The King Is Coming Part 1
by John Lowe
(Laurens SC, USA)
The King is coming! The King is coming! Praise God! He’s coming for me!
Title: The King Is Coming
Text: “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32)
Scripture Reading: Mark 13:32-37
32 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
33 Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.
34 It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch.
35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning—
36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping.
37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”
The King is coming!
The King is coming!
Praise God! He’s coming for me!
Those are the words to a song by the Gaithers. It always sends a chill down my spine. Just imagine; Jesus is coming back for us! His return is a matter of prophecy, But Christianity is both History and prophecy. The most important event in human history occurred when the Son of God came to earth. His coming was prophesized accurately. Everything happened just as the Bible said it would. Each prophecy was fulfilled with meticulous exactness.
The very first mention of His coming is found in Genesis 3:15. There in the Garden of Eden, God spoke to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” Jesus is the seed of the woman, and it is Jesus Christ who bruises the head of Satan. He struck a mortal blow to his evil head at Calvary, and at His resurrection. The final deadly blow will come when He returns the second time.
The Apostle John was speaking of Jesus, when he said that He was “…born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). Jesus was born to a virgin; no man had anything to do with His birth. He was conceived, when the Holy Spirit overshadowed a young girl by the name of Mary.
Other scriptures attesting to His virgin birth are:
• Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
• Matthew 1:23: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
• Luke 1:27: “To a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.”
• Galatians 4:4: “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.”
It is clear that the Old Testament said that the Savior would be born to a woman, who would be a virgin. And it is just as clear that the New Testament declares that the Son of God was born of a virgin.
Another prophecy said He would be born in the town of Bethlehem.
• Micah 5:2: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
• Luke 2:4: “Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David.”
• John 7:42: “Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the seed of David and from the town of Bethlehem, where David was?”
It is clear that the Old Testament said that the Savior would be born in Bethlehem. And it is just as clear that the New Testament declares that the Son of God was born in Bethlehem to a virgin.Jesus came to us once, but Bible prophecies proclaim that He is coming back.In fact, Jesus promised that He would come back.
John recorded that He said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3). This is the first time in the Bible where you find a mention of God taking anyone off this earth to go out yonder to a place that He has prepared. But that’s God’s purpose, and He keeps moving toward that day, when Jesus will call all believers, living and dead, out of this world to be eternally with Him.
When the disciples heard Jesus reveal that He was going to take His people off this earth, they were startled. This is the first time it was mentioned, but not the last. Paul talked about it, saying that the Lord Himself would descend from heaven with a shout. His voice will be
like a trumpet and like the sound of an archangel. He is coming to call His own. The dead in Christ will rise first, and then those believers who are still alive will be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air. So shall we ever be with the Lord in that place He has prepared.
It’s human nature to ask, “When is Jesus going to return?” Down through the ages, many have believed that they knew when, but they were wrong. God has not given us the date, but He says that we are to live expectantly as if it can happen at any time.
Christ’s purpose is to take the believers to Himself. He said, “I will receive you to Myself.” He is referring to a particular time that is only known to the Father. But, when He comes, whatever time that is, His purpose will be to take the believers to Himself.
After He returns this second time, there will never again be a separation between Christ and the believers. He promised, “That where I am, there you may be also.” We will live in a permanent state of being with Him. To be with Him is all that a believer can ever desire.
After His resurrection, He again asserted that He was coming again. To Mary Magdalene, He said, “Don’t keep on touching Me; I ascend unto My Father, and your Father and My God and your God.” He implied that after going to His Father, He would come back, and then Mary Magdalene and other believers would have the opportunity to be with Him forever.
The angels also told of His return. As He ascended up to heaven, they appeared to His disciples and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11). It was 40 days after His resurrection and Jesus was returning to His glory. The Ascension followed Jesus’ commission to the disciples to be His witnesses in the world.
From somewhere on the Mount of Olives, Jesus was taken up into heaven as the disciples watched. At the same time, two men wearing white clothes spoke to them of Christ’s return, noting that He would return just as He had gone. The Lord did not want His disciples to be scared of His coming again. Instead, He wanted them to rejoice in the expectation of the event.
Paul said this of that great event, “Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,” (Titus 2:13). He also said, “If in this life only, we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (I Corinthians 15:19). There is much more to come. Jesus is coming again and it will be the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ. The blessed hope and glorious appearing is one and the same thing. The one true hope and expectation of the believer is seeing Jesus as He is and being like Him. How the heart of the believer longs for that day.
The One who is coming is the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ, and they are one and the same person. This is a strong statement of the deity of Christ. Jesus is God, not simply like God or godly, but He is God.
In 1 Thessalonians, we are given some specific information about what happens, when He returns “For this, we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord." (1Thessalonians 4:15-17) The living have no advantage over the dead at the coming of the Lord. Paul makes that clear by giving the order of events step by step.
First, the Lord himself shall descend, accompanied by an archangel’s voice, and a trumpet blast.
Second, the dead in Christ shall rise first. That means that the bodies of believers who have died will be resurrected. This resurrection occurs right before the Rapture. Then, the next thing in order after their resurrection is our great hope. We which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them. At this time, the whole church, including those who have died prior to this event, as well as those who are still alive, are caught up together. There is no advantage either way.
The phrase “caught up” means “snatched,” or “seized,” and refers to a sudden and violent taking away. The word pictures being “swept off” into the air as if by a tornado. The result of this sweeping away, of course, is that we meet the Lord. This is something to really look forward to.