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

Jesus Christ — Our Coming King, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #49)

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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.

In our last lesson, we asked three questions, and got the answers from God’s Word:

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

2. When will Jesus return? The Bible tells us that no one knows the time when Jesus Christ will return, but that when He comes, it will be sudden and unexpected.

3. What will happen to believers? Two things will happen to believers when the Lord returns: First, we will attend the “Judgment Seat of Christ” where rewards for Christian service will be given. Second, we will attend the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb” where we, as the Bride of Christ, will be joined to the Lord Jesus to love Him and to be loved by Him forever.

Today, we are going to look at three more questions that will help us as we get to know Jesus Christ as our coming king.

1. What will happen to those who are left behind? While the believers are in Heaven with Christ, the unbelievers will begin going through a time of great trouble here on the earth. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 24:21, “Then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”

2. What will happen after the Tribulation period? 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 says, “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” At God’s appointed time, the Lord Jesus will return to the earth with His believers and His mighty angels. He will come in great power and glory. He will destroy the Antichrist and his followers and put an end to this time of tribulation.

3. What will happen at the end of the 1,000 years? Revelation 20:7 tells us “when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.” He will again go out and deceive many people, convincing them to attack the city of Jerusalem in a last-ditch effort to defeat Jesus Christ. This time, fire will come down from Heaven to destroy them, and Satan will be cast into the lake of fire, from which he will never be released. Revelation 20:10 says, “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone… and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

The communion between God and His creation will be restored to perfection, and we as believers will live forever in harmony with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These events should inspire us to live faithfully throughout our time on this earth as we wait for our coming King.