation
21 and verse 7 that, “He who overcomes will inherit
these things, and I will be his God and he will be
My son.” The apostle Paul showed confidence in 2
Timothy 4 verses 7 to 8. He said, “I have fought
the good fight, I have finished the course, I
have kept the faith; in the future there is laid
up for me the crown of righteousness, which the
Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that
day; and not only to me, but also to all who have
loved His appearing.” I hope that you
can say the same! That the Lord will award
to you on that day. Those who are unrighteous
will enter a place of outer darkness, a place of
weeping and gnashing of teeth. Revelation 21:8 says,
“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable
and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and
idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the
lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is
the second death.” This is nothing to
doubt or ignore. The Lord Jesus said in
Matthew 10:28, “Do not fear those who kill the
body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather
fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and
body in hell.” The Lord doesn’t want anyone to be lost and face eternal punishment. 1 Timothy 2:3 to 4
says, “This is good and acceptable in the sight
of God our Savior, who desires all men to be
saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Again, 2 Peter 3 and verse 9 says, “The Lord is not
slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but
is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish
but for all to come to repentance.” You don’t
have to be lost; instead you can put your faith in
the Lord and follow Jesus. Hebrews 5 verses 8 to 9
says, “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made
perfect, He became to all those who obey Him
the source of eternal salvation.” My friend
is He your Savior? Have you
obeyed Him? Are you right
with Him? And when He comes again
will He be coming for you? To bless
you. Or when He comes again
will He come to raise you up to judgment. Let’s pray. Father we pray that we may
be prepared for Your, the coming of Your
Son Jesus. That we may love Him and
serve Him all the days
of our lives. And be able to live
with You forever. And Father help us to
do Your will each day. In Jesus name
we pray, Amen. 2 Peter 3:11 to 13 warns
and encourages us, “Since all these things (speaking
of heaven and earth) are to be destroyed in this
way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy
conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening
the coming of the day of God, because of which the
heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His
promise we are looking for new heavens and a
new earth, in which righteousness dwells.”
Since we have this hope; we ought to live
godly and righteously. We watch and pray, so
that we do not enter temptation. We stay busy doing
the will of God. What sort of
person are you? Do you take
God seriously? If the Lord is coming one
day to bless the sheep and punish the goats,
which are you? John 3:36 says, “He who
believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who
does not obey the Son will not see life, but the
wrath of God abides on him.” Do
you believe? And have you
obeyed the Lord? To become a Christian, one
must believe, if he wishes to please God
(Hebrews 11:6). He must repent of
his sins (Luke 13:3). He must confess Jesus
Christ is the Son of God and Lord (Romans 10 and
verse 10); and he must be baptized into Christ for
the forgiveness of his sins, just as Peter
said in Acts 2:38. Now, baptism is an
immersion in water; but baptism into Christ is a
baptism into His death (Romans 6:3
to 4). In baptism the blood of
Jesus washes away sin (Acts 2:38 and 22:16) and it also gives us newness of life. Become a Christian today
and begin worshipping regularly with a church
of Christ near you. We hope that today’s study
revealing the second coming has stirred you
to consider your soul. If you live in the United
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the Lord’s Way.

Glenn Chapman

3 Comments

  1. hi thanks Phil Sanders brother message Jesus will return πŸ“–πŸ˜‡πŸ™church of Christ is the real Church of Jesus Christ ❀ love you Jesus hope to be with you in heaven πŸ˜‡πŸ™

  2. Yeah, I've been hearing about the second coming ever since I was a kid. hasn't happened, isn't going to happen. Christians are following a false prophet – he made a claim, it didn't happen. Christians, wake up already! You've been deceived by a false doctrine.

  3. "2nd coming of Jesus" is a new generation of woke Christians discovering the true gospel that Jesus preached and with this a reform of Christianity. If true Christianity is restored, all the Abrahamic faiths will be one and the same.

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