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- Category: What the Bible Teaches - R.A. TORREY
- Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2007 01:29
V. THE RESULTS OF CHRIST'S COMING AGAIN.
Naturally, the results of Christ's coming again run parallel to the purpose of His coming again. But some passages are better classified under the purpose and others under the results.
Isaiah 40:5 — "And the glory of God shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Logo hath spoken it." (Note the context, verses 3, 9-11.)
First Proposition: In the coming again of Jesus Christ the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
REGARDING THE CHURCH
1 Thessalonians 4:16 — "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."
Second Proposition: At the coming of Jesus Christ, the dead in Christ shall rise. Philippians 3:20-21 — "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
Third Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, the bodies of believers shall be transformed into the likeness of the body of HIS glory. (Compare to Romans 8:23 — -"And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves, groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body."
Then the work of regeneration is completed.) 1 Thessalonians 4:17 — "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."
Fourth Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ all believers — those still living and those who had died but are now raised — shall be caught up together to meet the Lord in the air to be forever with Him. (Compare to John 14:3.) 1 John 3:2 — "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
Fifth Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, believers shall be made like Him because they shall see Him as He is.
Beholding Christ transforms us into the image of Christ ( 2 Corinthians 3:18 RV). Now we see through a glass darkly and the reflection is imperfect, but then we will see Him face to face in His undimmed glory and shall perfectly reflect it. Colossians 3:4 RV — "When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory."
Sixth Proposition: When Christ comes again and is manifested, then shall believers be manifested with Him in glory. 2 Timothy 4:8 — "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
Seventh Proposition: At the coming again of the Lord, those who love His appearing shall receive a crown of righteousness. 1 Peter 5:4 RV — "And when the chief shepherd shall be manifested, ye shall receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away."
Eighth Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, faithful shepherds of the flock shall receive a crown of glory that never fades away (see context as to what constitutes faithfulness). Revelation 20:4 "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
Ninth Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, his people shall live and reign with Him.
This verse seems to refer primarily to the tribulation saints, but by implication to all believers. Certainly the bride must reign with her husband.
Isaiah 25:9 — "And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Logo; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation."
Tenth Proposition: Because of the coming again of Jesus Christ, there shall be great joy among His people.
This can hardly be limited to Israel, but the context seems to imply that the primary reference is to them. Isaiah 11:11-12 — "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. Ezekiel 36:24 RV — "For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land." Ezekiel 37:21 — "And say unto them, Thus saith the LORD God:
Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land." Zephaniah 3:19-20 — "Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time I will bring you again, even at the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD."
Eleventh Proposition: Because of the coming again of Jesus Christ, the children of Israel shall be gathered together from among the nations, from the four corners of the earth, and brought into their own land. Ezekiel 37:19,22,24 "Say unto them, Thus saith the LORD God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand. And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all. And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them."
Twelfth Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, divided Israel — Ephraim and Judah — shall be reunited into one nation under the one king David — Jesus. Jeremiah 23:5-6 — "Behold the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness.
Thirteenth Proposition: Because of the coming again of Jesus Christ, Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell safely. (Compare Romans 11:26 — -"And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.") Ezekiel 37:23 — "Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God." Ezekiel 36:25-27,29 — "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you." (Note context) Fourteenth Proposition: Because of the coming again of Jesus Christ, Israel shall be cleansed from all their filthiness and from all their idols, A new heart will be given them and a new spirit put within them, the stony heart shall be taken away from them and they will be given a heart of flesh.
God will put His spirit within them and cause them to walk in his statutes and they shall keep His judgments and do them. (Compare Jeremiah 31:31-34 "Behold, the days come, saith the Logo, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them, saith the Logo:
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Logo, I will put my law in their inwards parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.") Ezekiel 36:37-38 — "Thus saith the Logo God; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the Logo." Jeremiah 31:27 — "Behold the days come, saith the Logo, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast." Ezekiel 36:33-37 — "Thus saith the Logo God; in the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, this land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the Logo build the ruined places and plant that that was desolate: I the Logo have spoken it, and I will do it. Thus saith the LORD God; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock. As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the Logo." Zechariah 8:3-5 — "Thus saith the Logo; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the Logo of hosts, The holy mountain.
Thus saith the Logo of hosts: There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof."
Fifteenth Proposition: Because of the coming again of Jesus Christ and the events that grow out of that coming, Israel shall be wondrously multiplied — the waste, desolate, and ruined cities shall be rebuilt, and the desolate land made like the garden of Eden.
Jerusalem shall be called "the City of Truth," and shall be filled with peace, prosperity, and gladness. Zechariah 8:23 — "Thus saith the Logo of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you." Isaiah 49:22-23 — "Thus saith the LORD God, Behold, I will lift up my hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Logo: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me."
Sixteenth Proposition: Because of the coming again of Jesus Christ, Israel shall be greatly exalted above the nations. Isaiah 66:19 — "And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles." (Note context.)
Seventeenth Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, Israel shall go forth as preachers of the glory of Jehovah to the nations.
REGARDING THE NATIONS AND UNREGENERATE INDIVIDUALS
Matthew 24:30 — "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory." Revelation 1:7 RV — "Behold he cometh with the clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they which pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn over him. Even so, Amen."
Eighteenth Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, all the tribes of the earth shall mourn over Him.
It will be the gladdest day of all for His people, the saddest day of all for those who are not His people. Matthew 25:31-32 — "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations."
Nineteenth Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, all the nations shall be gathered before Him for judgment, and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from his goats. Acts 15:16-17 — "After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: that the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things." Zechariah 8:20-23 RV — "Thus saith the Logo of hosts: it shall yet come to pass, that there shall come peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities: and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, let us go speedily to intreat the favor of the LoP, I), and to seek the LORD of hosts:
I will go also. Yea, many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Logo of hosts in Jerusalem, and to intreat the favor of the LORD, Thus saith the Logo of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you." Isaiah 2:2-3 — "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD form Jerusalem."
Twentieth Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, the residue of men and all the gentiles (nations) upon whom His name is called will seek after the Lord.
Many peoples and strong nations will come to seek the Lord of Hosts in Jerusalem, and to request the favor of the Lord.
QUESTION: How can this be if immediately upon His coming the nations are gathered before Him, judged, separated, and assigned to their eternal destiny?
ANSWER: It is not said that immediately upon His coming the nations will be gathered. Our difficulties arise from the fact that we assume what the Bible never asserts nor implies; that these things are all crowded into a day or a few days or a year. These events are connected with and result from His coming, but they may take time for their development. I doubt if the prophecies are intended to give us a definite and detailed history in their order of all the events connected with the Lord's coming. The important facts necessary to keep us watching and to cheer our hearts and fire us for our work are given in outline. But always remember that, while prophecy is exactly and literally true in every word, prophecy is not history. Psalm 2:9 — "Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron: thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." (See context verses 6, 8.)
Twenty-first Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ and His glorious reign, rebels against Him will be shattered. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 RV — "And to you that are afflicted rest with us, at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with the angels of his power in flaming fire, rendering vengeance to them that know not God, and to them that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus: who shall suffer punishment, even eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his might."
Twenty-second Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, those who do not know God and those who do not obey the gospel shall suffer punishment, even eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of His might. (As to what "destruction" means, compare Revelation 17:11, with 20:10, and 19:20. See also my chapter on the future destiny of those who reject the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.) Zechariah 14:16 — "And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which come against Jerusalem, shall even go up from year to year to worship the king, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles." Isaiah 49:7 — "Thus saith the Lore), the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nations abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee." Revelation 15:4 "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest." Psalm 2:8 — "Ask of me and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." Psalm 72:8-11 — "He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him."
Twenty-third Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, everyone that is left of the nations, and kings and princes shall worship and serve Jesus Christ. Zechariah 9:10 — "And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even unto the ends of the earth." Revelation 11:15 RV — "And the seventh angel sounded; and there followed great voices in heaven, and they said, The kingdom of the world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ: and he shall reign for ever and ever."
Twenty-fourth Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, the kingdom of this world shall become the kingdom of our Lord, and He shall reign forever and ever. Isaiah 2:4 "And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (See context, v. 2.) Micah 4:3-4 "And he shall judge among people and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it." Psalm 72:7,16 — -"In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. There shall be a handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth."
Twenty-fifth Proposition: At the coming again of Jesus Christ, war shall cease, peace and plenty shall reign, and the righteous shall flourish.
REGARDING HUMAN SOCIETY AS A WHOLE
Isaiah 11:9 — "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."
Twenty-sixth Proposition: The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
The day of Christ's coming again and reign will indeed be the golden age and well may we cry, "Amen; come Lord Jesus."
REGARDING THE ANTICHRIST AND SATAN
2 Thessalonians 2:8 RV — "And then shall be revealed the lawless one, whom the Lord Jesus shall slay with the breath of his mouth, and bring to nought by the manifestation of his coming."
Twenty-seventh Proposition: The Antichrist shall be slain (or put out of the way) by the breath of His mouth and brought to naught by the manifestation of His coming.
Compare to Revelation 19 and 20. Revelation 20:1-3 RV — "And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and cast him into the abyss, and shut it, and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years should be finished: after this he must be loosed for a little time." Revelation 20:10 RV — "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where are also the beast and the false prophet; and they shall be tormented day and night forever and ever."
Twenty-eighth Proposition: Satan shall be chained and cast into the abyss for a thousand years, and then after a little space of liberty, he will be cast into the lake of fire where he will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
REGARDING THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE
Romans 8:19-21 RV — "For the earnest expectation of the creation waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God." Isaiah 55:13 — "Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off." (See context). Isaiah 65:25 — "The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD." Isaiah 32:15 — "Until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest." Isaiah 35:1 RV — "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose." (See context of verses 2 and 4.)
Twenty-ninth Proposition: In connection with Christ's coming again, the creation itself shall be delivered from the corruption it is now subject to into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.
Thorns, briers and carnage will be no more. The wilderness and the solitary place will be glad, and the desert will rejoice and blossom as the rose. 2 Peter 3:12-13 — "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, looking for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." Revelation 21:1 — "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea."
Thirtieth Proposition: There shall be a new heaven and a new earth.
Compare to Revelation 21:2-27. As the result of Christ's coming there will be a new and glorious man, in a new and glorious body, in a new and glorious society, in a new and glorious universe. "Amen, come Lord Jesus."