- Parent Category: Bible Reference
- Category: What the Bible Teaches - R.A. TORREY
- Published on Tuesday, 22 May 2007 01:31
IV. THE PURPOSES OF CHRIST'S COMING AGAIN. John 14:3 — "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." 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 — "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."
First Proposition: Jesus Christ will come again to receive His own unto Himself' that where He is, there they may be also.
It is primarily love for His own that draws Jesus Christ to this earth again.
He so loves us that He cannot get on without us. (Compare to John 17:24 "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.") Philippians 3:20-21 RV — "For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself."
Second Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of His glory. Matthew 25:19 — "After a long time the Lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them."
Third Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to reckon with His servants. Matthew 16:27 RV — "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then shall he render unto every man according to his deeds."
Fourth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to render unto every man according to his deeds.
It is not at death, but at the coming of the Lord that we receive our full reward. 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." 1 Peter 5:4 RV — "And when the chief Shepherd shall be manifested, ye shall receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away." 2 Thessalonians 1:10 RV — "When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at in all them that believed (because our testimony unto you was believed) in that day.
Fifth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to be glorified in His saints and to be marveled at in all who believe. Matthew 25:10 — "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut." Revelation 19:7-9 — "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God."
Sixth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to be united in marriage with His betrothed bride, the Church, and to celebrate the marriage supper. (Compare to Ephesians 5:23-32.) Luke 19:12,15 — "He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading." Matthew 25:31 — "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." 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." Psalm 2:6 — "Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion." Zechariah 14:9 — "And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one." Revelation 19:12, 15-16 — "His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords." 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." Revelation 11:15 — "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
Seventh Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to reign as a king. Zechariah 14:1 4 "Behold the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south."
Eighth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to deliver Israel in the day when his trials and sufferings shall culminate. Zechariah 8:3, 7-8 — "Then saith the LORD, 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 LORD of hosts, the holy mountain. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; and I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.'' Ninth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to gather together the outcasts of Israel from the East country and the West country into Jerusalem. 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."
Tenth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to deliver Israel and turn away ungodliness from Jacob. Malachi 3:1-3 — "Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and a purfier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness."
Eleventh Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again as a refiner and purifier of silver. 2 Timothy 4:1 — "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom."
Twelfth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Matthew 25:31-32 — "But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all the nations."
Jesus Christ is coming again to judge all the nations. The nations here spoken of are the nations living on the earth at the coming of the Lord. Revelation 20:11-12 — "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."
Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the dead. One thousand years separate these two judgments ( Revelation 20:7-11).
Jude 14-15 RV — "And to these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, Behold, the Lord came with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their works of ungodliness which they have ungodly wrought, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
Thirteenth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to execute judgment upon all; to convict all the ungodly of their works of ungodliness which they have wrought, and to convict those who have spoken against Him. Isaiah 26:21 — "For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain."
Fourteenth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 RV — "And to you who 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."
Fifteenth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to render vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord JESUS. 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 naught by the manifestation of his coming."
Sixteenth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to slay the lawless one with the breath of his mouth and to bring him to naught by the manifestation of His coming. Isaiah 11:1-2, 4-5, 9 — "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots; And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. 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."
Seventeenth Proposition: Jesus Christ is coming again to establish a universal reign of righteousness and godliness upon earth.
The coming of Christ is the true solution of all social problems.