THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST
One of the greatest events in human history, yet to take place, is the return or “second advent” of the Lord Jesus Christ — the hope and expectation of past and present “born again” believers. Dr. Charles Stanley wrote: “The certain return of Christ should fill believers with unquenchable hope and help them to find strength when they come under attack for their faith” (Life Principles Bible, p. 1445). It is very important Christians understand the various aspects of our Lord’s return, especially in these “last days.” We see the signs of the times all around.
Preaching the doctrines of the Lord’s return does not seem to be a priority in church teachings today, as it used to be some time ago. This is amazing. Why then does the apostle Paul make the Lord’s return a grand theme in both of his letters to the Thessalonian Christians? He instructs them concerning their own hope of the Lord's return. In every chapter of these letters, this important event is prominent.
Jesus promised His disciples that He would return for them. He said, ”Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many rooms. if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself that where I am you may be also” (John 14:1-3). Rest assured, Jesus will keep this promise of His return.
The promise of Christ’s return was also announced just after He gave us the “commission to evangelize the world” and His upcoming departure for heaven. The book of Acts records, “And when [Jesus] had said these things, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as He went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven will come in the same way as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:9-11).
The return of Jesus Christ should be regarded as imminent because it will definitely take place at any time. Paul writes, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52). The fact is that no one is in a position to actually predict God’s appointed time and day when Jesus will return. The scriptures are absolutely clear on the subject. Jesus Himself specifically declared, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but t