Some years ago a sea captain remarked to his faithful wife, “One more voyage and then we will buy a nice home in the country and settle down in comfort for the rest of our lives.” But the unfortunate man sailed on a ship that never returned.
An affectionate father spoke to his five-year old boy. “Stay right here, Bobbie. Daddy is going up the canyon a little farther, but will come back for you very soon.”But among the rocks ahead, tragedy overtook him; and although Bobbie waited all night long, daddy did not return.
Human promises and pledges, though made in good faith, oftentimes fails. But the promise of God will never fail. The apostle Peter declared, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness.” 2 Peter 3:9. Concerning the promise of our Lord’s return to this earth we read, “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.” Hebrews10:37.
From the earliest times the truth of Christ’ second coming was believed and taught. For instance, Enoch,Job, Abraham, David, and Isaiah all prophesied concerning the Lord’s return. Read Jude 14; Job 19:25-27; Hebrews 11:8-16; Psalm 102:16;Isaiah 25:9.
1. How certain is Christ’s return?
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:3. Read Hebrews 9:28; Acts 1:9-11.
2. What did Christ tell the scribes and Pharisees about His return?
“For I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Matthew 23:39.
3. At His trial what did Christ promise about His return?
“Jesus said to him, “It is as you said.Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Matthew 26:64.
4. What assurance did Jesus give John concerning His return?
He repeats three times the truth of His second coming. “Behold, I come quickly”; “And, behold, I come quickly”; “Surely I come quickly.” Revelation 22:7, 12, 20.
NOTE:This uniform testimony of Christ is enough to convince all that Christ is coming again. There is no doubt here. Jesus will return.
The apostle Paul mentions the return of Christ in his epistles many times. In the New Testament alone there are also a large number of references containing statements attesting to the truth that Christ will return. The apostle admonishes, “Therefore be patient,brethren, until the coming of the Lord…You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”James 5:7,8.