Article 6 

By Steven J. Hogan

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is absolutely astounding how many verses there are in the New Testament about the second coming of Jesus Christ. The sheer volume of these verses helps us realize the extreme importance of this subject, particularly to those who are living in the end times. The focus of these verses relates directly to that day and time when Christ appears and is revealed – they are not about what happens before or what comes after that day. They tell us what is going to happen, why it is to happen, how we are to live, and about when it is going to happen. God wants us to know the truth about the return of His Son because it is needed, relevant, encouraging, and life changing. If we are to be ready for His return, and if we are to be rightly serving Him when He comes back, then we must know these things.

Here are the 100 + verses:

Matthew 10:21-22“Children will rebel against parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of Me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”   

Matthew 16:27 – “For the Son of Man is going to come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done.”

Matthew 24:3“What will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?”

Matthew 24:27 – “For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”

Matthew 24:30-31 “They will see the son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heaven to the others.”

Matthew 24:36-37 – “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

Matthew 24:42, 44“Keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come… Be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour that you do not expect.”

Mark 12:25“When they rise from the dead, they neither marry or are given in marriage, but are like the angels in heaven.”

Mark 13:27“And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven.”

Mark 13:32-33“But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. Take heed, keep on the alert; for you to do not know when the appointed time will come.”

Luke 12:37 – “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when He comes. I tell you the truth, He will dress Himself to serve… and He will wait on them.”

Luke 12:40“You must be ready for the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.”

Luke 17:29-30“The day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like this on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.”

Luke 17:34-36“I tell you. On that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”

Luke 18:8“However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

Luke 21:28“At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

John 5:28-29“All who are in tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did  the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.”

John 6:40 – “This is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”

John 14:3“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.”

Acts 1:11“Men of Galilee,…, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him taken into heaven.”

Acts 3:19-20“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.”

Romans 8:23“Having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.”

Romans 8:30“And these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”

Romans 13:11-12“Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us then when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore, let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

1 Corinthians 1:7-8“…as you eagerly wait for the Lord Jesus to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Corinthians 11:26 – “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”

1 Corinthians 15:22-23“As in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in His own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming.”

1 Corinthian 15:51“Listen, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will all be changed.”

2 Corinthians 4:14 – “We know that the One who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus, and present us with you in His presence.”

Ephesians 1:13-14“You were sealed in Him with a Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.”

Ephesians 4:30 – “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Philippians 1:6“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:10“So that you may be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

Philippians 2:16 – “…as you hold out the word of life – in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.”

Philippians 3:20“Our citizenship is in heaven. We eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.”

Colossians 3:4“When Christ appears then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

1 Thessalonians 1:10“You turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead – Jesus who rescues you from the coming wrath.”

1 Thessalonians 2:19“What is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when He comes – is it not you?”

1 Thessalonians 3:3“May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of God when our Lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones?”

1 Thessalonians 4:15“We tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17“The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”

1 Thessalonians 5:2, 4 “For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night…But you brothers are not in surprise.”

1 Thessalonians 5:9“God did not appoint us to suffer wrath, but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23“May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Thessalonians 1:7“To give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels.”

2 Thessalonians 1:9-10 “They will be punished with everlasting destruction… on the day when He comes to be glorified in His holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.”

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3“Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him, we ask you brothers, to not become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy…do not let anyone deceive you in any way for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.”

2 Thessalonians 2:8“Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of His mouth and destroy by the splendor of His coming.”

1 Timothy 6:13-14 “I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in His own time.”

2 Timothy 4:1-2“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and Kingdom, preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season…”

2 Timothy 4:8“Now there is in store 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.”

Titus 2:13“While we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness.”

Hebrews 9:27-28“Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.”

Hebrews 10:25“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:37“In just a very little while, He who is coming, will come and will not delay.”

James 5:7-8“Be patient then brothers until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”

1 Peter 1:5“Who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

1 Peter 1:7“so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold…, may be found to result in praise and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

1 Peter 1:10-11“Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.”

1 Peter 1:13“Fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

1 Peter 1:16 “Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Christ is revealed”

1 Peter 4:13 – “but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.”

1 Peter 5:4“When the chief Shepherd appears you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”

2 Peter 1:19“We have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your heart.”

2 Peter 3:3-4 – “You must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this coming He promised?’”

2 Peter 3:11-12“Since everything will be destroyed in this way what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.”

1 John 2:28“And now dear children, continue in Him, so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming.”

1 John 3:2-3“But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”

Revelation 1:7“Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all the people of the earth will mourn because of Him.”

Revelation 2:25-26“Nevertheless, what you have, hold fast until I come. He who overcomes,  and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations.”

Revelation 3:3 – “So remember what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”

Revelation 7:9 -“After this I looked and there before Me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”

Revelation 22:7 -“Behold I am coming soon! Blessed is He who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Revelation 22:12“Behold I am coming soon. My reward is with me, and I will  give to everyone according to what He has done.”

Revelation 22:20“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

Isn’t this an amazing set of verses about Christ’s second coming, verses that relate directly to that day and time when Christ appears and is revealed? They are instructive, encouraging, sobering, motivating and altogether true. They focus specifically on Christ’s return, and tell us how He will relieve us from tribulation, rescue us from wrath, redeem us from this earth, rapture us into heaven, resurrect us into glory, reunite us with believers who have gone on before us, and many other important aspects. Yet, there are hundreds more verses that give us more specific details about Christ’s return.

As you know we have but a few verses on baptism, and a few verses on communion, and we believe them, knowing that they are true, and that we should carry them out in our churches. But with 100 + verses on Christ’s second coming and 100’s more on many other aspects of His coming, should we not believe them, and know they are true, and make application of them to our churches? Yes, yes, a resounding yes! And especially in view of the fact that we live in the end times. Now is the time to focus on the truth of the second coming because Jesus Christ is coming very soon.

Know well the truth of Christ’s appearing so that you will be awake, alert and excited. In these days you want to be loving and serving the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Indeed, Christ is coming soon, and then we will be with Him and with one another forever and ever. “To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father – to Him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen. Look, He is coming with the clouds…So shall it be. Amen.” Revelation 1:5-7