Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Jesus Christ — Our Coming King, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldiers #48)

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TEXT: John 14:1-3: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

In previous lessons, we have learned much about how we ought to live the Christian life on this Earth. However, Jesus Christ made it clear to His disciples that one day He is coming back to take us out of this world and take us to Heaven to be with Him. He promised us that He was going to prepare a place for us in Heaven and that He would return to take us there.

When Jesus ascended to Heaven after His resurrection, two angels appeared to His disciples and said to them, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” In this lesson, we will ask and answer several questions about the second coming of Jesus Christ. That is the great event we have to look forward to.

1. Who is Jesus coming for? Jesus Christ is coming back for believers.

Luke 17:35-36 says, “Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” When Jesus comes again, there will be a great separation — the believers will be separated from the unbelievers. The believers will go to be with the Lord Jesus; and the unbelievers will be left behind.

2. When will Jesus return? The Bible does not tell us the time when Jesus Christ will return. In fact Matthew 24:36 tells us, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” When Christ comes to take His believers to be with Him, He will come suddenly and unexpectedly — like “a thief in the night.”

In a moment, “in the twinkling of an eye,” every believer will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. This includes both those who have died and those who are living when Christ comes. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Most of the world will not be expecting Jesus’ return, however true believers will be looking forward to the second coming of Christ.

3. What will happen to believers? After we are caught up to be with the Lord, we will be judged for the works that we did after we became followers of Jesus Christ. This judgment is called “the Judgment Seat of Christ,” and only believers will be there. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

Some believers will receive great rewards at this judgment because they were faithful in serving the Lord Jesus. Others will receive few rewards, or none at all because they did not live for the Lord and serve Him faithfully.

After the Judgment Seat of Christ, “the Marriage Supper of the Lamb” will take place. There is no way for us to describe how beautiful and wonderful this event will be. As the Bride of Christ, we will be joined to the Lord Jesus — to love Him and to be loved by Him forever.

The judgment seat of Christ and the marriage supper of the Lamb are two great events that we as believers have to look forward to. These events should inspire us to live faithfully throughout our time on this earth as we wait for our coming King.