Bible Questions

Bible Questions

Will Christ come again?

Christ will come again, as promised, at a time not told us, in the same way as He was seen to return to heaven.

Christ's second coming is clearly promised in the Bible.

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself promised, 'I will come back' (Matthew 25:31; John 14:3).

His second coming is promised by the Old Testament prophets (Daniel 7:13-14; Zechariah 14:5).

The apostles bore witness to Christ's second coming (Acts 3:20).

Peter declares that Christ will be revealed (1 Peter 1:13).

John declares that Christ will appear and Christians will see Him as He is (1 John 3:2).

Paul preached with urgency in view of the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ yet to come (1 Timothy 6:14).

The Lord's Supper is intended to be a perpetual reminder of the Lord's second coming for it is an 'interim' measure 'until he comes' (1 Corinthians 11:26).

A common greeting amongst the early Christians seems to have been 'Maranatha' - 'Come, O Lord!' (1 Corinthians 16:22).

We will live remembering that time is short

Signs of Christ's coming again are indicated in the Bible.

The second coming of Christ will be preceded by anguish and perplexity among the nations (Luke 21:25).

There will be signs in sun and moon and stars (Matthew 24:29; Luke 21:25).

The second coming will be preceded by concern and fear over coming events: people will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world (Luke 21:26).

The second coming will be preceded by the appearance of many antichrists (1 John 2:18).

Many will abandon the faith and false teaching will be on the increase (1 Timothy 4:1-3).

The precise time of Christ's second coming is not stated.

It is natural for us to want to know the timing of everything (Mark 13:4).

But no one knows the day or the hour of Christ's second coming, except the Father (Matthew 24:36; Mark 13:32).

We are not intended to know the exact time (Acts 1:6-7).

Christ will be sent by the Father at the appointed time (Acts 3:20, 21).

Christ's coming will be at the unexpected moment (Matthew 24:44; Luke 12:40) - in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:51-52).

His coming will be sudden (Mark 13:36) - like lightning (Matthew 24:27) or a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 16:15).

The world will be totally unprepared for the second coming of Christ even as it was unprepared for the coming of the flood in the time of Noah (Matthew 24:38).

There is no delay regarding the Lord's coming (Hebrews 10:37): the only reason for any appearance of delay in the Lord's return is God's patience, in that He does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

The coming of the Lord Jesus approaches with the passing of each day (Hebrews 10:25). vHis coming will be soon (Revelation 22:7, Revelation 22:12, Revelation 22:20).

His coming is always to be considered as being at hand (Romans 13:12; 1 Peter 4:7).

We are told something of the manner in which Christ will come.

He will come in the same way as He was seen to go into heaven (Acts 1:9-11).

He will come from heaven (Acts 3:21; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:16).

He will come visibly (Matthew 24:30; Mark 13:26; 14:62; 1 John; 3:2; Revelation 1:7).

He will come openly (Matthew 24:27), and personally (Acts 1:11) - His coming will mean His presence after His absence (John 14:2-3).

He will come on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory (Matthew 24:30; Matthew 26:64; Revelation 1:7) - the glory of His Father (Matthew 16:27).

He will come with His angels (Matthew 16:27; Matthew 25:31; Mark 8:38; 2 Thessalonians 1:7), and with all those who belong to Him, in blazing fire (1 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:7).

Christ's second coming should continually influence Christians in their character and conduct.

We are to set our hopes fully on the grace that will be given us when the Lord Jesus Christ returns (1 Peter 1:13).

We are to anticipate the sight of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:8).

We are to long for His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8), eagerly awaiting it (1 Corinthians 1:7; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Titus 2:13) and praying for it (Revelation 22:20).

Having this hope before us, we will find ourselves stimulated to pursue purity and holiness (1 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Peter 3:11-12; 1 John 3:3).

Our conduct will be influenced and regulated by this truth as it is ever before us (1 Peter 4:7-11).

We will use the apparent 'delay' in the Lord's return to bring about people's salvation by the preaching of the gospel (2 Peter 3:15), at the same time speeding His coming by this activity (2 Peter 3:12).

We will aim at being alert and ready for the Lord Jesus when He comes (Matthew 24:42; Matthew 25:5-6; Mark 13:33, Mark 13:35-37; Luke 12:40; Luke 21:36).

We will live remembering that time is short (1 Corinthians 7:29).

We need constant reminding of Christ's coming (Revelation 22:7, Revelation 22:12, Revelation 22:20).

Unbelievers find the Second Coming a cause for scoffing.

Unbelievers often scoff at Christ's coming (2 Peter 3:3-4).

People, who prefer to follow their own evil desires, scoff at the promise of Christ's coming, deliberately ignoring the Word of God (2 Peter 3:3-7).

Unbelievers will, nevertheless, be overtaken and surprised by the reality of the Lord's second coming (Matthew 24:37-39; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2; 2 Peter 3:10).