The whole earth will witness the “Son of Man” arriving on the clouds to gather his “elect” to himself – Mark 13:21-27.
The ‘Olivet Discourse’ now takes us beyond the “abomination of desolation” the destruction of the Temple to the return of the “Son of Man” to gather his saints. How much time will pass between the Temple’s demise and his arrival is not provided, but during this interim, the church must beware of deceivers that disseminate false information about his coming.
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If anyone fails to keep the words of the book, he will be excluded from citizenship in the city of New Jerusalem – Revelation 22:6-21.
The Book of Revelation concludes with an epilogue that recalls the earlier promises to “overcoming saints,” reiterates warnings against faithlessness, summons believers to render homage to God alone, and calls for Jesus to “come quickly.” Testimony and assurances from uncontestable sources attest to the trustworthiness of the “words of the book,” which are “prophecy” and the “testimony of Jesus.”
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SYNOPSIS – The arrival of Jesus in glory will usher in the Day of the Lord, the final judgment, and the New Creation – 2 Peter 3:3-14.
In his second epistle, Peter addressed the growing weariness and discouragement of some Christians over the apparent “delay” in the promised “coming” of Jesus, an open door that false teachers and critics were exploiting. Instead of all the predicted terrestrial and cosmic upheaval, daily life continued as it always had.
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The New Testament presents the return of Jesus at the “end of the age” as an event of great finality and power. His “arrival” in glory will be accompanied by celestial and terrestrial upheaval, the ushering in of the New Creation, the resurrection of the righteous, the judgment of the ungodly, the “gathering of his elect from the four corners of the earth,” and the cessation of death. Nothing will ever be the same again!
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The “coming” of Jesus will mean the vindication of the righteous, and the judgment and condemnation of the wicked.
In the New Testament, several Greek terms are applied to the return of Jesus at the end of the present age, including parousia (“arrival”), erchomai (“coming”), and epiphaneia (“appearance”). Regardless of which term is used, in each instance, it is found in the singular number; it describes only one “coming” of Jesus. Each passage provides only a limited amount of information about the event.
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SYNOPSIS – Paul reassured believers – Living and dead saints will participate together in the arrival of Jesus from heaven – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
In his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul addressed their concern about the status or fate of fellow believers who died prior to the “arrival” or parousia of Jesus. Apparently, for reasons unknown to us, some Christians became concerned that dead believers would not participate in the glories of that day. The Apostle reassured them – Not only will dead believers participate but they will precede those still alive, even if only for the briefest of moments.
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