The Return of Jesus as King

There can be no Kingdom of God established in the earth in the absence of the King. It is therefore necessary that Jesus return to the earth. This is indeed the clear teaching of both Jesus and his Apostles.

The Teaching of Jesus

Both in his parables and in his plain teaching Jesus taught his disciples that one day he would come back to the earth again:

“He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading”                       (Luke 19:12-15)

“For Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then shall he reward every man according to his works” (Matthew 16:27)

The Teaching of the Apostles

There can be no doubt that the Apostles looked for Jesus to come back again:

 PETER said: “And he (i.e. God) shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:20-21)  

JOHN wrote: “And now, little children, abide in him: that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming”  (1 John 2:28)

PAUL wrote:For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first”   (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

The Testimony of the Angels

There is no clearer and more emphatic statement in the whole of the Bible than the words of the angels to the disciples as Jesus ascended into heaven after the resurrection:

“Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven”  (Acts 1:11)

How Will Jesus Come Back?

From the words of the angels quoted above it is clear that Jesus will return LITERALLY, VISIBLY and BODILY. It will be Jesus himself who returns.

How Christ’s Coming will Change the World

The return of Jesus will be the greatest event in history. It will be a time of trouble in which men will be engaged in war (See Daniel 12:1; Joel 3:9-16; Ezekiel 38). Jesus will intervene in the affairs of men with the result that, upon the ruins of the existing governments of mankind, Jesus will establish God’s Kingdom on the earth. Commencing, as we have seen in a previous study, with the nation of Israel, Jesus will bring great blessings to all mankind. Some of these blessings will be:

1) Peace on Earth:

“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more”   (Isaiah 2:4)  

2) One World-wide Religion:

“At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart” (Jeremiah 3:17)  

3) One Universal Language:

“For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent” (Zephaniah 3:9)

4) Agricultural Prosperity:

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt”  (Amos 9:13)

5) Housing Problem Solved:

And they shall build houses and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat: for as the days of a tree shall be the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands” (Isaiah 65:21-22)

6) Disease Controlled:

“And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity”  (Isaiah 33:24)

The Solution of All Problems

Psalm 110:2 tells us that Jesus will “rule in the midst of his enemies” and Paul writes that Jesus “must reign until he hath put all enemies under his feet” (1 Corinthians 15:25). This process of subduing his enemies and solving the problems of the world will take 1000 years (Revelation 20:4). At the end of this MILLENNIUM death will be removed from the earth. Thus the end of the thousand years will see all problems solved and the purpose of God with the earth will have been brought to its grand conclusion:

“Then cometh the end, when he (Jesus) shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign until he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:24-26)

 

 

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