His One Return

The New Testament promises that Jesus will return to the earth at the “end” of the present age. His glorious “arrival…on the clouds” will result in the judgment of the ungodly, the resurrection and vindication of the righteous, the arrival of the New Creation, and the termination of death. Thus, it will be an event of great finality.

In his parable of the wheat and the tares, Jesus portrayed the “Son of Man” arriving at the “end of the age” when he will divide humanity into two groups – The just and the unjust. The “wheat” will be gathered in the “barn,” while the “tares” will be tied into bundles and burned.

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Revelation of Our Lord

The Apostle Paul labels the future return of Jesus as his ‘parousia’ (“arrival”), ‘erchomai’ (“coming”), or ‘epiphaneia’ (“manifestation”). But on two occasions, he also calls it his ‘apocalypsis’ or “revelation.” And by comparing how he applies these several Greek terms, it becomes apparent that, in each case, the same event is in view.

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Each of the three sevenfold series in Revelation concludes with a final judgment scene at the end of the age.

Final judgment scenes occur several times in the Book of Revelation. All three of the sevenfold series of “seals,” “trumpets,” and “bowls of wrath” culminate in the final judgment, and each time punctuated by terrestrial and celestial upheaval. Those “judgments” are in addition to the one at the “Great White Throne of Judgement” when the wicked are cast into the “lake of fire.”

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Following Satan’s defeat, the final judgment unfolds before the Great White ThroneRevelation 20:11-15.

Now, the “Dragon,” the “False Prophet,” the “Beast from the Sea,” and “Babylon” have all been judged. Their conspiracy against the “Lamb” and his followers only ended in their own demise. What they intended for evil the “One Who Sits on the Throne” employed to achieve His purposes.

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The ingathering of the “grapes” represents the “wrath of God” on all men who have taken the “mark of the beast” – Revelation 14:17-20

Next, Revelation presents the ingathering of the “fruit of the vine,” which is now pressed in the “winepress of the God’s wrath,” the fate of all men who gave allegiance to the “beast” and received its “mark.” Faithful “saints” were gathered into the “sanctuary of God,” but the “inhabitants of the earth” are now “tread underfoot” in His winepress.

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