By Pastor Ron Branch
June 27, 2014
Can you tell me whether or not there is going to be a second coming of Jesus Christ?
This question is one that either stirs ridicule of rejection by secular humanists, generates heated theological debate among the intellectuals, or brings a sense of comfort within the church ranks of the evangelicals, which was Apostles Paul’s particular point.
Regardless of one’s position concerning a second coming of Jesus Christ, belief that there will indeed be such an occurrence is innate with most every person. The reason this is true is because people generally believe that the world in which we live is going to experience, at some point, an Armageddon day of global annihilation. After all, the movie moguls of Hollywood often prove acute awareness of Armageddon, as well as the scientific community, which postulates some future yet presently unseen asteroid hitting the earth and blasting it along with us into oblivion.
Indeed, if people believe there is going to be an Armageddon, it cannot be in any form or fashion disassociated with an innate belief that a second coming of Jesus Christ is imminent. It may very well be speculative belief by most, but, oh, most certainly, belief nonetheless. Such a general consensus gives a second-coming belief credibility.
Yet, proof positive abounds that a second coming of Jesus Christ confronts the future of mankind, particularly as one considers indisputable facts.
First, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ serves as proof positive. Millions worldwide weekly gather in places of worship to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from His death on the Cross. Christ, as perfect God and perfect man, overcame the realities of evil, sin and death when He Himself returned to life from death. This was done to provide an assured eternal salvation to those willing to receive His free gift through faith in His name. His very Resurrection presupposes His coming again.
Although evil, sin and death are yet in force, the Lord’s Resurrection continually proves that His work to completely eradicate anything anti-God will, according to His timetable, precipitate a final day of reckoning. The risen, living Lord is set to take that matter in hand when He comes back here to take care of spiritual business. He came the first time to give mankind salvation opportunity. He will come a second time to put an end to such forces that have had such devastating affect in the world. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ presupposes a second coming.
Second, physical death serves as proof positive. Physical death proves that there is something grossly wrong with man’s existence. The essential aspects of each person is geared and gifted with impetus to live. Yet, there are factors, which overshadow life, that in its varieties of ways break down living to points of death. Life and death are the great antitheses and the improbable inconsistencies of man’s existence.
However, physical death serves as a harbinger of a second coming of Christ in that it is actually a pointer to a divine determination to end things as they presently stand. As there is an eternally living God, He will most certainly not allow physical death to persist, and will, through the work of His coming Son, bring death to its timely end. Death is not compatible, regardless of the sphere, with eternal God.
Third, the Bible is an accepted and respected written work which serves as proof positive, particularly as it cites God’s fulfilled prophesies to date. “I have declared, and I have shown,” He stated. Past accurateness gives veracity to His promise for a future second coming of Christ and its accompanying eschatological expectations.
Herein, however, lies the rub: Will you be dead by the time the second coming of Christ occurs, or will you be alive? It rather prevails upon us to be spiritually ready to meet God in either case, does it not?