By Wendell Tenison
When our Lord Jesus the Christ returns the second time, it will be in a moment and the twinkling of an eye. The new testament in no uncertain terms points out many things he will do, but no one knows the sequence in which they will occur. Therefore, the order in which I have outlined these events are not to be understood they will occur in that sequence.
1 Cor 15:52 "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
Peter predicted there would be those who would question the return of our Lord. After all its been 2,000 years since the prophesy of Christ's return.
2 Pet 3:3-4 "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,.....And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
The second great thing in which our Lord will do, he will come as a thief in the night as opposed by the huge number of false prophets who in times past have predicted numerous times his coming on a certain day and year.
Mark 13:32 "But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father."
1 Th 5:2-3 "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."
Jesus will separate the sheep from the goats at his appearing. When he said all will come forth from the grave, he meant all.
John 5:28-29 "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,.....And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."
Whether unto the resurrection of life or the resurrection of damnation, our bodies will be raised incorruptible. That simply means the changed body in the resurrection will be designed for either eternal bliss or damnation.
1 Cor 15:51-56 "Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,.....In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed......For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality......So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory......O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?.....The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law."
Jesus will not set his foot upon this earth when he returns, but will receive his own in the clouds.
1 Th 4:13-18 "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope......For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him......For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep......For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:.....Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord......Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
Those in Christ have their conversation, commonwealth or citizenship in heaven. All of God's creation came from eternity and back to eternity is where it is going. It is our highest expectation that Jesus will return to claim his own.
Phil 3:20-21 "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:.....Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
Man is without excuse regarding the knowledge and revelation of the second coming of Christ. Presently, the body of Christ upon this earth is spiritual in nature of which I am a member, 1Cor.12:27. However, when Jesus returns, that which cannot be seen with the eye now will become reality; that is, our bodies will become as his. Paul says in Eph. 5:30, we are of his body, his flesh and his bones.
1 John 3:2 "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
There is no man who has the power to retain his spirit in the day of death. Neither, shall his wickedness deliver him, because he is given to it. They say, "he fought hard unto the end." Fighting to stay alive is the greatest battle that most men will fight. There is no discharge in that war.
Eccl 8:8 "There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it."
Heb 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
These verses are despised by false teachers, because the they bring to light their deceptive doctrines.There is no fear of God before their eyes, Rom.3:18. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God, Heb.10:31. They do not care as long as the fat letters keep coming,
2 Cor 5:10-11 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad......Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences."
Rom 14:10-12 "But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ......For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God......So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."
After having established his kingdom on the day of Pentecost, A. D. 33, when our Lord returns he will remove from his kingdom all those who offend and do iniquity and cast them into the furnace of fire.
Mat 13:37-42 "He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;.....The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;.....The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels......As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world......The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;.....And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
When the end comes in the resurrection, Christ will deliver his kingdom up to God after it has been purged from all offenses and iniquity.
1 Cor 15:23-28 "But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming......Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power......For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet......The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death......For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him......And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."
As far back as Enoch the seventh from Adam, he foretold of the coming of the Lord with 10,000 of his saints to execute judgment upon the ungodly.
Jude 1:14 -15..... "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,.....To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."
Jesus will come in flaming fire delivering vengance upon those who know not God and those who obey not his glorious gospel. God and Jesus Christ are love, but there is another side of them. They will take vengance on all those who have rebelled against their laws. Many preachers have accused us of being legalistic, but law is legal and all spiritual law happens to belong to God and not us. Love and not legalism is the buss word. In other words, love God, but hate his law.Therefore, their argument is with God and not with those of us who are in defense of the true gospel.
2 Th 1:7-9 "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,.....In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:.....Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;"
The false prophet says, when the Lord returns he will set up his kingdom. God through Christ, through the Holy Spirit, through Peter, says, the heavens and the earth will be burned up. Who am I to believe, or rather, who are you to believe?
2 Pet 3:10-13 "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up......Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,.....Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?.....Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
Everylasting fire is prepared for the devil, his angels and the goats on the left hand.
Mat 25:31-34 "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:.....And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:....And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left......Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:"
Mat 25:41 "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:"
This is the finale of all the truth that our Lord Jesus the Christ has given unto us in this article.
Rev 20:10-15 "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever......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......And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works......And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death......And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
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