Thursday, October 22, 2009

Why Christ Must Return

The Scriptures have predicted a time when skeptics would mock the very notion of Christ’s literal return to earth: “Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming?’” (2 Peter 3:3-4) There is no shortage of voices raising that chorus today.

The irony of such scoffers is that we now live in a time when even the scoffers themselves live in a state of fearful expectation. The frightening potential of worldwide destruction exists on several levels – nuclear war, a nuclear accident, an energy crisis, various natural disasters, new killer viruses like AIDS (or worse), or even a cosmic collision of some kind. In fact, most people recognize that the world cannot exist forever.

How will it end? Can we know? The Bible gives us a very clear, direct answer. The world as we know it will end with the return of Jesus Christ. He will return literally and bodily to planet earth. This is as certain as any other truth in Scripture. Here are five reasons from God’s Holy Word by which we know that Christ is coming again:

1. The Promise of God demands it (Zechariah 14:4-9)
2. The Teaching of Christ demands it (Matthew 24, 25; Luke 21)
3. The Corruption in the World demands it (Jn. 5:25-29; 2 Thess.1:7-10; Rev.19:11-16)
4. The Destruction of Satan demands it (Rev. 20)
5. The Hope of the Saints demands it (2 Thess. 1:4-7)

From all these reasons (and others) Christ must return. We are taught throughout the New Testament to look for His coming, to long for it, and to wait patiently and expectantly for it.

As certainly as John 3:16 is true, so also is the certainty of His Second Coming.

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