Archive for November, 2009

Christ’s Return

1. How will Christ return?

Will He return in sprit or physically return?

1.1 Sudden

2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
1.2 Personal

Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
1Jn 3:2  Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
1.3 Visible

Act 1:10  And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes,
Act 1:11  and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Rev 1:7  Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
2. Personal response

How does the fact that Christ will return affect my life? Am I eagerly waiting?

Should I stop saving for retirement and only make short term plans?

2.1 You must be ready Mt.24:44

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,
Tit 2:12  training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
Tit 2:13  waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
2.2 Eagerly waiting

Heb 9:27  And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,
Heb 9:28  so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Tit 2:11  For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,
Tit 2:12  training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
Tit 2:13  waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
1Co 16:22  If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!  – maranatha

2.3 Patient

Jas 5:7  Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.
Jas 5:8  You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
3. When?

Is there any way to predict when Christ will return?

3.1 Imminent

Jas 5:8  You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
3.2 TBA

Mat 24:44  Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Mat 25:13  Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Mar 13:32  “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Mar 13:33  Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come.

The Bible is clear that the time of Christ’s return is not only unrevealed to us, but unpredictable as well. He is coming when “you do not expect it.” Anyone who makes a prediction of Christ’s return is automatically wrong.

3.3 What about passages that speak of signs?

3.3.1 The gopel will be preached to all nations Mk.13:10

3.3.2 The great tribulation Mk.13:19-20

3.3.3 False prophets Mk.13:22

3.3.4 Signs in the heavens Mk.13:24-26

3.3.5 The man of lawlessness is revealed 2 Thess.2:1-10

3.3.6 The salvation of Israel Rom.11:25-26

3.3.7 The repentance of Israel Mt.23:39

3.4 How do we resolve the tension between scriptures that speak of imminence and those that speak of signs?

3.4.1 The Bible was wrong about the immediate return

3.4.2 There are two returns coming – one imminent and one after the signs are fulfilled

3.4.3 All the signs are already fulfilled

4. Why?

4.1 Judgment and reward

The final judgment of unbelievers and the final reward of believers.

The study of eschatology should not divide the church. Believers may disagree about the timing of events to come after the return of Christ but these details should not be grounds for division.

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The Olivet Discourse

1. Passages where this is recorded

 1.1 Mt.24

 1.2 Mk.13

 1.3 Lk.21

2. The disciples question – Mt.24:3

 2.1 When (will the temple be desroyed)?

 2.2 What will be the sign of your coming?

 2.3 (What will be the sign of) the end of the age?

3. Signs

 3.1 False Christs Mt.24:5

  v.4 – Christ is presumably speaking to His disciples when He says “watch out that no one decieves you.” If so, the context dictates that false Christs would appear before the destruction of the temple – within the lifetime of the disciples.

  3.1.1 Don’t be deceived

 3.2 Wars and rumors of wars 24:6

  Christ said this would happen before the end but did not specify the end of what.

  3.2.1 Don’t be alarmed

 3.3 Famines and earthquakes 24:7
 
 3.4 Persecution 24:9
 
  3.4.1 You will be hated by all nations because of me.

 3.5 Many will turn away 24:10

  3.5.1 They will betray and hate each other

 3.6 False prophets will appear 24:11

 3.7 Increase in wickedness 24:12
 
  3.7.1 He who stands firm to the end will be saved

 3.8 This gospel will be preached to the whole world 24:14

  3.8.1 Then the end will come

 3.9 The abomination that causes desolation in the Holy place 24:15

  3.9.1 Flee to the mountains
 
 3.10 Great distress 24:21

 3.11 More false Christs and false prophets 24:24

 3.12 Cataclysmic astronomical events 24:29

 3.13 Christ comes with the angels to gather the elect from the earth 24:30
 
  3.13.1 all the nations will mourn

  Note that Israel will say “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” 23:39

  3.13.2 One taken one left 24:40

4. Time clues

 4.1 When you see all these things 24:33

 Does this indicate that one generation may see all the things predicted?

 4.2 No one knows the time but the Father 24:36

  4.2.1 Like in the flood – they knew nothing until it happened 24:39

  4.2.2 Keep watch 24:42

 

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