What Does the Bible Say About the Second Coming of Jesus?

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When Jesus first came to earth, he came as the suffering servant who was born in a poor stable into an insignificant and small family. After his death and resurrection, Jesus ascended to heaven and is currently seated at his Father’s right hand. At the end of the End Times, Jesus will return to earth as Lord and King to save believers, raise the dead, judge sin and establish his kingdom. Until then, all believers are urged to prepare for his return by staying awake, sanctifying themselves, spreading the kingdom of God, enduring suffering, and celebrating the Lord’s Supper. Exactly when Jesus will return cannot be known, but it is possible to see the signs of the times when it is getting closer.

Bible Verses

11and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”(Ac 1:11)

30Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.(Mt 24:30)

26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.(1 Co 11:26)

10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.(1 Th 1:10)

12and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.(1 Th 3:12–13)

7and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.(2 Th 1:7–10)

28so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.(Heb 9:28)

7Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.(Jas 5:7–8)

28And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.(1 Jn 2:28)

7so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.(1 Pe 1:7)

32“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.(Mk 13:32)

31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.(Mt 25:31–32)

10And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.(Mk 13:10)

Study Questions

  1. When do you think Jesus will return?
  2. How can Jesus’ return be visible to everyone on earth?
  3. How to prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus?
  4. Why does Jesus delay coming back?
  5. How do we hasten Jesus’ return?

Additional Bible Verses

Rev 16:15, 1 Tim 6:14, Tit 2:13, 1 Thess 5:1-2, Rev 1:7, Matt 24:31, John 5:28-29, 1 Thess 4:16, 2 Tim 4:8, 1 Pet 5:4, 1 Tim 6:14, Zech 14:4, Rev 19:11-16, Dan 7:13-14, Phil 3:20, Acts 3:20-21

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