We live our lives each day as we choose. Some of it is the way Jesus would want it, parts of it for Jesus, and parts that are not. We are all taught at an early age that Jesus was born as our Savior, lived a sinless life, dies on the cross and rose again for our sins, and will return once again. But when will that be?
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Welcome back to our Series on Jesus. We have reached part four – The resurrection. We have done a brief study on the life of Jesus. We started with the birth of baby Jesus which we celebrate as Christmas. We learn very little about Jesus as a child till the moment in the temple when he tells His mother it’s time to do the work of His father. We looked briefly over some of the miracles he performed, before being betrayed, and died on the cross. Finally, last week we study Jesus’ resurrection.
It is fitting that when we study about Jesus returning, that we learn about this from the last book of not only the New Testament but the Bible as well. It derives its’ name from the Greek text meaning unveiling.
The book of Revelation is introduced as three types of literature blended into one: an apocalypse (or revelation; Rev 1:1), a prophecy (v. 3), and a letter (vv. 4–5). Here, the author formally identifies his audience, introduces himself as John, and highlights the one who receives glory and dominion—Jesus Christ. Revelation may have been composed in the late 60s ad (during the religious difficulties of the Roman emperor Nero’s reign) or in the 90s ad (during the reign of the emperor Domitian).
The very first word we read is Behold. Defined as seen or observe. So other words when you see this word at the start of the sentence, especially in the New Testament, it means pay attention to what is said afterwards. There is over 1500 instances of Behold being used in the bible.
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore, the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
We know that Jesus will return because the scripture tells us so. How many of you believe that?
So, we know He is coming, does how really matter? It should because we know that He is jealous and wants all the attention.
The author uses a present tense but the meaning being in the future. John applies the imagery of the son of man from to Jesus.
Daniel 7:13–14 I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
This will be decision day. This is the prize of all prizes. Jesus will take those of us that have earned the right to heaven.
Revelation 19:11-14 And I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
We will all see him but not for the reason we may think. Champions put on parades to share with fans and look what we did. We will see God return not because He wants to be “Look at me” but wants us to see His power and the fact that the scriptures have been fulfilled. Think about when baby Jesus was born people from all around saw the bright shing star. During His ministry, all the people that witnessed the miracles that he performed and yet he told them to tell no one. Should it be any different when he returns?
Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so, shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Upon his arrival, God will restore the earth, mainly the nation of Israel where he will take the throne as King Jesus – King of the World.
We should all mourn to show our grief as Mourning is defined as the expression of deep sorrow for someone who has died. Now vision all the people of the world grieving Jesus’ death.
One day, we do not know when, Jesus will return on the clouds or whatever way he sees fit. He will restore life to those that have earned it. Remember when He ascended to heaven, he did with the clouds.
He came to show us the way and then our debt He paid