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9 REASONS FOR THE RETURN OF CHRIST

Introduction.

 

Over the last few months, actually since 2015 there have been rumours all over the social media that the return of Christ was going to take place last Saturday the 23rd of September, the same day my youngest daughter got married. Well if it were true then her and Werner’s marriage on earth would have been short lived, before they see their bride groom in glory.

 

The reason Christ would return was based on a book by John Hagee based on the Four Red Moons that all appeared on Jewish festival days. This combined with the movement of stars in certain STAR Clusters were a clear indication for some that Christ would return on this day. Now, John Hagee did not say that Christ will return on this day, but some theologians used his material to support their beliefs. Sadly, the way Scripture was handled is extremely irresponsible.

 

For example, some do some Biblical gymnastics as if chapter and verse numbers are inspired. They refer to the solar eclipse that took place on the 21 st of August 2017, then 4 days later on the 25th of August Hurricane Harvey hit the USA. And then according to the doomsday prophets it was on the 25th and 26th of August the Hurricane was the worst, therefore you must turn to Luke 21 for the 21st of August and read verses 25 & 26 because of the two days and guess what? Luke 21:25-26 (ESV) 25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” This for them was a sure sign that the coming of Christ was emanant. The question is, are we going to do this now with every Solar Eclipse and date of storms? Let the fun begin, because you can see strange stuff if you so wish.

 

(For interest, the New Testament chapter divisions commonly used today were developed by Stephen Langton, an Archbishop of Canterbury. Langton put the modern chapter divisions into place in around A.D. 1227. The Hebrew Old Testament was divided into verses by a Jewish rabbi by the name of Nathan in A.D. 1448. Robert Estienne, who was also known as Stephanus, was the first to divide the Old Testament into standard numbered verses, in 1555, based on Nathan’s methods.)

 

Then there was a star that according to Revelation 12:1-2 would move into a position in the middle of the Virgo Cluster of Stars, which means it was now in the Virgin’s Womb on the 23 of September, and Christ was supposed to return. This supposedly happens once in 7000 years.  And once again Christ failed to return according to the wishful thinking of people who try and predict dates. Understand the ramifications of the implications if their understanding of Revelation 12:1-2 is correct. That means we must wait another 7000 years, or they must acknowledge that they were wrong.

 

Forget about John Hagee. What about “19 Reasons the rapture could be in 2017”. So, we have 19 but let’s up the ante. What about “88 Reasons why the rapture would be in 1988.” That was 30 years ago. And then 21 May 2011 – and the list goes on. I think it is time to listen to Jesus Christ Himself who said: Matthew 24:36-37 (ESV)
36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

 

Then the prophets go further to prove their point by saying that this year in the Jewish calendar is the year 5777. Five is supposed to mean Grace, and 7 the number for completion. Therefore, this is the year where God’s grace is completed. I will not go into the issue of numerology now, but personally I only buy into meanings for numbers when Scripture attaches meaning to numbers. I know the arguments, but still do not know the Scripture that says five is grace.

 

Now the purpose of this sermon over the next week or three is not to try and determine when Christ will return, but to remind us that He will, and that we need to be prepared for whenever that day is. I am going to piggy back on the points by Dr John Mac Arthur who gives 9 reasons why Jesus will return. The detail surrounding the Scriptures is mine.

 

Somebody asked DL Moody, that if he knew that Jesus Christ was going to return at 22:00 that evening, what changes would he make to his day. He simply said, ‘absolutely nothing’. He would continue to live as he was. Can we say that?

 

One danger is to become complacent and not to believe in the coming of Jesus, simply because He has tarried for 2000 years. But, one thing we know is that we are 2000 years closer to the return of Christ, and His delay must not be seen as a putting off.

 

Just like with Noah and the Ark, there are people who today mock the coming of Christ. 2 Peter 3:3-4 (ESV) 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”

This is so sad as much as one fifth of the Bible is prophetic, and as much as 1 third of that possibly refers to the second coming of Christ. It could be long it could be soon, but Christ will return. As mentioned before, Christ said that only the Father in Heaven knows when He will return, so we don’t know. Even sceptics believe the world will and can end sometime, either through a plague, or meteorite or some other disaster. Films like Armageddon give man some false security. Trust Bruce Willis, he will save us. The real Battle of Armageddon will not be reversed. Can we know how all things will end, absolutely, the Bible tells us how. All things will come to a final climax in the return of Christ.

 

Of greater concern than the date is the fact that there are many reasons why Christ must return, and I will be highlighting 9 of those. So, why must Jesus return?

 

Point 1:- The promises of God demands it.

 

The Old Testament was full of promises regarding the first advent of Christ. Sadly today, the Jews still do not believe that the Messiah has come. More than 300 promises are made regarding the coming of Christ. At least 100 of those were fulfilled in the first coming of Christ. All of these were fulfilled literally.

 

In the New Testament Christ often refers to an advent with the words “so that the scriptures will be fulfilled.”  Luke 4:17-21 (ESV) 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Some prophesies talk about both and others only the Second Advent.

 

Zechariah 14:4-9 (ESV) 4 On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5 And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. 6 On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. 7 And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light. 8 On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter. 9 And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one.”

 

Point 2:- The teaching of Christ demands it.

 

Many of His parables spoke about it e.g. The Parable of the 10 Virgins is one of those. Entire chapters in the gospels deal with it, for example Matthew 24 and Luke 21 and Mark 13. Matthew 24:27 – 31 is clear regarding the second coming. Matthew 24:27-31 (ESV) 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather. 29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” In the book of Revelation Christ from heaven often says: “Surely I am coming quickly”

Point 3:- The testimony of the Holy Spirit demands it

 

I trust we all know that the apostles wrote under the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit. So, let’s see what the Holy Spirit has revealed unto them.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (ESV) 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”

 

Philippians 3:20 (ESV) 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,..”

James 5:7-8 (ESV) 7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”

1 Peter 5:4 (ESV) 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”

 

1 John 3:2 (ESV) 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

 

Point 4:- The programme of the church demands it.

 

Acts 15:14 (ESV) 14 Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. Now this is useless if there was no end result.

2 Corinthians 11:12 (ESV) 12 And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. Paul compares himself with the false apostles, and says he will continue, and then in verse 15 he says: “Their end will correspond to their deeds.” There is always an end in sight.

 

Therer are simply hundreds of verses that can be qouted as far as the program of the church is concerned. Paul says his goal is always reaching out to heaven, running the race, rather being with the Lord than in the body, the whole of creation waiting for the suns of God to be revealed etc. We just don't have time for all. The significant verse that sums it all up is:

 

Revelation 19:6-9 (ESV)6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 8 it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. 9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

 

Point 5:- The corruption of the world demands it

 

It is amazing in what a mess this world is. Personally, I believe it will get worse and worse, because of the heart of man without Christ. Remember that we saw under our series on the New Birth a short while ago that the natural man is dead, deviant, demonized, disobedient, deranged and damned and his mind is hostile towards God. It is true that when we experience chaos, or wars or natural catastrophes of note that we normally anticipate the coming of Christ soon as our only hope and salvation. But these things have always been and will always be. It is however true that our only deliverance will be the Parousia, the coming of the Lord.

 

John 5:25-29 (ESV) 25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.”

 

Titus 2:13 (ESV) 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,”

Jude 14-15 (ESV) 14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 (ESV) 7 and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.”

 

Revelation 19:11-16 (ESV) 11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

 

The other four points to follow next week.

 

Amen!

Soli Deo Gloria