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. 9 Reasons why Jesus must return (Part 1)

9 Reasons why Jesus must Return


Introduction

 

Back in March 1983 there was a big confusion about the coming of The Christ that was supposed to take place in March that year. Full page advertisements were placed in the Newspapers promoting that. These kinds of dates have always been ongoing.  Social media was abuzz because Christ was going to return on Saturday the 23rd of September 2017, 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 was 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 31 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 in 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 went further to prove their point by saying that 2017 in the Jewish calendar is the year 5777. Five is supposed to mean Grace, and 7 the number for completion. Therefore, 2017 was the year where God’s grace was 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 two weeks 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 piggyback 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.

2 Corinthians 11:12-15 (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. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”

 

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 quite a 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.

Point 6:- The future of Israel demands it

 

Zechariah 12:10 (ESV) 10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”

 

Zechariah 13:1 (ESV) 1 “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.”

 

Romans 11:25-27 (ESV) 25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; 27 “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”

Point 7:- The vindication of Christ demands it

 

It is inconceivable that the last public appearance of Christ would be bleeding, dying, crucified as a criminal, covered with blood, hanging naked in Jerusalem. Revelation 1:7 (ESV) 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.”

 

Some scripture sections put the humiliation and glorification alongside one another.

Psalm 22:16-18 (ESV) 16 For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— 17 I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; 18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots,” and then Psalm 22:27-28 (ESV) “27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. 28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations.”

Jesus talks about His glorification in the midst of His humiliation: -

 

Matthew 26:67-68 (ESV) 67 Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, 68 saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?” and then Matthew 26:63-64 (ESV) “63 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64 Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

 

Luke 21:25-27 (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. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”

 

Point 8:- The destruction of Satan demands it

 

Satan has to be vanquished. Christ talks about Satan as the ruler of this world:

 

He is called the God of this world. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (ESV) 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

 

He is called the prince of power. Ephesians 2:2 (ESV) 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—"

 

The whole world is under his sway. 1 John 5:19 (ESV) 19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”

 

But we need to understand that Christ is the only ruler of this world and according to Revelation 20, Satan is finally dealt with completely.

 

Point 9:- The hope of the Saints demands it

 

One of the most exciting times for many people is when they will see a hero face to face. In spite of seeing a sport star on TV or at a stadium, any opportunity to get closer to them or touch them is of great importance. Only His glorious triumphant return can fulfil the hopes of the saints. He knows what we are waiting for; He knows the hope of our hearts.

 

1 Peter 1:7 (ESV) 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

 

1 Thessalonians 1:4-7 (ESV) 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.”

 

2 Timothy 4:8 (ESV) 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”

 

1 John 3:2-3 (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. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.”

 

We are taught to look out for it, to long for it and to prepare for it. We are not called to stop doing what we are doing and wait for the return, it should direct our hearts towards Christ, whose coming we await. Job said, "I know that my Redeemer lives, and though worms devour this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:" that was his desire.

The Psalmist said, "I shall be satisfied when I awake in your likeness;" "I shall behold your face in righteousness." Listen to John’s words “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. “

 

Many would have liked to see Christ as He was, but what a privilege to know that I will see Him as He is. How often haven’t we wished to see the babe that slept in Bethlehem! How earnestly have we desired to see the man who talked with the woman at the well! How frequently have we wished that we might see the blessed Physician walking amongst the sick and dying, giving life with his touch, and healing with his breath! We cannot, must not, see him as he was; nor do we wish, for we have a larger promise, "We shall see him as he is."

”Consider, first of all, that we shall not see him abased in his incarnation, but exalted in his glory. We are not to see a baby; we are not to admire the youthful boy; we are not to address the incipient man; we are not to pity the man wiping the hot sweat from his burning brow; we are not to behold him shivering in the midnight air; we are not to behold him subject to pains, and weaknesses, and sorrows, and infirmities like ours. We are not to see the eye wearied by sleep; we are not to behold hands tired in labour; we are not to behold feet bleeding with arduous journeys, too long for their strength. We are not to see him with his soul distressed; we are not to behold him abased and sorrowful. Oh! the sight is better still.

 

We are to see him exalted. We shall see the head, but not with its thorny crown. "The head that once was crowned with thorns, is crowned with glory now." We shall see the hand, and the nail-prints too, but not the nail; it has been once drawn out, and for ever. We shall see his side, and its pierced wound too, but the blood shall not issue from it. We shall see him not with a servant’s garb around him, but with the empire of the universe upon his shoulders. We shall see him, not with a reed in his hand, but grasping a golden sceptre. We shall see him, not as mocked and spit upon and insulted, not bone of our bone, in all our agonies, afflictions, and distresses; but we shall see him exalted; no longer Christ the man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, but Christ the Man-God, radiant with splendour, clothed with light, clothed with rainbows, girded with clouds, wrapped in lightnings, crowned with stars, the sun beneath his feet.

Remember again: we are not to see Christ as he was, the despised, the tempted one. We shall never see Christ sitting in the wilderness, while the arch-traitor says to him, "If you be the Son of God command that these stones be made bread." We shall not see him standing firmly on the temple's pinnacle, bidding defiance to the evil one who bids him cast himself down from his towering height. We shall not see him erect on the mountain of temptation, with the earth offered to him if he will but crouch at the feet of the demon. We shall not see him mocked by Pharisees, tempted by Sadducees, laughed at by Herodians. We shall not behold him with the finger of scorn pointed at him. We shall never see him called a "drunken man, and a wine-bibber." We shall never see the insulted, the molested, the despised Jesus. He will not be seen as one from whom we shall hide our faces, who "was despised, and we esteemed him not."

Never shall these eyes see those blessed cheeks dripping with the spittle; never shall these hands touch that blessed hand of his while stained with infamy. We shall not see him despised of men and oppressed; but "we shall see him as he is."

 

Mark again. We shall not see Christ wrestling with pain, but Christ as a conqueror. We shall never see him as when he stood foot to foot with his enemy: but we shall see him when his enemy is beneath his feet. We shall never see him as the bloody sweat streams from his whole body; but we shall see him as he has all things put under him, and has conquered hell itself

Yet again. We shall never see our Saviour under his Father's displeasure; but we shall see him honoured by his Father's smile. The darkest hour of Christ's life was when his Father forsook him—that gloomy hour when his Father's remorseless hand held the cup to his Son's own lips, and bitter though it was said to him, "Drink my Son—ay, drink;" and when the quivering Saviour, for a moment, having man within him—strong in its agonies for the moment, said, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me." Oh! it was a dark moment when the Father's ears were deaf to his Son's petitions, when the Father's eyes were closed upon his Son's agonies. "My Father," said the Son, "Can’t you let this cup pass from me? Is there no way else for severe justice? Is there no other medium for man's salvation?"

There was none darker moment for Christ than when He cried out! "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

But what will see? You will see Christ reflecting the Glory of the Father and His own. You will see him caressed by his beloved Parent; thou wilt see him sitting at his Father's right hand, glorified and exalted for ever. "We shall see him as he is."

The sad fact is that not all will experience Christ in His Glory. Will you?

 

Amen!
Soli Deo Gloria

Logos Community Church – 2 June 2019