Jesus did exemplary work during his period on earth. After His ascension to heaven, Jesus promised to come back. Matthew 24:42,44 speculates that Jesus will come soon, and Christians should always be ready for his second coming. The Bible also implies in Acts 1:11 that Jesus will come back in the manner he ascended to heaven. For this reason, many Christ followers wonder, “Is Jesus coming back soon?”
According to Revelation 22:7, the scripture speculates that Jesus went to heaven and He will come back soon. The Bible verse further suggests that the person who keeps the words of prophecy according to what Jesus promised will be blessed. Jesus coming back will be without delay and will be in the proper timing of the Lord.
So, what does the Bible say about the second coming of Jesus? What did you mean by saying, “The kingdom of God is near?” what needs to happen before Jesus comes back? How can Christians know that Jesus is coming back soon? What can Christians do while waiting for Jesus’ second coming? Continue reading to learn more.
What does the Bible say about the second coming of Jesus?
The Bible implies in Matthew 5:44 that Jesus was rejected and crucified; however, in His second coming, he will not be rejected. It further suggests that everyone will know of Jesus’s coming, and they will confess that Jesus is Lord. The Bible implies that He did not come in Glory when Jesus first came to the world. He just came as an ordinary person, born lowly and laid in a manger.
However, in His second coming, everyone will know of His return. There have been some debates going on about the second coming of Jesus. This is because different scriptures express different views. For example, in Matthew 24:36-44, the Bible suggests that God has not revealed the coming back of Jesus Christ to anyone. It also implies that the timing of Jesus’ return and the end of the age is not for us to know. We are also encouraged not to determine the date Jesus will return.
Nevertheless, the Bible says in Hebrews 9:28, “So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear the second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” This means that Jesus’s second coming will be to save Christ-followers who have walked their lives according to His teachings and are waiting for Him. Regarding this scripture, many Bible scholars believe that Jesus’s second coming will be one that will shock the world.
Titus 2:13 implies that Jesus is our blessed hope and will appear in glory.
What did Jesus mean by saying, ‘The Kingdom of God is near?’
Mark 1:15 says, “the time promised by God has come at last. The kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!” according to this scripture, when we hear the word “kingdom” what comes to mind is the place in which a king is ruling. Nevertheless, in the scripture, in the book of Mark 1:15, the word “kingdom” can mean ‘reign,’ ‘sovereign’ or ‘rule.’ So, when Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is near,” He was referring to the coming of God’s authority and power, fulfilling Isaiah 52:7.
However, some Biblical scholars believed that Jesus used the phrase ‘The Kingdom of God is near” to mean that one can go to heaven after death.
According to Luke 10:11, Matthew 10:7, and Luke 9:2:60, the scriptures imply that God’s reign is breaking in and changing all things among us. Just the way Jesus’ parables proclaimed the kingdom of God is the same as Jesus’s life. Jesus is deemed a warm welcome, a healing touch, a listening ear, and a trusted person. The scriptures suggest that if you want to bear witness to the kingdom of God coming near, you must begin by paying attention to places and people around you.
As the Bible suggests in Ezekiel 2:7, Jesus uttered those words just as the old prophets had said to see whether people would hear or forbear the teaching of God. These were directed toward the believing and the unbelieving.
What needs to happen before Jesus comes back?
2 Thessalonians 2:1-2.says, “Now we request you, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.” From this verse, Paul told the young church that many trials and persecutions would face them. However, people must persevere in faithfulness, brotherly love, and knowledge.
Before Jesus Christ comes back, apostasy will increase, and the man of lawlessness will be revealed. This has been recorded in the book of 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8. The reason why these events have to happen before the coming of Jesus is to fulfill the prophecy of the scriptures. It is believed that apostasy has already begun and will continue. Furthermore, the man of lawlessness will deceive people using the name of God and Jesus.
The Bible suggests that God will allow the Man of Lawlessness to do his work so that believers who love lies will get their fill. In the end, God will destroy the Man of Lawlessness in two steps; the word of truth and the appearance of Jesus.
How can Christians know that Jesus is coming back soon?
Jesus will return to the earth very soon, and Christians look forward to the coming of Jesus. In the Bible, Jesus has talked about signs and events that will symbolize His second coming is near. For so long, Christ’s followers have been looking forward to His coming as a time of joy and peace. Some signs foretelling that Jesus is coming back are now being fulfilled.
Daniel 12:1, there are warnings that the earth will experience great turmoil, war, wickedness, and suffering. It further warns that in the second coming of Jesus, the world will experience trouble they have never seen. Matthew 24:7 implies that earthquakes, famines, diseases, lightning, great storms, and thunder will be witnessed. Additionally, crops on the earth will be destroyed by hailstorms.
Moreover, war will fill the earth. Matthew 24:6 -7 says, “You shall hear of wars, and war rumors… for the nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.” From the verse, there shall be great destruction the land will face.
The gospel restoration will occur in accordance with Revelation 14:6 – 7. Additionally, the Gospel will be preached to the whole world. Matthew 24:14 suggests that all people will hear the Gospel of Christ in their own language, and Jesus will provide ways to bring the truth to all nations. All these are signs that Jesus is coming back soon.
What can Christians do as they wait for Jesus’ second coming?
In Isaiah 45:23, the scripture warns Christians about the second coming of Jesus. To be prepared for his coming, there are several things Christians can.
First, begin by praying to the heavenly Father, studying the scriptures, expressing gratitude, serving others, making and keeping covenants, and waiting on the Lord. 1 John 3:2-3 speculates that while waiting for Jesus’s second coming, one should also Pursue Christlikeness. Moreover, Christians should be ready to work faithfully for Christ since we do not know when he will come, as implied in Matthew 25:1-13
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