Fanatics and the Second Coming

Concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

— 1 Matthew 24:36

It is unfortunately true that there have been some in the lunatic fringe who have dwelt continuously upon the doctrine of the Second Coming and brought it into disrepute. There have been others who have ignored it completely, and still more who have distorted and perverted it. And yet it remains an inescapable and ineluctable fact that Jesus Christ will come again. Over 300 passages in the New Testament alone testify that Christ will come again, this time as a conquering King.

John boldly declares in Revelation: “Look! He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him … And all tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him” (Revelation 1:7). The Bible even concludes with this same promise, “Surely I am coming soon. Amen” (Revelation 22:20). And Christians every week across the globe affirm their belief in this great fact of His return, found in the Apostles’ Creed: “From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.”

When will Jesus return? This is the question that has puzzled the minds of innumerable people throughout the centuries. Our Lord said that no man knows the day or the hour of His coming. This is reserved for the Father alone. And yet He does tell us when it will be. He says that He will come in an hour that you think not.

Question to ponder:
Is there anything in your life you would do differently if you knew Jesus were coming tomorrow?