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Christ is coming again

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Many live in comfort and security.
Others suffer from the effects of:
war and revolution
famine and starvation
earthquakes and volcanoes
flood and tsunami
disease and pandemics
poverty and misery Many organisations, especially the United Nations have laboured to achieve world peace.
Many styles of government have been tried:
monarchy
republic
democracy
socialist
communist
dictatorship Will there ever be a solution to these problems?
The answer is YES!
Where can we find the solution? The Bible tells of a time of peace and security when the problems of this world will be solved. This will only come about when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to the Earth. The answer is
in God's word "And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever."
Daniel 2 v 44 "Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, 'Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?'”
Acts 1 v 6 "At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the LORD, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem."
Jeremiah 3 v 17 The Old Testament is full of prophecies about a new worldwide kingdom being established to replace all existing kingdoms. The disciples knew of these prophecies and expected Jesus to set up God's kingdom immediately after he was raised from the dead. The kingdom will have its throne in Jerusalem and will affect all people on earth. Everyone will want to learn about God's ways and will be prepared to actually go to Jerusalem to fulfil their ambitions. "Many nations shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.' For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem."
Micah 4 v 2 Today's World A New Kingdom God made a promise to King David. "When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever."
2 Samuel 7 v 12-16 Note! "I will be his Father, and he shall be My son." King Jesus In the New Testament we find that this future king, God's son, is to be called Jesus. "Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Luke 1 v 30-33 "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham..."
Matthew 1 v 1 Matthew confirms that this son of God is also a descendant (seed) of King David and of Abraham. Note! Jesus is to reign over an everlasting kingdom. Jesus will in fact re-establish the kingdom of Israel. Jesus will rule from Jerusalem. "At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the LORD."
Jeremiah 3 v 17 "But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King."
Matthew 5 v 34-35 So far! Jesus is to return to this earth.
A kingdom is to be set up on this earth.
The King of this Kingdom will rule from Jerusalem.
He will reign using God's principles, not man's.
Everyone will acknowledge this King as ruler of the whole earth.
This King is Jesus - the Son of God! Jesus will
raise the dead! In Hebrews we read of many faithful men and women who have yet to receive the gift of eternal life. "And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise ..."
Hebrews 11 v 39 They are long since dead! So how will they receive eternal life? Answer - at the resurrection of the dead. "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."
1 Thessalonians 4 v 16 Some of those raised will be rewarded: some will be condemned. "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt."
Daniel 12 v 2 This is confirmed in the Gospel of John. "Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live."
John 5 v 25 Have no doubt: this will happen! "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice."
John 5 v 28 Those who in their lives knew
something of God will be judged
by the Lord Jesus Christ. "I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom."
2 Timothy 4 v 1 Jesus will
reward the faithful The last words Jesus gave us are in Revelation, within which he encourages believers and promises a reward for the faithful. "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work."
Revelation 22 v 12 In Romans we are told that the faithful will receive eternal life, and the unfaithful will suffer the wrath of God. "(God) will render to each one according to his deeds: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."
Romans 2 v 6-10 In Matthew 25 v 31-46 we read a parable of Jesus, The faithful (sheep) receive eternal life. The unfaithful (goats) receive eternal death.

Jesus will reward the faithful by giving them eternal life in his kingdom. New Testament teaching is very clear! "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation."
John 5 v 28-29 When
will Jesus return? God has already set the day. "... He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
Acts 17 v 31 The Bible makes it clear he will return ... "Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven."
Mark 13 v 26-27 Even Jesus doesn't know when he will return! “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
Mark 13 v 32 Consequently, the disciples didn't know and we cannot know when Jesus will return. "Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority."
Acts 1 v 6-7 We just have to admit that we do not know and cannot forecast the time of our Lord's return to set up his kingdom. Signs of
Christ's return The history and existence of the Jews proves that the word of God is true and can be trusted. "'You are My witnesses,' says the LORD, 'and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me.'"
Isaiah 43 v 10 God said that the Jewish nation would be scattered. “Then the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known—wood and stone."
Deuteronomy 28 v 64 God also stated that the nation would be regathered. "Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, 'He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’"
Jeremiah 31 v 10 God also stated clearly that Jerusalem would be under the control of foreign powers for a considerable time - but not forever. "And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled."
Luke 21 v 24 AD 70 - Jews lost control of Jerusalem as the Romans invaded and were scattered all around the world. During the 19th and 20th century the Jews started migrating back to Israel. The State of Israel was etablished in 1948 and the Jews regained control of Jerusalem in 1967. "Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
Luke 21 v 27 In the years immediately preceding Christ's coming, many people will mock this important Bible promise of Christ's return. "... knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.'"
2 Peter 3 v 3-4 God will not forget His promise.
Scepticism is to be expected.
Frightening things will happen on the earth.
God is not slack, but patient.
He wants as many as possible to be in His kingdom. "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3 v 9 God will
keep His promise If Christ was to return NOW, would you be ready?
If not, make the most of the time you have left:
God is patient but He will not wait forever!
World events are heralding Christ's imminent return. Soon Christ will have the whole world in his hands. What shall I do? "'Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.' Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Men and brethren, what shall we do?' Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins'"
Acts 2 v 36-38 Learn about God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Believe and grow in faith.
Repent (resolve to turn over a new leaf).
Be baptised.
Live the life required of a baptised believer.
By the mercy and grace of God, look forward to everlasting life in His kingdom. "But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven."
Luke 21 v 9-11 There will be troubled times! What the Bible says about
the coming of Jesus Christ! Jesus is coming back soon!
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