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The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ

December 8, 2012

The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ – Part 1

Jesus Christ will return for all those who are believers in Him.This is called the rapture of the Church. Remember the Church is all those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

The word rapture means ”to catch up’, or to ‘transport from one place to another’. The rapture could happen anytime; today, tomorrow, next year. No one knows, but God.

Christians are supposed to be watching and waiting For Christ’s return.

Let’s look at some Bible verses that teach us about what we call the rapture or when Jesus returns for his church. “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. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1Thessalonians 4:16-18).

First – “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God” -This verse teaches us that Jesus Christ Himself will return descending from heaven.

Second- “and the dead in Christ shall rise first” – Jesus will rise up the bodies of those who have already died that were believers in him. Anytime the Bible speaks about those who sleep or the dead in Christ, this means those who knew Jesus as their Lord and savior, but have already died.

Third- “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”. Christians who are alive at the time of Jesus Christ’s return, He will also rise up to be with him.

Those who have died and those who are alive will be caught up together in the clouds to meet Jesus Christ in the air, and will be with the Lord forever and ever. Millions of Christians will go to heaven without ever having to die! This is an awesome promise! These are words of comfort to those that know Jesus and are living for him.

Many people in the world today are living sad and lonely lives without any hope.

Christians have hope because the bible promises everlasting salvation for those who believe in Jesus Christ.

Many verses teach us as Christians to stay away from all things that are ungodly or sinful things that are not pleasing to God. We are to live are lives by putting Christ first in all that we do. We can only live a godly life by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that we receive when we truly except Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

This time of wrath is to bring judgment on all those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

The reason Jesus is coming back to rapture the church is to rescue or deliver His people from God’s judgment and wrath that will come upon the earth.

Many Christians believe that the rapture will happen before this great time of tribulation.

Looking for the blessed hope is the return of Jesus Christ for his church.

This hope is far more important than a million dollars or anything else in this life, because this hope leads to everlasting life with Jesus!

I encourage you to put Jesus first in your life and to live for him each day. Pray and read your Bible every day and ask God to help you understand it.

The things that you have learned through this study is the truth. This is what God’s word teaches. Always remember, that every word of the Bible is the truth, because it is the God of all creation’s word to us.

The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ – Part 2

In part one of our study on the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, we took a look at the rapture of the Church (1Thessalonians 4:14-18).

Jesus promised that He would return for those who believe in Him (John 14:1-3).

As a believer in Jesus Christ we are commanded to watch for His return because it could happen anytime. We are to live a life that would make Jesus proud of us.

Let’s take a look at what the book of Titus says about this.
Titus 2:11-13 say; “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”.

Lets look at each of these above verses in detail:
Verse 11 – “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,” This is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To believe that Jesus died for our sins and then he was buried and rose from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Every person must believe in Him and accept Him as their Lord and Savior.

Verse 12 -“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;” – This verse teaches us as Christians to stay away from all things ungodly (ungodly means anything that is not pleasing to God or does not have Him in it). We should live a godly life – this means to put Jesus Christ first in everything you do. We can only live this kind of life when we become a Christian. When we become a Christian we receive the Holy Spirit and He dwells in us and guides us. We must be obedient to Him.

Verse 13 – “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ”. – Looking for the blessed hope is the return of Jesus Christ for His church (all those who believe in Him). This hope is far more important than a million dollars or anything in this life. Because this hope leads to everlasting life with Jesus!

Christians should always be looking for Him and praying to be accounted worthy. The greatest joy and blessing is to live each day for Jesus!

All believers should live a pure and obedient life. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he (Jesus) shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:2-3).

Every believer that has the hope that Jesus could return anytime will want to live a pure (a godly) life each day.

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